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Apparent Space and Time Alterations under the Classical Theories of Light


Kassir, Radwan M.


Research Papers


Relativity Theory



Date Published:

September 9, 2015






Applying basic classical physics concepts, while considering event information is ultimately communicated through light signals, it was shown that proper time interval measured in an inertial reference frame between two co-local events underwent apparent alteration in another inertial frame, when the two frames were in relative motion. It was shown through obtained modified Galilean transformations that apparent length contraction and expansion were associated with apparent time dilation and contraction, respectively. The known classical Doppler Effect was readily derived from the established alteration factors. For all classical approaches, the wave length was invariant. In the case of the Special Relativity (SR) approach, an ad hoc assumption was required, leading to the Lorentz transformation (LT) under special conditions of the space coordinates. Misconceptions in the SR were revealed. Time was perceived dilated for receding frames, and contracted for approaching ones. Contradiction in the LT was revealed. When the frames receded and then approached during equal proper time intervals, the net time interval was perceived dilated by gamma for the SR approach, as opposed to gamma^2 for the Light Emission theory. The relativistic Doppler Effect was readily derived. The perceived frequency exhibiting a blue shift in the case of approaching frames was in line with the time contraction established in this study, contradicting the SR predictions.


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