The union of special (SR) and general (GR) relativity. Use this tag if both SR and GR apply.

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Relativity Coordinate transformation of Vector [closed]

I'm taking a first course in General Relativity but I've been struggling with coordinate system transformation. For example, if I have a Vector defined in Cartesian (x,y) coordinates as $V_x=x^2+3y$ ...
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What is the proper way to explain the twin paradox?

The paradox in the twin paradox is that the situation appears symmetrical so each twin should think the other has aged less, which is of course impossible. There are a thousand explanations out there ...
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What is the $ds^2$ notation in relativistic physics?

Could someone please explain me intuitively how $ds^2$ represents distance in relativistic physics?
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What is time dilation really?

Please will someone explain what time dilation really is and how it occurs. There are lots of questions and answers going into how to calculate time dilation, but none that give an intuitive feel for ...
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Newton's gravity vs Einstein's gravity

Hello so if i were to simplify the difference between gravity as seen from Newton and gravity as seen from Einstein, could i say that Einstein's gravity is just adding the fact that gravity does not ...
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When e/m varies with velocity, charge is variable

It is found that the e/m ratio of an electron varies with velocity. Current physics assumes that it is mass that is variable with speed. Is there any fundamental reason why it cannot be assumed that ...
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Do relativistic frames imply different realities? [duplicate]

From Einstein's principle of relativity space-time and mass are relative to the frame from which they are being observed. Now would that mean a ball moving at the speed of light wrt to earth would ...
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Is there anything we are aware of that can't be slowed by time dilation?

While thinking about the ambitions of this post: Can radioactivity be slowed through time dilation? I was asking myself, is there even anything that is dependent on time and can't be slowed through ...
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Light's speed constancy

Trying to understand the special relativity I faced a problem,and have a question, well, with the speed of light being constant in every frame, the operation s=d/t (s for the speed of light d: ...
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What is a metric? [closed]

I was taking a basic course in general relativity. They introduced a concept of a metric which I wasn't able to understand can somebody explain it to me why do we need a metric in curved spaces?
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Can someone conceptually explain time dilation?

Can someone intuitively explain how physically time dilation happens? Please don't explain about the invariant speed of light and the mathematical background, I am familiar with that. I just can't ...
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If mass increases as velocity increases, does gravity increase as well? [duplicate]

The way I understand it, velocity and mass are tied together with relativity. As I increase in velocity, I increase my mass until my mass is so great that it would take more energy than the entire ...
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What is the benefit of the relativistic effects (time dilation and length contraction)? [closed]

Can an observer ever experience the relativistic effects, or he just can observe them. For an observer these effects happens only on other objects that he observe, but can he realize if he is ...
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Tensor manipulation and showing equality

Im taking GR for the first time and it is definitely throwing me for a loop. The question I am working on is this: Prove that if a contravariant tensor $A^{uv}$ is symmetric, then it remains ...
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Universe expansion and general relativity [closed]

If the universe is expanding faster and faster, won't we reach a moment where the general relativity will make the mass so big, that the universe will have to decrease its acceleration?
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Where would you go to get feedback, advice and assistance for a new theory of physics? [closed]

I know that crackpots are constantly running down physicists to pitch them on a "new theory" that solves everything. This has understandably led to extreme skepticism for anyone not affiliated with a ...
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Three time dimensions and one spatial dimension degeneracy

Is there a sort of degeneracy in the space-time metric for our universe? What I mean is that it seems you would observe all the same properties of our universe if you simply placed a minus sign in ...
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Are there any known non-zero mass objects travelling at almost $c$ observed in the universe so far?

Have we ever observed a body or particle with non zero mass traveling at almost $c$? I'm asking this because according to relativity as an object approaches light speed it's mass approaches infinity, ...
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Are objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu} b^{\mu \nu}$ consistent with Einstein summation?

I'm familiar with Einstein' summation notation and I understand objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu}$ just fine. But I'm wondering why I've never come across objects like this: $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu ...
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Classical Quantum or Relativistic? [closed]

An ensemble contains free electrons at 10^3 electrons per m^3 at 10^7 K. What can this ensemble be treated as: a Classical Quantum or Relativistic gas or in some overlapping domain?
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Michelson Morley experiment - why is there an interference pattern in the first place?

In descriptions of the experiment, the two arms of the interferometer have the same length. There's an interference pattern which was expected to be shifted when the system was rotated 90 degrees. But ...
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What is a Geodetic?

What is a geodetic? First I thought it was a typo (hehehe..). To me, the term "geodetic" is used to describe a curve that belongs to a congruence of geodesics...but, I also think I'm wrong. ...
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When travelling in the direction of light, what is my relative velocity?

If suppose I am traveling in the same direction as that of light, the relative velocity I am traveling with is speed of light + my speed in the direction of light. Is this correct? Does this have ...
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Is light relative? [duplicate]

I was wondering, if two cars (A and B) are going at different velocities let's say A=90km/h, B=80km/h then if we add the two speeds we get 170km/h meaning they are relative to each other. But if one ...
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Relativity Mapmaking in spacetime [closed]

The problem as stated: I do not know how I am supposed to map this. The instructions don't make sense to me and the textbook is really un-helpful. This is the map that I have to draw this on. I ...
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Does a photon arrive at the time it was emitted [duplicate]

I was thinking about the implications of time dilation and wondering if it has an effect on photons. Obviously a photon doesn't age. But is there any other effects on a photon traveling massive ...
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When will Einstein's theories become laws? [closed]

Einstein theories , specifically relativity, have been fascinating us for around 100 years yet with all the real and actual evidence of its validity we still consider it a "theory"..... How much more ...
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Topic on relativistic celestial mechanics [closed]

I have to do a small 10-15 minutes presentation about celestial mechanics, and I am searching for a topic. As a mathematician my background in physics is not very extensive, but I have some notions ...
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Does relativity violate uncertainty principle?

Let us say I sit on an electron. According to me the electron is at rest. Also, I will know the position of the electron accurately as I can take the electron as the origin. So, I know both position ...
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Is gravity Lorentz-invariant?

If I go whizzing past the Sun in my spaceship at 0.8c, I will see that the Sun looks like it has been squished. That is, it will be Lorentz-contracted along the direction of my motion (by a factor of ...
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Is the matrix representation of the Lorentz transform the same for all 4-vectors?

If I have a four vector of the form: $$ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} T\\ \vec{X}\end{array} \right) $$ where $T$ is the analogous time component (i.e. energy, angular frequency, scalar potential, charge ...
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Could the universe be accurately simulated with an infinitely powerful computer? [duplicate]

This would mean that every event happens because of what has hapened before it and there is no randomness factor. At a microscopic level, the motion of atoms is a result of the motion of other atoms ...
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Energy of a relativist electron [closed]

I need to find a way to obtain $E = mc^2(\gamma -1)$ by starting with : $E = mc \cdot p = mc \cdot v \cdot \gamma$ with $ \gamma = \frac {1}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}$
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Faster than the speed of light? [closed]

Just a conceptual question here. I have read that this is impossible as nothing can travel faster than light. But if an observer were travelling faster than the speed of light from a particular point ...
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Reference request for relativistic imaging

Being a high-school physics teacher, I always am searching for compelling and different approaches to the subject. In the case of (special) relativity a frequent curiosity arises while discussing what ...
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Why time slows only for moving object and not stationary observer? How the “stationary” & “moving” are decided? [duplicate]

Explanation for the questions in the title: According to the the (special theory of) Relativity, if an observer is stationary and sees a fast moving object then time runs faster for the observer ...
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Are all conserved scalars proportional to relativistic mass? [closed]

I have read in Rindler's relativity book that all scalars depend only on the magnitude of velocity of a particle and that are conserved are proportional to relativistic mass. ...
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Particle accelerators reaching light speed [duplicate]

I just have a question in mind that's stuck in my head, and it's why particle accelerators cannot accelerate any particle to the speed of light. I'm assuming it involves Einstien's theory of ...
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Stripped twin paradox [closed]

Consider an empty space, except for Alice and Bob. Suppose Alice sees Bob move away and then come back again. Suppose Bob sees Alice move away and then come back again. Suppose either of them will ...
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Can the single object accelerate? (Relativity theory) [closed]

Suppose space is empty except for one single object. According to relativity theory it doesn't matter whether we assign a constant velocity to it or not; in both scenarios the same is predicted. The ...
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Magnetic field existence - a relativistic approach

Recently I learnt that magnetic force is equal to relativistic electrostatic force. With this approach I was able to understand the motion of a charged particle kept near a current carrying conductor. ...
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if a meteorite is moving in space fast enough to generate a lot of mass shouldn't it generate gravity because its moving? [duplicate]

is it how planets form when is happens to have alot of mass to generate a little bit of gravity, oh and bullets for example they generate mass when moving and causes it generate mass?
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Relativity of simultaneity subtle example [closed]

imagine three persons, Person A is standing next to a device these device is an AND gate if two photons(one from right and one from left) reaches the AND gate at the same time the device explodes and ...
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How can the past, the present and the future coexist at the same time? [closed]

We all heard it many times, the theory of Time suggest it is parallel rather than being linear. This leaves the door opened for alternate realities and well, immortality. However, even after reading ...
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Are gravitational waves constrained by special relativity (speed of light)? [duplicate]

In Lawrence Krauss's excellent book "Universe from Nothing" and his related lectures, he cites findings of the BOOMERANG-instrument observations in Anarctica as used to measure the diameter of ...
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How can I properly learn relativity with an electrical engineering background? [closed]

I want to properly learn the theory of relativity, purely for self-interest. When I say relativity, I mean both flavours: special and general. Are there any good books which go into both the ...
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Getting an object to travel at or near light speed by adding velocities [duplicate]

Firstly I'll just give a brief example of where my query came from. I was watching the episode of Futurama where Bender meets God after being fired from the planet express ships torpedo tube. The crew ...
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Real and relative velocity formula

What i need is a thing more complicated than the usual relative velocity formula. Imagine a radar. You are at the center, moving at some angle, but lets make it clear, you are always at the center. ...
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F=ma is true in an accelerating coordinate system [closed]

There are plenty of similar topics about the physical or intuitive meaning of the equivalence principle or statement such as ''laws of physics are true in every frame of reference''. Usually answers ...
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Double the mass in the universe, double the inertia

If I double (halve) the mass in the visible universe, will my inertia double (halve)? I think it should, at least as soon ''I have received the news of this doubling''. But what does the General ...