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# Suppose that the lightbulb in the rocket ship in Figures

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## Solution for problem 16E Chapter 35

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Problem 16E

Suppose that the lightbulb in the rocket ship in Figures 35.4 and 35.5 is closer to the front than to the rear of the compartment so that the observer in the ship sees the light reaching the front before it reaches the back. Is it still possible that the outside observer will see the light reaching the back first?

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If the distance the rocket ship moves forward in the time it takes the light to reach the rear is greater than the distance by which the light bulb was shifted, the outside observer will still see the light reaching the rear first. You can see this, too, by considering such a tiny displacement of the light bulb that it makes hardly any difference to the outside observer, who still sees the light reaching the rear first. But to the inside observer, the light will reach the front first no matter how tiny the displacement was.

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##### ISBN: 9780321909107

Since the solution to 16E from 35 chapter was answered, more than 599 students have viewed the full step-by-step answer. This full solution covers the following key subjects: back, ship, reaching, observer, light. This expansive textbook survival guide covers 45 chapters, and 4650 solutions. This textbook survival guide was created for the textbook: Conceptual Physics, edition: 12. Conceptual Physics was written by and is associated to the ISBN: 9780321909107. The full step-by-step solution to problem: 16E from chapter: 35 was answered by , our top Physics solution expert on 04/03/17, 08:01AM. The answer to “Suppose that the lightbulb in the rocket ship in Figures 35.4 and 35.5 is closer to the front than to the rear of the compartment so that the observer in the ship sees the light reaching the front before it reaches the back. Is it still possible that the outside observer will see the light reaching the back first?” is broken down into a number of easy to follow steps, and 59 words.

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