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An Equality in The Calculus of Many Instantons

I am reading the review on instantons. When I tried to derive formula (2.27) on page 17, I always get the different coefficient of $gF_{mn}$ term. My calculation is just directly expanding the first ...
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insulator based gauss law questions

My book is incredibly scarce on insulator based Gauss law questions. Conductors seem to handle themselves pretty simply. Here's a question I'm working on that isn't part of my book. where the radii ...
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Find contact force given sphere's radii and distance

I simulate scenario of two contacting elastic spheres, where their radii and the distance of their centers is known, and repulsive force should be computed. Material parameters are also given. Most ...
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If a beam of light follows the path $y(x)=y_0\sin(x/y_0)$, what is the index of refraction?

An exam question that showed up while I was studying: A plane wave refracts and follows a ray given by the equation $y=y_0\sin(x/y_0)$ where $y_0$ is a constant. Find the refractive index $n(y)$ ...
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Question about “quadrupole radiation” vector potential formula derivation

I tried to get an expression for $\mathbf A (\mathbf x )$ in quadrupole approximation. After some transformations of Liénard–Wiechert vector potential I got, as in many books, $$ \mathbf A \approx ...
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Proton or electron charge in the Weinberg-Salam model?

I read Quantum Field Theory, Ryder, second edition. Relation (8.86) brings us the famous result: $e = g \sin \theta_W$ Here Ryder says tht $e$ is the proton charge. However, according to what I ...
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Deriving the curve of a cantilever

Essentially, there is a beam of length L and negligible mass sticking out of a wall with a mass Mg hanging at the end of it. We are given an equation for elastic energy (which I don't think needs to ...
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How did Jackson get the exact solution to potential in polar coordinates

On page 45 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics (3ed), He solved a polar potential problem with known source distribution. $$ \frac{1}{\rho}\frac{\partial}{\partial \rho}\left( \rho\frac{\partial ...
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path planning with invasive measurements

My background is not science, and I hope the question I am about to ask doesn't look like a homework kind of a thing! Anyway, I will try my best to make the point clear. imagine there is a lake, and ...
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Equations of motion for a pendulum and spring system

The question is available here: I've modeled the building as a rod on a torsional spring (with a pendulum hanging from the top). $\phi$ is the angle from the centre for the pendulum and $\theta$ ...
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Transformation of $t=0$ line in moving frame of reference

How does $t=0$ transform into $t - vx/c^2 = 0$ if a frame of reference is moving as given in here? It seems that the relativistic transformation is given by $$ \begin{bmatrix} x' \\ ct' ...
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Motion on a smooth surface

A particle of mass $m$ is moving on the inner side of smooth circular cylinder of radius $R$ whose $Oz$-axis is vertical and directed downwards. The particle started its motion from the $x$-axis with ...
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How to prove Eq. (2.4.5) in Polchinski's string theory book?

I got one more stupid question in Polchinski's string theory book. In p. 44, it is said The currents $$j(z)=i v(z) T(z), \tilde{j}(\bar{z}) = i v(z)^* \tilde{T}(\bar{z}) \tag{2.4.5}$$ are ...
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Preservation of a scalar along geodesic trajectory

Let $u^\mu$ be the velocity of a particle , and $\xi^\mu$ be a killing vector. would taking a contravariant derivative of to scalar product $\xi_\mu u^\mu$ , and showing that it equals to 0 shows that ...
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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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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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Calculate the acceleration of the trailing muon bunch

Two separate suitably short but intense bunches of muons, "A" and "B", are both supposed to be constantly accelerating (in an otherwise sufficiently flat region) with constant proper acceleration ...
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Hamiltonian system: match transformations and constants of motion

I have a problem about the interpretation of an exercise. Given the following Hamiltonian $$H=\frac{\mathbf{p_0}^2}{2m}+\frac{\mathbf{p_1}^2}{2m}+\frac{\mathbf{p_2}^2}{2m}-2V(\mathbf{r_1}- ...
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A quicker way to verify that a function is a constant of motion?

I have three particles that we can indicate with $\alpha$ ($\alpha$=0,1,2), they are identified by the $r^i_\alpha$ coordinates and $p^\beta_j$ conjugata momenta ($\beta=0,1,2$ and $i,j=1,2,3$). I ...
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Proving conservation of angular momentum in an elliptic billiard problem

This is for a course focusing on the connections between Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms. We're given an elliptic billiard table with foci 1 and 2, where $L_1$ and $L_2$ are the ...
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Calculate heat loss of aquifer with unknown shape

I am trying to calculate the heat loss of an aquifer. An aquifer is basically a hot-cold storage $80\: \mathrm{meters}$ under the ground. It is an open system and utilizes groundwater. By pumping for ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

The short story is, that I have to calculate some transport coefficients, but using the the MB distribution as my distribution function. What I currently need to solve is: ${{\mathcal{L}}^{\,\left( ...
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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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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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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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Mercury's Orbital Precession in Special Relativity

I am researching Mercury's orbital precession. I have considered most perturbations and general relativity. I am still not satisfied. I need your help. I need a solution to Exercise 13, Chapter 6, in ...
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Stress-energy tensor of point particle when the trajectory is a transcendental equation?

I'm working through Carroll's GR book, and Problem 7.8 is not coming together. I'm missing something idiotically simple, but I'm not sure if I can cleanly write a stress-energy tensor for a point ...
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Proton scattering off electrons

I'm looking at a question which starts off as: A proton is travelling through a material and scattering the electrons in the material. Express the scattering angle in terms of the impact parameter, ...
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Henry's Law in metals

For fixed temperature the concentration of a gas dissolved in a solution is directly proportional to the gas pressure $p$, i.e. $c_s (T,p) = f(T)p$. Since $H_2$ only dissolves in metals as single ...
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Joule-Thomson effect of Van der Waals gas

I'm supposed to calculate the inversion pressure $p_i$ of a Van der Waals gas. The state equation of the Van der Waals gas is: $$(p + \frac{a}{V^2})(V-b) = RT.$$ To get a hold of the inversion ...
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Dust generated static space-time implications on fluid 4-velocity

Imagine we have a perfect fluid with zero pressure (dust), which generates a solution to Einstein's equations. Show that the metric can be static only if the fluid four-velocity is parallel to the ...
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linear response for a simple harmonic oscillator

Really sorry for this simple question, but I think it will be useful/interesting in general. Consider a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. Add a perturbation $H_I = -\lambda \hat{x}$ Calculate ...
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Feynman Diagram for Interaction of Deuteron with Oxygen-16

I have to draw a Feynman diagram for the interaction of a deuteron with Oxygen-16. The interaction is as follows: $ d + {}^{16}O \rightarrow p + {}^{17}O . $ I am generally ok with Feynman ...
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Use of Principle of Equivalence

Let $x^\mu$ be the coordinates of a reference frame, $K$, where all bodies feel the same constant and uniform acceleration $\textbf{a}=\textbf{g}=-\nabla\varphi$; let $\xi^\mu$ be the coordinates of a ...
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Concentration of Proteins

You release a billion protein molecules at position $x = 0$ in the middle of a narrow capillary test tube. The molecules’ diffusion constant is $10^{−6} \ cm^2 s^{−1}$. An electric field pulls ...
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Rotational Constant and Moment of Inertia of Fluorine gas

I have come across some homework question on thermodynamics which needs me to calculate $B$ of $F_2$ My attempt: $B= \frac{h}{8\pi^2cI}$ where $I=\mu r^2=\frac{m_1m_2}{m_1+m_2} r^2$ Atomic mass of ...
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How to Analyze Applied Forces/Torques of System With Multiple Massless/Frictionless Pulleys of Different Radii

I have been reviewing the basics of mechanics in preparation of studying Spivak's text book on mechanics (I am from a more mathematical background and I am taking an advanced analytical mechanics ...
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How do I find the force from drop shock using material properties?

I am dropping a cylindrical cast iron bar with a know elastic modulus and poisson's ratio, $E_{1}$ and $v_{1}$, onto a flat beam of elastic modulus, $E_{2}$ and $v_{2}$ so there is tangential drop ...
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Getting pairs of angle and velocity for a projectile to a given destination

I'm trying to calculate the initial velocity $v_0$ and angle $\theta$ for a given destination $(x, y)$ with a launch height of $y_0$. Obviously there will be a set of pairs of velocity and angle that ...
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Problem in average height

Let, diameter of cylinder hole of height 30m and diameter 2m filled with water. In a book, when author tried to find out the power for lifting all of the water then he used average height. why is ...
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Point charge moving towards a conducting plane

A point charge $q$ of mass $m$ is released from rest at a distance $d$ from an infinite grounded conducting plane. Show that the charge hits the plane after an amount of time given by: $ \Delta t= ...
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Height of a piston in a heated cylinder containing H2O

I'm a first time user and I hope I won't be too enigmatic asking the following question: I have a cylinder (radius= $6$ $\text{cm}$) with a frictionless piston on top of it and inside $30$ $g$ of ...
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A question on charge renormalization in QED

Let us work with charge renormalization in QED. Consider 2-point photon correlation function $\Pi_2(q^2)$ at one loop level. We normalize the coupling constant at $q^2=0$ (point of normalization). ...
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Neglecting friction on a pulley?

So, this is how the problem looks: http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/honors/dynamics/images/Atwood%20Problem.png Plus, the pulley is suspended on a cord at its center and hanging from the ceiling. ...
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Massless Dirac equation is Weyl covariant

Does somebody know how to show that the following equation is Weyl invariant? $$\gamma^ae_a^\mu D_\mu \Psi=0$$ where: $D_\mu \Psi=\partial_\mu\Psi+A_\mu^{ab}\Sigma_{ab}\Psi$ is the spin-covariant ...
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Potential energy of a spring

I have a little problem with the potential energy of a spring... I hope you can help me! I have two coupled pendula, given by two masses $m$ fixed to two rigid bars (that haven't any mass) and with ...
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helmholtz free energy of a polymer

You have a polymer chain of $N$ units, which is represented by $N$ independent springs in series. The springs are Hookean, with spring constant $L$, and the end to end vector is $\mathbf r$. So the ...
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What is the angle of the string with the vertical?

A heavy uniform sphere of radius $a$ has a light inextensible string attached to a point on its surface. The other end of the string is fixed to a point on a rough vertical wall. The sphere ...
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Calculate Rotational Intertia

If a can of soup, and a can of beans (tightly packed), are set in a race down a rough hill (has friction), the soup wins, because the inside of the can (soup) is not drawing energy from the system. ...
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Braess's Paradox in Electrical Circuits

According to this and other similar papers, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v352/n6337/abs/352699a0.html, adding a current-carrying path can increase the voltage drop across a circuit. What is ...