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Old 03-07-2006, 01:50 PM
jere7my jere7my is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
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Originally Posted by zut
To turn this into a thought experiment, I'd be comfortable ignoring all of these (and Chronos pointed out that the last one--the speed of light--isn't a problem).
I'm not actually convinced of that, since the wheels are rotating, and thus a non-inertial frame of reference. General relativity would come into play at some point. For that matter, proper acceleration is only applicable for someone attached to the conveyor belt; passengers in the plane would see Lorentz effects as the belt accelerated relative to their frame of reference. The belt would be able to accelerate as long as it wanted without bumping into c, but the motionless plane would see the speed of the belt top out at c, long before which it would contract until it was too small for the plane to stand on. :P (I don't want to think about what would happen to the wheels, rotating up to c.)