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How much of general relativity does the equivalence principle actually imply, why is it different?

From EP we have that gravity is not a force but a pseudo force, i.e an inertial force due to a gravitational field an accelerating a body independantly of its mass, in other words, the trajectory of ...
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Time dilation, mass-energy equivalence, and implications for the passage of time [closed]

I'm an amateur physics enthusiast, and there is a question that's been in the back of my mind for some time that I haven't been able to answer on my own. First, I want to define a couple of terms and ...
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Equivalence Principle holding in Special Relativity? (let alone QFT)

Motivation I am pretty confused of why people are hopeful to find a version of the equivalence principle ("the complete physical equivalence of a gravitational field and a corresponding acceleration ...
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Equivalence principle doubt

There is something about Einstein Equivalence Principle that I don't quite get. This is my reasoning: Equivalence principle $\rightarrow$ locally, acceleration is equivalent to a gravitational field ...
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How does Newtonian Gravity explain the difference between the experience of 1G and zero gravity? Or can it?

Humans can feel the difference between being on earth's ground, and being in space (zero gravity) This can be explained by general relativity, where in (1), force is applied by the ground upwards, ...
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Do hot gasses actually weigh more than cold gasses in SR?

I was reading: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/equivME/#PhysMassEnerEqui Where they begin to discuss a weighing a relativistic gas against a cold gas. The idea is that the relativistic gas ...
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Does the equivalence principle imply that light must move slower when moving away from a massive object?

Thought experiment: Elevator going up at an extreme acceleration, pulse of light bouncing up, and down between mirrors on the floor, and the ceiling. Won't it take light longer to travel from the ...
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Why does things travel in a straight line in inertial frames?

Why does physical entities travel in straight paths in a flat space-time and in geodesic in curved spacetime? Is it due to Inertia? If it is, then why does waves also follow the same pattern?
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Entanglement of Black Holes with the outside universe

Black holes are thermal objects which means the density matrix of the black hole is in a thermal state. This means that the black hole has to be maximally entangled with the rest of the universe to ...
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Can we apply the equivalence principle in electromagnetics to multiple regions simultaneously?

Note: I posted the same question on the electrical engineering stack exchange with no luck so far, possibly because it's quite theoretical, so I'm posting it here again. I'm not sure if it's ...
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Acceleration in general relativity

Let's say that, from my point of view, another observer is accelerating. Now, from his point of view, he is standing still: all he feels is an overall fictitious force of gravity, which is just a ...
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Can we feel gravity while free falling?

I watched some video saying that there is still gravity in space station and almost same strong as it on Earth, the reason they feel no gravity is because the centrifugal force of the orbit is same as ...
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On local inertial frame and acceleration in general relativity

[Q1] In the general relativity, a local inertial frame is mentioned. The local inertial frame is a notion, which is related to (or represents) the equivalent principle. Here, I understand that, in ...
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Silly doubt about tidal effects and Einstein Field Equations

Suppose I give you the following line element: $$ds^{2} = -(1+2\phi)dt^{2}+(1-2\phi)(dx^{2}+dy^{2}+dz^{2}) \tag{1}$$ Without saying anything you might think that this is just another line element ...
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Equivalence Principle: Why is sitting in space the same as failling in a uniform gravitational field [duplicate]

The equivalence principle states that no experiment can determine whether one is being accelerated or if there is gravity present. This is insightful and intuitive. However, I was sort of surprised. ...
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Why gravitational mass and inertial mass being same was a problem before Einstein solved it?

Why is it so that Einstein is credited with telling us the reason for the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass of an object? Did Newton ever make a distinction between the two masses? What ...
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Does semi-classical gravity obey the equivalence principle?

Question I was recently wondering about semi-classical gravity : $$G_{\mu \nu} = \frac{8 \pi G}{c^4} \langle \hat T_{\mu \nu} \rangle_\psi$$ Does this obey the equivalence principle? My ...
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Is floating in space similar to falling under gravity?

In the case there is no air and your eye are closed, then does falling from the sky under gravity have the same feeling as floating in space? Can our body feel that we are accelerating without the ...
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Falling bodies in an accelerated elevator

If a sealed elevator were subjected to a massive acceleration in interstellar space and two weights were dropped from ceiling to floor, as far apart as possible on opposite sides of the elevator, ...
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Is a body in passing gravitational wave still in free fall?

I have a simple apparatus: a box and inside it a test particle (small bullet). If the device is in inertial motion or affected only but (static) gravitational field of another massive body (in free ...
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Invariance of forces

In Newtonian mechanics, the inertial forces depend on the reference frame and the other forces are invariant. Are they still invariant when special or general relativistic effect are involved?
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What is proper name for non-inertial forces in GR?

General relativity works in all reference frames, so inertial forces are real in it. And due to the equivalence principle, gravity should be also considered inertial. So what is a good term for the ...
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How do we know who is moving? [duplicate]

If I am in a free float environment and there is another object at rest relative to me, and then I start to accelerate towards this object, do I know I am the one who is moving, since I am the one who ...
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Does general relativity reduce to special relativity for free falling objects?

The following was stated in a general relativity lecture series: "Full space is needed in GR. Minkowski space is sufficient for SR. However, Minkowski space is sufficient to compute properties of free ...
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Different prediction about the motion of a charge as observed by two different observers?

Suppose a charge is at rest in the laboratory frame. Also, say two observers in two vehicles A and B are approaching towards it. Let A be accelerating towards it and B be moving uniformly towards it. ...
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Is there “artificial gravity” created by a reference frame on a spinning object? [closed]

Believing the answer is yes, how then is spacetime curved? Will the spacetime uncurve when rotation stops? According to special relativity you can only see things from one's own reference frame. I do ...
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Acceleration in free fall [duplicate]

A body in free fall "feels" no gravitational force (equivalence). Why does it continue to accelerate. Why is your program refusing my question?
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Will tidal effect make physics laws different?

I was reading Wheeler & Taylor's Spacetime Physics. The authors mentioned about tidal effect, as well as all physics laws are same in free-float frame. I am left wondering if tidal effect will ...
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If an object with more mass experiences a greater gravitational force, why don't more massive objects fall faster? [duplicate]

According to Sir Isaac Newton, the gravity equation runs like this: $$F = \frac{Gm_1m_2}{r^2}$$ where $F$ is the gravitational force, $G$ the gravitational constant, $m_1$ and $m_2$ are the ...
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Do “light” and “heavy” objects still accelerate at the same rate at near light speeds?

My (very poor) layman's understanding of physics is that as something approaches c, it has a relativistic mass that is a combination of its actual mass and velocity. Do this affect its acceleration ...
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Is it true that when you accelerate due to a non-gravitational interaction gravity is pulling you in the direction opposite to the acceleration?

We don't feel acceleration when we are only in a gravitational field due to equivalence principle as I understand it says gravity is simply inertia in spacetime. Is there any other type of force ...
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Now when we can measure gravitational field, how does the principle of equivalence hold true?

LIGO measured gravitational field waves. The whole thought experiment of Einstein, leading to ‘principle of equivalence’, assumes that there is no way to know inside the rocket that whether its ...
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Does general relativity (GR) solve mass-equivalence problem or just renames it?

It is usually said that GR solved problem of equivalence of gravitational and inertial mass. Yet, my objection is: OK, there is no gravitational mass in GR, but Einstein had to introduce mass as "...
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How does the Equivalence Principle imply that derivatives of the metric vanish in a freely falling frame?

Why do the first derivatives of $g_{\mu\nu}$ vanish in a freely falling coordinate system? I would like to start from the Equivalence Principle that for any point in spacetime there exists a locally ...
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Equivalence Principle and bending of light

Basically, the equivalence principle (EP) states that if someone is in a rocket in empty space with acceleration $g$ equal to that at the surface of the earth, any experiment he does cannot ...
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How come planets with different masses can orbit at the same velocity at the same altitudes?

Angular momentum is equal to r × p and angular momentum is also what gives planets with lower orbits a higher speed (because angular momentum is conserved). So as r decreases either m or v (p=mv) has ...
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Why acceleration due to gravity is not reliably defined?

In Sean Carroll's Spacetime Geometry, there is the following line on Page No.50 in 2014th edition: "The acceleration of a charged particle in an electromagnetic field is uniquely defined with respect ...
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Does a charge in a gravitational field make a magnetic field?

I know that general relativity unifies the electric charge with the magnetic field via relative motion. So if I accelerate a charge then anyone in another inertial frame will see a magnetic field. ...
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Detecting external 'forces' in an inertial frame

Disclaimer: Science noob here, I may not use all terms correctly. I've read somewhere of the following situation: An observer is inside a room (elevator) with no ...
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Einstein's Elevator - Constant acceleration eventually reaches $c$. Can't that be used to detect gravity vs acceleration?

Objects with mass that continuously accelerate will eventually approach $c$, but cannot exceed it. So if I find myself in an elevator, unable to determine if I'm in a uniform gravitational field or ...
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Christoffel symbol

In flat space, it is possible to find a coordinate system in which the Christoffel symbols are equal to zero at every point on the flat manifold. However, I was wondering if it is possible to find a ...
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Falling electric dipole contradicts equivalence principle?

Consider an electric dipole, with total mass $M$, consisting of charges $q$ and $-q$, separated by a distance $d$. The total mass $M$ includes the mass defect due to the negative electrostatic energy ...
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Equivalence Principle: from falling bodies to all physical processes [duplicate]

Einstein's elevator thought experiment considered that in the Minkowski space-time of special relativity, all bodies fall identically. What grounds did Einstein have to generalise this falling bodies ...
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Einstein Elevator thought experiment

Were there any background theories for Einstein's elevator thought experiment which developed the equivalence principle. Can Newton's equivalence principle (the equality of inertial and gravitational ...
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How did Einstein generalise the Einstein elevator thought experiment to conclude with the equivalence principle?

Suppose a reference frame S1 is accelerated in the x direction with a constant acceleration g. A second frame S2 is at rest in a homogeneous gravitational field which imparts to all objects an ...
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Special and general relativity

Is the light postulate in special relativity (that the speed of light is constant in all frames of reference) correct if the equivalence principle shows that light slows down in gravitational field? ...
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Why do bodies fall identically in uniform acceleration and uniform gravitational field? [duplicate]

In his reformulation of Einstein’s Elevator thought experiment, James Robert Brown (1993) says that an observer in a uniformly accelerating spaceship in space (free of gravitational effects) will see ...
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Gravity, falling bodies, and the equivalence principle

Why is that bodies in a box accelerating uniformally in space that is sufficiently removed from gravitational fields fall identically to bodies in a box located in a homogeneous gravitational field (e....