Time Dilation in Minkowski Diagram

This section provides a demonstration of the time dilation phenomenon using a Minkowski diagram.

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

Now in Bob's frame:

So the elapsed time in Amy's moving frame is dilated by cT/cT' = 5/4 = 1.25, which matches Lorentz factor of the time dilation formula presented earlier in the book.

Minkowski Diagram Showing Time Dilation
Minkowski Diagram Showing Time Dilation

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


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