Minkowski Physlet

A geometric view of the Lorentz transformation. The moving frame uses the blue coordinates. The lab frame uses the gray coordinates.

Minkowski may be embedded within your own web page with the following HTML tags:

<APPLET code="Minkowski.class" width=600 height=300>
<PARAM NAME="speed" VALUE=0.5>
<PARAM NAME="transform" VALUE="L" >
</APPLET>

where transform is "L", "R", or "G" for Lorentz, Rotation, and Galilean transformation, respectively.

Minkowski may be scripted using the following Java method calls:

Use the codebase tag if the Minkowski.class file is in a different directory than the HTML page that uses the applet. (See source for this page.) All Java packages used by Minkowski must be in subdirectories below the Minkowski.class file.

Minkowski.zip may be downloaded for noncommercial use by students and faculty at accredited not-for-profit educational institutions. The zip file being distribted is uncompresssed. It can be used with the new Netscape Archive tag. (See source code for this page.) The archive tag allows Netscape to download all the necessary files with a single HTTP request to the server. It is much faster than the standard download method which requires a HTTP request for each file. You should, however, keep copies of the uncompressed class files in the class directory so that browers that do not support the archive tag will be able to run the applet.

Minkowski was written using Java 1.01. It will be rewritten as a Java "Bean"using the newer (and better) Java event model avaliable in Java 1.1.