A reference frame is a particular coordinate system chosen to represent physical entities. The notion is most often used in special and general relativity to dentoe particular coordinates chosen on the spacetime manifold.

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In relation to what, are the orbits of planets defined? [on hold]

I was pondering geocentric orbits. And of course, a geo-stationary orbit is an orbit in which a satellite orbits at the same speed and direction as the rotation of the Earth, so that it seems from ...
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Coordinates for FLRW metric [on hold]

In GR, coordinate are just a tool for us to describe the physics, they should be equivalent. However, in standard form of FLRW metric, it can be inferred that the universe is expanding, but we can do ...
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If the solar system is a non-inertial frame, why can Newton's Laws predict motion?

Since there is no object in the universe that doesn't move, and the solar system likely accelerates through space, how did Newton's Laws work so well? Didn't he assume that the sun is the ...
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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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If a place a spring in a box and drop the box, what happens?

Suppose I a holding a box in my hands, and inside the box a spring with some mass attached hangs from the cieling of the box. Initial the system is at equilibrium, then I let go of the box and it ...
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Evidence that stationary masses in space actually attract each other

I'm finding it rather difficult to find experimental evidence that two stationary masses in space (unaffected by external massive bodies or gravities) actually attract one another. For moving masses, ...
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Does light have initial velocity? [duplicate]

You are standing still in a vacuum, and you throw a ball that moves 10 m/s away from you. Now you start moving in one direction at 5 m/s, and throw the ball in the other direction, away from the ...
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Elevator cabin problem

The following passage is extracted from the book "Concepts of Physics, Part 1" by H C Verma: Let us consider the situation shown in figure. An elevator cabin falls down after the cable breaks. ...
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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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What is a homogeneous and isotropic frame of reference?

I have heard that inertial frames of reference in the context of special relativity are both isotropic and homogeneous. I know what isotropic and homogeneous mean in a general context, but what do ...
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Is speed of light in vacuum the same same for all observers throughout the universe [duplicate]

How can be speed of light same same for all observers throughout the universe? If it be proved wrong then the entire relativity will collapse because the basic principle for relativity is the same.
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Time difference between two moving inertial frames of reference [closed]

This is a question I am trying to solve: Let S and S' be two inertial frames of reference and S' is moving relative to S at a velocity of 0.6c. When x = x' = 0, t = t' = 0. At t = 2 x 10-7 s, an ...
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What is the evidence of interpreting $g_{\mu\nu}$ as the metric of space-time?

I think if we don't mention the meaning of $g_{\mu\nu}$ as the metric of space-time, we can still construct the equation of motion and Einstein field equation in a way such that $g_{\mu\nu}$ is just a ...
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Time Dilation Properties

I've read up on time dilation and how gravitational/kinematic time dilation work but I have not received a clear answer on how the two work together. If you are observing something traveling at a ...
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Space and motion

When we throw a ball upwards sitting in a running bus or train it directly comes to our hands but when we do the same sitting on a moving motorcycle the ball falls backwards. Why?
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Peskin and Schroeder passive and active translation

In peskin and Schroeder's qft book, in chapter two, they're discussing Noether's theorem with respect to translations of co-ordinates. They describe and "infinitesimal" translation $x^\mu\rightarrow ...
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Can the epicycles of the geocentric model of the solar system be dismissed due to the laws of physics?

With enough epicycles, the motions of the planets can be accounted for in a geocentric model, but do the laws of gravity make such motions impossible? Did Newton's laws not only provide a simpler ...
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Effect of expansion on time?

We know that for moving body times moves at a slower rate, but can this happen for Universe itself whose rate of expansion is accelerating?
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How does a frame of reference work in relativity? [duplicate]

I am struggling to understand what frame of reference means in relativity. Imagine the twin scenario. Twin A is at rest, while twin B travels somewhere and back at near the speed of light. If one ...
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Why is the speed of light in vacuum constant? [duplicate]

Are there any proof of the speed of light in vacuum being constant? All I hear is that light in vacuum travels at a constant speed because that's an observation and that it fits in a coherent theory ...
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Calculating time dilation for photon traveling towards a moving spaceship

Suppose a spaceship is moving away from the Earth at $0.5c$. When the spaceship is one light-year away from Earth, an observer on Earth sends a photon toward the spaceship. According to the observer ...
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Why and how is acceleration absolute?

Is there a testable model which explains why rotation of an object in space and straight-line acceleration appear to be absolute while uniform translation is relative? I know of Mach's explanation, ...
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Special Relativity - travelling close to light speed

When we say something travels close to the speed of light, what is its speed relative to? For example, we have 4 highly advanced spacecraft at rest beside each other, labelled A, B, C and D. We ...
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Centripetal and centrifugal force

If a stone is rotated with the help of a rope, then both centripetal force and centrifugal force will be liberated. The magnitude of that forces are same, but direction of them are opposite to each ...
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Intuition of centrifugal force [duplicate]

I heard that centrifugal force does not really exist; that it is made as opposite substance to centripetal force. Is it true? Could someone define for me what centrifugal force is in terms of vectors ...
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Is it possible for a moving body to have no kinetic energy? If yes, then how? [closed]

An object which is moving relative to your coordinate system has kinetic energy in that coordinate system; it does not have kinetic energy in a coordinate system which is stationary relative to the ...
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Validity of Maxwell's equations with no aether or relativity?

In From Paradox to Reality: Our Basic Concepts of the Physical World by Fritz Rohrlich page 55 it states that [...] just doing away with the ether would not have resolved all problems. The ...
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Can I fix a point in Minkowski space to give it a vector space structure?

I looked up the term Minkowski space on Wikipedia. It said There is an alternative definition of Minkowski space as an affine space which views Minkowski space as a homogenous space of the ...
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If reality is relative, then what about Newton's bucket argument?

There is nothing outside the universe. - Lee Smolin So, there can't be any absolute frame. Everything must be measured relative to an entity that exists in the universe. Thus, space ...
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Resemblance between Coriolis force and magnetic part of Lorentz force

If we interchange velocity with charge and omega that is rotation of a system with $B$, magnetic field, we get the same thing. Is there any deeper meaning to this same mathematical form?
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A sees B's clock running slow and B sees A's clock running slow? [duplicate]

This paradox is very common it seems, in which A sees B's clock running slow and B sees A's clock running slow. Here is the question a little more concretely. Let's say B flies by A's spaceship. If ...
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Subluminal speed when going in a circle around someone

Some time ago I thought about such situation: There are two people in the room. Both have synchronized watches on their wirsts. Then the person A starts running around person B with the speed of ...
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What arguments and examples did Newton give in support of Absolute time and space?

As everyone knows, Sir Newton advocated the Absolute Space & Time theory. But what examples and arguments did he confer to establish his theory? I read the wiki page where it was written that he ...
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What are absolute space & time? Why are they not absolute in reality?

As said by A.P. French in Newtonian point of view: Space is a sort of stationary three-dimensional matrix into which one can place objects or through which objects can move without producing any ...
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How do I transform onto a relativistic rotating frame of reference?

In classical mechanics, the usual formula to translate the evolution of a quantity as seen from an inertial frame of reference to a rotational frame is: $$\frac{d \textbf{A} }{dt} \vert_{Inertial} = ...
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When objects fall along geodesic paths of curved space-time, why is there no force acting on them?

On cseligman.com, it is written that So, we see things falling with an acceleration which we call the acceleration of gravity,and thinking that we live in a straight line , uniformly moving or ...
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The subtle differences between angular momentum and centrifugal force?

I am a mathematician wanting to understand the differences between the concepts of angular momentum and centrifugal force. The following two ideas are clear to me from a physical point of view, but ...
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How fast am I moving? [duplicate]

Given the speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second and that it is constant through out the universe, (i.e a person who measures the speed of light while standing still will get the same result ...
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Turning off point for 1g acceleration

Let's say I am on a ship accelerating with 1g. I want to keep the engine running for half a year ( to an observer from my point of origin ) but due to time dilation it would have to be sooner than ...
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Twin paradox, different starting locations

Let's say I have a twin who is at rest relative to myself and ten light years away from me, we are both in rocket ships. We have agreed that I will send a laser pulse and that when he receives it we ...
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Angular Momentum conservation in star system

This question is related to what happens to a planetary body(like earth) when the star it is orbiting collapses under its own gravity. Suppose a star is rotating about its axis with some angular ...
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What are galactic speeds measured against?

The Earth moves through space at 67,000 MPH. The Milky Way travels through a local group at 2,237,000 MPH. Wouldn't you need a fixed point to be able to measure velocity against? After all, compared ...
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When conserving angular momentum, about which point(s) should it be calculated?

In my physics problem I have a ball fired at a non fixed bar, which is moving at some velocity, causing them both to stick together and the bar-ball pair to rotate about the new center of mass. About ...
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Schroedinger Equation and Special Relativity

From what I understand, the Schroedinger equation describes how the wave function of a quantum system evolves in space over a given time (I am referring to a relativistic version of the Schroedinger ...
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Rotational dynamics about a point or an axis?

In several books and sites, its written that torque is calculated about an axis and angular momentum is calculated about a point. In MIT's Angular momentum lecture pdf, Angular momentum has been ...
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Period of a pendulum in a lift going up [duplicate]

So I know that the period of a pendulum in a free falling elevator isn't going to change because there is no force acting on it since $$T = 2\pi\sqrt{\frac{\ell}{g}}.$$ So what happens to a pendulums ...
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Determine coordinate system for rotating wheel

I am having trouble writing down the coordinate systems for a problem. In particular, I'm not sure how to figure out the translational acceleration of the moving coordinate system relative to the ...
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Can I choose any reference frame? [duplicate]

I'm a horrible noob at anything past mechanics, so please bear with me. According to Einstein's theory of relativity (at least as it is known in "popular science" (lowercase)), mass-full objects ...
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Time dilation - Earth & Jupiter [duplicate]

I have this doubt after watching Interstellar movie :) Lets assume I am in Jupiter. (I know it is a gas planet, full of hydrogen and helium, has extreme pressure etc. Lets please ignore those facts ...
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Intuition and difference between centrifugal force & Coriolis force?

My book says that when a frame rotates uniformly, pseudo/fictitious force must be taken to count. This is centrifugal force. Also, while Googling, I found another pseudo force Coriolis force. ...