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Why can't charge be in a stable equilibrium in electrostatic field?

I am reading Feynman's Lectures volume_II where he discussed the impossibility of the presence of stable equilibrium in an electrostatic field. There are no points of stable equilibrium in any ...
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Angles in a static equilibrium

I have three masses (Fα, Fβ & Fg) with 2 pulleys, and a wind variable which is in static equilibrium. I have already calculated the appropriate forces for the 3 masses by multiplying it with 9.81m/...
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Why do forces/pressures/electrons/temperatures/etc equalize

What causes various forces/etc. like to equalize? I can understand water in a tank being affected by gravity but why do high pressure systems want to move to low pressure systems (vaccuums), electrons ...
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Adiabatic piston: why is Callen's argument flawed?

This question is related to this one. I would ask you to read that question and my answer to the question itself before answering this one. The problem is the following. In his book Thermodynamics, ...
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Functions of state and definition of equilibrium

Consider this - A function of state is any physical quantity that has a well-defined value for each equilibrium state of the system. (Blundell and Blundell - Thermal Physics) My question is - Are ...
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What is the cause for mechanical equilibrium in statistical mechanics?

In classical thermodynamics, mechanical equilibrium is defined as the state of a system in which there is no net flow of volume as there should be no net pressure within the system. Ok. ...
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How does distance affect force?

In the image below, the system is in equilibrium. Some force is applied at the bottom of the vertical pole and is being opposed by some force at the top by the horizontal pole... But I feel as though ...
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A counterexample to the Law of Stable Equilibrium?

This is the "Law of Stable Equilibrium", according to Hatsopoulos and Keenan: A system having specified allowed states and an upper bound in volume can reach from any given state one and only ...
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Mechanical equivalent of heat => transfer from work W to heat Q

Consider the following experiment to determine the mechanical equivalent of heat $\mu = \frac{\Delta W}{\Delta Q}$ Not seen in the picture is a weight with known mass hanging down the cord. When you ...
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simple physical system involving convergence to equilibrium at decreasing speed

I want to make an analogy of an economic model (Solow 1956) with a simple physical system that exists in reality. I am not looking for a mathematical formula to describe the system (I have that ...
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Electrical charge equilibrium and the piezoelectric effect

About the piezoelectric effect: if I press a crystal the electrical charges segregate and an electrical voltage appears on the other two faces of the crystal. See this link for example: http://www....
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What happens to matter when in a thermodynamic equilibrium?

I am trying to gain a better understanding of thermodynamic equilibrium. Here's what (I think) I know: If a system is in Thermal, Radiative, Chemical, and Mechanical Equilibrium, then it is in ...
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Thermodynamic equilibrium or thermal equilibrium and equipartition theorem

In all derivations of the equipartition theorem I can find a thermodynamic equilibrium distribution is used to show it's validity. But more vague sources (physics.stackexchange answer by Luboš Motl, ...
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Computational scaling of quantum and classical Monte Carlo algorithms

How does the computational complexity of finding an equilibrium thermal state for a given Hamiltonian at a given temperature scale with system size under classical and quantum Monte Carlo? I know ...
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Timescales of physical and chemical equilibrium

Background When describing the behaviour of a reacting systems, we usually don't hesitate to apply property models to relate the local properties of each species. For example, in the case of a gas ...
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Le Chatelier's principle and energy minimization

In Callen's "Thermodynamics" in section 8.5 he asks us to imagine some perturbation $dX$ of an extensive parameter of a system in contact with a reservoir that acts to hold fixed the intensive ...
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Is it possible to have a line rather than a point where the three states of a substance can exist?

Most of us are familiar with state diagrams that define which of the three states a substance will take given the pressure and temperature. And that some substances, such as water for example, exhibit ...
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Detailed Balance for Quantum Master Equations from System Hamiltonians with Degenerate Spectrum

Kossakowski, Andrzej, et al. ("Quantum detailed balance and KMS condition." Communications in Mathematical Physics 57.2 (1977): 97-110) gave a proof that the stationary state of a quantum dynamical ...
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Are these torques correct for a simple balancing/fulcrum experiment?

For my physics lab, they had us do a simple static equilibrium experiment where we rested a ruler on a fulcrum (at its center of mass) and then attached varying amounts of weight on either end at ...
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Thermodynamic derivation of condition for equilibrium of triple line

Edit:(4/1/2016) Okay, I get how the required equation arises from force balance. All forces are acting on the same length, so the length cancels out of the equation and what we've got is essentially ...
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Why dynamic equilibrium exists?

We know that at equilibrium Gibbs energy is minimum. We also know that at equilibrium both forward and reverse reactions occur simultaneously, and also we know that for a reaction to be spontaneous ...
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Easiest way to levitate a ferromagnetic material that is not a permanent magnet?

I want to levitate an iron cube that is not a polarized permanent magnet. What is the easiest way to do this?
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Can a diamagnetic levitator levitate non-permanent ferromagnetic materials?

I am building a diamagnetic levitator that will eventually levitate a small neodymium cube. However, is it also possible for an iron cube to be levitated as well? I know that diamagnetic materials ...
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How is equilibrium achieved when masses are unbalanced?

Consider the see-saw scenario shown below (This image was from a Phet simulation) If you place a 5kg mass 0.25m from the pivot point, the seesaw will have net torque in an anticlockwise direction, ...
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In stochastic thermodynamics, can you define the notion of equilibrium for microstates/individual trajectories?

Recently there has been quite some research on interpreting statistical thermodynamical quantities at the level of microstates/individual trajectories. Although I did not find any interpretation/...
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Finding pressure as a function of height from centre

How do you find the pressure as a function of height from the centre(geometric) of any rigid body (hollow) of negligible mass when it contains a fluid of density D filled completely and is static, ...
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Point of zero gravity for fixed masses?

Given a number of fixed point masses in 3D space, is there necessarily one or more points where there is zero gravity (ie, the combined gravity of the masses cancels out), and, if so, how do I find ...