Sunday, January 01, 2012

Earth Top and Spin Rotation


Today I prepared some academic documents to submit, so that I did not have time to take a sufficient rest.

Indeed, we had another earthquake (fortunately far southern to Japanese islands and Tokyo) with Magnitude M=7.0. As the Energy Magnitude is (in a conventional definition) defined as a logarithmic scale of effective Joule energy, we had 1/1000 times Energy if compared to that of the Tohoku earthquake (M=9.0).


The image above "The Earth Top" (taken by me) is what I am preparing for the last two lectures of dynamics and electro-magnetics at the year 2012 (Winter semester of 2011) at Tokyo. We will compute the inertia momentum "I", diagonalization by diag(I1, I2, I3) for non-symmetric gyro top, and the introduction of the coordinate transformation.

Galileo's episode (made up by historians?) is quoted as "Yes, that's right" (Answer to "Isn't the earth moving?") This saying has several variations, such as "Yet the earth does move." However, at the era of Galileo Galilei, it was still possible to study mechanics as a mathematical hypothesis like the heliocentric model by Nicolaus Copernicus in the 15C's and 16C's. Galileo's accused point [1564-1642] was to study his relativity principle (coordinate changes between two inertia frames) as a guiding principle of real-world problem.

I wish a happy new year and good documents for (special) relativity.