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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

-1
votes
1answer
90 views

Why do planets not stop revolving around the Sun? [duplicate]

Why do planets revolving around the Sun not stop revolving? Note I am not asking why planets do not collapse with Sun.
0
votes
1answer
24 views

When is it appropriate to drop pressure terms when applying conservation of momentum to a fluid?

I'm trying to wrap my head around pressure forces in incompressible, irrotational, invicid flow. Applying conservation of momentum to a control volume gives me \begin{equation} ...
5
votes
2answers
255 views

Is it possible to determine the outcome of any impact knowing only the ratio of masses? [duplicate]

In elastic collisions in 2-D if two balls $A$, $B$ ($m_A = m_B$, $R = 1$) have equal mass we can determine in advance the outcome of the collision. If cue-ball $A$ impacts object-ball $B$ (at rest) ...
6
votes
3answers
163 views

Is it in general true that $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$ implies the matter equations of motion?

I know of several cases where the covariant conservation of the energy momentum tensor $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$ can be used to derive the equations of motion of the matter fields. Is this in general ...
3
votes
2answers
127 views

Classical EM : clear link between gauge symmetry and charge conservation

In the case of classical field theory, Noether's theorem ensures that for a given action $$S=\int \mathrm{d}^dx\,\mathcal{L}(\phi_\mu,\partial_\nu\phi_\mu,x^i)$$ that stays invariant under the ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

Noether theorem, gauge symmetry and conservation of charge

I'm trying to understand Noether's theorem, and it's application to gauge symmetry. Below what I've done so far. First, the global gauge symmetry. I'm starting with the Lagragian ...
7
votes
3answers
284 views

What is the origin of spin of celestial objects?

In an older question from June 2011, Why does each celestial object spin on its own axis?, apparently revived by the system, a user is asking about the origin of the rotation of celestial bodies. The ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

How to derive the conserved current of the Klein Gordon equation?

Similarly to the probability current in non-relativistic quantum mechanics, there is a conserved current for the Klein Gordon equation, however a different one. I'm trying to calculate that. The KG ...
3
votes
2answers
505 views

Rocket/Thrust/Gas/Free Expansion of Gas

We know, the rockets in space use Newton's 3rd law to increase their velocity and hence move. What I don't understand is how it is possible in space aka vacuum-state without air? From what I know, ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

How does the space shuttle move in a vacuum? [duplicate]

If there is no friction in space, then how does the space shuttle boost? According to Newton's law we move by pushing something; in space, there is vacuum, so how the space shuttle moves without ...
0
votes
4answers
111 views

Which is the right explanation for rocket motion? [duplicate]

What actually causes a rocket to move? Is it the pressure in the rocket engine or the amount and velocity of mass that is being ejected out. The reason I am asking is, I found these two explanations ...
1
vote
5answers
127 views

Physical interpretation of the statement $\oint E\cdot dl=0$

Can anyone provide me with a physical interpretation of $\oint E\cdot d\ell=0$ in electrostatics?
0
votes
1answer
39 views

Reaction in Particle Physics

I'm currently checking some reactions if they are allowed. One of them is $$\nu_\mu p\to\mu^-\Delta^{++}$$ Since this is a weak interaction I've checked the Baryon and Lepton number, Spin and the ...
1
vote
2answers
182 views

Photon energies after neutral pion decay

I am trying to find the photon energies of the decay $\pi_0 \rightarrow \gamma\gamma$ and their dependence on the pion energy $E_{\pi}$, its initial velocity $\beta$ and the scattering angle between ...
2
votes
2answers
77 views

Is It Possible To Move The Earth In A Direction? [duplicate]

According to Newton's 3rd law, when an object moves upward, the Earth moves by a very tiny factor in the opposite of the direction of the object. And when the object falls back, the earth moves back ...
3
votes
2answers
44 views

Can momentum be distributed to multiple objects which travel in different vectors?

This is a question about the conservation of momentum: If there were a cluster of billiard balls floating in space and the cluster was struck by one moving ball, the cluster balls would scatter in ...
0
votes
0answers
138 views

Experiment to verify a spring constant

In my high school physics class, I had students do a Hooke's Law lab to measure an unknown spring constant. Once we compared everyone's data we came up with a class value for $k$ of 253 N/m. We then ...
3
votes
1answer
105 views

Number conservation of bosons and fermions

Why is the number of bosons not conserved while the number of fermions is conserved? Does it have something to do with the Pauli exclusion principle?
2
votes
3answers
262 views

Angular Velocity after a frictional impulse [duplicate]

I am modelling 2D physics collision into simulations. In Physics for Game Programmers, Grant Palmer book, the velocity Vn1 after collision is mentioned to be independent of the friction coeff. ...
3
votes
1answer
143 views

Paradox: electric current in a coil on a disc - will this disc spin if the circuit is opened?

I encountered this problem in a book, but there were no solution written there. The setup: there is a plastic (insulator) circular disc, that is suspended in a way, that can very easily rotate (so ...
-1
votes
2answers
155 views

Question about impulse and momentum

Check this question first please My question is: Why can't I use equations of motion to get the final speed after rebounding?Acceleration not equal to $9.8 \text{m/s}^2$ or the intial after ...
0
votes
2answers
86 views

Conservation in space-time curvature

Pardon this possibly naive question. I'm starting to poke around in the topic of General Relativity (as soon as I can pull myself back up out of the vortex of underlying mathematics that I've gotten ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

What is the ultimate “goal” of two particles in a gravitational field? [closed]

What is the ultimate "goal" of two particles in a gravitational field? Will the particles eventually occupy the same point at the same time if nothing stops them? What stops them from achieving the ...
10
votes
3answers
360 views

Entire Universe's Momentum

I was thinking about the definition of the conservation of momentum, which says that momentum is conserved unless outside forces are acting on the system, and I was wondering that if the system is the ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Scalar field gives spin $0$ particles

Related to this question. What needs to be shown is that the total angular momentum (derived from the Klein-Gordon lagrangian) acting on a ket with $0$ momentum, gives 0. This would mean that a ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

What is going on in a rotating magnet in a quantum scale?

If there is a rotating magnet in an empty space and there is no outer field acting on it. Rotating in such a way that after half rotation magnet's N pole will be in the place where magnet's S pole ...
8
votes
4answers
6k views

Why can't a single photon produce an electron-positron pair?

In reading through old course material, I found the assignment (my translation): Show that a single photon cannot produce an electron-positron pair, but needs additional matter or light quanta. ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Diffracted electron - where does it gain additional momentum?

When an electron is diffracted, the momentum after the diffraction has different direction than before. Where does the electron gain this momentum? This is related to this question, but it's ...
1
vote
0answers
83 views

Law of Conservation of Energy

I find it hard to comprehend the law of conservation of energy. Allow me to explain my confusion. I understand that the law of conservation of energy states that energy is neither created nor ...
0
votes
0answers
82 views

Spin, parity, etc. conservation in decays/reactions

I have a long list of short physics questions I'm reviewing, and there are several that ask about whether certain decays or reactions are allowed. Clearly these questions are testing my knowledge of ...
3
votes
1answer
99 views

Trying to show that the current is conserved

$ \newcommand{\p}{\partial} $ I am trying to show that the current $J^{\mu} = (\gamma_{\nu}\partial^{\nu} \phi - m\phi)\gamma^{\mu}\psi$ is conserved for all fields that satisfy the Klein-Gordon and ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

Why is the Earth self-rotating? [duplicate]

What drives this happen? Would it be the internal energy or by an external force? I did try to Google the answer, but could not find a good one.
1
vote
0answers
56 views

Determining Parity of Decaying Quantum System

Show that a particle of spin $1$ cannot decay into two identical particles of spin $0$. The $\rho$-meson has spin $1$ and can decay into two spinless (spin-$0$) $\pi$-mesons, or pions, with ...
5
votes
2answers
135 views

Why is it important that the vector current should be conserved in QED?

In Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by MD Schwartz in the chapter about the anomalies, he derives from the equation of motions and the Noether currents of a effective massless QED ...
3
votes
5answers
283 views

The elusive difference between force and impulse

Impulse is defined as the product of a force $F$ acting for a (short) time $t$, $J = F*t$, and that is very clear. What I find difficult to understand is how a force can exist that doesn't act for a ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Conservation of generalized energies in Newtonian and Relativistic Systems

I was considering the following problem: In a closed system, it is assumed that mass, momentum and energy is conserved. If we label the total mass of the System $M(i)$ at a time i, the total Momentum ...
1
vote
2answers
146 views

Force of a Train

Imagine that there are two trains and the first train is twice as long as the second train. They have the same mass per unit length and they are traveling at exactly the same speed. If the first ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Why is rho to two pions not allowed? [duplicate]

Why is the $\rho^0 \rightarrow \pi^0 + \pi^0$ decay not allowed? I have seen this question but I am not satisfied with the answers. The $J^{PC}$ of the $\rho$ and $\pi$ are $1^{--}$ and $0^{-+}$ ...
5
votes
3answers
256 views

Is energy conserved in general relativity? Does $\nabla_aT^{ab}=0$ represent the conservation of energy and momentum?

For example, the radiation dominated cosmology, the energy density of radiation is propotional to $a^{-4}$ and the volume is propotional to $a^3$, where $a$ is the scale factor. So the total energy ...
1
vote
1answer
83 views

Prove the relation between relative velocity ,momentum and energy

In Chapter 8 of F.Mandl's book Quantum field theory, during the derivation of the differential cross section, the following relation is used: $$E_1E_2v_{rel}=\sqrt{(p_1p_2)^2-m_1^2m_2^2} \,\, ,$$ ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

Constant quantity associated to symmetry [closed]

I'm attending a subject in theoretical mechanics and we saw this fact that bugged me a little. It's by the way referenced in: John R Cary, Lie transform perturbation theory for Hamiltonian ...
-4
votes
6answers
2k views

Does Newton's third law apply to momentum or to forces?

I read all the previous answers concerning the 3rd law and I have seen that it is definitely not universal, (Edit: but conservation of momentum is. If it is not universal it should be not a problem to ...
20
votes
6answers
3k views

Conservation of momentum when rain pours into a wagon

Suppose a wagon is moving at constant velocity on a friction-less surface, and rain begins to fill the wagon. The net force on the wagon is zero, so momentum is conserved; as the mass of the wagon ...
2
votes
1answer
114 views

Total divergence term and corresponding Feynman Diagram

A total divergence term added to the Lagrangian doesn’t affect the action because the integral of a total divergence vanishes. But if one attempts to derive the Feynman rules from the Lagrangian with ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

Domain of different types of collision?

Can anyone tell me why elastic collision occur between atomic particles? inelastic collision occur between ordinary objects? perfectly inelastic collision occur during shooting? ...
0
votes
3answers
69 views

Why doesn't an object that collides with one that is at rest just do a 180?

Newton's third law says "for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction." So why is it, say, that when a pool/billiards ball hits the wall of the table, the ball doesn't just turn around?
2
votes
0answers
65 views

Angular momentum in an accretion disk

I need to plot the time evolution of the total angular momentum in an accretion disc. This confuses me because I thought this should be constant, since angular momentum has to be conserved? I'm given ...
12
votes
3answers
509 views

Why $\log \rho$ in the continuity equation?

I just saw the continuity equation, in a manuscript, written as $$\frac{\partial \log \rho }{\partial t} + \vec v \cdot \nabla \log \rho= - \nabla \cdot \vec v.$$ Now, just calculating the derivatives ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

What is the motion of a balloon with a person climbing on a ladder?

Suppose you had a balloon of mass $M$ in the atmosphere at rest relative to the ground, with a ladder attached reaching towards the ground. A person (of mass less than $M$) begins climbing up the ...
2
votes
2answers
53 views

Does constant velocity of center of mass imply linear momentum is conserved?

I know that if momentum is conserved for a system, you can derive that the velocity of the center of mass of that system is constant. I was wondering if the second condition also implies the first: if ...