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Q & A: are there real inertial frames?

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Most recent answer: 03/31/2013
Q:
Is there any correct inertial frame of reference in universe? I want the exact answer.
- Varun (age 15)
India
A:
Since you want "the exact answer" we have to say no. Any real frame extending over some region has some gravitational effects, which make it distinct from the inertial frames of special relativity. In practice, inertial frames are often excellent approximations for real situations.

Mike W.

(published on 03/31/2013)

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