Time is defined operationally to be that which is measured by clocks. The SI unit of time is the second, which is defined to be

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What ticks in an optical clock?

After reading several articles about current state of the art clocks, I'm still wondering one thing: What ticks? As I understand it, in cesium clocks time is measured in cycles of a microwave ...
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Can there be motion without the flowing of time? [closed]

tldr - Can we reject the notion of the passage of time, but still accept that motion is real? This question is a follow up to comments between myself and the author of this answer to the question, ...
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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 dictates the rate in which time passes? [closed]

I understand that special relativity tells us that our perception of the passage of time can change depending on reference frames. But why does time pass the rate at which it does in my reference ...
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How time dilation happens by velocity?

i got many explanation and proving that relative velocity causes time dilation. Einstein's moving light experiment proves it. but that is a clock works with light detector. as detecting the light gets ...
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Is time a vector in Minkowski space? [duplicate]

I am arguing about this topic with my school teacher in so long time, I want to finish this debate. My teacher's opinion is "Yes, Time is vector" because four-vector has $t$ component, and mine is ...
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Time in the early universe [duplicate]

When it is said, for example, that grand unification took place "Between 10−43 second and 10−36 second after the Big Bang", how are these figures of time derived? Moreover, do these figures have any ...
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Three questions about time [closed]

Since I don't want to abuse to the ASK QUESTION form, and since those questions are all about time, I decided to write them all here. Hope it's ok. First Question Could it be possible (how?) to ...
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Does time and time dilation exist in a black hole?

Since being near stronger gravitational fields causes time dilation, can this be generalized to the region beyond the event horizon? i.e , is it meaningful to say that someone outside the black hole ...
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Is it correct to think about a point in time as the set of positions of all “things”?

Is it correct to think about a point in time as the set of positions of all "things" (photons, electrons, etc) that exist in the universe at that moment, despite the fact that simultaneity is ...
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Cosmology: equation of motion for a scalar field in conformal time [closed]

So, I've derived the equation of motion for a scalar field in "normal" time, $t$: $$ \ddot{\phi}+3H\dot{\phi}+\frac{dV(\phi)}{d\phi} $$ Then, using the expressions for the scalar field density, ...
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Time Vs Entropy [duplicate]

Entropy is a property of thermodycamical systems. We know that entropy measurement it's determinated by preassure P and temperature T (for simplicity). At the same way we consider that the entropy of ...
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How can we say time began at big bang?

I have seen many times scientists refer to time when Big Bang took place and space and time born out of singularity. 'Beginning of Time' is a very misleading statement,because process of beginning ...
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What is the relationship between the flow rate of time and gravitational field?

I have heard, qualitatively, about the fact that time's rate of flow slows when the gravitational field is "strong". Here I am looking for some more rigorous descriptions of this phenomenon. My first ...
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Trouble in understanding spacetime

I have a problem in understanding spacetime. What i understood from the conversion of time to distance is that the interval between any two events is always the same for any observer. But how is that ...
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Time Travel possibility and Paradoxes of The Past [duplicate]

can one travel back in time and if not so, what laws prevent time travel to the past. this is quite a challenge to understand.
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Can motion be characterized without time as independent variable? [closed]

I was just thinking about speed = distance/time which relatively describes how fast something is moving wrt some still object. So if by some wishful thinking or some coordinate system I remove the ...
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Where the time-dependent wavefunction $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$ lies?

Supose $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^3$. The state of a physical system is described by the function $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$, where it must satisfy $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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Is the cosmological time grosso modo isochrone?

Is the cosmological time grosso modo isochrone? by analogy with space isotropy. Or else do we have possibly great differences by analogy with great voids in the space. We know that it's not strictly ...
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What is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction?

This is an attempt to gather together the various questions about time that have been asked on this site and provide a single set of hopefully authoritative answers. Specifically we attempt to address ...
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Are there waves of time? [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time itself created by the movement of mass. Moreover, space and time are just dimensions of the same space-time ...
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How quickly does the temperature rise in a water container submerged in a hot water bath?

Let's assume I have a small bottle (neglecting any insulation from the walls of the bottle) containing e.g. 150ml water at 4°C and place it in a larger pot with sufficient water at 80°C so that the ...
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Interpretation of time dilation

Is there any interpretiation of time dilation for photons? I mean, how does time work for them? Do photons have any distinction between their own and observer's time? Or is it something like ultimate ...
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What makes things move in a universe with blocktime? [closed]

In a universe with blocktime the past, present and future all exist at the same time. But what makes it appear that for example my body is going from one movement ...
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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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Gravity, Acceleration, Time Dilation and the Equivalence Principle

Three clocks are started at exactly the same time on Earth. The first and second clocks are taken into the vacuum of space. The first clock accelerates until it reaches 100,000m/s, then stays at this ...
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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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Could we recognise if time was running at a different rate for one species than another? I.e a human and an ant

My question is quite simple if time ran at a different speed for smaller creatures, how would we be able to observe this or confirm by experiment?
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Most efficient speed to travel at, considering the effects of time dilation; according to Special Relativity

I understand that this question has recently been asked, and yet not answered to the greatest and most understandable extent, but I was wondering whether travelling at the speed of light is really the ...
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Age of the universe versus absolute time [duplicate]

In Wikipedia, the age of the universe is defined as the "time elapsed since the Big Bang" while "time" links to "the cosmological time parameter of comoving coordinates" which itself links to "the ...
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Observing a point 13.82b ly away, 1b years ago

I understand that we can observe far away galaxies to get an idea how the universe looked like in the past. Assuming the universe is 13.82b years old, would it be correct to say that if we looked at ...
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Does matter stacks up as it approaches Black hole?

When something approaches Black hole it'll experience time dilation with respect to a frame away from the black hole. So to an observer away from the hole the object would seem to slow down until ...
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What factors affect decoherence times? [closed]

The question say it all. For example is it the mass of the system? The amount of energy? The species of atom? The electric charge?
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Data: decoherence time

Searching for experimental data on decoherence time. For example, this type of data can look like (but is not limited to): atomic species (eg. Carbon) vs. decoherence time. Physics stackexchange ...
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Is there an equivalent of the Planck length for time?

Is there an equivalent of the Planck length for time? I'd just like a term I may use (high-level) for a similar "unit of time"? I am not looking for a debate on how discrete time might be, but if ...
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Speed of light or speed of time?

Proxima Centauri is about 4.22 Light Years, so if there is anyone that could see us, the image of us would be 4.22 years old, if we depart at 99.99% the speed of light we would arrive almost instantly ...
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Theoretical implications of multidimensional Time [duplicate]

While the idea of extra spatial dimensions has been around for quite a while now, is there a possibility or any theory which proposes extra time dimensions? If so, what could be theoretical ...
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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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Position from velocity time graph [closed]

I have taken Calculus before but unfortunately no equation is given so I have to do it the old way. An object is at x = 0 at t = 0 and moves along the x axis according to the velocity-time graph ...
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Is there really a direction of time?

Laws of physics are (almost) time symmetric, so a time-reversed description of a physical process is as qualified as the original one. What's the reason then, that in reality one version seems to ...
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Time taken to cover a point object in a circular region

I'm assuming a finite width rotating beam with increasing width as it gets closer to the circular edge. I'm trying to find the time it takes the beam to cross a point object at some distance from the ...
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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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Ideal shape of a water clock

The ancients undoubtedly discovered the ideal shape of a water clock by trial and error. In examining some ancient water clocks I notice the shape is different depending on the size. For example, a ...
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Calculating time from altitude of the sun

If I know the angle between the sun and the horizon, the latitude and longitude of the location, and the day, what equations are needed to calculate the time? I found a website to do it: ...
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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 dialation as observed on earth

Probably a silli q but, I wanted to know if someone has taken a wind up clock into space and observed time dialation? If all our observations are by electronic methods, we dont know if ...
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Can multiple timelines exist according to theoretical physics? [closed]

Multiple timelines is not a reality yet (as of 2016's science and technology), but exists only in Marvel/DC universe. It is something that is used to explain the paradox of time-travel. If you go back ...
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Will physics ever be able to answer the question: “What caused the universe to come into existance”? [closed]

Or is this just the flip side of a metaphysical question "why does the universe not exist", if the opposite was the case and nothing existed i.e. a universe devoid of all energy, matter forces, ...
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How to describe time-shifts in Noether's theorem in Hamiltonian formalism

As was described in, for example, this post, one can formulate Noether's Theorem also in Hamiltonian Mechanics. Symmetries are then represented by vector fields generated by observables whose Poisson ...