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Before posting anything, please review the Physics Forums Global Guidelines. If you are seeking help with a...
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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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Is there any relationship between the Lie (\pounds) and covariant derivative (\nabla)? Say I have 2 vector fields...
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So, I've never been able to understand where the extra mass comes from when an object is traveling near the speed of...
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Space time Geometry and GR, taken from lecture notes ...
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I have read: F=q(v*B) where q=charge of the particle v=velocity of the charge particle ...
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HI all There is smth I dont understand in building initial data for BH The equations everybody uses uses spacetime...
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In another thread here,, post #36, Peter Donis posted...
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Ok. I understand that the set of Lorentz boosts and space rotations is equivalent to the set of Lorentz...
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In a thread a while back, Mentz114 posted a Painleve chart for FRW spacetime; here's the link to the post: ...
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Hey, this is my first post of many as I have hundreds of questions! As speed of light is a constant, does it travel...
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There's something called "rest mass" that is the mass of a body in "rest". But since rest is relative it is impossible...
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I (think I) understand that: 1. With the Schwarzschild metric, the ratio of proper time to coordinate time...
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kindly be descriptive
Dec4-11 12:00 PM
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I wanted to understand something about Inertial frames especially as they are talked about in SR. It appears that...
Dec4-11 08:27 AM
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Would it be the rotational speed increasing or the speed at which the Earth revolves around the Sun? I take it in...
Dec3-11 02:27 PM
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Hi Everyone. I have just created an animated video on Special and General Relativity, explaining how all the...
Dec3-11 02:12 PM
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The poincare' group is the group of isometries of Minkowski spacetime, in a nutshell. In terms of an actual physical...
Dec2-11 10:49 PM
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I'm still struggling with spacetime curvature. I want to know about the spacetime intervals in the following scenario:...
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I have a question about measuring the speed of light. As I understand it is done by sending photons from A at time t1...
Dec2-11 02:11 PM
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The 4-velocity of a photon is undefined, so does that mean the velocity of a photon is undefined? What is the...
Dec2-11 01:51 PM
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Assume we are on a non rotating planet and shoot a rocket straight with a given velocity (smaller than the escape...
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If I bend a paper, it doesn't change the things written on it. If gravity is bent space(time), we shouldn't be able...
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How much experimental evidence is there that the speed of light stays c between a source and target moving wrt to...
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Hello PF community! I'm having trouble with what strikes me as an inconsistency within conservation of energy,...
Dec1-11 11:28 PM
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SRT = the theory of special relativity I can't find for myself what is wrong with this ? A...
Dec1-11 11:25 PM
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I got confused.. XD "Under Einstein's theory of relativity, an object accelerated close to the speed of light gains...
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Hi! Need some help here. Are the effects of general relativity reciprocal in two reference frames? Let's say for...
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Greetings, I have been trying to teach myself SR and GR and have been going the Bernard Schutz's First Course in...
Dec1-11 07:58 PM
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First of all, a hearty hello to everyone! New poster on this board, though I've been reading this forum quite a bit...
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hi there............ We say that the speed of light is constant when seen from any frame of refrence because the...
Dec1-11 06:23 AM
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Suppose I construct a metal triangle in flat space the sum of the interior angles will be 180. If I then move the...
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A stationary observer sees a moving train going at .6c. Does the moving train see the stationary observer going .6c...
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The faster you travel the slower time travels. But instead could we be thinking in terms of it taking longer for...
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While gravitational redshift refers to what is seen, gravitational time dilation refers to what is deduced to be...
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I read that an objects mass increases as it approaches the speed of light and that this was the reason why anything...
Nov30-11 11:56 AM
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So imagine that time is very slow, like 1 meter per second. Yes I know this is impossible, but I'm tired of space...
Nov30-11 08:33 AM
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Hi everybody! what happens if an electron passes by with a speed of, say, 99.999999999...% of the speed of light...
Nov30-11 07:37 AM
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I'm familiar with space and time together being 4 dimensions and that mass causes a curvature in this spacetime. ...
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Block Time in relativity where past, present and future exist all the time seems to be in conflict with quantum...
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I have been reading Einsteins Relativity and a simple concept in special relativity is tripping me up. I have heard...
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Are there any exact solutions known for a black hole in a universe which is NOT asymptotically flat?
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