help me! I've got myself in a right pickle over understanding the lorentz transformation. I used to understand it but just cant quite remember the key point that makes it click into place. Here's my problem....
I'm just trying to understand the simple transformation: x' = gamma(x-vt)
Now if in the stationary frame, a distance to a point is measured as distance: x, I want to find the distance to that point as measured by the moving frame (assuming the measurement is for time t'=0=t). From simple length contraction, x'=x/gamma doesnt it? so why does that not match up with the first equation?
Any help much appriciated...thanks!