# Tagged Questions

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

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### Are Newton's laws followed in non-inertial frame of references having all their objects and observer moving with same acceleration?

Consider a hypothetical scenario. In our universe there are two merry-go-rounds 1 and 2 and a distant planet. There is no other object having mass. There is a robot X on the planet. There are two ...
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### Man on a rotating platform [on hold]

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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### 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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### 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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### Plane curve transform to moving inertial system coordinates

As a non-phycisist I hope my question makes sense and is understandable. It deals with special relativity. I suppose there is a e.g. plane curve ( e.g. a circle ) given in the x-y plane of of an ...
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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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### Moment of inertia of rotating particles in center of mass frame?

I am trying to simulate a collision between two molecules. I know the energy for every position/orientation, from which I can calculate the forces. The treatment is classical and the molecules are ...
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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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### 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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### Einstein's first postulate implies the second?

Einstein's two postulates of special relativity are as follows, 1. The principle of relativity: The laws of physics are the same in all inertial systems. There is no way to detect absolute ...
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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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### Finding the total energy in centre of mass frame

I'm working through a problem in a special relativity textbook (Woodhouse) and I'm having some difficulty. I have to show that if I have a particle of rest mass $M$, total energy $E$ colliding with a ...
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### Drift Speed and Current in Two Different Inertial Frames

We have a long, cylindrical wire carrying a constant current I in an inertial frame. At a distance of R from the center of the wire, the magnitude of magnetic field is $μI/2πR$. What is the magnitude ...
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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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### Does the Sun “drag the solar system through space”?

In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jHsq36_NTU#t=55 at 0:55, it is claimed that "the sun is [...] dragging the planets in its wake". Is this true? My understanding is that the sun and ...
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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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### Proving the conservation of 4-momentum for a particle collision $A+B\to C+D$

Let me say that particle A hits particle B and two particles come out - C and D; In system S I can write: $$p_A^μ+p_B^μ=p_C^μ+p_D^μ;\tag{1}$$ here $p_N^μ$ is the 4-momentum. Using the Lorentz ...
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### Why does Goldstein's derivation of orbits from Newton's law not yield the orbit consisting of symmetric oscillation along a line thru center of Sun?

Why does Goldstein's derivation of Keplerian orbits from Newton's law of gravity not yield the orbit consisting of symmetric oscillation along a line passing thru the center of the Sun? The fact that ...
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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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### 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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### Do free falling observers see gravitational blueshift?

Observers at rest in gravitational fields will see infalling light signals as blueshifted. Do inertial observers in free fall in a gravitational field see the same shift? If someone is standing on a ...
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### Hole-and-nail paradox in special relativity

Yesterday we started relativity on our physics class, and my professor taught us a few concepts. We did some examples on how things changed by looking them from different reference systems, and a ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...
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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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### 3-body system centre of mass

I have a three body system of point masses that represent mercury, earth and the sun. I want them to orbit about a common centre of mass, but I think the centre of mass will move. I need the centre of ...
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### A fast object (0.8c) getting overtaken by another fast object (0.9c): why don't times agree?

I'm trying to work on an exercise in Wolfgang Rindler's book "Introduction to Special Relativity" and I'm stuck on the following exercise: Two particles move along the x-axis of S at velocities ...
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### How to find the magnitude of electric and magnetic fields in an arbitary inertial frame?

In the context of special relativity, and using proper Lorentz transformations: If the electromagnetic fields have an uniform value [= constant in space and time] in an inertial frame, how will the ...
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### How would you explain the weight of an object in a lift accelerating up with acceleration a?

Observer in the lift:- He is unaware of his acceleration. He applies Newton's second law and got N = Mg. After that he used spring balance and found that the wait of the object is M(g+a). So to ...
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### How would you prove/verify that the real forces are independent of frame of reference?

How would you prove/verify that the real forces are independent of frame of reference?
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### Difference between first newton's law and second newton's law ? [duplicate]

the first and second laws of newton are both similar, so why do we need the first law if it is the same as the second? what is the big difference between these?
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### Minkowski geometry definition

The general relativity is based on Minkowski geometry definition with its special properties. The general relativity cant be approved wihout Minkowski geometry definition. Why Minkowski geometry is ...
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### Given the 1st Postulate of SR, doesn't the 2nd Postulate go without saying? [duplicate]

i've been looking over possible duplicates of this question and haven't found one yet. so, using Wikipedia as the textual source: The Principle of Relativity – The laws by which the states of ...
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### How to prove that “all unaccelerated frames behave likely for all isolated bodies”? [closed]

Say in an unaccelerated frame "S" a "isolated body A" moves with constancy of velocity , can we predict mathematically that any other such body B will move with same velocity in that frame.... My ...
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### Gravity between two unequal masses. Do both masses move?

I've been watching videos about gravity and I have a question My understanding is that mass have gravity and gravity is a force which attract other object with mass. For example, I jump up and the ...
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### Biological concept behind time dilation [duplicate]

What is the exact mechanism which makes aging process slow for persons travelling at higher velocity relatively. How does our body cells responds to gravity and undergo aging?
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### Do all moving object appear contracted?

In the derivation of Lorentz contraction my prof considered a rod moving away from you with speed $v$. In this case the rod appears shrunk by a factor gamma. But now let's consider a rod moving ...
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### Is temperature a Lorentz invariant in relativity?

If an observer starts moving at relativistic speeds will he observe the temperature of objects to change as compared to their rest temperatures? Suppose the rest temperature measured is $T$ and the ...
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### Static model of the Earth motion

Believe it or not, an old man I know in 2015 still negates the Earth orbital motion around the Sun. He believes the earth is rotating on itself and acknowledges this gives day and night on every ...
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### What does Newton's first law of motion want to say? [closed]

Newton's first law of motion says "A body will remain in a state of rest or in uniform motion in straight line, unless acted by an external force." So if a body is accelerated or moved ...
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### Is Newton's first law something real or a mathematical formalism?

Why do objects always 'tend' to move in straight lines? How come, everytime I see a curved path that an object takes, I can always say that the object tends to move in a straight line over 'small' ...
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### Why Earth is considered to be an inertial frame? [duplicate]

Earth rotates about its axis and also revolves around the Sun at the same time. So why Earth is considered as an inertial frame in Newtonian Physics. So technically, I'm effectively asking why the ...
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### How to spatially rotate the frame of reference Faraday Tensor? Special Relativity and Galilei Transforms

Hey I'm currently just starting out doing special relativity and I stumbled upon following problem: If I have the faraday antisymmetric tensor $F^{\alpha \beta}$ and I perform a spatial rotation of ...
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### Will my mass increase in my perspective while approaching near the speed of light?

Suppose I start my journey by a spaceship accelerate the velocity to 0.7c from Earth. Now the question arises that- Will my mass increase gradually as I'm going to a speed of .7c in my perspective and ...
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### Where does the energy required to speed the object in this question come from if the object actually slows down from another perspective?

I was thinking about mechanics and energy and stumped myself with this scenario I made up: Suppose you are in a room and you are motionless. In the same room, a 1 Kg ball is moving to your right with ...
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### Is rotational motion relative to space?

Let's assume that there is nothing in the universe except Earth. If the Earth rotates on its axis as it does, then would we experience the effects of rotational motion like centrifugal force and ...