Activity: Events on Spacetime Diagrams

Students practice identifying whether events on spacetime diagrams are simultaneous, colocated, or neither for different observers. Then students decide which of two events occurs first in two different reference frames.
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    • activity_media/events_1.png
    • activity_media/events_7.png
    • activity_media/events_6.png
    • activity_media/events_5.png
    • activity_media/events_sol2c.png
    • activity_media/events_sol2b.png
    • activity_media/events_sol2a.png
    • activity_media/events_sol1d.png
    • activity_media/events_sol1c.png
    • activity_media/events_sol1b.png
    • activity_media/events_sol1a.png
    1. Which pairs of events (if any) are simultaneous in the unprimed frame?

    2. Which pairs of events (if any) are simultaneous in the primed frame?

    3. Which pairs of events (if any) are colocated in the unprimed frame?

    4. Which pairs of events (if any) are colocated in the primed frame?

  1. For each of the figures, answer the following questions:
    1. Which event occurs first in the unprimed frame?

    2. Which event occurs first in the primed frame?


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