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Find an angle in 3 dimensions [on hold]

I've had a good attempt at this question trying everything I could think of and the answer I got was 60 degrees yet still incorrect. It would be great if anyone could help me out. The boom ...
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Are Landau levels always degenerate?

Solving the Landau problem, namely the quantum mechanical problem of a particle in a magnetic field leads to degenerate energy states, the famous Landau levels. My question consists of two parts. ...
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Maximisation of the distance of particles in a box? [closed]

Consider $N$ particles in a box of ratio $R=L_x/L_y$, where $L_x$ and $L_y$ are the two sides of the box. The box has periodic boundary conditions. Consider now a state which maximises the distance ...
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Thouless' pumping [closed]

In his paper quantization of particle transport, Thouless did not cite the paper by Berry (possible Berry's paper has not appeared yet?). Therefore, the question is, is Thouless' derivation still ...
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Why is pi/2 the angle associated with orthogonality in euclidean geometry? [migrated]

This is sort of a weird question, but I am trying to understand why 90 degrees or pi/2 radians is the angle that corresponds to orthogonality in 3-d (or really any dimension of) Euclidean space. Said ...
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Compute distance travelled based on a yaw-rate

Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and (this rigid body) is rotating with a constant yaw rate of $\dot{\theta}$. Find the distance travelled in one time step, $\Delta ...
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Does charge bend spacetime like mass? [duplicate]

Does charge bend spacetime like mass? I'm not asking if electromagnetic forces can be described geometrically, but if EM fields could correspond to particular curvatures of spacetime, like gravity ...
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Get actual object size in mm using camera [closed]

How to get actual object size in mm when we know Object distance, focal length, image width in pixels and camera angle,
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Calculating euler number of disk [migrated]

I'm trying to do exercise 3.1 from Polchinski, which should be a rather easy differential geometry problem. I have to calculate the euler number defined by $$\chi = \frac{1}{4\pi}\int_{M}d^{2}\sigma ...
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How to calculate the inertia tensors of an irregular polygonal right prism?

I am attempting to program a physics simulation and need to do calculate the inertia tensors of a mesh constructed of a series of irregular polygonal prisms. Now, I am aware that you can calculate ...
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Is a ball noncompact? [migrated]

A compact manifold usually refers to "a manifold without a boundary", for example the usual 2-sphere $S^2$. What about a manifold with a boundary? Intuitively, I think such an example, e.g. a ball ...
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How is the inertia tensor (just diagonal elements) of a quarter disk related to the full disk one?

Let be a disk of radius $R$ and mass $M$ with an uniform distribution of mass $\sigma$, centered in the origin O, laying in the $OXY$ plane. If I know that $$I_x=I_y=\frac{1}{4}MR^2, \qquad ...
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Why perpendicular vectors do not share components?

I just can picture it in my mind or on paper. Can someone explain it with examples? This is the key idea behind the uniform circular motion: if the force has a component in direction of the object's ...
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Sound source not in a straight line with the sound receiver - does that make a difference?

Hope the graphics will help me explaining my question better. Let's say the box would be a room in the fourth floor, and the sound source would come from cars in the street. It is clear that in ...
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Why is the elemental volume of a sphere equal to $4 \pi r^2dr$?

I was doing this question on calculating the electric field at a certain point in a sphere (length $r$ away from the centre), where the charge density is given by an equation. When I checked the ...
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Physical Meaning of Cone used in Conic Section for Orbital Mechanics

Does the polar angle (complement of $\theta$ below) of a cone which intersects a plane to yield a conic section have a physical meaning in orbital mechanics? Note that the angle of incident ...
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Alternative ways of calculating the principal moment of inertia

Let's say I am given 2x2 masses ($m$ and $m'$ have the same mass, just different coordinates): $m_1: (-a,b,0)$ $m_1':(a,-b,0)$ $m_2: (a,b,0)$ $m_2': (-a,-b,0)$ Due to symmetry the center of mass ...
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How fast would one have to travel in an airplane in order to experience a continuous sunset?

For the sake of simplifying this problem and removing any guess work on how high the plane is flying, we'll say that our airplane is at 30,000 ft. as this is the average altitude for commercial ...
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Trajectory of a swimmer trying to reach the opposite bank [closed]

I came across the following question 2 days ago: $Q$. A swimmer is swimming in a river with a speed $u$ with respect to the speed of water which is $v$. It is assumed that the river has straight ...
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Moment of inertia tensor calculation [closed]

If I have a rigid body consists of three uniform rods, each of mass $m$ and length $2a$, held mutually perpendicular at their midpoints choose a coordinate system with the axes along the rod. So I ...
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Standardising shadow length on sundials

The sundial is fundamentally flawed in that the length of each hourly shadow changes with the seasons. If the base of the sundial was engineered to move cyclically on an anual basis however, the ...
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What should the length of my wire be in order to get a surface area of 10cm^2?

I would like to make a flat coil out of a steel wire that is $1.22 ~\text{mm}$ in thickness (or $1.22~\text{mm}$ in diameter). I wish to make the coil up the wire into a flat disk that has a surface ...
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Foci of elliptical path

I have read the Kepler's laws of motion where I came across the term foci of elliptical path. But what is really a focus? Can anyone please explain what is a focus (maybe with a diagram) and why a ...
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Why do you seem to go faster as you hug a turn?

I was driving to work this morning when this question occurred to me. I was going up a clover-leaf entrance ramp to the highway. The person in front of me was lazily floating the outside of the curve, ...
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Circumference measurement using a capacitive sensor

I have a question which I hope someone in here can help me answer. Background: I’m building a device where I intend to use a stretchable capacitive sensor to define the radius change of an object. ...
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How to calculate centre of mass

How do I find the centre of mass with given coordinates? For example if we have four objects with mass $m$ at coordinates of a square $(0,0,0),(0,0,a),(0,a,0),(0,a,a)$ or another example with eight ...
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Constructing uniform mesh in reciprocal space?

This is a bit of a mental exercise for me to get comfortable with the math of reciprocal spaces since I am going to start doing some research that requires knowledge of reciprocal spaces. Let's say I ...
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How to derive path difference ($\Delta l=d\sin \theta$) for double-slit interference?

The Wikipedia page for the double-slit wave interference experiment states that the path difference between waves diffracting from the two slits is equal to: $$ \Delta l=d\sin \theta $$ where $d$ is ...
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Are circles stronger than triangles?

I've often herd in engineering that "there is no shape stronger than a triangle". I also recall that arches are very strong shapes as well, which can be crudely described as a ...
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Can the universe be round but still infinite?

Can the universe still be infinite in space if its curvature is > 1? Is a manifold of positive curvature necessarily compact? Does the Tarski paradox have any bearing on the finite or infinite ...
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Why are three parameters required to express rotation in 3 dimension?

We know that in spherical coordinates angle $\theta$ and $\phi$ (two angles)are enough to express three dimensional rotation of matrix. But to express rotation mathematically as a transformation ...
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Radian Zeno-version paradox: Can a particle moving in the circular path reach the angular position of non-terminating decimal form radian value?

Consider a particle P moving in a circle of radius r as shown in the figure. Premise 1: Position of the particle can be described by the angle $\theta$. Premise 2: Particle reaches the position ...
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Constrained Motion of Connected Particles, Small Calculation Question

I am looking at this sample problem from Meriam Kraige - Engineering Mechanics Dynamics: When I do the differentiation, I end up with $\large -2\dot y+\frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2+h^2}}$ Where is the $\dot ...
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Center of mass of equilateral triangle

I'm trying find the center of mass ($R$) of a uniform density equilateral triangle without using symmetries to find the x coordinate of the vector $R$, but I can't get the expected $R_x = ...
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Calculating the area of region of the sky

I am given the right ascensions ($\alpha_1$ and $\alpha_2$) and declinations ($\delta_1$ and $\delta_2$) of a specific region of the sky. How can we find the area of this region? I know that there ...
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How many times can light revolve around a black hole?

Take a light ray approaching a black hole from infinity which goes out again to infinity. What is the maximum finite rotation it can describe? (I know it can loop around indefinitely in the ...
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Justifying the use of real numbers for measuring length

I am not sure if this is the most appropriate place to post this but here goes nothing: Assume we were trying to come up with system of numbers $S$ to model our intuition of length. We want $S$ to ...
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Distinguishing between solid spheres and hollow spheres (equal mass)

If there are two spheres (hollow and solid) with equal mass and radius and we want to find the hollow sphere without using any equipment. What's the best way(s) to recognize the hollow sphere and ...
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Quantum physics and constructable numbers [duplicate]

I do not know much about quantum physics. However, I do know it believes the world is discrete ( has quanta). This seems to contradicts the fact that we can create an object of length root 2 since you ...
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Is the total length of the inner sheet of a two ply roll of toilet paper shorter than the outer sheet?

If you look at any individual square of two plies, each ply looks the same. But musn't the inner ply be shorter? Wouldn't the inner ply develop kinks if it was the same length as the outer ply? Or ...
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Electric Flux - Vector Components

How is $vcos(\theta)$ the perpendicular vector? I think I'm missing something fundamental in my trig and vector knowledge...
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Why is space 3 dimensional and could it be different? [duplicate]

Is there any particular physical law or property which caused space to be 3 dimensional, and is there theoretical possibility of having more or less dimensions in physical space?
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What is the connection between geometry of physical space and Hilbert space?

In Quantum Mechanis (QM), the dynamical variables are the (quantized) coordinates $x_j$ and their canonical conjugate $p_j = -i\partial_j$ with the commutation relation $[x_j,p_k]=i\delta_{jk}$ ...
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What's wrong with this calculation of the center of mass of a triangle?

Find the center of mass $(x_G,y_G)$ of a homogeneous triangle of mass $m$. Divide it into infinitesimal rectangles of width $dy$, length $x$, mass $dm$ and area $dA$. We have $d A = x dy $ ...
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Weight of an object at different angles [closed]

I'm trying to either find a calculator online or help with an equation to work out how much weight I'm lifting when I pick up my dirt bike off the floor [edit: when it's lying on it's side on the ...
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Poisson equation in 2D and 3D: geometrical reason for the difference

The Poisson equation in 3D shows a fundamental solution in 3D which decays with $\sim 1/r$, whilst in 2D it shows a much different decay $\sim -\ln r$. While in 3D not only the solution, but also its ...
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Is there a theory that physically explains the origin equivalence principle / explains gravity via acceleration?

I've been thinking about how gravity could arise from a 4th dimensional spinning cylinder with space-time that has pliability like rubber (which I think is a generally accepted analogy). The ...
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How do you calculate the focal point location of a circular mirror? [closed]

I'm trying to find the focal point and center of curvature of a concave mirror. Just using the radius for the center doesn't seem to work. I know C = 2f, but I'm not sure how to find f or C, given the ...
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Snell's law demonstration

I'm a bit confused about a Snell's law demonstration. I'm reading Communication Systems from W. Tomasi. In the chapter 11, the author applies the Snell's law to θent, and -here comes my problem- he ...
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Geometry, Group Theory, and Statistical Mechanics

During the course of my first statistical mechanics course we generally concerned ourselves with a bulk amount of our system and considered it in terms of a set of lattice sites that had a state. How ...