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Definite energy states for a single non-relativistic particle with a time dependent potential

Do definite energy states exist for a single particle when its potential itself changes with time? I tried solving it and the equations seem to show that they do not exist. But then i am confused as ...
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Time, distance perception [duplicate]

If photons going c have no local time or distance 'perception' why isn't the same true for us as we're going c relative to them?
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Displacement of an object due to opposite and equal forces acting at different times?

This question is about mechanical waves in solids, the speed at which forces propagate through solids, and the displacement that might occur due to unequal starting times of equally sized forces. ...
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How do we know that clocks slow down relative to each other? [duplicate]

For example if a body in motion experiences time dilation, why does it see a body at rest slow down relative to it? wouldn't it make more sense if the body at rest has a faster clock relative to it?
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Beginner question: timelessness of massless particles [duplicate]

I am not very familiar with the quirkiness of relativity, and I was wondering how to explain this situation. If a beam of light is shining at some object at some distance from the origin of the beam, ...
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About time measurements

What we regard as TIME is just a way of measuring duration for various phenomena. Like a ruler is a measuring device for measuring length ( or breadth or width). Saying Time is an illusion is like ...
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Is this “cloaking in time” serious and what is really meant?

I just found this news article: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v481/n7379/full/nature10695.html What did those researchers actually do? The article itself doesn't sound to me like it can be ...
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How has the age of the Universe been derived from the observations made by the Planck mission?

The parameters of $\rm\Lambda CDM$ model have been determined to an amazing high precision from the measurements made by the Planck mission. In particular, the Hubble "constant" (the value of Hubble ...
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If gravity bends space time, could gravity be manipulated to freeze time? [closed]

You age at a different rate depending on the force of gravity. Astronauts age fractions of fractions of fractions of a second less than earthlings. If you took a sphere of equal masses, separated by ...
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Confused about the concept of time and time dilation [duplicate]

I am having a hard time understanding what is time. If scientists define time as a multiple of caesium frequency, then time itself is dependent on motion, so what if I have a number of particles that ...
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Increase thinking capability through relativity

As Einsteins relativity suggests that everything slows down along with the speed of light. So, if we were to live in space would our thinking capability (essentially speed) increase or decrease (due ...
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Special Relativity Time Dilation Misconception

Imagine a boxcar with a lamp on the left end and a mirror on the right end, so that a light signal can be sent down and back. The boxcar is moving to the right with velocity v. They find the length of ...
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How does time relate to mass and velocity

I understand that the larger the mass the greater gravity is and the slower time is, as well the faster an object is traveling the slower time passes. My question is that since the faster an object ...
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The example of relativity of simultaneity given by Einstein

I understand (supposedly) the mathematics concerning the relativity of simultaneity in Special Relativity, but I have a nagging question regarding the original example given by Einstein supporting it ...
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Why does the guy moving on spaceship look younger in twin paradox?

If there is no particular absolute choice of frame of reference, the guy who sits on Earth is also moving away from the guy on spaceship perspective and hence time on Earth should also dilate when ...
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1D Kinematics - Relative Motion involving non-inertial frames of reference

I recently came across a question involving non-inertial frames of reference. I didn't quite understand the way it had been solved due to some conceptual confusion regarding certain deductions made to ...
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What is the common difference between partial time derivative and ordinary time derivative? [duplicate]

What is difference between partial and ordinary time derivative? for example: what is difference between $\frac {\partial v}{\partial t}$ and $\frac {dv}{dt}$? where the $v$ is velocity.
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Will observers moving on a sphere experience time dilation?

A single source of light exists at a fixed point in space relative to two observers. The two observers move on the surface of a shell with a fixed radius with the light source at its centre. They move ...
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How can we know the time frames for events in the early universe?

I just finished watching Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010). Specifically the third episode titled 'The Story of Everything.' In the episode Hawking is explaining the mainstream theories ...
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When calculating the local apparent sidereal time, which time scale should I use?

UT1, UTC, TAI, TDB, or what? I need to determine the time difference between a given observation and the epoch from which certain constants apply. I typically work with the J2000.0 epoch. This is to ...
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Time contraction

This is my first time posting on this site. I am a computer programmer that stumbled across a physics text book and have a question on special relativity. So firstly, I understand that there is no ...
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What is the difference between “at all times” and “at any particular time”?

Morrison writes in "Morrison, Michael A. : Understanding quantum physics : a user's manual" $ |\Psi(x,t)|^2 \xrightarrow[x\rightarrow\pm \infty ]{} 0$ at all times t [bound state] $ ...
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Relation between comoving distance and conformal time?

In cosmology, we have two quantities and I want to understand the physical relation between these two : $\chi = \int_{t_e}^{t_0}c\frac{dt'}{a(t')}$ : the comoving distance with $t_e$ the time at ...
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Could time consistently flow in reverse?

Could time consistently flow in reverse? Here is an article about the subject of quantum asymmetry of time and space. Thoughts?
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Does time symmetry still holds when a particle drops into a black hole?

When a particle drops into Earth, it hits the ground and rebounds, if time reverse, it is equivalent to another particle moves with same speed but opposite direction. But at the case that a particle ...
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What is the physical significance of taking derivative with respect to proper time?

I would like to know if there is any physical significance associated with the derivative of a quantity with respect to proper time or is it just a mathematical trick. Since proper time is measured in ...
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Gravitational Time Dilation

In my calculus class (high school), I'm writing an exploration paper on time dilation, specifically gravitational time dilation. One of the scenarios I'm thinking of looking at is the time dilation an ...
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Does really time exist? [duplicate]

I was wandering whether time really "exists" or is it just a mathematical parameter used to describe how things change.
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Time dilation and freefall (follow up and simplification) [closed]

A person is four miles up in the atmosphere, and freefalls towards earth. Another person is standing on earth, watching them come down. During this period of freefall, which person experiences more ...
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Time Travel: Is it Possible to return to an earlier time? [duplicate]

(Please note: I've seen some other questions asked like the one I myself am asking, I realize that I am indeed late to the party, but I am genuinely curious and none of the previous answers have ...
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A fast object (0.8c) getting overtaken by another fast object (0.9c): why don't times agree?

I'm trying to work on an exercise in Wolfgang Rindler's book "Introduction to Special Relativity" and I'm stuck on the following exercise: Two particles move along the x-axis of S at velocities ...
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Non-time orientable quotient of de Sitter space

Examples of non-time orientable spacetimes are pretty scarce, but it seems the big one is quotients of de Sitter space of the form $dS^n/\pi_1$, where $\pi_1$ is some subgroup of the isometries of de ...
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Does the Heisenberg uncertainty principle hold up for events in the past? [duplicate]

I was watching this youtube video on predicting the future if you can know the exact position and momentum of every particle in the whole universe. But you can't ever know that says Heisenberg. But ...
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Hamiltonian in commutator contradiction [duplicate]

Consider the following: $$[ \hat H, \hat x]=\left[-\frac{\hbar^2 \hat p^2}{2m}+V,\hat x\right]\ne0 \text{ in general}$$ But $$[ \hat H, \hat x]=\left[i\hbar \frac{\partial }{\partial t},\hat ...
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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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Is there a model of the universe with the transfinite (space)time?

In mathematics there is a concept of ordinal numbers where one can count to infinity and beyond. For example the least number that is greater than all the finite numbers is denoted by $\omega$. Such ...
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Concerning Time [closed]

I have yet to discover a satisfactory definition of what we call time...Internet solutions give complicated equations to define something which should be simple, shouldn't it ? So, my definition is ...
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Do clocks near the centre of the galaxy run slower than clocks at the edge? [duplicate]

Does an astronaut floating in space near the center of the galaxy, where the mass density is higher (let's ignore the dark matter halo for this example) have a clock that runs slower than an astronaut ...
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Smallest possible spinning clock?

The earth's rotation acts as a clock and defines a rather precise unit of time called the day. We could go out in outer space and spin a marble and get a reasonable clock. On the other hand, it is my ...
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Estimation of the age of Earth

By calculating the ratio of U-238 to Pb - 209 the age of the earth can be estimated. Is it not a possibility that non radioactive lead already there formed during the birth of earth it self alter the ...
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Ligth clock with spaceships side-by-side

In the reference frame of an observer, two spaceships travel in a straight direction (e.g. x axis) at a very high velocity and side-by-side; the distance between them is always d (km) = c (km/s) x 0.1 ...
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Time is what keeps everything from appearing at once [closed]

This is a question about time. In this talk http://ed.ted.com/lessons/einstein-s-brilliant-mistake-entangled-states-chad-orzel Chad Orzel makes the point that if the same quantum experiment is ...
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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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Fixing time in Feynman phase space path integral

The phase space version of Feynman's path integral expression for the free particle propagator involves a (formal) sum over paths in phase space with fixed $q$ endpoints and (as far as I'm aware) ...
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About Time and the Big Bang [duplicate]

In a TV ducumentary, I heard that time started with Big Bang, and it is meaningless to talk of "before". This was given without any further explanation, in the peculiar, irritating style of ...
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Is time infinite? [duplicate]

If time has a beginning, must it not exist for some amount of "time"? If not, it exists from the point when existence started and if there was ABSOLUTELY no existence there may not exist something ...
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Is there a time difference for people traveling at different speeds during a long period of time?

I'm just throwing this out there for discussion/answering: If person A sat in a chair all his life, in a house on earth (let's say 100 years), and person B flew around in earth's atmosphere at let's ...
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Smallest measurable time increment

What is the smallest increment of time which can be measured using modern methods, and is not theoretical?
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Hafele-Keating revisited with a gravity clock

Most modern clocks use electromagnetic phenomena to measure time. There are perhaps some older clocks that involve gravity to some degree (hour glass, pendulum), but I believe they still have a ...
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How much is time slowed down inside a planet or star?

An answer to What would be the rate of acceleration from gravity in a hollow sphere? states "that according to General Relativity time passes more slowly inside a hollow massive sphere than it does ...