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The bus experiences considerable drag, and will therefore fall more slowly than a person inside the bus. The scenario is possible in principle - but after carefully viewing the clip and doing some calculations, I believe that the details are inaccurate. Assume the bus has a mass of 5000 kg (pretty light for a bus), and is 3 m wide by 3 m tall - so the ...


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If the bus was in a vacuum (both inside and outside), then the passenger would float. However, the effects of air resistance on the two objects (passenger and bus) are probably not negligible in such an instance. The bus will be moving relative to the outside air, and so will be accelerating towards the ground at a rate less than $g$. If we then released ...


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At first, the bus and the person would accelerate at the same rate due to gravity. However, the situation is more complicated due to air resistance. The bus experiences air resistance as it falls. The person inside the bus experiences less air resistance because the air inside the bus moves with the bus. This means that the person does not experience as much ...


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Light travels at the speed $c$ this speed is finite and with out using any relativity we can calculate the time it takes for something travelling at this speed to reach us: $\text{time} = \frac{\text{Distance}}{\text{speed}}$ or $ t= \frac{d}{c} = \text{8 minutes}$ in this case. For a person travelling very close to the speed of light with velocity $v$ from ...


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No, no you guys (Except Floris and those who up-voted him) have missed an important observation... Look Carefully at the video again. At first the bus just tilts as the bridge bends. When the bus starts tilting (due to friction with the bridge it has not yet started falling) it has not yet obtained considerable vertical velocity. However as the man loses ...


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This is a good (and notoriously difficult) question. I'm going to follow the explanation given by Crispino, Higuchi, and Matsas in their review 0710.5373, but you should be aware there are different answers out there and also there is no (uncontroversial) experimental test of this effect. Having said all of that, the basic picture I have (and is given in ...


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When physicists use the word velocity it has a precise definition that is meaningful and unambiguous. If I measure the displacement from me to you then the result is a vector i.e. it tells me how far apart we are and in what direction you are. The velocity tells me how this vector is changing in time. The point is that I can do this for any pair of objects: ...


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Are tidal effects from the Sun and/or Moon taken into account in GPS systems? On calculating the orbits of the satellites, yes. The satellites orbit high enough that accurately modeling the orbits of the satellites mandates accounting for third body perturbations from the Moon, the Sun, and the planets. The orbits of the satellites are calculated from ...


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The thing is, in relativity you cannot have a reference frame "chasing" a photon. You'll get singularities if you try to view the world from a photon's perspective. A photon cannot move like you and you cannot move like a photon. As a photon, travelling along a light-like world line, experiences no proper time it's proper velocity is simply undefined. ...


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You are going in the right direction: Since on a different latitude the pendulum will be rotating with earth, it will change the rotation due to the coriolis force. As the pendulum being at a pole is an extreme case, so is the position at the equator: Here there's no reason for the rotation Foucault's pendulum is famous for. An intuitive guess would ...


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The relevant part of the book is the section titled Motion through Spacetime in chapter 2. I'll copy the paragraph, but it's a bit long so feel free to skip over it: Einstein proclaimed that all objects in the universe are always traveling through spacetime at one fixed speed—that of light. This is a strange idea; we are used to the notion that objects ...


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Inertial frame of reference is such that free bodies move with constant velocity. If you detect free body accelerating, the frame is not inertial.


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So, just to recap the Twin Paradox, it is a variation of the paradoxes of relative motion of reference frames Alice and Bob, created by the statement "Alice sees Bob's clocks moving slowly, but Bob also sees Alice's clocks moving slowly." The simplest such paradox, in my opinion, is "what if Alice calls Bob up and they talk on the phone? One of them surely ...


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First of all let's study an imaginary system where both the bus and the person are not subject to drag forces due to the air: If the person is not bounded to anything he will be subject to free falling and thus to a uniform acceleration $g$. Also the bus will be free falling and thus they fall together with the same velocity. If we take the drag forces into ...



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