# Tagged Questions

55 views

### Lorentz boost matrix in terms of four-velocity

As I understand it, the value of a 4-vector $x$ in another reference frame ($x'$) with the same orientation can be derived using the Lorentz boost matrix $\bf{\lambda}$ by $x'=\lambda x$. More ...
127 views

### What is the geometry behind special relativity?

Many books on special relativity eventually mention that the geometry of spacetime is special because the metric has a signature $(-,+,+,+)$ which is non-Euclidean. I have encountered many ways this ...
153 views

### Minkowski Metric

Hi all I'm a little confused So I have that in special relativity time is included as a coordinate so that in 1 spatial dimension we have 2 space time coordinates. The most basic metric is the ...
212 views

### The definition of Lorentz transformation

I know that the Lorentz transformation, when two frames $\mathcal{S}$ and $\mathcal{S}'$ are in standard configuration (the axes are all parallel to their counterparts in the other inertial frame) is ...
105 views

### Limit on velocity in Minkowski Spacetime geometry

Let A be a rocket moving with velocity v. Then the slope of its worldline in a spacetime diagram is given by c/v. Since it is a slope, c/v = tan(theta) for some theta > 45 and theta < 90. Does ...
111 views

When I learned Special Relativity, it was taught in terms of basic linear algebra, without any mention of the Minkowski space, proper time as integration on the metric, etc. However, when I am trying ...
90 views

### Terminology for opposite null lines

Is there a name for two null lines that lie on the opposite sides of the null cone? Each line can be obtained from the other by reflection in the axis of the null cone (the time-axis). In terms of ...
515 views

### Minkowski diagram, hyperbola and invariant quantity of relativity

I have heard of the invariant quantity $\Delta s$ in relativity for which I have stumbled upon an equation $\Delta s^2 = \Delta x^2 - c \Delta t^2$. This reminds me of hyperbola, which has general ...
378 views

### Minkowski diagram and time dilation

After i figured out how to show length contraction in this topic. I tried to use a similar way to show time dilation in Minkowski diagram. Time dilation means that time interval between two events is ...
446 views

### Minkowski diagram and length contraction

The length contraction means that an object is the longest in the frame in which it is at rest. Lets assume i have a meter stick with length $\Delta x$ in my rest frame which is $x,ct$ and i want to ...
746 views

### Lorentz transformation matrix and its meaning in Minkowski diagram

I have sucessfully derived the Lorentz matrix for the boost in $x$ direction and its inverse. So I know how to get these two matrices:  \Lambda = \begin{bmatrix} \gamma & 0 & 0 & ...
117 views

### Einstein's postulates <==> Minkowski space. In layman's terms [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Einstein's postulates <==> Minkowski space. (In layman's terms) In the spirit of Einstein's arguments using flashes of light, moving trains and mirrors; ...