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Mar8-12, 06:18 PM
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Quote Quote by Matterwave View Post
If you parameterize your curve with the proper time in seconds, and your proper distances are measured in meters, don't you necessarily get the norm condition in U to be c?

What I mean is, if you use units of distance the same as your units of time, aren't you necessarily setting c=1?
No. The conventions:

position: (t, x/c, y./c, z/c)
line element: d tau^2 = d t^2 - (dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2)/c^2
and the consequence that U = d(position) / d tau has norm 1

in no way have c=1.