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Relationship between electric field and distance

I am working on a lab report that asks a conceptual question related to one of the labs we did on electrostatic fields. For the context of my question, here is how the experiment is set up. We have ...
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Influence of acceleration in acoustic doppler's effect experiment

Recently I've done an acoustic doppler's effect experiment for physics lab assignment. The setup was two microphones in a straight line, movable object with sound source and a pc with the usual sound ...
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Does the charge of an atom or molecule change after absorbing a photon

I know atoms or molecules will absorb a photon of the right frequency but will this change the charge. If you have a neutral molecule once it absorbs a photon will the charge change to a positive or ...
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Free-Fall Lab Help - Getting weird results

So, I am doing a free-fall lab for my physics class. We got the values and I have the results here(we used a infrared photo-gate). Basically, we have a brass cylinder and a wood cylinder. Each are ...
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Is blowing bubbles a decent means to stir a liquid?

Occasionally I'll catch myself with a mixed drink at home that I'd normally stir between drinks due to the contents separating. Even more occasionally I'll be having said drink while doing something ...
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What exactly is measured in a e.g. hadronic calorimeter - momentum or energy of a particle?

I got a little puzzled with the concept of hadronic/electromagnetic calorimeter. Do they measure the energy of the particle e.g. an electron, like the first entry of the four-momentum, or the ...
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Temperature change due to evaporation?

I have a bottle of Dichloromethane (say, 100cc) with air being bubbled through it at a rate of 100 cc/minute at an initial 25 degC. How do I go about determining the rate of change of temperature due ...
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Do we know if the human brain follows Moore's Law? [closed]

EDIT This question is extremely badly worded and I would appreciate it if you could ignore it's content. I cut and pasted parts of two related but unfortunately distinctly different questions ...
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Measuring focal length of complex lens

I'm trying to accurately measure the focal length of a lens. I have a complex computerised system lens measuring system that I don't entirely trust (I worked with Hubble) so I want to confirm the ...
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What does air “feel” like to a flying mosquito in terms of viscosity?

If I go for a walk at, say 4 km/hour, unless there is a breeze blowing, I probably won't notice the air around me at all. If I go for a swim though, I will immediately notice the viscosity of the ...
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What do we mean by saying that one clock had been “running slower” than another clock; or that two clocks had been “running equally”?

Several posts on this site, especially on the topic of relativity, refer to comparisons between clocks in terms of their "running"; one having "run faster" than the other, one having "run slower" than ...
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prototyping a cyclotron , a charging problem

I'd like to model a cyclotron but not with subatomic particles but with a small metallic ball but the problem is i need to charge the metallic ball with certain amount of charge and i must know it to ...
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In Electron Spin Resonance, what provides the energy for the transition?

I recently performed an ESR experiment at M.Sc. level. The experiment manual says that the energy for the transition is provided by magnetic field oscillating at radio frequency. I am little confused ...
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What experiment supports the axiom that quantum operations are reversible?

Among the axioms of quantum mechanics there is one axiom that says transformations of a quantum state need to be continuous, linear, and reversible (and this together with the other axioms results in ...
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How to Vary the wavelength of UV CFL? [closed]

I have a $12$ $V$ $DC$ operated UV $[CFL]$(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp) with $365$ $nm$ wavelength. I need to vary this wavelength in the $250-300-350-400-450-500$ $nm$. ...
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How does scintillation gamma-spectrometers work?

As far as I understand, the incident photon interacts by photoelectric, Compton scattering or pair production with the electrons of the crystal (NaI(Tl) in our case). The electron that emerges from ...
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Have the BaF2 scintillator have a strong correlation with the alimentation current that cause the shifting of the centroids?

In gamma gamma correlation I suspect the presence of sistematic error maybe caused by a non optimal alimentation voltage according to someone there is a quadratic correlation between centroids ...
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Which travels further, a football or a soccer ball, when thrown?

I recently answered this question: Laminar Versus Turbulent Flow and it caused me to think of the following situation. Given that an (American) football weighs between Football 400 to 430 grams, and ...
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Could a civilisation contact us by laser from 50 light years away?

The Kepler Space Mission has discovered over 1,000 planets. These discoveries may increase the confidence of some people that other civilisations exist. That is an opinion issue, and not what I want ...
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The tested length scale of classical mechanics

I was reading this, and I am left wondering actually how good classical physics, Newtonian mechanics or general relativity, is in very large length scales, as an approximation? Therefore, I would ...
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If a fizzy drink was poured in zero gravity what will happen?

What will happen if I pour some soda in zero gravity ?
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The James Webb Telescope, why are there 5 levels of protecting foil?

From simple curiosity, does anybody know why there are around 5 layers of solar radiation reflecting foil on the James Webb Telescope, rather than one or two? Is it to save weight, or (probably) ...
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Can I use an IV curve alone to differentiate between metallic, semiconducting and insulating materials?

Assuming the size of the bandgap is expressed as resistance in the IV curve, could I tell between metals, semiconductors an insulators by only doing an IV sweep? For example very high slopes (large ...
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Would the hot windows break? [closed]

I have a question that I was thinking about for a long time. I live in Kuwait and in the summer season the weather reach 50°C which is extremely hot specially inside a car. What if I was able to ...
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Wimshurst machine - How does it work?

Look at this VIDEO to see what is supposedly happening: A Wimshurst machine is a seemingly simple device consisting of two plastic wheels with embedded metal plates on the rim. The wheels spin in ...
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Is the MaxEnt “interpretation” of statistical mechanics the current mainstream approach?

I've only recently started studying statistical mechanics and I'm quite confused with the MaxEnt and anti-MaxEnt ideas. I'm looking for a concise answer, if it is possible, not really a description ...
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Using a laser to overhear a room conversation

Movies with science based tricks and gimmicks are generally silly and sometimes even annoying. The science based trick that I don't know enough about to judge is the following (and I have seen it in a ...
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How does rainbow stay for such long time even it is caused due to raindrops?

Rainbow forms when light rays pass through a raindrop (usually, it can be a watet droplet also) and it undergoes several phenomenon like refraction , reflection , dispersion , But after the rainbow is ...
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Experiment to test flatness of prism

I have a Prism glued to a prism plate. Let's say the method of using optical glue is good enough, and minimal human error is tolerated. What experiment would be a good to check if the prism is not ...
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How deep can a whirlpool descend?

My question is based around comparing the physics of a tornado against, what I imagine/assume to be the marine equivalent of a tornado, that is a whirlpool located either at sea, in a tidal region or ...
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Detector vs mixer

I'd like to measure the power of an incoming laser beam, which could be modulated to carry a signal. My laser will be in the range of 100um to 200um. So I think a Schottky diode detection system would ...
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Why is it necessary to break symmetry to get magnetoelectric effect in multiferroics?

Spatial or time symmetry needs to be broken for both magnetic and electric to happen in the same material. But how is symmetry hindering the process?
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Hydrogen Spectra using Hydrogen Gas Discharge Tube

I am doing an experiment for my lab work which include determination of value of Rydberg Constant using method of Interpolation. For this we first plot calibration curve for various wavalengths ...
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Why would the acoustic absorption coefficient of hexane in air be less than air?

Why would the acoustic absorption coefficient of hexane in air be less than air? That is, a 120kHz pulse train shows a bigger amplitude after traveling in a hexane/air mix than in pure air? My ...
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Pouring oil on choppy water to calm it , does it work and if so how?

Near where I live, local fishermen often bring cans of castor oil with them, to calm the water around their boats, if they feel bad weather is due. They claim this method of sea calming works, ...
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Magnets And Charges [duplicate]

What is the reason that like charges repel and unlike changes attract each other ? is there something acting in atomic level? Why do charges that are like that donot attract each other ?
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Is possible to use optical fiber to transmit light to streetlights? [closed]

I was thinking about this idea: Only one lamp, inside a optical fiber structure, transmitting all the light through a lot of optical fiber cables direct to streetlights. (I guess that the cables ...
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A follow up on “Double Slit Experiment in a Bubble Chamber”

The exact title is "Has a double slit experiment ever been done using a track chamber or even contemplated?". I was totally unfamiliar with the concept of the bubble chamber, so I did some amateur ...
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Has the speed of gravity been measured experimentally? How? [duplicate]

In Newtonian physics, changes in gravity propagate instantly. In general and special relativity, gravity propagates at the speed of light, $c$. From reading answers to questions about gravity on this ...
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Why do physicists always give “event rates”?

Many times I see plots for expected/measured "event rates", but what's the motivation for this? Why not generate/use plots for expected/measured event numbers/counts instead?
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3D Simulation Software

I need a software capable of simulating the physics of a car going off a ramp. This is a stunt that I will be attempting and looks like the following: A car, going off a curved ramp, doing a barrel ...
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Could diamagnetism be used to create an airbag for your internals?

Could a massively strong magnetic field be used to shield a human body from the effects of excessive +/- accelerations? My understanding is that say for a pilot suitably strapped in that the strain ...
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Appartus for Young's double slit?

I am wanting a full description of an apparatus used for Young's double slit (not necessarily the one that Young himself used though), which takes monochromatic light (though not laser light) and ...
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How many pairs of nuclei collide in heavy ion collisions?

As each bunch of heavy ions consist of a large number of nuclei it does not seem unlikely that multiple binary ion collisions will occur as it does in p-p collisions. However, should this be the case, ...
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Has string theory predicted any experimently verified results? [duplicate]

I'm just getting into string theory and I'm wondering if it has made any unique predictions that have been verified by experiment?
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What is the freezing/melting point tap water?

Yes, I know purity is not a constant and depends on area etc. Does anyone have any experimental results on freezing/melting point of any tap water, as opposed to distilled, de-ionized, saline etc? I ...
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Do we regularly measure and update our physical constants (By using the LHC)?

This question is motivated by sheer curiosity. I certainly do not expect that the free parameters we use in the standard model have changed in value since we started measuring them with a "modern" ...
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Is circular masking a laser beam an acceptable way to get the beam diameter you require?

I am wondering what are the down sides to just masking a laser to get the beam diameter you require? For example if you have a collimated eliptical beam of say 2mm width and 4mm height, but you ...
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How was the neutron's spin measured?

In 2012 it was asked, How to measure the spin of a neutral particle. I'm not sure that the answer "Neutron spin can be measured in a Stern Gerlach setup." was really carried out. So what for ...
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What's the difference between two types of diaphragms?

What's the principal difference between aperture iris diaphragm and field iris diaphragm?