A set of numbers used to quantify location in space.

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Tension in the simple pendulum (polar coordinates)

Let's consider the simple pendulum as is displayed here or over there (page 10). The analysis of the second Newton's law in polar coordinates goes as follows: $$ \vec{F} = m\frac{d^2\vec{r}}{dt^2}, ...
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Confusing concepts in proof of spherical addition theorem

In http://scipp.ucsc.edu/~haber/ph116C/SphericalHarmonics_12.pdf, section 4, pages 6..9 is a proof of the spherical harmonics addition theorem. Page 8 has eq.(25), an application of Laplace series: ...
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Why does the Lorentz transformation have to be a linear transformation? [duplicate]

In my textbook, they say the following statements before doing a proof for the Lorentz transformation: We know that the Galilean transformation $x' = x - vt$ is incorrect, but what is the ...
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Why does a system have to be holonomic?

So I'm doing some work from Taylor's mechanics book. He says for the problems in the book, we require the system to be holonomic - that is the number of generalized coordinates = number of Deg. of ...
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What is the physical meaning of the Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates?

What is the physical meaning of the Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates? I want to see a some physical process (experimental) that could explain the many transformations of coordinates into this ...
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Eulerian angle understanding

I have alot of confusion with Eulerian angle so first of all I would like to address something I don't understand from the book and maybe that would shed some light on the intuition of eulerian ...
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What coordinate systems allows the magnitude of the basis vectors to change with position?

I'm familiar with coordinate systems where the direction of the basis vectors changes with position, but I haven't come across any where the relative magnitude of the basis vectors themselves are ...
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Is Lorentz Transformation about the difference of coordinates or coordinates of itself?

I have seen different authorities talking about different interpretation of Lorentz transformation. In his book 'Introduction to Classical Mechanics', David Morin states We always talk about eh ...
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Non-inertial frames in Lagrangian mechanics?

Building on this Phys.SE post I am interested in how non-inertial frames can be considered in Lagrangian mechanics. My understanding is that changing the reference frame causes a transformation of the ...
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Co-ordinate rotations

I need help transforming a magnetic field vector from one co-ordinate system to another. I have the components of the Earth's magnetic field in a co-ordinate system with z facing radially into the ...
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Free-fall path into a black hole in Kruskal Coordinates

If an object at t=0 begins to free-fall into a black hole from X in Kruskal coordinates (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruskal%E2%80%93Szekeres_coordinates), what does its path on the Kruskal-Szekeres ...
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Why is displacement negative during free fall?

I am confused by this question. Displacement is shortest path travelled by an object, but I had seen in my book that during free fall displacement is negative.
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$\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}$ in cylindrical harmonics

The radial component of the solution of the wave equation in cylindrical coordinates is $$J_\nu \bigg(\rho\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}\,\,\bigg).$$ But I always thought that $\frac \omega c$ ...
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Non-inertial system [duplicate]

Supposing I am in a non-inertial system and I don't know what forces are acting. How can I test EXPERIMENTALLY and in practice to be in a non inertial system? If I am in a system and I don't know how ...
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Coordinate Transformation of Scalar Fields in QFT

By definition scalar fields are independent of coordinate system, thus I would expect a scalar field $\psi [x]$ would not change under the transformation $x^\mu \to x^\mu + \epsilon^\mu $. Correct? ...
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Coordinate Transformation across different media

I have an arrangement that is as follows : (1) inner cylinder(radius r1) filled with water (2) outer cylinder(concentric, radius r2>r1) made of glass I have a sensor S1 at radius r(r1) at angle beta. ...
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Derive vector gradient in spherical coordinates from first principles

Trying to understand where the $\frac{1}{r sin(\theta)}$ and $1/r$ bits come in the definition of gradient. I've derived the spherical unit vectors but now I don't understand how to transform ...
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Why do we need coordinate-free descriptions?

I was reading a book on differential geometry in which it said that a problem early physicists such as Einstein faced was coordinates and they realized that physics does not obey man's coordinate ...
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Euler Angles with respect to base body when Euler Angles with respect to another body is known

Let's say I have a fixed base body $B_0$ with a reference frame $X_0Y_0Z_0$, and two other bodies, $B_1$ and $B_2$, rotated arbitrarily with respect to this base body. Coordinate systems fixed to ...
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Spherical Symmetric Metrics

In the case where all books try to illustrate a spherical metric, the procedure goes this way: First they impose isotropy in terms of polar coordinates so that one can write: $$ds^2=-A(r)dt^2 + ...
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E field using cylindrical coordinates

Can someone explain why, when I am going to calculate the $\vec{E}$ or $\vec{B}$ field of a charged ring in its axis (using cylindrical coordinates), the position of source field is $(R,0,0)$ and not ...
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Do Einstein's equations allow multiple solutions that agree in a neighborhood of a spacelike hypersurface?

This question is an extension of my a question that I have recently asked: Why doesn't a global frame of reference exist for GR?, where it was recommended that I post another question (so I am ...
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Stationary v/s Static

Blau, in his GR book, says that a stationary and spherically symmetric metric is automatically static. He says this easily follows from the fact that for a stationary metric, and in spherical ...
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Meaning of Proper time

Sorry for a bit of a basic question, but want to clarify things in my head. Is proper time quantified by the amount of physical process that an object, or physical system undergoes, for example the ...
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Change of variables for integral operator

One can write the operator $L=(\sqrt{1-i\partial_x^2}-1)$, as an integral, that is $$(\sqrt{1-i\partial_x^2}-1)B(x,t)=\frac{i}{4\pi^2} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}(\omega(k_o+\kappa)-\omega(k_o))e^{i ...
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How are FRW metric and Minkowski metric physically different?

According to GR, matrices are coordinate invariant. Does this mean we can transform FRW metric to Minkowski metric with a coordinate transformation like $$dx'=dx\cdot a(t), dy' = dy\cdot a(t), dz' = ...
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Test bodies general relativity

I'm studying section 82 of the Landau & Lifshitz Field Theory vol.2 In this page it's written that the relative position of test bodies can't remain unchanged during time. And ok with this. But ...
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Invariant equations of motion under Lorentz transformations

My question regards the statement that an equation of motion may be invariant under a Lorentz transformation I just finished watching the Stanford University special relativity lectures on special ...
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Minkowski Metric Signature

When I learned about the Minkowski Space and it's coordinates, it was explained such that the metric turns out to be $$ ds^{2} = -(cdx^{0})^{2} +(dx^{1})^{2} + (dx^{2})^{2} + (dx^{3})^{2} $$ where $ ...
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Are spherical coordinates distances or angles?

I've become confused about spherical coordinates when dealing with electric fields. The way I always understood spherical coordinates is something like the below picture. To define a vector, you give ...
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Best coordinate system for Projectile motion [closed]

What is the best coordinate system for describing the projectile motion? Rectangular coordinate system or n-t(normal and tangential) coordinate system.
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Kerr Metric in Orthogonal form

I've seen the Kerr metric usually presented in the Boyer-Lindquist coordinates where there is a cross term in the $d\phi$ and $dt$ term. I've done a good bit of searching and cannot find any ...
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Manifolds, unit 2-sphere and stereographic projection

I am always passing through this example while reading about manifolds that I don't quite get. It is when describing the unit 2-sphere $S^2$ as an example of a manifold. They say, initially it may ...
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How do I compute the galactic cooridinates of the Earth for a given date?

The question is simple enough, but I wasn't able to find any tools online. Does anyone know of one, or a simple formula?
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Is there a quick way of finding the kinetic energy on spherical coordinates?

Assume a particle in 3D euclidean space. Its kinetic energy: $$ T = \frac{1}{2}m\left(\dot x^2 + \dot y^2 + \dot z^2\right) $$ I need to change to spherical coordinates and find its kinetic energy: ...
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commutation relation of angular momentum operator in non cartesian coordinates

The angular momentum operator $J$ in quantum mechanics with the commutation relation \begin{equation*} [J_i,J_j]=i\hbar\epsilon_{ijk}J_k \end{equation*} has the structure of a Lie-algebra. It is ...
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What exactly are generalized coordinates and how do they differ from regular coordinates?

I'm trying to learn the basics of Hamiltonian mechanics, which typically distinguishes itself from Newtonian mechanics as being described in terms of "generalized coordinates and momenta". What ...
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How can we define a frame of reference in general relativity?

I have started reading general relativity. (A First Course in General Relativity, Bernard Schutz). I am finding very hard to understand a frame of reference. When I was reading special relativity ...
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How to calculate centre of mass

How do I find the centre of mass with given coordinates? For example if we have four objects with mass $m$ at coordinates of a square $(0,0,0),(0,0,a),(0,a,0),(0,a,a)$ or another example with eight ...
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What is the most general definition of a coordinate system?

What is the most general definition of a coordinate system? Specificly: given a suitably general metric space $(\mathcal S, s)$ consisting of a set $\mathcal S$ of elements (for instance: a set ...
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Timelike curves in Special Relativity

I have a question that probably might sound silly to most of you. We know that a natural Lorentz-invariant parametrization of a timelike curve is provided by: $$\tau$$ the Lorentz-invariant proper ...
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Solving Lagrangian equations of motion for two point-bodies with gravitational interaction

I would like to solve the equations of motion with the Lagrangian function for two point-bodies that interact gravitationally via the potential $$V= {-Gm_1m_2 \over r_{12}} $$ where $$r_{12} = **r_1 ...
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Under what representation do the Christoffel symbols transform?

I often read the statement, that the Christoffel symbols aren't tensors. But then, under which representation do they transform?
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Relation between coordinates and frames of reference

I always get a little uneasy that all the theories I can think of (at least since Newton) are constructed in a way such that they would be true in heaven and on earth ... but we can never go ...
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At what point does force stop translating an object and start purely rotating it? [duplicate]

At what point (or distance) from the axis of rotation, does force applied on a rigid body stop translating and purely rotating the body? Can such a point even exist? Does the body always have to ...
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What is the function type of the generalized momentum?

Let $$L:{\mathbb R}^n\times {\mathbb R}^n\times {\mathbb R}\to {\mathbb R}$$ denote the Lagrangian (it should be differentiable) of a classical system with $n$ spatial coordinates. In the action ...
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Gradient and curl of a field in polar coordinates

How do we determine the gradient and curl of a scalar/vector field in polar coordinates? For instance, if we have the following potential energy function for a force, $$U = ...
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Do rotation matrices rotate about inertial or body angles? [closed]

I have Yaw, pitch, and roll angles in that order (Euler 321) to apply to a body reference frame in cartesian coordinate system. I want to know what the body reference frame vector coordinates are ...
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Finding the appropriate coordinate transformation given two metrics

Given the two-dimensional metric $$ds^2=-r^2dt^2+dr^2$$ How can I find a coordinate transformation such that this metric reduces to the two-dimensional Minkowski metric? I know that ...
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Langevin equations in translational and rotational direction

I want to describe the following system. A bead is connected with a tether. There is a force $\vec{F}_{up}=F_{up}\hat{y}$ that acts on the bead. The tether acts with a force on the bead, this force ...