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What is the geometric explanation for why the interior angles of a triangle sum to 180 degrees in both Euclidean space and Minkowski spacetime?

Four-dimensional Euclidean space has the same topology and affine structure as Minkowski spacetime, though the two have different metric structures. Given that the interior angles of a triangle ...
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Stable Sides of Polygon Objects

I have a physics question for you. Let us say a polygon shaped object is stable on a side when the center of mass "falls" inside the base. Is it possible in 2D to build an object that is unstable on ...
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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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How to find the center of rotation? (2D)

First off, I'm assuming that a free floating polygon doesn't always rotate around its center of mass unless the net force is zero (based on the points below). If this isn't correct please tell me. ...
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Why does the light side of the moon appear not to line up correctly with the evening sun?

I live at roughly $(52.4^\circ,-2.1^\circ)$. On sunny evenings I've often looked at the Moon and the Sun and noticed that the light part of the Moon does not appear to line up with the Sun. For ...
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Derive equation for shear modulus $G=E/(1+2v)$

Shear modulus, G Young's modulus, E and Poisson's ratio, v: $G=E/(1+2v)$ I have always wondered how this relation is derived, but have never found a derivation that I could follow online. I assume ...
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What is the Direction of area vector?

In case of closed surfaces the area vector is directed outwards the surface. But what is the direction of the area vector in case of an open surface e.g. A thin lamina type of surface. Does it depend ...
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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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How do we measure curvature of space? [duplicate]

I know according to general relativity, space-time is curved near mass. But I have also read that at large distances space can be curved too, and that Gauss was the first one to measure it. My ...
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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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Difference between space of reference and system of coordinates

In the book "The meaning of the relativity" by A. Einstein, it is referring to two different concepts: space of reference and system of coordinates. What it is the difference? It says: "we ...
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How do I draw the Minkowski diagram of a event in two inertial systems when t=t'=0?

An Introduction to Mechanics" by David Kleppner & Robert Kolenkow, 1st Edition, 12.1 Assume that v= 0.6c . Find the coordinates in S' of the following events: a). x=4 [m], t= 0[s] b). x=4 [m], ...
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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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Multidimensional Area and Volume

In 3D the volume is $xyz$, the product of three coordinates. But in $N$ dimension ,how to define area and volume?
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Find the relation between length of pulley and strings [closed]

A pulley is pulled with external force $F$. $x$ and $y$ denote the displacement of two ends of strings of the pulley and $z$ is the displacement of the pulley. Prove That $$z = \dfrac{x+y}{2}$$...
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Coordinate Equation of a curve which bends all the parallel incoming rays from infinity towards a single point

How should i proceed on to find the coordinate equation of a curve such that it bends all the parallel rays coming from infinity towards a single point. Yes I know that it would be a 2nd degree ...
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Calculating the Diameter of Jupiter through Image [closed]

I was trying to calculate the diameter of Jupiter from a picture I took of it. Here's the information I was able to get that I needed to calculate the diameter: Focal Length of Telescope: 1.2 m ...
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Watching Airplanes Fly Toward You

Recently, I was enjoying the stars on a cool summer night and saw an airplane flying toward me from the distance. I observed its path as it started out as a small dot in the distance until it flew ...
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Distance and Speed

When I look up in the sky and I see a plane moving and it's further away why does it seem to move so slow compared if a flock of geese flies over at same time and seems to travel faster?
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How does one measure space-like geodesics? Or: What is the physical interpretation of space-like geodesics?

In general relativity, time-like geodesics are the trajectories of free-falling test particles, parametrized by proper time. Thus, they are easy to interpret in physical terms and are easy to measure (...
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Area moment of inertia about the y-axis for a triangle [closed]

I have a triangle which I have divided into two smaller triangles. Now I'd like to compute the area moment of inertia about the y-axis for the blue triangle. I've set the origin in the bottom between ...
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Calculating the Velocity of an object far far away

I saw a satellite the other day, it moved very fast through the night sky. Now I know it took around 110 seconds for it to fully travel out of the night sky(out of my visual bounds assuming, that I'...
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Area as a Vector [closed]

Why can we take area as a vector? And say if we take it as a vector why not on the plane why only perpendicular? What is positive or negative area or what the area has to do with direction?
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How is Chasles' Theorem, that any rigid displacement can be produced by translating along a line and then rotating about the same line, true?

Chasles' Theorem in its strong form says: The most general rigid body displacement can be produced by a translation along a line (called its screw axis) followed (or preceded) by a rotation about ...
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What is the exact meaning of homogeneity in cosmology?

I understand that, in general, homogeneity is the physical attribute of being uniform in composition (" of the same form at every point"), but I'm slightly confused when it is used in cosmology as ...
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Is there a 3D analogue of angle?

A one-dimensional angle is a wedge, almost like a slice of pizza. A two-dimensional angle is an angle squared, like the cone of light produced by a flashlight. This is called a solid angle. Is ...
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What determines the sign of phase dislocations?

I am studying the nonlinear Schrodinger equation $$A_t+iA_{xx}+i|A|^2A=0$$ for $A=ae^{i\theta}$ a complex valued function, with $a,\theta$ real. I am trying to figure out what sets the signs of the ...
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How is the dot product a generalization of multiplication?

I've seen an interesting explanation for lots of what I previously thought were unmotivated definitions in Newtonian mechanics, namely that power is always defined as effort times flow. But when ...
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How could the universe be hyperbolic if hyperbolic space isn't symmetrical?

In the 2-D projections of the shape of the universe shown here, we see that the flat universe and the spherical universe are perfectly symmetrical, so any triangle drawn anywhere on them will be the ...
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How can a Satellite's position/orbit be calculated using only range measurements from ground stations?

This task is often done in a process known as Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR). SLR stations (of known coordinates) track satellites, recording range measurements to the satellite at known times. I would ...
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How to express in terms of spacetime intervals whether two participants in a flat region were at rest to each other

Given a flat region of spacetime as set $\mathcal S$ of events together with values of spacetime intervals (up to a common non-zero constant) for each pair of events, $s^2 : \mathcal S \times \mathcal ...
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How to interpret the units of the dot or cross product of two vectors?

Suppose I have two vectors $a=\left(1,2,3\right)$ and $b=\left(4,5,6\right)$, both in meters. If I take their dot product with the algebraic definition, I get this: $$a \cdot b = 1\mathrm m \cdot 4\...
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How is hemispherical shell any different from a semi-disc in terms of center of mass? [closed]

If we shift all the rings that make up the hemisphere parallel towards the center then it will build up two semi-disc .. But we know that We can also explain it by saying that if we take the shadow ...
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Slackline tangling

This question is about random formation of knots in a systematically tied rope. I will give some background, hope that does not make it off-topic. In climbing (and sailing) one has to store very long ...
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Component of Component of a vector [duplicate]

NOTE : By perpendicular component of $\vec{F}$, I mean a vector which is a component of $\vec{F}$, but perpendicular to it. In the image above, the red vectors are a possible set of rectangular ...
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What is the physical significance of dot & cross product of vectors? Why is division not defined for vectors?

I get the physical significance of vector addition & subtraction. But I don't understand what do dot & cross products mean? More specifically, why is it that dot product of vectors $\vec{...
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What is the physical meaning of a dot product and a cross product of vectors? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that Vectors are quantities that behave like Displacements. Seen this way, the triangle law of vector addition simply means that to reach point C from point A, going from A to B &...
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Center of mass/centroid changes between 2d and 3d?

Unless I completely botched the calculation, I noticed something strange: if you find the centroid of a 2d curve, and then revolve the curve around its axis then find the center of mass, the CM is ...
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Satellite and gravitational acceleration

According to $0.5gt^2$ object will fall 5m in first second. Earth curve is 5m for 8km So if we can project object at 8000 m/s speed object will never fall into ground. Above scenario is correct ...
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How does one calculate how big something has to be, to be seen at a given distance? [closed]

Ignoring curvature of the Earth. How do I calculate the size an object would need to be in order to appear to be approx 1cm tall at a given distance?
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Small enough planet to notice rounding

This is my first question on Physics StackExchange, so bear with me. I am wondering. How dense would a planet need to be for a human to notice the fact that the planet is not flat, but round, by ...
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Is curvature space-time has impact on the object geometry

When we have e.g. metallic cube of dimensions 1x1x1m and we put it on the space without gravitational force the cube has equal 1x1x1m and we can use Euclidean geometry. But when this cube move on ...
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Null lines and degenerate plane

Can anyone explain me what null lines are and degenerate plane? I don't know anything about it, I don't have physics background and I am a mathematics student and please tell me if there is any good ...
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Does the expansion of the Universe into a higher dimensional space imply that 4-D objects are real?

It is my understanding that objects in the Universe are not just getting farther apart but space itself is expanding and so in some real sense, higher-dimensional geometry is "real" -- if so, on a ...
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Perspective Redux (why objects seem smaller as the distance increases) [duplicate]

Last time I brought this up, the best answer featured an image that looked something like this: The argument here is that as the distance increases between the eye and the object, the angle gets ...
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Understanding Euler's rotation theorem

According to Euler's rotation theorem, simultaneous rotation along a number of stationary axes at the same time is impossible. If two rotations are forced at the same time, a new axis of rotation will ...
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Why do objects appear smaller when viewed from a distance? [duplicate]

Yes, I know all about perspective (I'm an artist). I even have some basic knowledge of descriptive geometry. I know how it works. My question is more about why it works. I have a sneaking suspicion ...
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The Physical Basis of Our Assumptions about Physical Space

Let $\mathcal{S}$ represent the set of all points in physical space. Using measuring rods and assuming our use of them does not depend on time, we can establish a one-to-one correspondence between $\...
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Coulomb collision

I was reading an article by N. Bohr and came upon the following problem (the following wording is actually taken from a book by Thompson - Conduction of Electricity Through Gases): Let $M_1, M_2$ ...
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Does Earth eclipse the Sun at the L2 Lagrange point?

Is Earth's diameter large enough to eclipse the sun at the L2 Lagrange point? Or does the sun shine around the edges of the earth? I understand the useful area of the L2 Lagrange point is somewhat ...