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What formula connects the moment of inertia and angular velocity? [duplicate]

I need to determine angular velocity of a disc when a man with given mass and speed whacks on the edge of it. I calculated the total moment of inertia of disc and body, how do I calculate the ...
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An oscillating skateboard

A half pipe of a skateboard park consists of a concrete trough with a semicircular section of radius 5m, I hold a frictionless skateboard on the side of the trough, pointing down toward the bottom and ...
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Perceiving travel speeds from different view points

Scenario: Two vehicles pass each other on a highway moving at 100km's an hour; from a stationary position beside the road you witness these cars pass each-other directly in front of you: from your ...
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Torque due to a magnetic field

We have two infinite perpendicular wires, each carrying a current "i" and the distance between them is l. If both the wires are free to move, how will they arrange themselves because of the torque ...
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How do charges actually distribute among capacitors? [on hold]

Two capacitors of capacitance $3 \mu F$ and $6\mu F$, are charged to potentials of 2 V and 5 V respectively. These two charged capacitors are connected in series. Find the potential across each of the ...
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Textbook disagreement on geodesic deviation on a 2-sphere

Apologies if I have this completely wrong (and for the general long-windedness). I've searched online but can't find anything helpful/relevant. I'm trying to use the geodesic equation ...
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The relation between energy quanta of an Einstein solid and the equipartition value of heat capacity

Consider an Einstein solid with quantized energy values $U=q\epsilon$ and $N$ oscillators. I calculated some values of an Einstein solid numerically through a function in R (at the bottom of the ...
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Rotation and fictitious forces

A bug eats through an apple and forms a vertical, infinitesimally thin canal parallel to the vertical diameter at a distance $\frac{R}{2}$ from the center. The apple rotates at angular velocity around ...
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electrical potential [closed]

The electrical potential at a distance r from a point charge, Q, is given by the function $$V(r)= \frac{Q}{4 \pi \epsilon_0 r}$$ (i) What is the gradient of this function? (ii) What is the ...
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Absolute Viscosity of Water at certain temperatures

I just started my class on fluid mechanics. There's a problem that requires absolute viscosity $u$ of water at 25C. I looked up my table in the book and I only have it for water at 20C and 30C. I ...
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Electricity Problem [on hold]

A power Station Is Connected To A Factory 2.5 km Away By Two Wires the potential difference between the terminals of the wires at the station is 240v and that for the other terminals at the factory ...
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Pluto's gravitational pull on a person on the Earth's surface?

My Physics teacher stated that Pluto has a gravitational pull on objects on Earth, namely humans. Is this true? What is the free-fall acceleration of Pluto with respect to being on the Earth's ...
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Infinite Atwood (pulley) system - what's wrong with this? [on hold]

Each block has mass $m$. We are finding acceleration of topmost block. Assume the tension $T$ acting on topmost block and acceleration $a$ in upward direction. Then tension on second block is ...
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Ball thrown vertically upwards in a moving train [on hold]

A person sitting in the compartment of a train moving with uniform speed throws a ball upwards. What path of the ball will appear to him ? What to a person standing outside?
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Bulk Modulus, How are these formulas equivalent?

Bulk Modulus is defined as $$ B = \frac{VdP}{-dV}$$ Where $V$ is volume and $P$ is pressure. It is also defined as, $$ B = \frac{\rho dP}{d\rho}$$ Where $\rho$ is density. Question: How are these ...
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Calculating the change in entropy in a melting process

I have a homework question that I'm completely stumped on and need help solving it. I have a $50\, \mathrm{g}$ ice cube at $-15\, \mathrm{C}$ that is in a container of $200\, \mathrm{g}$ of water at ...
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Electric field generated by a point charge moving at the speed of light

As you see, this is the electric field generated by a point charge moving at constant speed v. I know that when $v$ -> 0, $E$ is just the Coloumb Law. But how do you interpret $E$ when $v$ -> $c$ ? ...
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Force on a coil inside of a voice coil

as a homework exercise we were given the following question: Given the following voice coil: With depth = 20 mm Permanent magnets with B = 1.23 T, Ur = 1.1 The coils has 20 turns, I = 1 Ampere. a) ...
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Resistance and amperage [closed]

My problem is to solve the following exercise. First, if $R1 = R2$, then $I1 = 1.0\,\text{A}$. Now I have to find $I1$ if $R2 = 2 R1$. If $R1 = R2$ then I have got for the total resistance ...
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Why does the coefficient of performance need to be calculated with $W + Q$?

How much work must a heat pump with a COP of 2.50 do in order to extract 1.00 MJ of thermal energy from the outdoors (the cold reservoir)? The first formula that came into my mind after reading ...
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Entropy of an oscillator in Einstein's solid

This is a homework problem and I need help with it. A solid's (Einstein's model) oscillators are in the first excited state on average. How much entropy does one oscillator have? What I've tried so ...
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A change of units in Bethe formula

I'm reading through the following paper: Monte Carlo simulation of non relativistic electron scattering by W. Williamson and G. C. Duncan. In the following paragraph, I want to know how to arrive at ...
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Penetration of a bullet into a wall

In which of the following situation will the bullet of the pistol penetrate deeper in the wall? Why? Alternatively will the penetration in both cases be the same? Can you explain the concepts behind ...
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Length of the missing part [closed]

I have got a very interesting question. A car is driving this way on the picture down. In the looping is a missing part. The radius of the looping is r = 40cm. The car starts at the height h = 3r. If ...
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A beam of light, traveling around a planet

Some time ago, I happened to have found one problem: The refractive index of the planet's atmosphere decreases with height above the surface under the following law: $$n=n_0-\alpha h$$ ...
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A ball rolling in a bowl [closed]

There is a small ball with a radius of 2 mm inside of a bowl with a radius of 22 mm. If the bowl is tilted 1 degree in any direction, what does the slope of the bowl need to be in order to get the ...
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How to find a vector normal to a cylinder in cylindric coordinates? [migrated]

I'm trying to solve a problem which demands to multiply a vector M and vector normal to a cylinder's surface in cylindric coordinates. Height of the cylinder is infinite and its radius is R. So how do ...
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Closed expression for the Green's function for 2D Helmholtz equation over rectangular domain

I have to use the Green's function for the 2D Helmholz equation $$(-\nabla^2 - E) \psi(x, y) = 0$$ on the rectangular domain $[0, L_x] \times [0, L_y]$ with Dirichlet boundary conditions: $$\psi(0, y) ...
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Having trouble weighing the sun

So I gather the way you (and Vera Rubin) calculate a galaxy's mass is by measuring a star's orbital velocity $v$ and its distance $R$ from the galactic center, and then plugging them into this ...
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1D Kinematics - Relative Motion involving non-inertial frames of reference

I recently came across a question involving non-inertial frames of reference. I didn't quite understand the way it had been solved due to some conceptual confusion regarding certain deductions made to ...
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Temperature in a Voltaic Cell

The potential difference across a voltaic cell varies with temperature. But my question is whether the voltage increases or decreases as temperature rises. According to the Nernst equation, the two ...
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What are the thermal properties of a “perfectly rigid” container?

can a "perfectly rigid" container be a diathermal boundary? I checked the wikipedia article for heat and read: Kinetic theory explains transfers of energy as heat as macroscopic manifestations of ...
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Third principle of Nernst. Is this expression fulfilling it? [closed]

That is what I tried, but it does not convince me. How could I treat this problem?
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Thermodynamic potentials: Demonstration [closed]

I must prove whether the statement on bold is true or wrong. Under it there is what I tried, but it does not convince me. I use one maxwell relationship on the latest line. And I take advantage of ...
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A Nutcracker problem [closed]

Consider a nutcracker, with a ball-shaped nut like shown in the figure: I want to find the minimal coefficient of friction, $\mu _{min}$ so that the nut would not slip between the two levers. So, we ...
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At the instant of release of an object from rest. Is the only force that can act its weight?

Q3 from a mechanics exam past paper: I can do parts i) and ii) but for iii) in finding the angular acceleration, i used $C=I\alpha$, where $C$ is the applied couple or torque, $I$ is the moment of ...
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Topple a mass standing still

Consider the following situation: This is taken from an example from my book with a solution. The box weight is $W$ and the coefficient of friction between the floor and the object is $\mu$. What ...
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A triangle in static position [closed]

Consider the following: Find the normal force the wall is exerting on the trianlge, given that the triangle is unifrom in its mass with weight $W$, its lengths are $a$ and $b$ as indicated and there ...
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How can Excel be used to model the flight of a rocket? [closed]

Firstly, sorry for any silly mistakes or improper use of this website - this is my first time using it! I am trying to use Excel to model the flight of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket using the real ...
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calculate gravitational force [closed]

an object weighs 977N on the surface of the earth and 244.25N if the earth is remoulted. The radius of earth is 6.4×10$^4$m and its mass is 6×10$^{24}$kg. Calculate the radius of remoulted earth and ...
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Spring system - 3 DoF system and its properties while changing stiffness

I was given the attached 3 degree of freedom spring system with the purpose of analyzing it. I came up with the following equation of motion and then I ran Matlab to calculate the corresponding ...
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Relationship of multiple particles under collision [closed]

Consider 3 particles. All 3 particles travel along the x-axis. The 1st particle possesses some mass, m, and its initial position is somewhere on the negative x-axis. It has some (positive) velocity ...
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How to solve this steady flow problem? [closed]

Consider a steady Flow of air through a insulated porous plug. Air enters the plug at 100 kPa and 150m/s and leaves the plug at 50 kPa. Assuming air to be ideal gas and neglect potential energy ...
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How can I calculate the center of an object relative to a focal point and a moving observer? [closed]

I'm developing an app that contains a 3D scene which the user can navigate. As the user moves it gives the illusion that you are browsing a real landscape but for the illusion to work I need to know ...
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Slit width for minimum spot size in electron slit diffraction if involving uncertainity principle

I don't believe the following is an accurate description of the physical but a homework problem to help understanding. A beam of electron of energy 0.025 eV moving along x-direction, passes ...
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Sum of forces with liquid in rotation

It's not homework (I'm teacher). I would like to compute sum of forces on this study : The shape is symmetrical like that I'm sure the center of gravity is in the center of the shape. I compute ...
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Specific differential equation in RLC circuit

I have been studying differential equations in RLC circuits: (a generator with fixed EMF $=E$,a capacitor $C$, an inductor with inductance $L$ and internal resistance $r$, and a separate resistor ...
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How to find tension in the cantilever brakes?

In the left side example of cantilever brakes, how do I find the tension in strings DE and DC, in terms of T. According to me applying force balance equations, horizontal and vertical forces should ...
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Electricity Conductor [closed]

Which is the good conductor of electricity among these? Tap water. Sea water. Please send answers today itself. Its very urgent.
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Separation of 2 charges in dielectric media [closed]

If 2 charges are placed at a separation $r$ in air and dielectric slab of thickness $t$ is introduced in between, then what is the effective separation between the charges?