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

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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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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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Space: a vacuous void or an entity?

I am a chemist and, until recently, a senior Research Manager with a major chemical company. Please excuse the potentially naive ramblings of an idiot in what follows, but I do not have the ...
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Special Relativistic approximation to GR

Some time ago I was talking to a professor in college about some of the fundamental aspects and origin of General Relativity. I was surprised to learn, in fact, that a pretty good approximation to GR ...
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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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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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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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Relativistic time dilation on Mars compared to Earth?

What is the time dilation in Mars, compared to earth? Can we accurately calculate it? What information is needed to do these calculations?
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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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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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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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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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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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Is time travel possible? Is it possible to go back in time?

I read somewhere that according to relativity, black holes and other space related stuff it is possible to jump into past. Is it possible for anything to go back in time either continuously or by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Time in general relativity

A physical quantity is introduced by its operational definition. In general relativity we use a differential manifold to describe the 4-dimensional space-time and, to identify a point in it, we use a ...
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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 ...
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What if a light clock travels perpendicular to mirrors that make up the clock?

I'm guessing you're all familiar with the classic intuitive way of explaining time dilation: with a light clock traveling at velocity v directed at a parallel direction to the mirrors that make up the ...
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Textbooks to teach myself physics [duplicate]

I'm currently studying mathematics in Switzerland and only have a couple hours of General Physics a week. I would like to teach myself physics at a more advanced level but I don't know what textbooks ...
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Why is special relativity still in use, if general relativity is more broad?

I always thought special relativity is only there because it is the building block for "The General theory of Relativity", until recently I encountered a text from my course book given below. A ...
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Graduate level orbital mechanics book

I recently finished an undergraduate course in classical mechanics and really enjoyed the subject, particularly the sections regarding the mechanics of orbits. I am considering pursuing a graduate ...
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How does “warp drive” not violate Special Relativity causality constraints?

I'm talking about this nonsense: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/06/11/this-is-the-amazing-design-for-nasas-star-trek-style-space-ship-the-ixs-enterprise/ Now, I'm aware that ...
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Transformation of energy of a photon

I'm new to the forum so excuse me if I'm doing anything in a wrong format. My question is this: A photon fired from a spaceship at rest has energy $E$, if the spaceship starts moving with speed $v=\...
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4-velocity in an accelerated frame

I am trying to check some calculations of the displacement tensor from a paper that has been given to me by my advisor. And it seems I am stuck on the form of the 4-velocity in an accelerated frame. ...
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is relativity an illusion , a measuring error? [closed]

In the proof of relativity through lorenz transformation it looks like the relativity is essentially a mis of accuracy to measure the time and lengths. Am I true?
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Michelson–Morley experiment's aether; Why is the time gained from travelling downwind less than that lost travelling upwind?

From the Wikipedia article on the Michelson–Morley experiment, explaining one of the concepts behind the landmark experiment: "If the Earth is traveling through an aether medium, a beam reflecting ...
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Are fully raised/lowered versions of Kronecker delta tensors?

I am confused. I have two textbooks contradicting each other, at least, it seems to me so. The first one – "Field theory" by Landau & Lifshitz says that by lowering or raising one index of ...
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Explicit calculation using metric tensor

I'm trying to calculate the following quantity: $$S_{\bar{\alpha} \bar{\beta}} \equiv \left( \Lambda^{-1} \right)^\alpha_{ \ \bar{\alpha}} \left( \Lambda^{-1} \right)^\beta_{ \ \bar{\beta}} \eta_{\...
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Do things move towards each other in space?

I watched a video once explaining space-time curvature, and it said that one of the things that made Einstein think of it is because objects in free fall move radially inward, so two objects falling ...
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How does a flash of light appear to a high speed observer

Imagine two dark chambers separated by a light-proof partition each with a 30m high ceiling. Chamber A has a letter A painted in white on its black ceiling, chamber B has the letter B also in white on ...
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proper time interval

We have two frames s and s' , s' moves with a constant velocity 'v' with respect to s in positive x direction, a particle B is thrown downwards from s' , and it collides with a particle A , the point ...
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Are there any well-known large body objects moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light relative to earth?

Introduction I've been reading a book called PsychoPhysics, part of the "Illuminati God Series" by Mike Hockney (a pseudonym). Without getting into too much detail, they basically believe that the ...
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Why does the light beam moves diagonally?

In almost all articles that explains Relativity or Time dilation. They start by saying the the Light is absolute and isn't affected by the inertial frames of reference yet when they start to explain ...
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How are the turbulent spectra determined in relativistic turbulence?

In a non-relativistic compressible fluid, the turbulent energy spectra are well-understood and appear to follow the Kolmogorov hypothesis. It would also appear that relativistic turbulence also ...
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In a system of two charges, if one charge disappears, does the force on other charge vanish instantaneouly?

It is commonly asked that if the sun dissappears, will earth shoot off in a tangent instantaneously or after some time. We know from the theory of relativity that the gravity waves travel at the speed ...
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Can we actually have null curves in Minkowski space?

I know that this sounds really stupid but, when I think of the Minkowski space I cannot imagine a null curve, only null lines. For me, the only possible way to have one is to change the basis of the ...
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Does the magnetic force depend on the reference frame?

Force due to a moving charge = qvB Immagine a charge moving with some velocity on earth and I calculate the force due to its magnetic field with Earth as reference frame for me. An astronaut in space ...
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Would Magnetic field be Zero if measured while moving along with charges?

According to Einstein's relativistic interpretation magnetic field caused by charges moving inside a wire is caused only by the relative speed between charges and the observer. So, if electrons are ...