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Lorentz transformations derived using dimensional analysis?

  1. Jun 28, 2009 #1
    What's the problem with using dimensional analysis to derive the Lorentz transformations?
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  3. Jun 28, 2009 #2


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    How would you do that?
  4. Jun 28, 2009 #3


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    EDIT: Man I misread that.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2009
  5. Jun 29, 2009 #4
    I'm not sure dimensional analysis would even require the transformations to be linear.

    The minimum for deriving the LTs are

    1) Homogeneity of space and time.
    2) Isotropy of space.
    3) Causality.
    4) Principle of relativity.
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