A set of numbers used to quantify location in space.

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What is the difference between active and passive transformations in Quantum Mechanics?

I am trying to understand what each transformation means and what their differences are but many books that don't state which transformation they are referring to make it a bit confusing to understand ...
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What is the meaning of a negative Galactic longitude?

What is the meaning of negative longitude in Galactic coordinate system? Does the longitude $-65^\circ$ equal $295^\circ$?
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Why do Newton's laws hold in a normal and tangential coordinate system?

In my book it says: 'When applying the equations of motions, it is important that the acceleration of a particle be measured with respect to a reference frame that is either fixed or translates with ...
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How is Riemann tensor related to the curvature in the coordinates?

I came across statements such as "the acceleration observed in a weak gravitational field is mainly due to curvature in the time coordinate. " I want to know how we can explicitly find the curvature ...
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The most general way to write flat space metric [closed]

What is the most general way to write flat space (in d=4 in particular), but still preserving some isometries? In particular I'm interested in the case with 2 isometries, basically by using explicitly ...
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Why do we use orthogonal axes?

I have been asked several times that “why do we use orthogonal axes in coordinate systems?” and I was always replying that “because of simplicity”. But, today morning, someone asked me that question ...
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Momentum flux through cylinder wall

A fluid flows through a hovercraft, is bended and the freejet has a certain velocity $c$ with which it flows after exiting the hovercraft / beeing bended. There's a pressure difference between under ...
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Notations used to express direction [closed]

We express direction relative to a reference point and call a certain direction positive and it's direct opposite direction negative, by convention. But, what notation should we use to express a ...
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Locally remove a gravitational field

Let $K$ be an inertial frame of reference on $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $g=g(t,x)$ a nonuniform and nonstatic gravitational field. How I can choose a system of reference $\bar K$ such that mechanical effects ...
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Noether charge in light-cone coordinates (1+1D)

I have read in this article http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2917 that the noether charge (in 1+1 D) $$ Q= \int dx \; q_t$$ could be written in terms of lightcone coordinates $x^\pm = t\pm x$ as $$Q=\int dx^...
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Does the $t = 0$ hypersurface of simultaneity constitutes the universal present?

Does the hypersurface of simultaneity in the diagram below represent the universal present moment? Source: Einstein for Everyone - Spacetime
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Heliocentric to barycentric coordinates

I have a system with a central body and "particles" orbiting around it. The system is described in heliocentric coordinates. I am trying to obtain the velocity of the central body in barycentric ...
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A question from “The meaning of the relativity, by A.Einstein” - Lorentz transformations [duplicate]

Let $K$ and $\bar K$ be two cartesian co-orditate systems in $\mathbb{R}^3$. The element: $$s^2=(\Delta x^1)^2+(\Delta x^2)^2+(\Delta x^3)^2$$ is an invariant in all co-ordinate system. I want prove ...
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How to measure time in presence of a strong gravitational field? [duplicate]

I need an operative definition of "measuring time in general relativity" that takes in consideration also the presence of strong gravitational fields between me and clock, able to deviate the light ...
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“Measure of time in general relativity” [duplicate]

Suppose to be in an arbitrary gravitational field and you are moving in it arbitrarily with a clock in your hand. In this general situation I ask: if I read the positions of the hands of the clock, ...
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dot product of two vectors in spherical polar coordinates, do I have to convert to cartesian coordinates?

For two vectors $p1=(r1,\theta_1, \phi_1)$ and $p2=(r2, \theta_2, \phi_2)$ I want the dot product p1.p2. However, the solutions I have seen, involve finding the components in Cartesian coordinates and ...
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Difference between space of reference and system of coordinates

In the book "The meaning of the relativity" by A. Einstein, it is referring to two different concepts: space of reference and system of coordinates. What it is the difference? It says: "we ...
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Components of Velocity in polar co-ordinates

Consider a point moving along a curve in a plane. The position of a point P on a coordinate system can be specified by a single vector $\vec{r}$=$r\hat{r}$. A rough sketch describing the situation is ...
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Why are dimensions regarded as square/perpendicular?

Starting from the second dimension, the dimensions are basically represented by a square, cube, tesseract, and so on. I don't know if this is a stupid question or not, but is there an obvious or less-...
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Can velocity be negative? [closed]

In free fall I use the formula V=g*t and g is negative(-9.8m/s^2). It gives me negative.
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What is the difference between time and space in general relativity?

I know that similar questions have been asked before, I will try to be specific. In special relativity time is the coordinate with minus sign in metric tensor. In general relativity the components of ...
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Are general coordinate transformations and diffeomorphisms the same? [duplicate]

Infinitesimal diffeomorphisms $x{}^\mu \rightarrow x{}^\mu + \xi{}^\mu$ (with $\xi{}^\mu \ll 1$) change geometric objects by means of the Lie derivative, that is, $X \rightarrow X + \mathcal{L}_\xi \, ...
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Coordinate time difference between emiting and detecting a photon in bent spacetime

Consider an arbitrary non-trivial metric $g_{ij}$ - like the Schwarzschild metric. Now, consider two observers $A$ and $B$, staying at fixed radii $R_A$ and $R_B$, respectively, with $R_A > R_B$. ...
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Lapse Function and Shift Vector in Minkowski and de Sitter

I'd like to find the lapse function and shift vector in 1+1 Minkowski as well as 1+1 de Sitter (flat foliation) for a region foliated this way: The $y$-axis represents time while the x-axis ...
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Time variable in Lorentz transformations

When an object goes with a speed near from the light celerity, it inflates in the direction of its speed. The inflation rate is given by Lorentz transformations as follows: $x'= γ(x-vt)$ where $v$ ...
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Projectile motion dependency [closed]

I have read that in projectile motion both vertical and horizontal components are independent of each other but i don't get it that how it is possible i think that they are dependent. If they are not ...
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What are the components of r-hat in spherical coordinates?

so I've found a lot of identities that relate the spherical unit vectors to cartesian unit vectors. What is the expression for the spherical unit vectors IN spherical coordinates? I'm tying my brain ...
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Homogeneity and isotropy and derivation of the Lorentz transformations

In deriving the Lorentz transformations I have found (from reading a few different sets lecture notes) that it is argued that they must be linear and thus there general form must be $$x'=Ax+Bt,\quad t'...
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Inertial coordinate systems [duplicate]

In Newtonian mechanics, by the following two assumptions: (i) The time is absolute. (ii) The length is absolute. it is easy find the relations betweem two coordinate systems with uniform motion ...
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How do we determine if a certain physical quantity is a vector?

For instance in Newtonian physics we treat position of objects, displacements, velocities, forces, momenta, angular velocities etc all as vector quantities (little arrows in space which have a certain ...
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Fluid Mechanics: Stream Function for Axisymmetric flow

I have problem in understanding the result of stream function in Axisymmetric 3D flow: I know that the result is (for spherical coordinates): $$u_r=\frac{1}{r^2sin\theta}\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial\...
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Coordinate Transformation in Classical Mechanics

The coordinates in one inertial frame are represented by $(x,t)$. Under coordinate transformation, the coordinates in another inertial frame can be represented by $f(x(t),t)$. It can be shown that the ...
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Interpreting meaning of coordinates given a metric

I was working problem 3.6 in Carroll's GR textbook and was given the following metric, which is a good approximation to the metric outside the surface of the Earth. $ds^2=-(1+2 \Phi(r))dt^2 + (...
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How do we know the Schwarzschild solution contains an object of mass $M$?

The Schwarzschild metric is $$ds^2 = - \left( 1 - \frac{2GM}{r} \right) dt^2 + \left(1-\frac{2GM}{r}\right)^{-1} dr^2 + r^2 d\Omega^2.$$ In Carroll's GR book, it is claimed that $M$ is the mass of the ...
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On the proof of the existence of geodesics coordinates [closed]

From "Introducing Einstein’s Relativity" by Ray D’Inverno page 77-78 In my calculation, the process is $$\frac{\partial{x^{'a}}}{\partial{x^d}}=\frac{\partial{x^{a}}}{\partial{x^d}}+\frac{1}{2} {...
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Eddington-Finkelstein coordinate

The Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates in case of Schwarzschild metric are defined as \begin{align} u&=t-r^*\\ v&=t+r^* \end{align} where $$r^*=r+2GM\ln\left|\frac{r}{2GM}-1\right|$$ The ...
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Different forms of centripetal acceleration

For a circular motion centripetal acceleration can be expressed as $$a_{c}=\frac{v^2}{R} \hat{u_N}\tag{1}$$ Where $\hat{u_n}$ is the normal unit vector. Nevertheless in the expression for ...
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How to convert electric field from spherical coordinates to cartesian?

I have 3 components, $r$, $\theta$ and $\phi$, for an electric field in spherical coordinates (and the $\phi$ component happens to be zero), let's say I just want to convert the $r$ component into ...
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Gradient of $ct'$ axis in spacetime diagrams

This is either an unimportant piece of information or it's meant to be obvious, but I can't find anywhere what the gradient of the $ct'$ axis in a spacetime diagram should be. I know that the $ct'=1$ ...
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Diffeomorphism invariance and geodesic action

I'm trying to understand the role of diffeomorphism and isometry invariance in the geodesic action in GR: $$ S = \int_{\tau_1}^{\tau_2} \! d\tau~ g_{ab}(x(\tau)) \frac{dx^a}{d\tau} \frac{dx^a}{d\tau} ...
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Centripetal acceleration in polar coordinates

$ \left( \ddot r - r\dot\varphi^2 \right) \hat{\mathbf r} + \left( r\ddot\varphi + 2\dot r \dot\varphi \right) \hat{\boldsymbol{\varphi}} \ $ I'm not convinced about the term $- r\dot\varphi^2 \hat{...
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Gauge invariance in gravitational field

I have read that the linearized equation for the metric fluctuations $h_{\mu\nu}$, namely: $$ \partial^2h^{\mu\nu}-\partial_{\alpha}(\partial^{\mu}h^{\nu\alpha}+\partial^{\nu}h^{\mu\alpha}) +\partial^...
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What's the difference between the diffeomorphism invariance and reparametrization invariance?

Can somebody tell me what's the difference between the diffeomorphism invariance and reparametrization invariance?
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Help needed to understand Kerr coordinate transformation

The (uncharged) Kerr metric for a black hole of mass $M$ and angular momentum $Ma$ takes the form $$ds^{2} = \Sigma\Big(\frac{dr^{2}}{\Delta} + d\theta^{2}\Big) + (r^{2} + a^{2})\text{sin}^{2}\theta ...
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Olympiad problem - struggling with polar coordinates [closed]

This is a physics olympiad problem; and I am still struggling with it. I will quote it here: " A particle moves along a horizontal track following the trajectory $r=r_{0}e^{-k\theta}$, where $\theta$ ...
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Derivation of Squared Angular Momentum in Spherical Coordinates

While reading my textbook, I found the following: I tried to prove the above equation by doing the following. Knowing that : $$(\vec{A}\times\vec{B}).(\vec{C}\times\vec{D})=(\vec{A}.\vec{C})(\vec{B}...
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If we live on the surface of Earth then why Earth images shows maps around it? [closed]

If you visits google map and go to earth we see the image as attached below. My question is if the earth is round like sphere ball and if we live on the surface of this ball (point me if i am ...
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Why is 90 degrees the standard for independence in vectors? [closed]

Why do so many laws and ideas in physics act separately if they are separated by 90 degrees? Say you have a force in one direction, x. You can't add a force within 0-90 degrees without changing the ...
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How do we measure Schwarzschild coordinates?

In special relativity, we make a big fuss about setting up inertial frames of reference, and then constructing coordinate systems using networks of clocks and rulers. This gives an unambiguous ...
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Active transformation and passive transformation of a scalar field

For the Lorentz transformation $x \to x'=\Lambda x$, the active transformation is $\phi(x) \to \phi'(x)=\phi(\Lambda^{-1}x)$ and the passive transformation is $\phi(x) \to \phi'(x)=\phi(\Lambda x)$. ...