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Spacetime Symmetries and Classical Mechanics

Carleton College, One North College St., Northfield, MN 55057, USA
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Symmetry 2019, 11(1), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym11010022
Received: 8 December 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Special and General Relativity)
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Abstract

Physics students are rarely exposed to the style of thinking that goes into theoretical developments in physics until late in their education. In this work, we present an alternative to the traditional statement of Newton’s second law that makes theory questions accessible to students early in their undergraduate studies. Rather than a contrived example, the model considered here arises from a popular framework for testing Lorentz symmetry used extensively in contemporary experiments. Hence, this work also provides an accessible introduction to some key ideas in ongoing tests of fundamental symmetries in physics. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lorentz symmetry; rotation invariance; Standard-Model Extension; Noether’s theorem Lorentz symmetry; rotation invariance; Standard-Model Extension; Noether’s theorem
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Bertschinger, T.H.; Flowers, N.A.; Moseley, S.; Pfeifer, C.R.; Tasson, J.D.; Yang, S. Spacetime Symmetries and Classical Mechanics. Symmetry 2019, 11, 22.

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