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Exact Solution of 3D Harmonic Oscillator in a B field

So I have the following Hamiltonian: $$H=\frac{1}{2M}(p+\alpha (r\times B))^2+.5M\omega^2r^2$$ Where $\alpha$ is a constant and B is constant in the z direction. When I rearrange everything, I end up ...
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Thermodynamics Assignment: Combustion [on hold]

Acetylene, Methane and Octane are burnt in air (75% Nitrogen, 25% Oxygen) and forms Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen and Water This is the unbalanced equation: C2H2 + CH4 + C8H18 + O2 + N2 ...
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Particle in a 2D box degeneracy [on hold]

I'm doing revision for my quantum test next week and my university, irritatingly, doesn't provide mark schemes to past questions. I feel like I've done most of this one right, but the end has thrown ...
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Does the energy-time uncertainty principle require energy levels to have finite width?

The uncertainty principle also has the form: $\Delta$$E$$\Delta$$t>h/2\pi$ Now this should mean that the thickness of the lines we draw in the energy level diagrams to show energy change undergone ...
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Question regarding to the uncertainty of an experiment [on hold]

recently I have done an experiment to find g. After some calculation, I have found the percentage uncertainty for 1/2g to be ±6.5%. Does that mean the percentage uncertainty for g is also this value? ...
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Rubber bands and Hooke's law [on hold]

Why does increasing the width of a rubber band increase its elastic constant($k$)? And why are the two variables directly proportional? Explain it in terms of the structure of the band, if that is ...
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Is it possible to work out the shortest time in which a body can travel a certain distance if all that is provided is the max a, max -a, v1, v2 and s?

Is it possible to calculate the shortest time it takes a body to travel a certain distance if the only information provided is its maximum acceleration, its maximum retardation and the distance it ...
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Change of variable in harmonic oscillator time independent Schrodinger equation

I was revising the harmonic oscillator for my intro to quantum course and realised I'd sort of accepted a change of variable result without actually being able to get to it. It says: The stationary ...
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How to solve this torque problem [on hold]

The Answer to the Question is 0.15Kg Is there anything wrong with the question or is it just me. Please Help. I tried working backward but didn't work.
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Charge by Induction [on hold]

For example, Initially, there are two metal sphere touching each other and the ball on the left has a charge of +5q, while the other is neutral. Then a rod with charge -3q is brought near the left ...
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Plane Polar coordinates for simple pendulum in moving lift(elevator)

Can any one help me with the following. A simple pendulum is suspended from the ceiling of a lift. It is moving upward with acceleration $a$. The string of the effective length of the pendulum makes ...
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Sphere between two parallel plates [on hold]

I'm stuck on the following physics question; I'm not sure how much, if any, of what I'm doing is right: A small sphere of mass 1.0 × 10−6 kg carries a total charge of 2.0 × 10−8 C. The sphere hangs ...
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Calculating the electrostatic energy per unit length of a cylindrical shell surrounded by a coaxial cable

Suppose an infinitely long cylindrical shell of radius $a$ carries a surface charge density $\sigma_0$ and is surrounded by a coaxial cable of inner radius $b$ and outer radius $c$ with uniform charge ...
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I need help with angular and linear kinematics ASAP! [on hold]

I am writing a paper for kinesiology about the biomechanics of cutting a pizza and one of the sections has to deal with measuring angles and angular and linear kinematics. Is there anyone who can help ...
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Green Function for Proca Equation

I have tried to find a retarded and advanced Green function for Proca field equation. $(\Box - \mu^2)A^{\mu}=J^{\mu}$ where $\mu$ is the mass term. How I did it: first: I made Fourier ...
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How to derive the schwarzchild metric?

I'm having trouble differentiating the following when making a change of co-ordinates to determine the Schwarzchild metric. $$r'^{2}=r^{2}C(r)$$ Then taking the total derivative of both sides, the ...
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Three-plate capacitor [on hold]

What is the total capacitance of this capacitor? Is it analogous to the case of inserting a plate into a capacitor (essentially creating two capacitors in series)?
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Calculate speed of proton at infinity [on hold]

I have this problem to solve: Two protons are on the x axis at x=-1 and x=0. An alpha particle is placed at x=2, and the proton on the left is released, find its speed at infinity. I know that this ...
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Calculation of the electric field from a cube of charge with charge density proportional to radial distance [on hold]

I have a cube of side length $L$ centered at the origin and total charge $Q$; the charge density is $\rho(r)\propto r^n$ for some integer $n$, where $r$ is the radial distance in spherical ...
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From a cross section to a probability

This is homework problem: Given the cross-section of a neutrino-electron scattering, what is the probability for a solar neutrino to scatter with a electron as it goes through the center of the Earth? ...
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Inertia matrix of a rod rotating about an axis

I'll provide a picture for clearer understanding. The problem is to calculate the angular momentum of the rod rotating about the z-axis. I have serious difficulties in deriving the inertia matrix, ...
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Franck and Hertz graph function

I need a function whom graph is the following (the Frank and Hertz experiment graph): Currently I wrote the following function: ...
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Position dependent speed, how to compute position

I can't solve a problem: $ A= 0.5 (ms)^{-1}$, $ x_0 = 0.5 m $, $v(t)= A \cdot x^2 $, I have to compute the position at $t=3$ ($x_0$ is the initial position). So my guess is that I should be able ...
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Boundary conditions for the heat equation when solving a mass density gradient

I'm working with a mass density gradient with length $L$ and I'm trying to solve the heat equation in 1-D (mass diffusion equation, $\partial_t\rho(t,x)=D\Delta\rho(t,x)$), but I'm not sure which ...
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A problem concerning the calculation of parameters in a periodic system [on hold]

I am using Quantum Mechanics by David H. McIntyre, chapter 15. The question is 15.8: Find the single bound state energy of an electron in an isolated well of depth $V_{0} = 1$ eV and with width $b = ...
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Metric for infinite straight cosmic string

A string theory question on my general relativity problem set: Metric is given as $$\mathrm{d}s^2 = -A(r)\mathrm{d}t^2 + B(r)\mathrm{d}r^2 + r^2 \mathrm{d}\theta^2.$$ a) Solve the vacuum equations ...
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How do I determine resistivity from electron defects of high purity gold?

I am trying to create a plot for the electrical resistivity of high purity gold from 1 K to 1000 K. I found gold's resistivity at 300 K using the Wiedemann-Franz Law based on thermal conductivity data ...
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Demonstrate identity $\int_{0}^{x} \int_{0}^{\xi}f(s)dsd\xi=\int_{0}^{x}(x-\xi)f(\xi)d\xi$ [on hold]

I have trouble doing the following problem, I have not been able to make even the first part, I was hoping someone could help me. The problem is: Show that: $$\int_{0}^{x} ...
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Two problems about gravity [on hold]

Can someone help me with this 2 problems: 1.Determine the potential of the gravitational field at height 33600km. The radius of the Earth taken 6370km. 2.Two objects with same mass on the time of ...
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Force between two charges containing several dielectrics between them

The following question is quite similar to mine. Dielectric modification of electrostatic equations? However, the answer does not prove satisfactory to me. The formula given in the above problem ...
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fusing two air containers with fixed pressures $p_1,p_2$ and temperatures $T_1, T_2$, what end-result $T$ and $p$ will be?

Let's say that I have two boxes with both volumes equal $V$, filled with an air. Air in first box have pressure $p_1$ and temperature $T_1$, likewise air in second box have pressure $p_2$ and ...
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Battery Capacity vs. Battery draw

Pardon my ignorance but I just can seem to find an Answer to my question and I hope that you can help me. What is the equation for calculating how long a Lithium Battery can supply a device? For ...
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$\psi^*$ if you have sine or cosine function [on hold]

If my $\psi$ function is $\sin(\pi x/L)$. What is $\psi^*$ going to be?
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Question on dielectric sphere

The question is: Suppose the field inside a large piece of dielectric is $E(0)$ so that $D(0) =$$\epsilon(0)E(0)$ + $P$. Now a small spherical cavity is hollowed out of the material. Find the ...
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What is wrong with considering the Atwood machine as a system?

I am confused about a method used in the following problem. There is an arrangement as shown below. The surface is smooth, and the pulleys are light. We have to find the acceleration $a_0$ of $m_1$. ...
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How is this the graph of induced emf against angle for a rotating coil in a magnetic field?

So a coil is rotating in a magnetic field, and at $\theta=0$ the coil is perpendicular to the field lines. At $\theta=90$ the coil is parallel to the field lines. The the angle, theta, is the angle ...
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Acceleration ratio

Can anyone please explain why: $$a_1=a_2\tan\alpha $$ We have 2 same cubes placed on a platform, between them there is a wedge which is pushing the cubes in opposite directions. The hard part of the ...
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Coordinate System vs. Angular Properties vs. Centroid

Please help me check my understanding related to the rotational motion of a 3D rigid body after reading some Physics textbooks and googling for some more materials (e.g., Wikipedia's Torque, ...
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Loop-the-loop question [on hold]

Problem: The marble rolls down the track and around a loop-the-loop of radius R. The marble has mass $m$ and radius $r$. What minimum height $h$ must the track have for the marble to make it around ...
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First Order Correction to wave function in ground state

I am looking at a spin 1/2 particle in a magnetic field. This has Hamiltonian $$H=-\mu s\cdot B_0$$ For simplicity, assume $B_0=B_0\hat z$ so $H=-\mu B_0$. I then apply a perturbative magnetic field ...
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Perturbation of coupled spin

I am given a system with Hamiltonian (all 1/2 spins) $$H_0=\alpha(S_1\cdot S_2)$$ I broke it down and found that there were four eigenstates: $|1,[0,\pm1]\rangle$ and $|0,0\rangle$. Each has an ...
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RMS Free Path vs Mean Free Path

I am trying to determine the mathematical difference between mean free path and root-mean-square free path. For an ideal gas, the relaxation time is $$\tau=\frac{1}{\sqrt2 \pi nd^2 \bar v}$$ and the ...
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Why does the induced EMF oppose the change in magnetic flux? Lenz's Law question

Can anyone explain to me why the induced magnetic field will oppose the change in magnetic flux? Is it an energy thing? I know that the induced emf is $$ emf= - \frac{d\phi}{dt} $$ but my book ...
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Find the tangential acceleration

A racing car driver drives his car on a flat circular track of radius $\frac{25}3 m$ and a coefficient of friction $0.5$. Find the magnitude of its tangential acceleration (in $ms^{-2}$) at an ...
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Regarding OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division multiplexing)? [migrated]

Ok can you please briefly explain IEEE 802.11a OFDM packet structure, 1 What is meant by symbol here? 2 What is the purpose of Packet preamble 3 What is Short training symbol and its purpose 4 ...
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Energies to remove protons from nuclei

"Calculate the energy required to remove a proton from $^{16}_{8}O$." I think I know how to start this. The chemical reaction is $$^{16}_8O+E\rightarrow ^{14}_7N+^{1}_1H$$ And I can use $E=\Delta ...
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Charge distribution on plates

$A,B,C$ are $3$ identical metallic plates. Initially, charges $Q$, $4Q$ and $2Q$ were given to $A$,$B$ and $C$ respectively. Find final charge distributions when $B$ was earthed and $A$ and $C$ were ...
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Deduce magnetic field based on electric field

I'm learning Maxwell's electromagnetic equations and i can't wrap my head around this problem: Given the volume $x\in [0,1], y\in [0,1], z\in [0,1]$, electric field $\vec E(x,y,z,t)$ and material ...
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Duration of Satellite orbit in the shadow of the Earth

I want to determine how many minutes a satellite is in a circular orbit around the Earth at about $1000 km$ altitude. I assumed that the Sun-Earth vector lies exactly in the orbital plane of the ...
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What is a linear probability density function?

In the following question, what is meant by linear probability density function? Is it a uniformly distributed variable or triangularly distributed? Thanks in advance. The kinetic energy of any ...