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Jul24-14 09:06 AM Greg Bernhardt 
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The section of the Usenet Physics FAQ titled "Experimental Basis of Special Relativity" has been cited here many...
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I would appreciate it if some senior member would give me feedback about this result that I have been using in my...
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We know how the curvature of a vector V or a manifold is depicted by the following formula: dx\mudx\nu\nu , ∇\mu]V...
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I would like to think that I understand how 4-velocity is defined in special relativity. It makes sense to me that one...
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Hi, On p.4 of "A First Course in General Relativity", Shutz says that we redefine the units of time so that the new...
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The at rest distance between Betty the astronaut and a flag in open space is 1 unit. If Betty approaches the flag at...
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Hi guys, i've been thinking about this experiment for the last few hours and I have a few questions which I am deeply...
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What if Schwatzchild has made the same mistake as Newton? ( 1 - 2MG / c2 r ) dt can be view as a binomial...
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Hi I am in a debate with some creationists. They are claiming that the speed of light changes in strong...
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Hi, I'm interested in trying to understand Einstein's field equations, I'm a physics student due to start an...
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stevendaryl
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In this source explaining how to derive the Schwarzchild metric, the person came up with an ansatz and worked from...
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Does the following argument prove that any method of faster than light communication is impossible? 1. A...
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Depending on where I go to get a good understanding of the Lorentz transformations, I run into two formulas for time...
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It is known that, by the expansion of the universe, galaxies that are roughly 4200 megaparsecs away travel away from...
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phinds
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Question the thing in the region of space that cannot be seen from us because they recede faster than the speed of...
Aug19-14 08:08 AM
phinds
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I know that the example of time dilation and length contraction due to Special Relativity is usually given as the...
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Nugatory
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I'm looking for proof that Wolfgang Rindler coined the term Event Horizon. I believe that it was Rindler because...
Aug19-14 03:34 AM
PhysicistMike
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First, here is my source: http://www.thescienceforum.com/physics/30059-solving-einstein-field-equations.html As...
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PeterDonis
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As you may already know, given a time-like congruence describing some extended body with world-tube ##\mu## embedded...
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From what I know, to get the reverse trace form of the Einstein field equations, you must multiply both sides by gab...
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Hello, i am new here. I have been studying SR en GR for a while on a hobby level, and i keep pondering on the...
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If time is being warped by gravity/accelerated motion, does that mean that our clocks are inevitably slowed down since...
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Is space time like a bowling ball on a trampoline or does it surround all matter like water does a submerged object?
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Has this idea been recognized outside Frankfurt? http://arxiv.org/abs/0812.1738 Pseudo-complex General Relativity...
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After learning more about relativity, and the vast amount of knowledge that is on this forum, I would like to clear up...
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Here is my basic question: Lets say we have a massless charged shell with charge q and radius R. Is there some R...
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A first stage of the determination. We have a body of length L = AB, which moves along the x-axis with velocity v,...
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Imagine a theoretical universe which contained only two photons with the same energy. Imagine that each photon began...
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In the Wiki article about the Vaidya metric : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaidya_metric there is mention of a...
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How is gravity created? If you have any theories or new facts discovered please share. If u have your own theory...
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In General Relativity spacetime is described by a metric. The most common one is the Schwarzschild metric, valid at...
Aug16-14 04:39 PM
rlshuler
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I think this will be a quick question... If the Schw's metric is a solution of the vacuum, then what does the mass...
Aug16-14 02:35 PM
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I was watching a Science Video explaining why Ligtht travels slower in a Transparent Medium than in a Vacuum. I...
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Here is a new video, addressing a common question on this forum: jlTVIMOix3I It's similar to that one, but has...
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They say there is no measurement if travelling in a ship at the speed of light you can do to tell whether you are...
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Recently read about a release from 2006 about an electromagnetic superconductor that generated a small gravity field...
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I've found the equations of motion for a charged test particle in the Kerr-Newman geometry from a number of sources. ...
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How can we define SPACE TIME CURVATURE with respect to dark energy and dark matter ?
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Hi everyone, I have a few questions about relativity. I've been reading about relativity and its effects and I...
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i have a question, that nobody seems to be able to answer : is math actually suited for reality ? Basically the idea...
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