The conserved quantity arising from a rotational invariance. Combine with rotational-dynamics for the classical mechanics approach and quantum-mechanics for the QM interpretation

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Replacing an operator with its expectation value

While dealing with a circling particle in an spherical symetric potential our professor said that we can replace an operator of $z$ component of angular momentum $\hat{L}_z$ with the expectation value ...
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Conservation of Angular momentum in the dipole selection rules

If the total angular momentum J of an atom is not changing during a dipole transition, where does the angular momentum for the photon come from?
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Is angular momentum always conserved in the absence of an external torque?

Consider either the angular momentum of the earth around the sun or equivalently swinging a ball horizontally on a string. I know that with respect to the point of rotation of the swinging ball, ...
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What causes precession or nutation in a spinning object?

What causes precession in a spinning object? What causes nutation in a spinning object? What causes a top, gyroscope, and the earth to wobble? Just because it's a simple question, I'm not ...
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Question on Total, Orbital and Spin Angular momentum

I am reading about the total, orbital and spin angular momentum, and I am not clear as to what these generators actually do after exponentiating. Could you give me a physical picture of what happens ...
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What is the spin rotation operator for spin > 1/2?

For spin $\frac{1}{2}$, the spin rotation operator $R_\alpha(\textbf{n})=\exp(-i\frac{\alpha}{2}\vec{\sigma}\cdot\textbf{n})$ has a simple form: ...
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Why are Euler's equations of motion coupled? Physical explanation

I have a problem with one of my study questions for an oral exam: Euler’s equation of motion around the $z$ axis in two dimensions is $I_z\dot{\omega}_z = M_z$, whereas it in three dimensions is ...
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Conservation of angular momentum across different reference frames?

I saw the following problem from the USAPhO: A uniform pool ball of radius $r$ begins at rest on a pool table. The ball is given a horizontal impulse $J$ of fixed magnitude at a distance $\beta r$ ...
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Should any theory of physics respect the principle of conservation of angular momentum or linear momentum?

Is it possible that a theory that can describe the universe at the planck scale can violate things that we now consider fundamental in nature?For example can it violate rotational and translational ...
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Angular momentum operator and expectation values

I was reading some notes and it says that $\langle L_z^2\rangle=\langle L^2\rangle$ IFF the system is radially symmetric. I can see that in order that the LHS of the statement implies that $\langle ...
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Counter Rotating Bicycle wheels on same axis-> Will they still cause me to spin on a stool?

So people are familiar with the idea of holding a spinning bicycle wheel while on a stool (whose seat can spin). You then tilt the spinning wheel and lo and behold you start to spin on the stool. Ok ...
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Mech stability through gyroscope

I recently read up about gyroscopes, angular momentum and mechs (the big Cockpit controlled robots) and was wondering if it would be possible to get a stable walking mech (only as example, not meant ...
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Does ABS cause a force that resists turning a car into a corner?

ABS systems work by allowing a tire to continue to rotate rather than "locking-up" (stop turning) due to loss of traction with the road surface. A rotating tire can influence the direction of the ...
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Homework about spinning top [closed]

I have a top of unknown mass that has a moment of inertia $I=4\times 10^{-7} kg \cdot m^2$. A string is wrapped around the top and pulls it so that its tension is kept at 5.57 N for a distance of .8 ...
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Diagonal Hamiltonian of 3 Spin 1/2 Particles

I have three Spin 1/2 Particles and a Hamiltonian given by $$H=A(S_1\cdot S_2)+B(S_2\cdot S_3+S_1\cdot S_3)$$ In order to find the energy spectrum, I want to diagonalize H in terms of ...
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Hamiltonian matrix off diagonal elements?

I'm trying to understand how Hamiltonian matrices are built for optical applications. In the excerpts below, from the book "Optically polarized atoms: understanding light-atom interaction", what I ...
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Does the spin precession change sign when the angular momentum does?

Say you have a charged particle moving circularly in an electromagnetic field. Basic quantum mechanics tell us that its spin will precess with a certain frequency. If the same particle were traveling ...
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How is parity relevant to determining angular momentum?

Question: Particle A, whose spin $\mathbf{J}$ is less than 2, decays into two identical spin-1/2 particles of type B. What are the allowed values of the orbital angular momentum $\mathbf{L}$, ...
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A universe of angular momentum?

I read this on Wikipedia: [...] That most tangible way of expressing the essence of quantum mechanics is that we live in a universe of quantized angular momentum and the Planck constant is the ...
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How can a satellite's speed decrease without its orbital angular momentum changing?

I have no idea what the answer is. I'm supposed to answer it within 3-4 sentences.
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Why for a spin half particle, possible outcomes of measuring spin projection along any direction are the same?

If one measures the projection of spin of a spin half particle along the x axis one will always get plus or minus half $\hbar$ Measuring it along the y axis one will always get plus or minus half ...
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How does weight/mass affect angular momentum?

How does weight/mass affect angular momentum? For my 8th gr science fair project I have to do an experiment on angular momentum. My problem is that we have not been taught any of that in physics yet, ...
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what happens when I roll a gyroscope along its axis of spin

Say: I have a gyroscope that is spinning in the xy plane along the z axis. I then roll its spinning axis by some angle theta Now I know the gyroscope will resist my attempting to change its axis ...
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Normalization of a spin-like quantity in matrix mechanics

Suppose that there is a quantity in Heisenberg picture as the following: $A=u_1\Sigma_1 + u_2\Sigma_2 +u_3\Sigma_3$ I am not sure why $u_1,u_2,u_3$ is normalized to be ${u_1}^2 + {u_2}^2 + {u_3}^2 ...
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Multiplicity of eigenvalues of angular momentum

Reading Dirac's Principles of Quantum Mechanics, I encounter in § 36 (Properties of angular momentum) this fragment: This is for a dynamical system with two angular momenta $\mathbf{m}_1$ and ...
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What's the right way to calculate the principal moment of inertia?

I am writing a program that incorporates calculating the principal moment of inertia for a protein residue based on its component atom XYZ coordinates. I am exceedingly confused about which formulas ...
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Double gyroscope: Can a spinning pencil tumble on only one axis?

Picture an object such as item 7 on this page .. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_moment_of_inertia_tensors Call that the x axis and z is in to the distance. See diagram below. We are in deep ...
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How could $\textbf{S}^2$ not be a multiple of the identity?

I'm self-studying quantum mechanics with Sakurai's book (Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition) and came across the following in reference to the operator $\textbf{S}^2$: As will be shown in ...
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Converting angular velocity to linear velocity through friction

A very basic question here; it's related to this one, but not quite the same. If a rotating rigid body (a sphere for the sake of discussion) with mass $m$, radius $r$ and inertial tensor $I$ has ...
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Measuring the mass using angular velocities

I have 2 objects which are intially connected together, $O_1$ and $O_2$. When they are connected together, they have a rotation rate about their center of mass of $w_1$. $O_2$ is cleanly released from ...
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acceleration of rings in aerotrim (human gyroscope)

I'm working on a graphic simulation (just for fun, for an open-source screensaver) of an Aerotrim - a "human gyroscope", one of those exercise/training machines with a human in the middle, perched on ...
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Describing a motion of gyroscope with gimbal

Can you tell be how to set the equations to describe the motion of this machine in movie "Contact": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSaO9VGjLXc This is gyroscope with gimbal, am I right?
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Instantaneous angular momentum of a disc

Suppose we have a disk of radius $r$ and mass $m$ travelling at velocity $v$. I want to calculate the instantaneous angular momentum with axis through the edge of the disc (on the circumference). ...
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Angular Momentum Operator in Quantum Field Theory

I'm following along with David Tong's QFT course and am trying to derive the result shown in question 6 on his 2nd problem sheet, but am running into problems when applying it to the free real scalar ...
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Why are some things attracted to you but others repelled by you in rotating reference frames?

Note that my understanding of general-relativity is rudimentary. If I understand right, it means that basically any reference frame can be considered stationary, but there may be random gravitational ...
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What are the assumptions behind “term symbols”?

In multi-electron atoms, the electronic state of the optically active "subshell" is often expressed in "term symbols" notation. I.e. $^{2S+1}L_J$. This presumes that the system of electrons has ...
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Sign wrong in angular momentum (Quantum Mechanics)

For small angles $\theta$ the rotation along a particular axis $n$ is given by $R(n,\theta)(r)=Id+ \theta (n \times r)+ o(\epsilon)$. Now, the rotation operator in Quantum Mechanics is given by ...
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Stern Gerlach experiment - only two discrete beams?

The Stern Gerlach experiment was meant to prove the orbital quantization of electrons where there should be +ml,0,-ml states. So for l=2, there should be 5 beams. But they saw 2 beams, which was ...
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Spin of a decay product

A particle A decays into particles B, C and D. The spin of A, B and C particles is 1/2 each. What are the possible spins of particle D? My attempt is the following: Since B and C have spin 1/2 ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum: atomic transitions vs exciton decay

I have a question about the role of photon angular momentum in two different sets of selection rules: In atomic transitions within the dipole approximation, I've seen the selection rule as: $\Delta ...
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Angular momentum components as independent integrals of motion

I was told that in order to solve the Kepler problem (6 degrees of freedom in total) you have to proceed, step by step, to reduce those degrees of freedom using the integrals of motion. You do so ...
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Will a precessing spinning wheel fall down if there is no friction at all?

If there where no friction at all, would a spinning wheel held up by one end of the axis spin precess forever without falling down? I just asked another question about the same problem: Direction ...
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Why do control moment gyroscopes exhibit “torque amplification”?

There are a number of articles that describe the benefits of using control moment gyroscopes (CMGs) over reaction wheels in inertial navigation applications. One of the primary benefits of using a CMG ...
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Single plane Ring system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are our planets in the solar system all on the same disc/plane/layer? I've noticed this in many pictures, Planets are shown with a single ring around them (in some ...
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Differentiating a vector product

$$m_i\mathbf{r}_i\times\frac{\mathrm{d}^2\mathbf{r}_i}{\mathrm{d}t^2} = \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}t}\biggl(m_i\mathbf{r}_i\times\frac{\mathrm{d}\mathbf{r}_i}{\mathrm{d}t}\biggr)$$ I do not ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in propeller planes and helicopters

Consider a propeller plane with only one propeller in the front. If the propeller rotates, I would expect by conservation of angular momentum, that the body of the plane would spin in the opposite ...
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What does it mean if a body has kinetic energy?

What does it mean if a body has kinetic energy? Does it mean that the momentum vectors of each particle of that body has the same direction? What about angular momentum?
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What is the meaning of spin two?

As the title suggests, what is the meaning of spin two? I kind of understand spin half for electrons. I can kind of understand spin one for other particles. However I'm not sure how something could ...
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Tensor product decomposition of SU(2)

I have a rather trivial question. I am looking for the decomposition of $1/2\otimes 1/2\otimes 1/2$. It should give, $0,1/2$ and $3/2$. I thought one must get as the overall dimension of this space 8, ...
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what does it mean for a particle with no size to have angular momenta?

I recently was reading about higgs boson and particle spin recently and I stubble upon an question that contains an answer to what a spin is. It explains that electrons etc. have no size yet they ...