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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Planar motion in central forces

In a two body problem under central force, corresponding to a potential $V(r)$(assume one body is massive compared to the other so that its motion is negligible), conservation of angular momentum ...
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Given eigenvalues of $\vec l^2$ and $\vec s^2$, calculate the eigenvalue for $\vec j^2$

There was an exam question that read approximatly: Let $\vec j = \vec l + \vec s$. Given eigenvalues of $\vec l^2$ and $\vec s^2$, calculate the eigenvalue for $\vec j^2$. We came up with $$\vec ...
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What are the proper domains of the position and squared angular momentum operator?

I am looking at the position operator on a compact set $K \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and the squared angular momentum operator (so essentially the Laplace-Beltrami operator where I just look at the angular ...
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What makes a wrist-energized gyroscope rotate faster?

I'm considering a wrist-energized gyroscope, shown below (after my daughter let it fall and it broke open). That one was sold as Roller Ball, but variants are known as Powerball, DynaBee, Dynaball, ...
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Triangle inequality Clebsch-Gordan coeffcients

The Clebsch-Gordan coefficients can only be non-zero if the triangle inequality holds: $$\vert j_1-j_2 \vert \le j \le j_1+j_2$$ In my syllabus they give the following proof: $$-j \le m \le j$$ $$-j_1 ...
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Shouldn't the addition of angular momentum be commutative?

I have angular momenta $S=\frac{1}{2}$ for spin, and $I=\frac{1}{2}$ for nuclear angular momentum, which I want to add using the Clebsch-Gordan basis, so the conversion looks like: $$ \begin{align} ...
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Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients for two spin-1 particles - Why is there a ∣0⟩∣0⟩ ket?

I have used the rules for addition of angular momenta to work out the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, which all seem right except for state $\lvert0,0\rangle$: For n = 1 \begin{align} \lvert1,1\rangle ...
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Weighing head by angular momentum

A popular Phys.S.E question asks how can I measure the weight of my head. One of the answers suggests measuring the moment of inertia. My suggestion was to construct an apparatus that places the ...
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Stopping angular momentum to obtain a particular angle [on hold]

While the overall project relates to software development, it boils down to a simple (i think) physics problem. I have a joint (a motor, pretty much.) that needs to move to a specific angle. I can ...
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Where does the electron get its high magnetic moment from?

I have always found the concept of spin a little weird. I had read somewhere that for the charge or size of electrons, their magnetic field is very high. In order to produce such fields, they must be ...
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Why the orbital angular momentum equal zero for electron in s state? does it mean that the electron doesn't orbiting in s

Why is the orbital angular momentum $l$ equal to zero for electrons in the $s$ state? Does it mean that the electrons aren't actually orbiting?
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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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In Orbital Mechanics what is the quantity described below called?

I seem to recall that $r^2 \dot{\theta}$ is a conserved quantity in orbital mechanics, which I just proved using the Euler-Lagrange equations. Namely via: $ \mathcal{L} = \frac{m}{2} (\dot{r}^2+r^2 ...
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QM: How to compute position/momentum relation in polar coordinates

So if we are working in one dimensional space, we have the formula: $$\langle x|p\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\hbar}} e^{ipx/\hbar}$$ Suppose instead we are confined to a circle of radius $R$ so that ...
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Calculating the components of angular momentum of a rigid body

You have a rigid body with 1 fixed point in space (the origin). It's self-explanatory how to get the following equation for the angular momentum: $\vec L = \sum_n m_n\vec r_n\times\vec v_n$ ...
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What is the scientific reason for the inclination of earth's rotation axis?

This titled position of the earths axis is known as inclination of the earths axis. The earth's rotation axis makes an angle of about 66.5 degrees with the plane of its orbit around the sun, or about ...
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Shell model of an odd-odd nucleus: $^6$Li

Lithium-6 isotope has an approximate magnetic momentum of $0.88\ \mu_N$ in its fundamental nuclear state. I'm trying to find its angular momentum and parity. I found in a standard table: $I=1^+$ and ...
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Right-angle lever paradox in special relativity

I remember to have read somewhere an interesting special relativity "paradox" considering two perpendicular rods $A$ and $B$ of equal proper length $L$ fixed at point $O$. In the "rest" frame equal ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum, as related to a flywheel

Trying to work out some pesky flywheel dynamics for a project I'm working on, would love some for your assistance to better understand the underlying concepts. For a given flywheel (thin-walled ...
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Principle Axes of inertia and moments of inertia

Principal axes of inertia is defined as the eigenvectors of the inertia tensor matrices. I understand that a diagonalised tensor can yield these axes, but why are they necessarily form the axes of a ...
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What is the relationship between Coriolis forces and Angular momentum?

Recently I did an assignment about helicopters, and during the oral exam we talked about Coriolis forces. I know where it comes from, and I've seen the derivation: Example In the case of helicopters, ...
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Angular momentum - maximum and minimum values for $m_l$

I want to work out the maximum and minimum values for $m_l$. I know that $\lambda \geq m_l$, therefore $m_l$ is bounded. In the lectures notes there is the following assumption: $$ ...
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Formalism and representation in Quantum Mechanics

I am just curious about the formalism of basic Quantum Mechanics. Lets take for instance the system of a spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ particle. The state of the particle is described by a vector in an abstract ...
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Angular momentum of anyons

Why is it true that anyons can have angular momentum taking any real value? Why aren't they restricted to the $j(j+1)$ integer values most are familar with?
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What are phase conventions in angular momentum and rotation calculations?

I work with complicated angular momentum calculations related to atomic physics; nevertheless, I never need to use anything related to a phase convention (apparently because it's taken care of in a ...
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Total angular momentum in a full shell

I do not understand why it's supposed to be vanishing. Rather than discussing the question in its full generality I prefer to consider the following scenario, which I think sums up anything that's ...
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Are galaxies “disk” shaped?

When you look a sphere from a fixed observation point, you can easily mistake it for a circle, so I was wondering: are galaxies really "disk" shaped or we just don't have the means to detect the ...
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Angular momentum for 3D harmonic oscillator in two different bases

I know that the energy eigenstates of the 3D quantum harmonic oscillator can be characterized by three quantum numbers: $$ | n_1,n_2,n_3\rangle$$ or, if solved in the spherical coordinate system: ...
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Purely mechanical description of how gravity causes a gyroscope to precess

I know the vector equation that relates torque to moment of inertia and angular momentum. What I want to know is what physical mechanisms actually occur to keep the gyroscope from falling. Where is ...
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Different representations of the Lorentz algebra

I've found many definitions of Lorentz generators that satisfy the Lorentz algebra: ...
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Contribution to angular momentum $ L_z$ - due to rotation of probability fluid?

I'm doing a course on QM and this concept is entirely new to me: "The eigenvalue $m\hbar$ of $L_z$ can be understood as the result from the rotational motion of probability fluid around the z-axis. " ...
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How can the Earth keep spinning with a liquid core?

In regards to the 'conservation of angular momentum' being the explanation of why celestial objects spin... If you fill a ball or any other container with a liquid and try to spin it, you will not ...
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A question on lowering the total spin

Is there a way to lower the total spin of the state and fixing the $S_z$ rather than lowering the $S_z$ by spin ladder operator? Or in other words, how to connect the $S=1$ state with $S=2$ or $S=0$ ...
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Lagrangian point or dark matter?

We know that spiral galaxies spin in a way such that we have to assume that dark matter is responsible for the extra mass required to do so. My question is, can Lagrangian points (L1 and L2) be used ...
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How can $J_1^2, J_2^2, J_{1z}, J_{2z}$ commute mutually?

I'm reading through J. J. Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics book and currently looking at the "Angular-momentum addition" part. Here, it says you have two options and that one option is to ...
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Does mass equal angular momentum?

At the wikipedia pages for angular momentum ($L$) and moment of inertia ($I$) we find the equations: $$L=I \omega$$ $$I=m r^2$$ where $m$ is mass and $r$ is the distance between said mass and ...
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Interchange symmetry for states with identical particles

I was reading this web page about interchange symmetry for states with identical particles here: http://quantummechanics.ucsd.edu/ph130a/130_notes/node317.html The article states that the highest ...
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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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Why does everything spin?

The origin of spin is some what a puzzle to me, everything spin from galaxies to planets to weather to electrons. Where has all the angular momentum come from? Why is it so natural? I was also ...
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Why the center of our galaxy doesn't absorb us?

Depending on the theories, the center of our galaxy is a super massive black hole, this is easy to accept as a truth, but what I couldn't simply devour is how the solar system is orbiting around it ...
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Wikipedia's derivation of torque related to angular acceleration [duplicate]

Wikipedia derivation of the relationship between a torque and an angular acceleration is given here. Could someone help me to see how the following: $$\vec{\tau} = \left(-\sum^n_{i=1}m_i [\Delta ...
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How to evaluate this sum of coupling coefficients?

I would like to evaluate the following summation of Clebsch-Gordan and Wigner 6-j symbols in closed form: $$\sum_{l,m} C_{l_2,m_2,l_1,m_1}^{l,m} C_{\lambda_2,\mu_2,\lambda_1,\mu_1}^{l,m} \left\{ ...
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Apparent violation of Newton's 3rd law and the conservation of angular momentum for a pair of charged particles interacting magnetically

Consider a system of the two identical point positive charges situated in the space (isolated from influence of any other external fields) as shown in the figure.Particle1 is at (a,a,0) and Particle2 ...
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State with non-zero angular momentum - cannot be described by spherical harmonic?

For a state with non-zero angular momentum, why is it that it cannot be described by the spherically symmetric spherical harmonic?
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Pulsars with accreting disk in binary system

Following this line, I am wondering about the following question. Accreting pulsars in binary systems are usually thought to accrete from a prograde disk, so increasing their spin in the process. ...
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ket vector with two “entries”

This is a very simple question. I am learning about angular momentum. In my lecture notes, the symbol $|\lambda,m_l \rangle$ was defined as a eigenfunction of a central potential. Two assumptions are ...
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What would cause a spinning fluid to stop spinning?

I once saw a demonstration where an electric current caused a drop of mercury to spin. The drop contained bits of iron, which could be seen flowing around in a circular pattern. As soon as the ...
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What causes matter to initially rotate/spin/orbit?

What causes matter to initially rotate/spin/orbit? All I can find is the statement that in space particles of dust/gas/matter contract into a spinning disk due to gravity (to form stars, solar ...