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Why do sunbeams diverge even though the sun is much more than a few kilometers away?

Consider this picture of sun beams streaming onto the valley through the clouds. Given that the valley is only (at a guess) 3km wide, with simple trigonometry and the angles of the beams, this ...
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4- dimensional space geometry, what is the point? [on hold]

I just read about the 4 dimensional space. I found a nice article describing how to visualize a 4-D object into our 3-D world. This is really fascinating. However, what's the point of researching in ...
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How do I calculate the right ascension of the points along the ecliptic at given elevations?

How do I calculate the right ascension of the point along the ecliptic nearest the sun at sunset and sunrise that is at a given altitude/elevation? For example, I'd like to compute the right ...
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Space formed by dot products of three vectors [migrated]

Suppose I have 3 3D unit vectors $\mathbf{v}_1$, $\mathbf{v}_2$, and $\mathbf{V}$. I define the three corresponding scalars $u_1=\mathbf{v}_1 \cdot \mathbf{V}$, $u_2=\mathbf{v}_2 \cdot \mathbf{V}$, ...
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Why drops form spheres?

Consider a drop of water floating in an inertial frame in STP air (e.g., the ISS). Intuitively, the equilibrium shape of the drop is a sphere. How would one prove that? Is it equivalent to showing ...
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Gravity on and inside a planet-sized bi-lobed body

Admittedly, for yet another science-fiction project Say I have a planet-like body shaped like a sphere with a torus subtracted out of it, leaving a sort of "apple core" shape. Firstly, is the ...
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How to calculate the horizon line of a satellite?

I need an equation to calculate a list of Earth-centered, Earth-fixed (ECEF) XYZ coordinates on the earth that represent the visibility limit of satellite given its ECEF XYZ coordinates. For any ...
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Is it possible to calculate the length of a tube if the 'near' diameter and 'far' diameter are known?

When looking down and through a length of tube, the 'far' diameter is less than than that diameter that is closest to the viewer's eye. If, for example, the tube's internal diameter is measured at ...
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Maps on manifolds

I am reading the SUPERGRAVITY textbook of Freedman and Van Proyen. I am reading that in the sphere we can introduce two patches that their union covers the whole sphere. Ok, I understand why we need ...
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Time Dilation Geometry

I was recently exploring time dilation from Gravity and from velocity and I came up with an interesting derivation that I have not seen before. I was wondering if there is a paper published showing ...
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Gaze tracking with the pupil-glint response how does the geometry work?

I am struggling to understand the geometry behind the pupil glint response (see above) (With only one light source). I understand that you use the glint to find the corneal centre (Centre of corneal ...
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Do lower dimensional objects actually exist? [duplicate]

Take for instance a arbitrarily chosen 2-dimensional rectangle, having a length of $x$, a width of $y$ and height of 0. (Or take for instance a 1-dimensional line. Or take for instance a 0-dimensional ...
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How would the representation of a circle in 4 dimensions? [closed]

We know that the representation of a square in three dimensions is a cube, and in four dimensions is a tessaract or, hyper cube. With this, How would be the representation of a circle in four ...
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In layman's terms, why would frame dragging affect precession of nearby object?

My question is really about the gravitomagnetic frame-dragging and the Lense Thirring effect. My question is not whether the frame dragging effect exists but rather it's manifestation in affecting ...
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What solution do I need to use in this question? [closed]

Question: Jojo and Albert left the same point and hike in different directions. their displacements are $\Delta x= 4$ km and $\Delta y= 6$ km. How far are they from each other?
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How corner atom of a cube is shared by 8 atoms? [closed]

Since each atom is at the corner of a cube and 8 cubes meet at each corner. Therefore each atom is shared by 8 cubes. But I don't visualize it, so please tell how I Visualize it.
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How do you compute for the center of a rotation of a bicycle?

I know how to find the center of a rotation, like where you connect the side and make bisector with the help of your compass. But in a situation like this how do I get the $a_2$? I'm doing an advance ...
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$y$-component of center of a cube that rolls without slipping [closed]

For the figure above, let $O$ be the origin point for $x,y$-axis, and $+x$ goes to the horizontal right direction while $+y$ direction goes to the up direction. The figure has one circle and one ...
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Increasing the volume of a object in a photograph

I have two images which look like this --- These images are two views of a calibration object --- the white die that you see hanging in the middle. The problem is that, the die is too small and ...
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Kepler's First Law of Planetary Motion: Whats at the other focus? [duplicate]

Kepler's first law states that the orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci. Is there anything significant about the location, or any unusual properties about the other ...
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Can one calculate the distance from Earth to the camera, given a single picture?

Given an image of (part of) a sphere of known size, can one calculate the distance to the camera based on the relative size of the sphere in the image? My instinct is "no" unless you have some fixed ...
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Motivating Irreducibility of Hilbert Space for Quantization Axioms

In the context of geometric quantization, we usually look for a map from the Poisson algebra of classical observables to the algebra of quantum observables (or rather, a sub-algebra of the classical ...
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Finding the Direction when resolving a Vector

When you are finding the resultant of a vector I understand that to find the magnitude you use Pythagorean Theorem and I understand that to find the direction you are going to use $\tan^{-1}$ (or ...
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Deriving relationship between distance and angle for field of a line charge

The relationship $r\,\mathrm{d}\alpha = \mathrm{d}x \cos(\alpha)$ is not obvious to me. In fact, when I look at it, I think it should be $r\,\mathrm{d}\alpha \cos(\alpha) = \mathrm{d}x$. Can someone ...
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Centre of mass as a function of distance [closed]

I have searched it on Google and also visited the HyperPhysics website to find out but all they seem to offer world centre of mass of continuous and uniformly bodies.My school textbooks are of no help ...
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Particles passing through a surface

Today is the day I ask silly questions : The book says the particles passing through the surface $dS$ are the ones contained in the cylinder of volume $dS.v.dt.cos(\theta)$ but I really don't see ...
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How many are the points which are $n$th nearest to a certain point in a hexagonal lattice

Suppose there are infinite points arranged as hexagonal lattice. The question is the one as the title. First we choose a point called $A$. Then when we count the $n$th nearest points to $A$, what ...
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What is the difference between the shapes of molecules with different isotopes

I'll explain my question on example of water molecule. Let us have three water molecules: normal water $H_2 O$, heavy water $D_2 O$ and semiheavy water $HDO$. Is there any difference between the ...
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Number of revolutions of a rolling coin [closed]

Take two quarters and lay them on a table. Press down on one quarter so it cannot move. Then, starting at the 12:00 position, roll the other quarter along the edge of the stationary quarter. How many ...
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Cutting a circle and moving endpoints

A metal (or otherwise, suitably elastic) circle is cut and the points are slid up and down a vertical axis as shown: How would one describe the resultant curves mathematically?
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Error in measuring distance ignoring curvature of Earth [closed]

Suppose you model distance as a flat 2d plane rather than a curved surface. Given that the radius of the Earth is about 6400 km, approximately how far must you travel before the relative error ...
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How does the human eye knows how far the object from which the photon was reflected?

A photon is emitted from a source and reflected off an object (or objects) until it hits the human eye. The color of the object we see depends on the photon wavelength. If photon travels with constant ...
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Moment of Inertia of Polygons in the Plane [closed]

I was reading this link, which describes a method of finding the moment of inertia of a general convex polygon by splitting it into triangles. I then realized I have no idea on how to derive a such a ...
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Why does the $L_2$ norm give the shortest path between 2 points?

Why not the $L_1$ or $L_3$ distances? Is there some deep reason why the universe (at least at human scales) looks pretty much Euclidean? Could we imagine a different universe where a different ...
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How do I find the moment of inertia of a regular $n$-gon? [closed]

Of a regular $n$-gon with radius $R$ and mass $M$. Any hint to solving would also be acceptable. The result I'm looking for is $$I_{CM} = (1/2) MR^2 (1 - (2/3) \sin^2(\pi/n)).$$
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$c/a$ ratio for an ideal hexagonal close-packed (HCP) structure [closed]

Show that the $c/a$ ratio for an ideal hexagonal close-packed (HCP) structure is $\left(\frac{8}{3}\right)^\frac{1}{2} = 1.633$. I believe $a$ is the length of $a_1$ and $a_2$. I figured that ...
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Path of wheels of a bicycle

Why are the wheels of a bicycle moving in concentric circles with the center O? I know that the velocity of the back wheel is parallel to the frame of the bicycle and the velocity of the front wheel ...
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Bending of a pipe filled with sand

There is this industrial pipe made out of steel that is 1 meter in diameter and 6 meters long (and volume 4,71 cubic meters). The thickness of the pipe "wall" is 4 centimeter. The pipe is filled ...
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What are some structures which minimize surface stress upon expansion

Intro I am currently researching into a problem involving the cyclical expansion and contraction of a 3 layered structure comprised of an internal metal encased by another metal encased in an outer ...
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Close-packing of equal spheres - one sphere in a pyramid with a square base and four equilateral trianglular faces

I'm trying to determine the "packing efficiency" of fitting on sphere into a square based pyramidal container with four equilateral triangular faces. In other words, how much space within the pyramid ...
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T duality for lower codimension branes or ALF spaces

These are purely mathematical questions in some sense but I believe this is relevant in string theory as the title says. I wonder if it is possible to perform T-duality of Taub-NUT space not along ...
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Why should an area vector point normal to the surface?

Why is it that the direction of an area vector should be always along the normal drawn to the surface? Can't it also be some other angles with the plane?
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How can I calculate the center of an object relative to a focal point and a moving observer? [closed]

I'm developing an app that contains a 3D scene which the user can navigate. As the user moves it gives the illusion that you are browsing a real landscape but for the illusion to work I need to know ...
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Geometry topics in physics [closed]

I'd like to learn modern physics at an advanced level, but since I've no access to university, I'm self-teaching, and appeal to the Internet for information about what to study and how. Currently, ...
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Could a fourth dimension be “spatially simulated” one point at a time by using movements?

I wonder if time and movement can be translated into a simulation of an extra spatial dimension. At least in one point at a time. I'll try to explain. Imagine a fixed probe which measures the ...
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How much of the sky is visible from a particular location?

From a particular point how much of the sky can be observed. For simplicity sake let us assume the particular point is the head of a 6 foot tall man floating in the middle of the ocean with no visible ...
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Can Minkowski spacetime be redefined as a non-flat riemannian manifold?

Minkowski space time is defined in terms of a flat pseudo-Riemannian manifold. I have wondered if it can be redefined as Riamannian manifold and in the case what type of curvature would there appear. ...
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Why is the inertia ellipsoid of a higher symmetry than the rigid body?

I was always puzzled by this fact. A uniform cube has a sphere-shaped inertia ellipsoid. The sphere has a higher symmetry then the cube. Is there any deep reason or implication behind it?
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A simple way of calculating Euler Angles from Rotation Matrix — help!

This is a follow up of this question : I have the rotation matrix $$ \left( \begin{matrix} a_{11} & a_{12} & a_{13}\\ a_{21} & a_{22} & a_{23}\\ a_{31} & a_{32} & ...
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Inertia tensor of a spherical cap

I'm trying to calculate the inertia tensor of a spherical cap (a piece of a sphere) like the one shown below. The origin (not shown) is located at the center of the whole sphere and the axes ...