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Polchinski equation 11.2.7

In Polchinski's string theory volume 2, when discussing the GSO projection for the heterotic string he says: In the IIA and IIB superstrings the GSO projection acted separately on the left- and ...
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Central Force - Trajectory

There is a central force $\vec{F}(\vec{r})=f(r)\vec{e_r}$. 1.1.: The trajectory/flight path is defined by $r=r(\phi)$, compute $f(r)$. 1.2.: The path is defined by $u=u(\phi)$ with ...
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Minimizing the Lagrangian action of an impossible problem

I'm working my way through SICM, and am stuck on an exercise: Exercise 1.6. Minimizing action: Suppose we try to obtain a path by minimizing an action for an impossible problem. For example, ...
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Calculation Gamow peak

I'm looking at resonances for Ne-20, where some of them may be because of fusion between alpha particles and oxygen-16. I'm then told to calculate the Gamow peak for typical temperatures. The equation ...
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What voltage is induced between the endpoints of bar, if we swing it by an amplitude

After a long horizontal conductor carrying current of 10 A is vertically suspended 2m long insulated conductive rod. We swing it by an amplitude of 10 cm. (a) in the direction of the wire; (b) in ...
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With what frequency triangle swings if it shuns from equilibrium?

Guide V-shaped is with no friction in the swivel bearings A and B (see Fig.) Of the magnet with a vertical magnetic field of 0.8 T. The weight of the guide is 50 g, the length AB 4 cm, and the length ...
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How to count the symmetric wavefunctions made by 6 (u, d, s, $\bar{u},\bar{d},\bar{s}$) quarks to form Baryons (i.e., 3 particle state)?

Peskin said 6 (particles + Anti-Particles) guys make (6($\Rightarrow $particles) x7x8)/(3x2)= 56 total symmetric state. How?
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Question about scalar product of 2 four-vectors

I'm looking for help to prove that $\mathbf{a\cdot b}=-ab\ cosh \ \theta$, where: $a=\sqrt{\mathbf{-a\cdot a}}$, $b=\sqrt{\mathbf{-b\cdot b}}$, and $cosh \ \theta$ is $\gamma$, for a Lorentz ...
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Why can velocity and acceleration be negative?

Why is speed and acceleration negative when $V_1$ of an object is say 150m/s, $V_2$ is 0 m/s and $\Delta d=0.50\,\rm m$? I found the time it takes which is 0.0033s and the acceleration to be 90909.09 ...
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Conceptual question regarding work

Here is a problem I am having some trouble with: The solution is below, my question is, why is conservation of energy valid in this situation. From my understanding, just before the box hits the ...
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Non-linear relationship between power supplied and perceived brightness in a filament lamp?

I was expecting the relationship between these two to be linear, but after conducting an experiment my data fits almost exactly on the curve, $y = 2800.2 x^{2.0173}$, where $y$ is the brightness in ...
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Athletics on the moon

The moon is a lot smaller than the earth ($\frac{1}{81}$ of the mass and $\frac{3}{11}$ of the diameter). a)How high would a professional vaulter jump on the moon? Assume that he would jump ...
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Halley's comet. (Questions from a visiting astronomer)

Okay, so we had an apparently famous astronomer in class today. He is giving lectures at our university this week and my class is one of them. So he just comes in on his first day and ends his ...
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Potential electrostatic energy of a Capacitor [on hold]

They give me the area ($0.06m^2$), the separation between the plates ($0.001m$) and the capacitor is charged at $150V$. At this point is really easy to find Q $\frac{V}{d} \rightarrow ...
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Combination of two concave lenses

When we have two convex lenses in contact we have the combination behaving as a converging lens. Can someone please give an analytical description for the combination of two concave lenses in contact ...
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How might I show that an operator is, by definition, an 'observable'? [on hold]

Here is my problem: I understand what is meant by 'observable' but don't have a formal definition at hand. How do I 'show' it?
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Calculating Kryptonian speed in the movie “Man of Steel”

This is my first question, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but: How would you go about calculating the speed of Kryptonians in the movie Man of Steel (2013)? Specifically, I'm ...
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Force needed to roll wheel over edge [on hold]

I'm looking to find F. See image below. What we know: Mass of the wheel: $ m = 14 $ kg Wheel radius: $ r = 0.32 $ m What I've tried so far: $$ mg + N + \sin(38.7)k = 0 $$ Once the wheel ...
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Relativistic Decay of Particles (Questions about Landaus derivations)

I'm currently reading Classical Theory of Fields by Lifshitz & Landau. In §11 "Decay of Particles" I can't really understand the solution to Problem 1: I have several questions: 1) How can one ...
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Force acting on a wheel of a two-wheeled self balancing bot

Proceeding further with my work on a self-balancing bot as posted here: http://bit.ly/1FfI6LK I've gotten stuck at the following equation: n = Gear ratio $K_t$ = DC motor torque constant $i_l$ = DC ...
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How to calculate the gravitational force from Earth to Moon? [on hold]

I know the $G$ constant and the distance. Also I tried with Mass of Earth.
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Problem understanding Lorentz invariance

So they usually started with "...This is obviously Lorentz invariant, because of the 4-vector character of the quantity,..., (and after a two page long derivation) another quantity is also obviously ...
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Greater momentum than initial?

The question is : Heavier object A, initially at rest, is struck by lighter object B. Is it possible for object A to have a larger final momentum than the initial momentum of object B? The ...
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Uniform field through a disc

Let us say that we have a magnetic field of the form $B_0 \sin(\omega t) \hat e_z$ in all space. Now let us say we put a conducting disc within this field. I want to find the electric field within ...
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what is the charge and current density in system K2?

Consider there are two inertial reference of frames K1 and K2 in which K2 is moving with the boost velocity of V in direction of X2. If someone at the rest in system K1 finds the charge density $ \rho ...
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Finding velocity field of spherical bubble in incompressible fluid

I have the following question: A spherical bubble in an incompressible fluid of density $\rho$ has radius $a(t)$. Write down an expression for the velocity field at a radius $R > a$. The pressure ...
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A question about Undamped Vibration [on hold]

A small collar of mass 1-kg is rigidly attached to a 3-kg uniform rod length L = 1 m. Determine the period of small oscillations of the rod when (a) d = 1 m, (b) d = 0.7 m.
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Quark and anti-quark number density [on hold]

Im trying to solve this question but having little luck in doing so. Would appreciate if someone could help me out!
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What is the speed of the panel when the spacing between the plates increases [on hold]

Flat-panel capacitor WITH the surface area of $200 cm^2$ is connected to the voltage $1000 V$. One of the plates we start to move away from a constant force $5\times10^{-4}$ Newtons. the spacing ...
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Special relativity kinematics problem [on hold]

I have this problem in SR kinematics. a spaceship travels near earth at c/2. it shoots off a light-ray at 45deg to its direction of travel (measured in its own ref frame). What is this angle in the ...
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Finding the tension in a rope with mass defined per unit length [on hold]

A rope of length L has its mass per unit length λ varies according to the function λ(x)=e^x/L. The rope is pulled by a constant force of 1N on a smooth horizontal surface. Find tension in the rope at ...
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What should the length of my wire be in order to get a surface area of 10cm^2?

I would like to make a flat coil out of a steel wire that is $1.22 ~\text{mm}$ in thickness (or $1.22~\text{mm}$ in diameter). I wish to make the coil up the wire into a flat disk that has a surface ...
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Boltzmann equation in cosmology

I have a question about the Boltzmann equation in cosmology. Im trying to understand how this can hold? Where does the logarithmic terms come from? It is explained quite well here ...
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What is full of energy satellite is in orbit around Jupiter? [on hold]

Please I post here since I am a new member and do not have 5 reputation as required. Thanks for understanding. ................. In 2003 it was derailed from orbit so that it crashed on the planet. ...
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Gravity - change with altitude

Does acceleration due to gravity, $g$, which is calculated by Newton's equation, decrease with altitude? Forgive the silly question.
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Work in gravitational field

I was doing a test a few days ago and there was a fairly simple task involving gravity basics. The task asks me to calculate the work done by moving an Earth's artificial satellite from a stationary ...
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Relativistic Lorentz Force with constant, perpendiuclar, and uniform E and B fields

I am trying to solve the following problem from the Fundamentals of Plasma Physics by Bittencourt (Problem 2.7): Analyze the motion of a relativistic charged particle in the presence of crossed ...
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A force in a homogeneous magnetic field [on hold]

Semi infinite parallel conductors, while on them without friction slides a crossbar . Perpendicular the plane of the conductors is a homogeneous magnetic field. To what extent of force we must act on ...
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Magnetic field at a distance from a metal rod [on hold]

A massive metal rod of 4 cm has a current of 8000 A running through it and the current density is uniform. What is the magnetic field a distance 1 cm from the rod? Should I use the Biot Savart law and ...
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Why can this question about Centripetal Force not be answered in this way?

Here is the question: "A car travels round a bend which has radius $100 m$ and is banked at an angle of $20°$ to the horizontal. The car is travelling at a speed of $30 ms^{-1}$. What is the least ...
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Period of a spring in SHM (simple harmonic motion)

An object with unknown mass M is hanged on a vertical spring with unknown spring constant K, the spring is in rest and is 14 cm from its normal point (if it didn't had the mass hanged it had less 14 ...
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combination of mirror and lens [on hold]

a convex lens forms a real image of a point object at a distance of 50 cm from convex lens. a concave lens is placed 10 cm behind convex lens on image side. on placing a plane mirror on the image side ...
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Condition for sliding of two blocks placed one over another and connected by spring

A constant force F is applied to smaller mass till M slides. The spring constant is k. Now it is asked to find k. I'm confused with the condition at which the block will start sliding. Can ...
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Where does this relativistic relation involving the delta function come from?

\begin{equation} \int\delta(E^2-\mathbf{p}^2-m^2)dE=\frac{1}{2E_\mathbf{p}} \end{equation} Shouldn't integrating the delta function like this just give 1?
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physics numerical on vectors [on hold]

Question:- The sum of the magnitudes of two forces acting at a point is 18 N and the magnitude of their resultant is 12 N. if the resultant makes an angle of 90° with the force of smaller ...
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Total potential energy for two charged particles

I'm trying to formulate a Lagrangian equation for a system of two charged particles. They have respective masses $m_1$ and $m_2$, and respective position vectors $\vec{x_1}(t)$ and $\vec{x_2}(t)$. ...
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Question about Gauss' law and dipoles

I've got a question about dipoles and Gauss' law: Consider an electric dipole $p=ql$ in free space, centred at the origin of a Cartesian reference frame. Using Gauss’s Law, discuss if the electric ...
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Work done by a gas in an expansion [duplicate]

1) Consider a gas expanding quasistatically and reversibly from $V_1$ to $V_2$ at constant temperature. I want to calculate the work done. So by convention work done by a system is a negative quantity ...
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How to find the generators of a deformed boost?

I'm reading the paper arXiv:gr-qc/0012051 on doubly special relativity. In page 7, the author wants to find the generators of a deformed boost that preserves $$E^2 = p^2 + m^2 - l_p p^2 E$$ ($l_p$ is ...
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Path of puck through a turntable

I was looking a problem which tells me to consider myself standing on the ground beside a perfectly flat horizontal turntable rotating with constant angular velocity w. Then I lean over and shove a ...