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

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Human max speed in open space

Suppose you are an astronaut forgotten in the middle of nowhere, between our solar system and proxima centauri's. Now, you are out of fuel. I heard that with some kind of movements, someone in free ...
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Derivation of law of inertia from Lagrangian method (Landau)

I'm reading Landau's Book. He tries to conclude the law of inertia from the Lagrange equations. For that, he argues (by nice suppositions about space and time), that the lagrangian must depend only ...
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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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If I start spinning a raw egg slowly why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously?

If I start spinning a raw egg very slowly in place, why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously? This is something I noticed the other day while cooking. It doesn't do the same thing with a ...
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The norm of the vector sum of two 4-momentum vectors before and after pair production

Two photons traveling along the x-axis (in a lab frame of reference) of different frequencies are about to collide. Their 4-momentum vectors are (h$\nu_1$/c , h$\nu_1$/c , 0, 0) and (h$\nu_2$/c , -h$\...
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If one object, moving at a constant speed collides with another object - which is at rest - how much force has been applied?

This is one question for which an answer doesn't really make intuitive sense. In elementary school, we learn F=ma, but where's the "a" in a collision such as this? Edit: Plus, there has to be a force ...
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Energy conservation without action principle?

The normal tagline for energy conservation is that it's a conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance. I understand how this works for theories coming from a Lagrangian, and that this ...
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What does conservation of strangeness imply for the nature of interaction?

If the conservation of strangeness holds for a decay, then the possible interactions are Strong, Electromagnetic and Weak. But how does one determine which one is it, out of the three?
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What exactly is conservative vector field?

I'm studying calculus, but since the example involved a physical concept. I will ask here: This is how it goes: This means that in a conservative force field, the amount of work required to ...
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if the Earth's rotation was slowed down, would it naturally speed back up as it was before? [closed]

Fact: The Earth is rotating on it's own axis every 24 hours. Question: If, for some reason I won't specify the current speed of the Earth and could slow it down(say by 5%). Will it speed up again ...
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Importance of local conservation of probability

In almost every textbook of quantum mechanics we can find the derivation of the local conservation of probability. $$\nabla\cdot\vec{J}+\partial_t (\psi^*\psi)=0$$ where $\vec{J}$ is probabilty ...
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Collsion in 2D, find angle and final momentum

Suppose that the collision is completely inelastic. Disregard friction as the surface is smooth. Suppose that one is in the direction of $(1,0)$ and the other $(0,1)$. Is the final momentum the ...
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Greater momentum than initial?

The question is : Heavier object A, initially at rest, is struck by lighter object B. Is it possible for object A to have a larger final momentum than the initial momentum of object B? The ...
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Particle Physics Decay Question - Eta Prime Decay Parity/Angular Momentum Conservation

I was hoping someone could clarify why the following decay does not occur: $ \eta ^{'0} \rightarrow \pi ^{0} + \rho ^{0}$ The quark compositions and spin parity are as followed: $ \eta ^{'0} : (u\...
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Conservation Laws and time-reversal symmetry [duplicate]

In most dynamics books I've read they refer to conservation laws and their associated symmetries, cf. Noether's theorem. I know that the conservation of momentum is a result of the homogenity of ...
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What are the parity of particles? [duplicate]

When looking to see if particle collisions/decays are possible and what force they act through, how do you know the parity of particles to know whether they act through weak force? Is there a grouping ...
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How does the kinetic energy of a ballerina increase? [duplicate]

When a ballerina pulls her arms in, her rotational kinetic energy increases because angular momentum is conserved. That means that work must have been done on her. I saw somewhere that there is work ...
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Relativistic momentum of an electron

Suppose we have some interaction between a photon and an (initially) stationary electron, and we wished to find the final momentum of the electron. Should we solve this using conservation of momentum, ...
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After a glancing collision, why do air hockey pucks spins around in circle?

For a lab testing the conservation of momentum, I had to hit an air hockey puck so that it would hit another stationary puck in a glancing collision. After the pucks collided, they travel their ...
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Where would be the source of thrust for a rocket thruster in space?

I am making a game that involves spaceships and I was building an engine block. That engine block spawns a "thruster fire" under it that represents the...thruster fire. My question revolves around ...
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Is there a quark conservation law?

The section on particle interactions in my revision guide says that only the weak interaction can change quark types, e.g. when a neutron changes to a proton the down quarks in the neutron are changed ...
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How to tell if a particle interaction is strong/weak?

Problem: Prove that the reaction $p+p\rightarrow p+K^+$ is impossible, where $p=\text{proton}$, $K^+=\text{kaon}$. (Side question: Is there a specific name for a positive Kaon, just like a "positive ...
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speed of light and conservation of linear momentum

Acoording to the results of Michelson–Morley experiment, the speed of light is constant regardless of the velocity of the source. Now, I want someone to correct me if I am mistaking about the ...
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Does (mass $\rightarrow$ pure energy) conversion need both matter $and$ antimatter?

A question in my revision guide: "Explain why the mass of a tree cannot be converted directly into energy." The answer explains that the tree contains particles but not their corresponding anti-...
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Do inelastic or elastic collisions have any effect on a large bodies movement (like the Earth)

Recently read a question regarding the temperature of the CMB & one of the comments got me thinking... From what I understand, collisions between subatomic particles and objects out in ...
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What do the recent vacuum tests mean for the believability of NASA's EM Drive? [closed]

NASA has been testing an EM drive for a while. Although the initial results appeared positive, the scientific community was skeptical because these results would violate conservation of momentum. Much ...
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Inelastic Collision and Energy

How is is possible for momentum to be conserved and for KE to not be conserved? Momentum is related to velocity and velocity is related to KE, therefore if KE was lost, how can the system have the ...
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Quantum violation of Newton's Third Law? [closed]

From this site: http://www.learning-mind.com/5-thought-provoking-quantum-experiments-showing-that-reality-is-an-illusion/ I gained the knowledge that a group of scientists, upon measuring a tiny ...
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In the time of the dinosaurs the Earth rotated once in 17 hours rather than about 24 hours, where did the rotational energy and angular momentum go?

where did the rotational energy and angular momentum go? Some claim that the angular momentum went to the Moon. Astronauts put a corner reflecting mirror on the moon and reflected a Laser and timed ...
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can kinetic energy be independent of mass.?

Why is it said that the kinetic energy acquired by a body of after traveling a fixed distance from rest under the action of constant force is independent of mass? Nd yeah the mass of the body is ...
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Why do electrons, according to my textbook, exist forever?

Does that mean that electrons are infinitely stable? The neutrinos of the three leptons are also listed as having a mean lifespan of infinity.
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Newton's Third law of motion: A hammer hits a wall vs. hits a tire

When we hit the wall by a hammer, Newton’s third law says that hammer applies force on the wall (action) and wall applies force on hammer (reaction) equal in magnitude but opposite in direction ok ...
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Where does the angular momentum of the solar system come from? [duplicate]

We inhabit a system with significant angular momentum: http://www.zipcon.net/~swhite/docs/astronomy/Angular_Momentum.html If our solar system formed by gravity gathering its material together to ...
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Newton's law for rigid bodies

Is newton's third law valid for rigid bodies? Say, if we have a bullet hit on a rod which is vertically placed on a rough floor. Friction is just sufficient sp that the rod rotates and does not slide....
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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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Charge conservation in the complex Klein-Gordon Field

This is an extremely naive question (based on a knowledge of chapter 2 of peskin and schroeder) so apologies for any things that seem obvious. The complex scalar field, when quantized, has a conserved ...
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How many hours will be in a day if the radius of Earth increases by 70 m? [closed]

I am little confused about the linear momentum and angular momentum, will the linear momentum of earth change due to changing of its radius or it will stay as it was and i know that the moment of ...
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Constants of motion in quantum mechanics

What is the meaning of a constant of motion in quantum mechanics (an observable-operator that commutes with the Hamiltonian) in contrary with classical mechanics?
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Why do particles of equal mass (with one at rest) undergoing elastic collisions scatter at only right angles?

This is from the Section 9.6, page 351 of "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" by Thornton and Marion. By setting a up a system where mass 1 has initial momentum $m_1 u_1$ and mass 2 is at ...
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First-order EM Feynman diagram?

Is there any 1st order electromagnetic Feynman diagram? I.e. a process whose probability is just $\propto \alpha_{EM}$? If not, is there any physical reason why? We always need at least two particles ...
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using tetrads to glue local currents into global currents

According to John Baez it is possible to take a locally conserved tensor $\nabla_\mu\: T^{\mu\nu}(x)=0\ \ \ \ \ \mbox{(locally)}$ and convert it to a globally conserved tensor by "patching" ...
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How did Feynman prove that energy cannot be extracted from electric field?

In the Feynman Lectures, vol. II, chapter 4, Feynman discusses electric potential and says: If we carry a charge from point $a \to b$, $$W = -\int_{a}^{b} \mathbf{F} \cdot ds.$$ Now, in general, ...
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What justifies conservation laws in non-uniform spatial/temporal fields, if Noether's theorem doesn't?

Noether's theorem is based on the assumption that the Lagrangian is independent of position/time/angle/etc. Does this mean it doesn't prove, for example, conservation of momentum in a gravitational ...
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Difference between speed of light and of bullet after passing through a barrier [duplicate]

I just read that, when a ray of light traveling in vacuum at $c$ strikes a glass slab, its speed decreases and then when it re-emerges it gets back to its original speed i.e $c$. If I draw a ...
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Using Conservation of momentum and Energy to solve a problem [closed]

A 9kg bullet is fired horizontally into a 10 kg block of wood suspended by a rope from the ceiling. The block swings in an arc, rising 6mm above its lowest position. Find the velocity of the bullet. ...
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Is (rest) mass conserved in special relativity?

I don't understand why it is said that the (rest) mass of a system is not conserved in relativity. I mean, the momentum of a system is conserved (i.e.: it remains constant in a frame of reference ...
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Sun and planets orbit each other

Do not the planets and the Sun revolve in orbits around each other and the shape of the orbit depends on where the center of gravity of the system is? The greater the mass of the Sun, the closer the ...
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Why is $p_\phi$ conserved in a Schwarzschild orbit?

This arises from the question What is the relationship between $a$ and $m$, which I'm afraid I answered just by looking it up in Schutz's book. However Schutz (as he frequently does) glosses over ...
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Pair-annihilation why does it occour? [duplicate]

Why does pair annihilation occur with particles and only their matching anti-particle? E.g., electrons and positrons, but not protons and positrons? What is the difference?
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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 $$\mathscr L_g=\frac 1{16\pi k}\sqrt{-g}R.$$ ...