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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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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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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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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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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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Relativistic canonical transformation

What is relativistic canonical transformation? I need every piece of information about it. Does anyone know a reference or an article about relativistic canonical transformation? For example, in ...
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Object on an inclined plane

I was solving a question about inclined planes, and it got me thinking: Imagine a scenario where, an object is on an inclined plane and the inclined plane is on a frictionless surface, and is itself ...
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Absolute Viscosity of Water at certain temperatures

I just started my class on fluid mechanics. There's a problem that requires absolute viscosity $u$ of water at 25C. I looked up my table in the book and I only have it for water at 20C and 30C. I ...
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Spacetime and Timelike Intervals

The difference between a “timelike” spacetime interval and a “spacelike” spacetime interval can be understood in the following way: If the spacetime interval between two events is timelike, there ...
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Determining the length of a Torsional Pendulum

Currently working on this question, however I'm not sure how to solve it. As a pendulum swings in simple harmonic motion at the surface of the Earth, the angle the pendulum makes relative to its ...
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Time Dependent HydroHow would I go about writing the time dependent wave function given the wavefunction at $t=0$? gen Wave Function

1) How vwoulHow would I go about writing the time dependent wave function given the wavefunction at $t=0$? go about writing the time dependent wave function given the wavefunction at $t=0$? ...
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Damped oscilator - logarithmic decrement of damping

Could you please tell me, where is the mistake? What is the logarithmic decrement of damping $Λ$ of damped harmonic oscillator, if its mechanical energy decreases to the 50% of its initial value ...
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A Type of Pendulum [closed]

Is there any chance that $$rtl(\ddot\omega+\ddot\phi)\cdot\sin{(\phi+\omega t)}- gl\dot\phi \cdot \sin{\phi} + ltr\dot\omega(\dot\phi^2-\dot\omega)\cdot \cos{(\phi+\omega t)}-gtr\cos{(\omega ...
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What does this notation mean in terms of quantic numbers, and how to imagine the electrons in this quantic system? (Helium $2^1$ $P$ and $2^3$ $P$)

Helium atom in the $2^1$ $P$ and $2^3$ $P$ excited states Now I'm guessing that 1 electron should be considered in the 1s state, but what about the other? Should I consider the other as simply ...
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Can a magnet spin a small machine?

If you were to build an upright machine that had a rod fitted into a ball bearing at the base and was secured to another rod at the top of the initial rod extending perpendicularly. To which you ...
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Pendulum system: how is derived the output as Energy?

Good day to everyone, I want to understand in which way the "Energy equation" is been implemented to this pendulum system. $x_1(t)$: The angular position of the mass $x_2(t)$: The angular velocity ...
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Relativity Problem Given Rest Length and Proper Time

A relativistic train with a rest length of 500.0 m takes 780 ns to pass a stationary observer standing on the train platform, as measured by the stationary observer. (a) What is the speed ...
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Period of oscilation [duplicate]

Two masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are connected by a spring of spring constant $k$ and slide freely without friction along horizontal track. What is period of oscillation? No force influence.
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Equilibrium of a sphere in a water tank

A rigid sphere of radius $R_S$ made from a material with specific gravity $SG_s$ is completely submerged in a tank of water with radius $R_t$ and initial depth $L$ as shown in the figure The ...
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Finding the coefficients of a spinor

From the Schrödinger equation of a system I'm investigating, where the wave function is a 4-component spinor of coefficients $C_1, C_2, C_3, C_4$, I am able to obtain the expression $\begin{pmatrix} ...
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Finding the work required to move an object under pressure without knowing volume

"What is the least amount work you must issue onto a silver ingot with a mass of 38 kg at 26 meters depth to bring it to the surface?" I'm not sure how to do this one. Surely it depends on the volume ...
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Problem in geometrical optics [duplicate]

I was trying to solve a problem taken from an Physics Olympiad when I came across a curious and complex mathematical expression. I can not prove with what I know so far about mathematics, does could ...
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Equation of motion of charged particle under effect of magnetic field

A charged particle with specific charge q/m diverges from the origin [to the first quadrant] by angle X with x axis and with velocity v. To bring the particle back to the x axis, a magnetic field B is ...
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How can I find the frequency? [duplicate]

Grocery stores often have spring scales in their produce department to weigh fruits and vegetables. The pan of one particular scale has a mass of 0.5 kg, and when you place a 0.5 kg sack of potatoes ...
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Problem solving moments in equilibrium

Two straight ladders, AC and BC, have equal weights $W$. They stand in equilibrium with their feet, A and B, on rough horizontal ground and their tops freely hinged at C. Angle CAB = 60$ ^o$, angle ...
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Solve for Initial Velocity of a projectile given Angle, Gravity, and Initial and Final positions?

I've found equations http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/1DKin/U1L6a.cfm for solving everything (and rearranged to solve everything) to do with projectile motion EXCEPT this, even though it should ...
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Switching from an accelerated frame of reference to a locally inertial reference system

Using the equivalence principle, show that the interval for an accelerated observer ($\textbf{g}$ uniform and constant) has the form $$ ds^2|_{\text{first order in ...
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Wave equations for two intervals at Potential step

Lets say we have a potential step as in the picture: In the region I there is a free particle with a wavefunction $\psi_I$ while in the region II the wave function will be $\psi_{II}$. Let me ...
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Is it easier to determine the number of states with raising/lowering operators or using scattering?

A particle is bound by $$V(x) = \begin{cases}\infty,& x <0 \\ \frac{-32\hbar^2}{ma}, & x\le a \\ 0, & x \le a\end{cases}$$ a) how many states are there? i'm attempting ...
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Find the dielectric constant of the medium?

Two point charges a distance $d$ apart in free space exert a force of $1.4\times10^{-4}N$. When the free space is replaced by a homogeneous dielectric medium, the force becomes $0.9\times10^{-4}N$. ...
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Pascal's law: pressure of fluid at different locations

I know that's stupid question, but I'm really confused what my teachers says, so I need to check that theory. Here are just two ordinary connected containers, which are full of water. On grounds ...
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Why a person with a further near point experience a larger magnification with a magnifier

Two people, Micah and Lyra, with different near points are equally close to an object. Both inspect the object through the same magnifier by holding the lens close to the eye. Micah's near ...
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Does the electric field inside a sphere change if point charge isn't in center?

As i understood , if you have a point charge in the center of a hollow conducting sphere then the electric field inside it, is zero because the charge distribution is spherically symmetric. But ...
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Projectile's angle in midflight

For a missile travelling from (0,0) at angle $\theta$ (to the horizontal) and initial velocity $u$, the y (vertical) position at time t is given by $s_{y} = u\sin (\theta) t - 0.5gt^{2}$ and the x ...
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Maximum Shear on a Beam - beam with fixed support on one end and hinge on other end

A beam $\displaystyle 3m$ long with fixed support on one end and hinge on the other end is subjected to a uniform load of $10\ kN/m$. What is the maximum shear of this beam? The solution is this one: ...
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What is the current induced in a straight wire when a magnetic field is turned from on to off?

Consider a straight wire which runs along the y-axis. A B-field exists which is uniform and only in the x-direction: $$\vec{B}=(B(t),0,0)$$ The B-field at time $t_0$ is 'switched off' in ...
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Nuclear reaction: creation of deuterium

A proton p collides with a neutron(at rest) n at relatively low-energies and creates a 'deuterium-core' d: $$p+n->d+\gamma$$ Find the wavelength for the photon as a function of the proton's ...
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Electric field outside nonconducting sphere [duplicate]

An electric charge $Q$ is distributed through out a nonconducting sphere of radius $r_ 0$ and has a spherical cavity of radius $r_1$ centered at the sphere's centre. Assume the charge $Q$ is ...
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XOR gate; transistor level design [duplicate]

What would a transistor level design of an XOR gate look like?
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Finding final charge distribution on capacitors on grounding

I am trying to solve the following problem on capacitors: Here's the circuit I have to find the total energy loss when all three switches are closed, and subsequent equilibrium attained. I had ...
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How do I minimize the the stress created by fore-aft forces?

My friends and I are designing a bench press spotter. Essentially, when the user needs help lifting the barbell due to muscle fatigue, an arm on each side of the user raises to provide assistance. ...
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Whats the contact area for elastic contact between a cylinder and a plane surface?

I am trying to determine the contact area between a cylinder and a plane surface of two different materials so that the plane lies tangent to the cylinder. There is elastic contact between the two ...
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Work being done without distance

I have this issue: If you push a 40.0 kg crate at a constant speed of 1.40 m/s across a horizontal floor (µk=0.25 ), at what rate (a) is work being done on the crate by you and (b) is the energy ...
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a metal bar on a pair of conducting rails that carries a current

This is a homework question, and I solved it already, but something bugs me. So the problem is stated as following: A metal bar of mass M sits on a pair of long horizontal conducting rails separated ...
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Calculating a 2D collision between two perfectly circular disks [duplicate]

Assume I have two disks, $p_1$ and $p_2$, of radius $r$, with their own velocities (preferably in $(x,y)$ form, but $(m, \theta)$ works too) and masses (unit-less, but same unit) collide in two ...
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Combining Conservation Laws ~ Homework Problem Guidance

Problem 8.79 - Combining Conservation Laws A 5.00-kg chunk of ice is sliding at 12.0 m/s on the floor of an ice-covered valley when it collides with and sticks to another 5.00-kg chunk of ice that is ...
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Number of microstates of discretized paths

Let us consider a square grid, which has been rotated by 45deg. On this grid we define a path, the directed polymer, which starts at the origin ($t = 0$) and extends in the positive $t$-direction ...
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Help for density of charges in electric field [closed]

This is for a homework assignment so it would be great to have a hint or an explanation of how to do it. In a certain region in space, the electric field is given by $\vec{E}(r) = \dfrac{A}{r} ...
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How to solve fixed-fixed beam with finite difference method?

What equations to use on this system to form a matrix $A$ with dimensions $[n,n]$ and load vector $q$ with dimension $[n]$ ? I am trying to get vertical displacement $w$. $$w = A^{-1}\times q$$ ...
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Infinite square well in momentum space

As we know the eigenfunctions for a particle of mass m in an infinite square well defined by $V(x) = 0$ if $0 \leq x \leq a$ and $V(x) = \infty$ otherwise are: $\psi_n (x) = \sqrt{(2/a)} sin(n \pi ...