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What is the minimum math level required to comprehend general relativity? [duplicate]

I am currently working on a B.S. In chemistry and only need to go up to Calculus II, though I like to dabble in physics. What other math classes could I take to gain greater understanding of higher ...
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Competition Physics Book for High School Physics

I am currently a high school physics student who has recently started participating in some physics competitions. Although I have an alright understanding of the physics and mathematics and can ...
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Physics Culture and the Attitude Towards Pure Math [closed]

To preface my question, I think it's important that I explain my experience studying both physics and pure math at the university level. I am American (as I'm sure education in different countries ...
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Understanding mathematical role of physics [closed]

I have just started my undergrad physics degree but mathematics professor isn't good here in this faculty because he doesn't hold the ability to tell good physical examples on how this math is working ...
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Building a solid foundation for Quantum Information [closed]

For the student with a keen interest in Quantum Information, what would be a sound course/set of prerequisites(possibly along with a few good resources) in Math, Physics, Computer Science, Electronics ...
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What is the best order of learning mathematics before start Monte Carlo Methods for Physics simulation? [closed]

I doing medical physics masters and hope to start my research in Monte Carlo methods to simulate some particle interaction and hence to calculate some unknown physical quantities ( Stopping power and ...
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Elementary derivation of $P = UI$ starting from the definition of voltage as work done per unit charge

Consider the following elementary derivation of the formula $P = VI$ for Joule heating of a resistor $R$ for the dissipated power $P$ where the voltage over the resistor is $V$ and the current $I$. ...
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How can I make my younger brother's interest in physics at home? [closed]

This is a soft question. I have a younger brother who is in 10th standard but he don't like subject of physics at all. When I asked reason for it he says he gets bored in mugging the formulas of ...
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Physics problems for submission [closed]

I often enjoyed solving and submitting problems in the American Mathematical Monthly and other Journals which have such problems. There is a lot of this type of thing for mathematics. But I wondered ...
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Flat-Earthers Claim: Crepuscular Rays $\implies$ the Sun is Close [closed]

I have been trying for a couple of days to come up with a nice illustration of why crepuscular rays are not suggesting that the sun must be close to the earth, as flat-earthers claim. I made the ...
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Preparatory knowledge to study Quantum Gravity

I am an old (41-Years-old) physics graduate. I pretty much quit to "frequent physics" 10 years ago and my ability to manage physics is a bit rusty. I was fascinated with Quantum Gravity (QG) theory ...
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Gravitational waves: simulations of signal

I am self-learning GR. I was wondering if there is any open source software to help learn more about the signal processing of gravitational waves. E.g. a software that injects a signal into random ...
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Note and homework organization [closed]

I am currently in a mechanics class and have some trouble trying to figure out how I should structure my lecture notes and my homework. I recently began rewriting my notes after class but I am still ...
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Comparison of electron deflection tube and Hall effect

Consider an electron deflection tube (something like this: http://www.ld-didactic.de/documents/en-US/GA/GA/5/555/555624e.pdf). Suppose you apply a magnetic field perpendicular to the screen. Then ...
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What is abbe's rule in optics?

I have read wikipedia but can't really understand what they mean to say. The usual explanations are given in terms of Fourier optics, which I don't yet have the background for. Can anyone explain it ...
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics (axiomatic treatise). So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Physical side of TQFT

How would one go about understanding the physical side of TQFTs? What are the best introductory resources? I know Atiyah axioms but I don't know any QFT.
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Fun to read non-Feynman introductory physics book [duplicate]

I am an almost layman in physics, and don't know much in math (only basic knowledge upto trig ), and want to learn physics . . As I am completely inexperienced, and considering most of ...
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What is a field, really?

There was a reason why I constantly failed physics at school and university, and that reason was, apart from the fact I was immensely lazy, that I mentally refused to "believe" more advanced stuff ...
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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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Spivak for a soon to be undergrad. physics student [duplicate]

I'll soon start my undergrad. studies in physics and because of that I picked up Spivak's Calculus a while ago to get a solid foundation in single-variable calculus before I start my studies. However, ...
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What are Pre-requisites for General Relativity [duplicate]

I have a background in Electrical engineering. However, I have a passion for physics and want to do my Masters in Physics. I was hoping to do some sort of self - study in topics that I have not ...
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The minimal knowledge required for theoretical research in Quantum computing & AMO physics [duplicate]

I'm a senior undergraduate student and I have chosen my future Ph.D research area in {Quantum Computing}$\bigcap${AMO physics} (e.g. design a new experimental realization of QC or propose a new way to ...
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Solutions for Kittel's Introduction to solid state physics 6th edition?

I'm looking for the solutions of Kittel's 'Introduction to solid state physics' 6th edition. I can only seem to find the solutions for the 8th edition online. Does anyone have the pdf to it? Or ...
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Book on thermodynamics for International Physics Olympiad? [duplicate]

I'm a junior in high school studying for the IPhO and I've started learning thermodynamics as part of my preparation. I have a guide to the exam that says things like this will be tested: Carnot ...
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Books for students [duplicate]

Can any one please suggest me books for physics. I need a book for good theory and concept . And a book for practice , it should contain some solved questions. The both the books should contain ...
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High School Physics What to Do [duplicate]

I am an aspiring physicist in high school and I would like to know ways to get involved. Of course, it would look great for potential physics colleges, but I really want to understand physics better. ...
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Self studies reagarding physics [duplicate]

Firstly, i would like to apologize for the off-subject thread,but I am in desperate need for help.I am a 12th grader at a very good high school in eastern europe ,but ,unfortunately, i didn't have the ...
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Does Earth really have two high-tide bulges on opposite sides?

The bit that makes sense – tidal forces My physics teacher explained that most tidal effect is caused by the Moon rotating around the Earth, and some also by the Sun. They said that in the Earth and ...
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Linear Algebra for Quantum Physics

A week ago I asked people on this site what mathematical background was needed for understanding Quantum Physics, and most of you mentioned Linear Algebra, so I decided to conduct a self-study of ...
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What is the significance of directions when using vector entites ( velocity, acceleration ) in space? [closed]

The role direction if ( up, down), seems understandable when using the vector entities like velocity and acceleration on earth. Because the overall output changes, when the same object goes up as ...
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Problem books for concept building in applications of Riemannian and other geometries to mechanics

As a student of physics I have learned solving Euler equations for rigid bodies by solving examples and exercises in self-contained books rather than understanding the proofs of Euler equations (I ...
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Finding a physics-made-simple book… A longshot

Years ago I had a book that explained at a high level a college physics 1 course. It touched in gas, light, gravity and relativity. It was about 250 pages, it didn't use very much math and the ...
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What knowledge do I need to learn Quantum Physics? [duplicate]

I have a quick question. What prior knowledge do I need to learn and understand quantum physics. For example, what type of math do I need to know, what level of physics, etc.
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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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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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Problem solving books for physics Olympiad preparation? [duplicate]

I'm currently preparing for the physics Olympiad, and I am in need of some good problem solving books in thermodynamics and electrostatics for practice. Can someone suggest some good books? The main ...
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Mathematician wanting to learn cutting edge physics [duplicate]

I have interest in and wanted to learn modern physics including string theory,relativity,etc. But I'm currently a mathematics major and not a physics major, thus I'm train as a mathematician and not ...
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The scope of physics, as taught in modern times

I am asking this question based on my recent experience as a physics major at a well-known school of science and engineering. My basic question is, Why does the field of physics (at least at an ...
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Advantages of Lagrangian Mechanics over Newtonian Mechanics [closed]

Here, I'm going to pose a very serious list of doubts I have on Lagrangian Mechanics. Can we learn Lagrangian Mechanics without studying Newtonian Mechanics? Does Lagrangian help in solving problems ...
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What is really sought when we purpose Einstein's postulates in Special Relativity?

Special Relativity can be motivated by looking at Maxwell's Electrodynamics and noticing that there is some kind of inconsistency between it and Newtonian Mechanics. Indeed, as Einstein pointed out on ...
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What is an overview of secondary school astronomy textbooks for students who have taken some calculus?

I teach mathematics at the secondary level. This year my students have founded an astronomy club. Most have finished two semesters of "college-level" calculus and are familiar with the derivative, ...
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How to motivate the importance of the spacetime interval

The spacetime interval is a rather important thing in Special Relativity. It allows us to define the separation between any two events as spacelike, timelike or lightlike and more importantly, the ...
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Undergraduate research project ideas [closed]

I want to work on interesting project on quantum mechanics using the knowledge I gained from studying thoroughly the standard texts(Shankar,Griffith's and had a semester long course up to the level of ...
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Do you know the principle which says that connecting two sources of similar kind produces a waste and destruction? [closed]

There is a great article, called commutation cells, which states that you cannot transfer kinetic energy from one container to another immediately, bypassing the potential energy storage. Otherwise, ...
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What artefacts of the ant on a wire analogy for string theory's curled extra dimensions are due to the analogy breaking down?

I'm trying to understand the ant on a telephone-wire analogy that's used to explain why we might not see the extra dimensions from string theory. I'm quite comfortable with Newtonian mechanics in 3D, ...
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Sequence of topics for studying quantum theory (Research strategy) [duplicate]

I am trying to learn about the higher level basics of physics. I want to cover up all that is included in particle physics/quantum physics. Now being in high school, I only know partially about ...
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Does conservation of momentum really imply Newton's third law?

I often heard that conservation of momentum is nothing else than Newton's third law. Ok, If you have only two interacting particles in the universe, this seems to be quite obvious. However if you ...
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Projects to undertake Using Lasers [closed]

I need an economically feasible physics project that would use lasers in any manner preferably with respect to optics for a school projects class XII . Any suggestions are welcome no matter how crazy ...
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Relevance of pure mathematics vs statistics to physics [closed]

For someone currently studying physics, with an interest in experimental physics, would pure mathematics or statistics be more relevant?