Exact and simple calculation of Thomas rotation and Thomas precessions along a circular world line is presented in an absolute (coordinate-free) formulation of special relativity. A straightforward derivation of the Fermi-Walker equation is also given. Besides the simplicity of calculations the absolute treatment of spacetime allows us to make a clear conceptual distinction between the phenomena of Thomas rotation and Thomas precession.
- Thomas precession
- Thomas rotation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)