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degree of freedom of a rigid body 5 or 6?

I'm confused here. I have a three particle (rigid) system. What would be the degree of freedom? I found out five. 3 coordinates for center of mass and 2 for describing orientation. But we have only ...
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What does 'fully excited' actually mean?

In statistical mechanics you often hear the phrases such as 'when the degrees of freedom are fully excited then....'. An example would be the validity of the equipartition theorem. But what is the ...
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What happens to Goldstone bosons in the Higgs potential after symmetry breaking?

When the gauge symmetry of our Lagrangian breaks spontaneously through the Higgs mechanism, we usually find that $n$ Higgs degrees of freedom become massless through the vacuum expecation value (vev), ...
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How is no-conspiracy theory compatible with determinism? [closed]

Bell's theorem states that any physical theory that incorporates local realism and the no-conspiracy assumption cannot reproduce all the predictions of quantum mechanical theory. Hence, we cannot ...
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What causes the universe to manifest a given value upon measurement in super-deterministic theory? [closed]

Bell's inequalities show that we have to give up freedom or local realism. If we give up freedom, we have super-determinism, if we give up local realism, we have free-will. In super-deterministic ...
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For a diatomic molecule, what is the specific heat per mole at constant pressure/volume?

At high temperatures, the specific heat at constant volume $\text{C}_{v}$ has three degrees of freedom from rotation, two from translation, and two from vibration. That means ...
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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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Why are there only 3 Additive Integrals of Motion?

1. I was reading Landau & Lifschitz's book on Mechanics, and came across this sentence on p.19: "There are no other additive integrals of the motion. Thus every closed system has seven such ...
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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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Unphysical degrees of freedom in the Yang Mills Lagrangian [duplicate]

Im taking my first course in QFT and has stumbled upon something that I do not understand. Given the Yang Mills lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4}F^{a}_{\mu \nu}F^{a\mu \nu}$$ with $F^{\mu ...
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Degrees of freedom and temperature

I quote the following lines directly from the Wikipedia page titled "Heat capacity": "...rotational kinetic energy of gas molecules stores heat energy in a way that increases heat capacity, since ...
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Regarding $f$ degrees of freedom & $f\!-\!1$ constants & inclusion of these constants

In the classic & famous book "Electromagnetic fields & Interactions" by Richard Becker (Dover publishing), on page 55 (of volume 2) , author says: If the system possesses f degrees of ...
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Variation of the metric with respect to the metric

For a variation of the metric $g^{\mu\nu}$ with respect to $g^{\alpha\beta}$ you might expect the result (at least I did): \begin{equation} \frac{\delta g^{\mu\nu}}{\delta g^{\alpha\beta}}= ...
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Maxwell's equations - underdetermined - uniqueness

Maxwell's equations can be seen as two dynamical equations (the two curl equations), and two constraint equations (the two divergence equations). So we have 6 unknowns ($E_x,E_y,E_z,B_x,B_y,B_z$). ...
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The “potential energy” degree of freedom?

I'm reading Schroeder's "An Introduction to Thermal Physics" and he mentions the vibrational degrees of freedom of a diatomic molecule: A diatomic molecule can also vibrate, as if the two atoms ...
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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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Do Maxwell's Equations overdetermine the electric and magnetic fields?

Maxwell's equations specify two vector and two scalar (differential) equations. That implies 8 components in the equations. But between vector fields $\vec{E}=(E_x,E_y,E_z)$ and ...
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Two bodies connected to each other with with a string of lenth L is a rigid body? [duplicate]

Suppose we have two bodies A and B, they are connected to each other with an ideal string of length $L$. Then is this system a rigid body? This system has 5 degrees of freedom ( 6-1 constraint). But a ...
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About the holographic principle

I read at a book this quote "As the degrees of freedom of a particle are the product of all the degrees of freedom of its sub-particles, were a particle to have infinite subdivisions into ...
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How can I get the Resonant Frequencies (Bode plot)? (Response of 2-DOF System)

I want to study the response of the system. I want to find the resonant frequency of the sprung mass (m1) and the resonant frequency of the unsprung mass (m2). Because I am not sure if I have ...
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What Magnitude(db) and Phase(deg) represent on Bode Diagram?

What Magnitude(db) and Phase(deg) represent on Bode Diagram? I am working on 2 DOF System and I want to understand some basic things. Below (on the picture) you can see the system, the transfer ...
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Degrees of freedom of quantum scalar field

In Srednicki P33, we tried to generalize the time evolution equation in Heisenberg picture: $$ e^{+iHt/\hbar}\varphi(\mathbf x, 0)e^{-iHt/\hbar}=\varphi(\mathbf x, t) $$ into relativistic form: $$ ...
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Microscopy - Depth of Field Shrinks with Magnification

From empirical results I was able to gather that the DOF of a microscope I was working with had been reduced, when I swapped the tube lens to a one with greater magnification (but the same objective ...
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Why changes in the degrees of freedom implies changes in the internal energy?

In Thermodynamics we describe equilibrium states of macroscopic systems. For those equilibrium states we make a description giving one macroscopic coordinate for each measured degree of freedom (like ...
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Question about the concept of particle's degrees of freedom

For all I know, an one-dimensional free particle has 1 degree of freedom and 3 degrees of freedom in the 3-D world. And in thermal physics, one-dimensional simple harmonic oscillator has 2 degrees of ...
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Splitting different aspects of a system in Quantum Mechanics with tensor products

My understanding from Classical Mechanics is that the degrees of freedom of a system are the generalized coordinates which we use to describe the system. In that case the number of degrees of freedom ...
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Are path integrals integrals with countable or uncountable infinite dimensions?

Path integrals are integrals with infinite dimensions. But I recently became confused about if the number of dimensions are discrete/countable or continuous/uncountable. I always thought it should be ...
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Number of components of a One-Form Superfield

A Supersymmetric Yang Mills theory has 8 bosonic and 8 fermionic components. Since SUSY YM Theory is described via the Vector Superfield, $$V=C(x)+i\theta\chi(x)-i\bar{\theta}\bar{\chi}(x) \dots.$$ ...
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Rigorous definition of degrees of freedom

According to this Wikipedia article, the definition of degrees of freedom is: The degree of freedom (DOF) of a mechanical system is the number of independent parameters that define its ...
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Rigid body motion degrees of freedom

A rigid body moving in $\mathbb{R^2}$ has 3 degrees of freedom and in $\mathbb{R^3}$ has 6 degrees of freedom. Could you please help me show that a rigid body moving in $\mathbb{R^n}$ has ...
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General relativity degrees of freedom — simplified version?

I'm afraid my question may be too general, but I would like to ask how I could find out the degrees of freedom in a given tensor. I have had this question since I started studying GR. At first, I ...
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Counting degrees of freedom for gravitational waves as a gauge field

Sean Carroll has a new popularization about the Higgs, The Particle at the End of the Universe. Carroll is a relativist, and I enjoyed seeing how he presented the four forces of nature synoptically, ...
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On the c-theorem

I have been reading a few papers on CFT and AdS/CFT regarding the c-theorem and I have a few questions regarding c-theorems: a) Why is it that the c-theorem is usually considered for only unitary ...
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Indistinguishability versus Lack of energy for degrees of freedom of a symmetrical atom

Consider the degrees of freedom (thermodynamic) for an Argon atom. It has 3 translational degrees of freedom. Everyone seems to agree that at normal temperatures it has no rotational degrees of ...
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Counting number of degrees of freedom in constrained system

Following Counting degrees of freedom in presence of constraints, we know that there would be N-2M-S dofs if we have M 1st-class constraints and S 2nd-class constraints in N-dim phase space. I don't ...
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Kinetic theory of physics [closed]

$$E = (3/2) kT$$ For average kinetic energy of a molecule gas.The constant $k$ does not depend on the type of molecule. Can this result be true for both hydrogen and chlorine?
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State counting in the d = 1+2, $\cal{N} = 2$ vector multiplet

The question is from Box 8.2, page 282 of the book "Gauge Gravity Duality" by Ammon and Erdmenger. The link to the specific page from Google Books is here. According to the authors, a $\mathcal{N} = ...
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Degrees of freedom for custom made finger

I'm designing a 3D printable prosthetic hand. Each finger has 3 joints. The first 2 joints let the finger only move in the vertical (y) direction. The final joint is like a ball and socket joint ...
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Degrees of freedom of the graviton versus classical degrees of freedom

I have a puzzle I can not even understand. A graviton is generally understood in $D$ dimensions as a field with some independent components or degrees of freedom (DOF), from a traceless symmetric ...
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A different proof for 6 degrees of freedom

I want a different proof of 6 degrees of freedom of a solid object made of $N$ particles. I am thinking along these lines: The definition of rigid body is $$\left\lvert \vec{r_i}-\vec{r_j} ...
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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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Why do $\psi_a$ and $\bar{\psi}_{\dot{\alpha}}$ represent two different degrees of freedom?

I am taking a course in QFT and I've been introduced to the concept of left-handed (undotted) and right-handed spinors (dotted). I know that left-handed spinors are associated with the irreducible ...
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Why does a system whose equations of movement are $\lambda^2U^{\alpha} + \partial_{\mu}F^{\mu \alpha} = 0$ have three degrees of freedom?

I'm trying to understand the solution of a problem where I have to study a field ($U^\mu$) which Lagrangian is: $$\mathscr{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F_{\mu \nu} F^{\mu \nu} + \frac{1}{2} \lambda^2 U_{\mu} ...
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Prove that $n$ degrees of freedom leads to $n$ normal modes

I have probably missed that during my studies. I intuitively know (but then I might be wrong in some detail, that's why I am asking), that $n$ degrees of freedom in oscillating system leads to $n$ ...
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Find the Kinematic degrees of freedom of the following contraption

In the above mechanism it is required to find the generalized coordinates to write equation of motion of the MDOF system. I just want to ask how do we actually approach such a problem? How to ...
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At what temperature does the vibrational degree of freedom becomes significant for an ideal diatomic molecule?

For ideal diatomic molecules such as $\text{H}_2$, $\text{N}_2$ and $\text{O}_2$, at what temperature does the vibrational degree of freedom significantly contributes to the calculations such as that ...
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Vanishing of the Ricci tensor in higher spacetime dimensions

I understand how, if the Riemann tensor is 0 in all its components, since we construct the Ricci tensor by contracting the Riemann, Ricci tensor would be 0 in all components as well. I've read that ...
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Matching bosonic and fermionic degrees of freedom in Wess-Zumino Lagrangian

In Wess-Zumino model, supersymmetric Lagrangian in addition to the ordinary complex scalar field $\phi$ contains auxiliary field $F$ (also complex scalar) to match the degrees of freedom of the Weyl ...
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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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What are “local degrees of freedom in gravity”, and why do they lead to fixed energy densities?

I am reading Jan de Boer's review of the AdS/CFT correspondence and I quote from end of page 1, where he is talking about equivalence of $(d+1)$-dimensional gravity to $d$-dimensional field theory ...