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Deriving the Gravitational Constant G

Today we will derive the gravitational constant G, also known as Newton's constant. Here are the variables we will be working with: ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Deriving the Gravitational Constant G

Today we will derive the gravitational constant G, also known as Newton's constant. Here are the variables we will be working with:

Below is a crude diagram of a satellite orbiting a star or planet at velocity v, at a distance of radius r. According to its clock, the proper time is t'. The star or planet has a mass of m.

Our starting point shall be the Lorentz equation, courtesy of Einstein's theory of special relativity:

By doing some algebra we can derive equation 7 below:

Equation 7's right side expresses v^2 in terms c^2 and a time ratio. The bigger the time ratio, the faster the velocity and vice versa.

We manipulate Einstein's energy equation to get equation 8:

We make a substitution, then do some more algebra until we derive G at equation 15:

We can now see why G is the constant it is: Any change in velocity (v^2) is offset by a change of the radius-mass ratio. Any change in radius-mass ratio is offset by a change in the time ratio.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Derive a Black Hole From Einstein's Field Equations

According to Stephen Hawking, if we start with a volume of space, say, a public library, and add books and more books, eventually the total number of books will become so massive they will collapse into a black hole. This is a little difficult to verify experimentally, but we can derive a black hole from Einstein's field equations. Below are the variables we will need:

In the diagram below, the blue circle represents the compressed mass (library books); the yellow and blue circle represent the mass's initial volume (library shelf space); The largest circle has a Scharzschild radius. As more and more mass is added, the blue circle shrinks and the singularity radius (r) shrinks as well.

Let's begin the derivation with equation 1:

Equation 1 has second-order tensors. We want to convert these to easy-to-work-with scalars (aka: invariant zero-order tensors). We can do this by contracting the indices. At equation 3 we pull the metric tensor (g) out of the Ricci tensor (R). At equation 4, the contravariant and covariant indices (i) cancel and vanish.

Now let's do the subtraction at equation 4 to get equation 5:

At equation 6 we set g equal to 8pi, so we can divide both sides of equation 5 by 8pi to get equation 7:

At 8 we set R equal to 1/r^2 and make a substitution to get equation 9:

The energy-stress tensor (T) has units of energy density. We do what we must to convert energy density to mass density (equations 10 and 11). We do a little algebra at 12 and 13 to get the Scharzschild radius (equation 13).

Taking equation 12 and applying limits gives the black-hole equation 14:

Just as Stephen Hawking said: If we keep adding library books (mass), the library's radius (r) shrinks and collapses into a black-hole singularity.

Below are bonus equations that show the maximum potential velocity is light speed and the maximum rest-mass energy is still mc^2.

Monday, August 7, 2017

How to Conserve Dark Energy and the Rest

In the above video the Physics Girl discusses how the expanding universe causes galaxies to move apart, and in turn causes photon wavelengths to stretch out. As photon wavelengths grow, they lose energy. "Where does the energy go?" she asks.

Other physicists, including myself, have a different question: "Where does dark energy come from?" As the universe expands, there is apparently more dark energy and less photon energy? Perhaps energy is conserved after all. If nothing else, it can be mathematically demonstrated. First, let's define the variables:

Equation 1 below shows how photon energy (Ep) is a function of its wavelength (lambda). The bigger lambda gets, the smaller the photon energy.

Equation 2 is dark energy (Ed)--a function of energy density (pd) times volume (V). As volume gets bigger, so does dark energy.

Equation 3 below shows the universe's radius (r) depends on how much dark energy there is. Equation 4 shows photon wavelength depends on how little photon energy there is:

Consider the universe's history. It started out with little or no space (dark energy) and it was very hot (photon energy). Over time space grew and the universe cooled (more dark energy, less photon energy). One way to conserve energy is to multiply photon energy and dark energy together. This creates a constant: as one energy grows, the other shrinks, but their product is always constant. Below we do a little algebra to get the product of the two energies:

Now, one thing we note is both energies are motion energies. Neither is at rest. Given the fact both energies have momentum (p) (due to mass or mass equivalence) we can make a substitution and derive equation 7 below:

You might recognize the momentum-energy term on equation 7's left side. It appears in this famous equation:

Einstein's energy equation, in this instance, shall represent the universe's total momentum and rest-mass energy. If we make one more substitution we get this:

Equation 9 above says the universe's conserved energy is the square root of dark energy times boson energy plus rest-mass energy squared. It includes all matter, radiation and vacuum energy.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Adding Gravity to the Standard Model Lagrangian

Here is one version of the Standard Model Lagrangian. Click on the image below to learn more details. Lagrangian L =

To read a pretty good outline re: the Standard Model Lagrangian, click here.

Now you have probably been told a gazillion times that the Standard Model does not include gravity, that Einstein's field equations are incompatible with the big messy equation you see above. Let's have a look at the field equations:

The energy-stress tensor (Tij) provides a clue to how we can unify gravity with the Standard Model. Its units are energy density or energy over a volume (V). The Lagrangian has units of energy. Hmmmm ... if we contract the tensor indices and do a little algebra, we get equation 5 below:

Equation 5 shows that the scalar or zero-order tensor T is equivalent to the Lagrangian (L) divided by a volume (V). That leads us to equation 6 below:

We can now see the relationship between gravity and the other forces. If we do a little more algebra, we get an interesting result:

At equation 9 we add the newly-formed gravity Lagrangian to the Standard Model Lagrangian. Doing this yields the ground-state vacuum energy--and this quantity is consistent with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe measurement. So if we add gravity to the Standard Model as illustrated above, we not only get a result that is mathematically consistent, but also consistent with observations.