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Is it possible to stay up while riding a bike on a moving sidewalk without actually moving?

If I ride a bicycle on a moving sidewalk so that I am not in effect moving at all relative to the ground, will I fall over?
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Galilean invariance of Lagrangian for non-relativistic free point particle?

In QFT, the Lagrangian density is explicitly constructed to be Lorentz-invariant from the beginning. However the Lagrangian $$L = \frac{1}{2} mv^2$$ for a non-relativistic free point particle is ...
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Can one derive Galilean transformations from the harmonic oscillator equations of motion and the relativity principle?

I found myself puzzled with some very basic physical concepts and I hope to get enlightened with your help. Initially my confusion arose in connection with Maxwell's equations and Lorentz ...
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Why does tossing a coin in a train and on a train differ?

Suppose that I am inside of a moving train. I have a coin in my hand and I am standing still. If I toss this coin straight up, it will fall back into my hand. Now, suppose that I am on that moving ...
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Why absoluteness of time implies galilean transformations?

In Landau course, vol.1 Mechanics, one finds the statement: ...the absoluteness of time necessarily implies that the ordinary law of composition of velocities is applicable to all phenomena. I ...
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Time inversion for Euler equation in fluid dynamics

Consider Euler equation for continuum body: $$\frac{\partial u^i}{\partial t}+\mathbf u\cdot \nabla u^i=- \frac{1}{\rho} \frac{\partial p}{\partial x^i} $$ where $\rho$ is the mass density, $p$ is ...
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What are Galileons good for?

Lately I've seen many papers (for example "The galileon as a local modification of gravity"; 292 total hits on the arXiv) on types of field theories known as Galileons, and I'm wondering what the ...
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Special Relativity, 2nd Postulate — Why? [duplicate]

As a lowly physics undergrad who has been chewing on this 2nd postulate of special relativity for a year or more, I simply can't wrap my head around reasons why it is true or how Einstein might have ...
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Possible mechanics based on the known symmetries in the nature (investigating rumor)

Somewhere I've heard about a relative new mathematical result regarding mechanics. Specifically, there is a list of the known symmetries of mechanics (both Newtonian and relativistic), i.e. different ...
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How can a Physical law not be invariant?

In Relativity, both the old Galilean theory or Einstein's Special Relativity, one of the most important things is the discussion of whether or not physical laws are invariant. Einstein's theory then ...
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Does Galileo's Tower of Pisa argument contradict quantum mechanics?

(My questions are at the end, but they may not mean much without explanation below.) Galileo argued that because the mass of a falling object can always be redistributed in ways that asymptotically ...
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Faraday's Law and Galilean Invariance

In Jackson's text he says that Faraday law is actually: $$ \oint_{\partial \Sigma} \mathbf{E} \cdot \mathrm{d}\boldsymbol{\ell} = -k\iint_{\Sigma} \frac{\partial \mathbf B}{\partial t} \cdot ...
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Can someone explain intuitively how, for a Galilean universe, $A^4$ is equivalent to $\Bbb{R} \times \Bbb{R}^3$?

I am reading Arnold's book on classical mechanics. Obviously, everyone who's studied basic physics feels comfortable with $\Bbb{R} \times \Bbb{R}^3$. This is just a pair $(t,\mathbf{x})$. There are ...
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Why are forces independent from the frame of reference?

The following question occurred to me while reading a proof of the following statement: If K is an inertial frame of reference, then a K’ frame of reference, which is moving with a constant ...
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Galilean invariance of a subset of Maxwell equations

I read in Feynman's proof of Maxwell equations the statement that the subset of Maxwell equations comming from the Bianchi identity: $$ \nabla \cdot {\bf B} = 0, \quad \nabla \times {\bf E} + ...
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Why rotating reference frames are not inertial? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm standing on the equator, and that there is no other reference point in the sky. If the planet is rotating, then I measure my weight to be lower than if it is not. But given that I have ...
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How can the Gallilean transformations form a group?

In class my professor said the Galilean transformations form a group of order 10. $$ x'=x-vt\\ y'=y\\ z'=z\\ t'=t\\ $$ But how do these form a group? I don't see 10 things to interpret as elements. I ...
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Galilean invariance proof

I'm studying for a physics test, but I think I don't really understand Galilean invariance. In my textbook there is an example in which they prove that if you consider 2 frames S and S' in standard ...
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Newton's second law invariant under law of addition of velocities

I'm currently reading Schutz' first course in general relativity, and on the second page (already) I've encountered a problem: We have the Galilean law of addition of velocities: $ v(t) = v'(t) = ...
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Using the product rule to expand Newton's Second Law?

Newton's second law says that $$F=\frac{\text{d}p}{\text{d}t},$$ where $F$ is the net force on a body. My question is, why can't the product rule be used to yield ...
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Importance of the Galilean principle of relativity

The Galilean principle of relativity states that: The laws of mechanics are invariant in all inertial reference frames That means that if we have two inertial frames of reference $S$ and $S'$ ...
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Doppler shift and Galilean relativity

Doppler shift has different forms if the observer or the source are in motion. I consider Doppler shift in the case of sound. I tried to find an answer on the non symmetry of Doppler effect, ...
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Inertial Frames of Reference - Inertial vs. Accelerated Frames

According to Robert Resnick's book "Introduction to Special Relativity", a line states the following as the definition of an inertial frame of reference: "We define an inertial system as a frame of ...
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Velocity of an object undergoing homogenous acceleration

So I was considering the following problem within the context of Special Relativity: Given an object O, with initial velocity v, undergoing constant acceleration at a rate of a, I want to express the ...
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Stone dropped from a moving train

This may look like a stupid question, but it is really getting to me. Imagine a train moving with an acceleration $a$, and a person drops a stone from the window. To an observer on the ground, the ...
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Does Doppler Effect violate Galilean relativity?

Apparent frequency when the source is moving away from the observer the relation between the frequencies is: $$f' = \frac{v}{v+ v_{s} } f$$ Apparent frequency when the observer is moving away from ...
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Galilean Relativity is already included in Newton's Laws?

Usually I see an inertial reference frame being defined as a reference frame in which Newton's first and second laws holds. That means that if a particle is at rest, it stays at rest unless some ...
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Casimir Invariants of the Galilean group

I had studied a couple of things about Galilean and Poincare group. But in the Galilean group, there is not enough clarity on how to calculate generators for boosts ($B_i$), which if I do it seems I ...
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Event horizons in Newtonian mechanics and Galilean relativity

I've been revisiting classical physics (in the sense of Newtonian mechanics and Galilean relativity) and I was thinking why can't we have an event horizon in classical physics? Is it because the ...
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Confused on Newton's second law being invariant under relativity

I am a math student with some interests in physics. I picked up a book called "A First Course in General Relativity", and I am confused on the second page. I am assuming by notation or convention. ...
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Representations of Galilei group

Show that the operator $U(\alpha, \beta) = e^{i(\alpha \hat{x}^2 + \beta \hat{p}_{x}^2)}$ can represent the space reflection of the 1D Galilei group: $x \to -x; t \to t$. I don't really know ...
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Galilean relativity in projectile motion

Consider a reference frame $S^'$ moving in the initial direction of motion of a projectile launched at time, $t=0$. In the frame $S$ the projectile motion is: $$x=u(cos\theta)t$$ ...
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Why did Feynman tell “we cannot locate earth's angular position, but we can tell that it is changing”?

I was reading "Symmetry in physics" by Feynman, where he wrote: If we perform sufficiently delicate experiments, we can tell that the earth is rotating, but not that it had rotated. In other ...
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Question about Origins in Galilean transformation

I'm just learning about relativity, and every equation I see for a galilean transformation of frame $S'$ (moving with uniform velocity in the $x$-direction with respect to frame $S$) is $x'=x-vt$, ...
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Jacobian matrix of Galilean transformation

If we want to transform to another inertial frame of reference using Galilean transformation in 4-dimensional space-time, what is the Jacobian matrix of Galilean transformation?
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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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Is it always possible for an observer to realize to be in a non-inertial frame?

Galilean relativity principle states that two frames moving with uniform linear motion cannot be distinguished. But is it always possible to realize to be in a non-inertial frame? In a rotating frame ...
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Can the use of a magnetic compass be inconsistent with Galileo's Relativity Hypothesis?

I just read Galileo's Relativity Hypothesis from this website: http://physics.ucr.edu/~wudka/Physics7/Notes_www/node47.html It states that - "any two observers moving at constant speed and direction ...
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Why Galilean spacetime is not $\mathbb{E}^4$?

In Newtonian mechanics the physical spacetime is a Galilean spacetime with an affine surjection $\pi : \mathbb{A}^4\to \mathbb{E}^1$ from affine space $\mathbb{A}^4$ to Euclidean space $\mathbb{E}^1$. ...
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Naive interpretation of Galilean invariance of the TDSE

I was told today by someone smarter than myself that the time-dependent Schroedinger equation in one dimension was invariant under a Galilean transformation of $(x,t)$, namely under ...
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Generator of Velocity Transformations - Galilean Transformations

Under a Galilean transformation, the coordinates and momenta of any system transform as: $$ t \rightarrow t',\\ \vec r\:' = \vec r + \vec vt,\\ \vec p\:' = \vec p + m\vec v $$ where $\vec v$ is ...
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Do observers at different speeds perceive other speeds differently?

I was told that if a plane takes less time to travel from the China to US as opposed to the other direction due to rotation of the earth. I suspect this is incorrect however. From this scenario I ...
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Is this the reason why acceleration is said absolute?

I've seem sometimes people saying that although uniform motion on a straight line cannot be detected and hence it is not absolute, acceleration is indeed absolute in Classical Mechanics (I don't know ...
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Calculating relative velocity in three dimensional space

Given two points $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ in $\mathbb{R^3}$ whose position and velocity vectors are, respectively: $$\mathbf{r_A}=\begin{pmatrix}r_{A_{x}}\\r_{A_{y}}\\r_{A_{z}}\end{pmatrix}$$ ...
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Galilean transformation of Schrodinger equation and momentum operator

Let $$ \left.\begin{aligned} t'&=t\\x'&=x-vt \end{aligned}\right\} \quad \Longrightarrow\quad \dot{x}'=\dot{x}-v $$ and therefore $p'=p-mv$. If $p'=-i\hbar\nabla' $, then ...
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Invariance of law of conservation of angular momentum under a Galilean transformation [closed]

Given a reference frame O' moving at a constant speed $\vec{V}$ in relation to another reference frame O, I want to prove that $\vec{r_{1B}} \times m_1\vec{v_{1B}} + \vec{r_{2B}} \times ...
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Mass, Spin, Internal Energy and 1-Particle States in Galilean Quantum Mechanics

I have been reading an article discussing the unitary representation of Galilean group and non-relativistic quantum mechanics. The link to the article is given below. http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2442 ...
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Galilean Transform

I tried to solve a problem using two different ways and I had some trouble, the problem is: We define a symmetry transform of the expected value of $\vec{P}$ like this: $$\langle \psi|\vec{P}|\psi ...
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Matrix Representations of Galilean group

The general group element (in the vector representation) $$ \left [{ \begin{array} {c} \bar x^1 \\ \bar x^2 \\ \bar x^3 \\ \bar t \\ 1 \\ \end{array} } \right] = \left[ ...
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Frames of reference, relativity, and a ball thrown in the air

Ever since my high school physics days I found relativity fascinating but I don't think I have great insight even into special relativity. For example, in almost every lesson or video they give an ...