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Interesting thought

  1. Aug 13, 2004 #1
    Imagine you are spinning on a top. You naturally go to the edge, correct?

    Well, I have heard that you do not experience acceleration, but I would think otherwise. Though you are moving relative to the object, and the Force that it applies to you should get anything with a mass of one to accelerate at the same rate. This is not true if the mass is greater or less than one, due to the fact that the force is the same on all objects.

    This is totally Newtonian, and I have a feeling that Einstein changed this, but I have not learned of it yet...

    Anyway, I am just stating that you would experience acceleration because yours would be less(or is it more? I am assuming that it is your mass plus the object's mass) that the object's.

    Is this true?
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2004
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  3. Aug 13, 2004 #2
    Acceleration can only be felt. Same with force. Matter (limited by microscopes and telescopes and modern accelerators) and energy (visible spectrum) can be seen. In high energy physics both matter and energy appear as particle distinctions between fermions and bosons and these can all be seen by modern accelerators.

    But the associated underlaying fields of these particles cannot be seen.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2004
  4. Aug 13, 2004 #3


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    I'm not sure who told you this, but they are wrong. You will experience an acceleration in the centripital direction. That's the whole reason you are able to move in circular manner in the first place.
  5. Aug 14, 2004 #4
    I am sorry, I'm not very good with words...I couldn't find the right word...I'll edit it now.

  6. Aug 16, 2004 #5
    Mach principle - in completely empty space devoid of matter (and radiation), no motion can be detected.
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