We take for granted that movement is intrinsic to massive bodies, but here is a mind experiment that shows it might be different from what we thought, more precisely, it shows that inertial movement could be due to time, not the time it takes for a body on inertial movement to move from one point to another, but the time it takes for whatever bonds their atoms, to travel between them, and inform them that they have to move with regard to the other atoms.
Here is the general idea: since, at the atomic scale, energy is always quantized, I suggest that motion could be.
I begin with a mind experiment that has nothing to do with atoms:
- Imagine two cars at rest on the same straight road but one km away from one another and heading in the same direction.
- There is an emitter and a receiver in each car and the signal exchanged between them is about the speed from their speedometer.
- One of the cars accelerates and decelerates for 10 seconds, so a signal is emitted every fraction of second indicating the speed at which the car is going.
- Lets us admit that the signal will take more time to travel one km than the time it takes for the car to accelerate and decelerate to rest.
- When the signal will arrive at the second car, at each fraction of second, its receiver will indicate exactly the speed at which it has to accelerate and decelerate.
- While it does so as precisely as it can, its own emitter will transmit the signal to the other car, which will repeat exactly the same move forward, and so on for the next car, indefinitely. If the energy to move the cars could be infinite, the signal absolutely precise, and the steps absolutely precise, this slinky kind of movement would never end and would never change, which is the very definition of inertial movement.
Now, replace the cars by two identical atoms linked together to form a molecule, and imagine that the energy they exchange to maintain their bond is quantized, which means that it would have the form of a signal, which would have to be constant for their bond to be constant. These two atoms, represented by their nuclei, are very far apart, like the two cars, far enough for the signal to take more time to travel that distance than for a nucleus to make a step towards the other nucleus. Lets assume now that one of them is forced to make such a step because it undergoes a push, and that the signal does not have time to reach the other nucleus before the step is finished.
Since the energy of their bond has to stay the same, won't the two nuclei be forced to proceed exactly like the two cars, which is to make small slinky like steps whose direction and length will never change unless they are forced to?
Edited by LeRepteux, 13 December 2014 - 11:33 AM.