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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
53 views

Angular momentum of anistropic harmonic oscilator

A potential given by : $$ V(x,y,z) = \frac{1}{2}m(x^2+y^2+\frac{z^2}{2}). $$ Which component of angular momentum is conserved. An attempt: Angular momentum along z, $ L_{z} = m(x\dot{y} - ...
2
votes
0answers
75 views

Hidden momentum

I'm trying to learn about hidden momentum. After reading what I could find with a google search, I understand that it is equal to the momentum carried by radiation, calculated with the Poynting ...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

Collision Between Two Particles: Writing the Mass As A Function of The Angle [duplicate]

Suppose we have two masses, $m_1$ and $m_2$, where $m_2$ is at rest, and $m_1$ is headed directly towards $m_2$. I would like to write the ratio of the masses as a function of the angle. Using ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

Noether's theorem for more interesting transformations of the time co-ordinate

According to Wikipedia, Noether's theorem (for the mechanics of a point particle) says that if the following transformation is a symmetry of the Lagrangian $$t \to t + \epsilon T$$ $$q \to q + ...
2
votes
2answers
306 views

Noether's theorem and time-dependent Lagrangians

Noether's theorem says that if the following transformation is a symmetry of the Lagrangian $t \to t + \epsilon T$ $q \to q + \epsilon Q$ Then the following quantity is conserved $\left( ...
12
votes
6answers
2k views

What is the symmetry which is responsible for conservation of mass?

According to Noether's theorem, all conservation laws originate from invariance of a system to shifts in a certain space. For example conservation of energy stems from invariance to time translation. ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Is the giant Newton's cradle in the Kit-Kat ad feasible?

Apologies in advance if this is too basic a question for Phys.SE. I don't want to dumb down this venerable institution. :) My wife and I just watched this TV ad for Kit-Kat where a crew of crane ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

Experimental information: is momentum conserved?

Could I say that it is conserved during the time, or instead there is a slight decrease?
2
votes
2answers
261 views

How to calculate velocities after collision?

I'm currently writing a program for a particle simulator. One of the requirements is that the particles collide in a realistic way. However, I don't know how to calculate the final velocities. For ...
5
votes
2answers
150 views

Proof of conservation of information [duplicate]

After listening of some lectures of Leonard Susskind about black holes, he mentioned that conservation of information is one of the foundations of physics. After searching the web I cannot seem to ...
1
vote
2answers
532 views

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 $1$ ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

Is it useful to geometrically represent conservation laws?

In my physics class, we just studied collisions. We learned that momentum is conserved in collisions. I decided to examine a one dimensional collision in which two objects collide - object 1 and ...
1
vote
3answers
373 views

Conservation of energy and continuity equation

When physicists say energy is conserved, do they mean that energy satisfies the continuity equation: $$\triangledown \cdot j+\dot{\rho}=0$$ On the internet there is plenty of talk of how the ...
1
vote
2answers
478 views

Conservation of linear momentum magnitude along a trajectory

I was once criticized for "taking angular momentum as momentum going in a circle". I was loosely trying to state, in classical mechanics, that in using conservation of momentum, one can switch between ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Conservation of Hamiltonian vs Conservation of Energy

What is the difference between conservation of the Hamiltonian and conservation of energy?
1
vote
1answer
229 views

Deriving $p = mv$ from translational symmetry (momentum conservation law)?

"In classical mechanics, momentum is defined as the quantity which is conserved under global spatial translations or, alternatively, as the generator of spatial translations." (G.Parisi, ...
1
vote
2answers
183 views

Tension in vertical circular motion

In vertical circular motion we conserve energy for calculating velocities at a point (if initial velocity given). But, energy can only be conserved when forces are conservative. Tension is not a ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

What causes a force field to be “nonconservative?”

A conservative force field is one in which all that matters is that a particle goes from point A to point B. The time (or otherwise) path involved makes no difference. Most force fields in physics ...
-3
votes
1answer
236 views

How momentum/energy is distributed in a elastic collision? [closed]

We know from conservation of momentum or energy that energy (lets think about one quantity at a time) is conserved before and after collision. But how the energy is distributed between the bodies? I ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Can the velocity of the center of mass of two spheres change after a collision?

I'm curious as to whether or not the velocity of the center of mass of a system comprised of two spheres can change after the two spheres collide. Looking at the equation for the velocity of the ...
1
vote
3answers
344 views

conservation of momentum when a bullet hits a block

why momentum is conserved when a bullet hit a block horizontally even when force of bullet is acting on it and net external force is not zero ?
7
votes
1answer
260 views

Charge neutrality of the Universe: evidences and theories

I've always wondered why the number of protons in the Universe exactly matches the number of electrons. They are such different particles with totally different cross sections. So, first of all, is ...
1
vote
0answers
167 views

Is total angular momentum conserved in particle interaction?

Imagine that two electrons interact by exchanging a virtual photon. I know that the total energy and linear momentum of the two electrons is conserved by the interaction. Is the total (orbital) ...
0
votes
1answer
154 views

Motion in a central field and angular momentum

Is it correct that for a motion in a central force field, e.g. a gravitational field, the absolute value of the total angular momentum of the particle and the component of the perpendicular to the ...
1
vote
2answers
493 views

The physical observation of the conservation of energy?

Aside from Noether's Theorem, how do we know energy is conserved? Energy is the capacity of a system to do work. It's the number that tells me how much "force" a system can apply over a distance. For ...
7
votes
1answer
271 views

Spin of 125 GeV Higgs boson

Can someone please explain to me why (according to decay of Higgs boson into 2 photons) Higgs boson cannot have spin $S=1$?
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Calculating a 2D collision between two perfectly circular disks [duplicate]

Assume I have two disks, $p_1$ and $p_2$, of radius $r$, with their own velocities (preferably in $(x,y)$ form, but $(m, \theta)$ works too) and masses (unit-less, but same unit) collide in two ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Flat space current conservation sign confusion

It is said that in Minkowski spacetime, the current conservation law for the number current $N^\mu$ where $N^0$ is the number density and $N^i, i=1,2,3$ is the particle flux in the $x^i $ direction, ...
1
vote
2answers
348 views

naive question on Boltzmann equation and conservation laws

The Boltzmann equation in absence of external force reads: $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} + \vec{v} \cdot \frac{\partial f}{\partial \vec{r}} = \left( \frac{\partial f}{\partial t}\right)_{coll}$ ...
3
votes
1answer
139 views

Ghost Number Conservation

I've been reading about gauge theory quantization, and understand it mostly. The only thing I don't get is why people talk about "ghost number conservation". As far as I can tell, the ghost number is ...
2
votes
0answers
73 views

Spin of a decay product

A particle A decays into particles B, C and D. The spin of A, B and C particles is 1/2 each. What are the possible spins of particle D? My attempt is the following: Since B and C have spin 1/2 ...
4
votes
1answer
209 views

Question on conserved quantities and Noether's theorem

I have a question about Noether's theorem in the context of QM, which I'll state in the context of the weak interaction but the basic point could be generalized. According to Noether's theorem, given ...
25
votes
1answer
640 views

Best current bounds on nonconservation of momentum?

It's not straightforward to test conservation of momentum experimentally, and many experiments that seem like tests really aren't. For example, in a Newtonian system of identical particles that ...
0
votes
1answer
357 views

Collision problem: Finding the final speed of the collider

A particle of mass $M$ moving in a straight line with speed $v$ collides with a stationary particle of the same mass. In the center of mass coordinate system, the first particle is deflected by ...
-1
votes
4answers
655 views

Classical mechanics and the speed of a train-mosquito collision, when perfectly rigid bodies

This is all under the assumption that they are perfectly rigid bodies: A train is moving at 300m/s. A mosquito is moving directly towards it, head-on, at 4m/s. When the mosquito and the train ...
0
votes
0answers
101 views

Collision of 2 neutrons

If two neutrons collide in 3D space and we want to determine the final velocities of both nuetrons (3 components for each neutrons), we can use the conservation of momentum equations and the ...
0
votes
1answer
191 views

Derive conservation law using divergence theorem

Material scientists have discovered a new fluid property called "radost" that is carried along with a fluid as it moves from one place to the next (just like a fluid's mass or momentum). Let ...
1
vote
1answer
979 views

Are principle of Conservation of energy and principle of conservation of momentum consequences of Newton's laws?

It is known that principle of Conservation of momentum and principle of conservation of energy are two fundamental principles of physics.But in RP Feynman's Lectures of physics, in the chapter of ...
4
votes
1answer
125 views

Is it possible to project a problem of mechanics in a lower dimensionality?

I had the intuition that, in classical mechanics, when the trajectory of a body is known, then analysis of its motion can be done in the linear space of that trajectory, if all forces are projected on ...
4
votes
1answer
187 views

Why does the pion half-life differ between the charged and uncharged species?

Why does the uncharged pion have much shorter half-life than the charged pion despite the fact that the uncharged pion has a little bit less mass than the charged one, so that according to the ...
-1
votes
1answer
148 views

Does a fundamental principle require specific concepts? [closed]

The angular momentum principle is a fundamental principle. So it can explain a large variety of phenomenon. Doesn't it need concepts like center of mass also for explaining phenomenon? Or just the ...
7
votes
0answers
278 views

Penrose's Zig-Zag Model and Conservation of Momentum

I was reading through Penrose's Road to Reality when I saw his interesting description of the Dirac electron (Chapter 25, Section 2). He points out that in the two-spinor formalism, Dirac's one ...
1
vote
1answer
105 views

How is momentum conserved when a magnet attracts a metal?

Suppose your have any magnetic object and no external force acts upon it, and the object comes near a metal which causes an impulse (think that will happen). However, the magnetic force is internal to ...
5
votes
2answers
497 views

Accretion disk physics - Stellar formation

I was going through the Wikipedia page for Accretion disks, and I couldn't comprehend what the meaning of this is: "If matter is to fall inwards it must lose not only gravitational energy but also ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Does the non-relativistic conservation law of particles have an underlying (approximate) symmetry?

In momentum and energy is low enough, we end up with the same number of neutrons, protons and electrons after a collision as before it. This can be considered an approximate conservation law. ...
4
votes
2answers
651 views

Symmetry of Euler-Lagrange equations and conservation laws

Continuous symmetry of the action implies a conservation law, but what if equations of motion have a continuous symmetry? Does it imply a conservation law? Also is symmetry of equations of motion ...
0
votes
2answers
360 views

Law of conservation of energy and kinetic energy: deformation of a spring [closed]

Problem: A block B of 1,5 kg is attached to the right of a spring (not deformed, with its right side attach to a wall) with a constant of $k = 80 N/m$ and, at rest, the block enter in collision with ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Elastic collision of rotating bodies

How would you explain in detail elastic collision of two rotating bodies to someone with basic understanding of classical mechanics? I'm writing simple physics engine, but now only simulating ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

Question about Cars: Momentum

Car B rests at the bottom of a frictionless inclined plane. In order to travel a height of 0.6m and maintain a speed of 2 m/s at the end of the track it needs to start with 4 m/s. a) If ...