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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How can time be relative?

I don't understand how time can be relative to different observers, and I think my confusion is around how I understand what time is. I have always been told (and thought) that time is basically a ...
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What is time and time dilation? [on hold]

What is time? If it is nothing and just our understanding of the change then why does time dilation occur? If time is relative I think that time dilation shouldn't be possible. I just can't ...
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Does coordinate time have physical meaning?

I have always been a little confused by the meaning of the "$t$" which appears in spacetime intervals or metrics in general relativity. I concluded that $t$ was just a mathematical thing which allow ...
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Will the age of the universe gets longer, even if time doesn't flow anymore? [on hold]

To start off, I would like to define a clearer definition of time: Time (in italic): a dimension of the universe. This is equivalent to space. Time (in plain): a number measured by second. Age = ...
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Why do atomic clocks only use caesium?

Modern atomic clocks only use caesium atoms as oscillators. Why don't we use other atoms for this role?
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Accuracy and Error of Atomic Clocks

I'm quoting a passage from my notes: The development of clocks based on atomic oscillations allowed measures of timing with accuracy on the order of $1$ part in $10^{14}$, corresponding to errors ...
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Is the intuition of “absolute simultaneity” necessarily wrong?

I read about Einstein’s theories of relativity with all the interesting stuff like time dilation, mass increase and whatnot. And also about the relativity or conventionality of simultaneity. The ...
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What is the pace of absolute time

How fast or slow compared to my alarm clock time does time passes in a place where there is no gravitational pull and where you are not moving. I don't know if my question is clear, but is there some ...
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Average velocity of a clock [closed]

The minute hand opf a clock is 4 cm long Find the average velocity of the tip of the minute hand between 11:00 a.m to 11:30a.m and 11:00 a.m to 11:30 p.m
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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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What would a closed timelike curve look like?

What exactly are closed timelike curves. In a metric in which they would exist, what would they look like. What would it be like travelling through them? It obviously wouldn't look like a door. Would ...
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Does time stand still at a phase transition?

For second order phase transition thermodynamic properties can be described in very general terms by their critical exponents. So at every transition the correlation length $\xi$ should diverge as ...
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Is it possible for two events happen at the exact same time?

Is it possible for any two thing to occur at the exact same time? As I see it, because time can always be split up into smaller units (it is infinitely divisible), we can always be more and more ...
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If time stops for an object, does that object feel gravity?

As far as I understand The GTR, it is said that Mass bends space-time which causes gravity. So every Mass in this universe is flowing through space-time example earth is moving along with space-time ...
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Relationship between gravitational time dilation and energy?

The rate that a stationary clock slows down near a massive object, relative to one far away, can be read off from the Schwartzschild metric: ...
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What does it mean to say that “remembering the future and not the past?”

I encountered a rather stupid question which I don't quite understand. - "Why can we remember the past but not the future?" It sounds cool when I first read about it but I think about it more, about ...
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Wormholes and the illusion of time?

I was watching a video on Youtube by Brian Greene, "the illusion of time."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-u1aaltiq4 In that video, he introduces to me the idea of a "brane," or a slice of the ...
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Calculate Time travel with Time Dilation [closed]

Does the following hold: If we have: person A moving at a speed of $0$; person B moving at a speed of $xC$ (where $C$ is speed of light, $x$ a fraction) And if time passes for $m$ ...
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Is there a proof of existence of time?

It seems to me that there is no such thing as time. There is only movement in the universe and we compare our own movement to a different object to have a sense of time. It can be a clock or a atomic ...
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End of the universe [duplicate]

Is there hope that the universe does not die? How sure do the physicist know that the universe will die? What do you think: will the universe die?
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Discrete time like a computer program [duplicate]

Has anybody thought about the effects of discretizing time in the way most computers do? In computer programming; collision detection for example, or updating a trajectory of a particle, everything is ...
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Cancelling special & general relativistic effects

We know that for a GPS we need to make a correction for both general and special relativity: general relativity predicts that clocks go slower in a higher gravitational field (the clock aboard a GPS ...
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Is time a Scalar or a Vector?

In Wikipedia it's said that time is a scalar quantity. But its hard to understand that how? As stated that we consider only the magnitude of time then its a scalar. But on basis of time we define ...
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How fast will the sun become a red giant?

I've read many accounts of our sun's distant fate, but what I've never heard is on what time scale these events occur. For instance, when the sun runs out of hydrogen, I presume it doesn't just WHAM! ...
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Why doesn't mass of bob affect time period?

Please correct me if I'm going wrong - By the gravitation formula: $F = \frac{G m_1 m_2}{r^2} $, So if the mass of a bob is greater then the torque on it should increase because the Force increased ...
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What is time except “Dimension”? [duplicate]

I know everybody says that time is the fourth dimension. But I want to know what is the definition of Time without just saying that it's the Fourth Dimension.
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I understand the Big Bang Theory (BBT), but how was the matter in the BBT created?

I understand the Big Bang Theory to consist of all of the matter being pulled into one great gravitational pull. such a great force that it expelled the matter out causing the idea of Red-Shift and ...
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A problem on rectilinear motion in a car [closed]

Today, I attempted the third question in the first chapter (Physical Fundamentals of Mechanics) in the book Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov. The question goes like this: A car starts ...
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By what factor would you have to slow down time for water to feel like glass?

I have been told that though glass seems like a solid, it is somehow, in theory, a liquid -- but is just somehow a liquid that is so thick that it appears to be solid. (Of course --- if this premise ...
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Understand the relation of time and the space dimensions of spacetime?

I assume the relation of the three spacial dimensions and the time dimension is handled purely in the mathematical domain, usually. But is there any intuitive description of this relationship, how ...
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How are the higher derivatives (jerk, jounce) of position with respect to time used in physics?

I don't see them much in any physics lesson or course, but that's probably because I'm not into physics as much. I can understand why velocity and acceleration are useful, but why would someone want ...
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Physics without time

The structure of physical law as we generally recognize it today is firmly held together by the existence of time. Although physical laws can both predict and retrodict (reversible time does not break ...
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Is it possible to travel forward and backward along with time? [closed]

Is it possible to travel along through time if we found a thing that is more speeder than light?
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What's the difference between cosmic time and conformal time? [duplicate]

When they say that the age of the Universe is about 13.7 billion years, they are giving the age in cosmic time, is that right?. There's this other thing called conformal time which I don't understand. ...
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Meaning of Proper time

Sorry for a bit of a basic question, but want to clarify things in my head. Is proper time quantified by the amount of physical process that an object, or physical system undergoes, for example the ...
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How can bubble collision happen if there is no space and time outside the universe?

The question is almost self-explanatory. What I am trying to say is that if there are no space-time outside our universe, how does collisions even happen. I am having a hard time explaining this ...
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Time dilation and space time [closed]

I know a little about space time, and I know that space time is adding the time component into the three- dimensional world and creating an abstract universe. But my question is that why time is ...
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What is the least count of the timer clocks used in RADAR?

I was checking out some videos in YouTube regarding the working principle of RADAR. To quote some HOW IT WORKS: World War II Radar (720p), part 1, How does RADAR work? | James May Q&A | Head ...
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Is gravitation time dilation simply c/v?

Recently, I've been very interested in forms of time dilation. I'm relatively new to relativity, so I apologize for any stupid mistake I may make. I was messing with the equation for gravitational ...
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How power spectral density in time domain can be understood?

I got some data which basically gives me the variation on the time of a PSD measured across specific frequency bands ranges, for instance [10Hz-30Hz]. However I have not found any good explanation ...
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Two clocks along different worldlines

I have been reading and watching videos about this subject for a while now. I just can not seem to grasp the idea. Let's say we have two clocks. I leave one at home and keep one in my pocket. Then, ...
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What perpetuates change? [duplicate]

People say that our notion of "time" comes from entropy which in turn is just a large scale effect of the laws of physics, but what is it that perpetuates the laws of physics from one state into the ...
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If time somehow went backwards would this violate one of the laws of thermodynamics?

If time somehow went backwards and all the physical events that had occurred in a sequence , would some of the events occurring 'backwards' or in the reverse order violate the principle of entropy or ...
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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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Standardising shadow length on sundials

The sundial is fundamentally flawed in that the length of each hourly shadow changes with the seasons. If the base of the sundial was engineered to move cyclically on an anual basis however, the ...
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Cellular automata and time T

Reading around about various CA models I saw that there are even those who are following the track to provide a single mechanicist model of the universe. For example Gerard van 't Hooft claims that ...
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Can I sum-up time?

If a kinetic process takes 1 second to complete(reach a point), and that process is repeated $n$ number of times, is this formula correct $t_t$=$n\times 1$ = total time in seconds? It's similar to a ...
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Lagrangian to Hamiltonian in Quantum Field Theory

While deriving Hamiltonian from Lagrangian density, we use the formula $$\mathcal{H} ~=~ \pi \dot{\phi} - \mathcal{L}.$$ But since we are considering space and time as parameters, why the formula ...
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How can we be sure that a new frequency standard is better than the old one?

Lets assume for this question that at one point in scientific history everyone was running along well with their cesium frequency standards, and someone has a brilliant idea and builds an active ...