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Homework Help: Yes/No question about Minkowski-diagrams

  1. Jan 5, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    We have x/ct Minkowski-diagrams

    2. Relevant equations
    x/ct are components of a four-vector. Four-vector-inner-products (w/Minkowski-metric) are invariant under Lorentz transformations.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    ...Are there p/E minkowski-diagrams? (That is: momentum/energy Minkowski-diagrams). I am wondering if they'll help me visualize messy collision-problems better.... :-|
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  3. Jan 5, 2010 #2


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    Sure, you could draw a graph with energy on the vertical axis and momentum on the horizontal axis. It's useful for plotting dispersion relations, functions that describe how a particle's energy depends on its momentum. I don't really see how they'd help you with collision problems, though. (If you figure out something, I'm interested)
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