# A variation of the train-and-platform demonstration of relativity of simultaneity

Suppose one observer is midway inside a speeding train and another observer standing on a platform as the train moves past. A flash of light is given off at the center of the train just as the two observers pass each other $t_0$.

Additionally, there are two clocks, one in the front end of the train, and one in the back end. Both observers agree that the clocks are synchronous at $t_0$ (is this assumption the source of the problem?). The clocks are programmed to freeze immediately once they receive the light from the flash. Will the observers disagree on the time the frozen clocks are showing?

• "Both observers agree that the clocks are synchronous at t0 (is this assumption the source of the problem?)." Yes, that is a problem. While they must agree on the time shown by the clocks when after they are stopped they will disagree on the time shown on the clocks as the two observer draw even with one-another (this is the meaning of Einstein's version of the gedanken-experiment, after all). Apr 19, 2018 at 18:53
• If we assume the train was stopped a while before, and the clocks were synchronous then (in the POV of platform observer), how do the clocks become asynchronous afterwards, considering they undergo the same velocity/acceleration? Apr 20, 2018 at 7:55