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Name: Length Contraction
ID: m42535
Language: English (en)
  • Describe proper length.
  • Calculate length contraction.
  • Explain why we don’t notice these effects at everyday scales.
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: Distance, Length contraction, Proper length, Relativity, Speed
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
Maintainers: OpenStax College (, OSC Physics Maintainer (

Latest version: 1.3 (history)
First publication date: Jan 17, 2012 3:38 pm -0600
Last revision to module: Jun 6, 2012 1:44 pm -0500


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Version: 1.3 Jun 6, 2012 1:44 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
consistency, LO, image cropping

Version: 1.2 May 16, 2012 1:32 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
initial content publication

Version: 1.1 Jan 20, 2012 7:45 pm -0600 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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