# Tagged Questions

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

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### Einstein tensor as a conserved current?

As is well-known, the traditional" conserved quantities (energy, momentum...) are Noether currents whose conservation depends on the existence of various Killing fields in Minkowski space. In ...
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### How can we solve 2D rigid body collision? [duplicate]

I know that usually collision with velocity collinear can be solved by simultaneous equations of both conservation of energy and linear momentum. But my question is when 2D velocity is encountered, we ...
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### A kind of Noether's theorem for the Hamiltonian formalism

How can I (conveniently?) show that an invariance of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian (i.e. the kinetic as well as the potential energy are independently invariant) will lead to a conservation law using ...
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### Spontaneous pair production?

So I've been looking into particle-antiparticle pair production from a gamma ray and don't understand one thing. Let's say I have a 1,1 MeV photon and it hits a nucleus - electron-positron pair with ...
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### Why particles with certain properties can't exist

This is inspired by a recent post on why a free electron can't absorb a photon, though my question below is about something considerably more general. The argument in the accepted answer goes (in ...
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### Conserved currents from Noether's theorem

I'm not sure if I understand the concept correctly. Given an infinitesimal transformation $$\phi \rightarrow \phi + \alpha \Delta\phi$$ the change in the Lagrangian density ...
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### Is my proof of the thought experiment that Walter Lewin proposed in lecture 16 valid? [closed]

A tennis ball bounces off a wall elastically. The momentum of the wall changes, but the kinetic energy of the wall remains zero. How is that possible? Walter Lewin Lecture 16 - Ball bouncing on ...
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### Why can't we define a potential energy for a non-conservative force? [closed]

We could define potential energies for non-conservative forces too and then we could conserve it with kinetic and potential energy as we know it. But no one does that. Why is this? Please explain. Any ...
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### Conservation of momentum and mechanical energy in different reference frames

I am a biologist developing an interest in physics. I am struggling with the implications of changing reference frames on momentum, mechanical energy and work done calculations. I invented the ...
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### Annihilation process and photons [closed]

Why should two photons produced by the annihilation process move in opposite direction? I know you would say for the conservation of momentum but why can't they move in the same direction, I want to ...
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### Applying conservation of energy on a springs/projectile motion problem

My physics teacher proposed a hypothetical problem to our class as we are nearing the end of the Work-Energy Unit (that will in all likelihood show up on the test). I will probably have various ...
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### What symmetry is associated with conservation of Lipkin's zilch?

The 'zilch' of an electromagnetic field is the tensor $$Z^{\mu}_{\ \ \ \nu\rho}=^*\!\!F^{\mu\lambda}F_{\lambda\nu,\rho}-F^{\mu\lambda}\,{}^*\!F_{\lambda\nu,\rho} \tag1$$ given in terms of the ...
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### Is the reaction force for a stone hitting a wall infinite?

Let us assume a rigid stone which moves in empty space with a constant speed of $v$. (Or in the air with no friction and drag or you can imagine a free fall with friction). This stone hits a rigid ...
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### Explain this contradiction of violation of “ energy conservation ” using classical mechanics

Consider a rocket moves upward with some acceleration for a very small time say '$dt$' then the kinetic energy increases (for acceleration). as well as as the potential energy increases (due to height ...
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### Motion in Spaces [duplicate]

How does a shuttle move in the space as, the whole mechanism of a rocket is based on 3rd law of newton but, we can not apply 3rd law of newton in space because there is no reactive force in space?
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### Gravity between two unequal masses. Do both masses move?

I've been watching videos about gravity and I have a question My understanding is that mass have gravity and gravity is a force which attract other object with mass. For example, I jump up and the ...
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### Dirac equation in the algebra of physical space and conservation laws

I have the following question: I was thinking, is it possible to obtain the conservation laws for the Dirac equation in the algebra of physical space? If yes, how? Can anyone show me a book for these ...
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### Energy conservation in electrodynamic system

Consider two charged particles initially at rest in the configuration below. Let us assume the following: Starting at time $t=0$, we apply a constant force $f$ to the the bottom particle so that ...
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### When are energy, mechanical energy, momentum, and angular momentum conserved?

I am in AP Physics and my only real hangup is knowing when the said quantities are conserved. Please define what is the SYSTEM in your answer. I kind of have the basic idea. For example, if there ...
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### Noether's Theorem for Hamiltonians and Lagrangians

Looking around I see one version of Noether's Theorem that creates conserved quantities from symmetries that preserve the Lagrangian (e.g. http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/noether.html), and another ...
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### Applying conservation of energy to a railgun problem?

When a projectile is lunched due to the Lorentz force($F_L$), how can I apply the conservation of energy that the electrical energy inputted to generate the Lorentz force & magnetic field equals ...
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### Simple frame of reference problem (conservation of momentum?)

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around a particular concept. Suppose we have a machine that fires balls of speed $u$ at some mass rate $\sigma$ (of units $\frac{kg}{s}$) directly at a car of mass ...
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### Relationship between height and velocity in conservation of mechnical energy

I'm a high school physics student, and we recently did a lab on the conservation of energy where we measured the speed of a marble at varying heights on a rollercoaster track. We were supposed to ...
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### Conservation of energy and Killing-field

In general relativity we have no general conservation of energy and momentum. But if there exists a Killing-field we can show that this leads to a symmetry in spacetime and so to a conserved quantity. ...
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### Conservation of momentum in inelastic conservation

Why does momentum and velocity change along contact normal but not contact tangent In in elastic collision? Suppose a ball strike an inelastic surface. It's velocity component does not change along ...
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### momentum conservation in particle-antiparticle creation

It's understood that the PRESENCE of a heavy nucleus is necessary for conservation of linear momentum in pair creation. What I can't understand is why it must occur in ADJACENCY of the nucleus. Is ...
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### Is there something more to Noether's theorem?

From the definition of Lagrangian mechanics, Noether's theorem shows that conservation of momentum and energy comes from invariance vs time and space. Is the reverse true? Are Lagrangian mechanics ...
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### Does third law of motion apply to light or EM waves? [duplicate]

Third law of motion - "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" I was considering the situation, where I may be motionless in space with only a flashlight and no forces acting on me. ...
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### The equation of continuity in isothermal system in spherical axis(transport phenomena)

My homework is about finding the equation of continuity in isothermal systems in spherical axis, I can't imagine a workaround for that since its a little complicated for me to understand velocities ...
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### Momentum and Collision of a ball head on? [closed]

I'm stuck on a question with momentum and collision of two balls. Two balls move toward each other. Ball one is moving in the positive direction, has a mass of m1, and a velocity of v initially. ...
A 2-stage rocket travels $1200 \text{ m/s}$ relative to earth. When the first stage runs out of fuel, the explosive bolt separates the first stage from the second with a velocity of $35 \text{ m/s}$ ...
### Difference between $dM/dt = 0$ and $\partial M/\partial t=0$ [duplicate]
$\frac{dM}{dt} = 0$ represents a constant of motion $M.$ Why not $\frac{\partial M}{\partial t}$ represent a constant of motion $M$?