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Understanding 1D Kinematics and Uniform Acceleration? [closed]

So I was given the following homework problem: You land on an unknown planet somewhere in the universe that clearly has weaker gravity than Earth. To measure g on this planet you do the following ...
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Why is the central maximum the brightest?

This is a question directly from a homework sheet, however I can't find any decent answers online so hopefully someone can help! In single slit diffraction, why is the central maximum double the ...
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Lean angle of a turning bicycle

I'm asked to derive a relationship for the leaning angle of a bicycle with the following specs: Center of gravity for bike and rider is a distance $L$ above the ground when vertical, and the total ...
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Magnetic field from a half-cylinder [closed]

I am preparing for an exam, on this problem I had the opposite direction of the magnetic field. A conductor-cylinder with radius R has been cut in half ($\phi \in [0,\pi]$) A DC current $I$ runs ...
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Lenz' law versus $-\frac{d\Omega}{dt}$

I am preparing for an exam, on one problem my answer differ from the solution. The current $i(t)=I_0e^{-\alpha t}$ runs in a long straight conductor along $\hat z$. Point A,B,C,D forms a triangle. ...
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Matter-wave interference from free falling cold atoms

and another exam question, this is about current research: Interference of matter waves has been studied using ultra-cold atoms. The phase of a matter wave for free-falling cold-atoms at time $t$ ...
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The quantized energy level E depends on which power of n?

A particle in one dimension moves under the influence of a potential $V(x)= ax^6$, where $a$ is a real constant. For large $n$, what is the form of the dependence of the energy $E$ on $n$?
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Four vectors from spinors

In Exercise 2.3 of A modern introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Michele Maggiore I am asked to show that, if $\xi_R$ and $\psi_R$ are right-handed spinors, then $$ V^\mu = \xi_R^\dagger \sigma^\mu ...
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Transformation of angles in special relativity

My question is about the problem below Depicted are two space ships (the USS Voyager and the USS Enterprise), each with velocity $v=c/2$ relative to the space station (Babylon 5). At the exact ...
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Complete vs General Integral of first order PDE

The following is an excerpt from Landau's Course on Theoretical Physics Vol.1 Mechanics: ... we should recall the fact that every first-order partial differential equation has a solution depending ...
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How do I solve for the phase constant given the amplitude and the angular frequency?

A piston (with mass M) in a car engine is in vertical simple harmonic motion with amplitude A. The engine is running at a period T. Suppose a small piece of metal with mass m were to break ...
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Voltage drop over a cell membrane

Again, a problem from exam preparation: [A] cell's membrane allows sodium ions to pass through it, but not chlorine ions. The cell is placed in a salty solution with a ten times higher ...
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Radiation dosage problem [closed]

A large room is filled with air polluted with Caesium-137 at an average density of 1 Cs-137 particle per $\text{cm}^3$. A human is sitting inside the room for duration of $T$. What is the total energy ...
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Mechanics + Thermodynamics: Bouncing Ball

In preparation for an exam, I'm revisiting old exam questions. This one seems neat, but also quite complicated: A soccer ball with Radius $R=11cm$ is inflated at a pressure of $P =9 \times 10^4 ...
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oscillations of blocks connected by a spring

Imagine two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ joined together by a spring of spring constant $K$. Now let the spring be stretched by a distance $X$ and then the system is released. suppose during the ...
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“Observed” angular velocity

I have a homework question based on the following diagram: I need to find the angular velocity of the object as seen by an observer at the origin of the frame. The question says that the observed ...
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Finding the position of a planet between two other planets of known mass and distance

Here is the question: A planet with mass $m$ and a second with mass $M$ are separated by a distance $d$. A third planet with mass $m_3$ happens to be midway between $M$ and $m$. Where could ...
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Heat & thermodynamics question based on heat loss [closed]

A Sphere A is placed on a smooth table.Another sphere B is suspended as shown in the figure.Both the spheres are identical in all respects.Equal quantity of heat is supplied to both spheres.All ...
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What method should I use to solve for the final acceleration of a projectile being launched from the earth's surface?

What method should I use to solve for the final acceleration of a projectile being launched from the earth's surface? The question I am working on is: A projectile is launched vertically from ...
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Finding the max height of a ball launched as a projectile using work-energy

A ball is launched as a projectile with initial speed $v$ at an angle $\theta$ above the horizontal. Using conservation of energy, find the maximum height $h_\text{max}$ of the ball's flight. Express ...
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Entropy of two expanding and mixing ideal gases

I am currently stuck with the following problem: ...
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Lagrange's equations: What is $\dot{q}_j$?

I'm looking at the solutions to a problem about a uniform thin disk. For the sake of this question, I start with $$L=\frac{1}{2}m\left( r\omega \right)^2$$ Then we plug it into Lagrange's equations: ...
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D'Alembert's Principle: Where does $-Q_j$ come from?

This is a follow-up question to D'Alembert's Principle and the term containing the reversed effective force. From the second term of Eq. (1.45) $$\begin{align*} \sum_i{\dot{\mathbf{p}}_i \cdot ...
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D'Alembert's Principle and the term containing the reversed effective force

For our Classical Mechanics class, I'm reading Chapter 1 of Goldstein, et al. Now I come across Eq. (1.50). To put it in context: $$\begin{align*} \sum_i{\dot{\mathbf{p}_i} \cdot ...
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Resistance from voltage and charge [closed]

I'm sure this is pretty basic, but I'm not very good at electricity. At both ends of a conductor we apply 12 volts. For one minute an electric charge of 72 C passes through the conductor. What is ...
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What is the volume of a parcel of air of a giving weight at average sea level pressure

I know this is probably some basic math once you have the figures, but my Google-fu is failing me. Say I have 5 pounds of air. Air meaning, the typical composition of the atmosphere of Earth. And by ...
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Small scale water power, how does water volume and hight convert into electric energy?

I was playing a little bit with the basic physics behind water power production but I can't get the numbers right. Let's say that I put a windmill that pumps water into a watertank on the top of my ...
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Find radius of curvature, given a velocity vector and acceleration magnitude?

The particle P moves along a space curve. At one instant it has velocity $v = (4i-2j-k)$ $m/s$. The magnitude of the acceleration is 8 $m/s^2$. The angle between the acceleration and the velocity ...
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What potential energy functions are mostly used in Schrodinger equation?

In the time-independent Schrodinger equation $$\left(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\Delta+V(\mathbf{r})\right)\psi(\mathbf{r})=E\psi(\mathbf{r})$$ What functions $V(\mathbf{r})$ are mostly used in research ...
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Problem with forces acting upon a sloped plane

We have a structure that is sloped at 20 Degrees to the horizontal and weights 160N. We then have a force (wind) which is acting along the horizontal plane which has been calculated to be of about ...
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Derivation of self-inductance of a long wire

Currently I am stuck, trying to derive the self-inductance of a long wire. According to literature it should be $$L=\frac{\mu_r\mu_0l}{8\pi}$$ and in literature its derived by looking at the energy ...
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Show that the electric field E in the system at rest is $E=\frac{Q}{4 \pi \epsilon_0 \sqrt{(x^2+y^2+z^2)^3}} (x,y,z)$ [closed]

A body point charge $Q$ moves in relation to the reference system $\Sigma$ according to the law of motion $x(t)=v_0 t$, $y(t)=0$, $z(t)=0$.
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How does capacitance work?

I have a circuit whit a AC source a capacitor and a resistance all in series. I find that the difference of potential between the capacitor leads begin to change after some instants as it should. But ...
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Doubt concerning centripetal acceleration

What is the centripetal acceleration and angular velocity of a child located 8.2 m the center of a carousel? The speed (size of the tangential velocity) of the child is 2.1 m / s A train moves in a ...
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The acceleration of a particle in uniform electro-magnetic field

A particle of charge $q$ and mass $m_0$ is subject to the action of a uniform electro-magnetic field $\vec{E}=(0,E,0), \vec{B}=(0,0,B)$ and at $t = 0$ moves with velocity $\vec{v}=(v_1,v_2,v_3)$. ...
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Constrained particles under distance dependent force

This question is from the 1975 Canadian Association of Physicists Exam. No solutions are posted and I am quite lost on how to proceed with it. A particle is constrained to move along the x-axis of a ...
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Derivation of the oil drop experiment [closed]

The oil drop experiment performed by Robert Millikan in 1909 enables us to calculate the elementary charge. The following forces have effect on the droplet: $F_\mathrm{G} = m g = \frac{4}{3} \, \pi ...
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Michelson rotating mirror experiment

Could someone explain the calculation required to answer this question. It is from a text book and the answer is recorded as 585Hz but I cannot replicate the answer. In 1931 Michelson used a ...
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What is the relationship between kinetic energy and momentum?

I can't seem to figure out the relationship between $E_k$ and $p$ or $F$. I understand that the units are pretty different. But for example: A bullet with a mass of 10.0g is moving at the speed of ...
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What would be the effective resistance of the ladder of resistors having n steps

I'm a tutor. This is a high school level problem. In high school, every one have might have solved a problem of effective resistance of a ladder of resistors having infinite steps. Now the problem is ...
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if a force is 1 newton metre, what is it at 2 meters?

If I have a force, say 24 kg/cm what would that equate to at 2cm? I would like to know the formulae for calculating this. For example. If a motor can hold an object of 24kg at 1cm from its pivot ...
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Waveforms for a given ideal inverters circuit

I have the following circuit. All the inverters are ideal CMOS. I need to draw the waveforms for each point (A, B, D, E, Vo), given that waveform at input. What I want to ask is if what I did so ...
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Nuclear physics Radioactivity

90Sr has a half life of 28.5y. It is chemically similar to Ca and enters the body through the food chain and collects in bones. It is a serious health hazard. How long in (years) will it take for ...
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physics- momentum ( a space question) [closed]

An astronaut is conducting repairs on a satellite 50.0m from a space shuttle. Her mass is 120kg (including space suit) and she is using a 0.5kg spanner. She realises that she only has 5 minutes oxygen ...
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Acceleration Force [closed]

A 6500-kg helicopter accelerates upward at 0.60 m/s² while lifting a 1200-kg car. (a) What is the lift force exerted by the air on the rotors? (b) What is the tension in the cable (ignore its mass) ...
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Determine the point at which the electric field is equal to zero?

Two point charges, -2.5 micro coulombs and 6 micro coulombs, are separated by a distance of 1m (with the -2.5 charge on the left and 6 on the right). What is the point where the electric field is ...
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Maxiumum weight a buoy can float [closed]

I have a buoy that can hold 2943.02 cubic millimeters of non-pressurized air, I need and equation to work out the maximum weight that the buoy can float.
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Help getting the distance an object has moved

What is a distance an object went through at the speed of 14hm/min for 6 hours? I am having problems with conversions. First, I tried passing 14hm/min to m/s. I did it alright. But now I am unsure. ...
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Calculating current used by individual resistor?

I just recently finished a test on Physics, and when receiving my scores back I missed a question. Here's what it was if I can remember it correctly: Three resistors (10.0, 15.0, and 6.00 ohms) ...
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Mechanical energy problem - please help [closed]

Quite new to all this - simple question. "A ball starting from rest rolls down a hill and reaches 10m/s at the bottom. If the same ball starts rolling down the hill from an initial velocity of 5m/s, ...