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Inertial reference frames

  1. Jun 10, 2004 #1
    I can make a local inertial reference frame in a gravitational field by creating a frame that is small but close to the source of curvature of space-time.
    Alternatively I can make a local inertial reference frame by creating a frame that is large but a long distance from the source of curvature of space-time.
    If the reference frame has a mass, is there a quantitative relationship in general relativity between the mass/size of the frame and its distance from the source of curvature of space-time?
     
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  3. Jun 10, 2004 #2

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    If the reference frame has a mass, then it IS a source of curvature, and cannot be separated from that.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2004 #3
    Not one that is readily available but if one is ambitious it can be calculated. I'm not that ambitious though. :-)

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