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What is the terminal velocity of a tungsten cylinder 20ft long and 2ft wide? (if it had a more aerodynamic end)

I read somewhere that the drag coefficient of a sphere is 0.5. so I tried calculating with that and got 4150 MPH. I don't know if 1 would be a flat end or not. However I would assume if you were ...
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How can we prove this system is in a stationary state?

I'm having trouble using the given hint to solve the problem. The problem statement is as follows: At instant $t=0$, the probability distribution of a particle under a potential $V(x)$ is ...
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$\nabla^{\mu}\nabla_{\mu}$ in general relativity

I am trying to work out $\square=\nabla^{\mu}\nabla_{\mu}$ in the metric $ ds^{2}=-A(r)dt^{2}+B(r)^{-1}dr^{2}+r^{2}d\Omega^{2} $$ My work: when applying $\square$ to a scalar $\phi$, then $ ...
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How to solve infinite square well with exponential solution (of oscillatory type)?

Given a potential well of $V = 0$ on the interval $(0,L)$ and $V = \infty$ outside the well, I am working to solve the Time Independent Schrodinger Equation $$\dfrac{d^2}{dx^2} \psi= ...
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Final charges on Capacitors connected in a curcuit

Capacitor C1 is charged to a Potential Difference of 10V. It's capacitance is 2 microFarad. Capacitor C2 is charged to a Potential Difference of 15V. It's capacitance is 4 microFarad. Now the ...
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SR: vector field and change of reference

If $U$ and $V$ are vector fields, then the derivative of $U$ along $V$ is the vector field $\nabla _V U$ with components $$\nabla _V U=V^b \frac{\partial U^a}{\partial x^b}.$$ I would like to verify ...
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Description of charged circle with Dirac delta function in Cartesian coordinates [on hold]

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged circle ($x^2+y^2=R^2$; $z=0$, total charge $Q$) with Dirac delta function in Cartesian coordinates. In cylindrical coordinates it is: $$ \rho ...
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What is the Hermitian adjoint of operator $\hat{K}\psi = \psi^*$?

For many operators, their adjoint can be expressed as a function of other known operators, for example $$\hat{T}_a^\dagger = \hat{T}_{-a} \\ \hat{p}_x^\dagger = \hat{p}_x$$ where $\hat{T}_a \psi (x) = ...
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Tension on a string

A string is attached at both extremities and put under tension $T_0$ at rest. We know that if we pull the string upwards from the middle, the tension will increase. But why is it that, admittedly, ...
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Error calculation in parallel resistances

This is the question: There are two resistors with resistance values $R_1=100\pm3$ ohm and $R_2=200\pm4$ ohm. Find the equivalent resistance of parallel combination. According to what I've ...
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How to derive this equation? [on hold]

How to derive this equation? It comes from a book named Seismic Wave Propagation in Stratified Media.
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Wave on a guitar string, differential equation

The mechanical energy of an element of the string is : $$dE(x,t) = \frac{1}{2}\left[T_0\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}\right)^2 + \mu\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}\right)^2\right]dx$$ Where ...
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Diffraction in Circle of light? [duplicate]

I'm working on a project that refers to optics. the question says when a laser beam is aimed to a wire ( perpendicular to the surface ), a circle of light then will be seen on a the surface. I somehow ...
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Diffraction and Young's Double Slit [on hold]

This may be a little too basic for this site, but I am facing problems in solving difficult problems on Single Slit pattern and Double Slit as Superposition of 2 single slits. Can you please help me ...
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Find out gradient of electric potential at ${\bf r}$ created by eletric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ [on hold]

Suposing an electric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ located at the origin which creates an electric potential at ${\bf r}$ given by ...
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Electricity and Magnetism — Calculating Electric Field — *Confusing distance in problem* [on hold]

The question is as follows: A point +2.00-nC charge is at the origin, and a second -5.00-nC point charge is on the -axis at (a) Find the electric field (magnitude and direction) at each of the ...
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How high could i jump if I weighed only half as much?

E.g. I weigh 150 lbs I had a thrust device that lifted 75 pounds. How high could I jump? What if that thrust lifted 2/3 of my weight (100 lbs)? Obviously, I cant fly, but I guarantee if I weighed ...
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Cancelling internal forces/moments term when deriving inertial matrix

I am attempting to derive the inertial matrix for a general rigid body of mass $m$ as shown in the following diagram: The green vectors indicate the key position vectors: Position of centroid ...
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Altarelli-Parisi Splitting Function $P_{qq}(z)$ vanishing integral if and only if quark flavour sum rules and equivalence

Question 1: I believe both questions are in the context of Deep Inelastic Scattering. I've been given the expression for $F_{2}^{ep}(x)=(\frac{2}{3})^2[u(x)+\bar{u}(x)] +(\frac{1}{3})^2[d(x) + ...
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Description of charged sphere with Heaviside function in cylindrical coordinates

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged sphere (radius R, total charge Q, position of centre (0,0,0)) with Dirac delta function and Heaviside step function. The hard part is to ...
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Help with a couple of materials science questions

My first post on this forum is asking for some assistance in answering some questions. I was hoping as well as being given an answer, you could offer a little explanation so that I can understand - ...
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How to calculate the resultant movement of a superposition of harmonic oscillators?

If $x_{1}(t) = \cos(\omega t - \frac{\pi}{6})$ and $x_{2}(t) = \sin(\omega t)$ are two simple harmonic oscillators in the same direction and with the same angular frequency $\omega$, how to ...
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squared position dependent electric field [on hold]

Here's an asignment problem that got me puzzled. The thing is that I have to solve a second order non linear differential euqation, the course is an urdergraduate mechanics course. A particle of mass ...
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Finding magnetic field inside rotating sphere

A sphere with radius $R$ has constant charge density $\rho$ per unit volume. This sphere rotates as a rigid body with an angular velocity of $\omega$ around an axis that goes through the center. What ...
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Hadamard Gate application help

I need to prove that if you apply Hadamard gates on the input/output before and after a CNOT gate that you get the same answer as flipping the target and control qbits of a CNOT. So for example I'm ...
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Post-measurement state for measurement outcomes on Qutrit states [on hold]

I am trying to do problems in Barnett.S. - "Quantum Information" book but I am confused on what the question wants and how to proceed. The question is as follow, The qutrit (three state system) ...
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Force on charged particle in magnetic field [on hold]

I am having difficulties achieving the answers to a question in my physics textbook. The question goes: A charged particle $q = 3.0 × 10^{–19}\space C$ and of mass $5.65 × 10^{–27} kg$ moves ...
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Force and laws of motion, friction [on hold]

The 12 kg block is put on the 3 kg platform which attached to the wire AB. The friction coefficient between 12 kg and 3 kg platform are ų(s)=0.6 and ų(k)=0.40. Determine the magnitude of acceleration ...
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Calculating tension at every point on rope around pulley [on hold]

Suppose a pulley is fixed over a wall and a rope is passing over it such that both the ends of the rope are connected to boxes having masses $m$ and $M$ ( $m<M$) Assume mass per unit length of rope ...
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Moment of inertia of cylinder [on hold]

How to calculate moment of inertia of a cylinder about an axis passing through its geometrical center and inclined at an angle (\theta) with vertical.
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Gears in contact?

I was doing a practice exam paper question that was along the following lines: A gear, $A$,and moment of inertia $I_A$ is spinning about its axis at angular velocity $\omega$. Another gear $B$ ...
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Finding the acceleration of a mass/pulley system without knowing the direction of the displacement

I have the following question: I noticed that if I solve for the acceleration assuming that the acceleration is occuring to the left, I get the equation: $\displaystyle a = ...
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A level 9702/11/o/n/14 question 26 (about interference of sound wave) [on hold]

The speakers are identical and they are connected it's series with power, so I thought there would be complete destructive interference. Therefore, at some point the amplitude would be zero and also ...
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Finding final velocity in inelastic collision [on hold]

Information: In a shipping company distribution center, an open cart of mass 49.0-kg is rolling to the left at a speed of 5.40-m/s (see the figure). You can ...
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Mass-Spring system on an accelerating jet

Imagine a perfect mass spring system. If it's put on an accelerating plane, how will the motion change? Is the plane's acceleration like a driving/damping force, where: $$F_{\text{driving}} = ...
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Need help understanding $\oint H \cdot dl = I_{f,enc}$. Homework question [on hold]

A cylinder of radius R and magnetization $M = kr^2 \hat{\phi}$. I already found the magnetic field due to bound charges to be, $B = \mu_0 k r^2 \hat{\phi}$ inside the cylinder and $B = 0$ outside ...
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Variable Gear System [on hold]

I have a variable speed gear system with 4 primary parts. I need to find the relationship between input rotational speed (wi) to output rotational speed (wo). Fig. 1 shows three of the primary ...
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Fermion commutation relations QFT question [on hold]

Consider left-handed fermions in two spacetime dimensions $(t,x)$: $\psi_L=\frac{1}{2}(1-\gamma_5)\psi_D$ with $J_0^\epsilon(t,x)=\psi_L^+(x+\epsilon)\psi_L(x-\epsilon)$. (a). Use canonical ...
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Field inside an endless cylinder, without using Gauss's law

I need to prove that a field inside an infinitely long hollow cylinder, with density $\sigma$, is zero - without Gauss's law. I am clueless on what to do, how to start. Any clues, hints, guidelines? ...
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Potential Energy in modified Atwood Machine

The initial length of the spring is $l_0$. I need help understanding how the potential energy of this system comes to be. I know the answer: $$ U = ...
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What should we do If we wanted to increase the angular velocity of a planet? [duplicate]

We could hit it with really fast objects, but could we manipulate the orbit of a large satellite to speed up its rotation? What would be the easiest way?
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How to find the nature of an orbit knowing 2 altitudes and the time interval? [on hold]

A body was observed at an altitude of $366 km$ and then at $633 km$, after $12.5$ minutes. Angular separation between the 2 measurements is 45 degrees: find nature of orbit and true anomalies at 2 ...
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Super-luminal separation

Suppose there are are 5 bodies separating in space (due to it's expansion), and let us consider that they can emit light. 1st body moves in the -x direction, at the speed of light. 2nd body moves ...
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Physics question on heat produced in resistance ckt [on hold]

The charge $Q$ flowing through a resistance $R$ varies with time $t$ as $Q=at-bt^2$. The total heat produced in $R$ is: 1.a3R/b 2.a3R/2b 3.a3R/3b 4.a3R/6b
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Wave equations for reflected waves in standing wave calculations, when the end is fixed and when it is free?

Consider a sinusoidal wave moving in the +x direction $$y_{1}(x,t)=A\sin\left [ \frac{2\pi }{T} \left ( t-\frac{x}{v} \right )\right ]$$ (A) At a fixed end, the amplitude of the resultant wave ...
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Can Tension between two blocks on a horizontal plane be discovered in these conditions? [on hold]

the bodies are linked by an ideal string, one has m1=10kg & the other m2=20kg The force is known and is pulling horizontally, F=60N on the lighter object the coefficient of friction is said to be the ...
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Applying force to Keep constant velocity [on hold]

An object with mass 1kg is moving on an even plane. The plane has kinetic friction coefficient of 0.5. Gravity is pulling the ...
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movement of particles in electric field

I am confused about a homework problem. Let's assume we have two electrically charged particles of which we know the charge and mass respectively. Let's say that at first they are fixed at some ...
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Problem involving a rigid body in equilibrium [on hold]

A uniform rod rests in equilibrium with one end against a smooth vertical wall and the other against a smooth plane inclined at 30 degrees to the horizontal. Find the inclination of the rod to the ...
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Power system problem, can you please check if my working is correct? [on hold]

Can you please check if my working out is correct, i have attached the photos of my working out.