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Why does the atmosphere rotate along with the earth?

I was reading somewhere about a really cheap way of travelling: using balloons to get ourselves away from the surface of the earth. The idea held that because the earth rotates, we should be ...
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How to derive addition of velocities without the Lorentz transformation?

Lorentz contraction and time dilatation can be deduced without Lorentz transformation. Can you deduce also the theorem of addition of velocities $$w~=~\dfrac{u+v}{1+uv/c^2}$$ without Lorentz ...
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Earth moves how much under my feet when I jump?

If I'm standing at the equator, jump, and land 1 second later, the Earth does NOT move 1000mph (or .28 miles per second) relative to me, since my velocity while jumping is also 1000mph. However, ...
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A Basic Question about Gravity, Inertia or Momentum or something along those lines

Why is it that if I'm sitting on a seat on a bus or train and its moving quite fast, I am able to throw something in the air and easily catch it? Why is it that I haven't moved 'past' the thing during ...
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Will a ball thrown straight up in a train land in same spot (in real world)?

I have a question that came up in a discussion with friends. If I throw a ball straight up in an enclosed train car moving with constant velocity, I believe the basic physics books say it will land ...
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If all motion is relative, how does light have a finite speed?

I've often heard that Einstein shattered the notion of absolute motion (i.e. all things move relative to one another) and that he established the speed of light as being absolute. That sounds ...
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A fly in an accelerating car

A fly is flying around in a car, the fly never touches any surface in the car only fly’s around in the air inside the car. The car accelerates. does the fly slam in to the rear window. or does the fly ...
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Speed of a fly inside a car

A couple of weeks ago I was travelling in a car (120 km/h approximately) and I saw a fly flying in front of me (inside the car, near my nose, windows closed). I wonder how was that possible. Does it ...
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How fast is Earth moving through the universe?

As the galaxy is moving and the solar system orbiting the galaxy and the Earth orbiting the sun. So how fast is each object moving and what is the fastest we move at? Do we even know how fast the ...
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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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Space Expansion vs. Relative Motion

Given 2 objects moving at some velocity $v$ relative to one another, is it possible to determine whether they are moving or whether the space between them is expanding?
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The Achilles Paradox

I know that it is a very old question but still I don't find any satisfactory solution for Achilles Paradox. Please explain me the fundamentals of Achilles paradox in terms of stage wise distance ...
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The Earth is spinning, so why don't we jump and land on a different location?

I know there are similar questions in stackexchange but i think it's different and detailed. The earth is spinning 465 meters/second so why don't we jump and land on a different location ? I have ...
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What will be the relative speed of the fly? [duplicate]

It has happened many times and i have ignored it everytime. Yesterday it happened again . I was travelling in a train and saw a fly (insect) flying near my seat. Train was running at a speed of ...
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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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Relative Speed vs speed of light [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Travelling faster than the speed of light Someting almost faster than light traveling on something else almost faster than light I've got two questions which are ...
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If I jump will I land in the same spot? [duplicate]

If I were to jump one meter in the air and hang for one second, would I fall back down in the same spot or would the earth rotate ever so slightly under me, causing me to land a short distance away ...
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Kinetics energy with different reference frame (a fighter plane shoots a bullet)?

Suppose a plane flies at 1km/s and shoots a 2kg projectile at 1km/s, so to the Earth the projectile flies at 2km/s with 2*2*2/2 = 4MJ. The same gun, when fixed on Earth, shoots the same 2kg ...
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There must be free positive charges, moving oppositely to electrons for the wire with current to stay neutral

All popular expositions (e.g. these ones) of relativistic electromagnetism claim univocally that electrons in motion become more dense due to the speed. They teach that Lorentz contraction of charges ...
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Why doesn't the speed of Earth (moving through space) kill us?

I have read different speeds of Earth in different sources. $382\;{\rm km}/{\rm s}$, $12\;{\rm m}/{\rm s}$ and even $108,000\;{\rm km}/{\rm h}$. Basically, it's moving too fast around the Sun. And the ...
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Is acceleration relative?

A while back in my Dynamics & Relativity lectures my lecturer mentioned that an object need not be accelerating relative to anything - he said it makes sense for an object to just be accelerating. ...
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Chosing a reference frame in which the earth is at rest and doesn't rotate

We may choose a non-rotating earth as our reference frame and ask ourselves: how about the planetary and stellar motions. A star at a distance of 10 million light years would turn around the earth in ...
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Is this one of the reason we can't travel in time? [closed]

I'd like to ask a question that is not in my field but it's bothering me. Based on that, I'm sorry if I make dumb mistake in my assumptions. The idea of travelling in time means "going" at some ...
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Does being suspended in air allow you to not be affected by Earth's rotation?

Let's assume that there was some mechanism by which we could remain suspended in air. By this I mean that our feet is not in contact with the ground. One possible way of doing this would be by means ...
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Dog running after shepherd

Assume there is a dog A on a field and a sephard B. B moves on straight line with constant ...
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Origin of motion and relative speed of bodies in the universe

Charged particles can hit the earth at relativistic speeds. But it seems that all large bodies have fairly low relative speed. Of course, speed can increase considerably when a body orbits close to a ...
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Relative angular velocity and acceleration

Background: (Irodov 1.55) Two bodies rotate around intersecting perpendicular axes with angular velocities $\hat\omega_1,\hat\omega_2$. Relative to one body, what is the angular-velocity and ...
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Rolling (without slipping) ball on a moving surface

I've been looking at examples of a ball rolling without slipping down an inclined surface. What happens if the incline angle changes as the ball is rolling? More precisely I've been trying to find ...
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Why a type of motion is relative and another is not? [closed]

Two scientists are completely isolated in two different boxes: First box moves uniformly straight (in a perfect space). Second box rotates uniformly (also in a perfect space). The scientists have ...
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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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Dropping a ball in a fast moving train

If I drop a ball in a train moving at a constant speed, will it land on the spot I aimed it at or a little away as the train has moved while it was in air? If it lands away, will the observer not know ...
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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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Finding resultant and direction of resultant

In this question- A motorboat is racing towards north at 25km/h and the water current in that region is 10km/hr in the direction of 60 degree east of south. Find the resultant velocity of the ...
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Does an airplane's speed include the speed of the Earth?

After take off, does airplane's speed include Earth's movement/speed? Do airplanes turn with Earth movement/rotation?
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What happens when the spacecraft velocity equals the velocity at it's exhaust?

So there I was resting me eyes thinking about rocket drives, and what-not. The thought struck me that, perhaps, even before Mr. Einstein interferes with the increasing velocity of the spacecraft Mr. ...
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Disappearing galaxies [duplicate]

According to the cosmological model of the expanding universe, the distant (diametrally opposite) galaxies have bigger and bigger relative comoving speed, and this speed (which is not a relative speed ...
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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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Feynman lectures on physics: The Michelson-Morley experiment

I have a problem understanding something. I'm reading FLP and here I don't understand why when the system is travelling, the light doen't make the same angle in the mirror C... if B and C are moving ...
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Magnetic force as a relativistic effect?

There is something I am confused about when it comes to the force between two parallel wires carrying current, specifically why when they carry current in the same direction the wires are always ...
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Vertical Travelling - Taking Advantage of Earth's Rotation [duplicate]

As per our current scientific knowledge the earth rotates on its axis and it rotates at a speed of 1670 kilometers/hour. This decreases by the cosine of your latitude so that at a latitude of 45 ...
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Relative Velocity problem

I was solving many problems on relative velocity and observed that when the question asks, "what is the minimum time taken by the boat/man to cross the river.?" so the solution says that he ...
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Bee in a vehicle [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Speed of a fly inside a car Just a conceptual question: If a flying bee is inside a speeding vehicle, will it have to "fly" just as fast as the vehicle to stay aloft ...
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What would happen to electronic circuits when traveling near the speed of light?

Imagine a space ship, loaded with all sorts of computer systems, traveling near the speed of light. Electricity itself is very fast, and can reach speeds close the speed of light. (up to 99% ...
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Can you tell your absolute speed in space?

Normally in relativity your speed can only be known relative to another object, given that as one approaches light speed more energy is required to accelerate faster, based on the energy consumption ...
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Apparent frequency and wavelength in the Doppler effect

For a transverse wave(or for pressure waves required to produce longitudinal waves), the motion perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the wave is governed by an equation like $y = ...
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Why do objects seem to move faster (relatively) when they move tangential to the observer?

I've observed this loads of times while travelling, in cars, trains,etc.I can't quite put it in words and therefore I've roughly made a diagram to assist my question. Assume an observer is travelling ...
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Perspective and changes in kinetic energy

Say you have two planes flying next to each other at the same speed and one decides to pick up speed by burning a tank of rocket fuel. If someone on the ground wanted to know that plane's new speed ...
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When you are standing in a running train if you jump means will you be in same place or will you be in front or back? [duplicate]

When you are standing in a running train if you jump means will you be in same place or will you be in front or back?