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Is the reciprocal of Entropy easier to understand? [on hold]

"A thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system." ...
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Are there any must read physics books for beginners? [duplicate]

I am in 9th grade and have recently become interested in physics. I have a basic understand of relativity, electromagnetism, and a bit of knowledge about on quantum mechanics. However, I don't have ...
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What should I study if I am interested in creating innovative gadgets? [on hold]

I’m interested in gadgets and I know it requires programming skills. But on the other hand I really like experimental physics. So, I don’t know how to combine these science areas together.
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Studying relativity from Landau [duplicate]

I'd like to have an advice from you. I was thinking about studying for the exam of general relativity from Landau II: theory of fields. I already studied mechanics and fluid dynamics from Landau and I ...
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Good book to grasp physics [duplicate]

I'll try to be clear. I'd like to ask you if you know some books or chapters in textbooks which explaining the "meaning" of some physical phenomena or entities. I may try to be more specific using ...
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Mathematical method of Physics [closed]

Please any one can tell me how to get lecture of mathematical method of physics complete course online download complete lecture series. Which professor best for this subject please guide me how to ...
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Is it possible to introduce 4-velocity very early on?

I was wondering if it would be possible to teach new physics students about 4-velocity straight away at the beginning of their studies. Keeping the regular notion of the three dimensional velocity $\...
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TQFT lectures with exercises

I'm interested in topological quantum field theory and study works of Witten and others by myself. Does anybody know where can I find any good exercises in this subject? By "good" I mean something ...
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Self-study: resources for understanding Gamma spectroscopy

I work in applied mathematics and have no background in atomic physics. I need to have a good understanding of the principle and application of Gamma spectroscopy. I am ok to spend the needed time but ...
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How to popularly describe typical features of a “non-linear system”

To quote Physics.SE tag definition: The term non-linear or nonlinear has several definitions but is generally used to describe a system that cannot be approximated by a superposition principle or ...
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Milky quartz stones give off odour after being struck - persistent tribo-odorosity(?)

I have these white stones that give off a strong sulphur-like smell when struck together to produce a spark (triboluminescence). This is mostly due to hydrogen sulphide as suggested by many sources ...
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From where should I start in physics? [duplicate]

I'm currently attending Norwegian high school and I'm in a course where we study electricity, automation, electronics, and almost no physics, chemistry etc. So it will be at least 5-6 years before I ...
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Book Recommendation: Quantum optics

Could you suggest me a list of books for understanding Quantum Optics for students who have studied Introductory Q.M. (such as Griffiths). It would be grateful if you distinguish between readable one ...
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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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Books recommendations for my theoretical physics library [duplicate]

long story short: I got a big prize from my scholarship, which consists in a lot of money for books, and I mean a lot: almost USD$ 3000. Thus, I am going to buy lots of books, of course! So I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...