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

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Why can't I push myself in a chair? [duplicate]

If I am sitting in a chair with wheels and someone pushes on the back of my chair with sufficient force it will role along the ground. However, if I push on the back of the chair with the same force ...
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Particle anti-particle annihilation and photon production

This is just a conceptual question I guess. The annihilation of a particle with a finite mass and its anti-particle cannot lead to the emission of only one photon, and this is due to the conservation ...
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Conservation of angular momentum poisson brackets vs newtonian mechanics [closed]

So I have the following system. For a mass falling due to gravity the given Hamiltonian is $$ H = \frac{1}{2m}\left( P^{2}_{x} + P^{2}_{y} \right) + mgy $$ In Cartesian coordinates then, $$ x = v_o ...
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Chiral anomaly and fermion number conservation

Chiral anomalies in QED and QCD violate fermion number conservation, since a U(1) vector symmetry corresponds to fermion number conservation. However, only the LH and RH fermion numbers are not ...
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What is the initial velocity of an object, given a change in mass, and an exerted force [closed]

An 8.0-g bullet is shot into a 4.0-kg block, at rest on a frictionless horizontal surface (see the figure). The bullet remains lodged in the block. The block moves into an ideal massless spring and ...
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Feynman diagrams and gluon collisions/interactions?

We have been given this question which essentially asks us to draw the lowest order Feynman diagrams for various processes. One of them is: $$ g + g \rightarrow \bar{t}+t $$ Now, I am not an expert ...
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Heat produced in collision [closed]

A 5-gram marble is moving at 5 m/s [N] collides with a 2-gram marble moving at 3 m/s [N]. Final velocity of 2-gram marble: 7 m/s [N] How would I find the amount of heat produced in this collision? ...
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Why is only angular momentum conserved for a planet and not linear momentum?

Suppose a planet is moving in an elliptical orbit with the Sun at one of its focii. I know that the forces in existence will be gravity which provides the necessary centripetal force. Now my book ...
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Understanding elastic collisions of objects with the same velocities

I am having trouble understanding the following statement from my book: The law of cosines tells us that if the sides of a triangle obey the Pythagorean formula, they must form a right triangle. ...
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Time derivative of Noether charge

I understand that the Noether charge can be written as $$ Q= \int d^3 x J^0$$ and the time derivative of the Noether charge is zero $$ \dot Q=0 $$ but how would you explicitly calculate it?
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Are all conservative forces a central force?

If a force is a central force and can be written as $\vec{F}(\vec{r})=f{(r)}\hat{r}$ , then it is a conservative force. But is the converse true? I mean, are all conservative forces a central force? ...
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On the definition of hyperbolic conservation law

There is a Wikipedia article and an article by A. Bressan that introduce the notion of hyperbolic conservation law. I'm not used to this area, so I have some questions about the definition. I will ...
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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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The role of mass in the tablecloth trick

Apologies if this has already been answered, but I have a question about the role of mass in the classic tablecloth trick, where the demonstrator pulls the tablecloth out from underneath a set of ...
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Why does the rule that elastic collisions are at 90 degrees in 2 dimensions not apply?

When one object collides with another object of the same mass in a 2D plane, we know that we can derive that the angles that the objects leave the collision at add up to 90 degrees in a perfectly ...
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Work done by a constant vector field is 0?

We know that $$\oint \boldsymbol{F}\cdot d\boldsymbol{r}= \iint (\nabla \times \boldsymbol{F})\cdot d\boldsymbol{s}.$$ Now if $\boldsymbol{F}$ is a constant vector, then $\nabla \times \boldsymbol{F}=...
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Validity of law of charge conservation

Charging by induction and earthing gives an object a net charge but why does the law of charge conservation still hold in this case?
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Invariance and conservation

Why in a collision between particles is the four-momentum conserved within a frame of reference but not invariant between frames of reference?
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Is momentum truly conserved? [closed]

Suppose I have a system of a person holding a rock on a frictionless sheet of ice. He throws the rock at an angle above the horizontal to propel himself off the ice. Is the momentum of that system ...
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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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Conservation of momentum in a baseball

Conservation of momentum: A thought experiment. A baseball is placed on top of a baseball holder, the kind used to train young batters. A batter hits the stationary ball perfectly horizontal, sending ...
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How can make myself sure that I can apply Conservation of Momentum in a system?

How do I know I can apply Conservation of Momentum in the System ? And What happens if there is a Impulse in the system?
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Neutrinos and global $U(1)$ symmetry of Weyl fields

My book on QFT says that neutrinos are well described by left-handed Weyl spinor. The classical Lorentz-invariant Lagrangian density for that field is: $$ \mathcal{L} = i\psi^{\dagger}_L\overline\...
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Problem regarding bullet penetration [closed]

Which property remains constant when we say that bullets are penetrating the wall? I mean is the resistive force always constant for a given wall (assumed stationary and immovable) irrespective of the ...
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Translational invariance implying diagonal representation in momentum space

I have just come across something in my reading of Peskin and Schroeder that claims that because a function, in this particular case a two-point correlation function, is translationally invariant, it ...
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Help on understanding a concept in Noether's first theorem

Given a Lie group $G$, whose most general transform depends on $\rho$ parameters, under the action of which an integral $I$ is invariant, there are $\rho$ linearly independent combinations of the ...
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Show that $M^{\mu\nu}$ describes the angular momentum of the system

Define $M^{\mu\nu}$ = $\int d^3x(x^\mu T^{0 \nu}-x^{\nu}T^{0 \mu})$ describes the angular momentum of the system. I don't want you to solve it but I'm not really sure what kind of criterion it ...
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Discrete translational invariance of lattice systems and conserved quantities [duplicate]

Imagine a crystal lattice with discrete translational symmetry. Is there any way to obtain local periodic conserved quantities by taking a derivative (deliberately left abstract)? The discretised ...
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Have Witten-type TQFT's nonconservation of energy and momentum in interactions?

Witten-type topological quantum field theories are based on cohomology theories. Every observable must lie in a cohomology class. May be $G$ a geometric field. Then every observable expectation value ...
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Invariance of law of conservation of angular momentum under a Galilean transformation [closed]

Given a reference frame O' moving at a constant speed $\vec{V}$ in relation to another reference frame O, I want to prove that $\vec{r_{1B}} \times m_1\vec{v_{1B}} + \vec{r_{2B}} \times m_2\vec{v_{...
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What is the different between a dark state and a ground state?

In a atomic quantum system, typically discussing in quantum optics, there is something called dark state. A dark state is a state of a quantum system that does not emit any photon. A ground state also ...
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Momentum conservation in a small time interval

I recently solved a problem in which I used the "fact" that the momentum is conserved just before and just after a collision between two (or maybe more) objects but I am not sure whether this is true ...
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Is there a systematic way to obtain all conserved quantities of a system?

I'd like to know whether, given a system, there's a way to obtain all the conserved quantities. For instance if the system consists of electric and magnetic fields, the fields must satisfy Maxwell's ...
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Charge not conserved in scalar QED? [duplicate]

Since conservation of charge seems to be a well known concept, I am hoping that I am missing something and that the conclusion is incorrect. However, I have been unable to disprove this. Let me ...
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Conservation of momentum - finding the angle between broken parts

Let a stationary block explodes into 3 equal pieces .The speeds are also equal which is $v$. If I am asked to determine the angle between the broken pieces that are moving then how to deal with this ...
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If a photon doesn't necessarily travel in a straight line, doesn't it defy the law of cons. of momentum?

I just finished reading Richard Feynman's lectures on Quantum Electrodynamics (QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter) and it fascinated me. However, there's an unanswered question I have from ...
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Light and momentum question? [duplicate]

Each photon of light bulb carries momentum. Why does the light bulb not recoil from conservation of momentum?
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Can a positron decay without encountering an electron?

All the decays I read about involve electron - positron annihilation.
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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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Thrust in space without expelling mass

The classic rockets move losing their mass in one direction and moving to the other direction. Thinking about an alternative engine where we lose very small mass. This is how the engine works The ...
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What will happen if all the population all over the world jumped together at the same time in sea? [duplicate]

What can happen if a magnitude of such huge force is applied over the sea water of earth? Force applied will be average mass of each person *7 billion *9.8 .
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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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If we attach a fan at the end of a boat and switch it on, will the boat move? [duplicate]

I've been across a lot of questions like these, but I'm never quite able to get them. In this question, I reasoned that if I consider the boat and the fan to be a system, then there is actually no ...
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Noether Charge and Gauge Fields

I understand the global gauge symmetry results conserved charges associated with the symmetry. My question is, why don't we have conserved charges associated with local gauge symmetry of the gauge ...
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Lens-Mirror systems and conservation of specific intensity

This came out of a discussion I started yesterday and a related discussion I found. I'll recap the problem quickly: Consider two blackbodies, with surface areas $A_1$ and $A_2$ and temperatures $T_1$ ...
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Collision of Inelastic ball above the ground

An inelastic ball of mass $m$ is dropped from a height $h$ above the ground and at the same time a second ball of mass $m_1$ projected vertically upwards to meet the former. Show that in order that ...
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Are there an even number of particles in the universe

I generally understand that every particle has an anti-particle that is created along with that type of particle with opposite effects (unless there is no charge), and that if that anti-particle comes ...
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How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum?

How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum? What is the intuition behind $p=mv$? I had trouble finding any sources that state the actually ...
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work and energy dilemma in an inclined [closed]

An example problem done in my book: A driver was driving a car of mass 1000 kg through an inclined plane which makes an angle of 30° with plane with a velocity of 25 m/s . Then he saw a boy 50 m ...