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

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Why is momentum conserved (or rather what makes an object carry on moving infinitely)?

I know this is an incredibly simple question, but I am trying to find a very simple explanation to this other than the simple logic that energy is conserved when two items impact and bounce off each ...
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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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Conservation of momentum and energy in an explosion

One simple problem is physics is to determine the mechanical energy difference after an explosion. To do this, you must assume that momentum is conserved because in a explosion you have internal ...
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Conservation Laws and Symmtery

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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An elaborate pulley consists of four identical balls at the ends [closed]

I'm doing the problem $7$ from this book, but I can't understand the resolution, so I'm doing my own: Since the block will fall with speed $v$ for a distance $d$, the difference in potential energy ...
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How many hours will be in a day if the radius of Earth increases by 70 m?

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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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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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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Problem conserving 4-momentum at CoM frame in an inelastic collision [closed]

I am confused about the case where mass is not conserved in a collision (not due to relativistic factors). The center of momentum (CoM) frame is not the same before and after the collision. Let's ...
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Is my proof of the thought experiment that Walter Lewin proposed in lecture 16 valid?

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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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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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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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 ...
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Why is the tilt of Earth in sync with an orbit around the Sun?

Is there any physical reason the changing tilt of Earth (which gives rise to our seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) is in sync with an orbit of the Sun (i.e. one year)? It can't just be ...
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Advent of our solar system

When the solar system was born why did Sun not consume all the planets by its immense gravity, as the planets were all gases, so it would have been very easy?
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Rocket velocity during fuel burn [closed]

I know the formula for the velocity of a rocket after the on board fuel has been used up: $$ \Delta v = v_{ex} \ln\left( \frac{m_i}{m_e} \right) - gt $$ where: $v_{ex}$ is the exhaust velocity ...
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How did one get the defining equation of probability current and conservation of probability current and density?

I'm reading the Wikipedia page for the Dirac equation: $$\rho=\phi^*\phi$$ and this density is convected according to the probability current vector $$J = ...
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Can high energy electrons slow down by emitting photons?

When a charged particle is moving with large kinetic energy in the Earth's reference frame, can it emit a photon effectively slowing it down in this frame?
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Do all the conservation laws of Physics take no time to propagate?

For instance, conservation of momentum, does it take time to propagate between two or more objects? If it does, then there would be some moment that the momentum is not conserved. If it doesn't take ...
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Does conservation of momentum mean a gyroscopic inertial thruster cannot work?

There is a device called the gyroscopic inertial thruster. Here is a Wikipedia article on it. I believe that this device cannot possibly work and that conservation of momentum proves that it cannot ...
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How is the kinetic energy of an object in collision converted to work done in deforming itself?

Usually, in a perfectly inelastic collision, maximum amount of KE is lost. I guess it depends on the rigidity of that object collision if any KE at all will be converted to work done to deform. ...
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How does a rocket's exhaust gas' momentum propel a rocket?

During the launch of a rocket into space, the exhaust gases from the engine possess momentum. Outline, with the help of an equation, how this causes the rocket to be propelled upwards. Can ...
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Conservation of momentum but not kinetic energy in inelastic collisions

In inelastic collisions, the kinetic energy of the system is not conserved but the momentum is. Kinetic energy is: $0.5 \times \text{mass} \times \text{velocity}^2$. Momentum is: ...
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Is energy conserved in general relativity? Does $\nabla_aT^{ab}_{\rm matter}=0$ represent the conservation of energy and momentum?

For example, the radiation dominated cosmology, the energy density of radiation is proportional to $a^{-4}$ and the volume is proportional to $a^3$, where $a$ is the scale factor. So the total energy ...
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How is the final velocity in 2 body collision distributed between the 2 bodies?

Suppose 2 sphere of mass 1Kg move with velocity 5m/s and 10m/s in same direction. Let us call the ball moving with 5m/s blue and other one red with blue ahead of red from origin. Initial KE of Blue = ...
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Intro Mechanics: Finding ball speeds after collision

So I'm reading about conservation of energy, momentum, balls colliding etc. and unsurprisingly there are hundreds of questions in my textbook where essentially they give me some of the variables (m1, ...
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How is angular momentum conserved?

A uniform vertical turntable (mass M and radius R center O) is at rest on the xy plane and is mounted on a frictionless axle, which lies along the vertical z axis. I throw a lump of putty mass m with ...
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How to explain independence of momentum and energy conservation in elementary terms?

I'm trying to explain to someone learning elementary physics (16 year old) that linear momentum and energy are conserved independently. I'm not a professional physicist and haven't tried to explain ...
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What makes us twist in a somersault?

In a backwards straight somersault you can decide whether you twist early or late. Twisting early means, that you induce the twisting movement before you rotatation hits 180° and twisting late means, ...
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Charge of $W$-bosons in Feynman diagrams

When looking at Feynman diagrams of particle decays, how would I be able to find out the charges of the $W$-bosons involved in the decay?
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Determine path of point mass using the Hamilton's principle

I am very new in this field but I try to solve a problem by using the Hamilton's principle and afterwards I want to compare the solution by solving the same problem using conservation laws. What I ...
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In general, why do smaller guns have more felt recoil?

Why is recoil easier to control on a more massive gun compared to a smaller gun with the same bullet. Presumably the bullet leaves both guns with the same momentum, but the larger gun seems easier to ...
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Confused about elasticity and collisions

I was solving the following problem and the explanation to it confused me. There are two objects with mass $m$ and $M$, respectively. The object with mass $m$ has a velocity of $\sqrt{2gl}$ and ...
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Is it possible to walk in a friction-less world?

Is it possible to walk in a frictionless world. I think you won't be able to walk because walking depends on friction acting on your feet. I think about it like an ice rink because when you try to ...
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No diffusion term in conservation of mass in Navier-Stokes equations?

I have followed derivations of the Navier-Stokes equations and I can see how the various terms arise in the "main equation", the momentum conservation equation. However I don't understand why the ...
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How does fluid velocity affect the dissolution of some solute in the fluid?

Suppose we have a perfect sphere of some solute such as sugar and we place it in a fluid such as water, at a certain temperature, that is not moving. It will dissolve and diffuse into the water due to ...
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Can the anti-torque of a motor be used to spin a space vehicle about it's axis?

Imagine an electric motor together with its power supply in space. What exactly will happen to it if it is suddenly powered? Will it spin about its axis, or it will experience no motion relative to an ...
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What does the second solution in an elastic collision represent?

A ball of mass 2 collides with a stationary ball of mass 1 elastically! In finding the velocities i end up with two solutions and am not sure how to understand the second solution Simplified ...
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Rocket equation derivation, question about signs

My question is about signs in the derivation of the rocket equation. Considering a rocket of mass $m$, its momentum at time $t$ is $p(t)=mv$. At time $t+dt$ it ejects a quantity $dm$ so its momentum ...
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first law of thermodynamics and conservation of energy

The first law of thermodynamics is referred to as a reformulation of the law of conservation of energy. I am not sure to fully understand this relationship. My way of picturing it is the following. ...
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Why does a certain covariant derivative of the stress-energy tensor vanish due to diffeomorphism invariance?

In Polchinski's string theory volume 1, at chap 1.2, after equation 1.2.22, he says $$\nabla_{a}T^{ab}=0$$ as a consequence of diffeomorphism invariance. But I cannot derive it. My derivation is ...
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Changing linear to angular velocity

Suppose a 1m rod with a hook is travelling at $v$ m/s, and the hook is caught on a hanging line. The rod will change its translational motion into rotation around the hook. Since it is not an ...
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Shooting a bullet in space [closed]

Imagine I was in space holding a gun and I shot a bullet from it. Do I go back? Or does the bullet move forward? Or both of us go in the same speed at different directions? Or what? Please Explain. ...
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Why is $\nabla \cdot \vec{J} = 0$ where $J$ is the current density?

This is quoted from Purcell's Electricity & Magnetism: ...if charge forever pours out of, or into, a fixed volume, the charge density inside must grow infinite, unless some compensating charge ...
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How to use the first law of thermodynamics for simple mechanical systems?

I'm confused about what exactly is $Q$ and $U$ and their signs. Consider a block initially having some kinetic energy which we stop and we want to find by how much amount its temperature increases. ...