Problem: A spaceship passes an Earth-bound observer at a speed v. The observer on Earth measures the ship to be 300 m long, but an astronaut on the ship would measure it to be 400 m long. What is the speed of the ship, v?

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A spaceship passes an Earth-bound observer at a speed v. The observer on Earth measures the ship to be 300 m long, but an astronaut on the ship would measure it to be 400 m long. What is the speed of the ship, v?

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