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Would condensed matter physicists need more than three dimensional calculus? [closed]

The difference between "multivariable" and "vector" calculus, as stated on Yale's website, is that multivariable would only go through 2 or 3 dimensions, and so would rely heavily on geometric ...
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Expanding Electric Field, Magnetic Field in post-Newtonian Gravitational Potential

I've cross-posted this question from Mathematics since Physics is probably better suited for the nature of the question. I've ...
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Calculating Trajectory in non-Uniform electric field? [duplicate]

Above is the equation of the electric field. Where k is the electric constant, q is the charge on the particle and m is the mass of particle. The particle q initial position is (0,10) and starts off ...
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Electric potential of a sphere at a point on its surface

I'm struggling to figure out how to determine the infinitesimal area of the sphere given in the question. More specifically, in part (b) of the question. For part (a) it's the volume so $$V = ...
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Does calculus work on the quantum scale [duplicate]

I have read somewhere that Leibniz championed the idea that the world is continuous as this was needed for his (or maybe Newtons) new invention (or discovery?) of calculus. But if I am not mistaken a ...
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Current Electricity

If $$ \frac{dQ}{dt} = I $$ and if an accelerated current produces E.M. waves (radiation), does that mean $d^2Q/dt^2$ (second derivative of a charge w.r.t. time) will give me the magnitude of the wave ...
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Composing integrals in physics?

OK... so this problem isn't really specific... it's more of a conceptual puzzle. I've recently started using integrals while solving problems in physics (specifically Newtonian Mechanics and other ...
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Compute distance travelled based on a yaw-rate

Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and (this rigid body) is rotating with a constant yaw rate of $\dot{\theta}$. Find the distance travelled in one time step, $\Delta ...
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Physical meaning of divergence

While reading the section on Hamiltonian mechanics in Taylor's Classical mechanics, I realized that I didn't fully understand what he was saying when he was explaining why ...
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How do we calculate instantaneous velocity in 2D?

Suppose a body is moving with a constant speed of $10~\mathrm{ms^{-1}}$ in negative $x$ direction in $x$-$y$ plane. Let $\vec r$ be the position vector. Then what will be the instantaneous velocity ...
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Falling rain drop problem

I've been trying to solve this physics problem today "Spherical raindrop falls through a cloud with uniform density. After falling 1km it has a radius of 5mm. What volume fraction of the cloud is made ...
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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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Basic question about acceleration [duplicate]

Very basic question. Please show where I'm wrong in the following reasoning. The movement of an object in function of time could be described as $$ x(t) = v t + x_{i} $$ if velocity is constant. If ...
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Optimization of Bottle Rocket Water Level

My (entry-level) physics class is building bottle rockets, and we are competing to build the longest-flying bottle rocket. The rockets are filled partway (we get to decide how much to fill them) with ...
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Derivation of Jefimenko's Equation in Jackson's EMT book

I have been trying to understand the derivation of Jefimenko's equation in Jackson on p.246-247 which can be seen in the photographs attached. First of all I did not fully comprehend the ...
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Differential operators in curvilinear coordinates

In the appendix A of Griffith's Electrodynamics text, he cites Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds as a reference more a more complete treatment of taking the gradient, curl, divergence, and Laplacian in ...
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Simplifying a Vector Integral

This question has (long) remained unanswered on MSE. While reading the book - Theory and Applications of Boltzmann Transport Equation by Cercignani, I found this integral which I am unable to ...
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What is the physical cause that circulation on a closed surface is zero?

This is quoted from Feynman's Lectures: We would like to see what happens when the loop shrinks down to a point, so that surface boundary disappears - the surface becomes closed. Now, if the ...
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Confusion regarding area from graph

This might be a trivial question but is illustrated below. Why is the area 'below' the graph always taken for a velocity-time graph when finding the displacement? I mean why is the area with the time ...
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Flux from cube: Relation between the vector field to that of the opposite side

This is an exerpt from Feynman's lecture: . . .We wish to find the flux of a vector field $C$ through the surface of the cube. . . First consider the face having edges $\Delta y \quad \& ...
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magnetic field due to current in a wire using Biot-Savart's law

I am learning about Biot-Savart's law to calculate the magnetic field due to the electric current in a wire. ...
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Why is $\int_{s} \mathbf{h}\cdot \mathbf{n} da = - \dfrac{dQ}{dt}$ & not $\int_{s} \mathbf{h} \cdot\mathbf{n} da = - \dfrac{dQ}{dt} .{dt}$?

I was reading the Lectures of Feynman about surface integral where a situation in which heat is conserved has been dealt. Let there be $Q$ heat energy present inside a body. Now, if there is net heat ...
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Insight into Torricelli's Equation ($v^2=u^2+2as$) [closed]

Torricelli's Equation ($v^2=u^2+2as$) is usually presented as the particular formulation of the SUVAT system which doesn't involve t. It is derived from the others using some (perhaps well-motivated) ...
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Using differentials to optimize a function [closed]

I've read in a paper by Tevian Dray an alternative way to solve optimization problems manipulating "differentials". Here is an example of how it works (next I quote the paper). Consider the ...
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$v^2 = 2ax$ or $v^2 = ax$?

As far as I am aware, $v^2 = 2ax$ is the formula to find the velocity in various questions. If kinetic energy = work, $$\frac{1}{2}mv^2=Fx$$ $$mv^2=2max$$ $$v^2=2ax$$ We use this formula to solve ...
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Solve unsteady-state pressure-falloff axial gas flow equation for permeability

Equation 17 in Section 6.2.1.2 of American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practices 40 for Core Analysis gives a permeability equation of: $$ ...
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Find center of mass and moment applied on beam structure. [duplicate]

I have a simple mathematical problem to solve but it is giving me a slightly difficult time to figure out. The problem: I have a beam structure with same cross section. It consists of three beam. ...
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What is physical interpretation gives integration?

It is my understanding that the integration is the inverse process of differentiation and its meaning is a fine sum (in fact, so is its symbol) but what physical interpretation do we get from this? At ...
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Can moment of inertia be defined as function of mass?

For continuous bodies, moment of inertia is found as $$ \int dI = \int_{m_i}^{m_f} r^2(m) .dm$$ . Now, $$\int dx = \int_{u_i}^{u_f} f(u).du \implies X_f(u) = \int_{u_i} ^{u_f} f(u) .du + X_i(u)$$ , ...
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Is the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus really applicable to the definition of work?

When the force $F$ on an object is not constant, then the work it performs is defined as $$W = \int_{x_0}^{x} F(X)dX.$$ Now, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus states that $$\text{If}\,\,\, f(x) ...
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Problem in understanding the process of calculating the rotational inertia

As we know, rotational inertia is the mass-equivalent in rotation. For a discrete body, it is measured as $$I = \sum m_i{r_i}^2 $$ . But when a continuous body comes, $$I = \int r^2 .dm$$ which ...
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Problem in deducing the equations of motion using indefinite integral

As we know, antiderivative or indefinite integral is the function the derivative of which gives the actual function. Let $F(x)$ be the derivative of $f(x)$ ie. the instantaneous rate of change of ...
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Why and when do we differentiate or integrate equations in physics? [closed]

I'm an engineering student and none of my professors ever explained why do we use derivations and/or integrations in physics. So I have this task, it goes like: The object is moving in a positive ...
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Integration by parts [closed]

Zee in his book, Quantum field in a nutshell mentioned the following, p. 22: Equation (14): $$Z=\int{D\phi}e^{i\int d^4x{ {\frac{1}{2}[(\partial \phi)^2-m^2\phi^2]+J\phi}} }$$ He said then, ...
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What is divergence?

What is divergence? I was learning about Maxwells equations and don't understand the divergence part of it. Can someone give an intuition of what divergence is in relation to maxwells equation. To ...
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How is taking the average of an integral over an interval justified?

I have been studying classical mechanics. Often when going through a worked problem, I see a step where there is an integral from 0 to 2$\pi$ of $\sin^{2} \theta \ d\theta$. Instead of using the ...
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A basic math identity often used in integrals [closed]

I'm just wondering about why $y_i=A_{ij}x_j$ implies $$d^Ny=|\det A|d^Nx.$$ I see that $\det A$ is the product of the eigenvalues of a diagonal matrix but still don't exactly see how. Please help.
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First variation of the action in relativistic notation - Landau & Lifshitz “Classical theory of fields”

In Landau & Lifshitz's book, Classical theory of fields, the action for a free particle is defined as: $$\tag{8.1} S= \int ^b _a {-mc \ \text d s}=0,$$ where $$\text d s=c\,\text d ...
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Why are some variables summed infinitesimally and others aren't?

This is something that has been bothering me and I hope the title kind of makes sense. It may be a stupid question but please be gentle. My question is, let's say we have current: $$I=\frac{dq}{dt}$$ ...
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Electric Field and Calculus: What is the physical significance of infinitesimal $dA$ in the equation of Gauss's Theorem?

In many equations we see infinitesimals $dA$, $dS$, $dx$ and so on. What is is the physical significance of these? Someone told me it signifies a small entity. For example,in case of $dA$ it signifies ...
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Electromagnetic field and continuous and differentiable vector fields

We have notions of derivative for a continuous and differentiable vector fields. The operations like curl,divergence etc. have well defined precise notions for these fields. We know electrostatic and ...
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Difficulty with the usage of Cauchy's integral formula in Griffiths QM book

On page 410 of Griffiths QM 2nd Ed. book, he begins an analysis to evaluate the integral: $$\frac{1}{2i}\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{s \sin{(sr)}}{(s-k)(s+k)}\mathrm{d}s.$$ To exploit Cauchy's formula, ...
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Integral ambiguity

I'm a bit confused with some notation I encounter in physics calculus. Consider this: Taken from here. Integration operates on functions, correct? What does it mean to integrate $\frac{d{\bf ...
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Landau's derivation of a free particle's kinetic energy- expansion of a function?

I was reading a bit of Landau and Lifshitz's Mechanics the other day and ran into the following part, where the authors are about to derive the kinetic energy of a free particle. They use the fact ...
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Work to pump water through a hole in a trapezoidal prism

So I don't want to give the full details of the problem I'm working on, since I want to solve it myself. But I'm not sure which physical principles I'm supposed to use, since this is a Calc 2 ...
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Wrong calculation of work done on a spring, how is it wrong?

So I would have thought that this would be how you derive the work on a spring: basically the same way you do with gravity and other contexts, use $$W=\vec{F}\cdot \vec{x}.$$ If you displace a spring ...
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Finding the total space that an oscillating body has gone through via complex analysis

I was solving my homework and I got to an exercise that stated: An harmonic oscillating body has an equation of $$y(t) = A \sin(t)$$ Find the total space that the body has travelled during $t \in ...
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Inverse Fourier transform of Yukawa potential (troubles with Mathematica)

It can be proved that the potential $\frac{e^{-u|r|}}{|r|}$ has Fourier transform $\frac{4\pi}{u^2+q^2}$. Now, I'm trying to go backwards and do the inverse Fourier transform but I'm running into ...
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$R = dV/dI$ for varying temperature

I'm trying to do my prelab for an E&M course, and am asked if, for plotting $V$ vs $I$ with a varying temperature, I should expect a linear slope. I know that both $V$ and $I$ depend on $R$, and ...
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Based on note, how fast is a stringed instrument's string oscillating?

to be quite honest, I have no idea where to start on this problem mathematically. However, it struck my curiosity and would love to know how it works on a mathematical level. the problem You have a ...