# Tagged Questions

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### How to show that a general Galilean transformation in three dimensions is a conformal transformation?

Suppose two particles with equal mass move and then collide. We can easily show that the angle of collision is ninety degree if we choose our frame of reference moving with velocity equal to one of ...
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### Jacobian matrix of Galilean transformation

If we want to transform to another inertial frame of reference using Galilean transformation in 4-dimensional space-time, what is the Jacobian matrix of Galilean transformation?
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### Radiative cooling time for a black body

Okay, so this is confusing me a bit. How can I calculate the time it takes to cool a perfect black body from an initial temperature $T$ down to equilibrium temperature (say, 3 K for space)? I know ...
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### 4 of Einstein equations without 2nd order time derivative

This question is related to my previous one and it was a homework problem and was due two weeks ago. Problem：prove that four of Einsteins' equations $$G_{0\nu} = 8\pi T_{0\nu}$$ have to 2nd order ...
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### $E$ and $B$ fields in Axial Gauge

I am trying to compute the $\vec{E}$ and $\vec{B}$ fields in the Axial gauge ($n \cdot \vec{A}=0$) where $n^2=1$, but I'm having trouble seeing the usefulness/how it simplifies the equations.
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### Likelyhood of the creation of a single unbound quark in the collision of very high energy particle beams

I am going over old exam and am not understanding the logic behind the answer given in the mark-scheme. A beam of protons and antiprotons attain energies of 1400 GeV in a synchrotron. Why is it that, ...
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### Canonical transformation problem

(Apologies if HW questions are not allowed -- I couldn't really find a definite answer on this) Question Let $Q^1 = (q^1)^2, Q^2 = q^1+q^2, P_{\alpha} = P_{\alpha}\left(q,p \right), \alpha = 1,2$ ...
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### Step in derivation of solution to Dirac equation for hydrogen

My text, when solving hydrogen in the Dirac equation, makes the claim $\varphi_{j m_j}^{(+)} = \frac{\mathbf{\sigma} \cdot \mathbf{x}}{r} \varphi_{j m_j}^{(-)}$ where $\varphi_{j m_j}^{(\pm)}$ are ...
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### Two particles in infinite square potential

Consider two non-interacting distinguished particles in one-dimensional infinity square potential. Suppose the particles have the same mass $m$, and the potential is zero in the region ...
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### Buoyancy Correction for a Kater Pendulum

Question: Consider a Kater pendulum: that is, a rod with two cylindrical masses at both ends, with a knife edge between the two masses and another between one ...
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### Help with inductance and a moving (rolling) rail problem

I can't even do the first part. I've exhausted just about every direction. I've done plenty of moving rail problems without rolling, but I'm guessing you have to have some relationship between the ...
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### How to analyze this constraint question

Let $\gamma$ be a smooth curve in the plane, and introduce curvilinear coordinates $q_1,q_2$ on a neighborhood of $\gamma$; $q_1$ is the direction of $\gamma$ and $q_2$ is distance from the curve. ...
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### Average number of spin up particles

In a paramagnetic system, where $N = N_\uparrow + N_\downarrow$ is fixed, how does one calculate the average number of spin-up particles $\langle N_\uparrow \rangle$? You can assume we have the ...
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### Cycle with unspecified irreversbile transformation. Find $P,V$ in the various states.

I've been thinking to this for the last two hours and haven't been able to come with a solution. Problem. A mole of gas initially at pressure $P_A = 2 \text { atm}$ and occupying a volume ...
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### Apparent size of objects under water

A friend of mine has a homework question and we're having some trouble figuring out what physical mechanisms come into play for this. An underwater swimmer sees a spherical air bubble that appears ...
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### Density distribution of gas in a centrifugal field

The problem asks me to find the density of gas in a cylinder of radius $R$ and length $l$ rotating about its axis with angular velocity $ω$, there being a total of $N$ molecules in the cylinder. What ...
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### Proton or electron charge in the Weinberg-Salam model?

I read Quantum Field Theory, Ryder, second edition. Relation (8.86) brings us the famous result: $e = g \sin \theta_W$ Here Ryder says tht $e$ is the proton charge. However, according to what I ...
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### Deriving the curve of a cantilever

Essentially, there is a beam of length L and negligible mass sticking out of a wall with a mass Mg hanging at the end of it. We are given an equation for elastic energy (which I don't think needs to ...
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### Motion on a smooth surface

A particle of mass $m$ is moving on the inner side of smooth circular cylinder of radius $R$ whose $Oz$-axis is vertical and directed downwards. The particle started its motion from the $x$-axis with ...
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### How to prove Eq. (2.4.5) in Polchinski's string theory book?

I got one more stupid question in Polchinski's string theory book. In p. 44, it is said The currents $$j(z)=i v(z) T(z), \tilde{j}(\bar{z}) = i v(z)^* \tilde{T}(\bar{z}) \tag{2.4.5}$$ are ...
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### Preservation of a scalar along geodesic trajectory

Let $u^\mu$ be the velocity of a particle , and $\xi^\mu$ be a killing vector. would taking a contravariant derivative of to scalar product $\xi_\mu u^\mu$ , and showing that it equals to 0 shows that ...
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### How to absorb a characteristic line in a spectrum

I have an x-ray tube. When I see the spectrum, I notice the characteristic lines of the anode. What do I have to do if I want to absorb a characteristic line? I have thought that I can add a filter. ...
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I have to do a calculation (problem 5 of chapter 12 in Wald) verifying the super-radiance of electromagnetic waves incident on Kerr black holes and have a few preliminary questions. As background: ...