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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 ...
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Thought experiment using quantum entanglement in position and its effects

Consider we have two atoms $a$ and $b$. They are entangled with each other in position and momentum, with some wavefuction describing them in position space that is $\Psi(x_a, x_b)$. This ...
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Experiments proving/disproving extra dimensions [duplicate]

I have been recently reading quite a little about Kaluza Klein theories. I am still far from mastering this but I am curious if any experiment that may disprove or give hints of the existence of extra ...
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Why is it easier to break a tightened or stretched string than a loose one?

I want to know, why is it that it is easier to cut through a string which is tightened then a loose one? The question arose when I was watching - "What Happened Next?". In a part, they showed two ...
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Specific heat of aluminium as a function of temperature

I am trying to find the curve describing the specific heat of aluminum as a function of temperature between about 50K to 300K(or room temperature) for an experiment I am doing. Ultimately I need to ...
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Which is the smallest known particle that scientists have actually *seen with their eyes*? [closed]

Which is the smallest particle that has been actually seen by the scientists? When I say "actually seen", (may be using some ultra advanced microscope or any other man made eye, using any wavelength ...
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Experimentally Verifying a Clock's Accuracy

So recently one of my professors went off on a tangent, and we ended up discussing atomic clocks and how they work, which is something I've always been fascinated with and thoroughly enjoyed. But it ...
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Measuring a fluctuating quantity: Instrument error vs. uncertainty, or both?

Say I am measuring a quantity $x$ in physical system whose true value is approximately sinusoidal in time. I have an instrument to sample this quantity, for which the manufacturer gives an accuracy ...
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Is the interpretation of BICEP2 data being due to “graviational waves” concerning considering the negative results of the LIGO's experiments? [closed]

Gravitational waves are a yet unproven idea... The lack of positive results from LIGO indicates these are still theoretical constructs not yet supported by experimental data. Is not the explanation of ...
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Single mode fibers

Is it possible to focus white light into a single mode optical fiber? I thought no because in order to focus it should be a solution to the Helmholtz equation but I am not too sure about it. Also ...
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What are the problems in analyzing an experiment with non-ideal collisions? [closed]

For a two-dimensional collision experiment, I must explain in one of the questions the problems in analyzing a non-ideal two-dimensional collision. As the question states: Suppose that the ...
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Numerical aperture of a lens

Using a laser setup, I was asked to determine the aperture of a given lens and then use some geometrical arguments and compare the theoretical value from the manufacturer and the experimental value. ...
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What experiments compete with BICEP 2, and when are their results expected?

The recent results of the BICEP 2 experiment published on March 17th 2014, has generated a lot of media attention, with the general consensus being that "this is a major discovery" perhaps leading to ...
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Creating electricity from mains water pressure.

Could someone cleverer than me help me out? I had a crazy thought going through my head the other day and I can't lay my mind to rest until I get an answer. Q. How much energy could be produced by ...
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What was the major discovery on gravitational waves made March 17th, 2014, in the BICEP2 experiment?

The Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics held a press conference today to announce a major discovery relating to gravitational waves. What was their announcement, and what are the implications? ...
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Photoelectric effect: current vs wavelength

In an experiment where the type of metal,intensity of light and potential difference across a battery is kept constant at 2V the results show that an increase in wavelength, obviously in turn ...
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EPR paradox: instantaneous vs very fast?

An EPR quantum experiment can be explained by instantaneous collapse of the wave function regardless of the distance separating a pair of entangled particles. But do we have the certainty that the ...
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need data-point: count rate of APD (avalanche photo-diode) for specific aperture and stellar magnitude

I hope lab / experimental physics is fair game for this web-site. If not, sorry! I'm designing a sensor system to perform specialized [astronomy and space-sciences] experiments, and need a "reality ...
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Measurements for thermal diffusivity of graphene?

We have known for a long time that graphene has in-plane thermal conductivity ranging between 2000 and 4000 $W m^{-1} K^{-1}$. But in order to model heat transport on a sheet of graphene, we need more ...
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Why would a pendulum experiment give $g > 9.8\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$?

I am taking an introductory lab course in which we've done an experiment on the physical pendulum. We've seen that for small oscillations, the period is ...
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How organic impurities in the air affects laser?

We have a Nd YAG laser pumped Optical Parameter Oscillator in our lab. A technician came to our lab (my professor called him for its maintenance) and while he was working on it, he told me that ...
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Getting nonphysical results when solving for the index of refraction of a slab?

I'm trying to computationally find the refractive indices (real and imaginary) for a thin slab suspended in air (so the only indices to deal with are air and my material's). I've experimentally taken ...
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Electrons skip randomly around their orbits

I read where the electron (as well as a few other particles) skips around in its orbit randomly rather than move around the orbit smoothly. This effect has been repeatedly observed in the laboratory ...