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Modern Physics: Number of Cycles from Two Clocks

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In the twin paradox, twin A remains on Earth while twin B travels a distance L, measured in the Earth's inertial frame, at a velocity v to a very distant solar system. In turning around for the return trip, the rocket malfunctions somewhat and achieves only a velocity ½ v. Find formulas for the number of cycles counted by A and B from the two clocks, NA, NB, N'A, and N'B.


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