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Decomposition into symmetric and antisymmetric form [on hold]

(a) Given a second-rank tensor Tμν, often viewed as an $N \times N$ matrix (for a space of dimension $N$), show by explicit construction that one can always decompose $T_{\mu\nu}$ into a symmetric ...
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Computing And Finding The Trajectory From The Lagrangian [on hold]

The Euler–Lagrange equations come from extremization of the action. So we expect the "true", dynamical trajectory to minimize (in this case) the value of $S=\int L \,dt$ For free particle motion, the ...
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Generate the equations of motion for the one-dimensional Lagrangian [on hold]

Generate the equations of motion for the one-dimensional Lagrangian: $$L=\frac {1}{2}m\dot{x}^2-(Ax+B)$$ From the equations of motion (and the implicit definition of the potential), provide a physical ...
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Perturbation theory of states [on hold]

A particle in 1 dimension with mass $m$ is in potential well with $V = 0$ for $–a/2 < x < a/2$ and infinite potential elsewhere. The particle is initially in the state $n = 10^9 + 1$, with the ...
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Pipe in space outputs gas - what is its angular momentum at $t$ and $t+dt$?

Given a pipe in space (neglect gravitational force): The speed of the gas is $v_0$ (in relative to the edge of the pipe) The length of the pipe is $l$ The pipe rests (not moving) at $t=0$ The gas ...
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How to remember the Electromagnetic Spectrum?

This may sound off-topic but I am in a severe need of remembering the following shown Electromagnetic Spectrum along with the frequencies and wavelengths. So far I have looked at several mnemonics but ...
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finding the speed and distance [on hold]

Valerie and Jake are performing the 1-D collisions experiment. They measure the mass of glider A to be $255~\text{g}$ and its length to be $17.3~\text{cm}$. The same properties of glider B are ...
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Variation of infinite grid of ideal one-ohm resistors: what would be the equivalent resistance between 2 points in a 3D lattice?

I'm sure that many here are familiar with this famous problem that popped up on xkcd one day: On this infinite grid of ideal one-ohm resistors, what's the equivalent resistance between the two ...
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Electric field 0 everywhere inside Gaussian surface

Gauss's Law shows that the electric field everywhere inside a spherical shell of uniform charge density is $0$. Suppose we have a surface which divides space into two disjoint regions (an interior and ...
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Lie derivative in this paper

In this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.2332 it says in (3.19) p. 8 that $$L_{V}z^A =0$$ but I don't know much about Lie derivatives except what I saw now through wikipedia ...
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How to design this material? (in theory) [on hold]

My university task is to design an injectable biomaterial that fills a tissue void and doesn't diffuse away from the site of an injection. I need to describe how I would carry out this design in ...
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Total Energy Stored in Seven Capacitors [on hold]

The capacitive network shown in the figure is assembled with initially uncharged capacitors. A potential difference, Vab = +100V, is applied across the network. The switch S in the network is kept ...
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Calculating values related to angular momentum and then their uncertainties [on hold]

Here is the problem: And here is my work (sorry it is handwritten, it would take a while to type this out) My problem is that I'm not sure if it's right or if it makes sense to keep getting 0 ...
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Finding the appropriate coordinate transformation given two metrics

Given the two-dimensional metric $$ds^2=-r^2dt^2+dr^2$$ How can I find a coordinate transformation such that this metric reduces to the two-dimensional Minkowski metric? I know that ...
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Proving the Lorentz invariance of the Lorentz invariant phase space element

I have been looking around for a satisfactory answer to prove that $$\frac{d^3\vec{p}}{2E_{\vec{p}}}$$ where $E_{\vec{p}}=+\sqrt{(|\vec{p}|c)^2+(mc^2)^2}$, is Lorentz invariant. The standard answer ...
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A 45.0 kg girl is standing on a 163 kg plank? [on hold]

The plank, originally at rest, is free to slide on a frozen lake, which is a flat, frictionless surface. The girl begins to walk along the plank at a constant velocity of 1.47 m/s relative to the ...
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Confused about Gauss's Law for parallel plates

I am having trouble understanding Gauss's Law. Suppose we wish to find the electric field strength between two parallel plates with charge density $\sigma$. I know it should be ...
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Squaring the matrix element and summing over the spins of outgoing particles?

I found the matrix element in a scalar interaction $\nu_ee \rightarrow \nu_ee$ to be $$M=\bar{u}(\nu,q_2)u(e,p_1)\bar{u}(e,p_2)(1-\gamma_5)u(\nu,q_1)$$ But I do not know how to find the $|M|^2$ and ...
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How to solve a difficult equation describing large vacuum fluctuations?

Suppose that a Quantum System can be described by the wavefunction $\psi(\vec{x},t)$, but due to the occurence of chaotic noise within the Quantum System, only the "filtered" wavefunction ...
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Finding the Expectation Value of basis states [on hold]

I am a Mathematician and I am taking a Quantum Computing class. We have been asked to find the expectation value of $X$ tensor $Z$ and $H$ tensor $H$. X is the not operator and switches the state the ...
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Difference of potential between points [on hold]

I have the following question: What is the potential difference between point A - B? Could somebody please explain me how should I count it? The voltage U=18V. I found out that V1=8V, V2=10V, ...
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Laser travelling through a radially graded index of refraction

A laser beam propagates through a region whose refractive index varies as $\mu=\mu_0(\frac{r}{r_0})$. At a distance of R the beam makes an angle of 30° with the normal. Find the minimum seperation ...
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Galactic Rotation of gas clouds

I need to use the formula for the radial velocities of gas clouds due to Galactic rotation together with the assumption of a flat rotation curve ($V$ independent of $R$) to find the Galacto-centric ...
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Peskin “An Introduction to quantum field theory”, problem 4.1 [on hold]

I'm trying to solve problem 4.1)c) in Peskin's book "An Introduction to quantum field theory" using this answer sheet. I don't understand why lambda correspond to a line in Feynman diagrams. Any idea? ...
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Calculating the electric field of an infinite flat 2D sheet of charge

I was trying to calculate the electric field of an infinite flat sheet of charge. I considered the sheet to be the plane $z=0$ and the position where the electric field is calculated to be ...
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Can we define the zero potential at an imaginary point?

Consider a force field defined as $$\vec{F}(x) = \left(\frac{A}{x^2}-B\right)\hat{i}\space$$ where $A, B$ are positive constants. We want to get the potential energy function for this field. We can ...
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Quantum mechanical expectation of angular momentum along different axes [on hold]

This is a question from Concepts of Quantum Mechanics by Mathur & Singh, and I don't know where I should start from: Show that, for a state $|j,m \rangle$, corresponding to a definite value of ...
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vectors, space and coordinate systems, [on hold]

An object moves from the position $r_1 = (1,3,-5)$ to the position $r_2 = (-1,4,8)$ during the time $8~\text{s}$. Find displacement, distance, average velocity, average speed.
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Integral calculation [on hold]

I do some calculation in QED, but I can not calculate such integral $$ I(a_1,a_2,m_1,m_2)=\int\frac{ d^2\mathbf{x} d^2\mathbf{y}}{(1+\mathbf{x}^2)(1+\mathbf{y}^2)((\mathbf{x}+a_1 ...
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How does one normalize this wavefunction? [on hold]

Here is the question: So I could write $ N = \dfrac{1}{{\sqrt{<Ψ|Ψ>}}} $, right? Considering the parentheses in the exponential term, it looks like a good idea to switch to spherical polar ...
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Using a charged capacitor to charge two others [on hold]

Here is the homework question in question: The figure (below) displays a 13.1 V battery and three uncharged capacitors of capacitances C1 = 4.08 μF,C2 = 6.19 μF and C3 = 3.30 μF. The switch is thrown ...
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$SU(3)$ irreducible representations with tensor method

I am dealing with the tensor product representation of $SU(3)$ and I have some problems in understanding some decomposition. 1) Let's find the irreducible representation of $3\otimes\bar{3}$ we have ...
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Would it be possible to make a space elevator only in the atmosphere?

I wonder if with current day technology we could make a "floating platform" which hangs from a satellite by a space elevator. This could allow a "launch process" involving floating a balloon to the ...
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How do you accelerate atoms/particles?

Revision of earlier question. So I'm in 11th grade, and I'm writing a theory for my Physics professor and I need help. I need to know how you can make atoms/particles travel faster in the vacuum of ...
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Balancing a pencil

I came across this equation for balancing a pencil while solving some problems: $$ml\ddot { \theta } =mg\theta $$ Where $l=$the length of the pencil, and $\theta$ is the angle it makes with vertical. ...
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Homogeneous turbulence [on hold]

I'm trying to demonstrate the Karman-Howarth expression of isotropic turbulence for the velocity correlation functions: $R_{ij}(r)=A(r)_{ij} + B(r)\delta_{ij}$ since: \begin{align} A(r) r^2 + ...
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kinematics: parabolic movement [on hold]

How does the formula $ax^2$ is affected by the angle and the power of the launch of, let's say, a cannon ball, (regardless of its mass)? I am trying to create a simulation, and everything I have to ...
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Energy under constant pressure and temp

Conceptual problem: let A + 2B -> C + 2D be a reaction under constant pressure P and temp T, that goes all the way towards the products. A,B,C,D are ideal gases. let $\Delta H$ be the molar enthalpy ...
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Resistance in Potentiometer [on hold]

A potentiometer is shown in the figure. a) How will the balancing length be affected if resistance (R) is increased or decreased ? b) Will the balancing length be affected if resistance (S) is ...
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How do you show that the normal derivative of the magnetic vector potential is discontinous across a surface current?

This is from Griffith's "Introduction to Electrodynamics" 4th edition, problem 5.33. I need to show that $$ \tag 1 \frac{\partial \textbf{A}_{above}}{\partial n}-\frac{\partial ...
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How I can solve this ? (kirchhoff's law) Plz discuss it to me [on hold]

the remaining of question is ( careful choice of suitable loop can make it easier ? i choose outer loop and answer it like that: 10 Volt = ( I X 10 ohm ) + ( I X 10 ohm) but it give wrong answer ...
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Transistor as Oscillator [migrated]

While I was studying the use of Transistor as an Oscillator from my Fundamentals Of Physics By Halliday, Resnick and Walker , I faced several confusions. My book says that when the switch S1 is ...
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How do we prove that the initial velocity is equal to final velocity relative to centre of mass?

In elastic collision it is stated that the initial velocity relative to centre of mass is equivalent to final velocity of centre of mass of the same object. How do we prove that?
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With what initial speed does the person leave the ground to reach a height of 60 cm? [on hold]

An average person can reach a maximum height of about 60 cm when jumping straight up from a crouched position. During the jump itself, the person's body from the knees up typically rises a distance of ...
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Probability density function of a particle for computation [on hold]

I'm writing a program, part of which relies on a particle being able to change location similar to a how a real particle would behave (pardon my physics). For example, on a grid of 100x100, a ...
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Ok ok this is a homework problem, but I'm having trouble with it [on hold]

Where do I even start. I've converted the miles that I should be getting in total and arrived at 700 miles total. From here, any hints on what I have to do?
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Question about angular momentum operator

To show that the eigenvalue to $L^2$ is proportional to $\hbar^2$ is shown from $L_z=xP_y-yP_x$ $p_y=-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial y}$ $p_x=-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial x}$ ...
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How much work can a single grain of rice do? [on hold]

I found a website saying a grain of rice contains 1/10 kcal. I'm not a physicist and haven't done maths for a long time. But here's what I came up with: E = m * g * h One small calorie equals ...
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The ADM Energy of Gravitational Waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of Gravitational Waves.And they said the result ...
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Why do motors have a speed limit? [duplicate]

The force which will move a body with this motor will be the difference between the force of the motor say 2N and the resistance - friction force - say 1N then the sum of forces will always be ...