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# Re: [Phys-l] Absolute four-momentum of massless particles

Yes, but that approach simply substitutes the validity of Maxwell's Equations as the second postulate!

Bob Sciamanda
Physics, Edinboro Univ of PA (EM)
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From: "Spagna Jr., George" <gspagna@rmc.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 10:04 AM
To: "Forum for Physics Educators" <phys-l@carnot.physics.buffalo.edu>
Subject: Re: [Phys-l] Absolute four-momentum of massless particles

The second postulate is not needed. The first postulate says that all the "laws of physics" apply in an inertial frame, so that you cannot determine by any experiment. The speed of light (whatever it is!) in vacuo is given by Maxwell's equations, so the constant value of c is a consequence of the first postulate.

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