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How do I calculate the work of a gas showed up on a graph? [closed]

I have this graph of a gas: Now, I need to calculate work of it, based on ABCD cycle of changes (that's a bit confusing to me, do I calculate AB, BC, CD separately?). How do I do it? Also, how can ...
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Explanation of a proper time (an add)

I have read on web that: Proper time $\tau$ is a time interval measured by a clock which at rest relative to the observer. But lets consider this problem: The plane is flying with a speed ...
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A question about speed [closed]

A object with mass 0.5 kg slides in straight line for 200 m, where the friction act on it is 0.4 times the normal reaction acting on it. Find its initial speed. I let $u$ be the speed. ...
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Force and Vector question [closed]

A force of 6 Newton and another 8 newton can be applied together to produce the effect of a single force of a) 1 N b) 11 N c) 15 N d) 20 N. More generally, if I know the magnitude of one force, ...
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Energy Spectrum of pair of spin-1/2 particles with general Hamiltonian

I found this problem, and so far I am stumped. I was wondering if anyone wanted to solve it with me, or help me calculate eigenvectors, or just give insight on my questions. Consider a system of ...
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Calculate vector forces on object being affected by wind

I am wondering how you calculate the vector forces of the wind on an object? The information I have is the bearing direction of the wind and the speed of the wind. So how do I calculate the x and y ...
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How to multiply Celsius and kilograms? [closed]

I have something like this: $$\frac{0.04\,\text{kg} \times 90\,^{\circ}\text{C} + 0.06\,\text{kg} \times 50\,^{\circ}\text{C}}{0.1\,\text{kg}} = T_k$$ Where $T_k$ is a temperature, in Celsius. But ...
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Uncertainty in approximated relation

I'll give directly an example to fix the ideas. Suppose that you're studying the acceleration of a system of masses that depends from the number $n$ of masses $m$ by the following relation: ...
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rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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Time taken for collision [closed]

We have three particles at the vertices of equilateral triangle of side $d$. At $t=0$ they start moving in such away that at all instant of time each of them has a speed $v$ towards adjacent one. We ...
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Can you lift a basket up while standing inside it? [closed]

Suppose you stand in a basket and you try to pull the handles of the basket. Will you be able to lift the basket from ground? Similarly, Baron Münchhausen allegedly pulled himself and the horse on ...
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Object submerged in a fluid

1)A sphere of a given mass is put in a non viscous liquid. The sphere is released, and it moves down in the liquid. My doubt is, is the mechanical energy of the system decreasing? The answer given in ...
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Electric fields problem [closed]

Why is this the case.. I would have thought it would have followed the E field?
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Two balls falling one above the other [closed]

Two balls, first with the mass $m_1$ and the second with the mass $m_2$ are falling from the heigh $h$. Suppose all the collisions are perfectly elastic and do not consider the size of the balls. $m_1 ...
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Commutator with a square root

How to find the commutator $[a, \sqrt{a^\dagger a}]$? Here $a$ is a usual bosonic annihilation operator, and $[a, a^\dagger] = 1$. The first thing I tried is $$ [x,A] = [x, \sqrt{A}]\sqrt{A} + ...
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Question on static friction [closed]

This is the question, and the answer is given as 2). Now my basic doubt is, are they asking us the direction of the total contact force on the object by the floor? Or, are they asking the direction ...
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Mechanics question (a block on top of a block) [closed]

This question is very similar to this one here. A block of mass $m_1$ is placed on another block of mass $m_2$ lying on a smooth horizontal surface. The coefficient of friction (static and ...
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Orthochronous Lorentz transformations are time-preserving and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

Let's consider the psuedosphere/hyperboloid in $\mathbb{R}^{1,2}$ given by $$x^2+y^2-z^2=-R^2.$$ We know that the Lorentz group $$O(1,2)=\{ A \in Mat(3,\mathbb{R}): A^tGA=G \},$$ where ...
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Decomposition of this wave function in eigenfunctions

I have this wave function of a system on a central potential: $V(r)$: $$\Phi(x,y,z)=C(x+y+z)e^{-\alpha r^2}.$$ And I'm asked a few things about probabilities. I don't have problems with that, because ...
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Are higher order mixed partial derivatives of wave function with different ordination equal?

For example, given two operators: $$A = \frac{\partial}{\partial x}+\frac{\partial}{\partial y},$$ $$B =\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2} + 1.$$ Deriving commutator ...
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Is there an equation that tells you more about the amplitude of an object which is in resonance?

I'm a high school senior and I have to write a paper about resonance and differential equations. I've been searching the Internet for a long time, but I haven't found an equation that is properly ...
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Magnitude of force to keep stick in equilibrium [closed]

Problem statement A straight and homogenous stick with mass m is pressed against a wall with the force F. The stick is horizontal perpendicular against the wall. Given that the friction between the ...
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Energy of a cylinder rolling down a path

Problem statement: A cylinder rolls without slipping down a hill. It is released from height h. What is its speed when it come down? The cylinder mass may be completely concentrated on the radius R, ...
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Tension in parallel springs [closed]

A block of mass $200$kg is connected to a horizontal ceiling by four identical light elastic ropes, each having natural length $7$m and stiffness $180$N/m. It is also connected to the floor by a ...
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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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Elastic Spring And Energy Issue

I`m trying to write an expression ( Work & Energy ) of spring that is not loose and it has a box on it with a weight of 1Kg. how its should be? this is what I tried to do: $$\frac{kx^2}{2}-mg$$ ...
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Kahn-Penrose metric

the following line element defines the Kahn-Penrose metric with coordinates $(u,v,x,y)$ and constraints $u \geq 0$, $v < 0$ $$ds^2=-2dudv+(1-u)^2dx^2+(1+u)^2dy^2$$ If we restrict ourselves to ...
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Problem from Sakurai about a delta-function potential [closed]

Can you help me with this problem from Sakurai: A particle of mass m in one dimension is bound to a fixed center by an attractive delta-function potential: $$V(x) ~= ~-a\delta(x) , \qquad ...
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Power radiated by a star, black body model

let's say I want to model a star of radius $R$ at a distance $r$ from the Earth. I need to show that the apparent luminosity for frequency $\nu$ is equal to $$\ell(\nu)=\frac{2\pi h}{c^2}\left( ...
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Newton Laws of Motion + Effective spring Constant [closed]

! Can someone please help me in solving this question: What is the effective spring constant for the system of the two springs, perfect pulley, and string shown on the left for it to be modeled ...
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Tension in a massless string around a pulley [closed]

A pulley having some mass has a massless string around it, with two unequal masses at the end of the string. Sufficient friction is present between pulley and the string such that the string does not ...
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Integrable equations of motion

Suppose that a force acting on a particle is factorable into one of the following forms: ...
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Is there a general form for heat capacity?

Can you derive a general form (not keeping either volume or pressure constant) for heat capacity from the first law of thermodynamics? Do you have to make any assumptions to do so? It sounds trival, ...
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Showing Dirac Hamiltonian is hermitian

I'm trying to show that $H_D = -i\boldsymbol{\alpha}.\nabla+\beta m$ is hermitian. Its given that $$ \gamma^{0\dagger}=\gamma^0 $$ $$ \boldsymbol\gamma^\dagger=-\boldsymbol\gamma $$ What i've done ...
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Do I think or listen - physics talks [closed]

I am just a student, still I have already listened to a few talks on physics. In my study program everyone has to give a talk of about 45 minutes what he did in his about 1-2 month reach project ...
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Superradiance of electromagnetic waves

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: ...
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Pressure in Bernoulli's equation

! I've been reading an introductory physics textbook. It has a chapter on fluids which I'm finding quite confusing. Specifically, I don't understand the meaning of the pressure terms $P_0$ and $P_1$ ...
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Current to cancel Earth's magnetic field

I'm making a lab report where I've used a Helmholtz coil and a magnet to find Earth's magnetic field intensity in the area by relating the frequency of oscillation of the magnet when a certain current ...
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Probability for harmonic oscillator outside the classical region

I'm having some trouble finding an expression for the probability to find the particle outside the classical area in the harmonic oscillator. I have a wavefunction defined as: $\psi \left( x,\,t ...
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Average force and pressure in a 3D box due to quantum non-interacting particles

A gas of non-interacting quantum particles occupies a box with lengths $L_1, L_2, L_3$. Calculate its energy and thus the average force and pressure exerted by the gas on the walls of the box. I have ...
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Understanding centripetal force vs frictional force diagrams?

I have an actual physics problem and also a conceptual question to go with it. From some test prep I was presented with this straight-forward question: What is the minimum radius that a cyclist can ...
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Formation on image on screen?

When we first learn elementary geometrical optics, the first thing taught to us is the two broad divisions of the type of reflection.-Regular and Irregular or Diffused. The difference in cause for ...
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Finding the Basis vectors of a Killing field vector space

I have solved the Killing vector equations for a 2-sphere and got the following answer. $A,B,C$ are three integration constants as expected. $$\xi_{\theta}=A \sin{\phi}+B\cos{\phi}$$ ...
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Plot of gauge coupling unification [closed]

(Zoom in here to see the scales.) About the result of plotting running of 3 coupling constant, we think that we should get the correct one(MSSM). But we get discontinuity at $ M_{susy}$. If there ...
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Solving differential Equation for the Two-Body Problem

So, I'm following the derivation in D. Morin, Introduction to Classical Mechanics, of the equations for a two-body system. I understand all of it, aside from this one step. When he's talking about ...
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Expectation value of momentum

I'm having a problem with an expectation value that doesn't seem to add up for me. What I know is, that $\psi(\vec{r})$ is a wavefunction for a particle in three dimensions. The Hamiltonian is given ...
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Dynamic equation

I'm asked to give the dynamic equations of a charged particle moving on a potential, under relativistic considerations, basically $dp/dt$, with $p$ the 4-momentum vector. The question for the three ...
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Proper time of circular motion under Schwarzschild metric

I'm trying to calculate the proper time of a massive particle circulating Schwarzschild black hole, using EL equation of the following Lagrangian: ...
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Deriving work done on a solid

For a homework problem, I've been asked to show that the work done by increasing pressure isothermally on a solid of mass m is: $$W \approx -\frac{m\bar{\kappa}}{2\bar{\rho}}(P_f^2 - P_i^2)$$ where ...
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Calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object

I have simple question: is it possible to calculate magnitude of force acting on some area by falling object? Let's say I have an object with mass $5\text{ kg}$. I drop that object in height 1 ...