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How to derive inverse Fourier transform for periodic functions (in crystal lattice)?

I would like to derive the following two well-known formulas that work for crystal lattice [1]: $$ F[f(\mathbf{x})] \equiv \tilde f(\mathbf{G}) = {1\over\Omega_\mathrm{cell}} ...
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Homework - Mechanics [closed]

Just started mechanics and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong on a question. Car accelerates uniformly from a speed of $50\: \mathrm{kmh}^{-1}$ to a speed of $80\: \mathrm{kmh}^{-1}$ in $20$ ...
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In the static spacetime, the extrinsic curvature of hypersurface $t=constant$ is zero

How can I prove that in the static spacetime, the extrinsic curvature of hypersurface $t=constant$ is zero? My efforts all are failed. Any hint would be greatly appreciated.
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Use kirchhoff's second law to deduce the resistance R of the resistor [closed]

Using what I learned so far, i constructed an equation like this: $$30V=(I_{1}\times 20\Omega)+10V+(0.2A\times 10\Omega)+(I _{3}\times 10\Omega)+(0.5A\times R)$$ Which is clearly not solvable on ...
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Some strange transformation [closed]

In a lecture (look at the chapter "The fermion determinant in a constant field", p. 5) I found some strange transformation, which is given by eq. 18. How to prove it? Exactly, I don't understand the ...
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Integration with Grassmann variables

How to show that $$ \int d\Psi d\bar {\Psi}e^{i \int d^{4}x\bar {\Psi} \hat {A} \Psi} = det (\hat {A})? $$ $\Psi , \bar {\Psi}$ refers to Dirac spinors (the second is $\bar {\Psi} = ...
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Is there any usage of $x^x$ in physics? [closed]

I am so excited about the function: $x^x$. I would like to know if there is any usage in the physics world of this function. Is there any formula that uses $x^x$?
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Work and energy problem [closed]

I am trying to solve the problem (see image), my concern is about the 2 factor, can anyone please help me understand this.
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E&M question in example in my book [closed]

So I still not sure how to apply like Right-hand rule (RHR) in this setup in problem like the one in the following so I tried to do RHR in order to get the direction but it didn't work out. This is an ...
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Relative velocity of boat

I am trying to understand fully the following question: A boat is traveling west at 100m/s and is partially helped by a strong wind blowing at 20m/s 30 degrees north of west. What speed could the ...
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The formation of ice from water properties? [closed]

The formation of ice from water is accompanied by: A. absorption of energy as heat B. temperature increase C. decrease in volume D. an evolution of heat E. temperature ...
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Mean kinetic energy according to the WKB approximation

Show that in the WKB approximation, the mean kinetic energy $T_{n1}$ in a bound state $\psi_n$ in a potential $V(x)$ is given by $\langle T_n \rangle = \frac{1}{2}\left(n+\frac{1}{2}\right) ...
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Missing centrifugal acceleration

I am trying to get correct equations for acceleration of a point in reference frame A, given position, velocity and acceleration in rotating reference frame B. Let $\mathbf{x}_A(t)$, ...
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Peskin and Schroeder Equation 3.23

I've been trying (for a while) to prove that $S^{\mu\nu}:=\frac{i}{4}\left[\gamma^\mu,\,\gamma^\nu\right]$ is a representation of the Lorentz Lie algebra, that is, to prove that it satisfies the ...
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Some hints for special case of metric tensor in GR

Let's have metric $$ ds^2 = dt^2 - dx^2 - dy^2 - dz^2 - 2f(t - z, x, y)(dt - dz)^2. $$ I need to prove that it is an exact solution for Einstein equations in vacuum for $\partial_{x}^{2}f + ...
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How long would it take a projectile accelerating twice as fast as another to catch up?

Given a projectile with initial velocity $u$, and constant acceleration $a$, travelling in the one direction. How long would it take a second projectile the same as the first with the same initial ...
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Effect of incoming force on linear vs. angular velocity

First of all, I should note that I'm a programmer and have only an extremely basic understanding of physics; I only know how to explain my question in layman's terms and I apologize if I'm unclear or ...
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Relative motion of airplane in the wind [closed]

I have a relative motion problem in which I cannot get my answer to match the book answer. The question is: An airplane has to travel $189\, \mathrm{km}$ due east to point $B$ from point $A$. It ...
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Derive non-linear $\sigma$ model from a theory of SU(2) matirx

It's said in Chapter VI.4 of A. Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, a theory defined as $L(U(x))=\frac{f^2}{4}Tr(\partial_{\mu}U^{\dagger}\cdot\partial^{\mu}U)$, can be write in the form of ...
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Equations of motion for a pendulum in 3D?

I am trying to solve for the equations of motion to simulate a pendulum. I decided to use the spherical coordinates. The Lagrange equation is: where L = length of the rope ϕ= angle of the ...
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Bloch wave function orthonormality?

there is this text book that is giving me a hard time for a while now: It shows that Bloch wave functions can be written as $$\Psi_{n\vec{k}}\left(\vec{r}\right) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{V}}e^{i\vec k \vec ...
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How many mirrors placed perpendicular to each other shall make a light ray completely reverse its path?

The answer is 3. But according to me 2 shall also work in 2 Dimensions? Does anyone has a theoretical proof?
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How to quote answer when error is smaller than significant figures of data?

We have these rules: Can't quote answer to more significant figures than original data. Error quoted to one significant figure unless first significant digit is a one. In which case quote error to 2 ...
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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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Combining relativistic velocities in the same direction using Lorentz transformation matrices

It is known that when combining the Lorentz Transforms of two frames with velocities $v_{1}$ and $v_{2}$ in the same direction it is equivalent of computing a Lorentz Transform of a single frame with ...
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Molar heat capacity of gas defined by relation $p=kV$

we have this problem where relation between Pressure($p$) , Volume($V$) is defined by relation $$p=kV$$ where $k$ is a constant and we have to find the molar heat capacity of the gas. Note:Ideal gas ...
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Infinitesimal Lorentz transformation is antisymmetric

The Minkowski metric transforms under Lorentz transformations as \begin{align*}\eta_{\rho\sigma} = \eta_{\mu\nu}\Lambda^\mu_{\ \ \ \rho} \Lambda^\nu_{\ \ \ \sigma} \end{align*} I want to show that ...
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Atwood machine problem [closed]

Sorry for the bad drawing, but I hope that this will help you get a hold of the problem. Consider an Atwood Machine with a total of two blocks, a mass less pulley, ideal string. One block rests on ...
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Solve a problem without using separation of variables

There's an additional exercise from Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffith. Problem 4.34 A point dipole p is imbedded at the center of a sphere of linear dielectric material (with radius $R$ ...
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Eigenvectors of the angular momentum operator $S_x$ [closed]

For a spin of $\frac{1}{2}$ the angular momentum operator can be written as $\vec{S} = \frac{\hbar}{2} \vec{\sigma}$ in matrix form. Find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of $S_x$ where $\sigma_x = ...
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How does the following commutator for measured observables and this operator relation imply the following relation?

$$ \hat{\Omega}_j{(\tilde{q}_j)}=\Omega_j(\tilde{q}_j-\hat{q}_j) $$ $$ [\hat{q}_j,\hat{q}_l]=ik_{jl} $$ Implies $$ [\hat{q}_j,\hat{\Omega}_l]= ...
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Ground State Wavefunction of Two Particles in a Harmonic Oscillator Potential

Question: Two identical, non-interacting spin-$1/2$ particles are in a 1D Harmonic Oscillator Potential. Their Hamiltonian is given by ...
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Flow of water through sand

Imagine a set up with a column of sand with porosity $\phi$ and permeability $k$ contained in a cuboid container. When one pours water evenly (let's say $V_w/A$ cubic meters per square meter) on the ...
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What is the tension in the string of a spherical pendulum? [closed]

Can some one solve it by using Lagrange's undetermined multiplier method or any other method that explains the physics in spherical pendulum system? book references: 1) Classical mechanics by ...
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Temperature of a phase transition

A solid can exist in two phases, with energies $$U_{1}(S,V)=\frac{S^2}{a_1}+b_{1}V(V-2V_{0})$$ $$U_{2}(S,V)=\frac{S^2}{a_2}+b_{2}V(V-2V_{0})$$ where $a_{1},a_{2},b_{1},b_{2},V_{0}$ are positive ...
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Work done on gas by piston [closed]

In this problem there is a cylinder that is closed at both ends and has thermally insulated walls. It is divided into 2 parts by a movable, frictionless, thermally insulated piston. There is a ...
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Confusing Classical Mechanics Question

I don't want this to be a "do my home work question" so please tell me how I can make this question helpful for other people. In my physics assignment I found the question below. I'd think that both ...
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Commutator of Momentum with a Position dependent function

I heard from my GSI that the commutator of momentum with a position dependent quantity is always $-i\hbar$ times the derivative of the position dependent quantity. Can someone point me towards a ...
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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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Difference between a central potential that is a point and one that is a sphere?

In quantum physics there is a special case known as a particle in a spherically symmetric potential. I have a problem which is similar to the case of a hydrogen atom in that there is one free ...
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Srednicki's book on QFT

I am reading Srednicki's book on QFT and there's a thing I don't quite see in chapter 6 (Path integrals in QM) equation (6.7) is ...
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How to calculate thrust ratios for an object with a non centered mass [closed]

I am trying to figure out a formula that, given an initial thrust value, will give me the thrust value that I need to apply to each thruster (red) to make the overall thrust be straight up with no ...
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What is the maximum mass that the airplane can have and still maintain enough lift to fly? [closed]

A commercial airplane travels at a speed which is 85% of the speed of sound. The wings of the airplane are designed such that the bottoms of the wings are flat and the tops of the wings are curved ...
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Determine the current and voltage for every component in the following circuit [closed]

Determine the current and voltage for every component in the following series circuit What is the voltage and current through R1 and what is the voltage and current through C1? $V_1= 20\,V$ $R_1= ...
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Problem with Velocity of efflux [closed]

I am stuck in this problem- I need to find the velocity of efflux at the hole of the container. [We can assume that the area of the hole is negligible in comparison with the base area of the ...
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How to get the position operator in the momentum representation from knowing the momentum operator in the position representation?

I know that $$\tag{1}\hat{p}~=~-i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial x}~.$$ How can I get $$\tag{2}\hat{x}~=~i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial p}~?$$ I think this simple and I'm just over thinking it, ...
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Tesla to Newtons [closed]

Is it possible to convert Tesla to Newtons of force? Or magnetization force H:(A/m) to newtons?
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A problem about special relativity [closed]

i can't understand it clearly, so please help me!
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Is there a better, faster way to do this projectile motion question? [closed]

The question is In a combat exercise, a mortar at M is required to hit a target at O, which is taking cover 25 m behind a structure of negligible width 10 m tall. This mortar can only fire at an ...
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Confused about elasticity and collisions

I was solving the following problem and the explanation to it confused me. There are two objects with mass $m$ and $M$, respectively. The object with mass $m$ has a velocity of $\sqrt{2gl}$ and ...