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In counting degrees of freedom of a linear molecule, why is rotation about the axis not counted?

I was reading about the equipartition theorem and I got the following quotations from my books: A diatomic molecule like oxygen can rotate about two different axes. But rotation about the axis ...
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What is the degrees of freedom of metric tensor?

As $g_{\mu\nu}$ can be taken to be symmetric, it contains 10 functions of spacetime in 4 dimensions. But, why we call these 10 functions as the degrees of freedom of the metric while they are the ...
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Virial theorem and the energy in a gas

I clearly am interpreting the Virial Theorem incorrectly, but I don't know how. In dipole gases, the molecules can exhibit five kinetic modes, while they can only experience 2 potential modes. Doesn't ...
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What are the six degrees of freedom of the atoms in a solid?

A monoatomic ideal gas has heat capacity $C_v=1.5$ which comes from the three translational degrees of freedom. For solids at high temperature, $C_v=3$, implying six degrees of freedom. What are ...
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Do photons have six degrees of freedom?

Calculations involving pressure and volume relationships of photon gas during the cosmologic expansion of the universe posit an adiabatic cooling process with a heat capacity ration of 4/3. This ratio ...
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Definition of generalised coordinates?

I think the definition of generalised coordinates is something along the following lines: A set of parameters that discribe the configuration of a system with respect to some refrence ...
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Number of independent components of a unitary matrix [migrated]

By definition, a $n$ dimensional unitary matrix $U$ satisfies the condition $U^{\dagger}U=I$, and $UU^{\dagger}=I$. I'd like to ask if these two equations are independent. If so, there will be $n^2$ ...
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Finding the configuration space and degrees of freedom of spherical pendulum

Suppose we have a spherical pendulum tethered to the origin in $\mathbb{R}^3$ where the length of the rod is a time varying function $l(t)$. What is the configuration space of this system, and how ...
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Why do we say linear molecules only have 2 rotational degrees of freedom? Why does the third 'frozen' one not count?

It is possible to excite rotations around the axes perpendicular to the bond of a linear molecule. However, rotation around the axis along the bond of the molecule would require huge energies, due to ...
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Degrees of freedom of a two particle rigid system

We have two particles and the distance between them is fixed, let's suppose we know the coordinates of one particle (2,1) and other particle (x,2). So using distance formula (let's suppose the fixed ...
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Do rotational degrees of freedom contribute to temperature?

Recently I have come across a mathematical problem where I was said to calculate the temperature increase of certain mol of N2 gas confined in a room. However, I found that there was only ...
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Extra vibrational mode in linear molecule

When calculating the number of vibrational modes for a molecule, the formulas differ for linear $(n = 3N - 5)$ and non-linear $(n = 3N - 6)$ molecules, where $n$ is number of modes and $N$ is number ...
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7/2 versus 9/2 for diatomic heat capacity

Question I calculated the classical heat capacity of a diatomic gas as $C_V = (9/2)Nk_B$, however the accepted value is $C_V = (7/2)Nk_B$. I assumed the classical Hamiltonian of two identical atoms ...
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Is the energy per degree of freedom $\frac{1}{2}kT$ in relativistic systems?

The equipartition theorem says that the mean energy per degree of freedom is $\frac{1}{2} kT$. Is this result relativistically correct?
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Gibbs phase rule and degrees of freedom at the triple point / triple line

The Gibbs phase rule tells me that at a substance's triple point, where there are 3 phases in equilibrium, there should be 0 degrees of freedom. Based on my understanding, that means there should be 0 ...
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Should the (On-shell) (2+1)d $N=2$ Chiral Multiplet Contain Two Scalars and Two Majorana Spinors?

In supermultiplets, the bosonic degrees of freedom and the fermionic degrees of freedom need to match in number. The number of degrees of freedom of a field corresponds to the number of independent ...
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What's the degree of freedom of this kind of matrix?

We first have a unitary matrix $$\{a_{ij}\}\quad(n\times n)$$ I know how to calculate its degree of freedom, which is $n^2$ if we consider a real variable as one degree of freedom. Now we have a ...
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Degrees of freedom of a point mass sliding on a rigid curved wire without friction

I am very new to the subject and am going through Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics. One exercise asks to find the degrees of freedom of a number of systems, one of which is a ...
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Why does the Dirac equation reduce the fermionic degree of freedom by half

We know that in 4D a Dirac spinor has 4 complex components or 8 real components meaning 8 real off shell degrees of freedom (please correct me if I say something wrong here). When we go on-shell i.e ...
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Holonomic constraints and degrees of freedom?

Can we see that a constraint can decrease the degrees of freedom of a system if and only if it is holonomic. Either way please can you explain why?
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Why energy at room temperature $= kT$ and not $(3/2)kT$ [duplicate]

I always see that a room temperature of $T=300\,\text{K}$ corresponds to an energy of $k_BT \approx \frac{1}{40}\,\text{eV}$. But shouldn't it be $\frac{3}{2}k_BT$ since the molecules in the air have ...
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$E=kT$ or $\frac32kT$?

Basically, which is the correct formula for thermal energy, and is this the same as kinetic energy? My notes are pretty conflicting on this topic, and I'm getting pretty confused.
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Proving the Virial theorem

Consider the expectation in the canonical ensemble defined by $$\left\langle x_i\frac{\partial \mathcal{H}}{\partial x_j} \right\rangle=\frac{1}{Z}\int d\Gamma x_i\frac{\partial ...
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Amount of unknown parameters in compressible Euler equations

I'm looking at this page for the compressible Euler equations. To me it seems, in the 1-dimensional case, there should be 3 unknowns: density, velocity, and pressure. This is because the energy $E$ ...
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Number $g(T)$ of relativistic degrees of freedom as a function of temperature $T$

Let us consider the total number of relativistic degrees of freedom $g(T)$ for particle species in our universe: $$g(T)=\left(\sum_Bg_B\right)+\frac{7}{8}\left(\sum_Fg_F\right)$$ Where the sums are ...
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Degrees of freedom in double Atwood machine?

Why the degree of freedom in double Atwood machine (one block on one side and a pulley with one block in its each side on other side) is 2 and not 1? According to the formula $s=3*n-m$; where ...
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Ideal Bullet Block

What if in the experiment by Veritasium Bullet Block Explained, we used an ideal block and bullet, so that the collision is perfect elastic, and the bullet doesn't stick to the block after hitting it? ...
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Locally accessible dimensions of configuration space

I am reading a book called "Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics" by MIT Press.While discussing configuration space and degrees of freedom,the authors remark the following: Strictly ...
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Counting d.o.f. and gauge fixing $A_{\mu}$ and $\psi$ in $D$-dimensions

Setup: Let us assume we are in $D$-dimensional Minkowski space-time where $D=d+1$. Consider a free Abelian gauge theory. Then the electromagnetic field will satisfy $$\partial_{\mu}F^{\mu \nu}=0 ...
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Polarization in blackbody radiation

While doing some calculation in Statistical Mechanics of blackbody radiation from Huang's Statistical mechanics, I came across with the factor 2 which it says comes from two possible polarizations. ...
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Quantum vs classical degrees of freedom

It is sometimes stated that any classical underpinnings (rightly non-local) of a general quantum system are unrealistic or unphysical because these require exponentially more information to store what ...
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Degrees of freedom in Quantum Mechanics

If we look at a particle in classical mechanics, the degrees of freedom increase as its size decreases like the degrees of freedom of an atom is more than that of molecule, and subsequently, the ...
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Are there diffrent understandings of dimensions?

If people are talking about 4 or higher dimensions they are always pictured as space dimensions. But if you have have a look at the simplest definition of a mathematical dimension it only needs to be ...
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Degrees of Freedom for an Asymmetric top

How many degrees of freedom does an asymmetric top have if it is rotating about a fixed point?What are the generalised coordinates used then?
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Gauge fixing of an arbitrary field

How to count the number of degrees of freedom of an arbitrary field (vector or tensor)? In other words, what is the mathematical procedure of gauge fixing?
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Explicit Symmetry Breaking: Where do the additional d.o.f. come from?

Massless vector bosons have only two independent degrees of freedom, while massive ones have three. In spontaneous symmetry breaking, the massless vector belonging to the broken group becomes massive ...
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What does degrees of freedom mean in the context of vibrations?

If you have an $N$ degrees of freedom system what does this mean? What is the difference between a 1 and a 2 degrees of freedom system?
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Conservation of Mathematical Constraints when deriving Energy and Momentum from $F=ma$

Background: Starting from $F = ma$, integrating with respect to time, and using basic calc, one can derive $\int Fdt = m (v_f - v_i)$ Starting from $F = ma$, integrating with respect to distance, ...
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Degree of freedom paradox for a rigid body

Suppose we consider a rigid body, which has $N$ particles. Then the number of degrees of freedom is $3N - (\mbox{# of constraints})$. As the distance between any two points in a rigid body is fixed, ...
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Is the ground state of a QFT always a pure state? And excited states are mixed?

I am studying entanglement entropy. It's fullfilled for any local quantum system that the entanglement entropy of a region $A$ in a highly mixed state is extensvie, $$ S_A \sim ...
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Integrals of Motion for s Degrees of Freedom

From Landau & Lifshitz, Classical Mechanics, the number of integrals of independent integrals of motion for a system of $s$ degrees of freedom is $2s-1$. I am considering a spherical pendulum in ...
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Graviton polarization in higher dimensions

It's not difficult to see that the graviton in $D$ spacetime dimensions has $(D-3)D/2$ polarizations. In $D=4$ there are two $\epsilon^{\pm}_{\mu\nu}$. What I find curious is that in $D=4$ I can ...
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WHY does the “order” of a differential equation = number of “energy storage” elements in a system?

OK. in all engineering courses there comes a point when they introduce you to systems theory and modeling of systems (for eg. via the impulse response) and then the Laplace transform. The modern ...
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Independent components in a 4-vector representing massless fields

In Ryder Page141, it is written "the electromagnetic field, like any massless field, possesses only two independent components, but is covariantly described by a 4-vector $A_{\mu}$". Why are there ...
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General relativity: gauge fixing

In his lectures professor Hamber said that the metric tensor is not unique, just like the 4 vector potential is not unique for a unique field in electrodynamics. Since the metric tensor is symmetric, ...
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Questions about the degree of freedom in General Relatity

I'm confused about the number of degrees of freedom in General Relatity. There are two ways to count it. However, they are contradictory. For simplicity, we consider vacuum solution. First, ...
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Yang Mills theory and SU(N) groups [duplicate]

Trying to get a better understanding of the relation between a SU(N) Yang Mill theory and its number of "color" space. Most of the description I've found so far are either way to complex/specific. ...
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How many physical degrees of freedom does the $\mathrm{SU(N)}$ Yang-Mills theory have?

The $\mathrm{U(1)}$ QED case has two physical degrees of freedom, which is easy to understand because the free electromagnetic field must be transverse to the direction of propagation. But what are ...
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First-order and second-order wave equations, versus the uncertainty principle

In classical physics, we have second-order equations like Newton's laws, so we need to specify both position (zeroth order) and velocity (first order) of a particle as initial conditions, in order to ...