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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Pendulum (highschool)

I have a question concerning pendulum. On our physics lessons we built simple pendulum consisting of weight and a thread ($\ell=0.31$ m). We tried to calculate $g$ from the well known formula $$T_m ...
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Locations of destructive interference for two spherical waves

I have looked at this, but it did not help with locations. Really this just comes down to mathematical manipulation, which for some reason I fail to see. Here is my paraphrased setup: Consider two ...
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How to calculate gauge pressure at water depth?

I am creating a program that will calculate danger at water depths for sensitive equipment and maybe humans. How do I calculate the gauge pressure at a depth $D$. Lets say $D = 5000$ meters. My ...
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Number of wave modes in a cavity

I'm trying to calculate the number of acoustic modes that can exist in a room in a certain range of frequencies. I thought of using the Rayleigh-Jeans formula for the electromagnetic standing wave ...
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Weird resistor patterns [closed]

I came up with the following question: The vertices of tetrahedron ABCD are all connected by 1-ohm resistors. What is the total resistance between A and B? I haven't the faintest idea how to ...
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How is circular motion possible on a banked road when there is no Friction?

It is given here that the maximum safe speed of a vehicle on a banked road having coefficient of friction $0$, is $V =\sqrt{R g \tan \theta}$, where $\theta$ is the angle of banking. I can't ...
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Minimize initial velocity of projectile to arbitrary point

I'm supposed to shoot a projectile from the origin to a point $(x_0 , y_0)$ with minimal initial velocity $v_0$. (no air resistance; regular gravity) The flight time should be $T=\frac{x_0}{v_x}$. ...
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Electric field intensity of spherical shell (with cut out cap)

Consider a charged spherical shell of radius $R$ and surface charge density $\sigma$. Choose a point on the surface of the shell and cut a spherical cap of radius $a \ll R$. What is the electric field ...
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Is this way of solving Thevenin theorem correct?

This thevenin theorem is really giving me a headache, and I've really searched many sources in the internet but they confused me more and more. Take this as an example: The guy in the above link ...
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Orthogonality of summed wave functions

Problem. I know that the two wave functions $\Psi_1$ and $\Psi_2$ are all normalized and orthogonal. I now want to prove that this implies that $\Psi_3=\Psi_1+\Psi_2$ is orthogonal to ...
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Calculating the time to stop a wheel with friction [closed]

I'm trying to solve the following problem, but i have no idea how to begin. A wheel of mass $M$, radius of gyration $k$, spins smoothly on a fixed horizontal axle of radius a which passes through ...
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How long does it take for an electric car to go from 0 to 60 mph?

I found the freefall motion equation which describes terminal velocity of a falling body, but I can't find a similar equation for a vehicle subject to constant traction force, so I tried determining ...
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Question regarding temperature as a property of a system

This is probably silly question but I got stuck while reading “Lectures on Theoretical Physics-Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics” by Sommerfeld. In the first chapter it says : Temperature ...
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Colliding particles at speeds aproaching c [closed]

(In natural units where $\hbar=c=1$.) Two particles are to be collided. Each of these particles has a rest mass of 0.9 GeV and they will be collided at equal but opposite speeds. What is the minimum ...