Length Contraction in Minkowski Diagram

This section provides a demonstration of the length contraction phenomenon using a Minkowski diagram.

Minkowski diagram can also be used to demonstrate the length contraction phenomenon. Let's follow another simple thought experiment described below:

Now in Bob's frame:

So the length of the rod is contracted by X/X' = 5/4 = 1.25. which matches Lorentz factor of the length contraction formula presented earlier in the book.

Minkowski Diagram Showing Length Contraction
Minkowski Diagram Showing Length Contraction

Last update: 2014.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of Space

 Introducion of Frame of Reference

 Introducion of Time

 Introduction of Speed

 Newton's Laws of Motion

 Introduction of Special Relativity

 Time Dilation in Special Relativity

 Length Contraction in Special Relativity

 The Relativity of Simultaneity

 Introduction of Spacetime

Minkowski Spacetime and Diagrams

 What Is Minkowski Spacetime?

 Events Interval and Relations

 What Is Lorentz Transformation?

 What Is Minkowski Diagram?

 Constancy of Speed of Light in Minkowski Diagram

 Time Dilation in Minkowski Diagram

Length Contraction in Minkowski Diagram

 Relativity of Simultaneity in Minkowski Diagram

 Invariant Spacetime Interval in Minkowski Diagram

 Multiple Reference Frames in Minkowski Diagram

 References

 PDF Printing Version