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Why Earth is considered to be an inertial frame? [duplicate]

Earth rotates about its axis and also revolves around the Sun at the same time. So why Earth is considered as an inertial frame in Newtonian Physics. So technically, I'm effectively asking why the ...
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A missing factor of 2 in the standard Hartree-Fock mean field?

Let's start from a very simple argument: If $A$ and $B$ are some operators, then I can write their product as $$AB = (A-\langle A\rangle)(B - \langle B \rangle) + \langle A \rangle B + A \langle B \...
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Multiple Definition For Gravitational Potential Energy?

This may just be a simple Misconception Question, here goes: Definition for Gravitational Potential Energy: The work done by gravity to pull an object to the ground. $E=-(\frac{GMm}{r}-\...
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In perturbation theory, how do I determine the order of an approximation?

The title says it all: I'm confused about the various approximations and their orders. In time-independent perturbation everything is quite explicit and obvious, but, for example, how would it be with ...
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Systems with elements having size which tends to zero

[Question] If I have an element whose size(as in physical dimensions) tend to 0 but is NOT 0 (very very very small). If I create a system from these elements based on (say) the fractal concept (...
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Are Newton's three laws of motion correct?

New technology brings new ideas with these new ideas we have to look at the old ones. Where else is a better place to start then Newton's three laws of motion! With our common age of technology do we ...
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Is “approximative reduction” general knowledge to physicists?

I came across this concept called "approximative reduction", about which there are some papers, e.g. in this collection called Structure and Approximation in Physical Theories. Very briefly, it ...
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Fresnel diffraction approximation (parabolic waves)

The Huygens-Fresnel principle (Introduction to Fourier Optics, Goodman), $$ U(x,y)=\frac{z}{i\lambda}\int_\Sigma U(\xi,\eta)\frac{e^{ikr}}{r}d\xi d\eta\,, $$ where $\cos \theta=\frac{z}{r}$, shows ...
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Is there a rigorous definition of 'much greater than'?

I have encountered $\gg$ in many physics text books where it's used as a relation between constants or functions but in none of the text books I have read is it properly defined anywhere. If $A \gg ...
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How does a ball cause a splash? (With the relevant math)

Problem Statement: Imagine a spherical ball is dropped from a height $h$, into a liquid. What is the maximum average height of the displaced water? For instance, although one particular drop of water ...
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Why is drag neglected while dealing with kinematic problems?

Why is drag neglected while dealing with kinematic problems? While dealing with problems related to finding velocity, acceleration and other kinematic problems, it is mentioned to "neglect drag". ...
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Why do we assume differential coefficients of number of molecules?

In many portions of physics (like Maxwell's velocity distribution law) we assume statements like- Number of molecules having velocity between $c$ to $c+dc$ is $dn$. But number of molecules $n$ ...
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Why are these two angles the same? [closed]

I can't find no similar or other relations between the two triangles, the two right triangles. However, if I look at it this way, the two triangles are indeed similar. But then this is a whole ...
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Why does GW-DFT give higher bandgaps in semiconductors

Usually the GW Density Functional Theory (DFT) gives larger band gaps in semiconductors compared to the LDA and GGA methods. This seems to be related to the screened potential in GW, but it is not ...
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Approximate Electric Potential $V$ so that it is of the form $V(r) + V(\phi) + V(z)$

I'm trying to simulate the conductivity of a nanowire that is modeled by a cylindrical shell of infinite potential with benzene rings in the core of the wire. (This is based on a coiled-coil protein ...
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What will be the equation of motion of driven pendulum for amplitudes beyond the small angle approximation?

When finding the period of a pendulum beyond the small angle approximation, we have to use integration for small interval of $\theta$ and elliptical integration. I was trying to apply this situation ...
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What exactly is meant by infinity?

What exactly is meant by infinity when I see it in a physics equation (always something wrong?)? And in experiment how many orders of magnitude can be treated as infinity (say, if infinity is ...
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Explain how $\Delta v_{\perp}=v\Delta\theta$

In The Feynman lectures, under the chapter entitled Vectors, Feynman writes: My two intimately related questions are: 1) What does he mean by the magnitude of velocity? is he talking about the ...
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Off-axial Field of Finite Solenoid

Regarding the computation of the off-axial field of a finite solenoid: The Radial and Z components of the off-axial magnetic field of a solenoid are given as: \begin{align} B_r &= \frac{\mu ni}{\...
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Non-relativistic limit of complex scalar field Lagrangian

I am trying to derive the non-relativistic Lagrangian for a complex scalar field from taking the non-relativistic limit of the complex scalar field Lagrangian. I am following the steps in "QFT for ...
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Approximations in simple pendulum

In the approximation $$-(g/ \ell) \sin \theta \approx -(g/ \ell) \theta $$ we make an error $R$ which is $O(\theta ^3)$. If i did well my calculations it is estimated by $$R\leq|(g / \ell)(\theta^3/3!)...
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Why is the elemental volume of a sphere equal to $4 \pi r^2dr$?

I was doing this question on calculating the electric field at a certain point in a sphere (length $r$ away from the centre), where the charge density is given by an equation. When I checked the ...
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What is the typical strength of the electric field in a particle accelerator?

I am working on a research project involving the closed orbits of hydrogen in the presence of an external electric field and I am curious what a reasonable approximation for the electric field ...
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Mean field theory Weiss Approximation for the Isling Model of a Protein

A model for protein in 2D can be formed by adding bonds of fixed length $l\sqrt{2}$ on a square lattice along the diagonal, ie $\hat{\mathbf{b}}_i=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\pm \hat{\mathbf{x}}\pm \mathbf{y})...
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If the solar system is a non-inertial frame, why can Newton's Laws predict motion?

Since there is no object in the universe that doesn't move, and the solar system likely accelerates through space, how did Newton's Laws work so well? Didn't he assume that the sun is the acceleration-...
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Why do physicists believe that particles are pointlike?

String theory gives physicists reason to believe that particles are 1-dimensional strings because the theory has a purpose - unifying gravity with the gauge theories. So why is it that it's popular ...
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Why do some approximations give exact results?

The moment of inertia of a sphere of mass $M$ and radius $R$ can be calculated exactly (meaning, with certainty) using integrals. The formula we get is $\frac{2}{3}MR^2$. However, there's an other ...
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WKB Quantization Condition - negative?

In deriving the quantization condition for a bound state in a potential with "no verticle walls" we start with the WKB connection formulas to find the wavefunction in the interior of the well ($x_1<...
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WKB boundary conditions [duplicate]

Technically, this is a math problem but I think it is better here than in the math stacks. Consider the differential equation \begin{equation} y'' = (x^4 - E)y \end{equation} The boundary ...
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How is the uniform gravitational field approximation $F_g\approx mg$ near Earth's surface derived from Newton's law $F_g=GMm/r^2$ of gravitation?

I am really bothered about how we can derive the equation of projectile motion. Suppose a point mass will move in the gravitational field of the Earth according to the equation $$\ddot R =-\frac{...
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I have a problem with the variational method approximation in quantum mechanics. Is my issue valid, or am I misunderstanding something?

The variational method for approximating the ground state of a Hamiltonian $H$ by providing a lower bound is simple enough. If we construct any test wave function $|\bar{0}\rangle$ then the claim is $$...
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Proof of the conservation of the energy functional for the Gross-Pitaevskii equation?

From the Gross-Pitaevskii equation \begin{equation}i\hbar\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial t}=\left(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2+V+g|\psi|^2\right)\psi\end{equation} using the variational relation \begin{...
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Lagrangian for small oscillations

For a double pendulum we can consider 2 generalised coordinates $\theta_1$ (angle between first mass and vertical axis) and $\theta_2$ (angle between second mass and vertical axis). The Lagrangian to ...
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Hartree-Fock: Coulomb integral [closed]

Today I was wondering how to better understand the Coulomb integral in the Hartree-Fock approximation. Extracted from: Szabo & Ostlund, Modern Quantum Chemistry, p. 112 The Coulomb term has ...
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How fast do I have to dry myself for a hot shower to heat my body?

I am not a physicist. I would like to know how fast do I have to dry myself after taking a hot shower to get more heat from the shower, than lost because the water on my skin increasing heat exchange ...
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Weizsäcker–Williams approximation

I'm having some trouble understanding the Weizsäcker-Williams approximation What I think it is is the following: I have a charged particle at high speed, close to the speed of light, at this speed ...
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Born approximation and dipole approximation

I'm having some trouble really understanding when it's okay to use these approximations and why. I've been looking myself blind on equations, but I'm not even sure I understand it qualitatively. So I ...
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Energy levels in close-proximity of each other in time-independent degenerate perturbation theory

I've applied second order time-independent degenerate perturbation theory corrections to the energy with the method presented in Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J. Sakurai. I shortly summaries this ...
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Where do we get the terms involving $\Phi$ in parentheses come from in the static weak field metric?

I am confused about the static weak field metric. As written in Hartle, it reads \begin{equation} ds^2 =-\left(1+\frac{2\Phi(x^i)}{c^2}\right)(cdt)^2 +\left(1-\frac{2\Phi(x^i)}{c^2}\right)(dx^2+dy^2 ...
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Approximations of the kind $x \ll y$ [closed]

I have an expression for a force due to charged particle given as $$F=\frac{kQq}{2L}\left(\frac{1}{\sqrt{R^2+(H+L)^2}}-\frac{1}{\sqrt{R^2+(H-L)^2}}\right) \tag{1}$$ where $R$, $L$ and $H$ are distance ...
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WKB formula and Langer correction [duplicate]

The general WKB approximation formula states that $$ \int_a^b\sqrt{E_k-V(x)} = (k+1)\pi \text{ with } x \in [a,b] $$ for a regular Schrödinger equation (without the $\hbar$ and such). However, in the ...
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What is the range of validity of Fermi's Golden Rule?

It is well known that to calculate the probability of transition in the scattering processes, as a first approximation, we use the Fermi golden rule. This rule is obtained considering the initial ...
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Temperature in statistical mechanics and differentiating entropy

In statistical mechanics, the entropy of an isolated system with energy $E$ (with fixed volume $V$ and chemical composition $N$) is defined as $S(E) = k \log \Omega$, where $\Omega$ is the number of ...
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Magnetization $\ M$ of a ferromagnet as a function of temperature $T$, nearby $T=0$

Using mean-field theory, the magnetization per spin, $M$, for a ferromagnet always obeys the equation: $M=\frac{g \mu_{\mathrm{B}}}{2}\mathrm{tanh} \left( \frac{2}{g \mu_{\mathrm{B}}} \frac{T_{\...
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What do we get from the diagonalization of the $k\cdot p$ matrix?

In k.p theory, we expand the wave function around a known point ${\bf k}_0$ $$u_{\lambda}({\bf k})=\sum_{\nu} c_{\lambda,\nu}({\bf k})u_{\nu}({\bf k}_0).$$ If we now consider 8 bands (conduction, ...
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Post-Newtonian approximation for binary gravitating system

I have been studying gravitation waves radiated by a binary source. I have linearised Einstein's field equation and approximated the source to a Quadrupole moment to get the power radiated by the ...
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How can the fictitious mass in the Car-Parrinello method reproduce the “real” dynamics?

In the Car-Parrinello method, to solve simultaneously the classical equations of motion for the atoms and the Kohn-Sham equations for the electrons, the following effective Lagrangian is used: $$ \tag{...
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Why can we not apply perturbation theory in Born-Oppenheimer approximation

In Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, he mentions Unfortunately, we cannot simply use first-order perturbation theory, with $T_{nuc}$ taken as the perturbation and the state vectors $\Phi_{...
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Particles scattering on fluids: breakdown of the effective continuum description

When does the macroscopic continuum description of a medium like a fluid break down? Say I'm interested in a scattering process of some particles with momentum $p$ and energy $E$ off a fluid of ...