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Intuitive analysis of gradient, divergence, curl

I have read the most basic and important parts of vector calculus are gradient, divergence and curl. These three things are too important to analyse a vector field and I have gone through the physical ...
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How to find Tangential/Radial/Angular Velocity for motion in any curve?

Is the radial velocity responsible only for changing distance between objects and the component perpendicular to it only for change in direction? If so why? Please try to give a different explanation ...
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Relation between differentiation of one-form basis and Christoffel Symbols

If I want to covariantly differentiate a one form then I can write: $\nabla_\beta \tilde p = \dfrac{\partial p_\alpha}{\partial x^\beta} \tilde \omega^\alpha + p_\alpha \dfrac{\partial \tilde \omega^...
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Starting from an expression of E(V) and P(V) for the Birch-Murnaghan's equation of state, is there a way of obtaining an expression for E(P)?

I have a function, an equation of state named the Birch-Murnaghan's equation of state, in which the Energy ( $E$ ) is a function of the Volume ($V$), where $E_{0}$, $V_{0}$, $B_{0}$ and $B_{0}^{'}$ ...
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Infinitesimal time intervals use

I've a question, that maybe will sound obvious, on the use of infinitesimal quantities. Consider the expression for the acceleration in non inertial frames. $\frac{d\vec{v}}{dt}=\frac{d\vec{v'}}{dt}...
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differentials in physics

Often I find the following expressions in physics books: Say we have a current density $\vec{j}=\rho\vec{v}$ through a surface $\vec{F}$ of particles $N$ in the volume $V$ with the density $\rho=dN/dV$...
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Vlasov equation, Maxwell distribution

I have the Maxwellian distribution: $f(v)=n(\frac{m}{2\pi kT})^{\frac{3}{2}}\exp\left(-\frac{mv^2}{2kT}\right)$ I have to show that it is a solution to the Vlasov equation: $\frac{\partial f}{\...
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How to treat the units of measure when taking a derivative?

I've had a doubt for a long time: when I'm taking the derivative, of a function for example, how should I treat the units of measurement? For example, if I'm taking the derivative of: $$S\,[{\rm m}]=...
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Area under and slope of the motion graphs

I wanted to ask in general what area under the graph means. Also which physical quantity is highlighted by area under distance vs time graph. I'm confused that area is a 2 dimensional concept and it ...
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Covariant derivative of a covariant tensor wrt superscript

Is it true that when you take the covariant derivative of a covariant tensor, do you always have to do with a subscript? What if you do it wrt a superscript?Does the first term (with the partial ...
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Covariant derivative [closed]

Hi, Could you explain to me why the subtraction of vector at some point and parallel transported vector is covariant derivative vector. How is it possible
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Confusion in differentiation in physics problem [closed]

Here, we had to find theta such that the denominator has the maximum value. Being new to differentiation I basically didn't understand how differentiation solved the purpose: I basically didnt ...
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Difference between integral and differential physical laws [duplicate]

Why is integral and differential physical laws both used? I read that integral is global and differential is local. Could you tell me something about it?
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Use of infinitesimals in physics [duplicate]

I want to ask about infinitesimals and non-standard analysis. In physics we always use $\mathrm dx,~\mathrm dv,~\mathrm dt$ etc. as infinitesimal quantities. When we deduce equations in physics, when ...
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Help with understanding what is Curl [duplicate]

Yeah, I watched several YT videos and read few articles and my head is spinning. I am trying to get the right understanding of what Curl is. There is this excellent video: Divergence and Curl Now ...
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What is the physical significance of curl $\nabla\times\boldsymbol{V}$?

What is the physical significance of curl $$\nabla\times\boldsymbol{V}~?$$ I mean I read 'curl V represents the rotation of the vector $V$. My question what is it about the term $\nabla\times\...
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Yang-Mills field strength tensor

In basically every QFT book the Yang-Mills strength tensor $F_{\mu\nu}$ is defined as $$F_{\mu\nu}=[D_\mu,D_\nu]$$ where $D_\mu$ is the covariant derivative $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu-A_\mu$$ and $A_\mu$ is ...
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Commuting of the covariant derivative: Menzel's Mathematical Physics

Menzel defines covariant differentiation as equivalent to partial differentiation with respect to the general coordinates. “To indicate the covariant nature of the differential operator, set $$\frac{\...
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Second covariant derivative, computation problem

I am having a question on the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_covariant_derivative Using the notation therein I don't get why $(\nabla_{u}\nabla_{v}w )^a=u^c\nabla_{c}v^b\nabla_{...
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Covariant Derivative of Kronecker Delta

I am reading Carroll's book on GR right now, and I ran into a little trouble in his chapter 3 on curvature. He is establishing the properties of the covariant derivative, and claims that the fact that ...
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Equations of motion acceleration doubt

So i was going through some text today morning. Where it said $$ a = \frac{vdv}{dx} $$ So they then went on to, $$ vdv = adx \\ \implies \int vdv = \int adx$$ But,I am very certain acceleration is ...
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Partial Differentiation without chain rule in Euler Lagrange Equations [duplicate]

The Euler-Lagrange equations for a bob attached to a spring are $$ \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}t}\frac{\partial L}{\partial v} = \frac{\partial L}{\partial x} $$ But $v$ is a function of $x$. Is it ...
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Derivation of centripetal acceleration

While reading HC Verma chapter 7 circular motion I came across a derivation which I couldnt understand. I have marked my doubt with red. I don't understand from where +dw/dt [- i sine +j cos0] came ...
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Derivative with respect to a difference of independent variables

I am dealing with an equation from nonlinear acoustics (Khokhlova-Zabolotskaya-Kuznetsov equation) where a strange term (for me as a mathematician) is used. The equation looks like this $$ \frac{\...
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Covariant derivative of a covariant derivative

I'm trying to find the covariant derivative of a covariant derivative, i.e. $\nabla_a (\nabla_b V_c)$. This is something I've taken for granted a lot in calculations, namely I though that by the ...
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Maximum electric field of a circular ring

How do you differentiate the equation for electric field of uniform ring $$ E_x = \frac{kxQ}{(x^2+r^2)^{3/2}} $$to get the maximum at a point? My book says $x = \frac{r}{\sqrt2}$. I tried ...
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Is $\dfrac{dx}{dt}$ a fraction or not?

I am new to calculus and during my mathematics class my sir defined $\dfrac{dx}{dt}$ as $$dx/dt=\lim_{t\to t_1}\dfrac{f(t)-f(t_1)}{t-t_1}$$ and my sir made a clear statement that $\dfrac{dx}{dt}$ ...
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Vector Derivative: General Case

From "An Introduction to Mechanics" by Kleppner & Kolenkow, SIE-2007, Chapter 1 (Vectors and Kinematics), Section 1.8 - "More about the derivative of a vector". In this section, towards the ...
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Differential Operator

I am trying to understand the following expression \begin{eqnarray} e^{-ik.x}D_{\mu}D^{\mu}e^{ik.x} & = & e^{-ik.x}(i\partial_{\mu}+A_{\mu})(i\partial^{\mu}+A^{\mu})e^{ik.x}\\ & = & e^{...
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Variation of Lagrangian density $\mathcal{L}$ w.r.t $x_\mu$

If a function $f(x(t),y(t))$ has no explicit dependence on the variable $t$, then $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t}=0$. In quantum field theory, the Lagrangian density $\mathcal{L}(\phi,\partial_\mu\phi)...
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Lagrangian in polar coordinates [closed]

$$L=\frac{1}{2}mv^2=\frac{1}{2}m(\dot{x}^2+\dot{y}^2)$$ $$L=\frac{1}{2}mv^2=\frac{1}{2}m(\dot{r}^2+r^2\dot{φ}^2)$$ I dont get this part. $$\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial{L}}{\partial{\dot{φ}}}\...
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How to derive wave speed/tension relation for the vibrating string?

I was studying vibrating strings and in my teacher's notes I found that, generically, if I change the tension on the string by $\Delta T$ then, the speed percentage change can be written as: $\frac{\...
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Physical intuition for higher order derivatives

Could somebody give me an intuitive physical interpretation of higher order derivatives (from 2 and so on), that is not related to position - velocity - acceleration - jerk - etc?
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Position, velocity, acceleration, jolt, and [duplicate]

I am familiar with the fact that $\displaystyle{\frac{dx}{dt}}=v$, $\displaystyle{\frac{dv}{dt} =a}$, and $\displaystyle{\frac{da}{dt}=J}$ where $J$ denotes the 'jolt', or jerk. Are further ...
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Different subscripts for $\nabla$ operators while deriving force on system of many particles

Consider a system of 4 particles in an external conservative field. So force acting on each particle is derived from potential energy $U(x,y,z)$of the particle+field system: Total (external) force on ...
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Lagrangian Mechanics - Commutativity Rule $\frac{d}{dt}\delta q=\delta \frac{dq}{dt} $

I am reading about Lagrangian mechanics. At some point the difference between the temporal derivative of a variation and variation of the temporal derivative is discussed. The fact that the two are ...
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Is this equation $\nabla_a\sqrt{-g}=0$ correct? [duplicate]

Is the equation $$\nabla_a\sqrt{-g}=0$$ correct? Here $\nabla_a$ is the Levi-Civita connection, and $g$ is the determinant of metric $g_{ab}$. Apparently, we have $\nabla_ag_{bc}=0$, but I am not sure ...
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Why is the covariant derivative of the determinant of the metric zero?

This question, metric determinant and its partial and covariant derivative, seems to indicate $$\nabla_a \sqrt{g}=0.$$ Why is this the case? I've always learned that $$\nabla_a f= \partial_a f,$$ ...
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Euler-Lagrange equations in General Relativity

When obtaining the Euler Lagrange equations for a scalar field with higher order derivatives in curved space is it the same to use $$ -\partial_\nu\partial_\mu\frac{\partial \sqrt{-g} \mathcal{L}}{\...
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Are physical functions always differentiable [duplicate]

I know that physicist usually don't really think too much about differentiabillity of functions. Usually there are at most finite many points where functions aren't differentiable and if there are ...
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Can there be a wave function that is physically possible but is non differerentiable (maybe even non-continous)?

The definition of a wave function demands continuity and differentiability so that it can satisfy the Schrödinger Equation. My question is whether this assumption is necessary for reality. Does ...
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Quick question - infinitesimals proofs [duplicate]

In a few of my courses in mechanics certain statements/equations have been proved by assuming that two infinitesimals multiplied by each other are zero. For instance in the equation : $dx + dy + dx^2 ...
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Directional derivative of the potential energy in the direction of the displacement in three dimensions

For a conservative force $\vec{F}=-\vec{\nabla } U \implies \mathrm dW= -\vec{\nabla} U \cdot \mathrm d\vec{s} $ Where $\mathrm d\vec{s}$ is the infinitesimal displacement. For a differentiable ...
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Uncertainty in Range of Projectile [closed]

If we are given that a projectile is launched with velocity 10m/s at an angle of $45^\circ$ and uncertainty in angle is of $0.5^\circ$ . What is the uncertainty in the range of projectile. The problem ...
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Calculate divergence via partial derivative [closed]

I need to calculate the divergence and curl for a vectorfield. I've done that before so that's no problem :) Or I've done it using partial derivative, maybe there are multiple ways to solve for ...
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Help with relativistic notation (Derivative of Lagrangian)

I am trying to learn QFT, but I haven't taken a course in general relativity so the relativistic notation stuff is taking me a bit to get used to. I do not understand how to do the following. For a ...
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Free falling and bouncing back

My confusion arises with free falling body. For a free falling body the displacement ~ time graph has a kink (at the time when the body hit the ground ). at a kink point, a function is not ...
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Do integrals of position make any sense? Do they have an application? [closed]

I know that taking the derivative of position with respect to time defines what we call velocity, but I've never heard of physicist going in the opposite direction with position. Is there any ...
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Killing equation manipulation

Why does the killing equation $$K_{\mu;\nu}+ K_{\nu;\mu} = 0$$ equal $$K_{\mu,\nu}+ K_{\nu,\mu} -2\Gamma^{\rho}_{\mu\nu}K_{\rho} = 0 $$ when in general a covariant derivative $V_{\beta;\alpha} = (\...
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Calculating motion of equation in tensor form

for the Lagrangian density $$\mathscr{L}=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}A^{\mu})^2$$ how can I get this $$\frac{\partial{\mathscr{L}}}{\partial(\partial_{\mu}A_\nu)}=(\partial_\rho A^\rho)\eta^{\mu\nu}$$ ...