An Analysis of Spatial Changes Due to Special Relativity

Abstract: This thought experiment addresses loss of volume that occurs when a three-dimensional object is contracted due to relativistic processes. Specifically we investigate the dependence of contraction due to orientation relative to direction of motion. Length contraction states that relative constant velocity will lead to a shortened distance in the direction of motion, when viewed from a separate inertial reference frame. When applied to two dimensional shapes, this results in a reduced area. The problem […]