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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Path of puck through a turntable

I was looking a problem which tells me to consider myself standing on the ground beside a perfectly flat horizontal turntable rotating with constant angular velocity w. Then I lean over and shove a ...
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Superluminal speed?

I came by the quotation below. I'm confused: does it mean that it's actually possible for light and even material objects to move faster than light? Gravitational fields are present the velocities ...
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Why doesn’t the Sagnac Effect disprove relativity?

It was my understanding that the speed of light is supposed to be constant for every observer, as in the classical mental experiment of the guy in the train with the flashlights which explain the ...
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How does the kinetic energy of a ballerina increase? [duplicate]

When a ballerina pulls her arms in, her rotational kinetic energy increases because angular momentum is conserved. That means that work must have been done on her. I saw somewhere that there is work ...
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Seeing in shell reference frame in general relativity

I'm trying to understand how an observer in a shell reference frame sees an object (star) near a black hole. I'm specifically trying to understand the equation: $$\tan \theta_{shell} = ...
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Understanding gravitational time dilation / Schwarzschild metric

I've had a look at the answers to these sorts of questions already, but feel like I'm still missing something. Starting with this question, and this one and even this one here. I'm looking at this ...
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Why do we feel resistance to gravity rather than the acceleration of gravity?

What's the reason it behaves differently from all other forces? What I mean is, if you're in orbit you're accelerating toward the earth at almost 9.8m/s^2, but you feel nothing. If you are riding a ...
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Symmetric Time Dilation in Uniform Relative Motion

I feel (and hope) this is an easily answerable question among physicists versed in GR. I promise that I searched for other answers on the forum. Here goes: Observer 1 starts at X distance from ...
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A very elementary question about centrifugal force

I was recently reading some Newtonian dynamics textbook, and then I came across with a problem about the centrifugal effect on mass free falling to Earth. I can mathematically appreciate the fact that ...
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Measuring Hawking radiation after the coordinate transformation

If an observer can measure the Hawking radiation or surface gravity in his co-moving/rest frame, what happens when we make a coordinate transformation to a moving frame of reference? Can we make such ...
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Will the Velocity of an object change if it moves fast,close to speed of light?

If an rocket moves with a speed of 0.5c. So, the speedometer in that rocket will show 0.5c. But there will be time dilation when someone sees it from the earth. Then it's Time dilation will be So, ...
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Absoluteness of Simultaneity?

Here is a very good proof that simultaneity is absolute, not relative. The question: Is this proof wrong, or is Einstein? Can you prove it? What is the mistake in the proof, if any? If there is none, ...
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Is there a constant/baseline for how fast time passes?

Say we have an object completely unaffected by the effects of gravity/velocity. Is there a way to measure the passing of time for this object? Since time moves slightly slower for us on or near ...
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Speed of light and perception

So I'm reading a book called "The Elegant Universe" and here is a part of it Imagine two countries that have been at war are sitting down to sign a treaty ending hostilities while traveling aboard a ...
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Does time really differs drastically?

As I heard/read time moves slower and slower for me as I speed up, but does it change drastically? Our current formulas say, If I go at a speed very close to light's, time almost stops. I've seen ...
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Why is the zero of electric potential taken to be $r = \infty$, rather than $r = 0?$

Wouldn't it make more sense if it was taken to be zero at $r = 0$? This seems to imply that with a negative test charge at $r = 0$ from a positive point charge, $V = -\infty$, which I have trouble ...
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Is Twin Paradox solved in Special Relativity or General Relativity? [duplicate]

I'm getting pretty frustrated about finding the true solution to the Twin Paradox. If I open 10 relativity books, they all tell that they have the correct solution and the other books are wrong. So I ...
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How can we define a frame of reference in general relativity?

I have started reading general relativity. (A First Course in General Relativity, Bernard Schutz). I am finding very hard to understand a frame of reference. When I was reading special relativity ...
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Explanation of different magnetic field measurements due to frame of reference

If there is an stationary infinitely long wire carrying current I, and we turn on a gaussmeter, it will record a magnetic field B. Since I know the Biot-Savart law, I am satisfied with this ...
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Finding the time when we hear sound? (Reference Frames )

So a person stands at a far distance from an audio device. The audio device emits a sound and the person wants to get the exact time. He knows about speed of sound and has a meter stick to measure his ...
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Does the universe have a different age to different observers?

Although I understand that the universe is approximately 12 billion light years wide, and that may mean that it took the light photons 12 billion years at 186,000 miles per second to reach the ...
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Can the Cosmic Neutrino Background be detected from a lab moving near the speed of light?

If I've understood it correctly, the energy of an object depends on the reference frame, so when you accelerate, the CMB and CNB appear to gain energy (relative to your rest frame). So if you are ...
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Is it possible to counter-act centrifugal force by moving at the same speed in the anti-spin direction?

I've recently been contemplating things like artificial gravity in a rotating space ship (for example, the O'Neill Cylinder) and learning about the Coralis effect and other interesting fictitious ...
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Is it possible to derive the Doppler effect formulas for sound using relative velocity?

Is it possible to derive the Doppler effect formulas for sound using relative velocity? If possible can anyone please explain it to me.
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Relativistic Momentum and Energy - Lorentz Transformations [closed]

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab is colliding fully ionized gold (Au) nuclei accelerated to an energy of 200 GeV per nucleon. Each Au Nucleus contains 197 ...
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Theory of relativity. Relative to what? [duplicate]

If I properly understand relativity, time ticks faster for an object sitting still than for an object passing by. So, in a universe with only two objects which have the same "age", object A is ...
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Coriolis force: why is pole-to-equator air flow eastly?

I have little knowledge in fluid dynamics, so this may be naive. But I have a question while reading a textbook about the Coriolis force, by which the rotation of the earth from west to east changes ...
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Reference frame of high speed rocket [duplicate]

Imagine a high speed rocket, traveling past a star. In the rocket's reference frame, the star's length is contracted. This is a lot a mass in a thin line, so it the rocket's reference frame, could it ...
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Tensor components change under rotation-translation

I am currently working on a research project in a non-physics field, where I would like to work on a very constrained 2nd order tensor (3x3, symmetric, traceless). The tensor represents probability of ...
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Relativity of Work

Let's say there is a man pushing a wall with a force of $-1 \text N$, and moving it $0 \text m$. Since $W = F \cdot d$, he has done $0\text J$ of work on the wall. Another man is pushing a duck with ...
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Why are the proper time and the proper length not defined in the same frame of reference?

I've just read this interesting Wikipedia article about time dilation and length contraction in special relativity. . Derivation of time dilation Applying the above postulates, consider the ...
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Mass-Spring system on an accelerating jet

Imagine a perfect mass spring system. If it's put on an accelerating plane, how will the motion change? Is the plane's acceleration like a driving/damping force, where: $$F_{\text{driving}} = ...
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Earth's direction in space [closed]

After watching videos about the rotation of the planets being helical and not heliocentric, I wondered, as Earth travels through space, which part of Earth is the forefront?
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Location of singularity in moving black hole

Say a black hole is travelling at $c/2$, does the shape of the event horizon change? What about the location of the event horizon? If it is travelling at a hypothetical $c$, does the event horizon ...
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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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Why collide a moving particle with a particle at rest, rather than two moving particles?

I was just reading some lecture notes about relativistic and quantum mechanics, and in the later part of this page the author demonstrates that any relativistic particle collision in the "lab" ...
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Starting point for a derivation of fictitious forces

I came across this expression at the start of a derivation of fictitious forces: $$(dA/dt)_L = (dA/dt)_R + \omega \times A$$ Where the $L$ subscript refers to the laboratory (inertial) reference ...
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Special relativity and Lorentz transformation

I recently learned about special relativity and different reference frames. The conversion from two inertial reference frames is given by Lorentz transformations: $$x' = ...
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The athlete feels a centrifugal force when whirling the hammer - is there always a centrifugal force associated with a centripetal force? [closed]

(this is a homework question) To this, I would say that the centrifugal force is just the reactionary force of the centripetal force, which is causing the hammer to 'want' to move away. Therefore, ...
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Does the rotation of the Earth affect time?

If the Earth were to spin from east to west instead of west to east, how would that affect time or our perception of it?
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Particle disintegration (Landau & Lifshitz)

In the particle disintegration problem in the book by Landau and Lifshit(z), it is considered a particle with velocity $\vec{V}$ in the lab frame, which disintegrates into two particles with masses ...
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Do rotation matrices rotate about inertial or body angles? [closed]

I have Yaw, pitch, and roll angles in that order (Euler 321) to apply to a body reference frame in cartesian coordinate system. I want to know what the body reference frame vector coordinates are ...
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Are reversible and irreversible processes frame dependent?

since it is all about time. If I have a look at an irreversible process from a frame where time runs really slow. is there a possibility of considering that process reversible from that frame?
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Can the Unruh effect be confirmed by the LHC?

Two short questions regarding the Unruh effect. There are related answers on this forum and on wikipedia, but I am looking for confirmation of my own intuitive assumptions, so a straightfoward yes or ...
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Calculating the first cosmic velocity / velocity for a circular orbit

Today in class we calculated first cosmic velocity using this equation $$G\frac{mM}{(R+h)^2}=\frac{mV^2}{R+h},$$ where $m$ = mass of the body, $M$ = mass of the Earth, $R$ = radius of the Earth, $h$ = ...
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Coriolis force on bullet vs airplane

Why do airplanes experience negligible Coriolis force while bullets experience the Coriolis force in long range shooting, even though the mass of airplane is much bigger than a bullet?
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How to define the parameter $\beta_{CM}$ of the transformation of pseudorapidity of the referencial LAB to CM

How can I determine $\beta_{CM}$ knowing the energy of the center of mass (CM), and without knowing anything about the particle mass? I have only information about the pseudorapidity in the ...
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From Lorentz Invariance Violation to the preferred frame of reference

I've read here and there that Lorentz Invariance Violation (LIV) would imply the existence of a preferred frame, a frame where some physical laws are valid, while invalid in other frames. The fact ...
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Can I see stars in my light-cone that you can never see?

The light cone of our galaxy is a lot different to the light-cone of a galaxy 5 bly away. Our Hubble volumes are much different. Everyone is born in/at a different space/time. Can I see stars in my ...
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If an object rests on a table, not accelerating, how much work do both the object and the table do?

Obviously, the net work done is zero, because there's no motion, but is the proper way to look at it that both the object's gravity and the table's normal force do zero work, or that one does positive ...