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On the Lorentz Group representation

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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Particle on a hemisphere - lagrange [duplicate]

A particle of mass m is on top of a frictionless hemisphere centered at the origin with radius $R$. It starts sliding down the hemisphere. Set up the lagrange equatinos of the first kind and ...
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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

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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My calculated laser pulse duration is twice too large. Where am I wrong? [on hold]

I'm currently writing a small Python script to estimate the pulse duration from the optical spectrum. At the end, the idea is to observe the effects of the spectral phase on the pulse duration and ...
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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?

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

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 ...
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Flow Rate Calculation from a drain tank through a pipe [duplicate]

I want to know how to calculate the flowrate (Q) of a drain tank flowing through a pipe (see the figure below) All I know is that Q=Velocity(V) x Area (A) V= sqrt(2*g*H)=sqrt(2*9.81*10)=14m/s. I ...
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its tricky circuit to given output voltage find without source [on hold]

solve it two quation in that pic,1) find Vout voltage and 2) no source given and find v1,v2,v3.
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Deriving Gravitational Potential Energy using Vectors

Here is my attempt at derivation: First you must find a vector function for the gravitational force. By the inverse square law, the magnitude of gravitational force between two bodies of mass $m$ ...
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Free fall motion of a body [on hold]

A ball is projected vertically upwards with an initial velocity of 100m/s. Find the speed of the ball at its maximum height Take g=10metre per second square.
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Average velocity of a clock [on hold]

The minute hand opf a clock is 4 cm long Find the average velocity of the tip of the minute hand between 11:00 a.m to 11:30a.m and 11:00 a.m to 11:30 p.m
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Motion of particle in $T$ seconds [on hold]

A particle starts moving from rest position ($v = 0$) under a constant acceleration $a$. If it travels a distance $\Delta{x}$ in time $T$, what distance will it travel in the next time $T$?
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Shear flow in J section type beam

What does the distribution of shear flow look like in a J section type beam. I'm only interested in a qualitative picture of it. I'm not interested in the calculations themselves. It is the top of the ...
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Density and Pressure [on hold]

Suppose there is a U-shaped tube on a table: In which right arm is shorter than the left arm.The open end of the right arm is 10cm above the table.The radius throughout the tube is 1.5cm. Water is ...
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What is the capacity of this circuit? [duplicate]

I simply can't figure out what the capacity of this circuit is. I can do the math myself, I just need a hint how to create an equivalent circuit where it is obvious what is parallel and what is in ...
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Mode operators in the Virasoro algebra

This questions concerns Exercise 2.11 in Polchinski. We are asked to compute the commutator $$L_{m}(L_{-m}|0;0\rangle) - L_{-m}(L_{m} |0;0\rangle)$$ By plugging the mode expansions, we use the ...
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Solution of the Radial Part of the Schroedinger Equation [on hold]

The general Schroedinger Equation is: $$\left[-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\triangle +V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)\right]\psi_{nlm}=E\psi_{nlm}$$ When considering free waves, i.e. $V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)=0$ and a ...
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Calculation of OPE in Polchinski

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Vectors and projectile [on hold]

Two particles A and B starts moving from a high point O at t=0 in the opposite direction with horizontal velocities 9 3 m/s and 4 m/s respectively. Due to earth's gravitational field the two particles ...
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Probability flux

I was reading a text on Quantum Mechanics in which it said that $$\int{d^3 x \, j(x,t)} = \frac{\langle p\rangle}{m},$$ where $\langle p\rangle$ is the expectation value of the momentum operator at ...