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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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### Does angular momentum of hydrogen atom imply motion of electron around the nucleus?

Does the non-zero orbital angular momentum (or z-component of angular momentum) of a stationary state of hydrogen atom imply motion of electron (or at least the probability density $|\Psi|^2$) around ...
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### What causes a soccer ball to follow a curved path?

Soccer players kick the ball in a linear kick, though you find it to turn sideways, not even in one direction. Just mid air it changes that curve's direction, i.e., it swings, as footballers say. Is ...
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### What is the difference when we measure torque/angular momentum about a point and about an axis?

When do we measure torque about an axis and when do we measure torque about a point?Whats the difference? I tried searching this on google but did not get satisfactory answer.
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### Sequential Stern-Gerlach devices - realizable experiment or teaching aid?

At least one textbook [1] uses sequential Stern-Gerlach devices to introduce to students that the components of angular momentum are incompatible observables. Viz., the $z$-up beam from a SG device ...
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### Expectation value of total angular momentum $\langle J \rangle$

[I am working with Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Edition. My problem is general but if you want to look I am reading from ch 4.1 in which the weak-field Zeeman Effect is being ...
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### Can 3 photons be combined to give a spin-0 projection?

Motivation: The neutral pion decays to 2 photons ($\pi^0\to\gamma\gamma$) most of the time. For the decay of the neutral to 3 photons ($\pi^0\to 3\gamma$) we have an upper limit on the branching ...
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### Why can the y and z-components of spin be measured simultaneously? [duplicate]

I have a gut feeling that this is wrong. By the uncertainty principle where $x,y,z$ are the $x,y,z$ components of spin $$\sigma_{y}\sigma_{z}\geq \frac{\hbar}{2}\langle x \rangle$$ and it can be ...
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### Why are parallel spins energetically favorable for nucleons? [duplicate]

For deuterium, both the proton and neutron preferentially occupy $1s_{1/2}$ orbitals which have orbital angular momentum $l=0$ and spin $s=1/2$. By coupling their orbital and spin angular momenta for ...
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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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### What are possible ways to construct J-matrices (higher order Pauli matrices)?

I'm looking for possible ways to construct $J$-matrices. $J$-matrices are the higher-order version of Pauli matrices. Pauli matrices are suited for spin-1/2 systems, while J-matrices can be for any ...
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### torque needed to precess the angle of rotation

If a rigid body with the inertia matrix $I_B$, has the angular velocity $\overrightarrow{\omega_1}$ what torque is needed to rotate it around another axis say $\overrightarrow{\omega_2}$ while keeping ...
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### Can free particle (eg. unbound electron or proton) have angular momentum other than spin?

I am learning about parity of nucleus and (elementary) particles. For example, proton has a intrinsic parity of $+1$. However, a more general term for parity of proton is $(-1)^l$ where $l$ is orbital ...
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### Can light change the shape of a black hole?

If light orbits a black hole without ever getting closer or further from it, and the black hole pulls on the light from all directions nearly simultaneously, does the black hole extend at its equator? ...
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### Maximum Angular Momentum for an orbit in GR

[The reference for this question is the book Gravitation by Misner,Thorne, & Wheeler.] The trajectories of massive particles around a spherically symmetric body is governed by the effective ...
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### Boomerang angular momentum

So I'm building a boomerang to fly 200 feet in order to do that I was told to increase the moment of inertia to increase the resistance from change in state, and I was told that it would increase the ...
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### If dark matter only interacts with gravity, why doesn't it all clump together in a single point?

I'm a complete layperson. As I understand, dark matter theoretically only interacts with the gravitational force, and doesn't interact with the other three fundamental forces: weak nuclear force, ...
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### Too big to revolve like an atom? [closed]

At what point do objects naturally start revolving as a disk? From an atom, with which the electron revolves as a sphere, to a galaxy, that revolves in the same direction? I herd about rigid ...
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### Why don't galaxies orbit each other?

Planets orbit around stars, satellites orbit around planets, even stars orbit each other. So the question is: Why don't galaxies orbit each other in general, as it's rarely observed? Is it considered ...