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

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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. m(\vec{v})=m_{0}/\sqrt{...
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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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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 ...
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Would a star be observed to burn brighter traveling at relativistic speeds?

Would a star, similar to our own, be observed to "burn" differently at relativistic speeds? I am only thinking this because the observed relativistic mass would change.
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Why Use the Non-Relativistic Momentum Operator in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics?

In deriving the Klein Gordon equation one starts out with the relativistic energy relation E^2 = p^2 + m^2 and substitutes the quantum momentum operator that corresponds to non-relativistic QM, p = -i ...
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Stress-Energy Tensor of Riemann's Curvature Field

Einstein, in "The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity," as well as most modern lecturers in the subject, use a pseudo-tensor for the stress-energy of the gravitational field. By ...
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Charged Universe and charge-dependent inertia/anti-inertia

I posted this same question as a follow up for the main question here. I expected to get a quick answer but since none have come up I raise it as a topic in its own right. So the question is: Suppose ...
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I ask this question again in a simpler, shorter form. Maxwell's equations can be derived with Special relativity starting from the Coulomb's law. Therefore all the phenomena of classical ...
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What would happen, gravitationally, to ships passing by each other at high speeds vs high accelerations?

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. In scenario A, the SS Accelerator is accelerated up to near C, stops accelerating, then flies past the SS ...
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What would be seen if a firing laser is accelerated to relativistic speeds then back?

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. Each ship is spherical with a band of mirrored material around the outside and contains a green laser. They ...
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The Inertial theory of Sciama and an electromagnetic analogue

In 1952 D. W. Sciama introduced a paper On the origin of inertia. It presents a method in which inertia could arise from other mass in the universe. It goes along these lines: If you try to ...
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Relative speed of Geostationary satellite with respect to earth?

I was wondering whether relative speed of geostationary satellite with respect to earth is zero or not.Since angular velocity of satellite about earth is same as angular speed of earth about its own ...
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Is there a gravitational radiation reaction force?

As you may know, the linearized relativity theory (or gravitoelectromagnetism), obeys equations analogous to Maxwell's equations in electrodynamics. These equations in ED result in the troubling ...
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How far can a sub-light-speed particle travel? And how fast will it arrive? [duplicate]

If we send a photon away from earth, it would eventually reach a comoving distance of about 16.5 billion light years (the universe's event horizon). I'm interested in how far (in comoving distance) ...
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Age difference between hands and feet due to relativity?

According to relativity time passes faster the faster something moves, and gravity slows time. My head is moving faster than my feet (assuming I'm not at one of the poles). My head is further away ...
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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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Cooling of atomic clocks

I have read of cooling atoms to one-quarter of one-thousandth of a degree above absolutely zero. According to Physicist William Phillips, this improves the measurement of the ticking frequency. I have ...
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Most stationary object in the universe

There is an object in the universe for which the Sun appears to be more stationary as it travels through the universe than a star on some other system. There is probably another object for which both ...
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A rope between Earth and Moon - Length and Speed of Light [duplicate]

An earlier question was asked on what would happen if a rope was attached between Moon and Earth, but the question was more about the impacts in terms of geology. We keep the same experiment setup : ...
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Wouldn't backwards time travel break the law of conservation of mass? [closed]

We know from the law of conservation of mass that the amount of mass in the universe is constant. Suppose there were a way for a person to travel backwards in time. Let's call this mass $m_t$ for some ...
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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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If time is like space, why entropy always increases with time? [duplicate]

If time is like space, why entropy always increases with time I should not be able to distinguish whether I am going forwards or backwards in time. As entropy always increase with time. I can ...
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Does an observer measure magnetic field when moving inside a static E field?

Imagine a static electric field shaped as a sinusoid created by an array of electrodes on an infinite line. Does an observer flying parallel inside this e-field measure an h-field ?
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Boundary conditions of fields from the stationary action principle

First principle of stationary action Consider a real Klein-Gordon scalar field $\phi$ living in a $D$ dimensional flat spacetime. The field is considered off shell (the on shell condition is defined ...
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Spacelike interval and length contraction

I am having a serious trouble finding an agreement between the two facts in Special Relativity: (1) given two events $A$ and $B$ in spacetime separeted by a spacelike interval $s$, the distance in ...