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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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Placing small spheres on the surface of a large sphere [migrated]

I need to cover the surface of a large sphere ($R$) with small spheres ($r$), where $R$ and $r$ are the radii of the large and small spheres, respectively. Can someone indicate an algorithm that can ...
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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 ...
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Euler angles derivation

I have been trying to grasp the idea of Euler angles for a while. Can anyone point out if my understanding is correct or not. Situation: We have 3 axes known as principal axes of inertia which define ...
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Leg Press & Actual Lifted Weight [duplicate]

I was doing leg press at the gym today and was curious how much weight I actually lift when I do the exercise as compared to when I do a squat. Suppose I load $w_L$ onto the machine, which has an ...
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random particles on a grid: Effect of increasing density on distance between them

Say I have two boxes which both contain, say, 25 red particles (as shown in picture). These particles are randomly placed in a 2d grid, and in one the total area $A_{1}=20000$ and the other has area ...
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How to calculate roll, yaw and pitch angles from 3D co-ordinates (Euler Angles)

I have digitized a video of a flying fly in a 3-dimensional space. At all instants I know the x, y, and z co-oridinates of the following points on the fly's body --- The points are my choice, and ...
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Measuring the nearest order of magnitude

The world's largest ball of a string is about $R=2 m$ in radius. To find the nearest order of magnitude, what is the total length $L$ of the string in the ball? I have tried this in the following ...
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Relative strength of a dome

Is there a rough way to determine how the height of a dome affects the load that dome could support? For instance, assuming the bases of two domes are 24" in diameter, and one dome is 2" high while ...
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Electric Field due to a disk of charge. (Problem in derivation)

This might be a really silly question, but I don't understand it. In finding the electric field due to a thin disk of charge, we use the known result of the field due to a ring of charge and then ...
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Why is $S^1\times\mathbb{R}^{n-1}$ the topology of $AdS_n$?

Anti-de Sitter $AdS_n$ may be defined by the quadric $$-(x^0)^2-(x^1)^2+\vec{x}^2=-\alpha^2\tag{1}$$ embedded in ${\mathbb{R}^{2,n-1}}$, where I write ${\vec{x}^2}$ as the squared norm ${|\vec{x}|^2}$ ...
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Geometry in diagonal matrix and inertia tensor

For this problem, can anyone explain to me why when $x_1$ axis is aligned with the diagonal of the cube, the resulting inertia tensor will become diagonal? How to interpret this result geometrically? ...
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Moment of Inertia of a sector of a circle [closed]

I am trying to find the moment of intia about its centre of a sector of a circle of radius $a$, mass $m$ and angle $\pi/3$. I have found the answer it is $\frac{1}{2}ma^2$ but originally tried a ...
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How can I compute the angular velocity of a triangle formed by three particles knowing their instantaneous positions and velocities? [closed]

I have a set of trajectories of three particles and their instantaneous velocities. I would like to compute the 3 components of the angular velocity pseudovector of the fictive triangle formed by ...
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What's a geometric explanation for exponential-falloff fundamental forces?

Gravity and electromagnetism are inverse-square laws. This makes geometric sense -- if you build a spherical shell around a lamp then a shell with twice the radius has four times the surface area and ...
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Why do we need non-trivial fibrations?

I am currently reading this paper. I understand how the Bloch sphere $S^2$ is presented as a geometric representation of the observables of a two-state system: $$ \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle ...
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How much of Minkowski spacetime structure can be recovered from its causal structure?

A beginner's question: I have always understood that (four-dimensional) Minkowski spacetime can be recovered up to a constant factor—i.e. 'up to a dilation' or 'up to global scale'—from its causal ...
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Rigid rectangle in Schwarzschild

Say I build a perfect rectangle. Side lengths $l_1$ and $l_2$ and perfect right angles. I am on earth and the metric is given by the Schwarzschild metric. Setting $dt=0$ leads to the spatial ...
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What is the notion of a spatial angle in general relativity?

Is there a notion of spatial angles in general relativity? Example: The world line of a photon is given by $x^{\mu}(\lambda)$. Suppose it flies into my lab where I have a mirror. I align the mirror ...
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How to calculate spatial distance in space-time?

Pinning two test particles at two different points in space, how can I calculate their spatial distance, when the geometry is given by the Schwarzschild metric? Let's say particle 1 is pinned at ...
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In Minkowski space, why does the hyperboloid appear to each observer as a circle whose radius is increasing faster than the speed of light?

I read the assumption in the above question in the paper Hyperbolic geometry on a Hyperboloid by William F. Reynolds (see here, page 444), but it was not clarified further (the discussion was rather ...
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Scattering geometry question

While reading up on light scattering I came across this slide: My vector maths is a bit rusty and I am having trouble understanding the last term (scattering geometry). What is the significance of ...
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Geodesic distance in de Sitter space

Consider $N$ dimensional de Sitter space embedded in $N+1$ dimensional Minkowski space: $$\eta_{\mu\nu}X^\mu X^\nu=1, \hspace{1cm}\eta_{\mu\nu}=\text{diag}(-1,1,\dots,1)$$ where I set $H=1$ for ...