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Structure factor of crystals (X-ray crystallography)

How can one prove that the degree of each node in a distance graph must be at least four in order to obtain a unique solution to an exact distance geometry problem with sparse distance data? The ...
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Analytic solution for angle of minimum deviation?

Consider a simple prism with a prism angle $A$, angle of incidence $\theta_1$, angle of emergence $\theta_4$ and the first and second angle of refraction as $\theta_2,\theta_3$. the refractive index ...
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Density of a material in different dimensions

Hope this isn't something trivially wrong, I am a beginner in classical mechanics. But anyways, say there is a cube, of side length $a \ \text{cm}$. The volume of the cube is $a^3 \ \text{cm}^3$. If ...
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How did Eratosthenes know the suns rays are parallel?

Eratosthenes famously observed that the suns rays were perpendicular to the ground in one location, yet non-perpendicular to the ground at a location some miles to the north. On the assumption that ...
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Two formulas for a particle's acceleration

While on a class my teacher was taking about particle's motion in space. At some point she said the following: Consider that the particle's path is described by a curve in space defined by the ...
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Paralel light conditions after passing from a sphere

Is it possible to get such result that light will be parallel after passing from the sphere? what is the total condition for such result if possible? Thanks for answers
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Vectors question? [closed]

I am stuck on this vectors question I have for home work. Does anything think they can help point me in the right direction on how to solve this? An explorer is caught in a whiteout (in which the ...
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Angle needed for object A to intercept with object B

Object B is 15 degrees East of North at a distance of 20km/h. Object B is moving at an average speed of 30km/h in the direction 40 degrees East of North. If object A is capable of moving at 100km/h, ...
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Can two parallel lines meet? [closed]

My physics teacher talked about the meeting of 2 parallel lines, and he said that it may occur in the infinity or something. I know that 2 parallel lines can meet in spherical geometry, (thanks to ...
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Parametric equations of a hypersurface

In light-front QFT, in the Minkowski space, we define a hypersurface, $\Sigma_+ : x^3+ x^0 = 0 $. How can I write its parametric equations?
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Can masses move in 2+1 gravity?

I would like to understand basic concepts of the general relativity in 2+1 spacetime. As far as I know, GR predicts that such a spacetime is flat everywhere except for the point masses which create ...
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Characteristic length of a triangle [closed]

I am reading a paper on collision detection in cloth simulation, please help me understanding following lines written in the paper : To check if a point x4 is closer than some thickness h to a ...
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Geometry and physics [closed]

I'm searching for references, articles and books, that discussed the geometrization of modern (and contemporary) physics, in a philosofical point of view. Something in the way that Michael Friedman ...
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3D billiard with no gravity nor air drag

If I have a projectile shot in a vacuum-box that has no gravity or wind resistance inside it (lets say the box is 1000 units tall and 1000 units wide), with the only rule being that the projectile ...
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Finding the drag force (Air resistance force) for accelerated ball?

As you know if I want to find the force for an accelerated object I will use the law $F_o=ma$ so I can get the affecting force of it. But there is another force affecting against the object. It's the ...
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Are there any naturally occurring perfect circles? [duplicate]

Given that $\pi$ is the irrational number that occurs with a perfect circle, and perfection is very difficult to achieve through chance or nature, I think that most circles are really ovals, and ...
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Minimum height of mirror required to view image

I wanted to know the minimum height of mirror required to be able to view a complete image of a person. I considered the following setup: $HF$ is the person in question. $H$ denotes the head, $F$ ...
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At what starting angle will a billiard ball hit a pocket? [closed]

Let's say you have a square pool table with one pocket. At what angles can you hit the ball to make it hit the pocket? What relation do these angles hare? Constraints: Table is square: $\ell=b$. ...
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Determine the effective radius of a gear?

I'm trying to determine the gear radius using a ruler by $cm$ but I just don't know what to measure: 1- the length from gear center point to the end of the gear tooth ? Or 2- the length from gear ...
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Finding the illuminance from a triangular light source

Since most light sources in games are point-like, it's pretty difficult to approximate area light sources with point sources. As triangles are a universal form to represent 3D models (thus area light ...
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What is a geometrical object?

From the Wikipedia link for Geometry: Geometry (Ancient Greek: γεωμετρία; geo- "earth", -metron "measurement") is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position ...
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Triple-right triangle experiment: what's the minimum distance?

Among the other ways, one way to prove the Earth is round is the triple-right triangle. The idea is simple: Starting from point A you move in a straight line for a certain distance. At point B, ...
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Is length/distance a vector?

I have heard that area is a vector quantity in 3 dimensions, e.g. this Phys.SE post, what about the length/distance? Since area is the product of two lengths, does this mean that length is also a ...
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Which causal structures are absent from any “nice” patch of Minkowski space?

Which "causal separation structures" (or "interval structures") can not be found among the events in "any nice patch ($P$) of Minkowski space"?, where "causal separation structure" ($s$) should be ...
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Perfectly focusing refractive surface

On reading Feynman's lecture on physics, in the geometrical optics section he said that a curve which focuses all the rays coming from a point to another fixed point beyond the refracting surface ...
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Is there a term for the argument of the sine function outside of geometry?

Are there similar terms in other areas for the idea the "angle" conveys in geometry? I find that functions for abstract things such as pressure, electrical currents (nothing geometric there) on AC ...
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Physical representation of volume to surface area

I was looking at this XKCD what-if question (the gas mileage part), and started to wonder about the concept of unit cancellation. If we have a shape and try to figure out the ratio between the volume ...
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Limit on velocity in Minkowski Spacetime geometry

Let A be a rocket moving with velocity v. Then the slope of its worldline in a spacetime diagram is given by c/v. Since it is a slope, c/v = tan(theta) for some theta > 45 and theta < 90. Does ...
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Uniqueness and existence of polygonal orbits through a spherical shell

Say we have a spherical wire mesh raised to a negative voltage. Then let's say we release a proton from near the surface, and away from the surface, at some angle and speed. Also, imagine that the ...
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Where to take $\theta$ (theta) in a triangle?

This is an inclined surface having and unit vector A. The perpendicular and horizontal surfaces are the components of the inclined surface. We want to find out that how much flux will pass through ...
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Rømer's determination of the speed of light

I am trying to understand Rømer's determination of the speed of light ($c$). The geometry of the situation is shown in the image below. The determination involves measuring apparent fluctuations in ...
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How to determine Center of Gravity? [closed]

I came across this question while having conversation with one person. We know that Center of Gravity of a solid cube is at the intersection of connecting the opposite vertex of the cube. Suppose, you ...
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Geometry for Physics [duplicate]

I am currently a high school student interested in a research career in physics. I have self taught myself single variable calculus and elementary physics upto the level of IPHO . And I am comfortable ...
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Problem in geometrical optics [duplicate]

I was trying to solve a problem taken from an Physics Olympiad when I came across a curious and complex mathematical expression. I can not prove with what I know so far about mathematics, does could ...
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Asking about centrepetal acceleration

please look at the fig first 1) How can you claim that the triangle ABC is same as the triangle PQR? 2) How can you claim that the angle between V1 and V2 is same as the angle between AC and AB? ...
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Geometrical interpretation of complex eigenvectors in a system of differential equations

Let's consider a system of differential equations in the form $$\dot{X} = M X$$ in two dimensions ($X = (x(t), y(t))$). In the case that $M$ has real values, it is easy to give a geometric ...
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Calculate the center of mass of a semicircle [closed]

How I determine the center of mass of a semicircle using the definition of center of mass? I only know solve this using the Pappus theorem. Consider that the semicircle is centered on the origin and a ...
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Proof that a spherical lens is stigmatic

In geometric optics, we generally allow that, for example in the case of a convex lens, rays coming from a particular point get refracted towards another particular point on the opposite side of the ...
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How is the equation of motion on an ellipse derived?

I would like to show that a particle orbiting another will follow the trajectory \begin{equation} r = \frac{a(1-e^2)}{1 + e \cos(\theta)}. \end{equation} I would like to do this with minimal ...
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Water Stream from a Horizontal Surface

If water was projected from a flat surface where gravity was equal all over the surface. What would happen when the water fell in on itself? The water is in a continuous stream and is perfectly ...
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Nanotube chiral angle as a function of $n$ and $m$

I'm looking into nanotubes and I thought I'd assure myself that the basic geometry equations are indeed correct. No problems for the radius, I quickly found the known formula: $$R = ...
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How to assign coordinates to the elements of a flat metric space

Consider the metric space $(M, d \,)$ where set $M$ contains sufficiently many (at least five) distinct elements, and consider the assignment $c_f$ of coordinates to (the elements of) set $M$, $c_f ...
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Flat space metrics

This question concerns the metric of a flat space: $$ds^2=dr^2+cr^2\,\,d\theta^2$$ where $c$ is a constant. Why is it necessary to set $c=1$ to avoid singularities and to restrict $r\ge 0$? Thanks.
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Can we project a 4D world using 3D video technology?

Traditional movies, TV, etc, faithfully show our 3-dimensional world using 2 dimensions. So can we have a movie that shows a 4-dimensional world using 3D technology?
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Is it possible for a physical object to have a irrational length?

Suppose I have a caliper that is infinitely precise. Also suppose that this caliper returns not a number, but rather whether the precise length is rational or irrational. If I were to use this ...
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Do perfect spheres exist in nature?

Often in physics, Objects are approximated as spherical. However do any perfectly spherical objects actually exist in nature?
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Geometrical interpretation of the Dirac equation

Is there an intuitive geometrical picture behind the Dirac equation, and the gamma matrices that it uses? I know the geometric algebra is a Clifford algebra. Can the properties of geometric algebra, ...
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Space-time geometry and metric

I am confused in one question in general relativity, why we can always express a space-time geometry only by metric. It means a metric, which is just about distance in tangent space, can tell us all ...
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What is the characteristic length of a cylinder

I have a cold cylinder that is submerged in hot water and I need to find the convective heat transfer coefficient. I can do the whole process but I am stuck finding the characteristic length. I found ...
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Dirichlet's work on gravity in non-Euclidean space?

In the book The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology by the late John North I have found the following statement (page 514): "The German mathematician Lejeune Dirichlet studied the law of ...