Mean trajectory predictions for a low-speed dynamical system: Newton versus Einstein

Shiuan Ni Liang, Kenneth Mapanga, Boon Leong Lan

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    The Newtonian and special-relativistic predictions for the mean trajectory of a model low-speed dynamical system arc compared, where an ensemble of trajectories is used to calculate the mean trajectory in each theory. Contrary to conventional expectation, we show that the mean trajectory predictions of the two theories, which are based on the same parameters and initial conditions, can rapidly disagree completely. This surprising result raises an important fundamental question: When the two mean trajectory predictions for a low-speed system are completely different, which prediction is empirically correct?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings [P]
    EditorsTou Teck-Yong, Roslan Abd Shukor, Sithi Muniandy, You Ah-Heng, Lim Weng-Lee
    Place of PublicationNew York USA
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
    Pages95 - 97
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Print)0094-243X
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventMalaysia Annual Physics Conference (PERFIK) 2011 - Damai Laut Perak Malaysia, New York USA
    Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


    ConferenceMalaysia Annual Physics Conference (PERFIK) 2011
    CityNew York USA
    Period1/01/11 → …

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