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Is the finite element method easily extrapolable to new disciplines? [closed]

I am a structural engineer with a good solid mechanics background. I am reasonably familiar with finite element methods as applied to linear/nonlinear solids and structures, I would like to know how ...
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Elementary graphical error analysis

Suppose you analyze experimantal data with pencil and piece of paper, one simple method is to plot the data in a linearized way with error bars. Suppose you are interested in the slope of this linear ...
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Undergrad in QFT/GR looking to do string theory Ph.D [closed]

I am currently a third year undergrad in physics who is currently taking QFT and GR. I took these classes just out of pure interest in the subjects but I find that my mind is being blown almost every ...
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Electron's eternal “orbit” about the nucleus [duplicate]

My 8th grade student asks me: "Why don't electrons just fall into the nucleus?" I don't want to lie and tell them it's "just like the Moon not falling onto Earth, because of, you know, acceleration". ...
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Why can't anything travel faster than light?

It is a well known fact, that nothing can travel faster than light. I have discussed that fun fact numerous times with my 8 year old son. One day he asked "why?", and I realized that I didn't know the ...
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Educational benefit of putting units outside of variables? [closed]

When I studied physics (both in high-school and university), in all of the worked examples, variables would be used to denote physical quantities, and thus include dimensional units. For example, ...
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What are the prerequisites needed to grasp analytical mechanics? [duplicate]

What are the mathematical prerequisites needed to grasp analytical mechanics conceptually and technically? What textbook is adequate for this purpose for an undergraduate student? To understand the ...
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Inaccuracy at measuring gravity constant with Cavendish experiment

For a scientific work for school I decided to measure the gravity constant with the Cavendish experiment. I set up a structure like the one suggested on this website: http://www.school-for-champions....
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What are pre-requisites for studying Brownian Motion? [closed]

I know Classical Mechanics (Feynman Lectures of Physics), Fluid mechanics (BR Munson) and basic Thermodynamics (not the part which includes statistical mechanics). Can I study Brownian motion on this ...
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What is the prerequisite for learning quantum mechanics

I want to learn quantum mechanics myself and when I open books about them I see weird symbols and different types of mathematical formulas and physics concepts. So what should I first study in ...
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What kind of math do I need got general relativity? [duplicate]

I'm 15 this year and have a passion in physics What kind of math do I need to tackle general relativity? Also what year in uni do we learn about general relativity?
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Exercise book recommendations to accompany “Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students” by Faddeev and Yakubovskii?

I'm currently going through "Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students" by Faddeev and Yakubovskii, which is great. But there are no exercises. Is there a book you'd recommend with ...
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Is This Educational Model of Electron Any Good? [closed]

To help me understand electrons better I came up with this educational model. This is not a theory, just an attempt to possibly update current didactic models. Instead of an electron being a cloud, ...
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How to understand why a reciever cannot hear, see or catch waves of all frequencies at the same time

I am explaining about how antennas work to my son. Like, how antennas need to be set for certain frequencies or wavelength. As an example, i provide the example of eyes and ears as receivers and how ...
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Mathematics involved in string theory [duplicate]

As an amateur mathematician and lover of the sciences I have a well working knowledge of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, general relativity, quantization, and so on... But recently I've been ...
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Book with solved problems on thermodynamics

I am working on honing my engineering thermodynamics problem solving skills at the undergraduate and graduate level. It would be much help if you could suggest me some good books with solved ...
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Would condensed matter physicists need more than three dimensional calculus? [closed]

The difference between "multivariable" and "vector" calculus, as stated on Yale's website, is that multivariable would only go through 2 or 3 dimensions, and so would rely heavily on geometric ...
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QFT background needed for AdS/CFT integrability [closed]

Apologies if this type of question isn't permitted. I'm very interested in integrability in the context of AdS/CFT. I'm starting my Masters soon in a very GATIS-involved institute and would like to ...
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What is Method of Characteristics?

I am a final year student of BS Mechanical Engineering and method of characteristics is not a part of our curriculum. In-fact I heard of it first time after finally picking my FYP. My final year ...
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I'm interested in the use of self-similarity in physics. Is this a reputable subject? [closed]

I'm interested in fractals, self-similarity, and chaos. Many physicists disregard these phenomena as candidates to explain the fundamental properties of the universe. However, when I read about ...
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What is the first topic on mathematics,that an undergraduate physics student must study? [duplicate]

I aspire to become a theoretical physicist. I like to understand about infinite series and so on. Could you please recommend me any book?
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Subject is Maths that would complement Physics? [closed]

Suppose Math has 5 sub parts- Analysis: Analysis, Complex Analysis, Measure theory and integration,Functional Analysis Algebra: Group Theory, Vectors space-rings-modules, Galois, Algebra Number ...
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Mathematics needed for string theory [duplicate]

I'm interested in cutting edge string theory studied by research physicist. I'm wonder what mathematics is needed and how far am I in terms of mathematics background needed and how much more ...
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Solid Mechanics book recommendations

I'm searching for a book on Solid Mechanics that explains the topics intuitively (similar to Kline explanations on Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach). Also the book should have the ...
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Physics journals that focus on expository work

As the title says, I'm looking for journals that focus on expository work in Physics. What I mean is that the journal is less focused on communication between professionals and more on disseminating ...
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Which one to learn first: Special or general relativity? [closed]

I am extremely interested in self-learning Einstein's theory of relativity, but I don't know where to start. Can I make general relativity my starting point, and later look at special relativity as ...
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Can I teach myself physics (LQG specifically)? [closed]

OK I'm a second year undergrad student...have taken the introductory Math, Phys and Computer Science classes. I LOVE physics, and always have since I was a kid and wanted to major in that initially, ...
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Book suggestion for introductory plasma physics

I have an undergraduate background of electrodynamics, special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. I would like to study plasma physics by myself so please suggest a few introductory books on ...
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Fun physics book for high school student [duplicate]

can anyone recommend me a physics book for a highschool student (not these typical school books) a book that will let you think mostly interested in theoretical /quantum physics done with the ...
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Can anybody recommend a book on quantum physics for a mathematically minded student? [duplicate]

Basically what the title says. I'm a math/physics double major going into my second year, but I'm much more math oriented. I'll be taking a quantum class in the fall and I'd like a book that ...
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Design Lab for students [closed]

As a part time instructor, I was given a design lab that I would create and implement for students. For acceleration due to gravity that is not replicating overused labs related to measuring period vs ...
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Need your Kind Recommendations and References Please [duplicate]

I studies Physics in my high school about 5 years back and i have never touched physics after that.I am planning to revise that very soon. I am now planning to do college physics on my own at my home ...
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Learning physics from a strong math background? [closed]

I have a master's degree in operations research and took several PhD level math courses. In particular I'm most familiar with analysis/measure theory, probability theory, and stochastic processes, and ...
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Exercises with solutions in dimensional analysis - reference request

I am currently trying to brush up on my skills in dimensional analysis, and computing with units. Is there a good source of worked examples, and exercises with solutions? I'd prefer to have solutions ...
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Suggestions for GR solved problems books

Study Topic: General Relativity I'm looking for a recommendation for either a dedicated problems and solved solutions book or, failing that, a textbook with a separate comprehensive solutions manual....
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What physics paper would a high school student be able to read?

I'm looking for a physics paper which a typical high school student who is new to physics would be able to read and grasp the general idea of the purpose, setup and results, if not the details. To be ...
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Statistical Mechanics vs Statistics

Just how much of a representation of statistics do we get in a statistical mechanics curriculum. What are some of the useful facets of stat not in stat mech/quantum mech that physicists should really ...
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Help for project on the basics of the Higgs field

I have a project for my university class on the Higgs fields and how it impacts the standard model. Also I was going to add some information on how the Higgs particle is formed and decays into ...
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Learning Experimental Physics [closed]

I'd like to start learning more about experimental techniques, procedures, standard equipment, statistical/ numerical methods, etc. However, the extent of my university's lab work is the two freshman ...
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Understanding the AdS/CFT Correspondence [duplicate]

I am beginning to learn about the AdS/CFT correspondence, but I can't find a comprehensive introduction that includes the relevant gravitational/string theory physics. What specific areas of general ...
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Bimolecular recombination in few words

I'm making a short seminar about VERY broad topic of fullerenes in photovoltaics, but I'd like it to be educational (not just full of words hard to audience to make them think I'm smart). In one of ...
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“Hollow Earth” like Theories for pedagogical porpuses [closed]

I recently encountered the Hollow Earth theory, and I realize that This kind of theories can be used to give a really interesting discussion of a physical law. For example, If we take the ...
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Are there computerized ontologies for Relativity and (Experimental) Physics? How to contribute?

As machines and automation can generally assist humanity in physical activities, and even exceed mere human capabilities, so, increasingly, also in tasks of reasoning. A basic component of the latter ...
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Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics at high school?

Has anyone developed an approach to teaching mechanics based on Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics from the ground up. I mean from high school on up. This is akin to explicitly not talking about ...
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Help with high school physics [duplicate]

I am studying high school physics and it seems i have memorize the equation and use it mechanically in doing question and memorize lots of physical phenomena.I know a lot of physical phenomena can be ...
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Is this crystal defect an example of dislocation or a vacancy

It looks to me that a regular hexagonal pattern formed by the Ga atoms is interrupted in the middle of the crystal. Is this a void (or vacancy...), dislocation or another type of defect? Plus what ...
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Requirements prior to Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

What are the requirements in physics and mathematics that somebody must have in order to start learning Quantum Mechanics by himself?
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Are standing waves in water exact sine waves?

In many physics demonstrations waves in water are used to illustrate principles of standing waves and wave propagation. After such demonstrations, classes tend to move on to basic problems ...
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Classical Mechanics Help [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate student majoring in physics. I don't know why but classical mechanics is giving me a lot of problems and I can't seem to grasp the concepts at all. So far we've been doing ...