The following was posted in response to Larry Ennis on a Star Trek Facebook Page. He stated that the Enterprise and other ships MOVED through space while at warp. I attempted to explain warp theory but his answer was based only on what he heard and not his own research. He was unreasonable and emphatically stated "I was wrong". This posting is not to prove him wrong but hopefully allow persons that speak of the physics of Star Trek to get it right.
The physicist explaining the warp effect is Lawrence M. Krauss writer of “The Physics of Star Trek” & “The Physics of Star Trek II” Stephen Hawkins also helped to explain it.
You mentioned no need of the deflectors if the Enterprise is NOT moving. Sir I correct you, the deflectors primary use is during impulse speed. You were of course overlooking that ability or you would have mentioned it. I also include the “Speed Chart” explaining impulse and warp speeds.
Some here, like you, have quoted individual episodes to prove a point. However I remind you there are some episodes that abuse physics and Star Trek physics to move the plot. As is explained by the physics that work on each script, since the days of Gene scientist and physicist have been employed to ensure the accuracy of the science in Star Trek. Nevertheless a few episodes break the laws of physics to employ a plot point. The best and most well-known break is the episode “The Relic” Scotty is using his derelict ship to hold the door open on a Dyson Sphere, in order to do so he must keep the shields at maximum. When the Enterprise-D slips through the door they transport Scotty aboard THROUGH the shields. That feat is impossible. Nevertheless the writers were stuck on how to save him so they broke a rule. It has never been done again and will not be. It was also never satisfactorily explained. Writers sometimes override the script supervisor to move the story. When that happens the “skip” in physics is not accepted in future episodes. In Star Trek 09 (2009 the first JJ Abrams Star Trek) Scotty and old Spock have a detailed conversation explaining the warp effect. In that conversation Scotty acknowledges that the ship NEVER moves. So you see Larry just because someone’s sounds right and wordy does not make it so. If you are going to debate the physics of Star Trek study the physics of Star Trek for yourself and not take someone’s word. If the ship moved then we would be watching Star Wars, fiction.
In this photo of my dry erase board I explain my current theory of dark matter/energy. I post it to explain the displacement of spacetime. At Ω .10-7s or .10-7s=.10 seconds to the 7th power of 10 with a curve no greater than .01F. Spacetime can’t be bent at a greater degree. To bend at a greater degree would require more than a billion warp engines. (To curve spcetime to MOVE the object). The solution was to FOLD space. Folding space is possible using E=MC2. But the implications to attain such are current not within reach. (One day I will learn how to make notations properly on a keyboard.)
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
Follow me on GOODREADS
The 3 Novels/Books Written By DeWayne Watts
Click Title to Buy the Book.
"The Boy in The Wood"
Click Title To Buy The Book.