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Why is it natural to look for solutions involving dimensionless quantities?

While studying the Heat Equation, I got stuck in a statement in my book. It says: We have seen that the combination of variables $\displaystyle \frac{x}{\sqrt{Dt}}$ is not only invariant with ...
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Help with Modeling a Liquid Vortex. (Related to General Fusion)

I want to model liquid lead swirling in a sphere. This is connected to General Fusion’s fusion machine. A 55 million dollar, Jeff Bezos funded, 60 person company trying to change the world with ...
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Proper and rigourous derivation of Gaussian beam?

Gaussian beams are known solutions to the Paraxial Wave Equation: $$ \frac{\partial^2 \Psi(x,y,t)}{\partial^2 x} + \frac{\partial^2 \Psi(x,y,t)}{\partial^2 y} = 2ik\frac{\partial ...
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Naive questions on the classical equations of motion from the Chern-Simons Lagrangian

Consider a Chern-Simons Lagrangian $\mathscr{L}=\mathbf{e}^2-b^2+g\epsilon^{\mu \nu \lambda} a_\mu\partial _\nu a_\lambda$ in 2+1 dimensions, where the 'electromagnetic' fields are $e_i=\partial ...
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Is the mathematical form of the acoustic diffusion equation present in other fields of physics?

We are working in the field of High Performance Computing and we have developed a very efficient parallel implementation for solving the Acoustic Diffusion Equation as described below: $$ ...
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Differential Equations for Block Diagram of Satellite Attitude Control System

I am trying to understand the procedure to setup differential equations from a block diagram. The enclosed example is about the attitude control of a satellite. The ultimate goal is to find a ...
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$R = dV/dI$ for varying temperature

I'm trying to do my prelab for an E&M course, and am asked if, for plotting $V$ vs $I$ with a varying temperature, I should expect a linear slope. I know that both $V$ and $I$ depend on $R$, and ...
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Time-dependent Schrödinger equation with $V=V(x,t)$

I was wondering about the following: If you have the time-dependent Schrödinger equation such that $$i \hbar \frac{\partial\psi(x,t)}{\partial t} = - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} ...
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Is there a second order differential wave equation that only allows a finite set of discrete eigenvalues?

I tried constructing a second order differential wave equation that only allows a finite set of discrete eigenvalues by using the power series expansion such as \begin{align} A_{j+2} = ...
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What does it mean to “solve an equation”?

I don't understand what is meant by there being a "solution" to an equation. For example, what does a solution to the wave or heat equation represent, and what are we solving for? Of course, we can ...
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Why fundamentally does classical mechanics lead to second order dynamics? [duplicate]

What's so special about second order equations in classical mechanics? I have a basic understanding of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics, so I'm not looking for ...
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Solving the simplest coupled nonlinear ODES for chemical kinetics [closed]

I am just trying to get the integrated form for the kinetics of the reaction $A + B \rightarrow C + D$ characterized by: $$ -\dfrac{d[A]}{dt} = -\dfrac{d[B]}{dt} = k[A][B] \; . $$ As you note, ...
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characterising basins of attractions for master equations

I have a master equation for $(x,y,z)$ with the constraint $x+y+z=N$. $x$ can be regarded as the number of animal of a certain species in the whole system. In other words, I have a differential ...
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Curves satisfying this functional [closed]

This is a problem in Hartle's "GRAVITY": Consider the functional $$S[x(t)]= \int_{0}^{T} \left[\left(\frac{dx(t)}{dt}\right)^2 + x^2(t)\right]\text{ }dt$$ Find the curve $x(t)$ satisfying the ...
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solution of pendulum equation [closed]

I have the pendulum expression $$\ddot{\theta}+\omega_{o}^{2}\sin(\theta)=0,$$ where I used a Taylor expansion for the sine term: ...
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What is the physical meaning/concept behind Legendre polynomials?

In mathematical physics and other textbooks we find the Legendre polynomials are solutions of Legendre's differential equations. But I didn't understand where we encounter Legendre's differential ...
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Normal mode of a coupled pendulum: why the constant $\psi_1$, $\psi_2$

I need to solve a problem that tells me to find out the motion of both the pendulums that appear in the first 45 seconds of this video I think this kind of motion is described by a system of ...
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How do you integrate an expression over a variable in the limit of an integral?

I am trying to follow the steps to solve the integro-differential equation that arises from a plasma sheath problem given in this paper. This is the step I can't follow: ...
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A general solution to continuity equation

Let us write the standard continuity equation $$\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} + \vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{\jmath} = 0.$$ Should the relation $\vec{\jmath} = \rho \vec{v}$ be considered as a general ...
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Is there any general position function $x(t)$ that gives the solution to $x''(t) = k/x(t)^2$, where k is a constant? [duplicate]

In physics class, I often come across various inverse square law equations like the following: $F_G= G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}$ $F_E = k_e\frac{q_1q_2}{r^2}$ Specifically, we are typically given ...
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First-order wave equation: Why is its presence not common?

The (one-dimensional) wave equation is the second-order linear partial differential equation $$\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x^2}=\frac{1}{v^2}\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial t^2}\tag{second order PDE}$$ ...
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The source of gravitation in a spacetime without matter

In a discussion concerning: Physical meaning of non-trivial solutions of vacuum Einstein's field equations there were a number of answers claiming that the flatness of the Ricci space (Rµv=0) ...
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Coupled mass spring system with damping and initial values

After researching through the web, I can't figure out how to express into a differential equation a coupled mass spring system with damping and initial values. Two masses and two springs, no external ...
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Derivation of cylindrical line heat source problem?

I have a line heat source embedded inside a cylinder and I am trying to find the temperature distribution T(r,t). By using the similarity variable, the solution to the differential equation is ...
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What information is lost in the symmetrization necessary to derive the BBGKY hierarchy?

The book on Kinetic theory I'm reading derives the BBGKY hierarchy after introducing the reduced distribution functions $f_s(q^1,p_1,q^2,p_2,\dots,q^s,p_s):=\int\ \rho\ \ \mathrm d q^{s+1} \mathrm d ...
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Any physical example of an “explosive” differential equation $ y' = ky^2$?

I was told that in physics (and in chemistry as well) there are processes that may be described by a differential equation of the form $$ y' = ky^2. $$ That is, the variation of a variable depends ...
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FWHM in resonance amplitude square derivation

Consider a linear harmonic oscillator subject to a periodic force: $$ \ddot x + 2 \beta \dot x + \omega _0 ^2x = f_0\cos \omega t$$ The solution tends to: $$A \cos (\omega t - \delta)$$ where: ...
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Stick and slip motion: mass and spring inside a box model

I am trying to determine a set of differential equation which can describe the motion of a mechanical system as below. Here, at the bottom we have a plate, and a box on top of it. Inside the box, ...
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Showing specififc internal energy $e$ is a perfect differential

I am reading a book on Gas dynamics and there is a small section on thermodynamics before the conservation laws of mass momentum and energy are introduced. The book says $$ p = R \rho T$$ where ...
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General Solution of Mechanics Problem

I had a homework problem that Given velocity, $v^2(t)=\frac{K}{x(t)}$, where $x(t)$ is distance, find $v$ as a function of $t$. Of course if we assume a positive root, it is easy but what if ...
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Solution of QM tasks by using asymptotics

When we solve QM tasks by solving Schrodinger equation, such as tasks about particle in Morse potential, Poschl-Teller potential and many others, we usually find an approximations (lets call them as ...
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Solving 2nd-order ODEs

I was reading this PDF REF per request: ...
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Problem involving 1st law of thermo and ideal gas law

Problem: $1.0 \text{ kg}$ of air at pressure $10^6 \text{ Pa}$ and temperature $398 \text{ K}$ expands to a five times greater volume. The expansion occurs such that in every instance the added ...
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Boundary conditions for 2D helical waveguide

I'm interested in looking at standing wave solutions for the wave equation on a 2D annulus, with the twist that the annulus is "streched" in to a helix in 3D, but so that the rings themselves are ...
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What exactly is the meaning of weak formulations and what is its purpose?

What is the purpose behind weak formulation of PDEs? I have read in the book by Zienkiewicz and Taylor that a weak formulation is more "permissive" that the original problem in the sense that it ...
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Finding a differential equation to for the amount of chemicals in a body of water

I am taking a differential equations course, and most of the problems relate to physical phenomenon. The calculus is not giving me trouble, but the way of approaching the problems is hanging me up. ...
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Differential Equations - Waves (Physics self-study suggestions) [closed]

I apologize ahead of time, in case this post is not allowed. After taking a few courses at a community college, I've taken the fall 2013 semester off (I was accepted into a university for the spring ...
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What does transport equation represent in terms of physical quantities?

In my math course we're taught to solve PDE (partial derivative equations) like transport equation: $$ c\frac{\partial u}{\partial x} +\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}~=~0. $$ If $u(x,t)$ is the ...
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General solution to the Helmholtz wave equation with complex-valued frequency in cylinderical coordinates

The Helmholtz equation is expressed as $$\nabla^2 \psi + \lambda \psi = 0$$. This equation occurs, for eg., after taking the Fourier transform (with respect to the time coordinate) of the wave ...
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Heat equation with strange boundary condition

I've attempted a few different solutions to this math methods problem from an old qualifying exam, but I can't seem to hack it. The setup for the problem is that the temperature sand in the Australian ...
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Solving the differential equation of a beam under moving load using green functions

i started working on this paper and i didnt understand one part of it , the problem is : Solve this equation using green functions : $$ EI {\partial^4 y(x,t)\over\partial x^4}+\mu ...
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Chemical reaction as state transition?

When considering diffusion of chemicals, the reaction part is business of chemical kinetics, where the relevant characteristics of different substances come from collision theory together with some ...
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Suggestions of a non-linear example for a small research project on numerical solution of ODEs?

I'm a first year undergrad and I'm doing a small research extension on numerically solving ODEs. I have done the main ODE course at my university, as well as physics. The second part of the project ...
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Solving the equation of relativistic motion

How does one solve the tensor differential equation for the relativistic motion of a partilcle of charge $e$ and mass $m$, with 4-momentum $p^a$ and electromagnetic field tensor $F_{ab}$ of a constant ...
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Regular initial data

I have a very basic question. What exactly is meant by "regular" initial data in general relativity? Does it mean smooth? at least $C^{2}$? All literature on the subject just uses this term without ...
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What's the physical interpretation of constants in Laplace equation and diffusion equation?

What's the physical interpretation of constants in wave equation and diffusion equation? $$u_{tt}=c^2u_{xx},$$ $$u_{t}=ku_{xx}.$$ Please introduce some reference about mathematical modeling of ...
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Problems related to Green's function? [closed]

My teacher told me to do a research studying some physics problems that has connection with Green's function on solving differential equations (with programmed numerical solutions) in my final year ...
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What is the derivation for the exponential energy relation and where does it apply?

Very often when people state a relaxation time $\tau_\text{kin-kin}, \tau_\text{rot-kin}$,, etc. they think of a context where the energy relaxation goes as $\propto\text e^{-t/\tau}$. Related is an ...
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What type of PDE are Navier-Stokes equations, and Schrödinger equation?

What type of PDE are Navier-Stokes equations, and Schrödinger equation? I mean, are they parabolic, hyperbolic, elliptic PDEs?
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coordinate change differential equation polar

I noticed that v [in step (2.5)] is not the same as the terms from the first formula, even if they are related.. I tried to understand how did he reach to this ...