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Momentum And A Car Collision

I am studying an example problem, concerning the very topic mentioned in the title. In this example problem, a car has a head-on collision with the wall; the initial and final velocity are known, as ...
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Solution of a partial differential heat equation with derivative and boundary conditions

I want to solve the following partial different equation. Find $u(x, t)$, satisfying $u_t = u_{xx}$ , $u(x, 0) = x − x^2$ , $u(0, t) = T_0$ , $u_x (1, t) = 0$ and $|u|$ is bounded. Using separation ...
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Momentum And Energy Problem

The information to the question is, "A $59.0~kg$ boy and his $38.0~kg$ sister, both wearing roller blades, face each other at rest. The girl pushes the boy hard, sending him backward with a velocity ...
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Solving inclined plane using diff. frame

I was trying to solve frictionless inclined plane problem using a diff. frame as shown in the figure, and can't figure out that acceleration along the plane = g.sin(Θ), but I think it should be = ...
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How would I work this continuity problem?

I am trying to design a system for a project and I need some input on if this is right or not. I have $10 \frac{kg}{s}$ of fluid flowing through a pipe. It breaks up into $10$ 1 inch diameter pipes. ...
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Relative Velocity and Momentum

The question is, "A $45.5~kg$ girl is standing on a $140~kg$ plank. Both originally at rest on a frozen lake that constitutes a friction-less, flat surface. The girl begins to walk along the plank at ...
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Quantum Mechanics - The Normalization of $\psi_{3,1,1}$

Show that the hydrogen atomic wavefunction $\psi_{3,1,1}$ is normalized, and that it is orthogonal to $\psi_{3,1,−1}$. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to consider the radial part. I can show that ...
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Solving a statically indeterminate truss

I'm trying to solve the statically indeterminate truss shown below and I'm having a little trouble. $H$, $P$ and $\beta$ are given. The material is aluminum (density is 2700 ${kg/m^3}$) and has a ...
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A Lawnmower Problem

For my physics class we were just given an exam that asked the following: A 12Kg lawnmower is pushed with a constant force along the 30* handle with 80N. Break the Forces into its vector ...
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Why is electric field zero inside a hollow metal sphere ?

The figure below shows a hollow metal sphere with a positive point charge $Q$ sitting outside it. What is the electric field at the center of sphere ? The answer is zero (look at here at the beginning ...
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Finding The Obtuse Angle [closed]

I am working on a simple force problem involving inclines. I found a reference of $48^\circ$, in the third quadrant; now, to find the obtuse angle, do I subtract that value from $270^\circ$, or do I ...
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Why does $H_2$ form on such a long time scale?

If we were trying to figure out the time scale for a gas-phase reaction between two hydrogen atoms in a molecular cloud (which has density $~10^4/$cm$^3$), apparently the reaction would happen on a ...
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What is the characteristic length of a cylinder

I have a cold cylinder that is submerged in hot water and I need to find the convective heat transfer coefficient. I can do the whole process but I am stuck finding the characteristic length. I found ...
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Photon Statistics of a Coherent Gaussian Beam [closed]

Assume that a 100 pW He-Ne single-mode last emits light at 633 nm in a TEM00 Gaussian beam. (a)What is the mean number of photons crossing a circle of radius equal to the waist radius of the beam ...
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What is the linear momentum of an inelastic and elastic collision?

The arrows in the figure represent the linear momentum of two balls before they collide. If the collision is perfectly inelastic, find the linear momentum after the collision. If the collision is ...
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If something weighs 25 kg, how do I find the mass of the object?

An object is falling and it weighs 25 kg (on a scale, presumably). What is its mass? I know that weight is measured in Newtons and mass in kilograms, but what if a problem states that something ...
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Wave function of Hydrogen Atom [closed]

Wavefunction of a Hydrogen atom is expressed in eigenfunctions as: $$\psi(\boldsymbol r,t=0)=1/\sqrt{14}(2\psi_{100}(\boldsymbol r)-3\psi_{200}(\boldsymbol r)+\psi_{322}(\boldsymbol r) ).$$ Is ...
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How to reconstruct information from a graph of an oscillation? [closed]

We are given a graph of the position of a wave (amplitude). How can we calculate the wavelength, frequency and the maximum speed of a particle attached to that wave? We have Speed = wave length ...
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Find Inductance in a Coil

Question: An inductive coil has an internal resistance of 20 $\Omega$. When an AC Voltage source with a frequency of 100 Hz is connected to the coil, the current lags the voltage by 30 degrees. What ...
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Schrödinger function: Separable wave function with even potential function of x

I have done the Problem 2.1 in Griffiths' quantum mechanics, and it seems not making sense to me. What if the wave function isn't symmetric at all? Then obviously the proof doesn't work. The ...
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Understanding the concept of period of motion in simple harmonic motion formula

I have a spring system, whose position equation is $$x(t) = c_1cos(8 \sqrt{2}t) + c_2sin(8 \sqrt{2}t)$$ The textbook says it will have a period of motion of $\frac{2 \pi}{(8 \sqrt{2}t)}$. I ...
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Applying angular velocity to a rotation matrix

I have a very simple question. In our project we store an object's orientation as a 3x3 matrix which holds the orthonormal base of that object's local space. For instance if the object is aligned with ...
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Normal Forces and Ferris Wheels

At the moment, I am reading an example problem regarding what was alluded to in the title. In this example problem, they say, "Based on experiences you may have had on a ferris wheel or driving over ...
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Calculating uncertinity in measurements [closed]

I have a question relating to uncertinity.The equation used is period of a pendulum. T=2π √(l/g) For example consider time to complete 10 cycles by the pendulum as 19.6 (+/- 0.2)s. I want to know ...
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Force on Earth due to Sun's radiation pressure

I have been asked by my Classical Electrodynamics professor to calculate the force that the Sun exerts in the Earth's surface due to its radiation pressure supposing that all radiation is absorbed and ...
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What is non-thermal plasma?

I read about non-thermal plasma, but I still have some questions: The ions and neutral particles are not in thermal equilibrium with the electron, does that mean that the overall temperature is low ...
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Finding the acceleration of Block attached using tricky string setup

Below shown is a setup, and block B starts from rest and moves towards right with a constant acceleration. Does the acceleration differ for the blocks ? I am a bit confused because of the tricky ...
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Find the quantity of charge - given potential function

A potential function is given by $V(r)=\frac{Ae^{-\lambda r}}{r}$ Find charge density and hence charge. I first took the gradient of potential to get $\vec{E}(r)=\frac{Ae^{-\lambda ...
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How to properly find equilibrium vectors when 3 or 4 vectors are present? [closed]

I'm having trouble regarding how to find the equilibrium of vectors. We were given tables with given information and had to fill them in; I'm fairly sure my initial attempts were incorrect. first ...
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How much runway does the space shuttle need to land?

A textbook question proposes the following scenario: NASA needs to plan emergency landing sites for the Space Shuttle (RIP). There are a number of things to consider. The shuttle touches down no ...
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Simple quadrupole moment

I have a very simple problem: There is a charge $-q$ at $(0, 0, d)$ and $(0, 0, -d)$ as well a charge $2q$ at $(0, 0, 0)$. I have to calculate the quadrupole moment using spherical coordinates. I use ...
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Solving time dependent Schrodinger equation in matrix form

If we have a Hilbert space of $\mathbb{C}^3$ so that a wave function is a 3-component column vector $$\psi_t=(\psi_1(t),\psi_2(t),\psi_3(t))$$ With Hamiltonian $H$ given by $$H=\hbar\omega ...
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Negative sign of acceleration [closed]

This is the problem from our Physics textbook : A player throws a ball upwards with an initial speed of 29.4 m s–1. (a) Choose the x = 0 m and t = 0 s to be the location and time of the ball at ...
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Projectile motion along the earth

Suppose a projectile is launched from the Earth's surface with initial velocity $v_0$ well below speed of light and initial angle $\theta_0$ with respect to the vertical line perpendicular to the ...
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Heat Exchanger Calculation

I have a tank of oil at 55 degrees c. I plan to run a copper pipe 8mm in diameter (1mm thickness) into a coil 15m long inside the tank. For all purposes of assumption, the copper pipe is perfectly ...
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Bound States in a Double Delta Function Potential [closed]

Let $V(x) = −u \delta(x) - v \delta(x − a)$ where $u, v > 0$ correspond to a potential with two $\delta$ wells. Let $v > u$. If $a$ is very large, there is certainly a bound state: the particle ...
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Force in tetrahedron edges

I am looking for a formula that enables me to calculate the force in a tetrahedron edge such that it relates $F_b$ with $F_z$ through the beam thickness and length. I have the following assumptions: ...
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Setting up equations for a Rotational Kinematics system

I'm having a hard time setting up equations for the following problem: A green hoop with mass $m_h$ and radius $r_h$ m hangs from a string that goes over a blue solid disk pulley with mass $m_d$ ...
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Understanding Work and the conservation of energy

We have a car with a mass of $780 kg$ with travels with a speed of $50 km/h$. The car brakes and after $4,2m$ is stops completely. Warmth is created. Calculate the friction. I solved this easily, by ...
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To find whether a particle is in equilibrium or not

Actually the following question came in an exam i gave yesterday. I know the site does not allow home-work type questions, but as I am having a conceptual problem in solving the question, I am posting ...
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Deducing latitude from Foucault Pendulum

Suppose I set up a Foucault pendulum and observe that it precesses at a rate of 216.528 degrees per day. While I am observing this, a total solar eclipse occurs. Where am I, and what is the date? My ...
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Force exerted on potential wall

A particle bound in an infinite potential wall at $x=0$ will apply a force on the wall. For a plane wave and imagining it as a fluid bouncing off the reflection wall at $x=0$, find the force in terms ...
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Spring-mass system with two springs and three masses [closed]

I'm trying to solve a system of springs and masses that is confusing me. First, the balls are all lined up linearly. Secondly, the ball in the middle has a smaller mass $m$ while the first and last ...
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Scales and Hooke's Law

Bob weighs $B$ kg and when he steps on a scale, the spring inside gets compressed by $c$ meters. Assuming the scale obeys Hooke's Law, if Alice weights $A$ kg, how much work is done compressing the ...
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Determine the maximum height a pump can suck up water

I am working on a homework problem that presents the scenario of trying to raise water from a small reservoir of depth 8 m whose surface is 25 m below a pump that can maintain a pressure differential ...
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How to solve the tranmission probability in an evolution of a quantum system

I've just learned the evolution of some quantum system for about a week, and our homework sometimes something like this. I don't quite have any idea of solving this kind of problem. Can you help ...
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A Derivation of Ehrenfest's Theorem in a particular case

What are the missing lines in the integration? $$\frac{\text d \langle {p} \rangle}{ \text{d} t} $$ $$= \frac{\text d}{\text d t} \int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty} \Psi^* \left( ...
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In which of the above figures will the light bulb be glowing?

What is principle of solution behind this induction problem (problem 29)? The problem can be find in here (problem 29). Problem is: The five separate figures below involve a cylindrical magnet and ...
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Force applied off center on an object

Assume there is a rigid body in deep space with mass $m$ and moment of inertia $I$. A force that varies with time, $F(t)$, is applied to the body off-center at a distance $r$ from its center of mass. ...
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Instantaneous current after battery unplugged in RL circuit?

I've been racking my brain over this, and I can't find any clues in my textbook as to how to approach it. I have the following circuit: My goal is to find R such that, right after the switch is ...