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Work done in a capacitor with a conductor between its plates

I have been agonizing over this problem, and have tried for more than two hours two find it with Kirchhoff equations, but I end up with 0=0 or some algebraic monstrosity. I have the following ...
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How much force does it take to move the Earth?

If you could fly and survive in space, how much force would you need to move Earth at 1 meter per second?
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Spin 1/2 particle in rotating magnetic field

So, I'm attempting a solution to the following problem: I am given a particle with spin 1/2 in a constant vertical magnetic field and a rotating field in the (x,y) plane. $$B(t) = [B_1\cos(\omega ...
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What is the kinetic energy of a proton as it is falling towards the core of the star?

Given: Star's mass = $1.99e10^{30}kg$ Type II supernova occurs (in a simple form: the outer layers of the star fall into the now inactive core at speeds of 126000km/s) $10^{44}$ joules of energy is ...
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How to know if a body is travelling with uniform acceleration or not?

One of the Example in my Textbook is A body travels a distance of 2 m in 2 seconds and 2.2 m in next 4 seconds. What will be the velocity of the body at the end of 7th second from the start. In ...
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Torque-direction of rotation

Taking moment about $A$, the mass of 2.0g and 0.50g is rotated in the clockwise direction is because they are both directed in downwards position? while $R2$ is acted in upward direction, so it is ...
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Maxwell said the dimension of charge is $L^3 T^{-2}$ and of mass is $L^3 T^{-2}$, is he right? [on hold]

If his right then, from Lorentz magnetic force, $$F= BQV$$ where $F$ is force, $B$ is magnetic flux density, $Q$ is charge and $V$ is velocity. Therefore, $$M L T^{-2} = B Q V \, .$$ Substituting for ...
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Problems with Maxwell density Lagrangian [on hold]

I want to expand the right-hand side of $$\dfrac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} = \dfrac{1}{4}\left(\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}\right)\left(\partial^{\mu}A^{\nu} - ...
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Wave equation on Schwarzschild background

I am trying to follow the solution of the wave equation for a scalar field on Schwarzschild background from http://batteringram.org/science/gr/scalar_wave.pdf. I have a problem on page 2 where they ...
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Drag in low earth orbit

So I'm looking at the following problem; Arrow type configuration in orbit. Each end of the arrow has a mass and a cross sectional area (we can assume the head and tail are connected by a ...
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Projectile - air drag problem! [on hold]

I know it's not a homework help site, but still, I apace proceeded in this problem, but cannot go further. A body of mass m us thrown at an angle $\alpha $ to the horizontal plane with an ...
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Scalar field in Reissner-Nordstorm metric

I am trying to solve this kind of problem: For a scalar field $ \psi $ in Reissner-Nordstorm metric \begin{align} g_{ab} dx^{a} dx^{b} = - f dt^{2} + f^{-1} dr^{2} + r^{2} d \Omega_{S^{2}}^{2} ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion in Special Relativity

I was trying to see what results I would get if I were to incorporate relativistic corrections into the case of a harmonic oscillator in one dimension. I thought that if the maximum velocity of the ...
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How do we deal with air resistance? [on hold]

Suppose a body of mass $m$ is projected and given that the air resistance is $kv$, where $v$ is the instantaneous velocity. I need to find the maximum height. I could do it given that the air ...
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Proving the speed of light to be an invariant and the “ultimate” speed limit using Minkowski diagrams

Can one show that a certain speed, denoted $c$, is invariant and the ultimate speed limit in all reference frames using Minkowski diagrams? As we define $c = 1$, one can find the angle $\tan^{-1}(1) ...
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Traveling wave on a (transmission line) rope encountering a mass [on hold]

I would like to know the solution to this problem (or at least some very helpful tips): On a rope with a constant line density $\rho$ we have a traveling wave with wavelength lambda. On a certain ...
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On the Lorentz Group representation [on hold]

I am going through the notes on QFT by Srednicki (which is certainly a worth reading on the subject, and can be found online, see http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html). When describing ...
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2D aerofoil fluid analysis - find velocity ratio

I just wondered if you could help me out on this fluid mechanics question? I have worked through it myself but am very unsure of my answer (not yet found the pressure difference) the question is ...
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Calculating euler number of disk

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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Rotating cone magnetic field [on hold]

how to calculate the magnetic field of a rotating cone with a superficial charge distribution that varies with the altitude? It knows : height of the cone , truncated cone rays bases , there are ...
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Fourier transformation and mode expansions [duplicate]

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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How does one solve this problem(IOAA 2014, data anlysis)? [on hold]

http://prntscr.com/7nwjrt http://prntscr.com/7nwjvf This problem is from IOAA 2014, second problem from data analysis. I can't connect height with time without velocity or maximum height, which I ...
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Stress-energy tensor on spacetime satisfying Klein-Gordon equation

Consider the stress-energy-momentum tensor $$T_{\alpha \beta}=(\nabla_\alpha \phi )\nabla_\beta \phi -\frac{1}{2}g_{\alpha \beta}((\nabla^\nu \phi ) \nabla_{\nu} \phi +m^2 \phi^2$$ where the ...
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Question about Majorana spinor's property

I am reading the BBS, Exercise 5.1 This exercise is nothing but showing that two Majorana spinors $\Theta_1$ and $\Theta_2$ \begin{align} \bar{\Theta}_1 \Gamma_{\mu} \Theta_2 = -\bar{\Theta}_2 ...
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Inhomogeneous Maxwell's equations in CGS units [on hold]

What is the basis or the way of writing the given inhomogeneous Maxwell's Equations in CGS units: $$\nabla.E=\frac{\rho}{\epsilon_0}$$ $$\nabla\times B=\mu_0J+\mu_0\epsilon_0\frac{\partial E}{\partial ...
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SHM by using cos equation [on hold]

A particle start motion according to equation $x=a\cos \left(\omega t+ \frac{\pi}{6}\right)$. Find time required for it to reach mid point. The displacement according to it must be 0 but how?
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Two apparent contradictions in SR involving time dilation and length contraction

So I've encountered the site "Alternative Physics" – a website proposing "alternative" theories to theories in modern physics. Of course, the site claims that both SR and GR are wrong. To show "why" ...
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Intersection of two moving objects [on hold]

There are two objects. The first object moves with speed $U_1$ from known point A to known point B. The second object has speed $U_2$ and starts from known point C. What is the direction the second ...
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newtonian-mechanics [on hold]

A 1000Kg helicopter hovers over a forest fire and starts to squirt water downward with a speed of 10m/s at the rate of 40Kg/s. What is the initial upward acceleration on the helicopter when it first ...
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Moment of inertia of a connecting rod in a crank-slider mechanism [on hold]

PROBLEM I am trying to determine the moment of inertia of a connecting rod (conrod) in a crank-slider mechanism. $r$ is the crank radius. $l$ is the length of the conrod. $I_{rod}$ is the moment of ...
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Reduction of Earth's Rotation due to increase in humidity

I came to know that, moon is moving away from earth, resulting reduction of Earth's rotation. Similarly, if Earth's humidity increases, water vapor will be move up to the air from water sources, will ...
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Kinematic Motors in series to flywheel calculation problem [on hold]

Motor 1 drives a platform at 15 RPM clockwise steady state always 15 RPM. Call the axis of rotation Y. Motor 2 is mounted on this 15 RPM platform and axis aligned thus also Y axis (parallel Axis). A ...
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Symmetry of extrinsic curvature tensor

I am trying to solve following problem: In a spacetime of signature (+, −, −, −), let $$ u^au_a = 1, \quad A_{ab} = \nabla_cu_dh^c_{\; a}h^d_{\; b}, \quad h_{ab} = g_{ab} - u_au_b $$ Show that ...
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Transforming matrices using tensor transformations? [migrated]

Let us say I started with the matrix $$ A= \begin{pmatrix} x & -y\\ y & x \\ \end{pmatrix} $$ And I wanted to use the tensor transformation: $$ \bar ...
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Raychauduri equation for Milne universe

I am trying to solve this kind of problem: Consider the Milne model, i.e., the empty $ \kappa = −1 $ Friedmann model. Verify by a direct calculation that the expansion $ \Theta $ of the unit ...
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Kinetic Energy and reference frame

Two space ships A and B moving through space in the same direction. Space ship A moves 2m/s faster than B, its weight is 1kg and it has a 2 Watt engine. It is accelerating with full power for one ...
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Mixture of Gases in kg-mol; Find Temperature [on hold]

A one cubic container contains a mixture of gases composed of 0.02 kg-mol of oxygen and 0.04 kg-mol of helium at a pressure of 220 kPa. What is the temperature of this ideal gas mixture in degrees ...
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Are there any good places to learn physics without going to university or college? [on hold]

I'm potentially interested in learning physics for my own knowledge, and not to get a degree. I want to start some engineering / technology companies in the future, and having a knowledge in physics ...
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What is the work done in isobaric expansion?

I'm really confused now... I thought the equation was $ W = \int PdV = P\Delta V $ since P is a constant and can be taken outside of the integral. But on the other hand, $ P = \frac{NkT}{V} $, so if I ...
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Gravitational time dilatation calculation [on hold]

I'm proving an example case from Kip Thorne's book, Science of Interstellar for time dilatation at a Kerr black hole with the following data: \begin{align} a & = 0.998, \\ r & = ...
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Degenaracy in mass of $8$ and $27$ reps of $SU(3)$ in Coleman's Aspects of Symmetry

In Coleman's Aspect of symmetry he proposes an amusing problem in the first chapter. It asks us to consider a set of eight pseudo-scalar fields transforming in the adjoint representation of $SU(3)$. ...
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Fourier transformation and commutators

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Astronomy - Hubble Law and Universe age [on hold]

We know that the approximated age of the Universe is calculated as 1/H0 where H0 is expressed like (km/s/Mpc). If I try to calculate the dimensional equation I obtain: (10^3 m/(s* 10^6*10^16 m))^-1, ...
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Integration by parts to derive $d\langle x \rangle / dt$

I am reading "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" by David Griffiths and I am having trouble understanding part of a derivation of $\frac{d\langle x\rangle }{dt}$ in section 1.5 - Momentum - of the ...
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Capacitor problem [on hold]

A charge of 200 micro coulomb is imparted to each of two identical capacitors connected in parallel. At time t=0 the plates of both the capacitors are 0.1 metre apart. The plates of first capacitor ...
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What is the work being done a girl carrying a bag walking down the street? [on hold]

What is the work being done a girl carrying a bag walking down the street?
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Doubts taking the second functional derivative of the Klein Gordon action

I have very little background with functional derivatives and I would like to clarify some issues. I am trying to compute the second functional derivative of the Klein Gordon action expressed in real ...
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I tried to solve circuit analysis problem but it failed [on hold]

I tried to solve circuit analysis problem in Hayt's Circuit Analysis 7th. But my answer is wrong and I don't know why I failed to solve this. Here's the question. I have to find what the value of v3 ...
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Need help please [on hold]

An electron's speed is doubled from $0.2~c$ to $0.4~c$. By what ratio does its momentum increase? What happens to the momentum ratio when the electron's speed is doubled again from $0.4~c$ to $0.8~c$? ...
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Symmetry axis and products of inertia

So if we have an object that has a symmetry axis let us say $z$-axis is a symmetry axis does this mean that the product of inertia $I_{zx} = I_{zy} = 0$? And if that is true why is it true ...