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Are measurements of time and distance independent or always coupled by the speed of light

In texts about special relativity the light clock is usually described as a tool to measure time $t$. It counts how often light travels along a given distance $d$, i.e. $t = d/c$, where $c$ is the ...
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If time is relative, how could time pass? [duplicate]

EDIT: I appreciate people who answered below. But it does not answer the question, so I will clarify my questions: -It seems like everyone is saying that time passing is actualized by physical ...
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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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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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understanding time: Is time simply the rate change?

Is time simply the rate of change? If this is the case and time was created during the big bang would it be the case that the closer you get to the start of the big bang the "slower" things change ...
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What is the definition of time? [duplicate]

I wanted to know the definition of time just like as we define displacement, current etc. **Note:**There should be no mention of time period or time interval in the definition.
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Does anti-matter increase or decrease in entropy over time?

Antimatter is matter going backwards through time. From a matter-based observer does antimatter: Increase in entropy (and therefore decrease in entropy in its own time) OR Decrease in entropy ...
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If traveling at the speed of lights stops time, why does it take light 8 minutes to reach Earth?

I just learned that, according to Einstein's relativity theory, time reaches zero for an observer (light) when traveling at the speed of light, so everything is supposed to be at the same place in the ...
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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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Time and gravity relation

I was reading about relativity when I crossed by the applications of relativity in real life, and they said that as the elevation increase time increase so gravity decrease Can someone explain to me, ...
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Gravity on the International Space Station - General Relativity perspective

My question is an extension to this one: Gravity on the International Space Station. If all the outside views of the ISS was sealed, then the crew inside would not be able to tell whether they were ...
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Anti-matter as matter going backwards in time? (requesting further clarification upon a previous post)

I understand this question has already been asked here, however, I don't have enough reputation points to place a comment (I suppose that's the reason) on a specific answer to request a reference. A ...
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Would a giant see our year as a second? [closed]

If there were an enormous being whose arm span is one light year across, how would that being perceive time? Wouldn't what we perceive as a year be virtually nothing to that being? Explanation: ...
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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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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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Absolute time as a common basis of quantum gravity?

Quantum mechanics has an absolute time concept, and general relativity has the dynamic time concept of spacetime. The incompatibility of both concepts is called the problem of time in quantum gravity. ...
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Two clocks along different worldlines [duplicate]

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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Question about rain when an object is moving

So here's the question: A train window is 1 meter high and 10 meters long. A raindrop rolls down the window at a vertical speed of 5 meters per second(when stationary). If the train is moving at 30 ...
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Can we observe a star collapse into a black hole? [duplicate]

Let's say that I happen by a star that has just burned out and is collasping into a black hole. I seat at infinity to watch it as a Schwarzschild observer. Will I ever see the black hole collapse into ...
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Does the universe update time in some finite interval? [duplicate]

I was listening to a lecture by leonard susskind and one of the analogies he used was a coin having two states and he "broke" time into intervals. He continued to say that at each interval of time, if ...
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What isotope has the shortest half life?

Question: What isotope has the shortest half life?
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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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I need help with finding distance traveled

How do I find the distance traveled of an object if the speed is not constant?
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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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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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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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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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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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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?