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Do lawn mowers still cut the grasses if they aren't attached to the ground?

A rotary lawn mower cuts the grasses by rotating it's sharp blade on it but if the grasses aren't attached to the ground will they still cut them? What forces act on this system? I know the answer is ...
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How to calculate the moment of inertia of a solid cube

How do I calculate the moment of inertia of a uniform solid cube about an axis passing through its center of mass? I also wanted to know if the moment of inertia ...
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Polar coordinates explanation needed on calculation [closed]

This is the question. Here is the answer. But honestly I cant figure it out. Maybe my lecturer's handwriting is quite illegible too (just kidding). Sorry if I ask too simple question but ...
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Integration over $S^2$ in electrostatics

I'm studying for a test in electrostatics and I'm always failing on putting up the correct integrals. In one problem I have the surface of a sphere with radius $a$ and an opening angle of $2\theta$. ...
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Freely Falling Bar in a Magnetic Field

I have a horizontal bar on vertical rails and we can consider that does not exist any friction. Perpendicular to the plane of the rails it exists a magnetic field $B$. I am asked to find the ...
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Bi-vector in Minkowski space

I have a problem, I have a bi-vector that define like: $\omega^{\mu \nu}=a^{\mu}b^{\nu}-a^{\nu}b^{\mu}$ where, $a^{\mu}=(a^0,a^1,a^2,a^3)$ and $b^{\nu}=(b^0,b^1,b^2,b^3)$ I need show that ...
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A question about sign in Euclidean path integral

I have a question about the sign in the Euclidean path integral in Polchinski's string theory vol I, p 337. In page 335, Polchinski introduced path integral in Euclidean space $$ \langle q_f, U| ...
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Question on Pendulum [closed]

The maximum tension in the string of the pendulum is three time the minimum tension.If x(angle) is the amplitude of the pendulum then find cos(x)
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How much power would it take to stop a bullet with a magnet?

If a 7.5 gram copper-jacketed lead bullet (say, a 9x19mm Parabellum) was travelling at 360 m/s, how much power would it take to diamagnetically stop it in the space of one meter? This question comes ...
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Show that the Hamiltonian operator commutes with the angular momentum operator [closed]

Show that the Hamiltonian operator $\hat{H}= (\hat{p}^2/2m)+\hat{V}$ commutes with all three components of $\vec{L}$, provided that $V$ depends only on $r$. (Thus $H$,$L^2$, $L_z$ are mutually ...
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Lagrangian for a moving spring device [closed]

How can I write the proper Lagrangian for such as system as the one shown in picture? Am confused about what is the suitable way to designate the coordinate.
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Clarification what exactly this question wants regarding force [closed]

I would like to ask you if the question asked What is the minimum force parallel to the plane, which can be prevent the block from slipping down the plane? I just did the calculation and and ...
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Magnetic flux density a small distance off axis from a current loop

I'm currently studying physics at University and struggling with the problem mentioned, it's on a past paper I'm trying to do. I have calculated the B field on axis as (sorry don't know how to format ...
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Solving for Normal Force

I'm working through The Nature of Code, which is an awesome book, lots of fun. I've come across Exercise 3.13 and I'm not sure how to solve it. I'm assuming that the force of gravity and the force of ...
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Wikipedia's derivation of torque related to angular acceleration [duplicate]

Wikipedia derivation of the relationship between a torque and an angular acceleration is given here. Could someone help me to see how the following: $$\vec{\tau} = \left(-\sum^n_{i=1}m_i [\Delta ...
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Problem with horizontal projectile motion questions

I don't really understand horizontal projectile motion. Suppose I throw a ball horizontally. Given $\theta$ = 0 degrees, time = 0.5 seconds, horizontal range = 15.5 metres, the "initial horizontal ...
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Hubble time and its derivation? [duplicate]

I know the derivation of Hubble time goes something like this (I am an a-level student so this may not be the actual derivation): Two galaxy that is moving away from each other at speed v are now D ...
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The speed of an unconstant motion

There's already the solution for the problem but I still don't understand why the velocity can't be calculated by just $$ a = (v(t))'= -B_0 + B_1t \Rightarrow v(t) = -B_0t + 1/2B_1t^2$$ Also, both ...
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am i finding the force correctly?

I am trying to see if I am doing a problem correctly. Problem Suppose you carry a 50kg sack of potatoes up two flights of stairs, a total height of 10m. How much work did you do? If it took you ...
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Nuclear shell model - finite square well

I am trying to make a simplified approximation and solve Schrodinger equation in the finite square well to model the nucleus of Ca (shell nuclear model). The potential is $ V(r) = -V_0$ for ...
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Rigid body problem

I have some doubts about the next excercise: A bar of length $2a$ and mass $m$ moves freely with both of its extremes on a ring of radius $\sqrt2a$. The ring can rotate freely in a certain ...
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How to get time from equation of linear uniformly accelerated motion? [closed]

I have had a problem solving this equation for time (from Linear Uniformly Accelerated Motion (LUAM)): $$ s= v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}at^2 $$ I'll appreciate if someone could provide me some step-by-step ...
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Where have I made a mistake? [closed]

Question Find the period of oscillation of the above figure, assuming frictionless and massless pulley? I figured the displacement from each side is the same thus $x(k_{1}+k_{2})=-ma$, after the ...
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graphing velocity and time (v-t graph) [closed]

The question goes like this: If we push a body shortly uphill and it gets a starting velocity of $v \ ms^{-1}$,the coefficient of friction between the body and the surface is constant, represented by ...
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Spring-mass system with two springs and three masses [closed]

I'm trying to solve a system of springs and masses that is confusing me. First, the balls are all lined up linearly. Secondly, the ball in the middle has a smaller mass $m$ while the first and last ...
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The position of a particle at any time $t$ is given by $S = V0/a [1-e^{-at}]$. What are the dimensions of $a$ and $V_0$?

To find the dimensions of and V0, I must know the dimension of S and e. So I want to know it.
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Magnetic Shielding?

Can magnetic fields be "blocked"? For example, in the game, TitanFall, a robot stop bullets with ( presumably ) a magnetic shield. I wish to calculate the magnetic force required to stop a bullet ...
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Kinematics - angle of projection given relation between speed at highest point and half of that [closed]

For a projectile launched from a point on horizontal ground, the speed when it is at the greatest height is $\sqrt{\frac{2}{5}}$ times the speed when it is at half of its greatest height. Determine ...
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Simple General Relativity Relation [closed]

Given the identity $$\nabla_a(R^{ab}-\frac{1}{2}R g^{ab})=0,$$ how do I then show that $R_{ab}=0$ implies $$\nabla_a R^a_{\space \space \space bcd}=0$$
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Reflection vs indices of refraction [closed]

A magician during a show makes a glass lens with refractive index 1.47 disappear in a trough of liquid. What is the refractive index of the liquid? Could anyone please demonstrate with a ray diagram?
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Magnetic field, alternated current and EMF

If I apply an alternated current to a solenoid and insert into it a smaller solenoid, I could measure the induced EMF (electromotive force) and study how it changes in relation to the frequency of ...
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Delta Dirac Charge Density question

I have to write an expression for the charge density $\rho(\vec{r})$ of a point charge $q$ at $\vec{r}^{\prime}$, ensuring that the volume integral equals $q$. The only place any charge exists is at ...
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Solving the simplest coupled nonlinear ODES for chemical kinetics [closed]

I am just trying to get the integrated form for the kinetics of the reaction $A + B \rightarrow C + D$ characterized by: $$ -\dfrac{d[A]}{dt} = -\dfrac{d[B]}{dt} = k[A][B] \; . $$ As you note, ...
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Help with a solid sphere sliding and then rolling

Initially at time $t=0$, a solid sphere slides with velocity $v$ along a horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction is u. Find the required time for the sphere to stop sliding (the sphere will ...
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The pressure in a water spout and Bernoulli's equation

This is a conceptual question about the application of Bernoulli's equation to a water spout. There is a classical problem found in many physics texts which goes something like "you have a garden ...
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A question on Bernoulli's principle

Which is more appropriate regarding Bernoulli's principle fast moving air causes low pressure or lower pressure causes fast moving air.
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Difference between “Lorentz transformation” and “proper orthochronous”

I'm doing an assignment and I've been given a list of $4 \times 4$ matrices and asked: Which of the following are Lorentz transformation matrices? Which are proper and orthochronous? But, as ...
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Spacetime line elements and proper time (specific problem)

Sometimes, when we have a certain line element and we are given a worldline parametrised by a path parameter that is not necessarily proper time I don't completely understand some of the standard ...
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Wave function of a particle in a gravitational field

Suppose we have a particle with mass $m$ and energy $E$ in a gravitational field $V(z)=-mgz$. How can I find the wave function $\psi(z)$? It should have an integral form on $dp$. Any help would ...
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Total internal reflection problem — could the textbook be wrong?

This regards the following problem: A ray of light is traveling in glass and strikes a glass/liquid interface. The angle of incidence is $58.0^\circ$ and the index of refraction of the glass is $n = ...
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Thermal expansion of two bolts

I have this question asking me about the thermal expansions of two bolts, a steel one, and a brass one. I have the equation: $\ (\delta L/L)/T = \alpha $ I don't understand how I can use this ...
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Moving in a heart!

You can find the symbol of love, the heart, by looking at the motion of a charged particle that's emitted from a hot wire in a specific electromagnetic field. The electric field is directed radially ...
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Which planet in the solar system is it?

It is known that the period of revolution of the earth about the sun is $365.3$ days and that the semimajor axis of the earth's orbit is $1.495 \times 10^{11}$ m. An astronomer notes that the ...
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Why does water not spill out of a cup when the cup is upside down on a smooth surface? [duplicate]

Note: This is for a physics project, so please don't just give me the answer... Say we have a cup that is 3/4 full with water. We place that cup (with the water in it) upside down on a smooth table. ...
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What is the relationship between kinetic energy and momentum?

I can't seem to figure out the relationship between $E_k$ and $p$ or $F$. I understand that the units are pretty different. But for example: A bullet with a mass of 10.0g is moving at the speed of ...
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How to prove that Weyl tensor is invariant under conformal transformations?

I need to verify that the solution for vanishing Weyl tensor is conformally flat metric $g_{\mu\nu} = e^{2\varphi}\eta_{\mu\nu}$. The most convenient way to show this is to prove that Weyl tensor is ...
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Electric potential of spherical water droplet [closed]

I'm trying to answer the following: 1000 spherical water droplets, each of radius $r$ and each carrying a charge $q$, coalesce to form a single bigger spherical drop. If $v$ is the electric ...
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Where did I commit a mistake in calculating rotation? [closed]

I did something wrong in my calculation, can somebody tell me what?
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How do you calculate the energy output if you know the volts, amps and time? [closed]

How do you calculate the energy output if you know the volts, amps and time?
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In this particular problem: Is the mass of the system the mass of the person?

I am doing this problem: The upward normal force exerted by the floor is 620 N on an elevator passenger who weighs 650 N. What is the magnitude of the acceleration? This is how I solved ...