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How fast must Nadia travel so that she is the same biological age as her twin upon returning to Earth? [on hold]

Two twins, Nadia and Aidan, decide to have an adventure when they turn 21. Aidan chooses to travel to a distant star 10 light years away at a speed of 0.8c. Nadia decides to travel to a closer ...
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Why are some forces not included in the sum of forces?

I was given the following notes in class: 4.32 A skier of mass $65.0\text{ kg}$ is pulled up a snow-covered slope at constant speed by a tow rope that is parallel to the ground. The ground ...
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Calculate the maximum displacement of mass 'm' body, when the system is released from rest at euqilibrium? [on hold]

Image Describes about a system at equilibrium, which consists of springs, pulley, and a body of mass 'm'.
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Race Car Tire Pressure Change Due To Temperature Change [on hold]

I need a simple calculation for a race car tire pressure change. I have a 33" diameter x 16" width tire mounted on a 15" diameter x 16" width wheel. If I have 8 psi at 75° what psi will I have at ...
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Riemann Curvature Tensor Symmetries Proof

I am trying to expand $$\varepsilon^{{abcd}} R_{{abcd}}$$ by using four identities of the Riemann curvature tensor: Symmetry $$R_{{abcd}} = R_{{cdab}}$$ Antisymmetry first pair of indicies ...
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A question about finding average velocity and average acceleration

I have trouble understanding the following problem's answer: Which of the following relations are true for any arbitrary motion in space? (a) $v_{avg}=\frac{r(t_2)-r(t_1)}{t_2-t_1}$ ...
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Find distance with zero net electric force [on hold]

I am new to the site (and physics!), sorry if this is too elementary or something. I have this problem that I can not solve - perhaps you could help?! Thank you!
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Group velocity and phase velocity of a wave packet [on hold]

A wave packet in a dispersive medium is represented by the following equation, $$y(x, t) = \cos(1.0x - 5.0t)\cos(0.2x - 0.4t)\cos(0.1x - 0.2t).$$ Find the group velocity and the phase velocity ...
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Finding the contained charge in a box, given the $E$-field [on hold]

I'm not sure whether my approach is correct for this problem, it's been a while since I've touched E&M. I thought it best to check, as I'm not sure whether $0$ is the proper answer. I've got a ...
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How to compute Pressure, if acceleration is not given on the Force? [on hold]

I just need clarification on this if my theory is right. This to acquire the pressure applied on a foot of a person. Supposed that the measured mass or weight in the right foot is 50kgs when the ...
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Stern-Gerlach experiment theory question [on hold]

I have an assignment problem which I've been having some difficulty with. i know the answer but I want to know how to arrive at it correctly, and want to know where I've gone wrong. Determine the ...
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Horizontal distance covered by an object from an initial height to the ground

We are given: An angle $\theta$ with respect to the ground, its initial height $h_0$ and the final distance $d$. How can we find the initial velocity from this information? I tried a bunch of things, ...
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addition of a component of a vector to the same vector [closed]

I am having a problem in the last part of this question-(D).My book says that it is not meaningful. I think that supposing a vector for instance 2i^ has a component 2i^. so when they are added it is ...
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Stable muon density inside a white dwarf star?

It occurs to me (though I'm hardly the first) that the decay $$ \mu^- \to e^- + \bar \nu_e + \nu_\mu $$ should be forbidden in electron-degenerate matter, since there must be an empty state available ...
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Can we add any two vectors?

Can we add any two vectors? If not, why is that so? I think this is not true, but I am not sure. My book says it is true, but I guess it is a misprint. For example, adding acceleration to velocity.
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Bending of a pipe filled with sand

There is this industrial pipe made out of steel that is 1 meter in diameter and 6 meters long (and volume 4,71 cubic meters). The thickness of the pipe "wall" is 4 centimeter. The pipe is filled ...
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Eigenfunctions for $1s$ hydrogen Schrodinger equation

I am a computer scientist and started my Phd in material science. The second course os my Phd is material simulation by computer. One the task is show the verification of the eigenfunction $1s$ from ...
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The meaning of: “a vector quantity has magnitude and direction” [closed]

At a tutorial the teacherasked a student if he could explain vector and scalar quantity in concepts of everyday life, not by using any formula. they answered ''it is a vector because it has magnitude ...
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I wonder why I cannot charge a capacitor with alternating current?

Why can't I charge the capacitor with AC? How do the plates block the flow of electrons with DC but not with AC. Somebody told me that the DC is blocked by the capacitor, so the capacitor gets ...
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Could $\int (\ddot\phi + \mu\dot\phi^2)d\phi$ ever be negative? How to show it?

I am working on the following problem: Given a mass $m$ at rest at the base of an incline surface shaped like 1/12th of a circle with radius $R$. The mass is pulled up the incline by a rope that ...
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Estimating the rotational speed of DC motor

What is the best strategy to roughly estimate the RPM of a simple DC motor as seen in this video?. I want to estimate the max possible rotation of the coil that has $n$ number of turns and has moment ...
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Projectile under quadratic air resistance force

So here's the problem background: A projectile of mass m is shot straight up with initial velocity $v_0$ and feels a quadratic air resistance force of the form $F = −kv^2$, where $k ≡ mg/u^2$. ($k$ ...
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Directional derivatives in the multivariable Taylor expansion of the translation operator

Let $T_\epsilon=e^{i \mathbf{\epsilon} P/ \hbar}$ an operator. Show that $T_\epsilon\Psi(\mathbf r)=\Psi(\mathbf r + \mathbf \epsilon)$. Where $P=-i\hbar \nabla$. Here's what I've gotten: ...
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Is $V= V_1 + V_2$? horrible question but im confused [duplicate]

So yeah , the answer seems true but i'm very skeptical about it since D3 is in the middle
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Direction of radial acceleration same in circular motion?

I have a big confusion. There is a question in my book which basically says that a ball is tied to a string and rotated. and it asks me to tell whether the following statement is true of false. ...
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$V = V_1 + V_2$ confusion? Why is my “proof ”incorrect? [closed]

Why isn't $V= V_1 + V_2$? $V=V_a - V_c = V_a - V_b + V_b - V_c$, $V_a - V_b= V_1$ and $V_b - V_c = V_2$ Doesn't that prove that $V = V_1 + V_2$? Regardless of $V_3$, If i'm wrong , is there a way ...
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Charge outside Gaussian Surface doesn't contribute to Flux?

I roughly understand the explanation for this: any electric field line that enters the surface, must leave it, since field lines can't terminate abruptly in space. My question is, what if you have a ...
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Net Electrostatic Field inside a Conductor is $\vec{0}$

I've heard an explanation for this, and my professor wasn't really able to clarify my questions, so I was hoping someone could help: Suppose there is an electrostatic field $\vec{E_{net}}\ne\vec{0}$, ...
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How many seconds should you accelerate to complete the run on time? [closed]

Your goal is to complete your 10,000-m run in less than 30.0 min. Apparently you've started too slowly because at 27.0 min, you still have 1100 m to go! Part A You can accelerate at 0.20 m/s2. For ...
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Use of the term first order dependency

In a question I am doing it says: Show explicitly that the function $$y(t)=\frac{-gt^2}{2}+\epsilon t(t-1)$$ yields an action that has no first order dependency on $\epsilon$. Also my textbook ...
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Parallel and series circuit problem

When two resistors, each of resistance 4.0 ohms, are connected in parallel with a battery, the current leaving the battery is 3.0 A. When the same two resistors are connected in series with the ...
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How to derive the scale factor for special conformal transformation? [closed]

By definition a conformal transformation of the coordinates is an invertible mapping $x\rightarrow x'$ which leaves the metric invariant upto a scale factor: \begin{equation} g_{\mu\nu}'(x') = ...
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2 simple Generators = Im lost (intensity)

What happens? we have 2 Generators and 2 intensities, when I2 and I3 come together (they have opposite sides ) what happens? I tried writing down the voltage relations but I'm stuck because I don't ...
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The variation of the Lagrangian density under an infinitesimal Lorentz transformation

I'm trying to introduce myself to QFT following these lectures by David Tong. I've started with lecture 1 (Classical Field Theory) and I'm trying to prove that under an infinitesimal Lorentz ...
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What's the relation between output voltage and time to boil water given the same kettle?

An electric kettle rated 220V, 2000W needed 10 minutes to boil water when it is half filled with water in Singapore where the output voltage is 220V. Estimate the amount of time needed to do the ...
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Position Vector confusion [closed]

I am having a little trouble understanding why the position vector r in calculating the $v_a$ is given by $225/\sqrt2$ (-i -j) If it is the position of C with respect to A shouldn't it just be $225$ ...
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Simple Relativity Question [closed]

I've been taking a course in modern physics and we've spent several weeks on relativity now, but I still am confused how to deal with this problem, which has shown up in several different ways ...
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Finding resultant and direction of resultant

In this question- A motorboat is racing towards north at 25km/h and the water current in that region is 10km/hr in the direction of 60 degree east of south. Find the resultant velocity of the ...
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Non-stationary capacitor

A common exercise in non-stationary electromagnetism is to find the electric and the magnetic field generated by a capacitor with round plates, if the potential difference between the plates varies in ...
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Change in momentum [duplicate]

A cube has a side length of 20 cm. An atom in the gas moves around the cube as shown. It continually bounces off the four lateral walls of the cube. The atom has a mass of 6.6×10−27 kg. Because of the ...
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Pressure and Buoyancy [closed]

It is well known that you can trap water in a drinking straw by placing the tip of your finger over the top while the straw is in the water, and then lifting it out. The inner diameter of the straw is ...
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Find $r$ and $\theta$ given orbital elements [closed]

Calculate $r$ vector and $v$ vector in AU and AU/TU respectively for the Halley's comet on September 12, 2014 given: 𝑎 = 17.9 AU 𝑒 = 0.967 𝑖 = 2.8274 rad Ω = 1.0210 rad 𝜔 = 1.9513 rad 𝑀 = 0 rad ...
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Creation and Annihilation Operators

Let $\widehat{a}^{+}_{i}$ and $\widehat{a}_{i}$ be the usual bosonic creation and annihilation operators. Consider $$\widehat{q}_{i} = \sqrt{\frac{\hbar}{2m_{i}w_{i}}}(\widehat{a}_{i}+ ...
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Determine radius, speed, radial and tangential component of velocity [closed]

I need help mainly with the first question. If you can solve also the second problem,I'd greatly appreciate it.
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Is in this case distance same as displacement? [closed]

I have this graph, and I need to know the displacement in the interval from 0 to 5 seconds, so I found the area of the rectangle that you can see there. A = w*h, which means X = (5 seconds)*(20 m/s), ...
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Oscillation and wave [closed]

A box of mass $0.2 \,\text{kg}$ is attached to one end of a spring whose other end is fixed to a rigid support. When a mass of $0.8 \, \text{kg}$ is placed inside the box, the system performs four ...
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Help with parametrization of surface if I'm given the metric [closed]

I've got a homework question. Consider a 2 dimensional space with metric $$ ds^{2} = \frac{dr^{2}}{1 -\frac{2}{r} } + r^{2}d\theta^{2} .$$ I need to show that this is the induced metric ...
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How does this series expand the expression? [migrated]

How does $$\sqrt{R^2 + |x|^2} = R + \frac{|x|^2}{2R}+\dots$$ when expanded around the point $x=0$? I tried using a Taylor expansion but it didnt work out.
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Particle Acceleration in three dimensions [closed]

So here is the problem I dont know how to approach it.
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Find acceleration along normal and tangent [closed]

A small block can move in a straight horizontal line a along AB. Flash lights from one side projects its shadow on a vertical wall which has horizontal cross section as a circle. Find tangential & ...