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How does the gradient operator pick up a minus sign when the reference frame is switched from one particle to another? [closed]

A potential between two particles, $i$ and $j$, is given as a function only of the separation distance, $$V_{ij} = V_{ij}(|r_i − r_j|)$$ It should follow that the force by $j$ on $i$ is equal and ...
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Partial derivatives vs total derivatives in thermodynamics

The specific heat of a system is defined as $$C_z = T \left( \frac{\partial S}{\partial T} \right)_{z=\text{const}}$$ Sometimes however, I find the same definition, but with total derivatives ...
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Use of the chain rule in kinematics problems for quantities given in function of the position [closed]

I don't understand the use and the meaning of the application of the chain rule in some situations. For istance, consider a 2D motion and the equation of trajectory described by a point $y=f(x)$. ...
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Divergence of inverse of metric tensor

I know that the Levi-civita connection preserves the metric tensor. Is the divergence of the inverse of metric tensor zero, too?! I'm not so familiar with the divergence of the second ranked tensor. ...
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Feynman lectures, Volume I, chapter 13-4 [migrated]

While reading Feynman lectures on Physics, volume I, Chapter 13-4, I found following assumption, which I don't understand: Then, since $r^2 = \rho^2 + a^2$, $\rho\,d\rho = r\,dr$. Therefore ... ...
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Dimensional interpretation of inverse gradient length $\frac{d}{dx} \ln(Y)$

Preliminary definition: inverse gradient length Let me first explain what I mean by that term. The inverse gradient length of some quantity $Y$ (often thermodynamic temperature $T$) $L_Y^{-1}$ is ...
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Exact differentials and state functions

I was reading a Wiki article on the relationships between heat capacities And during the derivation I came across this formula (and others like it): This equation was used as a tool in a ...
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A question when using $E= - \nabla V$

This problem is from Problems and Solutions on Electromagnetism. A thin but very massive disc of insulator has surface charge density $\sigma$ and radius $R$. A point charge $+Q$ is on the axis of ...
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Higher order versions of momentum? Can conservation principles be established and used? [closed]

Question Can higher order derivatives of momentum be useful in creating theories of dynamics if they have conservation principles? Even if they aren't needed, could it be done in theory? For ...
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Time derivative of a function in Phase Space

Consider a function $\mathcal{H}(q_i,p_i;t)$ such that it obeys the equation: $$ \frac{d\mathcal{H}}{dt}=\frac{\partial\mathcal{H}}{\partial t}$$ What does this equation imply (read: mean), ...
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Proof for Negele and Orland equation (2.34)

The equation (2.34) of Negele and Orland has $$\mathcal H_\text{A}(\hat{\mathbf p},\hat{\mathbf x}) = \frac{1}{2m}\left(\hat {\mathbf p} - \frac e c \mathbf A(\hat{\mathbf x})\right)^2.\tag{2.34a}$$ ...
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Derivation of the Riemann tensor confusion

I'm trying to understand the derivation of the Riemann curvature tensor as given in Foster and Nightingale's A Short Course In General Relativity, p. 102. They start by giving the covariant derivative ...
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Supercovariant Derivative action

My query is with Weinberg Vol3 equation just above 26.7.22 Weinberg follows Majorana Superfield formalism. Where, covariant derivative is defined as, $$D_{R\alpha}=-\epsilon_{\alpha ...
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Mode expansions of fields

This is a very simple question but would appreciate it if someone could clarify - I've heard different things from different people so I'm a little bit confused yet the question is simple: Given the ...
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Time derivative of angular velocity in rotating reference frame

I am going through a section in a textbook regarding the Newton Euler equations for a system of rigid bodies (robotics text). There is a particular line in the derivation I don't understand, I've ...
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Variation of a tensor

Let a change of coordinates be given by $x^{\mu}\to x^{\mu '}=x^{\mu}+\varepsilon \xi^{\mu}(x)$ with epsilon a small quantity. Given a tensor $T$ we define $\delta T:=T'(x)-T(x)$. I guess this means ...
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What is the physical meaning of the Levi-Civita connection?

I'm taking a course in General Relativity and I have studied the fundamental theorem of Riemannian geometry: Let $M$ be a manifold with metric $g$. Then exists an unique torsion-free connection ...
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Derivation Of Euler-Lagrange Equation [closed]

I want the proof of this relation in details, $$ \frac{\rm d}{{\rm d}t}\left(\frac{\partial\vec{r}_v}{\partial q_\alpha}\right)=\frac{\partial\vec{\dot{r}_v}}{\partial q_\alpha} $$
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What is the physical meaning of the connection and the curvature tensor?

Regarding general relativity: What is the physical meaning of the Christoffel symbol ($\Gamma^i_{\ jk}$)? What are the (preferably physical) differences between the Riemann curvature tensor ($R^i_{\ ...
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Why are Killing fields relevant in physics?

I'm taking a course on General Relativity and the notes that I'm following define a Killing vector field $X$ as those verifying: $$\mathcal{L}_Xg~=~ 0.$$ They seem to be very important in physics ...
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Is there any physical interpretation for $\nabla\cdot(\nabla \times F)=0$?

It is well known that the divergence of the curl is always 0. Mathematically I understand why this happens ($d^2=0$ where $d$ is the exterior derivative) but today I was wondering what is the physical ...
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Two different formulas

My problem is simple : given a particle of mass $m$, charge $q$ and velocity $\bf{v}$. If $\bf{A}$ denotes the magnetic potential satisfying $\bf{B}= \nabla \times \bf{A}$. I want to etablish the ...
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Force of Leaky Bucket over time

Indie Lab Procedure: I attached a cylindrical can to a force sensor. On the bottom of the can I drilled holes of various diameters. I then added a volume of water while collecting data from the force ...
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Why is $F=-\nabla V$?

I came across this equation $$F=-\nabla V$$ where $V$ is potential energy. I do understand that $$F(r)=-\frac{dV}{dr}.$$ Hence does this mean the nabla operator in this case means derivative? Because ...
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How is it possible to pull out derivatives of a wavefunction?

In an early derivation, the following equation was stated: $$\frac\partial{\partial t}\lvert\psi\rvert^2 = \frac{i\hbar}{2m}\biggl(\psi^*\frac{\partial^2\psi}{\partial x^2} - ...
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Local Coordinate Expressions for Lie Derivatives

I'm currently working through the math chapters of Norbert Straumann's book on General Relativity. I have trouble understanding the coordinate expression of the Lie derivative of a basis vector. The ...
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Why trajectories approach to origin tangent to the slower direction?

I am reading non-linear dynamics from Strogartz. Suppose, I have two solutions of a non linear system: $x(t) = x_0e^{at}$ and $y(t) = y_0e^{-t}$, where $a\in \mathbb{R}$. Now it is clear that,for ...
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Can a particle have no instantaneous velocity at all points of the path taken but a finite average velocity?

I have a question on kinematics. Say the path traced by a particle is given by a Koch curve or Koch snowflake. Now consider the particle starts from some arbitrary point $A$ on the curve and ...
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Derivative of kinetic energy [closed]

I read that the derivative of kinetic energy=$F\cdot v$. I tried to differentiate (1/2) mv^2 with respect to time but each time I am getting $m*v$ and not $m*a*v$ which solves to $F*v$. My efforts are ...
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Is resistance the gradient in a $V/I$ graph?

We have a circuit where there is a variable resistor, and we increase this resistance at a steady rate, while increasing current. Thus we have increasing voltage. The gradient is defined by $dy/dx$. ...
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Commutativity Variation and derivative

When in general is true that $\nabla_{\mu}\delta=\delta\nabla_{\mu}$ where $\nabla_{\mu}$ is covariant derivative? I was thinking this when one has to find the equations of motion for example in ...
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Full time-derivative, Poisson brackets and Hamilton's equations (classical mechanics)

While studying Poisson brackets in classical mechanics and the derivation of $\dot{q_j}=\{q_j,H\}$ and $\dot{p_j}=\{p_j,H\}$ form of Hamilton's equations I encountered a surpsing identity, which led ...
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Difference between $dM/dt = 0$ and $\partial M/\partial t=0$ [duplicate]

$\frac{dM}{dt} = 0$ represents a constant of motion $M.$ Why not $\frac{\partial M}{\partial t}$ represent a constant of motion $M$?
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Derivation of one-form/vector equation in Carroll confusion

I don't understand the derivation of Equation 2.14$$\mathrm{d}f\left(\frac{d}{d\lambda}\right)=\frac{df}{d\lambda} \tag{2.14}$$ in Carroll's Lecture Notes on General Relativity ...
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A Lie derivative $\mathcal{L}_{\alpha^A}$ with respect to a spinor $\alpha^A$?

Suppose we work with Minkowski flat space $M$ (just to make things easy). If $\textbf X$ is a Killing vector field it is possible to define the Lie derivative of an spinor $\alpha^A$ with respect to ...
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Can velocity be an undefined quantity?

We have the image below displaying the uniform velocity by time-distance graph. At every point velocity is constant but what if distance and time both become zero as at origin in the graph is? The ...
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Spin connection and covariant derivative [closed]

How to prove explicitly (i.e., to don't postulate it) that by including Lorentz indices $a$ the covariant derivative $D_{\mu}$ looks like $$ D_{\mu}A^{\nu a} = \partial_{\mu}A^{\nu a} + ...
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Covariant Derivative commutator on a Spinor [closed]

I am trying to prove 8.14 of Supergravity - Freedman. The equation that I am trying to show is $$\gamma^\mu \nabla_\mu \gamma^\nu \nabla_\nu \psi = (g^{\mu\nu}\nabla_\mu \nabla_\nu - ...
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Confirmation of Uncertainty in Indices New Formula? [closed]

I am experimenting relations with regards of the value with uncertainty raised to the $n$th power. I came up with this formula: $$(A\pm\alpha)^n=A^n\pm(A^{n-1}n\alpha)$$ Anyone here able to ...
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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 ...
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Gradient, divergence and curl with covariant derivatives

I am trying to do exercise 3.2 of Sean Carroll's Spacetime and geometry. I have to calculate the formulas for the gradient, the divergence and the curl of a vector field using covariant derivatives. ...
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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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What does the zero in the differential operator $\partial_0$ mean?

I have noticed the differential operator $\partial_0$ in a lot of equations whilst studying quantum field theory. I am used to the notation $\partial_x$ meaning $ \frac{d}{dx} \\\\ $ etc. but just a ...
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Clarification about some steps in the derivation of the Lie derivative (mechanics)

First of all, this question may seem to be undefined, because I'm not sure how to connect this (to me) newly introduced concept with the abstract notion of the Lie derivative. I'm not even sure if I ...
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To prove, $\nabla.(\nabla\phi \times \nabla\psi)$ =0 [closed]

Please Help me solving the problem using levi-cevita symbol : Prove That, $\nabla.(\nabla\phi \times \nabla\psi)$ =0 where $\phi =\phi(x,y,z)$ & $\psi=\psi(x,y,z)$
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Lie derivative in this paper [closed]

Say, $$L_{V}z^A =0$$ but I don't know much about Lie derivatives except what I saw now through wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie_bracket_of_vector_fields#Definitions that it is (if I am ...
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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 ...
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Curl of a vector field [closed]

What is the physical interpretation of curl of a vector field? Just as divergence implies flux through a surface. I mean if $\vec A$ is a vector field, what does $\left(\nabla \times \vec A \right)$ ...
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Do $\vec r$ and $d \vec r$ have the same direction?

One question is bugging me for a long time but I couldn't make out anything nor could my friends. Here it goes: We know, $\vec r$ is regarded as the position vector. So we can say, $$\vec r \cdot\vec ...
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Derive an equation related to magnetism [closed]

Solve the equations for $v_x$ and $v_y$ : $$m\frac{d({v_x)}}{dt} = qv_yB \qquad m\frac{d{(v_y)}}{dt} = -qv_xB$$ by differentiating them with respect to time to obtain two equations of the ...