A set of numbers used to quantify location in space.

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Difference between local inertial frame and coordinate chart

In the most cases the local inertial frame is definied "physically" but I'm searching for a mathematically meaningful definition of the local inertial frame to solve my problem: Is the local ...
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contravariant and covariant vectors and their orthogonality in Euclidean space

I am reading this paper Sigma Coordinate - Contravariance and covariance and I understand how covariant and contravariant vectors are defined mathematically Covariance and Contravariance and I had ...
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Does coordinate time have physical meaning?

I have always been a little confused by the meaning of the "$t$" which appears in spacetime intervals or metrics in general relativity. I concluded that $t$ was just a mathematical thing which allow ...
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A manifold question: Why smooth functions and what is a Jacobian?

My question is what does a Jacobian have to do with the change of coordinates (coordinate transformation). Why do we care about this notion to start with? Also, why should it be non-singular?
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Metric components transformation under change of coordinates

I have been studying Lie derivatives and some applications. While searching the web I found a refence with the following statement: For a general Riemannian manifold $M$, take a tangent vector field ...
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Age of the universe versus absolute time [duplicate]

In Wikipedia, the age of the universe is defined as the "time elapsed since the Big Bang" while "time" links to "the cosmological time parameter of comoving coordinates" which itself links to "the ...
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A reference frame is any coordinate system or just a set of Cartesian axes?

In Physics the idea of a reference frame is one important idea. In many texts I've seem, a reference frame is not defined explicitly, but rather there seems to be one implicit definition that a ...
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Transformation matrices for basis and coordinate transformation in non-orthonormal coordinates

The transformation matrices for covariant and contravariant vectors are different but in orthonormal coordinate system numerical values in matrices turn out to be same although in mathematical proof ...
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How can I convert Right Ascension and declination to distances?

I am calculating galaxy rotation curves for various galaxies in Ursa Major cluster and I want distance of those galaxies from the centre of Cluster. The values referred as coordinated are RA and dec ...
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Euler angles and curvilinear coordinate systems

If I have a curvilinear coordinate system and supposing I impose the condition that back transformations to Cartesian coordinate system are not permitted. I perform a rotation of the three axes( say ...
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What does coordinate invariance mean?

I would like to really understand what the mathematical as well as Physical meaning of coordinate invariance is. I have pretended to know what this means, but upon thinking a little harder today, I am ...
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Inverse gauge transformation in general relativity [closed]

Can someone explain to me how (8.21) follows from (8.20). The Picture comes from A first course in general relativity (Schutz). Thanks and regards, Jens Wagemaker
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Clarifying what metric counts as flat space

In (2D) Cartesian coordinates, the Euclidean metric... $$\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$$ ...is flat space. If the diagonal elements are exchanged for other real numbers ...
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Why doesn't $\vec{E} =\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\frac{\rho \hat{r}\;dxdydz}{r^2}$ blow up at $r=0$, when $\rho$ is finite?

Electric field at $(x,y,z)$ produced by a continuous distribution of charges is given by:$$\mathbf{E}(x,y,z) =\dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\dfrac{\rho(x',y',z') \mathbf{\hat{r}} ...
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Covariant and contravariant 4-vector in special relativity

I've just learned about contra- and covariant vector in the context of special relativity (in electrodynamic) and I'm struggling with some concept. From what I found, an intuitive definition of ...
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Stewart platform formulas [closed]

What kind of formulas/equations are commonly used to implement Stewart Platforms in electronics and mechanics? Using a co-ordinate system, how would you determine the position of each actuator, etc?
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Killing field in Minkowski space-time

If we look at the killing equation for a vector field $X$ in $\mathbb{R}^{(p,q)}$ (or on an open subset thereof) in coordinates with constant diagonal pseudo-metric we get: ...
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Shear stress in cylindrical coordinates?

In cylindrical coordinates the momentum flux is given by (in the $r$ direction): $$ \Pi=-\eta \frac{\partial (r\omega)}{\partial r}$$ Where $\eta$ is the viscosity. Therefore one would expect that the ...
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Why doesn't a global frame of reference exist for GR?

I only have at best a layperson's familiarity with GR, so forgive me if I am asking a basic question, but I have heard that in GR, we cannot have a global frame of reference, that is a frame of ...
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For a giving metric in GR, how do we learn which observer the metric refer to?

For example, I have been told the Schwarzschild observer is far away from blackhole and events,(namely, I think, the observer is static at infinity of the coordinate.) And the second example,the ...
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Conversion of satellite coordinates from ITRF to J2000

I have coordinates of various satellites in two coordinate systems: Cartesian coordinates in the international terrestrial reference frame (ITRF) RA / DEC in J2000 epoch, as derived from plate ...
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Clarification in deriving the radial momentum operator $p_r$

In deriving an expression for $p_r$, a particle's radial momentum, I am unsure what is happening at a certain step. The derivation given in The Physics of Quantum Mechanics by Binney and Skinner is as ...
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How to determine satellite position in J2000 from latitude, longitude and distance from Earth?

Due to my task of writing orbit prediction routines I am trying to understand the reference frames better and how to use them ( particularly for Earth orbits ). I think I get the idea of what ECI ...
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Change of coordinates [duplicate]

this year I finished off my course of Physics I (the first general physics) at my university and we had a lot of exercises to do where in order to complete them I had to change the system ...
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Calculus of Variations - Virtual displacements

I am currently reading "The Variational Principles of Mechanics - Cornelius Lanczos", in which the author talks about the variation of a function $F(q_1, q_2, \dots q_n)$ where $q_1, q_2, \dots q_n$ ...
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Exact meaning of radial coordinate of the Schwarzschild metric

In this answer as well as on Wikipedia the radial coordinate of the Schwarzschild metric is described as follows: ...the r co-ordinate is the value you get by dividing the circumference of the ...
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Are there any universal forces which are cartesian in nature? [closed]

I was recently talking with someone about how I think the whole Cartesian xyz understanding of the universe evolved from animals thinking earth was flat. They could get along fine without having to ...
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How the Poisson bracket transform when we change coordinates?

I'm studying the book Geometric Mechanics by Darryl D. Holm and there's one exercise in the book I'm not quite getting what has to be done. The same discussion the author makes in the book is made on ...
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Operational Definition of Reference Frame in General Relativity

Most treatments of GR begin with the assumption that spacetime is a pseudo-Riemannian manifold (or, sometimes, that it is a more general manifold). But this entails quite a few tacit assumptions about ...
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Components of acceleration in spherical polar co-ordinate [closed]

I wanted to calculate two component of acceleration in polar co-ordinate. Starting from the lagrangian $$L= \frac{1}{2}m( \dot{r} ^{2}+ r^{2} \dot{ \theta } ^{2} ) -V(r, \theta )$$ I ...
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Velocity and acceleration (as vectors) in a straight line

A student is trying to determine the acceleration of a feather as she drops it to the ground. If the student is looking to achieve a positive velocity and positive acceleration, what is the most ...
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Is Gauss electric flux law valid in all coordinate systems?

The derivation of Gauss electric flux is as follows : $$\iint{\vec{E}}\cdot{\vec{dS}}=\iint E \, dS \cos\theta \, .$$ The projection of infinitesimal area on the surface $\vec{dS}$ on the radial ...
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What is considered now over astronomical distances?

For the sake of discussion, let's say that Mars is exactly 5 light-minutes away and that Earth and Mars are moving with the exact same velocity so that special relativistic effects are irrelevant. ...
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Describing the shape of a singularity

Hawking and Ellis write about the difficulty of describing the shape of a singularity when presented with a manifold that has curves of finite length that don't reach a point in the manifold. ...
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How many degrees of freedom to diagonalize the metric?

In A. Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell, he starts with the following expansion of the metric at some point $P$ of a Riemannian manifold, with coordinates $x^\mu$ that have the origin at $P$: $$ ...
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The equation of continuity in isothermal system in spherical axis(transport phenomena)

My homework is about finding the equation of continuity in isothermal systems in spherical axis, I can't imagine a workaround for that since its a little complicated for me to understand velocities ...
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Confusion between primed and unprimed coordinates

While deriving Ampere's law in Magnetostatics we come across a term $\nabla\times J(r') = 0$ and the reasoning we give is because current density is only a function of primed coordinates hence it's ...
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Trajectory of a projectile in a three dimensional space [closed]

$g$: the gravitational acceleration—usually taken to be $9.81\:\mathrm{m/s^2}$ near the Earth's surface $θ$: the angle at which the projectile is launched $v$: the speed at which the projectile is ...
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$\frac{d}{dr}=0$ and $\frac{d}{dz}=0$ (cylindrical coordinates) for a 1D ring

In http://ritchie.chem.ox.ac.uk/Grant%20Teaching/2010/Lecture%204%202010.pdf slide 21 of 26, he says "Radius of ring is fixed and so derivatives in $r$ are 0." Presumably this goes for ...
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Coordinate velocity and free-falling past an event horizon

Ws can re-arrange the standard Schwarzschild metric as $$\left(\frac{d\tau}{dt}\right)^2=\frac{r-1}{r}\left[1-\left(\frac{r}{r-1}\frac{dr}{dt}\right)^2\right]$$ Where $\frac{r-1}{r}$ is the local ...
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In central-force mechanics, how do we substitute $ξ=\frac{1}{r}$?

I have taken a look at central-force mechanics in the past, but I still cannot understand how $ξ=\frac{1}{r}$ is substituted to find $\frac{d^2r}{dt^2}$ in terms of ξ. So I know from $F=ma$ that: ...
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Prove that the spacetime interval is not invariant under Galilean transformations [closed]

The spacetime interval $(\Delta s)^2 = (\Delta x)^2 + (\Delta y)^2 + (\Delta z)^2 - c^2(\Delta t)^2$ is invariant under the Lorentz transformation and this isn't the case for the Galilean ...
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Hamiltonian for Electron in Magnetic Field with Symmetric Gauge in Polar Coordinates

I am new on the board and have a question about how to write the Hamiltonian for an electron in a magnetic field rotating at a fixed radius. I would like to write the hamiltonian using the symmetric ...
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Light-cone coordinates

The light-cone coordinates are defined as $$x^{\pm} ~=~\frac{x^0 \pm x^3}{\sqrt{2}}.$$ Then in the light cone coordinates the position 4-vector becomes: $(x^+, x^-, x^1, x^2)$ . Zwiebach, in his A ...
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Schwarzschild metric: Change in coordinates corresponds to change in object?

I have been reading about the Schwarzschild metric in the book "General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists" by Hobson, Efstathiou and Lasenby and it appears to say something counter intuitive. ...
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Evaluating derivatives with respect to certain vector axis

So, I am trying to work in Spherical coordinates. I have a predefined fixed axis, $\hat{v}_0$, so that $\alpha=\vec{r}.\hat{v}_0$ Now, I am interested in the following: \begin{equation} ...
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How to prove a symmetric tensor is indeed a tensor?

Our professor defined a rank $(k,l)$ tensor as something that transforms like a tensor as follows: $$T^{\mu_1' \mu_2'...\mu_k'}{}_{\nu_1'\nu_2'...\nu_l'} ~=~ ...
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Accelerometer Pitch and Roll Calculation

I am developing an application for a device that needs to know its tilt/orientation, specifically, pitch and roll. Roll is positive if the right side of the device is elevated, and pitch is positive ...
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Ergosphere in different coordinates

I am currently working with the concept of an ergosphere and I was wondering if it has any meaning to consider the ergosphere after changing coordinates. I mean if someone looks only on the sign of ...