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My question is about time dilation in relativity.

Suppose there are two person, A and B. Originally they are in the same reference frame (on the earth).B then accelerate away from the earth and moving in a constant velocity relative to the earth(Person A). According to relativity, as both of them are having constant relative motion, there will be a time dilation between the two frames. When A is looking at the clock of B, he will find her clock running slow, the same happen when B is looking at A's clock.

However, it is supposed if Person B return to the earth (experiencing acceleration) after travelling for a period of time, B's clock will run slower than that of A.

Then what is going to happen if i observe A's clock from B's reference frame since the start of the journey until end? I will observe a slower clock and finally a faster clock at A? How does this change happen? And when will it happen?

Very Thank You for Your Answer.

Simon, the problem you are trying to solve is called the Twin Paradox and it is discussed in every textbook.  Fortunately for you, it is also discussed in many posts on the web.  So instead of my writing you a book about the Twin Paradox, search Google for that title and you will find lots of information.

Then if you want to discuss it with me, just submit another question. But it will help if you first take advantage of the excellent discussions that you can find on the web.


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