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Angular Velocity expressed via Euler Angles

On the top of the fourth page from here, the author trivially derives the components of angular velocity, expressed via Euler angles of the system. I fail to understand how the components of angular ...
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3D billiard with no gravity nor air drag

If I have a projectile shot in a vacuum-box that has no gravity or wind resistance inside it (lets say the box is 1000 units tall and 1000 units wide), with the only rule being that the projectile ...
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Projectile maximum height [closed]

How can I determine the needed initial velocity to make a 2d wind resistance free projectile (in computer simulation) reach maximum height at a certain x distance away, with launch position and target ...
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Is it possible to solve a 2D relative motion question using components of relative velocity?

This is a question based on concepts of two dimensional motion . Here's how the question is: A plank A is floating in air, gravity has no effect on it (See its coordinates in the figure attached). ...
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Is there a way to increase photon energy by decreasing its wavelength?

Can I decrease a photon's wavelength by a medium or a vacuum? Are there other ways of decreasing the wavelength?
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What type of electromagnetic radiation strikes the Earth's surface the most?

If you can could you lists the types of light from the greatest amount to the least amount (Ex: Visible, Infrared, Violet).
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Electric potential due to circular disk

Relevant diagram is available here. The circular disk of radius $a$ lies in the $xy$ plane and carries surface charge density of $\sigma (s, \phi) = s^{2}cos\phi $, where $(s,\phi)$ are in ...
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Magnifying factors of multiple lenses (closely packed)

Well the following question I really struggle to find an answer A thin lens creates an image of an object with magnification -3. A second identical lens is positioned very close to the first ...
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How to obtain the constant $a^g$ in Eq.(2.7.19) in Polchinski's string theory book

Excuse me, I have calculated $a^g$ a lot of times, using the relation between $:\;:$ and ${}^{{}_\circ}_{{}^\circ} \; {}^{{}_\circ}_{{}^\circ}$. But I can't get the same result with the book. It is ...
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How to find the direction of the magnetic field for an infinite conducting wire?

We've got two long straight wires carrying current of 5A and placed along x and y axis respectively current flows in direction of positive axes we have to find magnetic field at a) (1 m,1 m) b) (-1 ...
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Work done on a moving particle in electric field

This is one of the "fast answer" exercises I've been given to train (should be answerable in around 6-7 minutes). I can only think of a very long-round way to solve this. The question is as following: ...
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Equivalent resistance in ladder circuit

I have stumbled upon a given question I really have a hard time to solve. Basically I need to find an equivalent resistance in some form of "ladder" configuration. Where the chain is an infinite ...
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Calculating the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge using the superposition principle

I am trying to calculate the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge (a plain with uniform charge density $\sigma$) using the superposition principle. I know that the field of an infinite line ...
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How to derive the metric for a 2-sphere

I have a question in Polchinski's string theory vol I p 167. It is said For example, $$ds^2= \frac{ 4 r^2 dz d \bar{z} }{(1+ z \bar{z})^2} = \frac{ 4 r^2 du d\bar{u}}{ (1+ z \bar{z})^2} ...
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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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Average Velocity [closed]

A car travels 100 miles in 2 hours, it then completes the return leg of the journey. How fast must it travel on the return leg to average 100mph over the total journey. My thoughts on this are that ...
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Torque of a winch with pulleys [closed]

I'm working on a project that involves using a remote-controlled electric winch to raise and lower my bicycle using a pulley system. The problem is that I don't know how much torque will be required ...
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Quantum tunelling problem - got a weird imaginary ratio in the end

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Beam of electrons with energy $10eV$ hits the potential step ($8eV$ high and $0.5nm$ wide). How much of the current is transmitted? ...
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Obtaining velocity or acceleration vector of a point on a rigid body?

If I have a cube that is moving at a velocity of $v$ and spinning at an angular velocity of $\omega$, how can I determine the instantaneous velocity vector of one of the vertices of the cube? What if ...
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Torque on a Box

I think I'm missing something with torques. I seem to have gotten myself confused. I have a box that's centered at ( 0 , 0 , 0 ) with length ( $x$ dimension ) = 1 , width ( $y$ dimension ) = 0.25, ...
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Moving electron - finding the wavefunction

On our modern physics class my professor did a problem: Write down a wavefunction of an electron which is moving from left to right and has an energy $100\text{ eV}$. At first i said: "Oh i know ...
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Kinematics problem

I'm on earth and we have two spaceships $A,B$. They can instantaneously accelerate to certain velocities $v_A,v_B$. We want to travel to another planet which is $\Delta x$ lightseconds away, and we ...
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Wavefunction as a combination of two stationary states - how to find those states?

Lets say we have a particle in a infinite square well which has a wavefunction like this ($A$ is some constant and $d$ is the width of the well): \begin{align} A\left[ \sin \left(\frac{2 \pi ...
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Finite potential well problem - calculating the ground state

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Electron of is in a 1-D potential well of depth $20eV$ width $d=0.2 nm$ in his ground state $N=1$. What is the energy of the ground ...
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Projectile Motion Question involving a ball and a ramp inclined at an angle

The question is to finde the initial horizontal velocity of the ball at end of the ramp, where it is released. I know how to do this using gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy ...
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$d=\frac{1}{2}at^2$ not giving expected results

Say I have an object that starts falling from rest at 2 m/s2. Its total displacement and velocity at the end of every second should look something like this: ...
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How to superpose an wavefunction for an infinite potential well / interval - $-d/2 <x<d/2$

I know that two functions which describe the state of a particle in an infinite square (on interval $-d/2<x<d/2$) well are like: \begin{align} \psi_{even}&= ...
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A question for the generalization of gauge transformation with two antisymmetric indices

I have a question about the generalization of gauge transformation with two antisymmetric indices. Starting from Eq. (3.7.6) in Polchinski's string theory book p. 108. $$S_{\sigma} = \frac{1}{4 \pi ...
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Law of conservation of energy and kinetic energy: deformation of a spring [closed]

Problem: A block B of 1,5 kg is attached to the right of a spring (not deformed, with its right side attach to a wall) with a constant of $k = 80 N/m$ and, at rest, the block enter in collision with ...
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A question about the Weyl transformation for the vertex operator of the closed-string tachyon

I met a problem of derving the Weyl transformation on the closed-string tachyon, Eq. (3.6.8) in Polchinski's string theory, vol 1, p 103. Given the vertax operator of the closed-string tachyon ...
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Electric field in a capacitor with a dielectric with variable permittivity

Consider the following parallel-plate capacitor, with a potential difference of $V$ across it's plates: I've seen some problems that assume a dielectric with a variable electric permittivity of ...
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Are two touching conductors connected in parallel or in series?

Consider the following problem: There are two spherical conductors $A, B$, with capacitances $C_A, C_B$ resp. Conductor $A$ is supplied some charge and is found to have a potential of $160 \space V$. ...
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Derive that $P = I^2R$

As our homework, we were asked to derive $P = I^2R$. Now, I started off with the basic relation $P = \frac{W}{T}$. I was not able to think of anything from here, so I started plugging in random ...
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Time evolution of the worldlines of 2 particles

Suppose I have a lab frame that is freely falling in a gravitational field of the Earth -- assume non-homogeneity-- and a uniform constant electric field. There are 2 test particles in the frame -- ...
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What are physical effects that could be employed to emulate this system?

This is a simple system consisting of a tree of numbers such as ((1 2 (3 4)) (2 6) 1 6) and a rule of application, that states that a tree A applied to B is a copy ...
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Find shadow's height

Just starting to learn physics. Now reading about constant motion and after this paragraph I have a task: Boy with growth of 1.5 m runs at a speed of 3 m / s in a straight line, passing under a ...
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Coupled Oscillators

This is an exercise of my last exam. Since I couldn't find anybody who solved it or knows how to, it would be really nice if somebody could tell me if my thoughts on it go into the right direction. ...
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How to work out momentum when there are velocity and mass changes

I have a pretty simple homework question, but I can't rap my head around it. In the question a swimmer of $55 \mbox{ } \mathrm{kg}$, jumps off a stationary raft of $210\mbox{ }\mathrm{kg} $. The ...
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Acceleration of pendulum

At what point of a pendulum's swing is its acceleration the greatest? What does this tell you about where the forces act in a pendulum? Is my answer correct? The force that causes the acceleration ...
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There is no electricity at home,I need to light a 15W CFL Bulb.Can I Do it with the help of a hamster? [closed]

We know that i)avg speed of A Hamster is 30km/hr. ii)Avg mass of hamster is 1.5 kg. From the above info: Kinetic energy=1/2 X mass X velocity^2 So, K.E=1/2 x 1.5 x 30 x 30 ...
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Constrained motion in a parabolic tube [closed]

A smooth parabolic tube is placed with vertex downwards in a vertical plane. A particle slides down the tube from rest under the influence of gravity. Prove that in any position, the reaction of ...
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Current Density and the Dipole Moment $\int _v \vec{J} dV = d \vec{p}/dt$

Show that: $$\int _v \vec{J} dV = \frac{d \vec{p}}{dt}$$ Here's my attempt: $$\vec{p} = \int _v \rho r dV \rightarrow \frac{d}{dt} \int _v \rho r dV = \int _v \vec{J} dV = \int _v \frac{\partial ...
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Calculating the expectation value for kinetic energy $\langle E_k \rangle$ for a known wave function

I have a wavefunction ($a=1nm$): $$\psi=Ax\exp\left[\tfrac{-x^2}{2a}\right]$$ for which I already calculated the normalisation factor (in my other topic): $$A = \sqrt{\frac{2}{a\sqrt{\pi a}}} = ...
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After normalizing a wavefunction I don't know how to calculate probability on an interval (-0.1 + 0.1)

This is quite large homework where I 1st had to normalize the wavefunction $\psi = Axe^{-x^2/2a}$ and I got a constant $A=\sqrt{2/(a\sqrt{\pi a})}$. How do I calculate the probability now for the ...
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An electron emits a photon and the core is pushed (recoiled) back!

I have come across a problem which is a homework indeed, but i tried to pack this question up so that it is more theoretical. What I want to know is: If I am allowed to write energy conservation for ...
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Force on carabiner from free fall [closed]

Suppose I weigh about $75~\text{kg}$ and I am attached to a (non-elastic) rope which is attached to a carabiner which can take at least $20~\text{kN}$. Suppose furthermore that I reach terminal ...
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A question about surface term of ghost fields

(skip disclaimer) Hi, I have a question in Polchinski's string theory vol I p 90, after introducing the ghost fields $b_{ab}$ and $c^a$, it is claimed The equations of motion then provide a ...
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Car racing problem [closed]

A speedway turn, with radius of curvature $R$, is banked at an angle $\theta$ above the horizontal. If there is a coefficient of static friction, $\mu_{s}$ between the tires and the track, what are ...
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Applying Lagrange's equations ignoring normal reaction

A small bead is sliding on a smooth vertical circular hoop of radius $a$, which is constrained to rotate with constant angular velocity $\omega$ about its vertical diameter. $\theta$ is an angle ...
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Question about Cars: Momentum

Car B rests at the bottom of a frictionless inclined plane. In order to travel a height of 0.6m and maintain a speed of 2 m/s at the end of the track it needs to start with 4 m/s. a) If ...