A set of numbers used to quantify location in space.

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Why doesn't $\vec{E} =\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\frac{\rho \hat{r}\;dxdydz}{r^2}$ blow up at $r=0$, when $\rho$ is finite?

Electric field at $(x,y,z)$ produced by a continuous distribution of charges is given by:$$\mathbf{E}(x,y,z) =\dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \int\dfrac{\rho(x',y',z') \mathbf{\hat{r}} \;\mathrm{d}x'\mathrm{...
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Covariant and contravariant 4-vector in special relativity

I've just learned about contra- and covariant vector in the context of special relativity (in electrodynamic) and I'm struggling with some concept. From what I found, an intuitive definition of ...
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Killing field in Minkowski space-time

If we look at the killing equation for a vector field $X$ in $\mathbb{R}^{(p,q)}$ (or on an open subset thereof) in coordinates with constant diagonal pseudo-metric we get: $$X_{\mu,\nu}+X_{\nu,\mu}=...
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Shear stress in cylindrical coordinates?

In cylindrical coordinates the momentum flux is given by (in the $r$ direction): $$ \Pi=-\eta \frac{\partial (r\omega)}{\partial r}$$ Where $\eta$ is the viscosity. Therefore one would expect that the ...
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Why doesn't a global frame of reference exist for GR?

I only have at best a layperson's familiarity with GR, so forgive me if I am asking a basic question, but I have heard that in GR, we cannot have a global frame of reference, that is a frame of ...
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Conversion of satellite coordinates from ITRF to J2000

I have coordinates of various satellites in two coordinate systems: Cartesian coordinates in the international terrestrial reference frame (ITRF) RA / DEC in J2000 epoch, as derived from plate ...
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Clarification in deriving the radial momentum operator $p_r$

In deriving an expression for $p_r$, a particle's radial momentum, I am unsure what is happening at a certain step. The derivation given in The Physics of Quantum Mechanics by Binney and Skinner is as ...
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How to determine satellite position in J2000 from latitude, longitude and distance from Earth?

Due to my task of writing orbit prediction routines I am trying to understand the reference frames better and how to use them ( particularly for Earth orbits ). I think I get the idea of what ECI (...
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Change of coordinates [duplicate]

this year I finished off my course of Physics I (the first general physics) at my university and we had a lot of exercises to do where in order to complete them I had to change the system coordinates, ...
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Calculus of Variations - Virtual displacements

I am currently reading "The Variational Principles of Mechanics - Cornelius Lanczos", in which the author talks about the variation of a function $F(q_1, q_2, \dots q_n)$ where $q_1, q_2, \dots q_n$ ...
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Exact meaning of radial coordinate of the Schwarzschild metric

In this answer as well as on Wikipedia the radial coordinate of the Schwarzschild metric is described as follows: ...the r co-ordinate is the value you get by dividing the circumference of the ...
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How the Poisson bracket transform when we change coordinates?

I'm studying the book Geometric Mechanics by Darryl D. Holm and there's one exercise in the book I'm not quite getting what has to be done. The same discussion the author makes in the book is made on ...
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Operational Definition of Reference Frame in General Relativity

Most treatments of GR begin with the assumption that spacetime is a pseudo-Riemannian manifold (or, sometimes, that it is a more general manifold). But this entails quite a few tacit assumptions about ...
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Components of acceleration in spherical polar co-ordinate [closed]

I wanted to calculate two component of acceleration in polar co-ordinate. Starting from the lagrangian $$L= \frac{1}{2}m( \dot{r} ^{2}+ r^{2} \dot{ \theta } ^{2} ) -V(r, \theta )$$ I ...
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Velocity and acceleration (as vectors) in a straight line

A student is trying to determine the acceleration of a feather as she drops it to the ground. If the student is looking to achieve a positive velocity and positive acceleration, what is the most ...
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Is Gauss electric flux law valid in all coordinate systems?

The derivation of Gauss electric flux is as follows : $$\iint{\vec{E}}\cdot{\vec{dS}}=\iint E \, dS \cos\theta \, .$$ The projection of infinitesimal area on the surface $\vec{dS}$ on the radial ...
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What is considered now over astronomical distances?

For the sake of discussion, let's say that Mars is exactly 5 light-minutes away and that Earth and Mars are moving with the exact same velocity so that special relativistic effects are irrelevant. Let'...
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Describing the shape of a singularity

Hawking and Ellis write about the difficulty of describing the shape of a singularity when presented with a manifold that has curves of finite length that don't reach a point in the manifold. [...
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How many degrees of freedom to diagonalize the metric?

In A. Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell, he starts with the following expansion of the metric at some point $P$ of a Riemannian manifold, with coordinates $x^\mu$ that have the origin at $P$: $$ ...
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The equation of continuity in isothermal system in spherical axis(transport phenomena)

My homework is about finding the equation of continuity in isothermal systems in spherical axis, I can't imagine a workaround for that since its a little complicated for me to understand velocities ...
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Confusion between primed and unprimed coordinates

While deriving Ampere's law in Magnetostatics we come across a term $\nabla\times J(r') = 0$ and the reasoning we give is because current density is only a function of primed coordinates hence it's ...
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Trajectory of a projectile in a three dimensional space [closed]

$g$: the gravitational acceleration—usually taken to be $9.81\:\mathrm{m/s^2}$ near the Earth's surface $θ$: the angle at which the projectile is launched $v$: the speed at which the projectile is ...
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$\frac{d}{dr}=0$ and $\frac{d}{dz}=0$ (cylindrical coordinates) for a 1D ring

In http://ritchie.chem.ox.ac.uk/Grant%20Teaching/2010/Lecture%204%202010.pdf slide 21 of 26, he says "Radius of ring is fixed and so derivatives in $r$ are 0." Presumably this goes for $\frac{d}{...
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Coordinate velocity and free-falling past an event horizon

Ws can re-arrange the standard Schwarzschild metric as $$\left(\frac{d\tau}{dt}\right)^2=\frac{r-1}{r}\left[1-\left(\frac{r}{r-1}\frac{dr}{dt}\right)^2\right]$$ Where $\frac{r-1}{r}$ is the local ...
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In central-force mechanics, how do we substitute $ξ=\frac{1}{r}$?

I have taken a look at central-force mechanics in the past, but I still cannot understand how $ξ=\frac{1}{r}$ is substituted to find $\frac{d^2r}{dt^2}$ in terms of ξ. So I know from $F=ma$ that: $$(...
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Prove that the spacetime interval is not invariant under Galilean transformations [closed]

The spacetime interval $(\Delta s)^2 = (\Delta x)^2 + (\Delta y)^2 + (\Delta z)^2 - c^2(\Delta t)^2$ is invariant under the Lorentz transformation and this isn't the case for the Galilean ...
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Hamiltonian for Electron in Magnetic Field with Symmetric Gauge in Polar Coordinates

I am new on the board and have a question about how to write the Hamiltonian for an electron in a magnetic field rotating at a fixed radius. I would like to write the hamiltonian using the symmetric ...
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Light-cone coordinates

The light-cone coordinates are defined as $$x^{\pm} ~=~\frac{x^0 \pm x^3}{\sqrt{2}}.$$ Then in the light cone coordinates the position 4-vector becomes: $(x^+, x^-, x^1, x^2)$ . Zwiebach, in his A ...
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Schwarzschild metric: Change in coordinates corresponds to change in object?

I have been reading about the Schwarzschild metric in the book "General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists" by Hobson, Efstathiou and Lasenby and it appears to say something counter intuitive. ...
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Evaluating derivatives with respect to certain vector axis

So, I am trying to work in Spherical coordinates. I have a predefined fixed axis, $\hat{v}_0$, so that $\alpha=\vec{r}.\hat{v}_0$ Now, I am interested in the following: \begin{equation} f(r,\alpha)=\...
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How to prove a symmetric tensor is indeed a tensor?

Our professor defined a rank $(k,l)$ tensor as something that transforms like a tensor as follows: $$T^{\mu_1' \mu_2'...\mu_k'}{}_{\nu_1'\nu_2'...\nu_l'} ~=~ \Lambda^{\mu_1'}{}_{\mu_1}...\Lambda^{\...
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Accelerometer Pitch and Roll Calculation

I am developing an application for a device that needs to know its tilt/orientation, specifically, pitch and roll. Roll is positive if the right side of the device is elevated, and pitch is positive ...
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Ergosphere in different coordinates

I am currently working with the concept of an ergosphere and I was wondering if it has any meaning to consider the ergosphere after changing coordinates. I mean if someone looks only on the sign of g_{...
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Tension in the simple pendulum (polar coordinates)

Let's consider the simple pendulum as is displayed here or over there (page 10). The analysis of the second Newton's law in polar coordinates goes as follows: $$ \vec{F} = m\frac{d^2\vec{r}}{dt^2}, \\...
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Confusing concepts in proof of spherical addition theorem

In http://scipp.ucsc.edu/~haber/ph116C/SphericalHarmonics_12.pdf, section 4, pages 6..9 is a proof of the spherical harmonics addition theorem. Page 8 has eq.(25), an application of Laplace series: ...
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Why does the Lorentz transformation have to be a linear transformation? [duplicate]

In my textbook, they say the following statements before doing a proof for the Lorentz transformation: We know that the Galilean transformation $x' = x - vt$ is incorrect, but what is the ...
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Why does a system have to be holonomic?

So I'm doing some work from Taylor's mechanics book. He says for the problems in the book, we require the system to be holonomic - that is the number of generalized coordinates = number of Deg. of ...
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What is the physical meaning of the Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates?

What is the physical meaning of the Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates? I want to see a some physical process (experimental) that could explain the many transformations of coordinates into this ...
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Eulerian angle understanding

I have alot of confusion with Eulerian angle so first of all I would like to address something I don't understand from the book and maybe that would shed some light on the intuition of eulerian angles....
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What coordinate systems allows the magnitude of the basis vectors to change with position?

I'm familiar with coordinate systems where the direction of the basis vectors changes with position, but I haven't come across any where the relative magnitude of the basis vectors themselves are ...
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Is Lorentz Transformation about the difference of coordinates or coordinates of itself?

I have seen different authorities talking about different interpretation of Lorentz transformation. In his book 'Introduction to Classical Mechanics', David Morin states We always talk about eh ...
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Non-inertial frames in Lagrangian mechanics?

Building on this Phys.SE post I am interested in how non-inertial frames can be considered in Lagrangian mechanics. My understanding is that changing the reference frame causes a transformation of the ...
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Co-ordinate rotations

I need help transforming a magnetic field vector from one co-ordinate system to another. I have the components of the Earth's magnetic field in a co-ordinate system with z facing radially into the ...
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Free-fall path into a black hole in Kruskal Coordinates

If an object at t=0 begins to free-fall into a black hole from X in Kruskal coordinates (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruskal%E2%80%93Szekeres_coordinates), what does its path on the Kruskal-Szekeres ...
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Why is displacement negative during free fall?

I am confused by this question. Displacement is shortest path travelled by an object, but I had seen in my book that during free fall displacement is negative.
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$\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}$ in cylindrical harmonics

The radial component of the solution of the wave equation in cylindrical coordinates is $$J_\nu \bigg(\rho\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}\,\,\bigg).$$ But I always thought that $\frac \omega c$ ...
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Non-inertial system [duplicate]

Supposing I am in a non-inertial system and I don't know what forces are acting. How can I test EXPERIMENTALLY and in practice to be in a non inertial system? If I am in a system and I don't know how ...
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Coordinate Transformation of Scalar Fields in QFT

By definition scalar fields are independent of coordinate system, thus I would expect a scalar field $\psi [x]$ would not change under the transformation $x^\mu \to x^\mu + \epsilon^\mu $. Correct? ...
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Coordinate Transformation across different media

I have an arrangement that is as follows : (1) inner cylinder(radius r1) filled with water (2) outer cylinder(concentric, radius r2>r1) made of glass I have a sensor S1 at radius r(r1) at angle beta. ...