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Hooks Law and acceleration

A 435 gram sharpened piece of iron rebar into a spring loaded device. It takes a force of 355 Newtons to compress the spring by 27.5 cm. With what speed does the rebar shoot out of the device? ...
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Determine which circuits are parallel and which are in series

I need to find the Equivalent Resistance across A and B. The problem is, I don't know which one's are in series and which ones are in parallel. How do I identify which ones are parallel or series?
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Uniform motion - need help with this problem [on hold]

Body A is moving towards body B (which is moving to A) with speeds v1 (for A) and v2 (for B) on the road s.Body B starts moving after time Δt compared to the body A (so t2 = t1 + Δt).I want to know ...
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These two operators commute…but their eigenvectors aren't all the same. Why?

The Hamiltonian $$H = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} a & 0 & 0 & -b \\ 0 & 0 & -b & 0\\ 0 & -b & 0 & 0\\ -b & 0 & 0 & -a \end{array} \right] $$ commutes ...
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A flight attendant on a plane - special relativity problem [on hold]

the question goes like this: on a plane, flying at 0.8c which is 100m long (in plane system), at the back of the plane there is a flight attendant moving at 0.55c (relativitly to the plane system). ...
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Determining energy stored in capacitor and inductor in RLC circuit

I've been stuck on the following homework problem for a few hours now with little progress. As you can see, it's a relatively simple RLC circuit with a couple independent sources and a ...
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Question about a spring-mass-damper [on hold]

The following diagram shows the problem I have. The equation I derived using Newton's second law is also shown in the figure. M is the mass of the object the system is attached to and needs to be ...
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What is the mass of the unstable particle? [on hold]

Consider a massive particle at rest. This particle is unstable and decays into three massless particles: the first and the second are moving at right angles to each other and have 100 GeV energy ...
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Calculating the induced emf without knowing the change in magnetic flux [on hold]

A conducting rod of length $\ell$ moves on two horizontal frictionless rails, as in Figure P20.30. A constant force of magnitude 1.00 N moves the bar at a uniform speed of 2.00 m/s through a ...
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How to find the moments of A and B [on hold]

1) A 4.5m beam of weight is 1200N, supported by two points pivots A and B. A is x metres(m). Determine x, given that B is twice A
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Quantum Mechanics: Eigenstates for Quantum operators [on hold]

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Suppose that a state |Ψ> is an eigenstate of operator B, with eigenvalue bi. 2. Relevant equations i. What is the expectation value of ...
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How to compute the normal ordered angular momentum of a Klein-Gordon real scalar in terms of ladder operators?

I'm trying to compute the angular momentum $$Q_i=-2\epsilon_{ijk}\int{d^3x}\,x^kT^{0j}\tag{1}$$ where ...
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Heavy beam suspended by nylon and steel cables, angle problem [on hold]

I'm having trouble with the following simple physics problem: A heavy uniform beam of mass 8000kg and length 2,0m is suspended at one end by a nylon rope of diameter 2,5cm and at the other end by a ...
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Forces exerted on legs of a table

This is actually for a computer science homework problem, but I haven't studied any physics in five years so I'm having a bit of trouble. I'm given a table of three legs with their coordinates and I ...
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Proportionality and units

This might be very easy, but I'm not 100% sure how it's done. Lets say I have this equation: $$R = R_{0} \cdot \left[1 - \frac{P_{0}R_{0}}{GM_{0}\rho_{0}}\right]^{-1},$$ where I know $P_{0}$, ...
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Position operator in QFT

My Professor in QFT did a move which I cannot follow: Given the state $$\hat\phi|0\rangle = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3 2 E_p} a^\dagger_p e^{- i p_\mu x^\mu}|0\rangle,$$ he wanted to show that this ...
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Electric field due to continuous volume charge distribution [duplicate]

Since the Electric field at point (0,0,z) is $$dE = \frac{\rho vdv}{4\pi\epsilon_0R^2}\hat{R}$$ $$\hat{R} = \cos\alpha \hat{z} + \sin\alpha \hat{\rho}$$ where $\hat{R}$ means unit vector $R$. ...
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Find the current/potential difference across each bulb [on hold]

I need help solving this problem: Two identical bulbs are connected in parallel to a different source, one with E = 8.0 V and internal resistance 0.8 ohm. Each light bulb has a resistance R = 2.0 ohm ...
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Calculating the distance that a telescope can detect [on hold]

A typical 4-meter telescope is capable of detecting stars with apparent magnitude of +24 with an exposure time of 5 minutes. Using this exposure time, out to what distance (in pc) can this telescope ...
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Compute convective heat transfer coefficient for a condensing steam

I have a question about convective heat transfer coefficients. I am trying to figure out how much steam I can condense in this specific heat exchanger. Steam at 9 MPa is condensed in a 1 shell pass, ...
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Circuit Diagram [on hold]

Three resistor are put into play, two in parallel and another in series to them. One of the resistors in parallel is decreased. what will happen to the voltage and current.
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Electric Field due to volume charge [on hold]

Electric Field at point P due to volume charge Since,the Electric field at point (0,0,z) is dE = ρvdvaR/4πε0R2 aR = cosα az + sinα aρ where aR means unit vector R can anyone derive the above ...
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Dry Ice Sublimation time, practical calculations [on hold]

I would like to send a parcel to a family abroad with frozen (to the temperature of -18 ° C.) products.The products are small balls having a diameter of 4 cm. Balls are made from pizza dough.Total ...
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An inclined pulley system [on hold]

M1 and M2 both are 400g. There is no friction and the pulleys are massless. I am trying to work out the acceleration on M2. I am unsure whether the acceleration should be: $a\space =Mg\space -\space ...
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The “classical radius” of the electron [on hold]

According to one theory, the mass m of the electron arises simply as a consequence of the electrostatic energy of its electric field, through Einstein's famous expression ε=mc^2, where ε is the field ...
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entropy of a long molecule chain with respect to its length

Consider a (very long) one-dimensional chain of $N$ moleculs, which can be in either of the energy states $\alpha$ or $\beta$. The configurations have length $a$ or $b$ respectively. Show ...
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Which moves faster in a time $t$: $A$ or $B$? [on hold]

Suppose we have two objects, $A$ and $B$, both made of the same substance. They also have the same shape (e.g. two spheres), but $A$ is larger and therefore more massive than $B$. Both $A$ and $B$ ...
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What is the power of combination of an erect and an inverted halved convex lens?

So I have this question from a competitive exam. And I don't know to solve for the second part (I have a guess at the answer, but don't quite understand it). For the first part, focal length ...
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Moment of inertia help [on hold]

Okay so lets say I have a lever with 2 objects on it, object one and object 2. Object 1 has a mass of $m_1$ and is $r_1$ away from the fulcrum; object 2 has a mass of $m_2$ and is $r_2$ away from the ...
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How to find how far away could a binary system be? [on hold]

Human eye resolution is about one arcminute. Two stars in a binary system are separated by 10 AU. How far away can they be such that your eye could still distinguish them as two separate stars rather ...
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What is the relative speed of the galaxy with respect to the Earth [on hold]

Consider a distant galaxy. Though this is a bit contrived, suppose that an astronomer measures the fourth transition of the Brackett series of transitions from n > 4 to n = 4 in Hydrogen at a ...
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Landau's Problem - Poisson bracks of a spherical symmetry function and angular momuntum in z axis

In landau's Mechanics, there's a problem: I think, if the function has the property spherical symmetry, or: $\phi(r,p)=\phi(-r,-p)$ The form suggested by Landau follows this property, but I can't ...
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Schrodinger Wave Functional (quantum fields) - Solving Functional Gaussian Integrals

Okay, So i'm doing some research that involves the Schrodinger representation in quantum field theory. The ground state wave functional for the Klein Gordon field is a generalized gaussian in position ...
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One step in deriving the Einstein-Hilbert action

In this amazing first principles derivation of the Einstein-Hilbert action there is one small manipulation needed to show $$c g_{ab,cd}\left(\eta^{ac}\eta^{bd} - \eta^{ab}\eta^{cd}\right)$$ is ...
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Net Electric Field of Multiple Charges [on hold]

Question: Four charges, each of magnitude +Q are placed at the corners of a square of side a. Obtain an expression for the electric potential at the centre of the square and at the mid point of one ...
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Finding the spectrum of a curious hamiltonian

I wish to analyse the following hamiltonian, i.e. find its eigenvalues and eigenstates. $$H = \frac{1}{2}\epsilon(\sigma _z \otimes \mathbb{1} + 1\otimes \sigma _z) - \Delta (\sigma _x \otimes \sigma ...
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How to calculate the atomic form factor of Lithium? [on hold]

I have a density function, $\rho=e^{\frac{-2r}{\pi a^3}}$, and I have also two numbers, but I don't know what they mean. They are: $a_k=0.2 \mathring A$ angstrom, $a_l=1.6 \mathring A$ . And teacher ...
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How to deal with $\nabla(\delta\Psi)$ in functional derivatives?

I am trying to compute the functional derivative of the following functional $$F[\Psi]=\int{}d^nx\Psi{}e^{(\nabla\Psi)^2}.$$ What I have tried up till now is the following ...
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Calculating time of being in a lift only by weight & travel distance

If someone is in a lift and normally weighs 90kg, when the lift starts accelerating the person weighs 100kg. After the lift has maintained a constant speed for a while it starts slowing down. While ...
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A car collides with a net [on hold]

A little car of 500 grams with a speed of 2 m/s collides with a net with a spring constant of 400 N/m. If the force is bigger then 40 N, the net breaks. 1) Prove that the net brakes 2) What is the ...
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Sum of energy for 2 solids in rotation

I would like to compute the sum of energy of the following case: Two solids are turning (disks). Yellow solid is turning at $w1 rd/s$ around its center of gravity and blue solid is turning at ...
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Accelerating disk [on hold]

A disk of radius $R$ is accelerating to the right over a plane. At $t=0$ the speed and the acceleration of the axle are $v_1$ and $a_1$ what is the velocity and the acceleration of each point (1-4 ...
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Example of a state which is positive but its partial transpose is not positive

Could any one give me an example of a state whose density matrix is positive semidefinnite but partial transpose is not positive semidefinnite?
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How to calcuate uniform circular motion? [on hold]

Given: Ideally, I maintain a speed of 265km/hr and 285 km/hr. Roughly, 73.6 m/s and 79m/s. I make a turn and experience around 4.5g's to 5.5g's, roughly 45 and 55 m/s^2, for about 7 seconds. I ...
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Catapult projectile with different mass [on hold]

We have a physics law. We made catapult and we have to launch a water balloon. However before that we have to know where the water balloon will fall. We don't have radars or stuff like that to ...
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Finding voltage drop in series parallel [on hold]

In this problem, I am asked to find the voltage drop for $R_3$. We are given that the current for one of the branches is 0.55 mA. I am somewhat familiar with Kirchoff's Law for currents and Kirchoff's ...
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How to calculate magnitute of average acceleration? [on hold]

Given: Starting from rest the acceleration is 500mph, in 1 second. How do I calculate the magnitude of acceleration for this in terms of $g$ as 9.8m/s^2? Starting off 500mph is about 220 m/s ...
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Problem with formula for parabolic motus

I know that the path made by an object thrown in air with velocity $v_0$ with an angle $\alpha$ is: $$y=x \cdot\tan \alpha - \frac {gx^2}{2v_0^2\cdot \cos^2 \alpha} $$ At school we had to use this ...
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How to describe the motion of a box initially at rest on a table rotating with an increasing angular speed? [on hold]

Consider the following diagram. A box is on a table that can move circularly and the box is connected by a string attached to the fixed bearing. At $t=0$, the box is at rest, the string of length ...
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Scintillator Length Calculations

This is sorta homeworkish, yet it still relates to my understanding of the physics behind it as well. Does anyone know how you determine t_98 (aka the length to contain 98% of the energy) for a ...