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Nov
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comment What's the point of hamiltonian mathematical formalism of classical mechanics?
@LubošMotl I'm sure you already know that Dimensio1n0 was only 13 when he first joined here, yet was answering questions on the QED Lagrangian!
Nov
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Sep
26
comment Meaning of fourth component of velocity four vector
He asked about the physical meaning of the fourth component, not the whole vector.
Sep
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Aug
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comment Why define four-vectors to be quantities that transform only like the position vector transforms?
Every frame uses the same Lorentz transformation when transforming events with the same lab space-time coordinates to other frames with the same relative velocity $v$. It's a transformation that doesn't change upon boosting to another frame, making it some kind of "Lorentz invariant". Maybe this isn't appropriate then?
Aug
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comment Why define four-vectors to be quantities that transform only like the position vector transforms?
In $Q'=\rho(\Lambda)Q$, must the function $\rho$ be a Lorentz invariant if a physical law exists involving these quantities?
Aug
9
accepted What coordinate systems allows the magnitude of the basis vectors to change with position?
Aug
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asked What coordinate systems allows the magnitude of the basis vectors to change with position?
Jul
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comment Is the Maxwell Stress Tensor Coordinate Dependent?
What is "the tensor itself"?
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asked How does the idea of a scalar potential for a 3-vector field generalize to Minkowski space?
Jun
26
comment Intuitive explanation for why centripetal acceleration is $\frac{v^2}{r}$
@OmarNagib the d/dt operator in Mark's explanation acts on a vector, and doesn't care about what it represents, only that it changes direction at a constant angular velocity $\omega$ with a constant magnitude. Perhaps Mark's brilliant explanation could be improved upon if it noted that both the position and velocity vectors rotate at the same angular velocity $\omega= v/r$, and therefore multiplied by this same factor.
Jun
9
comment Calculating electric field using a given magnetic field equation (Maxwell-Faraday law)
You're right when you say: "I don't think that having the magnetic field merely in the z^ direction, establishes any symmetry in the problem." for reasons given by Lubos in his answer in the link I gave. You should therefore be able to answer your own question in the answers below ;)
Jun
9
comment Calculating electric field using a given magnetic field equation (Maxwell-Faraday law)
related: induced E from changing uniform magnetic field
Jun
1
comment Does a photon interfere only with itself?
So Dirac was wrong; can you recommend a better QM text book?
May
27
revised If time-like paths are geodesics, what physical principle applies to space-like intervals?
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May
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asked If time-like paths are geodesics, what physical principle applies to space-like intervals?
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