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How to show $ \epsilon_{iab}\epsilon_{jcd}(x_ap_d\lbrace x_c,p_b \rbrace+x_cp_b\lbrace x_a,p_d \rbrace) = x_ip_j-x_jp_i$ [closed]

If $ \lbrace f,g \rbrace $ is Poisson bracket and $\epsilon_{ijk}$ is Levi-Civita symbol, how to show that $$ \epsilon_{iab}\epsilon_{jcd}(x_ap_d\lbrace x_c,p_b \rbrace+x_cp_b\lbrace x_a,p_d ...
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Divergent solution in time-dependent Schrödinger equation

if I transform the time-dependent Schrödinger equation without a potential I get: $$ - \hbar \omega \psi(\omega,x) = \frac{- \hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2 \psi(\omega,x)}{\partial x^2}$$ The ...
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Who of these cyclist travel takes less time? [closed]

There are two cyclist. They start off with equal velocity $v_0$. The first one bikes a straight path, while the other bikes through a valley, something like this: We assume friction doesn't affect ...
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WKB approximation in two dimensions

Does anybody know how to implement the WKB approximation for the two-dimensional Schrodinger equation with a harmonic oscillator potential: $\frac{1}{2}\Biggl[-\biggl(\frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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Potential in the middle of a square [closed]

Find the electric potential in the middle of a square with side length $a$ and charge $Q$. If I put the origin in the middle of the square, for the potential I get: ...
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How much wind does it take to tip a sign over? [closed]

Or said another way - how much counterweight does the base of a sign need to keep it from tipping over given a specific max wind? Assume the sign does not let wind through Assume the base of the ...
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Bandpass of diffraction grating - exit slit width?

I'm supposed to derive a relation for the range of wavelengths that's being transmitted by a spectrometer (bandpass) in terms of the dispersion, focal length and exit slit width. Given grating is ...
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Relativity Question Fireworks explosion

A firecracker explodes at the origin of an inertial reference frame. Then, 2.0 microseconds later, a second firecracker explodes 300m away. Astronauts in a passing rocket measure the distance between ...
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How can I derive this Hamiltonian?

I have a Lagrangian $L$, a momentum $p$ and a Hamiltonian $H$: $$L=\frac m 2(\dot z + A\omega\cos\omega t)^2 - \frac k 2 z^2$$ $$p=m\dot z + mA\omega\cos\omega t$$ $$H=p\dot z - L=\frac m 2 \dot ...
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The Voltage and Current of a Discharged Inductor at the Instant the Switch is Closed

The figure shows an LR circuit with a switch and a 240-volt battery. At the instant the switch is closed the current in the circuit and the potential difference between points a and b, Vab, are ...
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Expectation value and Dispersion of an Operator

Suppose we have an operator $Q$ with eigenvalue $q$. Expectation value is $\langle Q \rangle$ and dispersion $D(Q) = \sqrt{\langle \left( Q - \langle Q \rangle \right)^2 \rangle} $. I want to find ...
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Probability of measuring momentum [closed]

Suppose we have this wavefunction: $$ \psi = A \left( cos(kx) + cos (2kx) \right) $$ I have to find the possible results of measurement of momentum and their probabilities. Attempt For a momentum ...
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What's The Minimum distance?

My Friend gave me a question today. The question was.:: We have a point A. At a distance of $x_0$ from the point. There is a particle$(P_1)$. Also, a particle is present at the point A $(P_2)$.The ...
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Kinematics simple question [closed]

Question: In order to protect himself from the rain, a person is standing holding an umbrella at right angle to the horizontal surface. The rain is falling at 10m/s when the velocity of the wind is ...
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Simple units question (School) [closed]

A tank has 2000 litres of capacity (Ct). It fills at 5 l/s. It is filled with 800 l at time 0. a) How many seconds will it need to fill half the tank. So I did this: X = time. ...
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Help needed to interpret question - Spin States of electron pair in Helium?

For the last part, I'm not sure what they mean by "explain how to form eigenstates of the total spin $\hat S^2$ and $S^z = S_1^z + S_2^z$. Are they simply referring to the spin singlet and tripplet ...
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How is the velocity not constant?

A bead is moving along the spoke of a wheel at constant speed u , the wheel rotates with uniform angular velocity w radians per second about an axis fixed in space , at t=0 the bead is in the x ...
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Why is work in a constant electric field equal to the force times distance?

Let's say, for example, that an infinite plate generates a constant electric field that exerts a force of 6N on a 1C charge. To move the charge from a distance of 5m to 1m from the plate, the work ...
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Initial conditions at Lagrange Points

I'm simulating the restricted three body problem. But I don't know how to found the initial conditions of the object located at the Lagrange points analytically or computationally. I mean my problem ...
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Why is the constant velocity model used in a projectile motion derivation?

I was re-studying university physics last week, I'm now in the chapter about kinematics in 2 dimensions and specifically the one treating projectile motion. In page 86 of his book (Serway - Physics ...
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Total number of electric field lines coming out of a proton?

I have to calculate the total number of electric field lines through a proton. I tried using Gauss' Law, i.e, $$\phi = \oint\boldsymbol E.d\boldsymbol s = {\frac{q}{\epsilon_0}} $$ $$So, \phi = ...
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Electromagnetic waves in an antenna

There is a few questions that need to be answered in detail but in an easy way... What does it mean to describe the 'plane of polarisation' of electromagnetic waves? Why will some antenna have rods ...
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Finding the electric field around an electric eel

I'm having problems solving for the electric field and the current that an electric eel generates. Would I use Gauss's law and treat it as a long charged wire? How would I find the charge of the ...
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Kinematics and Energy - Finding the work done in projectile motion

If you are asked to find the work done by gravity on a projectile, the force will obviously be the mass multiplied by gravitational acceleration. What will the displacement be, the horizontal or ...
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Proof involving the fine-structure Hamiltonian of the Hydrogen atom

Given the perturbed Hamiltonian of the Hydrogen atom: $$ ...
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Finding the Shape of a Hanging Massive Wire

This came from a physics wave book. I have a static, massive wire on the x-axis, with a y-displacement due to a force per unit length $F_y$. I start with the equation $F_y = ...
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How do I relate $\mathrm{d}s$ to $\mathrm{d}x$?

A block of mass $5\text{ kg}$ is kept on an inclined plane with angle of inclination $37°$, attached to a spring with spring constant $10\text{ N/m}$ kept at the base of the incline. The ...
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Have I calculated Angular Acceleration correctly?

I am teaching myself basic mechanics from a standing start. I am trying to understand Angular Acceleration and have set myself a problem to solve. My answer 'feels' wrong, so I'd like some help to ...
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The problem in Sredniki's textbook: How do I calculate loop corrections for $\phi\phi\to\phi\phi$ with this Lagrangian?

The problem in Sredniki's textbook 10.5 : For a free scalar field $\psi$, the Lagrangian is $$\cal{L}= -\frac{1}{2}\partial^\mu\psi\partial_\mu\psi-\frac{1}{2}m^2\psi^2$$ Here we use the metric ...
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Magnetic moment with external magnetic field on a lattice?

Consider a system in which atoms are located in a regular lattice, each atom having a spin $1/2$ and an associated intrinsic magnetic moment $\mu_0>0$. Assume that each atom interacts only weakly ...
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Finding out the velocity [closed]

Displacement of an object is related to time $x=at+bt^2-ct^3$ where a, b and c are constant motion.Then the velocity of an object when it's acceleration is zero is given by ...
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What volume does have the Planck mass of hydrogen at normal conditions?

What volume does have the Planck mass of hydrogen gas at normal conditions?
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How can I find the motion equations of the 2-dim harmonic oscillator?

First of all: I am no physicist, so I am rather helpless. I need to find the moving equations of the 2-dim. harmonic oscillator. If it is possible it should be rather elementary, because, as I said, ...
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Kinematics - projectile motion on inclined plane [closed]

Well I've tried everything to solve this problem, spent well over an hour, and have gotten no results. A particle is thrown over a triangle from one end of a horizontal base it grazes the top vertex ...
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Spacecraft momentum question [closed]

Assume you're sitting in your spacecraft. The mass of you and the spacecraft is 2000 kg. You're traveling at 200km/h through the vacuum of space. You have a thruster pointing in the direction you're ...
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Tension on an object [closed]

According to a website, $T_3 = T_2 + T_1$. Also, the rope and pulley device are mass less. But I don't really understand this. Let me try and explain how I see the problem. $M_2$ receives tension ...
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Kinematics - Concept of average velocity

Average velocity, as I have heard, cannot be found simply by finding the average of two numbers. I have a question on average velocity, but am simply unable to proceed: A particle moving in a ...
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Which symmetry for which distance function

For evaluating the electric field of some charge distribution one can use $$\phi(r):= \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_0}\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} \frac{\rho(r')}{||r-r'||_2} dr'.$$ My question is: What symmetry ...
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Kinematics - ball bouncing off vertical walls [closed]

So here's my best attempt to state the question: A ball is thrown from a 100 meter tall tower, which has a vertical wall in front of it. The initial velocity of the ball is 10m/s and the distance ...
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Calculation of energy eigenvalues of $\hat{x}^4$

I would appreciate help in calculating the energy eigenvalues associated with $\hat{x}^4$, with $\hat{x}$ expressed using the ladder operators for harmonic oscillators. $\hat{x} = ...
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Electric Potential due to conducting sphere and conducting shell

The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A solid conducting sphere having a charge Q is surrounded by an uncharged concentric conducting hollow spherical shell. Let the potential ...
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Inconsistent integral and distance in spherical coordinates

I am currently studying this problem: 14 b) There you see an integral $$A(r) = \int f(\theta) (-\sin(\phi), \cos(\phi),0) d \Omega$$ where $f$ is the function containing all the rest of the integrand ...
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Finding the total energy in centre of mass frame

I'm working through a problem in a special relativity textbook (Woodhouse) and I'm having some difficulty. I have to show that if I have a particle of rest mass $M$, total energy $E$ colliding with a ...
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Kinematic, motion in 2D [closed]

If the kinetic energy at maximum height is 2/5 the kinetic energy at half the maximum height, find the angle of projection. In other words: K.E. at H(max) = 0.4*K.E. at 0.5*H(max) I got 60 degrees, ...
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state on quantum statistics. 3 particles according to 3 distributions [closed]

consider a system of three identical particles, A B ,and C. Assume that each particle can be in one of three possible quantum states, 1,2 and 3. For the following statistics listed below, enumerate ...
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Velocity and acceleration with displacement [closed]

Find the velocity and the acceleration for a moving object with displacement $= te^{-t}$. The $e$ is the exponential function.
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Lifting an Atwoods machine from the ground? [closed]

If we have an Atwood machine where masses $m_A$ and $m_B$ rest on the ground, then we apply an upwards force $F$ to the Atwoods machine. What is the acceleration of the blocks when $F=124N$, $m_A = ...
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Physics, double Atwood machine

According to this tutorial over here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Phys1csf4n It is stated that $a_A + a_B + 2a_C = 0$ But I don't understand the logic used. Is there any way to prove ...
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Three equal mass points on the string [closed]

Help me please to solve my problem. I have three equal point masses on the line string. $L$ is a distance between masses. $P$ is a pulling of the string. I know that the potential energy of that ...
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Newtons third law and Atwood Machines, confusion about tension

The classic way of solving these problems is like so: $T = mg - ma$ and $T = mg + ma$. However, according to Newton's third law, is this not wrong? I know how to solve these problems, but the ...