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Gauss' Law - Parallel plates

A parallel plate capacitor with dielectric (as above), together with its dimensions. Its plates are square. The capacitance is given by the usual formula, $C = \frac{\epsilon _0 \epsilon _r ...
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How many images are formed when theta is decreased between two mirrors? [on hold]

Two mirrors at an angle $\theta$ produce 5 images of a point. The number of images produced when $\theta$ is decreased to $30^0$ is (A) 9 (B) 10 (C) 11 (D) 12 How can I answer this question? ...
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How to find the ratio of the resistance of 2 resistor when they are connected in series and then in parallel? [on hold]

Question: When two resistance R1 and R2 are connected in series, they consume 12W power. When they are connected in parallel, they consume 50 W power. What is the ratio of the powers of R1 and R2 ...
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What is the form of the Hamiltonian for periodic boundary conditions? [on hold]

What would the potential term be for a system with periodic boundary conditions? I know the simple harmonic Hamiltonian, but what about a general system such as a wire? I'm trying to solve the ...
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Can calculations find positive entropy change for heat transfer from cold reservoir to hot body?

I was working on a "simple" heat transfer question and have now confused myself! This question refers to the case where an object is brought into contact with a thermal reservoir, causing the object ...
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Inclined pulley. Finding the $\frac{M_1}{M_2}$ [on hold]

Problem As you can see in the picture, $M_1$ and $M_2$ are attached by a massless rope over a pulley. the height difference of $M_1$ and $M_2$ is $h$. The masses start to move and after $τ$ seconds, ...
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Which number is bigger, -1 or -2? Discuss your answers by applying examples in Physics [on hold]

Which number is bigger, -1 or -2? Discuss your answers by applying examples in Physics. My answer: -1 is bigger than -2. \begin{align*} \ 3.4 \cdot\ 10 ^{-1} = 0.34 \\ 3.4 \cdot\ 10 ^{-2} = 0.034 ...
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Conditions of friction on constant acceleration [on hold]

If a body is moving with constant acceleration, then what would the frictional force be? Zero In forward direction, In reverse direction all of above
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Predicting balls's movement in well due to fluid flow

I am a total newbie in fluid dynamics. In one of my experiments/open project, my experiment setup is as below: a small ball sits in a circular well (has mass density a bit heavier than water), with ...
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Pion decay: V-A vs. V coupling

For the Decay $$ \pi^+ \to \mu^- \bar{\nu}_\mu $$ the Feynman rules for this tell us that the vertex couples with $\gamma^\mu (1-\gamma^5) / \sqrt{2} $. This gives me the reduced amplitude of $$ M = ...
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Coupled wheel and rod (analytical mechanics)

I am struggling with formulating the equations of motion. Consider a coordinate system with origin in $O$ ($y$ upwards and $x$ to the right), label the center of mass of rod $AB$ with $G$ then: ...
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Angular velocity of disc from induced motion

I came across a question regarding linear momentum $L$ and it's conservation, however I tried and got confused. It reads: A $40kg$ girl stands on the very edge of a rotating disc of mass $50kg$ and ...
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Thrown object with air resistance [on hold]

An object is thrown horizontally from height $h$ with initial velocity of $V_0$. Air resistance is given as $f = -\beta v$ I need to find the velocity and location at any given moment. I understand ...
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From acceleration to displacement

Hi I am a major in Computer science and this question should be really easy for all the physics geniuses here: I have a set of data points from an accelerometer on a moving object that basically ...
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How can electric field representation be obtained from Enge representation using Maxwell's equations?

Suppose we have a long electric capacitor. Let $L$ be its length ($z$ coordinate), $W$ its width ($y$ coordinate), and $D$ its full height (full aperture; $x$ coordinate). Let $L\gg W\gg D$. The ...
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The work-energy theorem

Well here's the question. From some previous excercises we know that from \begin{align} A&=\int F\;ds,\\ &=\int ma\;ds, &&(F=ma)\\ &=\int m \frac{dv}{dt}\;ds, ...
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Chemical and stellar evolution in stars

I'm having an exam soon where I have to discuss/describe the follow figure: It's the first figure I have to explain, and it was on the same slide as the one below, so I'm thinking they are somewhat ...
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Boundary conditions of stream function

I have to do an problem about solving numerically the flow that goes under an airfoil. The airfoil has a flap deployed downwards and I need to solve the mesh that it's under the airfoil. I have drawn ...
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Waves and sounds [on hold]

A tuning fork whose natural frequency is 440 Hz is placed just above the open end of a tube that contains water.The water is slowly drained from the tube while the tuning fork remains in place and ...
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Hamiltonian for a Lagrangian with coupling

I am dealing with the following Lagrangian density $$\mathscr{L}_{em}= -\frac{1}{2}\rho\omega^2 u^2 +\frac{1}{2}\nabla u:\Sigma :\nabla ...
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How to reconstruct the dependence of the potential from a coordinate?

What is known is that an ion sent along the X-axis of a black box with a speed $V$ returns in the time of: $$T=a V^b$$ $a$ and $b$ are some known constants. Having this, can we reproduce the ...
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Interference of sound: how to calculate the sound intensity at each point?

I need help with the following question: Two speakers are sending out sound in phase with the frequency 2,13 kHz. The sound from the speakers is registered in three points A, B and C. See figure. ...
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Lorentz transformation - Bjorken & Drell

I'm trying to derive (14.25) in Bjorken & Drell (B&D) QFT. This is $$\tag{14.25}U(\epsilon)A^\mu(x)U^{-1}(\epsilon) = A^\mu(x') - \epsilon^{\mu\nu}A_\nu(x') + \frac{\partial ...
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Time functions in general relativity

In my general relativity notes a function $f$ is called time function, if $\nabla f$ is time-like past-pointing. Say that we are in Schwarzschild spacetime and I want to check if $f=t$ is a time ...
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Projectile at an angle. Finding the angle using conservation of energy [on hold]

Ball is thrown at an angle α and at the highest point it's potential and kinetic energy are the same. Find the angle. Use the law of energy conservation. What the professor wanted $mV^2/2 = 2* ...
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Turning off point for 1g acceleration

Let's say I am on a ship accelerating with 1g. I want to keep the engine running for half a year ( to an observer from my point of origin ) but due to time dilation it would have to be sooner than ...
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Lorentz transformation of scalar field [on hold]

How can I show that $$\phi(x^{\mu}) - \frac{1}{2}\lambda^{\sigma \rho}L_{[\sigma \rho]}\phi(x^{\mu}) = \phi(x^{\mu} + \lambda^{\mu \nu}x_{\nu}) \,\,\, ? $$ Here, $\lambda^{\rho \sigma}$ are the ...
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How to calculate the solid-liquid interface energy knowing the surface free energy and liquid contact angle? [on hold]

Given surface free energy something around 20mN/m, and the contact angle around 120° for water (73mN/m). How can I estimate the solid-liquid interface energy of the given solid surface to water? I ...
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Momentum in the frame of reference of the center of mass [on hold]

I'm a high school student who just learned this topic in class today. I don't understand why the sum of momentum is zero in the frame of center of mass. Also, how can I solve this problem: Three ...
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Quantum Physics, Energy States [on hold]

Which of the following transitions in a hydrogen atom absorbs a photon of the highest energy? a.) $n=2\hspace{1cm}to\hspace{1cm}n=3$ b.) $n=3\hspace{1cm}to\hspace{1cm}n=2$ c.) ...
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How to minimize the wavepacket dispersion?

This is a final exam problem. Here is what I can remember: We know that if an electron's wavefunction starts out as a narrow wavepacket, and moving in a region of constant potential, then the ...
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Space formed by dot products of three vectors [migrated]

Suppose I have 3 3D unit vectors $\mathbf{v}_1$, $\mathbf{v}_2$, and $\mathbf{V}$. I define the three corresponding scalars $u_1=\mathbf{v}_1 \cdot \mathbf{V}$, $u_2=\mathbf{v}_2 \cdot \mathbf{V}$, ...
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Change of vectors [on hold]

We have two vectors $F1$ and $F2$ as shown in figure. The change of vectors is shown as $F2-F1$. Why it is it rather than taking negative of vector $F2$ i.e. $-F2$ and then adding it by head-to-tail ...
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Driven coupled oscillator [on hold]

Consider the following system consisting of 3 masses and 4 springs : Suppose i start to drive the system, for instance horizontally applying a sinusoidal force with frequency w to one of its ...
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Time ordering, interaction Lagrangian calculation, QED

I am trying to compute $$ \langle 0| \, T\left\{\phi^\dagger(x_1) \phi(x_2) \exp \left[i \! \int{L_1(x) \, \mathrm{d}x} \right] \right\}|0 \rangle $$ for $$ L_1(x) = ...
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How much pressure would be needed to contain a 1 gigaton nuclear bomb explosion within a sphere of one meter radius?

How much pressure would be needed to contain the largest human exploitable nuclear bomb within a sphere of one radius? Also would it be possible to create a magnetic field that controlled some ...
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Kittel solid state physics handbook - Plasma oscillation of a ball - Am I solving this right?

I'm self learning nanotechnology undergraduate and I'm trying to solve a problem from chapter "plasmons, polaritons and polarons". This is it: Frequency of uniform mode of plasmons in a ball is ...
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Net force of the following? [on hold]

The following objects are attached to one another and have difference force directions: Where is the direction of force? And What is the net force? I'm trying to calculate it using their angles, ...
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Electromagnetism Boundary condition

The dielectric slab surrounded by air as shown in diagram has permittivity $\epsilon$ different from air and permeability almost same as air. Electric field everywhere within the slab is given to be ...
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Gravitation - hole to center of Earth [closed]

Question: Assume that a tunnel is dug across the Earth (radius = $R$) passing through its centre. Find the time taken for a particle to reach the centre if it is projected into the tunnel from the ...
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Prove the relation between relative velocity ,momentum and energy

In Chapter 8 of F.Mandl's book Quantum field theory, during the derivation of the differential cross section, the following relation is used: $$E_1E_2v_{rel}=\sqrt{(p_1p_2)^2-m_1^2m_2^2} \,\, ,$$ ...
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A falling steel beam - Maximum induced voltage [closed]

I'd appreciate it if someone could explain how to answer this question: A 2 m long steel beam is falling from a height of 12,5 m. During the fall, the beam is oriented in an east-west direction. ...
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Another condition of calculating work

Let's imagine that there is a box placed at the corner of a table, and I push it so that my applied force makes an angle of 30° from the table's surface. The box would move and, due to the effect ...
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Are these Kinematics Equations Correct? [closed]

Can someone make sure that these kinematic equations I derived are accurate please? Thanks in advance. I'm new to this forum, so if I'm doing something wrong, let me know. I understand the below ...
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Lorentz transformations of spinors in $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$

I was wondering what the matrix representations of all the coordinate rotations and Lorentz boosts of the $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ were along with a general method of solving for them. I've been able to do ...
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FINDING THE ANSWER [closed]

Equiptment- Micronair air barrier sprayer (60 gal tank) Output Rate-2 gal/min Swath width-6 feet Product demand CS Rate 5 oz/1000 1, square feet is 22225 sqft 2.How many gallons of mix will we ...
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Center of mass finding question [closed]

Find the center of mass the rod in the figure if λ (the mass per unit lenght) varies with $x$ according to $\lambda=dm/dx=\beta x^2$, where $\beta$ is a constant. Sorry for quality of picture. I am ...
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Prove $G^{+\rho(\mu}H^{+\nu)}{}_{\rho} = -\frac{1}{4}\eta^{\mu \nu}G^{+\rho \sigma}H^+_{\rho \sigma}$ [on hold]

I want to prove the following fact for two antisymmetric tensors: $$ G^{+\rho (\mu} H^{+\nu)}{}_{ \rho} = -\frac{1}{4}\eta^{\mu \nu} G^{+\rho \sigma}H_{\rho \sigma}^{+}. \tag{4.39}$$ (See e.g. ...
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How fast would a 60 km diameter moon ring rotate to simulate 1 G? [closed]

After seeing this answer regarding increasing mass for greater weight on the moon, my eyes caught the first comment about centrifuges in science fiction. Naturally, the thought of putting Elysium on ...
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Symplectic notation proof?

Hello I am trying to work through a little proof of the symplectic condition for Hamilton's equations for a classical mechanics course. I am trying to understand the meaning of the relation ...