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Is Time Relative to Position?

  1. Mar 29, 2015 #1
    Okay, this is my first post, and I'll have you know that I'm just an amateur. So, I'm not going to get into any complicated mathematics. So basically, is time relative to position?
    Hypothesis: Yes, it is.
    Reason: Well, here's a dumbed down version. The earth's rotation around the sun is what makes the man-made "time". If you were to run around the earth really fast, you would not be going forward in time, but not in the traditional sense. If you were to do what was previously stated, at some point, you would end up on a different day, but then get younger once you end up at the point you started. Minutephysics said "If you were to run around the block, you would be a 0.000000000000003 seconds younger than your friend, who stayed at home." At first, I didn't get it. Then, I realized it was simple wordplay. If you walked around the block, you would be travelling in time, but only by a small fraction of a second, because a block isn't that big of a distance. Then, going back to the house, you would be retracing those 0.000000000000003 seconds, and getting younger.
     

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  3. Mar 29, 2015 #2

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    Is an apple relative to a banana?

    The amount of time that passes for you depends on the way you move through space. If have a very precise clock, synchronize it with the clock of your friend, run around the block, and then compare clocks again, you'll see a tiny difference between the clocks. This is not a play on words, you actually see the two clocks showing different values.
    This experiment has been done (using airplanes, as they are faster than running).
     
  4. Mar 29, 2015 #3
    Thanks for not trolling me! I can see it clearly now.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2015 #4
    You can slow down your aging by running around the Earth, but you can't "get younger". You can slow down a clock, but you can't make it run backwards.
     
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