# Length Contraction Visualization: Pole and Barn

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The pole and barn experiment is the standard textbook example of length contraction in special relativity. Use the buttons to switch between the frames of reference of the pole and barn. Adjust the sliders to change the speed and time for the experiment.

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Contributed by: Grant A. Riley (March 2011)

Advice and Assistance by: Ken Caviness

Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

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## Details

E. F. Taylor and J. A. Wheeler, *Spacetime Physics*, New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1992.

P. A. Tipler and R. A. Llewellyn, *Modern Physics*, New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1999.

## Permanent Citation

"Length Contraction Visualization: Pole and Barn"

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/LengthContractionVisualizationPoleAndBarn/

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Published: March 7 2011