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How much of Minkowski spacetime structure can be recovered from its causal structure?

A beginner's question: I have always understood that (four-dimensional) Minkowski spacetime can be recovered up to a constant factor—i.e. 'up to a dilation' or 'up to global scale'—from its causal ...
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What is the notion of a spatial angle in general relativity?

Is there a notion of spatial angles in general relativity? Example: The world line of a photon is given by $x^{\mu}(\lambda)$. Suppose it flies into my lab where I have a mirror. I align the mirror ...
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Rigid rectangle in Schwarzschild

Say I build a perfect rectangle. Side lengths $l_1$ and $l_2$ and perfect right angles. I am on earth and the metric is given by the Schwarzschild metric. Setting $dt=0$ leads to the spatial ...
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Finding the illuminance from a triangular light source

Since most light sources in games are point-like, it's pretty difficult to approximate area light sources with point sources. As triangles are a universal form to represent 3D models (thus area light ...
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How to calculate spatial distance in space-time?

Pinning two test particles at two different points in space, how can I calculate their spatial distance, when the geometry is given by the Schwarzschild metric? Let's say particle 1 is pinned at ...
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Characteristic length of a triangle

I am reading a paper on collision detection in cloth simulation, please help me understanding following lines written in the paper : To check if a point x4 is closer than some thickness h to a ...
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Is the triangle stronger?

I have a friend who cedes that a framework that is a triangle would be stronger than a square framework. But he maintains that a square solid would not be stronger than a triangle solid. Ie a set of ...
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Are signal fronts in a beam not at rest to each other?

I'd like to investigate how the notion of "mutual rest" might be applied consistently, but distinctively, in the following thought experiment: Consider a light source ("$A$") which directs a beam ...
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The resultant of two forces acting at any angle?

I am studying about forces as vectors. And they give me this equation: $c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2ab \cos C$ Can anybody explain me the second part of the equation? I perfectly understand $c^2 = a^2 + b^2$ ...
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Structure factor of crystals (X-ray crystallography)

How can one prove that the degree of each node in a distance graph must be at least four in order to obtain a unique solution to an exact distance geometry problem with sparse distance data? The ...
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In Minkowski space, why does the hyperboloid appear to each observer as a circle whose radius is increasing faster than the speed of light?

I read the assumption in the above question in the paper Hyperbolic geometry on a Hyperboloid by William F. Reynolds (see here, page 444), but it was not clarified further (the discussion was rather ...
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Scattering geometry question

While reading up on light scattering I came across this slide: My vector maths is a bit rusty and I am having trouble understanding the last term (scattering geometry). What is the significance of ...
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Geodesic distance in de Sitter space

Consider $N$ dimensional de Sitter space embedded in $N+1$ dimensional Minkowski space: $$\eta_{\mu\nu}X^\mu X^\nu=1, \hspace{1cm}\eta_{\mu\nu}=\text{diag}(-1,1,\dots,1)$$ where I set $H=1$ for ...
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Can masses move in 2+1 gravity?

I would like to understand basic concepts of the general relativity in 2+1 spacetime. As far as I know, GR predicts that such a spacetime is flat everywhere except for the point masses which create ...
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find distance using a light line

Let's suppose we have a particular light frequency emitter and relative sensor array, and that there is no external source of this light. This emitter has a know angle respect the receiver, and emit ...
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Physics of Skiing: Ideal Carving Equation

I am conducting a research paper on the physics of skiing, specifically how ski parameters affect the ski's ideal carve. I have come across this paper (abstract link to arXiv paper), which is ...
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When to use Cosine or Sine? [closed]

Three blocks of masses $M_A=15.0 \; \text{kg}$, $M_B=12.0 \; \text{kg}$, and $M_C=8.0 \; \text{kg}$ sit next to each other on a frictionless surface. A force $F=54.0 \; \text{N}$ acts on Block $A$ ...
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Transforming the angular momentum operator (from spherical to Euler and the internal valence angle) for a reduced 3-body problem

Let me introduce the problem: In a two electron fixed nucleus problem the "body" is the atom, whose electrons are located relative to the nucleus by the coordinates $r_1$ and $r_2$, and the angle ...
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Did a racer on a “restless” course race at some particular average velocity? (2: Starting gate and finish line being rigid to each other)

Consider two participants, a starting gate ($A$) and a finish line ($B$), in a (sufficiently) flat region, both undergoing uniformly accelerated motion, such that $A$ finds constant ping duration ...
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Did a racer on a “restless” course race at some particular average velocity? (1: Starting blocks, finish line moving uniformly wrt. each o.)

Consider two participants, $A$ and $B$ moving uniformly wrt. each other; first having approached each other, then having met and passed each other, and eventually having separated from each other such ...
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How to determine “timelike”-ness without using a coordinate system?

It has been stated here that: we can say, without introducing a coordinate system, that the interval associated with two events is timelike, lightlike, or spacelike. This assertion appears at ...
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Electric Potential of a Cube Made of Point Charges

I'm trying to find the potential energy of multiple geometric shapes made entirely out of point charges. This particular shape is a cube made out of two different point charges, A and B, each ...
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How far would I have to go to see a fully rounded Earth?

How far would I have to go to see a fully rounded Earth? Recently, I saw a video on Youtube in which a sky diver called Felix Baumgartner ascends to $120,000$ feet (= $39$ miles) in a stratospheric ...
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Determining the center of mass of a cone

I'm having some trouble with a simple classical mechanics problem, where I need to calculate the center of mass of a cone whose base radius is $a$ and height $h$..! I know the required equation. But, ...
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Differentials in Spherical Shell - Maxwell Distribution

In explaining the Maxwell distribution of molecular speeds, my pchem textbook uses the following figure: We are basically trying to find the probability of having a particle with a speed $u$ between ...
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If two ends were a certain “length” apart were they therefore at rest (or at least rigid) to each other? [closed]

Considering the definition of the SI unit of "length" [1] and [2 (" method a.")] I'm missing any requirements about the two "ends" of the required "path travelled by light" being "at rest to each ...
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Can a value of “length, in meters” be attributed to a pair of ends which are rigid (but not at rest) to each other? [duplicate]

The definition of the SI base unit "metre" [1] doesn't seem to rule out explicitly that a certain value of "length, in meters" could be attributed to a pair of ends which are rigid to each other, but ...
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Generalized Complex Geometry and Theoretical Physics

I have been wondering about some of the different uses of Generalized Complex Geometry (GCG) in Physics. Without going into mathematical detail (see Gualtieri's thesis for reference), a Generalized ...
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What's the dimensionality of a solid angle?

I haven't seen this explained clearly anywhere. Solid angles are described usually as a fraction of the surface area of a unit sphere, similar to how angles are the fraction of the circumference of a ...
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Calculating the Center of Mass

We have a homogeneous body that looks like this: I have tried dividing the body into different parts using the following definition: R g * A = R 1 * A 1 + ... R n * A n I was thinking I could ...
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Parametric equations of a hypersurface

In light-front QFT, in the Minkowski space, we define a hypersurface, $\Sigma_+ : x^3+ x^0 = 0 $. How can I write its parametric equations?
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Can a very small portion of an ellipse be a parabola?

We consider that when a body is projected from any height from the earth surface with a speed lesser than the orbital speed ( tangentially to the earth surface at that point.) it follows an elliptical ...
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Analytic solution for angle of minimum deviation?

Consider a simple prism with a prism angle $A$, angle of incidence $\theta_1$, angle of emergence $\theta_4$ and the first and second angle of refraction as $\theta_2,\theta_3$. the refractive index ...
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Can we derive the relation between proper time and the spacetime interval?

In GR, it's usually taken for granted - or as a definition - that the time measured by an observer's clock is related to the geometry in a very simple way, $d\tau^2 = |ds^2|$. This is easy enough to ...
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How to express “curvature scalars” in terms of "discrete curvature values $\kappa_n$?

We know from MTW [1] and Synge [2] how, for participants who were (pairwise) rigid to each other, it may be determined whether or not they were straight to each other, plane to each other, or ...
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Textbook on the Geometry of Special Relativity

I am looking for a textbook that treats the subject of Special Relativity from a geometric point of view, i.e. a textbook that introduces the theory right from the start in terms of 4-vectors and ...
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Geometrical interpretation of the Dirac equation

Is there an intuitive geometrical picture behind the Dirac equation, and the gamma matrices that it uses? I know the geometric algebra is a Clifford algebra. Can the properties of geometric algebra, ...
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Sound - for purposes of vibration

What is the best way to distribute noise from more than one source (I'm envisioning a system with many), within a dome, with the ground as its primary target, at optimal frequencies and volumes to ...
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virtual boxes mirror reflection

The problem statement Find the lightpath with a given starting and ending points via one or more mirrors. In those kind of problems you try image someone pointing a laser with a very narrow beam ...
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Understanding Calculus Notation in Physics

I have just started a first-year calculus-based physics course about electromagnetism and waves. I am having trouble understanding what calculus notation means in the context of physics. Here is a ...
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Spherical coordinate system

I do not understand how is $r^2 = x^2+y^2+z^2$ in spherical coordinate system. Can anybody give a simple derivation? I need to understand this in order to understand the lorentz transformation.
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Tensor of inertia

The tensor of inertia of a solid sphere is $I_{ii}=\frac{2}{5}MR^2$ about an axis passing through its CM. Why would the tensor of inertia of each hemisphere about that axis be ...
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Zwiebach quick calculation 2.5

I am working through Zwiebach's a first course in string theory. It's been a while since I did any math (or physics!), and I am stuck on the following problem (quick calculation 2.5 in the book): ...
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Making a cut trough a center of mass, can the masses of the pieces be equal?

Let's say point $P$ is the center of mass of an irregularly shaped object. If I make a straight cut trough point $P$ and split the object in two, is it possible for the two pieces to have the same ...
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Geometric Interpretation of Rotated basis of Hamiltonian and collective Dicke states

Suppose I start with a basis of states for a two spin-1/2 particle system, namely, $\{\left|\uparrow\uparrow\right\rangle, \left|\downarrow\downarrow\right\rangle, ...
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Where is a closed form also exact?

I'm not very familiar with exterior derivatives. I've some trouble following argument (which is a part of a proof that if the Riemann tensor vanishes, $R^{\,\rho}_{\;\,\sigma \mu \nu}=0$, iff there ...
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Area moment of inertia of regular $n$-gons over polygon center $O$

Is it possible to consider the regular polygons ($n$-gons) as deformed circles and use a pseudo-polar coordinate system to calculate their moment of inertia over its center $O$. Inasmuch as I know (I ...
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Problem in Youngs double slit experiment

This is from Young Double slit experiment. But How to prove the the two $\theta$ are equal, I meant, how $\angle EAD= \angle PEC$? I see from the both triangle have $90^0$ but what about others?
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Does a cycle (in Simple Harmonic Motion) have to equal 2π?

So, I search for the definition of cycle and I get this in Wikipedia: A turn is a unit of angle measurement equal to 360° or 2π radians (or ...). A turn is also referred to as a revolution or ...
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Density of a material in different dimensions

Hope this isn't something trivially wrong, I am a beginner in classical mechanics. But anyways, say there is a cube, of side length $a \ \text{cm}$. The volume of the cube is $a^3 \ \text{cm}^3$. If ...