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published by the Universität Tübingen
written by Ute Kraus
Available Languages: English, German
This resource simulates a light speed trip through the town of Tübingen, Germany. It was developed by a theoretical astrophysicist to help learners visualize the effects of relativistic speed. The website also contains stills from the video and text that explains how the Theory of Special Relativity predicts what is displayed onscreen.

This item is part of a larger collection of cross-linked computer models on special and general relativity.
Editor's Note: The authors created this digital collection around the belief that learners can comprehend relativity with the help of models to visualize perplexing relativistic effects that contradict their everyday experience. Each simulation was developed using computational code derived from theoretical astrophysics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Relativity
- Miscellaneous
- Special Relativity
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Model
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Free access
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© 2005 Ute Kraus, Marc Borchers
Keywords:
Computer simulation, Special Relativity, Speed of Light, length contraction, modeling relativity, relativity model, relativity simulation
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 12, 2007 by Andrew Coughlin
Record Updated:
July 13, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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when Cataloged:
January 26, 2005
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2. The Nature of Mathematics

2C. Mathematical Inquiry
  • 9-12: 2C/H2. Much of the work of mathematicians involves a modeling cycle, consisting of three steps: (1) using abstractions to represent things or ideas, (2) manipulating the abstractions according to some logical rules, and (3) checking how well the results match the original things or ideas. The actual thinking need not follow this order.

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 9-12: 4F/H2. All motion is relative to whatever frame of reference is chosen, for there is no motionless frame from which to judge all motion.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
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  • 9-12: 11B/H2. Computers have greatly improved the power and use of mathematical models by performing computations that are very long, very complicated, or repetitive. Therefore, computers can reveal the consequences of applying complex rules or of changing the rules. The graphic capabilities of computers make them useful in the design and simulated testing of devices and structures and in the simulation of complicated processes.
11D. Scale
  • 6-8: 11D/M3. Natural phenomena often involve sizes, durations, and speeds that are extremely small or extremely large. These phenomena may be difficult to appreciate because they involve magnitudes far outside human experience.
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AIP Format
U. Kraus, (Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, 2005), WWW Document, (http://www.spacetimetravel.org/tuebingen/tuebingen.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
U. Kraus, Space Time Travel: Through the city at nearly the speed of light (Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, 2005), <http://www.spacetimetravel.org/tuebingen/tuebingen.html>.
APA Format
Kraus, U. (2005, January 26). Space Time Travel: Through the city at nearly the speed of light. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from Universität Tübingen: http://www.spacetimetravel.org/tuebingen/tuebingen.html
Chicago Format
Kraus, Ute. Space Time Travel: Through the city at nearly the speed of light. Tübingen: Universität Tübingen, January 26, 2005. http://www.spacetimetravel.org/tuebingen/tuebingen.html (accessed 31 July 2014).
MLA Format
Kraus, Ute. Space Time Travel: Through the city at nearly the speed of light. Tübingen: Universität Tübingen, 2005. 26 Jan. 2005. 31 July 2014 <http://www.spacetimetravel.org/tuebingen/tuebingen.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Ute Kraus", Title = {Space Time Travel: Through the city at nearly the speed of light}, Publisher = {Universität Tübingen}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {31 July 2014}, Month = {January 26, 2005}, Year = {2005} }
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