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Thermodynamic relations

I'm asked to establish the following relations: $\left( \frac{\partial C_V}{\partial V} \right)_{T,N} = \frac{T}{N} \left( \frac{\partial^2 P}{\partial T^2} \right)_{V,N} $ $\left( \frac{\partial ...
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Geodesic trajectories of 3D hyperbola [migrated]

Consider a 3-dimensional space given by the set of points {(x,y,z),x∈R,y∈R,z>0} with the metric ds2=a/z2(dx2+dy2+dz2). b) Consider two geodesic trajectories with initial conditions ...
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Work done (by gravity) on paired blocks [closed]

Why does gravity do more work on the block going down? The total work done (by gravity) on the $8kg$ block is more than the work done (by gravity) on the lighter block. How?
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Force on a point charge q inside a cavity in an uncharged conductor

This is problem 2.40 from Introduction to Electrodynamics by D. J. Griffiths: A point charge $q$ is inside a cavity (not necessarily spherical or anything similarly regular) in an uncharged ...
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Magnetic forces and generators

i'm really struggling to break this question down into manageable chunks and identify which quantities are relevant. I'm also unsure of some of the wording in the question. A bar of length ...
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Isochoric process - need help with a task [closed]

I'm a student and today I saw a task in my book: During an isochoric process, the temprature T increases with 100 Kelvins, while pressure ...
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Coefficient of expansion [closed]

At a temperature of 21.80°C the hole in a steel plate has a diameter of 1.040 cm. If a steel rod with a diameter of 1.049 cm has to just slip through this hole, to what temperature should the plate be ...
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Stationary wave on a string

The problem says: A string lies on the x-axis, and is fixed at $ x=-a $ and $ x=a $. At $ t=0 $ we impose a transversal velocity given by $ a^2-x^2 $. Assuming that the velocity of the wave is $ c ...
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How to calculate new air pressure with temperature change? [closed]

The question: The gauge pressure in your car tires is $2.60 * 10^5 N/m^2$ at a temperature of $35.0°C$ when you drive it onto a ferryboat to Alaska. What is the gauge pressure later, when the ...
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Is my method of calculating thermal conductivity of a metal wrong?

I am trying to determine the thermal conductivity of pure copper at various temperatures using the Weidemann-Franz Law but for some reason it is not matching up to textbook data. I used the Bloch ...
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Help understanding the solution to a problem regarding kinetic energy of a group of point charges

The problem provided by my professor goes as follows: "Now consider a situation in which all charges are equal to q and they simultaneously become "unglued". What speed will each charge have when a ...
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Is it possible to calculate how fast something will roll down a hill?

If I have a wheel, I know it's mass and diameter and the slope of a hill. Can I calculate the time it will take to get to the bottom of the hill? I am doing a project for my science fair and I sent 5 ...
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Free particle in a box [closed]

A particle of mass $m$ is confined in a one dimensional box of width $a$ is known to be in the second excited state. Suddenly, the width of the box is doubled without disturbing the state of the ...
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How can I solve this question? [closed]

I tried using the equations dsin(theta)= n*wavelength
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How to calculate Acceleration

Assume you are moving 10 meters in 10 seconds northward. What is the acceleration?. Using this equation: $a = (v_f - v_o)/\Delta(t)$ and filling it in with this data: $v_f=1$ which comes from $10$ ...
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Speed and velocity. scalers and vectors [closed]

the roadrunner is trying his best to get away from the coyote, he has travelled 350m {W} in 15 seconds and is now out of the coyotes reach. determine the following the roadrunners speed and velocity
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Distance, speed, velocity, displacement [closed]

a motorcyle travels 400km{N} and then 750km{S} in 4 hours. calculate the the following distance , displacement, speed ,and the velocity of the motorcycle
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How do you calculate the velocity for this? [closed]

I understand velocity is the displacement over time, but I'm having a hard time finding out the displacement of this object. It's moving $10m\:N$, $3m\:E$, and $6m\:S$ in $10$ seconds. What is the ...
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Variance of Kinetic Energy Operator

I am asked to calculate the variance of the kinetic energy in the ground state of the harmonic oscillator. That requires $\langle T^2\rangle$. This is the same as $\langle p^4\rangle$. My question ...
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Rod sliding on a frictionless surface

A uniform rod$(m,l)$ is standing vertically on a horizontal frictionless surface. Gravity is downwards and uniform. I give its upper end a little push and off it goes. I want to find the Normal ...
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Two problems related to gravity [closed]

Can someone help me with this 2 problems: Determine the potential of the gravitational field at height 33600km. The radius of the Earth taken 6370km. Two objects with same mass on the time of lunar ...
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Derive an expression for the avg reading (in Newtons) displayed on a gauge [closed]

A solid stream of spheres ($N = 250$ spheres per second, $m = .03kg$ per sphere) rolls off a ledge with a horizontal speed ($v = 1m/s$), and falls ($H = .42m$) onto a level steel surface ($M = 3kg$) ...
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Phasor Diagram with AC circuits [migrated]

Suppose you take a 2.0×102 resistor and a 0.40 inductor and make a series circuit with a voltage source that has voltage amplitude 30 and an angular frequency of 2.5×102 . **Part F (The part that I ...
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Collision of two balls of finite radius [duplicate]

This is your typical elastic collision problem except the balls have finite radius. To be clear: two billiard balls in the plane each with radius $\sigma$ move at constant velocities $v_1, v_2$ ...
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Calculating Accelerating voltage [closed]

Struggling with this: 2 elementary particles are accelerated in an electric field. They are opposite particles to each other (same mass & wavelength) but opposite charges. They leave the field ...
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Potential and kinetic energy on spherical surface

A small particle of mass $m$ is atop of a semi-sphere as shown in the figure. A little push was given to the particle. Prove that the particle will leave the spherical surface at a height of ...
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Discharge on the surface of a Van de Graaff Generator [closed]

I have the following questions about a Van de Graaff Generator: What is the minimum voltage needed on the surface for spontanious discharge? What is the charge at the surface with that voltage? You ...
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Question on Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

My textbook claims that the uncertainty in position of the particle in a quantum harmonic oscillator is $\frac{A}{\sqrt{2}}$ and the uncertainty in the particle momentum is $\frac{p}{\sqrt{2}}$ ...
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Energy realized in fusion and electrons?

I was doing this question about the energy released in a fusion reaction: In the mark scheme it included the mass of the electrons (for part cii) on the left and just used the mass of protons for ...
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General wave equation derived from Maxwell's equation

I need to derive the general wave equation from Maxwell's equation without using the divergence therom (because I haven't read multivariable calc yet!). My physics book gives one but I don't fully ...
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Freshman year forces problem [closed]

I have been sitting with this problem for about 2 hours now. I know it involves simultaneous equations of some sort... I am trying to figure out maybe if there was not enough information given .. ...
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Ground state degeneration

I wonder how can i know degeneration of ground state of certain elements? I'm doing Boltzmann distribution problems, and I'm not sure what to do. I have to calculate ratio of ions in 3p excited state, ...
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Finding friction forces of stacked boxes on a table

Consider the following system. The given friction coefficients are for static. Let $g=10$ (meter per square second). If the $F(t)=10t$, for example, determine the friction forces $f_{AB}(t)$ ...
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What is wrong with this derivation of moment of inertia of a sphere?

I know the moment of inertia of a solid sphere is $\frac 2 5 MR^2$, but I keep getting $\frac 3 5 MR^2$ when deriving it: For a sphere of mass $M$ and radius $R$, $$\rho = \frac {M}{\frac 4 3\pi ...
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Distance Between Two Photons Calculated in Different Inertial Frames

I am a self-studier. This is a question from a text I am studying: The distance between two photons traveling along the $x$-axis of an inertial frame, $S$, is always $l$. Show that in a second ...
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Sum of independent errors [duplicate]

During a physics lab we stumbled upon a little problem. The measuring device was unstable, oscillating between two values. We were told to write down the average with the half-difference between the ...
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Electrostatic and gravitational forces? [closed]

Electrostatic force between two charged particles depends on the magnitude of the charges and the distance between them. If the charges have mass $m$ and $m'$ then, what will be the total force ...
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Normalisation of Linear Harmonic Oscillator - Ladder Operator Method

I was watching the following video on the harmonic oscillator using ladder operators : http://youtu.be/gRdCV9p8sAU?t=30m9s Clicking on the video above will take you to the exact point where my ...
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Angles between axes after Lorentz transformations

Consider frame $K_1, K_2, K_3$ such that $K_1$ moves along the $y$ axis of $K_2$ with speed $v$ and $K_2$ moves along the $x$ axis of $K_3$ with speed $u$. Find the angle between the $x$ axis of $K_1$ ...
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How to deal with non fixed springs? [closed]

In every physics book they explain how to compute the force that a spring exert if one of its ends is fixed to a wall (or equivalent) and the other end is compressed or stretched. But how to deal ...
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Simple question about circular motion

The picture below shows a page of my mechanics (M2) textbook. At the top of this page, you'll see that it says that "a=-ω^2r". Why is it then that all the answers to the question in exercise 6B ...
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Riemann curvature tensor in first order perturbation theory as a Lie derivative of Riemann curvature tensor in zero order

I am having a difficulty solving my homework so I was hoping I could get some help, so here it is. It is about gravitational waves and first order gravitational perturbation theory, I have to prove ...
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Finding the voltage of an inductor in a RL series circuit [closed]

Here is the solution: This assigned question is an odd one since it doesn't seem to have anything to do with phasors which is the chapter I am currently studying. I know that that the phase ...
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A Bar Suspend by Two Wires - PHYS I HW [closed]

A nonuniform horizontal bar of mass $m$ is supported by two massless wires against gravity. The left wire makes an angle $ϕ_1$ with the horizontal, and the right wire makes an angle $ϕ_2$. The bar ...
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Help with change in specific volume with time in piston cylinder?

I have a piston cylinder assembly and I am trying to determine the change of specific volume with time, namely $\frac{dv}{dt}$, due to an inlet mass flow rate. My first thought was to put it in terms ...
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Quantum Mechanics: Momentum operator questions [closed]

I'm asked to determine $\hat{P}|\Psi_0\rangle$, $\langle{\hat{P}}\rangle$, and $\langle\hat{P}^2\rangle$ for $$\Psi_0(u) = \psi_0 + 2\psi_1$$ I understand how to make the matrix for $P$ in regards ...
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Can somebody explain the graphical integration method in a better way?

After hours of research all what I can find is this: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~fanous/ce332/virtualwork/homepage.html can somebody explain this method in a better way. If the moment diagram ...
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Recoil from a shotgun

First of all I'd like to point out that I'm a complete layman when it comes to physics and I apologise if this isn't the correct forum for this. If I were to sit on an office chair on a laminated ...
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Calculating the Probability Current of a Travelling Wave

Calculate the probability current density vector $\vec{j}$ for the wave function : $$\psi = Ae^{-i(wt-kx)}.$$ From my very poor and beginner's understanding of probability density current it is : ...
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Deriving Cartan formula

I have trouble deriving Cartan formula of the form: $$ \mathrm{d} \omega (X,Y) = X[\omega(Y)] - Y[\omega(X)] - \omega([X,Y]) \tag{1} $$ where $\mathrm{d}$ is the exterior derivative, $\omega$ is a ...