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- Dependence of various physical phenomena on relative motion of the observer and the observed objects. Exp. & theo. theories of relativity
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This question has been asked two years ago, but it wasn't resolved (I think). Here goes This problem is Problem 5...
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Hi, I know these questions must sound ridiculous and I apologize, I'm a newbie. My textbook says that the inner...
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I suspect this is somewhat off the beaten track here, but there may be some few that could give it a go. Einstein...
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Hi guys, I am reading griffiths electrodynamics. I have a question. How does Maxwell equation suggest that the...
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In various other threads we have been kicking around various equations for a spherical shell and discussing the...
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Hello Everyone, I came here with a question and hope you can shed some light. We know that Ricci tensor which...
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Hi, In classical and quantum physics and even in special relativity, shifting the energy of a system by a constant...
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I know about the Michaelson-Morley expt. trying to measure the speed of light, once in the direction of motion of the...
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hi people! please can any one explain me the conclusions of a thought experiment given below ? consider yourself...
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Question in the subject. I have no idea what the DoD's interest is in this. Sorry is this is the wrong forum.
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Would there be a direct proof of the energy-stress tensor of general relativity? My lecturer only provides me with a...
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Consider two iron rods of about 10 metres separated by 10 metre. They are in series position and not connected in...
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Please view the following... http://www.wimp.com/visualizegravity/ This is the way scientists try to explain the...
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The Lorentz group generators, in any representation, satisfy the commutation relation = i \left( g^{\nu...
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Hello there! I have a more or less silly and possibly obvious question that's been bugging me a lot. Here's the...
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Hi, Is it pure coincidence that if you put ##c=v_e=\sqrt{2GM/R}## in the escape velocity, you end up with the...
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For example let's say i have two rods of same length ie. 4metres placed in a series position. They are separated by a...
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There is any field in General Relativity(I know gravitational field but it is not that which I mean) Thanks
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Hello all, I have a geodesic equation from extremizing the action which is second order. I am curious as to what...
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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Now, my question: I'm on earth viewing through a telescope. I...
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I'm very noob at this and am a bit confused: Formula 1: E_T = \gamma \cdot m c^2 Formula 2: p = \gamma m v...
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We have three observers. The A is in earth,B is into a car that runs with big speed,C is out of galaxy. All...
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I had always thought that length contraction meant that the object itself shrunk but I stumbled across an article...
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hi there, In this Ex ( see attached snapshot ), point b), the poisson bracket equation is not so straightforward to...
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I mean the application,such as because of the time dilation, humans can observe some particles which don't have long...
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