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The reason that the Bucket knows that it is spinning is that the Universe has a horizon in much the same way that the Earth has a horizon. The Earth's Horizon is curved line that is there not only because of Perspective Geometry, but also because the Earth is curved. Because the Earth has a two dimensional surface the height tilts back away from the ...
The "reference" for acceleration, is its own previous "state". What this means is that, for linear acceleration, it is the initial point prior to the start of linear acceleration (at t = 0). And for angular acceleration, it is the imaginary line defined by the center of rotation and the initial position at t = 0 ($theta$ = 0).
Angular speed is a vector (a pseudovector actually), and as such it changes relative to you under a rotation of coordinates. Angular speed is defined as the vector $\boldsymbol \omega =\boldsymbol r$ x $\boldsymbol v/|r|^2$, and it will change direction in an angle of $\pi$ as, expected, if your system of coordinates rotates by $\pi$ too (as it was in your ...
In general relativity, angular motion actually does have some "relativity" to it as well. When you're in close proximity to a spinning object, you'll actually be dragged along with it. This is known as the Lense-Thirring effect, or just "frame-dragging". The most dramatic example is the ergosphere of a spinning black hole, a region where no object can remain ...
Special relativity deals with "inertial" or "non-accelerating" frames. Physics in inertial frames are equivalent independent of their velocity and the velocity of inertial frames are relative. You are free to assume any inertial frame is stationary and all other frames are moving relative to it. Rotating frames are not inertial, they are accelerating ...
Velocity is relative. There is no special reference frame that would be "at rest". But acceleration is not and was never claimed to be. Reference frames in free fall are special and reference frames that are accelerating relative to the ones in free fall contain inertial forces (circular motion involves acceleration towards the centre; the corresponding ...
Easy way to distinguish between gravity and rotating space station: Throw a ball straight up in the air. If it comes straight down, gravity. If it moves away from you (behind your tangential velocity), it's a rotating space station.
General covariance applies only to freely falling observers -- once you invoke non-gravitational forces, like the inward pressure of the wall, the observer is no longer freely falling.
If the occupants of the space station were not aware of its design and could not look out a window then there is no way to tell if it is rotating or they are near a earth size planet that causes the gravity. Orbiting around another space station will causes a sensation of gravity, and it seems you are contradicting yourself. If there is any rotational ...
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