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Calculate energy from an reaction [closed]

I'm trying to calculate the released energy from a reaction. The radioactive substance polonium decays according to this formula: $$^{210}_{84}\mbox{Po} \rightarrow \mbox{X}+^4_{2}\mbox{He} $$ At ...
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What happens when non-equal voltages are put in parallel? [duplicate]

If two batteries, say 2 volts and 5 volts, are connected in parallel, are there any problems? The higher voltage will then want to flow out, but also towards the lower 2 volt battery end, right?
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How to find outflow pressure/force of air through a pipe

I have been trying to find the correct method for determining the outflow force resulting from a certain amount of air being forced into a pipe of a certain dimension. Essentially i'm trying to ...
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Physics (measurement) [closed]

In october,1707 four British warships ran aground because of error in position,sparking the effort to produce a marine clock that would be accurate to locate a position with in 30 miles after sailing ...
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What is the distance traveled

the red dots represent a side view of path traveled, F is downward force and the tool used here is a pen placing parallel to the coin I have newly started to study mechanical physics. based on study, ...
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1D Kinematics - Relative Motion involving non-inertial frames of reference

I recently came across a question involving non-inertial frames of reference. I didn't quite understand the way it had been solved due to some conceptual confusion regarding certain deductions made to ...
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Collision between a photon and an electron

Looking through this AP Physics question, I was struck by how the 'collision' between a photon and electron looks so much like a macroscopic collision. Is this even physically possible? Look at the ...
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Time evolution of a quantum state

I have another point in QM that I would like clarified. Suppose $$\{|n\rangle\}$$ is a set of eigenstates of both the Hamiltonian $H$ and another operator $\hat O$ corresponding to an observable also. ...
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Why doesn't this equation for orbital motion change with position in the orbit?

The question and answer are on pg.8-10 of this PDF: At first, I went through it, thinking nothing of it. But then, I wondered: "What if we picked a final state in which the space junk was NOT at ...
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What is the difference between material fatigue test with 1 sec cycle and 1 hour cycle?

Assume I have two pieces of metal. I want to test the material fatigue (e.g. how many cycles can the material stand before it will break). Onto one of them I apply a tension force every second. Onto ...
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How to directly calculate the infinitesimal generator of SU(2)

We commonly investigate the properties of SU(2) on the basis of SO(3). However, I want to directly calculte the infinitesimal generator of SU(2) according to the definition $$X_{i}=\frac{\partial ...
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Showing Hubble constant is time-independent

I have the following question for homework: Show that the Hubble constant $H$ is time-independent in a universe in which the only contribution to energy density comes from vacuum energy. So in ...
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Equivalent RC circuit to a RRC circuit?

I'm in doubt about a situation that I've seen sometimes: imagine we have a resistor in parallel with a resistor and a capacitor in series. Since I don't know how to generate figures of circuits to ...
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A double-sided lever and multiple forces [closed]

Assume a double-sided lever where the left arm has a length of a and the right arm has a length of b + c. Please refer to this ...
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How does the volume change affect an adiabatic process?

A gas consisting of rigid diatomic molecules was initially under standard conditions. Then the gas was compressed adiabatically, 5 times the original volume. Find the mean KE of rotating molecules ...
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Dividing values with units

I'm reading about the subject of heat in a basic physics book. If I am not mistaken the formula to work out how much energy is required to increase the temperature of water is ...
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Gradient involved commutator in $\phi^4$ theory

In a phi fourth theory, the Hamiltonian density is: $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla \phi)^2+\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2+\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4$$ Now I impose the usual equal time ...
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Kinetic energy when $F(t)$ graph is given

The very basic problem here is that the point where this graph ends is ambiguous. I mean, what is the corresponding $y$-value for the point whose $x$-valu is $4.5s$? Then I think we should find the ...
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Relative Velocity problem

I was solving many problems on relative velocity and observed that when the question asks, "what is the minimum time taken by the boat/man to cross the river.?" so the solution says that he ...
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Doubt in problem regarding resistance a of cylinder

I've been working on some exercises and I'm in doubt if my procedure with this one is correct. We have a hollow cylinder with internal radius $r_a$, external radius $r_b$, resistivity $\rho$ and ...
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Electric potential energy after nuclear fission

We have a uranium-236 nucleus that fissions into two equal fragments, and I'm supposed to find the electrical potential energy just as the two fragments split apart. No other information is provided. ...
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Kinetic energy of two charged balls at infinite distance between them

If I have two balls with masses and charges $m_1, q_1^{+}$, $m_2, q_2^{+}$, initially held at distance $d$, and then released, how can I know the kinetic energies of each of the balls at infinite ...
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Solar sail area going to Proxima Centari [closed]

I have a physics question that I need some help with: "Proxima Centauri is a star in the Alpha Centauri solar system, it’s the nearest star to our sun (4.24light−years) ...
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Escape velocity for hydrogen molecules

The question: At what temperature is the RMS speed of Hydrogen molecules equal to the escape speed from the earth's surface? Values of radius of earth($r$) and gas constant $R$ has been supplied ...
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Induced current using a reference system bound with a moving charge

Suppose we have a charge moving at velocity $\mathbf{v}$ in the same plane of a square wire. If I sit in a reference frame where the square wire is still, since the charge is moving with velocity ...
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Convert units from cal cm^-1 day^-1. to Wm-2

I am trying to calculate the energy budget of a water body and the last term I'm trying to calculate is the energy advected from the water body ($Q_v$). This equation is given by: $Q_v = V ( (T_1 - ...
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Pulley system with rope

Two masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are connected through a weighty, uniform and an unstretchable rope of length $L$. The surface is frictionless. Masses of the objects are $m_1=m$, $m_2=\frac{2}{3}m$, mass ...
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Electric power transmission

If we want to transmit electic current for a long distance, we must minimize a heat that releases because of the resistanse. We cannot make a cable wide because it is expensive and it will be massive. ...
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Intuition contradicting answer for calculating pressure

I have a cylindrical container say of some base area $A$. The atmospheric pressure is $P_0$. The cylinder is moved at an acceleration $a$ horizontally right. I need to find which base would have to ...
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Derivation of Dirac equation using the Lagrangian density for Dirac field

How can I derive the Dirac equation from the Lagrangian density for the Dirac field?
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Periodic boundary condition on a Wave Function of a Particle in a Box

Until now solving the Schrodinger Equation for a particle in a box was relatively easy because the boundaries conditions imposed zero value on the wave function at the boundaries. But now I must find ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for transport equations

I have to calculate the transport coefficients for the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. But I'm not sure what distribution I have to use. As far as I know it should not be the MB distribution for ...
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How do determine the equation of motion of slinky?

I'm trying to analyze the forces exerted to slinky. First, I've divided both ends. The red vector is the force exerted by slinky itself, and the green vector is gravitational force. Force exerted ...
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Problem with a rotating frame of reference on the South pole

Consider this problem: A high-speed train is traveling at a constant 150 m/s (about 300 mph) on a straight horizontal track across the south pole. Find the angle between a plumb line suspended ...
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Finding Hamilton's equations given a Hamiltonian

I am trying to find Hamilton's equations for a general Hamiltonian given by $$H[u]=\int_\mathbf{R} \phi(u,u_x)dx$$ Suppose $$\frac{\delta f[u]}{\delta u(x)}\equiv \frac{\partial f}{\partial ...
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Force Between Two Conducting Spheres

Aakash PHYSICS JEE (Main & Advanced) Study Package - 5 & 6 (Class XII) Chapter - Electric Charges and Field Assignment (page 12) SECTION - A; Q.no - 1 ...
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Friction on a conveyor belt

I was surfing through an Olympiad paper and I was caught with this question. A block of mass 1 kg is stationary with respect to a conveyor belt that is accelerating with $1\, \tfrac{m}{s^2}$ ...
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Determine the velocity and acceleration of the vertex $B$

1) The bent rod $ABCD$ rotates about the line $AD$ whit a constant angular velocity of $90 rad / s$. Determine the velocity and acceleration of the vertex $B$ when the rod is in the position shown in ...
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Effective mass in Spring-with-mass/mass system

Suppose you have a particle of mass $m$ fixed to a spring of mass $m_0$ that, in turn, is fixed to some wall. I'm trying to calculate the effective mass $m'$ that appears in the law of motion of the ...
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Schrodinger equation in momentum space [duplicate]

I have a problem this is: When I solve the Schrodinger equation in momentum space, I had done as this: $\begin{array}{l} i\hbar \frac{{\partial \Psi }}{{\partial t}} = - \frac{\hbar ...
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Vector cross product of $\mathbf{r}$ and $\ddot{\mathbf{r}}$ in polar coordinates

I'm struggling with the following question: Question 6 A planet of mass $m$ moves under the gravitational attraction of a central star of mass $M$. The equation of motion of the planet is ...
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Time evolution of Gaussian wave packet

I'm slightly confused as to answer this question, someone please help: Consider a free particle in one dimension, described by the initial wave function $$\psi(x,0) = ...
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Power transfer in a transformer

Can it be proved using the concept of induced emf that power supplied at the primary coil equals power consumed at the secondary. I tried following. Let primary coil be called 1 and secondary be ...
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Question regarding operators and cylindrical coordinates

I have the following problem in my hand: I need to arrive from the Cartesian expression $$x_{j}{\partial_{k}}x_{j}{\partial_{k}}-x_{j}{\partial_{k}}x_{k}{\partial_{j}}$$ to this expression: ...
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The potentiality of the electric field

Could you please explain using just words why electric the field is potentially? I know the proof using integral: $$A = \int_{12}q\vec{E}\cdot{d}\vec{r} = qQ\int_{12}\frac{\vec{r}\cdot{d}\vec{r}}{r^3} ...
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A rod of length $L$ & mass $M$ is rotating in a circle about one end then calculate tension in the rod at a distance $x$ from the support

A rod of length L & mass M is rotating in a circle about one end then calculate tension in the rod at a distance 'x' from the support ? For its solution why should we take mass of L-x portion of ...
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Matrix representation of state

This is a quantum mechanics question, I don't quite understand what it's getting at... Suppose the we have a state described by $|1\,\,\, m\rangle$. Let its matrix representation be $\vec u$. ...
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Another Inclined plane question

I did the FBD, and I found too many variables which are not eliminating...Moreover, I believe this question is based on kinetic and static friction. But, $\mu$ here is ambiguously defined...How Do I ...
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Comparing Static Frictions

In this figure, which of the static frictional forces will be more? My aim isn't to solve this particular problem but to learn how is static friction distributed . Since each of the rough-surfaces ...
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Moment of Inertia (triangular plate)

I want to generalize the formula for the MOI of a triangular plate (sides $a,b,c$) about an axis passing through mid point of one sides and perpendicular to it's plane . The mass of plate $M$ is ...