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Finding flux of magnetic field [on hold]

A square loop of side a carrying a current i is placed in x-y plane with abcissa of it's centre at 3a/2. Find flux of magnetic field for x<0. Ans. (μia/2π)ln2 Please provide the solution
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Finding the gate source voltage and the resistance of the drain capacitor in a MOSFET circuit

I'm trying to catch up on a module I missed. Here I have a feedback-biased MOSFET circuit. For question 1 where it asked me to find the drain current when $V_{GS} = 5$. Which I calculated to be ...
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What happens in a car crash? [on hold]

Me and mom were in a car accident. We are ok, but I want to know how fast the car that hit us was going. We were stopped at a light. The car that hit us from behind was a big GMC SUV. Our car was a ...
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power of aircraft engine [on hold]

An aircraft flies with velocity of 180 m/s and its engine takes in air by a rate of 70 kg/s so that it could burn fuel by rate of 2.9 kg/s and thrust it backward with relative velocity of 490 m/s with ...
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Uncoupling a coupled oscillator Hamiltonian by change of variables

I'm working on the problem of two entangled harmonic oscillators with Hamiltonian: $$H = \frac{1}{2} [p_1^2 + p_2^2 + k_0(x_1^2 + x_2^2) + k_1(x_1 - x_2)^2].$$ Introducing the variables $x_± = ...
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The insect can crawl only up to a height of? [on hold]

An insect is crawling up a fixed bowl of radius $R$. The coefficient of friction between insect and bowl is 1/3. The insect can crawl only up to a height of?
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How long would it take me to travel to a distant star?

Suppose I wanted to travel to one of the recently discovered potentially Earth-like planets such as Kepler 186f that is 490 light years away. Assuming I had a powerful rocket and enough fuel, how long ...
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Criteria for stable equilibrium [on hold]

A homogeneous wooden bar of length 10 cm, thickness 4 cm and weight 1 Kg is balanced on the top of a semicircular cylinder of radius R as shown below. What is the minimum radius of the semicircular ...
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Calculate the gravitational binding energy of a white dwarf with mass 10^57 * (mass of proton)? [on hold]

And what can we infer if the gravitational binding energy is higher/lower than the energy liberated by fusing C_12 and O_16 to Ni_56?
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Efficiency of an infinite diffraction grating from transmission function

I am currently studying Diffraction Optics and there is no reference to diffraction gratings in the reference texts nor the course notes. However, this problem is listed and needs solving: Given ...
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Amperes Law problems for Homework [on hold]

Having trouble with homework for an Electromag class. Not sure what the "circulation" is talking about. I know that with the right hand rule, a magnetic field will go in and come back out of loops. ...
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Isobaric expansion work, W = p(V2-V1)

Isobaric process, so $W = p\Delta V$ according to my book. We have 10 kg of saturated steam at $x = 0.9$, P = 200 kPa. We add work at a rate of $700 W$ and we're interested in the time it takes. We ...
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Need help solving a task - laws of conservation (leptons, baryons, charge)

We got a task from our teacher, a multiple choice task; and here it is: Which of the following reactions is correct, considering the conservation laws? Note: We have only learned to use the ...
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Hydrogen Transition Rate from n',l to n',l'

I am trying to solve Problem 9.22 in Griffiths' Intro to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Ed.) that asks to show the spontaneous emission rate for a transition from n,l to n',l' in hydrogen is given by ...
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Quantum physics particle in a box [on hold]

A problem I've been given states: Without calculation, write down and explain the energy expectation value $\langle H\rangle$ and the uncertainty $σ_H$ for the $ψ_n$ energy eigenstate of the ...
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How many years would it take to travel 490 light-years? [on hold]

NASA has discovered so many new planets and galaxies, one may indeed be a habitat in the future for man kind. This new discovery they think by size and location of sun like star, just might have water ...
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Momentum of a divided sphere [on hold]

I have a problem with a exercise, please, anyone knows where I wrong? I can not find the error in my solution... Basically I consider that the equation of the horizontal momentum is equal the initial ...
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Two equations for $y$ in projectile motions

I have two equations on my equation sheet: $$y=v_o t \sin \theta - \frac{1}{2} g t^2.$$ And then another: $$y_{\max} = \frac{v_o^2 \sin 2 \theta }{2g}.$$ I understand that the first one is an ...
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Rotation and fictitious forces

A bug eats through an apple and forms a vertical, infinitesimally thin canal parallel to the vertical diameter at a distance $\frac{R}{2}$ from the center. The apple rotates at angular velocity around ...
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What would be the change in gravitational potential energy? [on hold]

QUESTION ------------ A rope of length L and mass M is connected to a chain of length L and mass 2M and hung vertically from a point. What is the change in potential energy if the system is INVERTED ...
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Transverse part of a current

I am reading Many particle physics (3rd edition by Mahan). On page 51, there is a current of the form $$\vec{j}(\vec{r})=\vec{J}_0e^{i\vec{k}\cdot\vec{r}}$$, the transverse part of it is: ...
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Sum of torque from a sphere

A sphere (grey color) turn in rotation at $\omega$ rd/s. There are 2 walls that prevent sphere to escape. Walls can only turn around center of rotation. The sphere turn only at $\omega$ rd/s too. The ...
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Understanding the displacement of a particle in a wave

I have a question regarding waves and the equation we use to describe their motion. My understanding feels shaky, so i'd like to see if I can get a good explanation/way of thinking about it. The ...
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Show that the Laplace-Runge-Lenz vector is conserved using poisson brackets

(I realise similar Phys.SE questions already exist but there is no answer with the Poisson bracket notation, I'll take this down if someone lets me know I should have commented in the existing ...
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It is a numerical [on hold]

If the densities of the moon and the earth are related by $\rho_m / \rho_e =3/5$, and if $g_m /g_e = 1/6$, then what is $R_m /R_e$? ($g=$ acceleration due to gravity and $R=$ Radius)
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What is the difference between a linear and non-linear solution in the bending of beams?

I have been working on a simulator for bending of beams and came now to a tricky doubt: What should be the difference between a linear and non linear solution in this case (graphic at bottom)? The ...
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about the gravitation chapter [on hold]

The gravitational field in the region is given by $ g=5\hat{i} + 12\hat{j}$. The change in the gravitational potential energy of a particle of mass $2$ kg when it is taken from the origin to a point ...
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Why don't we need to normalize wavefunction to find probability distribution?

Consider an unormalized wavefunction of a rotor at $t = 0$, a combination of $n=0$ and $n=2$ states: $$\psi(\phi) = 3 - 2 \cos (2\phi).$$ Find the probability distribution in angle. The ...
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Dipole matrix elements through parity argument

I am trying to find the following dipole moment matrix element $(|n,\ell,m\rangle)$. $$e\langle1,0,0|\vec r|2,0,0\rangle$$ I believe that I can say this matrix element is zero because of parity. The ...
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Calculating the expectation value of a Hamiltonian

I want to calculate the expectation value of a Hamiltonian. I have a wave function that is $$\psi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}(1\phi_1 + 2\phi_2).$$ I want to know if I set this up properly. The ...
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Question concerning the Feynman Lectures of Physics

I am reading the Feynman lectures and at this point http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_13.html#Ch13-S3 it says as follows: The time derivate of the potential energy is $\begin{equation} ...
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Visualizing Tension in FBD — Rope With Mass

Asked to find the tension of a point that is halfway up a rope (where the rope has mass), given the system: The solution of the problem (FBD included) is as follows. In this diagram (Tm = tension ...
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Rotating frames [on hold]

A bird of mass $m$ is on a merry-go-round of radius $a$ which rotates at constant angular velocity $-\omega_b$ in the $y$ direction. A woman of mass $M$ is on a second merry-go-around of radius $b$ ...
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Stable equilibrium [on hold]

A uniform cylinder of radius $R$ and height $H$ is glued to a uniform hemisphere of a similar radius so that their bases unite. The two bodies have the same uniform mass distribution. The figure is ...
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Isn't $\varepsilon_0\int_{\text{all space}}\vec{E}_1\cdot\vec{E}_2 \,{\rm d}v$ just the potential energy?

I have two metallic spheres each with a charge of $q_1$ and $q_2$ respectively. What is the value of $$\varepsilon_0\int_{\text{all space}} \vec{E}_1\cdot\vec{E}_2 \,{\rm d}v$$ where $\vec{E}_1$ and ...
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How do I get around the fact that boundary conditions don't apply in the equation's region of validity?

A tight string lies along the positive x-axis when unperturbed. Its displacement from the x-axis is denoted by $y(x, t)$. It is attached to a boundary at $x = 0$. The condition at the boundary is ...
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Truss Analysis with multiple moments creates linear combinations

So in my engineering statics course we have been doing a great deal of work with trusses and machines, and a part of the physics behind it has really been confusing me. Just as a note, I also have ...
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Characteristic polynomial of a Matrix

In fact, this problem is more likely to be a math problem. When I read a paper(http://arxiv.org/abs/0707.2875), the author includes the characteristic polynomial for a type of matrix $A_k$ with ...
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Calculate energy from vacuum electromagnetic-field action

I'm reading Rubakov's "Classical Theory of Gauge Fields", and I'm having a little bit of trouble with problem 7, p 15: Using an expression of the type $E = \int d^{3} x \frac{\delta L}{\delta ...
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What is angular speed after 2nd collision? speed of block? time? [on hold]

Question with graph: For a) I got that the mass for rod must equal to block for the block to stop immediately after the collision (perfect velocity transfer) so the initial speed for rod after ...
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Electromagnetic induction problems [on hold]

1 What will happen to the illumination of the lamp (increase/decrease/remains constant) when decreasing the resistance R. 2 In the given figure a long wire is carrying a current of 5A, what is the ...
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Electric current problems [on hold]

1 Calculate the equivalent resistance Ans: 8/3 Ω 2 Calculate the equivalent resistance Ans: 5Ω I've posted the answers for these problems to prove that this isn't some sort of homework,all i ...
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Classical Scattering of Slow Neutrons by a Diatomic Molecule [on hold]

Consider an experiment in which slow neutrons of momentum $\hbar k$ are scattered by a diatomic molecule; suppose that the molecule is aligned along the $y$ axis with one atom at $y=-b$ and the ...
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First Order Time Depenent Perturbation theory of particle in magnetic field

So I am dealing with the following hamiltonian, and the following perturbation: $$H=-\mu B_0\sigma_z$$ $$V=\mu B_1(\cos(\omega t)\hat x-\sin(\omega t)\hat y)\cdot{\bf \sigma}$$ I am asked for the ...
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Why don't the kinematic equations agree with calculating velocity one second at a time?

A car is moving at a velocity of $10 \, \text{m}/\text{s}$. After point $A$ no acceleration is provided. By simple measurement, the acceleration is found to be $-1 \, \text{m}/\text{s}^2$. Using ...
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Sum of forces with liquid in rotation

It's not homework (I'm teacher). I would like to compute sum of forces on this study : The shape is symmetrical like that I'm sure the center of gravity is in the center of the shape. I compute ...
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Distance travelled given velocity at various moments of time [on hold]

I am trying to solve a problem where I need to find the distance travelled at the end of the nth second and my input data contains only velocities at different time instances. Say for instance I ...
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Capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with joint plates [on hold]

What is the capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with plates joint with a thin metal strip diagonally like this |\| I am confused. Is it infinte or 0.
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Feynman Green Function in D=2 for D'Alembertian

I'm trying to obtain the Feynman Green Function (i.e. I'm using the Feynman Causal prescription to compute the green function) for the D'Alembertian in D=2, I'm finding $$G^{(2)}_F (t; \vec x) = ...
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Work done from force-extension graph [on hold]

The answer is C, but I got B... F at 3cm = 10, F at 6cm = 20 $W=F\cdot s$ $(20-10)\times 3=30$ I must have made a mistake or stupid assumption then, how am I meant to get 45 N cm?