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Propagation of Error Formula

I did a lab, and found the Hall voltage for different currents. From these, I was also given the direction, and magnitude of the magnetic field. I need to find the number of charge carriers per ...
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Difference between marginally stable and marginally bound orbits

I have some difficulty understanding what marginally stable and marginally bound orbits are. This is what I have understood: Stable orbits: Stable orbits occur when the 2nd derivative of effective ...
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Conservation of kinetic energy on a moving inertial frame

The velocity of an object differs from the point of views of two different inertial observers standing at two different frame of reference. Assuming no gravity and acceleration = 0 for the object and ...
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Will there be an induced emf in this situation?

Here is a (horrible) illustration: The first ring has a voltage $V_1$ applied to it through the voltage source on the left. Ring 1 has resistance $R_1$ whereas ring 2 has resistance $R_2$. Will ...
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Under-damped oscillator - how to determine speed?

At t=0 a mass M is stretched from equilibrium by x with spring constant k and damping coefficient $\gamma$. How do I determine how fast a weight is moving when it passes through equilibrium on an ...
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How to calculate the ship resistance caused by water viscosity

If there is a ship going in the sea at 50km/h, and a length of 5m, width of 2m, how do I calculate the ship resistance caused by water viscosity? in other words I want to calculate the drag Force that ...
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Definition of force in a scalar field theory

How do we define the force for a general scalar field theory? In particular what is the scalar force of the below equation of motion: where $\tilde{T}$ is the energy stress tensor of matter and $A$ ...
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Projectile under quadratic air resistance force

So here's the problem background: A projectile of mass m is shot straight up with initial velocity $v_0$ and feels a quadratic air resistance force of the form $F = −kv^2$, where $k ≡ mg/u^2$. ($k$ ...
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Capacitance changes by a factor of 3 or 9?

This is an example problem with solution in a book I am reading on electrostatics. "We have two square parallel plate capacitors with length $a$ and separation $d$ with $d<<a$. If we triple ...
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Nuclear Interaction Stopping Power

Hello again question board. I'm in need of some help with my b) question for homework I have. Following question is verbatim: "How thick should a wall of shielding iron be to absorb a 10 GeV/c pion ...
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Calculus of variations applied to a rotating liquid

I thought I knew how to use calculus of variations, but then I started thinking about the problem of a rotating liquid and it confused me a great deal. It would be nice to hear your thoughts on the ...
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Coriolis deflection:- is it 4 times if the object is thrown up, compared to a drop?

A particle is thrown up vertically with initial speed, reaches a maximum height and falls back to ground. Show that the Coriolis deflection when it again reaches the ground is opposite in ...
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Entropy of an oscillator in Einstein's solid

This is a homework problem and I need help with it. A solid's (Einstein's model) oscillators are in the first excited state on average. How much entropy does one oscillator have? What I've tried so ...
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Complex Conjugate of Wave Function's Derivative

I am reading Griffiths QM textbook and I got confused by the following identity: How to prove from $$\frac{\partial \Psi}{\partial t} = \frac{i\hbar}{2m} \frac{\partial^2 \Psi}{\partial x^2} - ...
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simplification of Green's intergral for diffusion

\begin{eqnarray} I_1 = \int^{\infty}_{0} \frac{1}{\tau}d\tau \int^{+\infty}_{-\infty} \exp\left[-\frac{p}{2\tau}(x-x')^2 + (z-z' + \tau)^2\right]dx' \end{eqnarray} where, $p$, $x$ $z$ and $\tau$ are ...
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A force applied to an inclined plane

Below are two drawn diagrams of the problem with some explanation. Note: I think my notation for the force that the block exerts on the plane in the horizontal direction is not the standard ...
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Electromagnetic waves and boundaries

I am reading about dielectric boundaries and electromagnetic plane waves following griffiths ch7. When considering a boundary at z=0 with electric fields perpendicular to the plane of incidence it ...
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Poisson equation solver with specific boundary condition

I want to solve 2d Poisson equation with this Boundary conditions below $$u(-5,y) = 0 , \\ \frac{\partial u(x,y)}{ \partial x} = 0 \,\,{\rm at}\,\, x = -5\\ u(x,-5) = u(x,5)$$ Now my question is ...
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Writing Schrodinger equation with central potential in Atomic unit

I'm struggling to write Schrodinger equation with a central potential in Atomic unit. $$ ...
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Finite rod aligned with a time varying magnetic field

A finite length rod is aligned parallel with a magnetic field that has a changing magnitude (let's say a sinusoidal change), given the conductivity and permeability of the rod and assume a large ...
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Does a pivot exert an additional force, normal to the centripetal force, on an object rotating about it?

A thin plank of mass $M$ and length $l$ is pivoted at one end. The plank is released at 60$^{\circ}$ from the vertical. What is the magnitude and direction of the force on the pivot when the plank ...
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Does a rotating plank only acquire rotational kinetic energy?

I have another doubt with a Kleppner problem :(. A thin plank of mass M and length l is pivoted at one end. The plank is released at 60$^{\circ}$ from the vertical. What is the magnitude and ...
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Derivation of (2.45) in Peskin and Schroeder

I'm having trouble understanding the step $$\left[\pi (\vec{x},t),\int d^{3}y ~(\frac{1}{2} \pi (\vec{y},t)^{2}+\frac{1}{2}\phi (\vec{y},t)(-\nabla^{2} +m^{2})\phi (\vec{y},t)) \right]$$ $$ =\int ...
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Finite Square Well Inside an Infinite Square Well

Ok here's a potential I invented and am trying to solve: $$ V(x) = \begin{cases} -V_0&0<x<b \\ 0&b<x<a \\ \infty&x>a \\ \end{cases}$$ and $V(-x) = V(x)$ (Even ...
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Finding the total space that an oscillating body has gone through via complex analysis

I was solving my homework and I got to an exercise that stated: An harmonic oscillating body has an equation of $$y(t) = A \sin(t)$$ Find the total space that the body has travelled during $t \in ...
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Torque per unit length on infinite rotating charged cylinder

For homework I have the following question, but I am stuck on finding the torque on the cylinder. An infinite cylinder of radius $R$ carries a uniform surface charge $\sigma$. We start rotating the ...
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How do I use the direction of a cross product?

The question is: An electron is projected at a speed of $3.70×10^6\text{ m/s}$ in the $u=\frac{(i+j+k)}{\sqrt3}$ direction into a uniform magnetic field $\vec {B} = 6.43 i + 3.43 j −8.29 k$. ...
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Plank stopping time

Problem: A plank of length $L$ and mass $m$ lies on a frictionless floor, if the plank has an initial velocity $v$, what is the stopping time of the block if it meets a floor with friction constant ...
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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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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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Any way to Find the Position Function of a body under gravitational force?

Here's the problem I am trying to find a solution to: Consider a heavy point particle of mass $m_2$ fixed at a point (preferably the origin) and another light point particle of mass $m_1$ at an ...
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Thermal Conduction through sphere

In general, a sphere with conductivity $\kappa$, heat capacity per unit volume $C$ and radius $R$ obeys the differential equation at time t: $$C\frac{\partial T}{\partial t} = \kappa \frac{\partial^2 ...
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Mutual Inductance of co-planar (but not concentric) loops

Two small wire loops, each with radius b, are placed a distance $d >> b$ apart. The loops are oriented as shown below; i.e., both loops lie in the x-y plane. Each loop carries the same current ...
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Particle in a box under harmonic driving

Is the particle in a box under harmonic driving electric field solvable analytically? Here is the Schrodinger equation: $$ i\frac{\partial \psi(x,t)}{\partial t}=\left[-\frac{1}{2} ...
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Conditions that the coordinate must satisfy in order to become local inertial

Consider the coordinate transformation $$ \tilde x^a=x^a+\frac{1}{2}\Gamma^a_{bc}x^bx^c $$ I have shown that at the origin $O=(0,0,0,0)$, $$ \frac{\partial\tilde g_{ab}}{\partial\tilde x^c}=0 $$ ...
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(Special Relativity) Points that can be seen by an observer

Let the metric be $$ ds^2=(1+gz)^2dt^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2 $$ where $g$ is a positive constant. Let an observer be stationary at $x=y=0$ on the surface $z=0$ and look upwards at an angle $\theta$, how ...
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Quick question on Perturbation theory - How do I evaluate this probability?

We know that hamiltonian for interaction between an electron and external field along $z$ is: $$\hat H = \frac{e\hbar B}{2m}\hat \sigma_z = \frac{\hbar \omega}{2} \hat \sigma_z $$ This has energy ...
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A question about sign in Euclidean path integral

I have a question about the sign in the Euclidean path integral in Polchinski's string theory vol I, p 337. In page 335, Polchinski introduced path integral in Euclidean space $$ \langle q_f, U| ...
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Determing what is differnece beetwen eigenvalues for attractive Coulomb Field (Hydrogen) calculated by exact method and WKB aproach

I have task to compare eignevalues gained by exact calculation on electron in Coulomb attractive field (hydrogen) and gained by WKB method.. As far as I get, eigenvalues gained with exact method are ...
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If maximal work is extracted, in what manner does the heat flow between bodies?

There are two bodies starting with different temperatures and specific heat capacities (for simplicity assume that the bodies are solid to the volumes are constant). Let the rate of heat flow from ...
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Laplacian and Dirac Delta function

Although I find it mathematically dubious, we said that $$\Delta \frac{1}{r} ~=~ -4\pi \delta^3({\bf r}).$$ Now, I was wondering is there a similar relation to the delta function if we look at ...
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Rotating and moving reference frame

I've looked through your forums and can't find exactly what I need. I have a two objects whos dynamics can be described in discrete time as follows: $x_A(k+1) = x_A(k) + ...
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ElectroMagnetism , charge on a conducting surface

Given the potential field in free space: $V = \frac{100xz}{x^2 + 4} $ Assume that the z = 0 surface is a conductor and find the total charge on that portion of the conductor defined by $0 < x ...
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What are eigenfunctions in a box which includes two kinds of medium?

I have to solve a problem of mathematical physics. There is a simple case which can inspire me to solving a more complex case. Considering a metal box in 2D $0<x<a$ and $0<y<b$. And ...
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damped and undamped oscillation graph comparison

I have been trying to solve a problem which compares the two motion. If the undamped free harmonic oscillator motion is $ x=A\sin\omega_{o}t$. So the corresponding motion in case of damped motion will ...
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How to show that in 1D scalar potential well there isn't pairs production (Dirac particle)

Let's have the potential $U = -V_{0}$ for $|x| \leqslant a$ and $U = 0$ for $|x| > a$. The stationary Dirac equation for bound states gives $$ tg(\frac{p_{2}a}{\hbar}) = \frac{2\Gamma}{1 - ...
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Center of mass coordinates in Lagrangians and Laplacians

Is there a quick nice and easy way to write Lagrangian's and the classical/quantum Laplacian operator in terms of center of mass coordinates? The algebra is so involved and it has me confused about ...
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What is the eigenvalue of $J_z$?

In the calculation of the Zeeman Effect, the most important calculation is $$\langle J_z + S_z\rangle.$$ Suppose we want to find the Zeeman Effect for $(2p)^2$, meaning $l = 1$. In Sakurai's book, ...
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Can't work out how the following free body diagram was created

I've been asked to draw a free body diagram of the following stepped bar setup: $ P = 10kN \;and\; Q = 30kN$ The one shown in the answer is the following: Could someone explain to me how this ...