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On a scale of 1 to 5, how useful do you think are diagrams for understanding / studying special relavity? What about general relativity?
I don't teach apart from what you see here, but I did find that Minkowski diagrams were the thing that made SR "click" for me. I don't use them as a substitute for maths, but they're a great support tool. I can visualise the hyperbolae and have a rough idea what a Lorentz transform ought to do to a scenario before I do the maths. I've found similar utility in a Kruskal diagram.vanhees71 said:Well, I'm not so decided about the (didactical) usefulness of Minkowski diagrams.
Diagrams provide a visual representation of complex concepts in relativity, making it easier to grasp and understand the theory.
No, diagrams are not necessary for learning relativity, but they can be a helpful tool in visualizing and understanding the concepts.
Yes, diagrams can be used to solve problems in relativity, especially in understanding the relationship between space, time, and gravity.
Yes, there are various types of diagrams used in relativity, such as spacetime diagrams, energy-momentum diagrams, and gravitational field diagrams.
Diagrams can visually demonstrate how massive objects can cause the curvature of spacetime, helping to understand the concept of gravity in relativity.