Multiple Reference Frames in Minkowski Diagram

This section provides a demonstration of the invariant spacetime interval property using a Minkowski diagram.

Another nice feature of a Minkowski diagram is that multiple reference frames can be represented in a single diagram.

Here is an example showing an event E in a Minkowski diagram with 3 reference frames:

An event E at (X,cT)=(0,4) can be represented in all 3 frames in a single Minkowski diagram showing their corresponding coordinates:

(X, cT )=( 0,4)                        #17: coordinates in (x,ct)
(X',cT')=(-3,5)                        #18: coordinates in (x',ct')
(X",cT")=( 3,5)                        #19: coordinates in (x",ct")
Minkowski Diagram Showing Multiple Frames
Minkowski Diagram Showing Multiple Frames

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

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