Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mastering Physics: The Empire Strikes Back

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Part A
How fast, relative to an observer, does an Empire ship have to travel for its markings to be confused with those of a Federation ship? Use c for the speed of light in a vacuum.

The starships of the Solar Federation are marked with the symbol of the Federation, a circle, whereas starships of the Denebian Empire are marked with the Empire's symbol, an ellipse whose major axis is n times its minor axis

Express your answer in terms of n and c.