The statement that a property of a system does not change if the system is isolated.

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Thrust center in space

I have this dilemma: Suppose you have a space ship somewhere in deep space, where there is no drag force or substantial gravity. If the ship has a single engine situated in such a way that the center ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum for an Object Not Rotating

I have a point mass connected to a string with negligible mass. The point mass has mass $m$ and is moving at a velocity $V$. The string is of length $r$, and it is keeping the point mass tied to a ...
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Conservation Laws and Symmetry

The toughest of topics in physics, like Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, String theory, can be explained in layman words and many have done so. Though there is no substitute to the understanding a ...
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Navier-Stokes Energy Equation

I've been assigned (for homework in a mathematical modelling course) the task of deriving the Navier-Stokes energy equation in one space dimension: Consider a fluid flowing through a cylindrical ...
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What is the speed of the skaters in this case? [closed]

You're choreographing your school's annual ice show. You call for eight 60kg skaters to join hands and skate side by side in a line extending 12m. The skater at one end is to stop abruptly, so the ...
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Angular momentum conservation in pion decay?

I have seen the charged pion decay $$\pi^{-}~\to~ \bar{\nu}_{\ell} +\ell^{-}$$ represented with diagrams containing a $W^-$ in the $s$-channel. The $\pi^-$ and $W^-$ have angular momentum $0$ and $1$ ...
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Why current in series circuit is the same?

I have read in the internet that the charges do not have any other path to go and they must go through the same in a series circuit,hence the current is same. It was quite convincing but what ...
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Question about Thrust; am I correct?

Basically, here's what I understand about Thrust: Thrust is a force. You get it by doing $v\times\frac{dM}{dT}$. Pretty basic, because that's the formula you're given. However, because I'm trying to ...
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The ratio of masses in an elastic collision [closed]

Two blocks of mass $M_1$ and $M_2$ moving along a 1-dimensional straight line with velocities $V_1$ and $V_2$, respectively, collide elastically. After the collision they move with respective ...
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When to consider friction as an impulsive force?

Suppose a ball obliquely strikes a rough horizontal surface then it experiences a frictional impulse and conservation of linear momentum cannot be done on the horizontal direction. Now consider ...
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Coriolis force and conservation of angular momentum

I'm trying to understand the relations between the existance of Coriolis force and the conservation of angular momentum. I found this example on Morin, which confuses me. A carousel rotates ...
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Why can't an ocean liner be powered by an engine that takes heat from the ocean water and eject ice cubes?

The following excerpt comes from the physics textbook Understanding Physics, by David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, and James Rutherford: A ball lying on the floor will not somehow gather energy from ...
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Can angular momentum not be conserved in a straight line motion?

Consider a particle moving an a straight line, with constant velocity $v$. The angular momentum (pivot point $O$) can be calculated as $$L=mr v_{\theta}$$Where $v_{\theta}$ is the velocity ...
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Why does the magnitude of linear momentum of a particle in circular motion change with radius? [duplicate]

My problem is with linear momentum of a particle in circular motion. If we imagine a particle moving around a circle, if there are no torques acting, then we can say its angular momentum is conserved, ...
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Force of baseball bat given force of ball and recoil distance

Say I swing a baseball bat and hit a ball. The ball is moving at 60 miles per hour and impacts the baseball bat squarely at that speed. The ball has moved twenty feet before impacting the bat. The ...
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What are all charge-like quantum numbers?

What are all charge-like quantum numbers? In particle physics there are often things (like charge conjugation) that apply to all charge like quantum numbers. Everytime I read something about charge-...
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Lepton and strangeness conservation [closed]

Do I have a misunderstanding here at all? The question states: One of the following equations represents a possible decay of the K$^+$ kaon. \begin{align}\mathrm K^+&\to\pi^++\pi^0\\\mathrm K^+...
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Is Momentum conserved in this block-wedge system?

There's a block slides downward along a frictionless wedge which sits on a frictionless horizontal surface, when the block leaves the wedge, both of the wedge and the block have a horizontal velocity ...
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Angular momentum consevation and central force

A circular orbit of radius $a$ passing through the centre of a central force is given by the equation $r=2a\cos\theta$. Then using the orbit equation one can show that the force varies as $\vec F(|\...
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Does inelastic collision say the ball bounces back to you when thrown at an angle on ground?

I created a bounce simulation using exactly the formula from Wikipedia. The behavior I observe is not what I would expect in two cases: When two balls hit off-centre, they act the same as if the ...
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Gauge mediated SUSY breaking

I have seen it claimed that in SUSY gauge mediated breaking there can be no flavour changing terms because the mediation is flavour blind. What does this mean and how does it work?
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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 free space (isolated from influence of any other external fields) as shown in the figure below. Particle 1 is at $(a,a,0)$ and ...
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Identical Particle Wavefunctions

Consider the process $$\rho^0\rightarrow\pi^0+\pi^0$$ The $\rho^0$ has $J=1$ whilst the two pions have $S_{tot}=0$ and thus require $L_{tot}=1$ by conservation of angular momentum. Consequently this ...
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Proof that the electric field is conservative

I was told a proof that the electric field was conservative (without using $\nabla$) which used a point charge and showed the following: $$w.d.=\int_c{\vec F \cdot \mathrm{d} \vec l}=\int_c{\vec F\...
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Acceleration due to conservation of angular momentum in absence of a force

I don't understand why the conservation of angular momentum can imply an acceleration, in absence of a force. Consider for istance planetary motion. The angular momentum $\vec{L}$ of the planets is ...
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Why are some system defined with the name “variable mass”?

I do not get why system such as the rocket in space are defined as "variable mass" since the mass of the system is not varying. The equation used for such systems $$\sum F^{(E)}=\frac{d\vec{P}}{dt} \...
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Inelastic collision and conservation of linear and angular momentum

Is it possible for two spheres (a & b) to have an inelastic collision with BOTH the total linear and angular momentum preserved? I'm doing some physics simulation of some spheres attracting each ...
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How to write the velocity of gas in rocket motion

Consider the motion of a rocket of mass $m$ in space with gas expelled at relative velocity $u$. I found two different version of writing the momentum of the system on Klepper Kolenkow and Morin book. ...
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Deriving Newton's Third Law from homogeneity of Space

I am following the first volume of the course of theoretical physics by Landau. So, whatever I say below mainly talks regarding the first 2 chapters of Landau and the approach of deriving Newton's ...
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Is it possible to walk in a friction-less world?

Is it possible to walk in a frictionless world. I think you won't be able to walk because walking depends on friction acting on your feet. I think about it like an ice rink because when you try to ...
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$G$-parity in an electromagnetic decay

I am looking at the decay $\eta\rightarrow\pi^+\pi^-\gamma$ and I would assume that the decay itself (ignoring the $\pi\pi$ final state interaction that is obviously strong) is electromagnetic since ...
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Why isn't momentum conserved in this pulley problem?

I have some conceptual doubt about method of solving this problem. 24. A block of mass $m$ and a pan of equal mass are connected by a string going over a smooth light pulley as shown in figure (9-...
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Why do wheels spin?

I'm pretty sure this is probably a stupid question but it is annoying me a lot. In my physics textbook it says, cars move because the wheels exert a backward force on the ground and the ground exerts ...
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What happens to Newton's Third Law during the reflection of a pulse from a free end?

Well, it is known that a pulse gets inverted when it gets reflected from a fixed support while the polarity of the pulse remains same when the incident pulse gets reflected from a free end. However, ...
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Why do travelling waves continue after amplitude sum = 0?

My professor asked an interesting question at the end of the last class, but I can't figure out the answer. The question is this (recalled from memory): There are two travelling wave pulses moving in ...
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Noether's theorem for space translational symmetry

Imagine a ramp potential of the form $U(x) = a*x + b$ in 1D space. This corresponds to a constant force field over $x$. If I do a classical mechanics experiment with a particle, the particle behaves ...
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Scenario where Newton's 3rd Law breaks down

In Kleppner and Kolenkow's Introduction to Classical Mechanics, it reads, One system that is particularly troublesome for our present formulation of Newtonian mechanics is the electromagnetic ...
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Application of Newton's third law

By newton's third law , we know that every action has an equal and opposite reaction .We move left when we push slightly on the right and move forward as we push backward. But how do rockets, ...
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How does rocket thrust work?

I can't seem to find a specific answer to this anywhere. I understand that in a rocket there is a chemical reaction that causes gas particles to leave the rocket at high velocity. By Newton's third ...
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energy of the system increasing after acceleration (one reference frame)

The system consists of small mass $m$, large mass $M$, and chemical potential energy $E_{chem}$, as shown in below image, the reference frame is following the small mass throughout. The total energy ...
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Law of conservation of energy and time [closed]

Consider the following in a space (with out any external influences like gravitation) Let say i have two identical bodies b1,b2 and i applied a force F on them to make them accelerate a. After t time ...
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What is the difference between “additive” quantum numbers and “multiplicative” quantum numbers?

What is the difference between "additive" quantum numbers and "multiplicative" quantum numbers? I think that this may have something to do with P and C Symmetry groups, but I may be mistaken. I’m ...
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Why do vortices scatter at right-angles

I have been taking a course on non-perturbative physics and currently the teacher is away so I cannot ask him. In the lectures, he made the claim that a pair of vortices in the abelian-Higgs model ...
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Mechanics of a falling cat [duplicate]

It is a general statement that cats tend to fall on their feet. How far is this is a valid statement? If I were to drop a cat from 50 meters height, feet up(hypothetically), would it still land on ...
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What decides distribution of momenta and energy in rigid collisions?

I recall in Highschool physics receiving a problem of the form "assume 2 spherical bodies" $P_1, P_2$ enter a collision where $P_1$ has momentum $m_1 V_1$ and $P_2$ has momentum $m_2 V_2$, both ...
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A mass hanging under a table: a problem from Goldstein [closed]

I'm trying to solve Problem 1.19 from Goldstein's Chapter 1 (2nd edition), and am getting bogged down in trigonometry (?). Please help me figure out what I'm doing wrong! Two mass points of mass $...
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What is the power given by centripetal force?(in circular motion)

A particle of mass $m$ is moving in a circular path of constant radius such that the centripetal acceleration is varying with time as $a_c = k^2rt^2$ where $k$ is constant. The power given to the ...
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Expression of Noether current corresponding to Lorentz transformation of scalar fields

I find the derivation of Noether current given in the post http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/56905/45429 very clear. However, following a similar logic, I am having problems deriving the Noether ...
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Momentum Twistor variables and non-planar theory

I know that the use of twistur-momentum variables makes manifest the arising of certain poles in scattering amplitudes: if the sum of external momenta $P_I = p_i + p_{i+1} + ... + p_j$ is going on-...
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Condition for a force to be conservative

I get that a force dependent on path is non-conservative or a force which does non-zero work in completing a cycle. But how do you prove that mathematically. Let's assume I have a force F= 2yi + ...