Degrees of freedom

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when we talk about degrees of freedom in atoms and molecules should time be a degree of freedom.
 

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when we talk about degrees of freedom in atoms and molecules should time be a degree of freedom.
Short answer … no. :wink:
 
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Time is in no way a degree of freedom!
 
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why , time is a dimension which we move through so why is it not a degree of freedom.
 
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why , time is a dimension which we move through so why is it not a degree of freedom.
I'm guessing because it is a restricted dimension. Just as if the particle was constrained to one single plane, the normal axis would no longer be a degree of freedom.

Just a guess, though. I've never actually talked about degrees of freedom in this context.
 
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but I thought traveling back in time was still theoretically possible . And if we bring in theory of relativity if I were to travel faster then object A and then slow down a little bit I would change my time difference to object A and thus be moving forward a little bit then backwards in my time difference thus allowing time as a degree of freedom.
 
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Gaining freedom in time makes you lose freedom in space, though. The total number of degrees of freedom doesn't change just because you happen to be moving in a particular way.
 
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ok i see , what about traveling back in time.
 

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