A set of numbers used to quantify location in space.

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Stokes' theorem in complex coordinates (CFT)

I am studying CFT, where I encounter Stokes' theorem in complex coordinates: $$ \int_R (\partial_zv^z + \partial_{\bar{z}}v^{\bar{z}})dzd\bar{z} = i \int_{\partial R}(v^{z}d\bar{z} - v^{\bar{z}}dz). $$...
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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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Description of charged sphere with Heaviside function in cylindrical coordinates

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged sphere (radius R, total charge Q, position of centre (0,0,0)) with Dirac delta function and Heaviside step function. The hard part is to ...
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Spherical phase space dynamics

I have a hamiltonian of the form $$H(\phi,z) = (1-z^2)\cos(2\phi) + \chi z^2$$ with position $\phi$ and conjugate momentum $z$. It has this form provided that $z \in [-1,1]$ and we have natural ...
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Coordinate system for crystallographic groups

In the International Tables for Crystallography for each crystallographic group an asymmetric unit is supplied (mathematicians call this a fundamental domain of the group). This region is a bounded ...
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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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What is the procedure (matrix) for change of basis to go from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa?

I'm following along with these notes, and at a certain point it talks about change of basis to go from polar to Cartesian coordinates and vice versa. It gives the following relations: $$\begin{...
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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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Locally flat coordinate and Locally inertial frame

I am having some doubts on myself regarding the above concepts in General Relativity. First, I want to point out how I understand them so far. A male observer follows a timelike worldline ($\gamma$) ...
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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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Coordinate Singularity in Metric

Suppose I have some metric $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+\frac{1}{r}dr^2$$ which has a singularity at $r=0$. However, if I make the coordinate transformation $u=\frac{1}{r}$, then I get: $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+r^3 du^...
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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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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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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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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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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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Field transformations

I'm reading Maggiore's book "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" and I'm very confused by what he did in chapter 2.6 page 31 eq. (2.80). He basically wants to find the generators of the ...
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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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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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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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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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When an object moves downward, is its height negative?

The question is: A ball is thrown directly downward with an initial speed of 8.00m/s from a height of 30.0m. After what time interval does it strike the ground. So I went through the problem ...
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Proving that interval preserving transformations are linear

In almost all proofs I've seen of the Lorentz transformations one starts on the assumption that the required transformations are linear. I'm wondering if there is a way to prove the linearity: Prove ...
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What coordinate system is used to describe planets positions in the universe?

How are planets positions described in the space and in respect to what? For example is Sun the origo and right now at this moment Earth has [coord_X, coord_Y, coord_Z]? or maybe [lng, lat]? Edit1:...
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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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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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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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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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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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Velocity in a turning reference frame

I often see the relation that $\vec v=\vec v_0+ \vec \omega \times \vec r$ in a turning reference frame, but where does it actually come from and how do I arrive at the acceleration being $$\vec a=\...
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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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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 ...