By: Miranda Copenhaver, Chloe Nash, Wanda Wilkins, Lauren Behringer, and Jazmin Santillan C.
Throughout this week, we have worked through multiple problems dealing with both classical mechanics and special relativity. We found the main difference between classical mechanics and special relativity to be the assumptions made about time as a constant. This is what we mean:
- In classical mechanics it is assumed that time is a constant that is observed the same for all viewers.
- In special relativity time cannot be taken as a constant. Because the speed of light is the same for all observers, time-dilation occurs.
So, if you are getting a little lost it’s completely normal. We have a couple of examples of both classical mechanics and special relativity below: