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Speed of pinewood derby car

If I drop a pinewood derby car from 4 feet I know it hits the ground in half a second at about 10.6 mph. If it rolls down the track (starting at 4 feet) it takes longer, but is it possible for it to ...
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Stokes law percentage error

I am supposed to find the % error in t , r and D this is for Stokes law to find the viscosity.I have tried to find the % error in t we used a stopwatch so I found the mean from my values for t and ...
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How can I calculate how high an arrow goes when all I know is its initial speed?

I'm not familiar with English physics terms so bear with me. If I shot an arrow straight up and it went off with a speed of 21 m/s, how high up would it go? (air resistance is insignificant). My ...
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How to find the current source Is and the voltage V1 of this circuit schematic?

I have Vs= 1.5V, R1=1 Ohm, R2 =6 Ohms, I got the equivalent resistance to be 7 Ohms. Then I set equal Req to Vs for 7I=1.5 and got my current source to be 0.214A. Since it is only Vs and Req in the ...
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induction of voltage from power lines to telephone lines

A pair of isolated parallel power lines of 1 cm radius with a separation of 90 cm have a voltage difference of 440 V. These power lines are 60 cm above a pair of telephone lines. The telephone lines ...
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Sakurai Exercise 2.17 (Harmonic Oscillator, Ladder operators)

I the field of the harmonic oscillator and ladder operators I am trying to solve exercise 2.17 from Sakurai and want to proof the following relation $$ \langle x^{2n} \rangle = (2n - 1)!! \langle ...
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Compton Scattering problem verification [on hold]

A photon emergre in an angle $\theta=\frac{\pi}{4}$ in a Compton scattering the kinetic energy of the photon is $K_i=2K_f$. I must find $K_i$ in $MeV$. $\lambda_f -\lambda_i= \lambda_c$. Then: ...
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Confusion in a problem

This is a very basic homework type question. I guess there is some intermixing of concepts in my head. Help. There was a question I came across - A ball of mass 0.2 kg is thrown vertically upwards ...
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Number of impacts nitrogen molecules make with the palm of a hand

What is the number of impacts one mole air makes with the palm of your hand assuming air is entirely made up of nitrogen?
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Calculus Based Physics Problem with Particle Motion [on hold]

Suppose the position vector for a particle is given as a function of time by $$\hat{r}(t) = x(t)\hat{ i} + y(t)\hat{j}$$ while $$x(t)=at+b \text{ and }y(t)=c(t^2)+d,$$ where $a=1.00\, m/s$, $b=1.00\, ...
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If an object launches off of a table at a given velocity, calculate angle below the horizontal when it hits the ground?

So this is a basic kinematics question that I'm having trouble understanding. Here is the question verbatim: A hockey puck slides off the edge of a table with an initial velocity of 28.0 m/s and ...
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Physics Centripetal Force problem [on hold]

At what rate a space station 200m in diameter would have to rotate to create gravity equal to 0.7 that at the surface of earth. How fast does it spin, and how long would it take to make a complete ...
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Estimating the characteristic energy of the neutron

I'm trying to do a question which is as follows: "Applying the uncertainty principle on the smallest scales, estimate the characteristic energy of the three relativistic quarks confined within ...
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Helmholtz energy in terms of grand partition function

According to my source of notes $$A = kT \left ( N \ln z-\ln Z(z, V, T)\right) $$ where $z=e^{\beta \mu}$, $\mu$ being chemical potential, $Z(z,V,T)$ is partition function for grand canonical ...
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Force required for balancing a three-bodied frictionless and gravityless system [on hold]

Hello everyone, I made calculations over calculations but I think my free body diagrams were wrong. There are three bodies here: on two of them (the 2 and 3) are applied two forces (F2 and F3) ...
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Question about a solution of a partial differential equation by separation of variables

I'm trying to understand this text: http://www.ekayasolutions.com/UCDMath/HeatCondSphere.pdf But I'm having problem with this part: Whe have to solve: \begin{equation} \dfrac{\partial ...
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Find the period of a pendulum system [on hold]

How to solve the following problem, A mathematical pendulum is formed by a cable with length $l$ and a sphere at it's end with mass $m$. While the pendulum swings at it's position of ...
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The question is related to quantum mechanics [on hold]

The energy gap in germanium is 0.72 eV. Find the maximum wavelength of electromagnetic radiation which can cause transition from the valance band to the conduction band.
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Calculate the pressure in a container given moles and volume [on hold]

Say there are two containers with the same volume. The first has a temperature T and pressure P and contains 1 mole of $O_2$. The second has a temperature 2T and contains 1 mole of $He_2$. I'd like to ...
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Electromagnetic field tensor [on hold]

How will we derive the component of electromagnetic field tensor by using the electromagnetic field tensor formula; what is the procedure? Can anyone tell me about how I would derive $F_{00}, ...
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What is the mass defect of stable nucleus? [on hold]

What is mass defect of stable nucleus? A-positive B-zero C-negative D-less than unstable nucleus
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How to determine the friction constants

We know that the friction is formulated in this form $$F=av+bv^2+Nμ$$ I'm working with an object and surface and I want to find $ a, b, μ $ for them. Can you please give me an experimental method ?
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Free falling object with air resistance, what's the velocity as a function of time?

So, I'm looking into how velocity can be represented as a function of time when the air resistance is also function of velocity. The force of drag is $$ F_d = C||\vec{v}||\vec{v} $$ where $C$ is an ...
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Calculating stopping distance of a car on a slope

I'm having trouble setting up a homework problem properly. We are given the following: A given car can brake to a stop from a speed of 60.0 mi/h in a distance of 123 ft on a level roadway. What ...
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Motion question [on hold]

I have been struggling to understand how to do this question so some guidance would be great. A racing car of mass 941kg accelerates from 28km/h to 102km/h over a distance of 297m. Frictional forces ...
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How to find frequency from wave equation [on hold]

I have wave equation for vibrating string with damping $M\ddot{x}+C\dot{x}+Kx=0.$ I used this formulae for finding (natural)frequency $\sqrt{\frac{K}{M}-(\frac{C}{2M})^2},$ is it ok?
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complex waveforms [on hold]

just wondering if anyone can help me out with a expression I need to find out the phase angle of any harmonic components present ( relative to the fundamental) of this expression $v=\sin(100\pi t)$ ...
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Electric Filed on a point on a sphere [on hold]

I really want to understand the concept of those problems. Thanks.
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Does the stretching of a spring depend on its rest lenght?

I don't understand if the stretching of a spring depends on its rest lenght besides its force constant $k$. I'll make an example to show my doubt. Consider a vertical spring and a mass $m$ ...
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Torque Problem (tension and thrust) [on hold]

A crane boom which weighs 200 lb and which ia 10 ft long is supported so that it makes an angle 50° with the supporting wall and so that the rope makes an angle of 70° with the wall. If load of 700 lb ...
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Torque (Distance × MomentArm) [on hold]

A bar 2.0 m long makes an angle of 30° with the horizontal. A vertical force of 40N is applied 0.4 m from the upper end. Calculate the torque due to this force about each end.
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Solar radiation conversion check

I'm analysing some solar radiation data, which is the calculated as the daily sum of PAR in MJ per m$^2$ per day. Assuming that PAR makes 42% from total irradiance, how can I convert this to solar ...
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Simple harmonic oscillators [on hold]

A block whose mass m is $680$ g is fastened to a spring whose constant k is $65$ N/m . The block is pulled a distnce $x=11$ cm from its equilibrium postion at $x=0$ cm on a frictionless surface and ...
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Maximum speed in Simple harmonic motion [on hold]

If a vertical spring block executes SHM at a frequency of 10 Hz . At the upper extreme position of the block the spring is unstretched . Then how can we find the maximum speed . I tried The ...
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Electric Field From a point P

A rod of length $L$ and total charge $Q$ creates an electric field at a point $P$, $x$ units away. We need the electric field at this point. I am working on a physics problem for homework and the set ...
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What is temperature dependence (Schottky defects)?

The problem requires us to use the following property to determine the temperature dependence: For a system in thermal equilibrium in a heat bath at temperature $T$ the Helmholtz free energy is a ...
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Carnot cycle in steam processes

Our professor told us that in steam processes, such as Clausis-Rankine process, Carnot's cycle is impossible to achieve. Can someone explain why?
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Phase Portraits Given Hamiltonian

Given a Hamiltonian say $$ H = 5p^2 $$ What is the correct procedure for producing a phase portrait. My initial thoughts were to solve the system of equations $\frac{dq}{dt} = 0$ and $\frac{dp}{dt} ...
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Feynman exercise - container with steel balls [on hold]

You received many steel balls of the same diameter d and container of known volume V. All dimensions of the container are much greater than balls diameter. How many balls can be placed in a container? ...
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Need help to prove the following equation [on hold]

I am able to show the equation at (2) but I am not sure how to show the equation at (3). Any help is greatly appreciated
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Conduction problem [on hold]

A hot reservoir with a temperature of $782 K$ is $0.56 m$ away from a cold reservoir with a temperature of $331 K$. The two reservoirs are insulated from each other except for a rod of brass ($k = 109 ...
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Gravitational force between rod and mass $m$

Why do we integrate along the whole length while finding the gravitational force between a object of mass ($m$) and a rod of length $L$ and mass $M\,?$ Can't we simply use $F=\frac{GmM}{r^2} \, ?$
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Energy method to solving equations of motion? Why does this method work and what is it called?

Given the stated system in the photo we are suppose to prove simple harmonic motion when given an initial displacement $x$ I first considered the total energy of the system which we will call $H$ ...
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How do I find the co-ordinates and speed of this particle on the x-y plane? [on hold]

I got this question from an old physics exam paper. I'm trying to use the kinematics equations to solve this question but the x and y co-ordinates keep confusing me. Here's the question: A particle ...
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How do I remove the negative sign from this derivation?

A homework problem required me to show that the first equation below can be written in the form of the second equation. It was all fairly simple except for the negative sign. I'm not sure how this is ...
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Density parameter (cosmology) as a function of redshift

Hopefully I'm missing some very basic algebra for this question. In essence, I need to derive the following: $$ \Omega=\Omega_{1}\frac{(1+z)}{1+\Omega_1{z}} $$ Now, I proceeded from the Friedmann ...
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Feynman exercise - crystal lattice

Can you explain why there is no crystals with a shape of regular pentagon? (Usually wall of crystal have shape of triangles, squares or hexagons). Could it be a correct solution? Let's assume that ...
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How to explain to a child why can acceleration be positive or negative? [on hold]

I want to find out how can acceleration be negative? I have an answer and this answer is: $$a=\frac{v_f-v_i}{t_f-t_i} < 0$$ because $v_f < v_i$ where $v_f$ is final velocity and $v_i$ is ...
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How to solve this problem : A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered…? [on hold]

Problem: A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered at its back. A point object is kept at a distance of 1 m from the front face, as shown in the figure. Find the position of ...
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Equivalent spring constant of setup

A mass $M$ is suspended using two springs having spring constant $k_{1}$ & $k_{2}$ with distance from mass as $a$ & $b$ respectively. Find equivalent spring constant of system. So I ...