AiS Challenge Team Interim


Team Number: 056

School Name: Sandia Prep

Area of Science: Physics

Project Title: Moving Objects



Problem Definition:
The purpose of this project is to determine the changes the basic properties of an object moving at velocities near the speed of light. The basic properties, which are being calculated in this project, are changes in mass with speed and acceleration, and changes in real time compared with the tick of a clock. The movement of the observed object relative to two points, and how it is observed from those points will be calculated.

Problem solution:
The solution to this problem is based primarily on the General and Special theories of relativity, and Newtonian mechanics. The algorithms for changes in mass and time, with relation to speed are based upon Einstein’s calculations in the Special and General theories of Relativity. Algorithms for observing a moving object are also to be derived from relativity. The calculation of acceleration is based on Newton’s laws of acceleration. The sequencing of the calculations is a vital detail to be handled in this program due to the properties of the variables being directly related. We will use C++ to write this program.

Progress to date:
At this point in the progress of our program the basic algorithms for the calculations of time, mass and, and acceleration have been developed. The functions, which handle these three variables, have been written. The basic structure of the order of running these functions has also been developed. We have also developed the algorithm for observing the moving object from two stationary points.

Remaining work:
We still need to develop the algorithm for calculating the moment of an object from two non-linear points. A more accurate calculation of the mass, and acceleration also still needs to be developed. In writing the early stages of our code we realized that the method we initially used has a large degree of error due to the changes of mass due to acceleration.

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