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How the gravitational constant $G$ is determined?

We know the gravitational constant is $G=6.67545 \times 10^{-11} m^3 kg^{-1} s^{-2}$. But how this value is determined at first?
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Is there experimental evidence that massless particles such as photons attract massive objects?

For instance evidence that a highly energetic laser beam attracts objects nearby? In the framework of Einstein's general relativity all energy curves spacetime and hence exerts an attraction, but my ...
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Is there any way to find difference between two same sounds of different people?

I am trying to understand and find a way to distinguish two same sounds of different people by some physics formula, so could you guys help me? OK I'll try to explain my question in this way that, ...
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Measuring flow rate of gases

Flow rates of liquids could be easily measured with a stopwatch and a known volume container. But gases, if entrapped in a container will create a back pressure, and may lead to decreased flow. I ...
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plane wave move out

I have a plane wave that is recorded by a set of receivers with $x$ spacing between them (see the sketch). in the sketch (plane wave in black slant line, receivers are the little circles in black and ...
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Maximum magnetic strength achievable

What will be the maximum magnetic strength to which a piece of ferromagnetic substance can be magnetised? What will the maximum strength possible for a piece of iron? How would the shape of the ...
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Reason for establishing a magnetic hysteresis curve in Zeeman effect experiment

I am new to StackExchange, and so apologize in advance for any issues with the formatting of the question/appropriateness of the question to this forum. My lab partner and I were conducting a ...
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What are the uses of carbon nanotubes? [closed]

I read somewhere about carbon nanotubes (CNT). What is the state of the research about CNT today? Are they used for some practical purposes?
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What is making these subatomic honeycomb shapes and gaps in this graphene image?

I just read yet another graphene discovery and saw this STM image: Nice photo, it begs two questions: What is that secondary honeycomb structure, the one about 20x smaller than the atoms ...
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Noise in laboratory sources of gravitational waves

Suppose you wanted to detect gravitational waves from a lab source (I know, any reasonable man-made source will be several orders of magnitude below detection technology, but humor me for a second). ...
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Which experiment gave scientists reason to believe nuclear fission/fusion produced energy?

Every piece of knowledge in science has a beginning lying in someone's experiment. I would like to know which experiment gave scientists the reason to believe nuclear fission/fusion existed and was ...
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What is the experimental uncertainty of an ensemble measurement? [duplicate]

Let's say you measure the time it takes for 10 oscillations of a mass undergoing simple harmonic motion to within ± 0.01s, what is the uncertainty of the period of one oscillation?
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What limitations are there in measuring physical properties accurately?

In a StackOverflow answer, I attempted to explain why a 32-bit float was perfectly adequate for representing the questioner's weight measurement: Physical properties are inaccurately measured ...
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What are the technological challenges to building a muon collider?

There is a strong physics case for building and running a muon collider (primarily as a Higgs factory). Currently, what is the principal technological hold-up in making the muon collider possible?
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Any photon colliders in the past?

People have been thinking about a photon-photon collider (see this and this) as an add-on or to supplement the ILC, the next generation linear collider. My question is, have there been any ...
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Help w/ speed of sound experiment report question

Experiment was done by using an oscilloscope and a piezoelectric transducer to generate ultrasonic sound waves. We had to move the transmitter whilst receiver remains constant on a angled 1 meter ...
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How to calibrate an Ammeter?

Calibrating an ammeter is tricky thing to do. The obvious way would be connecting it to another good ammeter and see if they get the same result. However, people have been telling you can use a ...
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Does this* refraction experiment correctly conclude faster than light travel?

This question asks if a particular experiment is correct in its conclusion. This experiment, conducted by Alfred Leitner, is shown in a 1975 physics instructional movie. It claims that the experiment ...
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Stepping into a pool of water - shock - why?

If I put my feet into a pool of water that contains a live wire, why do i get shocked? For electrons to flow through my body, there has to be a E-field/wave that passes through my body along a certain ...
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What happens if we put a pinch of salt on the ice cubes which is melting in the water?

What happens if we put a pinch of salt on the ice cubes which is melting in the water? How will the ice react to the salt, and what other things will happen after mixing them?
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Casimir Effect - Other force cause plates to attract

How do we know that virtual-particle's virtual-pressure differences caused the plates to collide in the Casimir Effect Experiments. What about micro-gravitation-fields produced but the plates ...
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Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) Experiment: the two peaks

I am unable to figure out how we get two peaks in the Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) experiment, in which we use Helmholtz coils as B source with modulation, and a basic unit as a source of radio ...
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Decay/Counts/Number of Nuclei

I'm writing up a lab report and have a question about the following formula $$N = N_0e^{-\lambda t}$$ $N$ indicates the number of nuclei left after a time $t$ and $N_0$ indicates how much there was ...
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Fitting an exponential when values are negative (while taking error into account)

I'm attempting to determine the half-lives of two silver isotopes (Ag-108 and Ag-110). A lab manual for a similar experiment may be found here http://web.vu.lt/ff/a.poskus/files/2013/06/NP_No08.pdf I ...
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Balloon tethering cable tension model (catenary tether)

If a moving balloon (let's say it's a blimp system with some rotors for movement) is connected to the ground by a cable that describes a catenary curve, how can we model the tension being applied on ...
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Does bragg diffraction affect intensity of transmitted light?

Is it possible to measure the plane spacing in a crystal by measuring the angle at which transmitted light intensity dips?
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Cooling power for cloud chamber

I'd like to build a small Peltier cell cooled cloud chamber. The cold surface would be a copper sheet with a surface of 200x200 millimeters. Is there a way to even guess the cooling power needed to ...
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Stern Gerlach Experiment

Since l=0 for a valence electron in 5s state of silver, L=0 and therefore magnetic dipole moment is also 0 which means that the beam should not have deflected at all. So, we introduced the property of ...
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Resonance and a tuning fork

I carried out this experiment in class: I struck a tuning fork with a hammer. The sound lasted for some time. However, when I connected the tuning fork onto a wooden sounding box, the sound lasted ...
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Franck and Hertz graph function [closed]

I need a function whom graph is the following (the Frank and Hertz experiment graph): Currently I wrote the following function: ...
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What's the difference between $10\%$ of $10\text{ cm}$ and $1\text{ cm}$?

I overhead a physics professor at my university on the phone: I interviewed that student you sent me, but he didn't know the difference between increasing the length of a $10\text{ cm}$ rod by ...
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How use the Higgs branching ratio plot to extract information about the Higgs mass compared to experiment?

What does the plot of higgs branching ratio (see figure below) say about the higgs mass anyway? How can one use it as a guide to find the higgs mass experimentally? If we e.g. go to $M_H=126$ GeV ...
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Time scale when measuring total activity from radioactive sample

I have measured the total activity from a radioactive sample during an experiment by counting the number of decays happening in 3 seconds intervals. I got data as: Time bin: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... ...
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Can doppler shift be used to find the MH370 black boxes?

The Australian ship Ocean Shield has detected multiple pings from the black boxes onboard the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, specifically on 4 lines of bearing according to this article. The ...
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Examples to illustrate temperature dependant radiation by examples of temperature to color relation

I'm looking for a set of examples to illustrate the relation of temperature and color of "glowing" bodies. It should allow to build an intuitive understanding of this relation, so it's not about ...
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Under what circumstances is observing a superposition possible?

According to Ian Stewart's 2013 Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 119-120), Experiment and theory suggest that superposed states should not be observable as such; only individual ...
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Detecting absolute motion inside a box

This is not a contradiction and I know it is impossible but still consider a thought experiment by me and point out if something is wrong. See the following picture and then the explanation follows. ...
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Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere?

Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere? Why can't it be an integrating cube? What is the difference? Could I use a cube to measure total illuminance like an integrating sphere does?
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Why is jumping into water from high altitude fatal?

If I jump from an airplane straight positioned upright into the ocean, why is it the same as jumping straight on the ground? Water is a liquid as opposed to the ground, so I would expect that by ...
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Ice cube on a scale

Lets put an ice cube on a fairly precise scale and take readings over a period of several hours. The ice cube is situated in a saucer so that the water is retained after melting. What will the ...
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How to measure the wavelengths of ultraviolet lines in the hydrogen spectrum?

how to measure the wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation isn't it invisible? it's possible to measure visible radiation but how to measure invisible radiation?
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Pendulum (highschool)

I have a question concerning pendulum. On our physics lessons we built simple pendulum consisting of weight and a thread ($\ell=0.31$ m). We tried to calculate $g$ from the well known formula $$T_m ...
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Beryllium Vacuum Sphere Boat/Aircraft

Is it possible to make a solid rigid evacuated "balloon" out of Beryllium or other elements or alloys? The critical buckling pressure at which an evacuated sphere is given as $$ ...
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Figuring out a film thickness when the wrong metal was chosen for the thickness monitor?

I made a silly mistake and was wondering if someone had a clever solution. I evaporated two metals, A and then B. However, when I evaporated metal B, I forgot to switch the thickness monitor to metal ...
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Can we say that nanomaterials have higher cohesive energies compared to coarse-grained counterparts?

Can we say that nanomaterials have higher cohesive energies compared to coarse-grained counterparts?
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Is There an Equation To Calculate Water Evaporation Taking Into Account Environmental Variables

I am starting to learn more in my area of science...Meteorology and the fact that I own a pool, I have the perfect testing environment. I just so happened to have a water level drop from an actual ...
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Alpha scattering, observations and conclusions

For Rutherford's alpha scattering experiment where he fired alpha particles at a thin sheet of metal to determine the size of the nucleus, please can someone give me the direct link between his ...
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Are there any useful site/papers that provides data about variability in a composites material properties such as G1C,G12,E11,E22,V12 or fibre angles?

I realise this is a question that borders on Mechanical Engineering, but I was hoping someone could help. I am looking at finding experimental data that will point to variability in a composites ...
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NMR Analysis of Ethylene glycol [closed]

I have the spectrum obtained by an NMR analysis of Ethylene glycol : I would like to explain the number of peaks in this spectrum, and assign them to the proton spins present in the molecule. I ...
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charged oil drop in electric field [closed]

I am currently doing coursework for my A2 physics course. I am dropping a charged oil drop in a horizontal electric field and I was wondering how to calculate how much the droplet would deviate given ...