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

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How can intuitively guess what conserved quantities has the system that I am studying?

I'm taking a course in Classical Electrodynamics and in one problem my teacher introduced us to a triplet of fields ($\phi^a$) invariant under internal rotations, i.e. transformations like: $$\phi'^...
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Difference between weak and strong interactions?

This was a statement given in my class: "Strangeness is conserved in the strong and electromagnetic interactions, but not in a weak interaction " But could someone please tell me how we ...
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Why Does Angular Velocity Increase as Radius Decrease?

Suppose a child were to ask you why a tetherball (picture below) seems to speed up as it wraps around the pole. How would you explain this to them? Certainly you wouldn't say something like, "Angular ...
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Is the conservation of probability in the Schroedinger's equation unique?

The Schroedinger's equation can be viewed as a diffusion equation with imaginary constants $a$ and $b$ satisfying, $$(1) \quad \Psi_t=a \cdot \Delta \Psi-b \cdot V(x,t) \cdot \Psi$$ However if $a$ ...
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When a ball bounces on a wall at an angle, why does the angle of incidence equal angle of reflection?

When a ball is thrown to a wall without spin and bounces, supposing it's an elastic collision, why does the angle of incidence equal the angle "reflection" (relatively to the normal), why isn't it any ...
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Continuity equation - water mass conservation

I have a problem to understand a passage in the article "Modeling the dynamics of pressure propagation and diameter variation in tree sapwood" that you can find here: ftp://ftp.bgc.mpg.de/pub/outgoing/...
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Higher order versions of momentum? Can conservation principles be established and used? [closed]

Question Can higher order derivatives of momentum be useful in creating theories of dynamics if they have conservation principles? Even if they aren't needed, could it be done in theory? For instance,...
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Nail clippers and conservation of momentum

As I clip my fingernails using nail clippers, pieces of nails sometimes fly off violently, reaching the other end of the room. What's happening in terms of conservation of momentum, how are the pieces ...
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conservation of momentum? [closed]

At hyperphysics I got this image, with the same description in text as is in this image It says that when a massive particle (say $A$) moving with a velocity collides with an object having a ...
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Newton's third law at the quantum level? [closed]

let's look at force at the atomic level to understand the newtons third law of motion. I'll use Helium atoms as an example. Now imagine we start with one atom HE2 stationary, and throw another atom ...
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Conservation of momentum always? [closed]

Consider two atoms A and B, with A at rest and B in motion towards A. As soon as B is in the atomic field of A, will it stop with its energy going into B or will it just move up to a postion where ...
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Second Kepler's law implies that constant velocity

I was trying deduce that if we suppose that the planet's orbits are circular and de Kepler's secong law is true: A line joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of ...
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Why doesn't the 9th ball move in the break in the nine-ball pool game?

In the game of nine-ball pool, we break the rack like shown below: In the break, we hit the 1st ball with the cue ball. Many people familiar with pool games say that if the rack is constructed ...
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Why can't a force between two particles exert a torque?

Let's say I have two particles which exert a mysterious force between them. Say they lie on the x-axis. Newton's 3rd law tells us that the force on the two particles due to the other must be opposite ...
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Calculating force of impact

Since $\text{force = mass}\times\text{acceleration}$, is it right to say that an object traveling at a high constant velocity (zero acceleration), exerts zero force upon impact with a stationary ...
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Conservation of 4-momentum in special relativity

I understand that the inner product of two 4-vectors is conserved under the Lorentz transformations, so that the absolute value of the four momentum is the same in any reference frame. This is what I (...
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Multiple conservation of momentum in one [closed]

I am in a Grade 12 Physics course and my teacher gave this question for bonus marks, to be solved with only highschool concepts. I suspect that this problem has to do with conservation of momentum, ...
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Why are gravity and spring-force conservative forces?

I know that the amount of work does not depend on the followed path but on the position when speaking about conservative forces. But could someone please prove/explain why exactly those two are ...
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How does potential energy relate to kinetic energy on a rollercoaster?

This is appearantly how the potential and kinetic energy are in the different positions of the rollercoaster, if I am not mistaking. However I don't understand why the total energy is energy and ...
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Isolated system and external forces

I have problem of understanding fully "isolated system", if i imagine a car moving at a constant speed ,can I say that is isolated system although an interna force (car's engine) cancel out an ...
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Violation of the Newton's first law of motion in the movement of spacecrafts in the vacuum of space [closed]

Suppose a rocket at rest in space where there is a complete vacuum and no force to influence the rocket: In the left we have the rocket with a metal ball in it. After the ball is thrown out of the ...
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Why does Conservation of Momentum fails because of friction? [closed]

I did this experiment in my lab. We had two cars with wheel connected by a string. One car has a spring that can be triggered by a switch at the top of the car. (Frictionless surface and light string$ ...
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Why does current density changes but not current? [closed]

let us assume that we have a conductor with a specified resistance ( case 1 ) and a normal conductor ( case 2 ) as shown in the figure , and now we apply an external electric field with a battery on ...
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Relativistic particle decay in ZMF [closed]

This is a problem that I feel is harder than I am making it but say you have: A particle at rest of mass $M$ decays into two smaller particles of masses $m_1, m_2$ where $m_1 \neq m_2$ and $M > (...
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Conservation of Momentum

Conservation of momentum can be derived during collisions by using Newton's laws of motion. But in other cases, do we simply take it like an axiom ?
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What's the corresponding symmetry of enstrophy conservation?

In fluid mechanics, especially 2D turbulence study, people talk about conservation of enstrophy. But I can't really understand enstrophy very well, and what's the corresponding symmetry of enstrophy ...
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Are there conserved quantities in field theory which don't arise from Noether's Theorem?

In some QFT texts one writes down the number operator $N$ for free theories, such that when acting on an $n$-particle state $|n\rangle$ we have $$N|n\rangle=n|n\rangle$$ In free theories this is a ...
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How does one account for the momentum of an absorbed photon?

Suppose I have an atom in its ground state $|g⟩$, and it has an excited state $|e⟩$ sitting at an energy $E_a=\hbar\omega_0$ above it. To want to excite the atom, one generally uses a photon of ...
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Does a planet's orbital angular momentum affect its rotational angular momentum?

For example: If the moon was closer to the earth, assuming the orbital momentum was conserved and not worrying about earth's rotation, would the moon's rotation rate be effected?
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Conservation of angular momentum while sitting on a spinning chair

Today my friend was sitting on a spinning char. By moving his top part of the body left to right and his bottom part of the body the opposite he managed to spin. As I understand Conservation of ...
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Conservation of angular momentum during rolling

A disk having initial angular velocity $\omega$ is gently placed on a rough horizontal surface. What is the angular velocity of rotation when pure rolling starts? I've tried applying conservation of ...
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Help with my bouncy ball lab (I know the factors just not how to approach them) [closed]

In my physics lab we need to determine the factors that account for the energy "loss" during a high bounce ball bounce. I know that energy is "lost" (not really) to heat, air resistance, and sound. ...
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How is the conservation of momentum satisfied in long-range attraction such as electromagnetism and gravity?

I'm not a physicist, but my understanding is that electromagnetism (including attraction between opposite charges) is mediated by the photon, and gravity is probably (hypothetized to be?) mediated by ...
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Gravitons, photons and conservation of momentum

How can gravitons be emitted from a mass to cause an attractive force to another mass? The same question could be asked of attractive e-m forces as well. Don't these violate the conservation of ...
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A moving bus suddenly stops. Is its momentum destroyed?

Absolutely not but how does momentum transfer to surrounding (ground, air particles)?
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Proving the conservation of 4-momentum for a particle collision $A+B\to C+D$

Let me say that particle A hits particle B and two particles come out - C and D; In system S I can write: $$p_A^μ+p_B^μ=p_C^μ+p_D^μ;\tag{1}$$ here $p_N^μ$ is the 4-momentum. Using the Lorentz ...
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What happens if object is thrown in empty space?

If I throw a object in empty space, I apply a force to throw that. Then it gains some acceleration and it's speed increases. So will it's speed keep on increasing, or it will get stable? If yes, ...
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Proving that Killing form contractions with geodesics are constants of motion

I want to prove the fundamental theorem of Killing forms, namely that $$\frac{d}{d \lambda} \Big( \frac{d P^{\mu}}{d \lambda} \xi_{\mu}(P(\lambda)) \Big) = 0 $$ If $P(\lambda)$ is a Geodesic curve,...
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Pass to globally conserved currents from locally conserved currents in curved spacetime

Let us begin with a Lagrangian of the form $$\mathscr L= \frac 12 \sqrt{-g}g^{\mu\nu}\partial_\mu\phi(x)\partial_\nu\phi(x)+\mathscr L_g,$$ where $$\mathscr L_g=\frac 1{16\pi k}\sqrt{-g}R.$$ ...
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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 $\mathcal{L}(\phi,\...
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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 wall?...
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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 ...