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{{Other usesFraming (disambiguation){{!}}Framing}}{{Use dmy datesdate=September 2010}}{{Classical mechanicscTopic=Core topics}}{{tonedate=January 2018}}An inertial frame of reference in classical physics and special relativity possesses the property that in this frame of reference a body with zero net force acting upon it does not accelerate; that is, such a body is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line.{{citation url=http://physics.unm.edu/Courses/Fields/Phys262/lecture26.pdf accessdate=May 27, 2018 author=Douglas Fieldsdate=2015 title=Galilean Relativity work=Physics 26201 Spring 2018, University of New Mexico}} An inertial frame of reference can be defined in analytical terms as a frame of reference that describes time and space homogeneously, isotropically, and in a timeindependent manner.BOOK, Landau, L. D., Lifshitz, E. M., Mechanics, 1960, Pergamon Press, 4â€“6, Conceptually, the physics of a system in an inertial frame have no causes external to the system.{{citationtitle=Einstein's SpaceTime: An Introduction to Special and General Relativityfirst1=Rafaellast1=Ferraropublisher=Springer Science & Business Mediadate=2007isbn=9780387699462pp=209â€“210}} An inertial frame of reference may also be called an inertial reference frame, inertial frame, Galilean reference frame, or inertial space.{{citation neededdate=June 2017}}All inertial frames are in a state of constant, (wiktionary:rectilinearrectilinear) motion with respect to one another; an accelerometer moving with any of them would detect zero acceleration. Measurements in one inertial frame can be converted to measurements in another by a simple transformation (the Galilean transformation in Newtonian physics and the Lorentz transformation in special relativity). In general relativity, in any region small enough for the curvature of spacetime and tidal forcesBOOK, Einstein's Physics: Atoms, Quanta, and Relativity  Derived, Explained, and Appraised, illustrated, TaPei, Cheng, OUP Oxford, 2013, 9780199669912, 219,weblink Extract of page 219 to be negligible, one can find a set of inertial frames that approximately describe that region.BOOK, Relativity: The Special and General Theory, Albert Einstein, 71,weblink 048641714X, Courier Dover Publications, 2001, 3rd, Reprint of edition of 1920 translated by RQ Lawson, BOOK, Special Relativity, Domenico Giulini, 19,weblink 0198567464, 2005, Oxford University Press, In a noninertial reference frame in classical physics and special relativity, the physics of a system vary depending on the acceleration of that frame with respect to an inertial frame, and the usual physical forces must be supplemented by fictitious forces.BOOK, Discovering the Natural Laws: The Experimental Basis of Physics, Milton A. Rothman, 23,weblink the content below is remote from Wikipedia
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publisher=Courier Dover Publications  PUBLISHER=MCGRAWHILL  URL=HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/BOOKS?NUM=10&BTNG=GOOGLE+SEARCH  AUTHOR1=SIDNEY BOROWITZ  geodesic (general relativity)>geodesic motion.{{citation  first1=James G.  date=September 1, 2004  bibcode = 2004physics...9010G }} In classical physics, for example, a ball dropped towards the ground does not go exactly straight down because the Earth is rotating, which means the frame of reference of an observer on Earth is not inertial. The physics must account for the Coriolis effect—in this case thought of as a force—to predict the horizontal motion. Another example of such a fictitious force associated with rotating reference frames is the centrifugal effect, or centrifugal force.IntroductionThe motion of a body can only be described relative to something else—other bodies, observers, or a set of spacetime coordinates. These are called frames of reference. If the coordinates are chosen badly, the laws of motion may be more complex than necessary. For example, suppose a free body that has no external forces acting on it is at rest at some instant. In many coordinate systems, it would begin to move at the next instant, even though there are no forces on it. However, a frame of reference can always be chosen in which it remains stationary. Similarly, if space is not described uniformly or time independently, a coordinate system could describe the simple flight of a free body in space as a complicated zigzag in its coordinate system. Indeed, an intuitive summary of inertial frames can be given: in an inertial reference frame, the laws of mechanics take their simplest form.In an inertial frame, Newton's first law, the law of inertia, is satisfied: Any free motion has a constant magnitude and direction. Newton's second law for a particle takes the form:
mathbf{F} = m mathbf{a} ,
with F the net force (a vector), m the mass of a particle and a the acceleration of the particle (also a vector) which would be measured by an observer at rest in the frame. The force F is the vector sum of all "real" forces on the particle, such as electromagnetic, gravitational, nuclear and so forth. In contrast, Newton's second law in a rotating frame of reference, rotating at angular rate Î© about an axis, takes the form:
mathbf{F}' = m mathbf{a} ,
which looks the same as in an inertial frame, but now the force Fâ€² is the resultant of not only F, but also additional terms (the paragraph following this equation presents the main points without detailed mathematics):
mathbf{F}' = mathbf{F}  2m mathbf{Omega} times mathbf{v}_{B}  m mathbf{Omega} times (mathbf{Omega} times mathbf{x}_B )  m frac{d mathbf{Omega}}{dt} times mathbf{x}_B ,
where the angular rotation of the frame is expressed by the vector Î© pointing in the direction of the axis of rotation, and with magnitude equal to the angular rate of rotation Î©, symbol Ã— denotes the vector cross product, vector xB locates the body and vector vB is the velocity of the body according to a rotating observer (different from the velocity seen by the inertial observer).The extra terms in the force Fâ€² are the "fictitious" forces for this frame, whose causes are external to the system in the frame. The first extra term is the Coriolis force, the second the centrifugal force, and the third the Euler force. These terms all have these properties: they vanish when Î© = 0; that is, they are zero for an inertial frame (which, of course, does not rotate); they take on a different magnitude and direction in every rotating frame, depending upon its particular value of Î©; they are ubiquitous in the rotating frame (affect every particle, regardless of circumstance); and they have no apparent source in identifiable physical sources, in particular, matter. Also, fictitious forces do not drop off with distance (unlike, for example, nuclear forces or electrical forces). For example, the centrifugal force that appears to emanate from the axis of rotation in a rotating frame increases with distance from the axis.All observers agree on the real forces, F; only noninertial observers need fictitious forces. The laws of physics in the inertial frame are simpler because unnecessary forces are not present.In Newton's time the fixed stars were invoked as a reference frame, supposedly at rest relative to absolute space. In reference frames that were either at rest with respect to the fixed stars or in uniform translation relative to these stars, Newton's laws of motion were supposed to hold. In contrast, in frames accelerating with respect to the fixed stars, an important case being frames rotating relative to the fixed stars, the laws of motion did not hold in their simplest form, but had to be supplemented by the addition of fictitious forces, for example, the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force. Two experiments were devised by Newton to demonstrate how these forces could be discovered, thereby revealing to an observer that they were not in an inertial frame: the example of the tension in the cord linking two spheres rotating about their center of gravity, and the example of the curvature of the surface of water in a rotating bucket. In both cases, application of Newton's second law would not work for the rotating observer without invoking centrifugal and Coriolis forces to account for their observations (tension in the case of the spheres; parabolic water surface in the case of the rotating bucket).As we now know, the fixed stars are not fixed. Those that reside in the Milky Way turn with the galaxy, exhibiting proper motions. Those that are outside our galaxy (such as nebulae once mistaken to be stars) participate in their own motion as well, partly due to expansion of the universe, and partly due to peculiar velocities.BOOK, The Music of the Big Bang, Amedeo Balbi, 9783540787266, Springer, 2008, 59,weblink The Andromeda Galaxy is on collision course with the Milky Way at a speed of 117 km/s.JOURNAL, Constraints on the proper motion of the Andromeda Galaxy based on the survival of its satellite M33, 894â€“898, Abraham Loeb, Mark J. Reid, Andreas Brunthaler, Heino Falcke, The Astrophysical Journal, 633, 2005,weblink 10.1086/491644, 2005ApJ...633..894L, astroph/0506609, 2, The concept of inertial frames of reference is no longer tied to either the fixed stars or to absolute space. Rather, the identification of an inertial frame is based upon the simplicity of the laws of physics in the frame. In particular, the absence of fictitious forces is their identifying property.BOOK, 235â€“236,weblink Einstein from "B" to "Z", John J. Stachel, 0817641432, Springer, 2002, In practice, although not a requirement, using a frame of reference based upon the fixed stars as though it were an inertial frame of reference introduces very little discrepancy. For example, the centrifugal acceleration of the Earth because of its rotation about the Sun is about thirty million times greater than that of the Sun about the galactic center.BOOK, In the Grip of the Distant Universe, Peter Graneau, Neal Graneau, 147,weblink 9812567542, World Scientific, 2006, To illustrate further, consider the question: "Does our Universe rotate?" To answer, we might attempt to explain the shape of the Milky Way galaxy using the laws of physics,BOOK, Nothingness, Henning Genz, 275,weblink 0738206105, 2001, Da Capo Press, although other observations might be more definitive, that is, provide larger discrepancies or less measurement uncertainty, like the anisotropy of the microwave background radiation or Big Bang nucleosynthesis.BOOK, Advances in Astronomy,weblink J GarcioBellido, J. M. T. Thompson, Imperial College Press, 2005, 32, Â§9, The Paradigm of Inflation, 1860945775, JOURNAL, Dark energy and global rotation of the Universe, Wlodzimierz Godlowski, Marek Szydlowski, astroph/0303248, 2003, 10.1023/A:1027301723533, General Relativity and Gravitation, 35, 2171â€“2187, 12, 2003GReGr..35.2171G, The flatness of the Milky Way depends on its rate of rotation in an inertial frame of reference. If we attribute its apparent rate of rotation entirely to rotation in an inertial frame, a different "flatness" is predicted than if we suppose part of this rotation actually is due to rotation of the universe and should not be included in the rotation of the galaxy itself. Based upon the laws of physics, a model is set up in which one parameter is the rate of rotation of the Universe. If the laws of physics agree more accurately with observations in a model with rotation than without it, we are inclined to select the bestfit value for rotation, subject to all other pertinent experimental observations. If no value of the rotation parameter is successful and theory is not within observational error, a modification of physical law is considered, for example, dark matter is invoked to explain the galactic rotation curve. So far, observations show any rotation of the universe is very slow, no faster than once every 60Â·1012 years (10âˆ’13 rad/yr),P Birch Is the Universe rotating? Nature 298, 451  454 (29 July 1982) and debate persists over whether there is any rotation. However, if rotation were found, interpretation of observations in a frame tied to the universe would have to be corrected for the fictitious forces inherent in such rotation in classical physics and special relativity, or interpreted as the curvature of spacetime and the motion of matter along the geodesics in general relativity.When quantum effects are important, there are additional conceptual complications that arise in quantum reference frames.BackgroundA set of frames where the laws of physics are simpleAccording to the first postulate of special relativity, all physical laws take their simplest form in an inertial frame, and there exist multiple inertial frames interrelated by uniform translation: {{anchorprinciple}}BOOK, The Principle of Relativity: a collection of original memoirs on the special and general theory of relativity, Einstein, A., Lorentz, H. A., Minkowski, H., & Weyl, H., 111,weblink  publisher=Courier Dover Publications  weblink 0915144719, Hackett Publishing, 1979, and also BlagojeviÄ‡.BOOK, Gravitation and Gauge Symmetries, Milutin BlagojeviÄ‡, 4,weblink 0750307676, CRC Press, 2002, In practical terms, the equivalence of inertial reference frames means that scientists within a box moving uniformly cannot determine their absolute velocity by any experiment. Otherwise, the differences would set up an absolute standard reference frame.BOOK, Relativity: The Special and General Theory, Albert Einstein, 17, 1920, H. Holt and Company,weblink BOOK, Six notsoeasy pieces: Einstein's relativity, symmetry, and spacetime, Richard Phillips Feynman, 73, 0201328429, 1998, Basic Books,weblink According to this definition, supplemented with the constancy of the speed of light, inertial frames of reference transform among themselves according to the PoincarÃ© group of symmetry transformations, of which the Lorentz transformations are a subgroup.BOOK, Compendium of Theoretical Physics, Armin Wachter, Henning Hoeber, 98,weblink 0387257993, BirkhÃ¤user, 2006, In Newtonian mechanics, which can be viewed as a limiting case of special relativity in which the speed of light is infinite, inertial frames of reference are related by the Galilean group of symmetries.Absolute spaceNewton posited an absolute space considered well approximated by a frame of reference stationary relative to the fixed stars. An inertial frame was then one in uniform translation relative to absolute space. However, some scientists (called "relativists" by Mach), even at the time of Newton, felt that absolute space was a defect of the formulation, and should be replaced.Indeed, the expression inertial frame of reference () was coined by Ludwig Lange in 1885, to replace Newton's definitions of "absolute space and time" by a more operational definition.JOURNAL, Lange, Ludwig, 1885, Ãœber die wissenschaftliche Fassung des Galileischen Beharrungsgesetzes, Philosophische Studien  EDITION=REPRINT OF 1989 ABSOLUTE OR RELATIVE MOTION?  URL=HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/?ID=WQIDKYKLEXCC&PG=PA645&DQ=LUDWIG+LANGE+%22OPERATIONAL+DEFINITION%22  PUBLISHER=OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS  Lange proposed the following definition:L. Lange (1885) as quoted by Max von Laue in his book (1921) Die RelativitÃ¤tstheorie, p. 34, and translated by 169  AUTHOR=HARALD IRO  ISBN=9812382135  PUBLISHER=WORLD SCIENTIFIC, A discussion of Lange's proposal can be found in Mach.BOOK, The Science of Mechanics, 38, Ernst Mach,weblink The Open Court Publishing Co., 1915, The inadequacy of the notion of "absolute space" in Newtonian mechanics is spelled out by BlagojeviÄ‡:BOOK, Gravitation and Gauge Symmetries, Milutin BlagojeviÄ‡, 5,weblink 0750307676, CRC Press, 2002, The utility of operational definitions was carried much further in the special theory of relativity.BOOK, Special relativity, NMJ Woodhouse, 58,weblink 1852334266, Springer, London, 2003, Some historical background including Lange's definition is provided by DiSalle, who says in summary:BOOK, Robert DiSalle, Space and Time: Inertial Frames, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta,weblink Summer 2002, Newton's inertial frame of reference250pxthumbnailFigure 1: Two frames of reference moving with relative velocity stackrel{vec v}{}. Frame S' has an arbitrary but fixed rotation with respect to frame S. They are both inertial frames provided a body not subject to forces appears to move in a straight line. If that motion is seen in one frame, it will also appear that way in the other.Within the realm of Newtonian mechanics, an inertial frame of reference, or inertial reference frame, is one in which Newton's first law of motion is valid.BOOK, C MÃ¸ller, The Theory of Relativity, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 019560539X, 1976, 1, 220221617, Second, However, the principle of special relativity generalizes the notion of inertial frame to include all physical laws, not simply Newton's first law.Newton viewed the first law as valid in any reference frame that is in uniform motion relative to the fixed stars;The question of "moving uniformly relative to what?" was answered by Newton as "relative to absolute space". As a practical matter, "absolute space" was considered to be the fixed stars. For a discussion of the role of fixed stars, see BOOK, Nothingness: The Science of Empty Space, Henning Genz, 150, 0738206105, Da Capo Press, 2001,weblink, that is, neither rotating nor accelerating relative to the stars.BOOK, Physics, Volume 1, Chapter 3, 0471320579,weblink
 date=2001  author1=Robert Resnick  author3=Kenneth S. Krane  absolute space" is abandoned, and an inertial frame in the field of classical mechanics is defined as:HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/?ID=R5P29CN6S6QC&PG=PA70&DQ=FIXED+STARS+%22INERTIAL+FRAME%22  PAGE=70  PUBLISHER=TATA MCGRAWHILL  ISBN=0070966176  PAGE=6  PUBLISHER=SPRINGER  ISBN=1852334266, London/Berlin, Hence, with respect to an inertial frame, an object or body accelerates only when a physical force is applied, and (following Newton's first law of motion), in the absence of a net force, a body at rest will remain at rest and a body in motion will continue to move uniformly—that is, in a straight line and at constant speed. Newtonian inertial frames transform among each other according to the Galilean group of symmetries.If this rule is interpreted as saying that straightline motion is an indication of zero net force, the rule does not identify inertial reference frames because straightline motion can be observed in a variety of frames. If the rule is interpreted as defining an inertial frame, then we have to be able to determine when zero net force is applied. The problem was summarized by Einstein:BOOK, The Meaning of Relativity, A Einstein, 58, 1950,weblink Princeton University Press, There are several approaches to this issue. One approach is to argue that all real forces drop off with distance from their sources in a known manner, so we have only to be sure that a body is far enough away from all sources to ensure that no force is present.BOOK, Introductory Special Relativity, William Geraint Vaughan Rosser, 3,weblink  date=1991, CRC Press, A possible issue with this approach is the historically longlived view that the distant universe might affect matters (Mach's principle). Another approach is to identify all real sources for real forces and account for them. A possible issue with this approach is that we might miss something, or account inappropriately for their influence, perhaps, again, due to Mach's principle and an incomplete understanding of the universe. A third approach is to look at the way the forces transform when we shift reference frames. Fictitious forces, those that arise due to the acceleration of a frame, disappear in inertial frames, and have complicated rules of transformation in general cases. On the basis of universality of physical law and the request for frames where the laws are most simply expressed, inertial frames are distinguished by the absence of such fictitious forces.Newton enunciated a principle of relativity himself in one of his corollaries to the laws of motion:BOOK, Six notsoeasy pieces: Einstein's relativity, symmetry, and spacetime, Richard Phillips Feynman, 50, 0201328429, 1998, Basic Books,weblink See the Principia on line at Andrew Motte Translation This principle differs from the special principle in two ways: first, it is restricted to mechanics, and second, it makes no mention of simplicity. It shares with the special principle the invariance of the form of the description among mutually translating reference frames.However, in the Newtonian system the Galilean transformation connects these frames and in the special theory of relativity the Lorentz transformation connects them. The two transformations agree for speeds of translation much less than the speed of light. The role of fictitious forces in classifying reference frames is pursued further below.Separating noninertial from inertial reference framesTheory{{See alsoNoninertial frameRotating spheresBucket argument}}thumb180pxFigure 2: Two spheres tied with a string and rotating at an angular rate Ï‰. Because of the rotation, the string tying the spheres together is under tension.thumbFigure 3: Exploded view of rotating spheres in an inertial frame of reference showing the centripetal forces on the spheres provided by the tension in the tying string.Inertial and noninertial reference frames can be distinguished by the absence or presence of fictitious forces, as explained shortly. The presence of fictitious forces indicates the physical laws are not the simplest laws available so, in terms of the special principle of relativity, a frame where fictitious forces are present is not an inertial frame:BOOK, Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, 129, V. I. Arnol'd, 9780387968902, 1989,weblink Springer, Bodies in noninertial reference frames are subject to socalled fictitious forces (pseudoforces); that is, forces that result from the acceleration of the reference frame itself and not from any physical force acting on the body. Examples of fictitious forces are the centrifugal force and the Coriolis force in rotating reference frames.How then, are "fictitious" forces to be separated from "real" forces? It is hard to apply the Newtonian definition of an inertial frame without this separation. For example, consider a stationary object in an inertial frame. Being at rest, no net force is applied. But in a frame rotating about a fixed axis, the object appears to move in a circle, and is subject to centripetal force (which is made up of the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force). How can we decide that the rotating frame is a noninertial frame? There are two approaches to this resolution: one approach is to look for the origin of the fictitious forces (the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force). We will find there are no sources for these forces, no associated force carriers, no originating bodies.For example, there is no body providing a gravitational or electrical attraction. A second approach is to look at a variety of frames of reference. For any inertial frame, the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force disappear, so application of the principle of special relativity would identify these frames where the forces disappear as sharing the same and the simplest physical laws, and hence rule that the rotating frame is not an inertial frame.Newton examined this problem himself using rotating spheres, as shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3. He pointed out that if the spheres are not rotating, the tension in the tying string is measured as zero in every frame of reference.That is, the universality of the laws of physics requires the same tension to be seen by everybody. For example, it cannot happen that the string breaks under extreme tension in one frame of reference and remains intact in another frame of reference, just because we choose to look at the string from a different frame. If the spheres only appear to rotate (that is, we are watching stationary spheres from a rotating frame), the zero tension in the string is accounted for by observing that the centripetal force is supplied by the centrifugal and Coriolis forces in combination, so no tension is needed. If the spheres really are rotating, the tension observed is exactly the centripetal force required by the circular motion. Thus, measurement of the tension in the string identifies the inertial frame: it is the one where the tension in the string provides exactly the centripetal force demanded by the motion as it is observed in that frame, and not a different value. That is, the inertial frame is the one where the fictitious forces vanish.So much for fictitious forces due to rotation. However, for linear acceleration, Newton expressed the idea of undetectability of straightline accelerations held in common:This principle generalizes the notion of an inertial frame. For example, an observer confined in a freefalling lift will assert that he himself is a valid inertial frame, even if he is accelerating under gravity, so long as he has no knowledge about anything outside the lift. So, strictly speaking, inertial frame is a relative concept. With this in mind, we can define inertial frames collectively as a set of frames which are stationary or moving at constant velocity with respect to each other, so that a single inertial frame is defined as an element of this set.For these ideas to apply, everything observed in the frame has to be subject to a baseline, common acceleration shared by the frame itself. That situation would apply, for example, to the elevator example, where all objects are subject to the same gravitational acceleration, and the elevator itself accelerates at the same rate.ApplicationsInertial navigation systems used a cluster of gyroscopes and accelerometers to determine accelerations relative to inertial space. After a gyroscope is spun up in a particular orientation in inertial space, the law of conservation of angular momentum requires that it retain that orientation as long as no external forces are applied to it.BOOK, Chatfield, Averil B., Fundamentals of High Accuracy Inertial Navigation, Volume 174, 1997, AIAA, 9781600864278, {{rp59}} Three orthogonal gyroscopes establish an inertial reference frame, and the accelerators measure acceleration relative to that frame. The accelerations, along with a clock, can then be used to calculate the change in position. Thus, inertial navigation is a form of dead reckoning that requires no external input, and therefore cannot be jammed by any external or internal signal source.BOOK, Kennie, edited by T.J.M., Engineering Surveying Technology, 1993, Taylor & Francis, Hoboken, 9780203860748, 95, Pbk., Petrie, G., A gyrocompass, employed for navigation of seagoing vessels, finds the geometric north. It does so, not by sensing the Earth's magnetic field, but by using inertial space as its reference. The outer casing of the gyrocompass device is held in such a way that it remains aligned with the local plumb line. When the gyroscope wheel inside the gyrocompass device is spun up, the way the gyroscope wheel is suspended causes the gyroscope wheel to gradually align its spinning axis with the Earth's axis. Alignment with the Earth's axis is the only direction for which the gyroscope's spinning axis can be stationary with respect to the Earth and not be required to change direction with respect to inertial space. After being spun up, a gyrocompass can reach the direction of alignment with the Earth's axis in as little as a quarter of an hour.JOURNAL, The gyroscope pilots ships & planes, Life, Mar 15, 1943, 80–83,weblinkNewtonian mechanics{{Unreferenced sectionsmall=ydate=May 2018}} Classical theories that use the Galilean transformation postulate the equivalence of all inertial reference frames. Some theories may even postulate the existence of a privileged frame which provides absolute space and absolute time. The Galilean transformation transforms coordinates from one inertial reference frame, mathbf{s}, to another, mathbf{s}^{prime}, by simple addition or subtraction of coordinates:Special relativityEinstein's theory of special relativity, like Newtonian mechanics, postulates the equivalence of all inertial reference frames. However, because special relativity postulates that the speed of light in free space is invariant, the transformation between inertial frames is the Lorentz transformation, not the Galilean transformation which is used in Newtonian mechanics. The invariance of the speed of light leads to counterintuitive phenomena, such as time dilation and length contraction, and the relativity of simultaneity, which have been extensively verified experimentally.BOOK, Relativity for Scientists and Engineers, reprinted, Ray, Skinner, Courier Corporation, 2014, 9780486793672, 27,weblink Extract of page 27 The Lorentz transformation reduces to the Galilean transformation as the speed of light approaches infinity or as the relative velocity between frames approaches zero.BOOK, The Classical Theory of Fields, LD Landau, LM Lifshitz, 4th Revised English, 273â€“274, 1975, 9780750627689, Pergamon Press,General relativity{{See alsoEquivalence principleEÃ¶tvÃ¶s experiment}}General relativity is based upon the principle of equivalence:BOOK, Introduction to Classical Mechanics, David Morin, 649,weblink 9780521876223, Cambridge University Press, 2008, BOOK, Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Douglas C. Giancoli,weblink  date=2007  isbn=9780131495081, This idea was introduced in Einstein's 1907 article "Principle of Relativity and Gravitation" and later developed in 1911.A. Einstein, "On the influence of gravitation on the propagation of light", Annalen der Physik, vol. 35, (1911) : 898908 Support for this principle is found in the EÃ¶tvÃ¶s experiment, which determines whether the ratio of inertial to gravitational mass is the same for all bodies, regardless of size or composition. To date no difference has been found to a few parts in 1011.BOOK, Physics Through the Nineteen Nineties: Overview, 15,weblink  date=1986  publisher=National Academies Press, For some discussion of the subtleties of the EÃ¶tvÃ¶s experiment, such as the local mass distribution around the experimental site (including a quip about the mass of EÃ¶tvÃ¶s himself), see Franklin.NO EASY ANSWERS: SCIENCE AND THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE >AUTHOR=ALLAN FRANKLIN  URL=HTTPS://BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM/?ID=_RNV31RXUIC&PG=PA66&DQ=%22EOTVOS+EXPERIMENT%22  DATE=2007, University of Pittsburgh Press, Einsteinâ€™s general theory modifies the distinction between nominally "inertial" and "noninertial" effects by replacing special relativity's "flat" Minkowski Space with a metric that produces nonzero curvature. In general relativity, the principle of inertia is replaced with the principle of geodesic motion, whereby objects move in a way dictated by the curvature of spacetime. As a consequence of this curvature, it is not a given in general relativity that inertial objects moving at a particular rate with respect to each other will continue to do so. This phenomenon of geodesic deviation means that inertial frames of reference do not exist globally as they do in Newtonian mechanics and special relativity.However, the general theory reduces to the special theory over sufficiently small regions of spacetime, where curvature effects become less important and the earlier inertial frame arguments can come back into play.BOOK, Information Theory and Quantum Physics: Physical Foundations for Understanding the Conscious Process, Herbert S., Green, Springer, 2000, 354066517X, 154,weblink Extract of page 154BOOK, Theory of Special Relativity, Nikhilendu, Bandyopadhyay, Academic Publishers, 2000, 8186358528, 116,weblink Extract of page 116 Consequently, modern special relativity is now sometimes described as only a "local theory".BOOK, Cosmological Inflation and LargeScale Structure, Andrew R., Liddle, David H., Lyth, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 0521575982, 329,weblink Extract of page 329 "Local" can encompass, for example, the entire Milky Way galaxy: The astronomer Karl Schwarzschild observed the motion of pairs of stars orbiting each other. He found that the two orbits of the stars of such a system lie in a plane, and the perihelion of the orbits of the two stars remains pointing in the same direction with respect to the solar system. Schwarzschild pointed out that that was invariably seen: the direction of the angular momentum of all observed double star systems remains fixed with respect to the direction of the angular momentum of the Solar System. These observations allowed him to conclude that inertial frames inside the galaxy do not rotate with respect to one another, and that the space of the Milky Way is approximately Galilean or Minkowskian.In the Shadow of the Relativity Revolution Section 3: The Work of Karl Schwarzschild (2.2 MB PDFfile)See also{{Colbegin}}{{Col1of2}} {{Col2of2}} {{colend}}References{{Reflist}}Further reading
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