A specific reference frame that describes its coordinates in a manner that does not depend on time and is isotropic.

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Does rest exist?

I initially thought that the concept of rest depended on an inertial frame of reference. So for example, if the Earth and everything on it were the only things in the universe, and the Earth was ...
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Oh-my-god particle: How can it get through Milky way in 10 seconds?

My question is concerning wikipedia article on Oh-my-God particle, to be precise, this paragraph: This particle had so much kinetic energy it was travelling at 99.99999999999999999999951% the ...
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Is polar coordinates frame non-inertial?

Consider the acceleration expressed in polar coordinates. $ \left( \ddot r - r\dot\varphi^2 \right) \hat{\mathbf r} + \left( r\ddot\varphi + 2\dot r \dot\varphi \right) \hat{\boldsymbol{\varphi}} ...
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In rotating frames, particles do not travel at constant velocity?

If we measure a particle's trajectory in a rotating frame of reference as $\vec x=\vec x(t)$, then $\frac{d^2\vec x}{dt^2}=0$ could be zero? I'm trying to explain why the Newton's first law of ...
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how long will take for an astronal travel in near lightspeed in his point of view

I always had a question about relativity. Suppose an astronaut in orbit Saturn just must reach earth fast as possible. Your ship can travel at any speed between 0 and the speed of light. the distance ...
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Kinetic Energy in the Center of Mass Frame

Given two bodies moving along a line, I can find the velocity of the center of mass frame. Taking the time derivative of the Galilean transformation I get $v'=v-v_{cm}$ By definition, the total ...
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Is acceleration relative in relativity?

Suppose a box A is moving relative to a Box B, then by time dilation equation if I take 1 sec passed for an observer in A then for an observer in B will be little longer. Now if I suppose that the box ...
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Ball dropped from train [closed]

A ball is dropped of a train traveling with high velocity, to a man standing near the track, the bank A) falls down vertically B) moves horizontally C) follows an elliptical path D) parabolic ...
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Distinguishing inertial reference frames

As described in Wikipedia as well as this entry here, "being at rest on the surface of the Earth is equivalent to being inside a spaceship (far from any sources of gravity) that is being accelerated ...
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When calc. time elapsed for an inertial reference frame during travel between two points, are length contraction and time dilation taken into account? [closed]

When calculating the amount of time elapsed for an inertial reference frame over the course of its travel at constant velocity between two points, are the effects of both length contraction and time ...
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Objects travelling relatively to each other faster than light?

When we say that something is travelling a certain speed, it's really travelling that speed relative to the Earth. When saying the speed of anything, it is, for the most part, relative to something ...
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Does Inertial time dilation demonstrate that Time is not a dimension? [duplicate]

If time is a dimension and 'now' simply an expression of your position with respect to that dimension, the progress of any object along that dimension should remain in step with all other objects. By ...
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Kinetic Energy: Difference in energy for observers [duplicate]

Consider a stationary 10kg bike; if I apply a force of 10J then $KE=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ so $v=\sqrt\frac{2KE}{m}=1m/s$. If we consider the same example again, but from the point of view of a stationary ...
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Relativity of simultaneity: two light sources

A. Suppose a moving train. The train has two wheels(front and back) and each wheel is connected to light source inside the train. The light source is triggered(light is emitted) when train passes ...
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Lorentz contraction explanation correct? [closed]

I was having a heated SE chat debate with someone re relativity. One of us believes the explanation above is correct, while the other believes it is not. Who is correct, and, if the explanation is ...
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Mass has the same value in all inertial reference frames?

Is mass the same in all inertial frames? If it is, why is that? If not, can you also explain?
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Error in deriving relativity velocity addition formula [closed]

$D$ is traveling at .995c with respect to $C$ who is traveling at .995c with respect to $B$ all in the same direction. We want to compute $D$'s velocity as observed from $B$. Note that the Lorentz ...
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Is General Relativity compatible with relative speeds bigger than $c$ between two inertial frames?

My question is motivated by a remark done by Tegmark in his book "Our Mathematical Universe". He says that GRT does not prove that relative speeds between material points are always smaller than c. It ...
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Twin Paradox From Neutral observers perspective

Suppose two planets A & B, with B moving away from A at velocity v. A spaceship departs from A in the direction of B at velocity v (putting it in the same inertial frame as B), and remains that ...
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Relativity of simultaneity: light source inside and outside

(Orange are light sources and red are observers) There is a train, which is moving right. In each side, there is a light source, which emits light when the train passes certain point on a track. And ...
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Time Dilation diagram on wikipedia

The wikipedia article on Time Dilation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation) has an explanation involving the following two diagrams: I have some problems with these diagrams. In the second ...
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Question about 3d collision of 2 particles [duplicate]

I'm wondering about how to calculate the resultant velocity vectors of an elastic collision of two particles of same mass, in 3d. I've seen a post on the subject in which you answered, but I didn't ...
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Is the maximum possible measurable velocity = 2c

What is the maximum velocity that can be measured between two objects? Is 2C the correct answer? Two photons (A & B) are emitted simultaneously from my position; photon A going north and photon ...
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Time slows down as you approach the speed of light, travelers observe speeds faster than light travel? [closed]

If I was on a spaceship traveling almost at the speed of light, my time would slow down relative to the time for a stationary external observer. My question is, since we measure distances between ...
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While jumping in a high speed train why we fall on same place? [duplicate]

while we jump inside a high speed train why do we fall on the exact place? as train is in high speed and we are jumping so we should fall backside. but this doesn't happen why?
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How does a spinning object “know” that it is spinning?

I am constructing a thought experiment about a spinning object that is floating in intergalactic space. I assume that this object is about the size of a planet so that it will have enough gravity so ...
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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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Relativistic Particles [closed]

The question: An electron is moving at $0.6c$ in the lab frame. For an observer moving at $0.8c$ in the same direction as the electron's motion, what is the electron's kinetic energy (in MeV)? ...
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Relativistic electrodynamics between two point charges moving in perpendicular directions [closed]

Let there be two point charges, positive or negative, having velocities in directions perpendicular to each other. I need to evaluate the total interactive force on those (Lorentz force). I do it by ...
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Light at the Speed of Light [duplicate]

Since light particles travel at the speed of light, we know it's possible for something to travel at that speed. However, since all things are relative, and if time does stop at the speed of light, ...
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Explanation for a much simpler version of the twin paradox?

I have seen the classical twin paradox before. It uses a twin stationary on Earth and the other traveling away and back. I have seen many contradictory solutions for it, some use general relativity, ...
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Twin paradox on hypertorus [duplicate]

I will not describe the twin paradox again. But let's suppose we have two twins, one stationary and the other moving with uniform velocity $c/2$ for instance. And let's suppose that they live in a ...
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Centrifugal and Coriolis Equatorial Train Problem [closed]

Wikipedia has a example of a equatorial train in its article on Coriolis Force: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriolis_force In this example, a frictionless train is located on the equator, and can ...
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Is there a truly stationary frame of reference? (part deux) [duplicate]

I wonder if the belief that there is no truly stationary frame of reference is really true. Here's my thinking, please poke holes in it and/or mock me :) As we understand it, before the big bang the ...
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Man on a rotating platform [closed]

A platform rotates in counterclockwise with angular velocity w. A man walks from the center of the platform to the border with constant radial velocity v' wrt the platform. $\mu_s$ is the ...
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Can empty space be a frame of reference to measure velocity?

I am wondering if there is only one object in the universe than does it make any sense to talk about its velocity. If empty space can be thought of as a reference to measure its velocity than it ...
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How does flying over synchronize clocks look like?

I have a relatively (pun intended) simple conceptual question that has me going in circles as I begin my course work into Modern Physics. The question is straight forward enough: You are gliding ...
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How am I able to stand up and walk down the aisle of a flying passenger jet?

The energy of a moving object is $E = mv^2\;.$ That is it increases with velocity squared. I walk at say 3 miles per hour, or lets round that down to 1 meter per second for a slow walk. I weigh less ...
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Does the property of being “virtual” for a particle depend on the observer?

I've read at several places that a static magnetic (and electric for that matter) field can be thought of as made by virtual photons, at least that's what I understood. Now, in Special Relativity we ...
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Why do the stars in a binary system, revolve diametrically opposite to each other?

I encountered this question, as I was reading up on Gravity. The author of my textbook says that the stars orbit a common centre which is their center of mass. I somehow think that this fact might ...
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Time and velocity

Suppose two cars are traveling at a velocity of $c/2$ ($c$=speed of light) in two straight lines parallel to each other but in opposite direction in vacuum. Then what will a person sitting in one of ...
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Inertial forces and centre of mass

Is inertial force always attached to the centre of mass of the object? Why? What rules cause this to happen? See the example below of the leaned bike in a corner. The force $m\frac{v^2}{r}$ ...
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Distinguishing real forces and fictitious/pseudo forces in Newtonian mechanics

In understanding the law of inertia I had to consider the motion of bodies screened from the so called "real forces". What characterises these real forces? What makes us call them real? Or what is ...
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Simple Rotating frame of reference

I have a car moving in straight line with certain time-varying acceleration and there is another car moving in a curvilinear way along some curved path with some time-varying acceleration. The ...
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Can an event occur before or after the other one depending on what frame of reference we are in?

Two buses moving relative to each other with 30% the speed of light (4 light-min apart). Now by some mysterious way bus 1 comes to the knowledge that after 3 min-bus 2 time bus 2 is going to explode. ...
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Why is rapidity additive?

With the rapidity $\phi$ defined so that $\frac{v}{c}=\tanh{\phi}$, say you have 3 parallel moving reference frames $S$, $S'$ and $S''$ with a constant but different velocity/rapidity. If the ...
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What is the deep reason of length contractions and time dilations? [duplicate]

In the theory of relativity, a spacetime can have length contractions or length expansions and time can have time dilations or expansions. In theory of special relativity, any physical object with ...
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Can we see ourselves slower due to time relativity?

Please bear with me because I'm noob at physics. Numbers don't have to be calculated, these are just examples, I'm just asking conceptual stuff. Just double check: Objects traveling at $0.99c$ in ...
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Is the equivalence principle Machian?

There is a lot of discussion on the subject of Mach's principle, and whether it has any place in the theory of relativity. But it seems to me that one could argue that Mach's principle is at the heart ...
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Perfect fluid and EM tensor in rest frame

I see that we use perfect fluid which is characterized by a energy density and isotropic pressure for general forms of matter. When guessing the values of energy momentum tensor indices we can use ...