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Microscopic explanation of optical activity

The origin of linear birefringence in crystal can be easily explained by the symmetry of the crystal. However, it seems it is hard to be applied in circular birefringence (i.e. optical activity), ...
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Hamiltonian conservation

Lagrangian formalism does not involve forces that doesn't come from a potential and Hamiltonian formalism says that even though energy is not conserved due to a force like this, the Hamiltonian is ...
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Area moment of inertia of regular $n$-gons over polygon center $O$

Is it possible to consider the regular polygons ($n$-gons) as deformed circles and use a pseudo-polar coordinate system to calculate their moment of inertia over its center $O$. Inasmuch as I know (I ...
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Applying more current? [closed]

An electric motor draws 20 Amps, when at maximum load of x. Can that value of current be applied even if the load was ten times less than x from a certain power source?
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Ask an equation to solve the next location of an object?

It is a long time that I have not learnt physics. But now I really need an equation to solve a problem. I appreciate physicists give me a little hint. Here is a object on the desk without friction. ...
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Curved spacetime point particle Lagrangian density

This is probably trivially related to the question: Action for a point particle in a curved spacetime , but am a bit unsure how to write it as a Lagrangian density. In curved spacetime the action is ...
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The geodesic line on Poincare half plane

I was calculating the geodesic lines on Poincare half plane but I found I somehow missed a parameter. It would be really helpful if someone could help me find out where my mistake is. My calculation ...
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Increase in velocity by loss of mass? [closed]

A trolley of mass 300kg carrying a sand bag of 25kg is moving uniformly with speed of 27km/h on a frictionless track. After a while, sand starts leaking out of a hole on the floor of the trolley at ...
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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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Determine whether the light will reach certain points or not [closed]

I've got an interesting question which goes like that: suppose we have a long cylindrical rod made of a transparent material (see illustration below). A point source $O$ which sits on rod's axis emits ...
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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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How to calculate velocities after collision?

I'm currently writing a program for a particle simulator. One of the requirements is that the particles collide in a realistic way. However, I don't know how to calculate the final velocities. For ...
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Is there another way besides $V = k\int dq/r$ to find potential?

Suppose that the charge distribution $q(r)$ in the radial $r$-direction in a thin hollow disc of inner radius $a$ and outer radius $b$ is given by the power-law equation: $$q(r) = Q_0 \left[1 ...
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Speed of three objects falling with different masses

The following is the problem that I am working on. Three different objects each with mass $m_1<m_2<m_3$ is launched from the same height $h$ with three different angles $\theta_1 < ...
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How to prove that zero Weyl tensor predicts no deflection of light?

There is Nordstrom theory, which can be given as $$ C_{\mu \nu \alpha \beta} = 0. $$ The solution of Einstein equations for this case is conformally flat metric: $$ g^{\mu \nu} = e^{\epsilon \varphi ...
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What is this vector problem asking to find, the magnitude of the force F or the component of it that goes along the ramp?

A shopper pushes a 7.5-kg shopping cart up a 13 (degree)incline. Find the magnitude of the horizontal force, F, needed to give the cart an acceleration of 1.41 m/s$^2$. I ask this because the ...
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Acceleration of particles in a pipe with variable cross section

I am currently making an exercise from Paterson,1983, IV.3.ii. It goes as follows Water flows steadily and incompressibly along a pipe whose area cross section $A(x)$ varies slowly with the ...
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Why can't a spin-1 particle decay into two identical spin-0 particles?

I've got this far: Suppose a spin-1 particle with $j$,$l$,$s$ decays into a system of two identical spin-0 particles with $J$,$L$,$S$. The RHS must have total spin $S=0$, so $J=L$ which must be even ...
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Why isn't centripetal acceleration considered in this problem

Fairgoers ride a Ferris wheel with a radius of 6.00 m. The wheel completes one revolution every 30.0 s. If a rider accidentally drops a stuffed animal at the top of the wheel, where does it land ...
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Magnetic Field Given Magnetization

We are working on problem 6.12 from Griffiths Electrodynamics. It says that we have an infinitely long cylinder of frozen in magnetization of $M=ks\hat z$. We are trying to find the field. We have ...
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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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How to show that probability and statistics are very important in Quantum Mechanics?

I'm doing a research for my stats class in high school and I chose quantum mechanics as my subject. I narrowed down to electron localization in an atom and radial probability distribution. However, I ...
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causal sketches [closed]

I don't have much of an idea of how to draw causal sketches. I know that you need to work out the gradient of the light cones, which can be done using a given metric and using null vectors. But how do ...
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Quantum mechanics problem? [closed]

I had a test on Quantum mechanics a few days ago, and there was a problem which I had no clue how to solve. Could you please explain me? The problem is: Let's look at the $\hat H=E_0[|1 \rangle ...
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The total energy of an electrostatic system

My problem is from Griffiths Introduction to Electrodynamics, Fourth Edition, p.112 Problem 2.60 (not homework): A point charge $q$ is at the center of an uncharged spherical conducting shell, ...
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Time needed to heat water in a pot [closed]

I have a pot with water of mass $m$ and it is heated by a stove element of temperature $T_E$ and with a surface area of $A$. The water starts at temperature $T_W > 0^\circ\, C$. How ...
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Constraints of massive relativistic point particle in hamiltonian mechanics

I try to understand constructing of Hamiltonian mechanics with constraints. I decided to start with the simple case: free relativistic particle. I've constructed hamiltonian with constraint: ...
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Approximate energy levels for the following potential

Let's have potential $$ U(r) = -U_{0}e^{-\frac{r}{a}}. $$ I need to find energy levels for particles moving in this field (for an arbitrary values of orbital number $l$). This task isn't exactly ...
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Too small error on the calculus of wavelenght

I have this function: $$\lambda=d \sin(\arctan(\frac{x}{z}))$$ and I want to find its absolute error. $d$ is a constant ($10^{-6}$), $x =(0.716 \pm 0.001)$ m, and $z=(1.000 \pm 0.001) $ m. For the ...
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Potential of a charged disc brought above the z=0 plane at an arbitrary point

Potential of a charged disc can be obtained easily. If we want to calculate the potential at an arbitrary point we should just write: $$ \phi(z_0)=\frac{\sigma ...
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Quantum Computation

Is there any rule or technique so that one can design quantum gate operator from matrix operator? Suppose, what will be the quantum gate operator for this matrix operator : $$ \left( \begin{array}{c ...
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What is the wave function outside the barrier region?

I've been trying to learn how to apply WKB for several days now. I asked a similar question already about trying to find the wave function inside the barrier region. Now I would like to understand how ...
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Two particles state of a 1D massive scalar field

Perfectly localized states are not normalized so do not belong to the Fock space (they belong to the rigged version). Suppose we approximate localized states with gaussians, what is the mathematical ...
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What is the commutator? [closed]

$e$ and $f$ are unit vectors, $L_e$ is defined by $L_e=eL$, where $L$ is of course the angular momentum operator. A similar definition for $L_f=fL$ The commutator that I can't solve: ...
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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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Friction acting on mass on string

Assume we have some stationary point mass that would slide, if not for some coefficient of friction, along a light, inextensible string, attached to two points at different heights. Considering ...
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1-dimension radiation problem [closed]

A positive charge $q$ is fired head-on at a distant positive charge $Q$ ( which is held stationary ), with an initial velocity $v_{0}$. It comes in, decelerates to $v=0$, and returns out to ...
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Spring problem? [closed]

I came across this problem in physics "Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics by Serway" A block on the end of a spring is pulled to position $x = A$ and released from rest. In ...
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Specify the Stress Energy Tensor and Calculate the Curvature

I have a simple question about general relativity and the Einstein field equations, I wonder if you can specify the stress energy tensor, i.e. specify some mass distribution in space and then ...
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Car on a frictionless banked curve

A car is on a banked curve, following a path which is part of a circle with radius $R$. The curve is banked at angle $\theta$ with the horizontal, and is a frictionless surface. What is the speed ...
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How to use the WKB approximation to find wave functions?

I'm trying to learn how to apply WKB. I asked a similar question already, but that question was related to finding the energies. Here, I would like to understand how to find the wave functions using ...
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Quantum Mechanics mistake in partial trace

I have a given a density matrix by $\rho:=\frac{1}{2} |\psi_1 \rangle \langle \psi_1|+\frac{1}{8} |\psi_2 \rangle \langle \psi_2|+\frac{3}{8} |\psi_3 \rangle \langle \psi_3|.$ Where $|\psi_1\rangle ...
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Expression of $\kappa_S$ in photon gas

I'm calculating some properties of the photon gas. That gas is defined by $$U=aVT^4$$ $$P=\dfrac{1}{3}aT^4$$ I calculated photon gas entropy: $$S = \dfrac{4}{3}aT^3V $$ I could calculate $c_V$. ...
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Optimal velocity in rain [closed]

Problem statement: A sphere is rolling in rain from point A to point B. The vertical speed of rain is V and horizontal speed of rain is v, as shown in the picture. Angle between horizontal ...
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How to apply the WKB approximation in this case?

I'm trying to learn how to apply the WKB approximation. Given the following problem: An electron, say, in the nuclear potential $$U(r)=\begin{cases} & -U_{0} \;\;\;\;\;\;\text{ if } r < ...
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Commutators with function

I have following exercise: If $[C,D]$ is a c-number and $f(x)$ is a well-behaved function (i.e. all derivatives exist and are finite), show that: $$[C, f(D)]=[C,D]f'(D)$$ where $f'(D) = ...
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$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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How do I determine $\phi$ in a hollow circular cross section using torsion equivalence?

I know that the maximum shear stress $$\tau = \frac{T}{J}\rho$$ where $\rho$ is the radial distance from the center of the cross section. I have also determined the torsional constant $J$, which is ...
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Between a solid and a hollow cylinders of the same mass, which one has the greater rotational kinetic energy?

I know that rotational kinetic energy is $\frac{1}{2}I\omega^2$. Therefore, the rotational kinetic energy will depend on the moment of inertia. I came to the conclusion that since both have the same ...