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Degrees of freedom

  1. May 6, 2009 #1
    when we talk about degrees of freedom in atoms and molecules should time be a degree of freedom.
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  3. May 6, 2009 #2


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    Short answer … no. :wink:
  4. May 6, 2009 #3
    Time is in no way a degree of freedom!
  5. May 6, 2009 #4
    why , time is a dimension which we move through so why is it not a degree of freedom.
  6. May 6, 2009 #5
    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.
  7. May 6, 2009 #6
    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.
  9. May 6, 2009 #8
    ok i see , what about traveling back in time.
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