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What do we do in physics?

Physics is a discipline of science that has become extremely extended. Physics involves both ‘dropping a rock from a tower’ as well as ‘accelerating protons and bring them in collision’. Public has formed a particular vision about physics. I am … Continue reading

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Apostasimetry

In this post I will write about geometry. However, I speak about apostasimetry (Greek: apostasi – “distance”, -metron “measurement”) as I focus on distance. The concept distance is related to a number that we assign to the gab between two objects, it … Continue reading

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Screen updating in Excel

The property ScreenUpdating of the object Application tells if the screen is being updated or not. Normaly you have a kind of source-code like Sub Foo() Application.ScreenUpdating = False ‘ do something here … Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub Now … Continue reading

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Transformations between inertial systems of reference (download:-)

One can derive the Lorentz transformations without specific using the second postulate of relativity. You can find it in this document: Transformations between inertial systems of reference. Ok it is still a draft:-) Hope you enjoy it!

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Raising the power of a 2×2 matrix

The main question here is: given a matrix then what is ? Given is the matrix (1) . . . . It is clear that This can be written as . Note that and . We shall write and . … Continue reading

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Neutrinos faster than light.

Recently experiment has shown that neutrinos move faster then light. Some claim that “neutrinos might break one of the most fundamental laws of physics”. The question would be “what law of physics would be broken?” In general this all is … Continue reading

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Measuring the speed of light and the speed of the medium.

Let us consider a medium and an observer that is moving through that medium. Say that the magnitude of the velocity of light with respect to the medium is and say that the velocity of the observer with respect to … Continue reading

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The escape velocity for the Schwarzschild metric (2).

In the other post The escape velocity for the Schwarzschild metric. we have found the escape velocity , however – this was based on the limit and . Let us return to the radial-equation for the Schwarzschild metric given by … Continue reading

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Kerr metric and dragging.

The Kerr-metric is given by , where and . We solve the geodesic equation using It is clear that , then for we obtain the equation So there is a solution . Next we look to the equation for and … Continue reading

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Solving the geodesic equation.

In this post, I will write about the geodesic equation. I suggest a simplified form that is simpler to solve. The geodesic equation is given by , where . We have used the convention that . Then we may write … Continue reading

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