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“Redshifting” of forces in stationary space - times

Here's the problem statement: Let $(M,g_{ab})$ be a stationary spacetime with timelike killing field $\xi ^{a}$. Let $V^{2} = -\xi _{a}\xi ^{a}$ ($V$ is called the redshift factor). (a) Show that the ...
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What will be different if the spring is not massless?

In almost all text, it uses the massless spring as example to illustrate the idea of elastic potential energy. I wonder what's really being changed if we consider the mass of the spring? I saw a ...
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Temperature of a phase transition

A solid can exist in two phases, with energies $$U_{1}(S,V)=\frac{S^2}{a_1}+b_{1}V(V-2V_{0})$$ $$U_{2}(S,V)=\frac{S^2}{a_2}+b_{2}V(V-2V_{0})$$ where $a_{1},a_{2},b_{1},b_{2},V_{0}$ are positive ...
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Force problem related to adhesive and bonding

I have two PCBs (printed circuit board), and they are glued by adhesives, as show in the pictures. And the location of the adhesives are indicated on the picture (please notice that NO adhesive is ...
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Is it possible to determine particles' velocities from their crossings on a ring?

2 particles are constrained to move in a ring. Both particles begin moving at $t=0$ from $p=0$, each particle moving in the opposite direction of the other. It is known that they are moving at ...
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$\tau$ pair production question

There's a question on my homework about the process $e^{-} e^{+} \rightarrow \tau^{+} \tau^{-}$. Specifically, it is claimed that the minimum energy required of the colliding positron and electron ...
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$\require{mhchem}$ $\ce{\beta^{+}}$ decay for $\ce{_9^18F}$, computing $\Delta m$

For the decay: $$\require{mhchem}\ce{_9^18F\to_8^18O +e+ +{v}}$$ To compute $E$, I need $\Delta m$, the provided answer looks like: $$m_i = 18.000938~u$$ $$m_f = 17.999159~u + 2~(5.49 \times ...
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Infinite-range 1D Ising model + Hubbard-Stratonovich-Transformation

I have a probably quite simple question RE the HST. After some work, I obtain as the partition function for the infinite range 1D Ising model $$Z = \int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{dy}{\sqrt{2\pi / ...
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Is there a graphical representation of the Lorentz transformation equations?

I always loved theoretical physics as a kid and when I came upon this site while seeking computer advice via superuser I had to stick my silly little head into an oasis of intelligence. I have often ...
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Homopolar motor and Lorentz force

My second grader thought making a homopolar motor for her science experiment would be fun. And, it was. Now I am trying to explain how it works and the Lorentz force. Please help me by giving me a ...
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Pipe in a flowing river problem

I'm working on a certain problem in fluid mechanics, which isn't really my strongest area. The problem is as follows: Curved pipe is partially submerged in a flowing river so that one end is pointing ...
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Atwood machine problem

Sorry for the bad drawing, but I hope that this will help you get a hold of the problem. Consider an Atwood Machine with a total of two blocks, a mass less pulley, ideal string. One block rests on ...
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Equations of motion of displacement field

We have an action: $$S[\boldsymbol{u}] = \frac{1}{2} \int dt \int d^3x \left\{ \mu (\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t})^{2} - \nu (u_{ii})^{2} - \rho(u_{ij})^{2}\right\} $$ Where $u_{ij} = ...
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Simple thermodynamics basics - can internal energy be calculated?

Well this got me stumbled, because I've been wondering what the "question" is. One of the example examns got the following question (strangely there are no supplied solution books): A $0.2 {\rm ...
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Semiconductor problem: how much Boron is required to establish a certain amount of charge carrier density

The problem description is as follows: Boron is used to dope 1 kg of germanium (Ge). How much boron (B) is required to establish a charge carrier density of 3.091 x 10^17 / cm^3. One mole of ...
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An Electric Potential Glued to a Cubic Insulator to Replicate a Point Charge: Charge Distribution

I have been going back over this problem with a friend for the better part of a day: A potential is glued to a cube insulator so that outside of the insulator the field is the same as a point ...
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What the heck is negative effective mass?

I am reading this book:Solid State Electronic Devices by Ben G Streetman and Sanjay Kumar Banerjee. I have some doubts in the article 3.2.2 Effective mass. In this the aythors say that ...
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Bulk flow of air in a long tube between Antarctica and Australia?

I have a 5km diameter clear plastic tube which is open at each end and runs from the center of Antarctica to Lake Eyre in Australia. The tube is on the ground where it can be and at sea level on the ...
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Eigenenergies and eigenkets given the Hamiltonian

For a two level system the Hamiltonian is: $$ H=a(|1\rangle \langle1|-|2\rangle\langle2|+|1\rangle\langle2|+|2\rangle\langle1|) $$ where $a$ is a number with the dimension of an energy. I need to ...
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Projectile motion maximum distance to origin

Is there an elegant or easy way to derive the maximum distance from the origin to a point of the parabola created by projectile motion (assume initial position is the origin)? Other than ...
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Sign wrong in angular momentum (Quantum Mechanics)

For small angles $\theta$ the rotation along a particular axis $n$ is given by $R(n,\theta)(r)=Id+ \theta (n \times r)+ o(\epsilon)$. Now, the rotation operator in Quantum Mechanics is given by ...
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Spring system - 3 DoF system and its properties while changing stiffness

I was given the attached 3 degree of freedom spring system with the purpose of analyzing it. I came up with the following equation of motion and then I ran Matlab to calculate the corresponding ...
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Apparent size of objects under water

A friend of mine has a homework question and we're having some trouble figuring out what physical mechanisms come into play for this. An underwater swimmer sees a spherical air bubble that appears ...
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Given wave function at $t=0$, what is the process of deriving time dependent wave equation?

Suppose $$\Psi (x, t=0)=Ae^{i\alpha _1}\psi _1(x)+Be^{i\alpha _2}\psi_2(x)+Ce^{i\alpha _3}\psi_3(x).$$ If $\psi _n$ are the energy eigenfunctions how would I derive $\Psi (x,t)$? I am having trouble ...
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Dog running after sephard

Assume there is a dog A on a field and a sephard B. B moves on straight line with constant ...
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What defines the adiabatic flame temperature?

What defines the adiabatic flame temperature? In a case, I have to solve, I need to describe the combustion of natural gas (Groningen natural gas to be more specific). However I am having some ...
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Finding electric power generated using heat transfer

I'm working through an example I have been given to study. Suppose I have a 2m X 4m photovoltaic panel on my roof that is irradiated with a solar flux of $G_s = 700W/m^2$. Given: $\alpha_s = 0.83$ ...
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Properties of 3D waves

I have a few questions about 3D waves: Are all 3D waves types of electromagnetic radiation? Are all 2D waves mechanical?
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Temperature in a Voltaic Cell

The potential difference across a voltaic cell varies with temperature. But my question is whether the voltage increases or decreases as temperature rises. According to the Nernst equation, the two ...
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Franck and Hertz graph function

I need a function whom graph is the following (the Frank and Hertz experiment graph): Currently I wrote the following function: ...
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Help understanding the solution to a problem regarding kinetic energy of a group of point charges

The problem provided by my professor goes as follows: "Now consider a situation in which all charges are equal to q and they simultaneously become "unglued". What speed will each charge have when a ...
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Free particle propagator - Evaluating Integral

In path integral formalism, when evaluating the free particle propagator, we obtain the functional integral of the form, $$ K_0 = \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \bigg( \frac{m}{2\pi ...
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Magnetic field of uniformly charged rotating hollow sphere

I want to compute the magnetic field due to a homogeneously charged, rotating sphere with radius $R$, angular velocity $\vec{\omega} = \omega\hat{z}$ and total charge $Q$. I want to use Biot-Savart ...
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Current through two inductors after a long time

I'm having trouble with visualizing the following problem, which is asking me for the final, steady current in both inductors $L_{1}$ and $L_{2}$. I was thinking that after a long time, essentially ...
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Energy difference between symmetric and antisymmetric wavefunctions

Is there any energy difference between a particle in a symmetric wavefunction and an identical particle in an identical potential but in a state with an anti-symmetric wavefunction? Or is it ...
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How to calculate the moment of inertia of a solid cube

How do I calculate the moment of inertia of a uniform solid cube about an axis passing through its center of mass? I also wanted to know if the moment of inertia ...
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Magnetic field in a cylinder with an off-axis hole

Take a long cylinder of radius $ a$. It has a long cylindrical hole of radius $b$ parallel to the cylinder axis. The distance between the two axes is $d$. If the cylinder has a uniform current density ...
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Line of action force

The task is to reduce the two forces into a single net force and then find the equation of its line of action. I chose to find the net force and momentum with respect to the origin. The magnitude of ...
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Frequency of rotating coil

Given a coil initially in the x-y plane, rotating at angular frequency $ \omega $ about the x-axis in a magnetic field in the z-direction. This uniform time varying magnetic field is given by $B_z ...
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Angular Velocity after a frictional impulse

I am modelling 2D physics collision into simulations. In Physics for Game Programmers, Grant Palmer book, the velocity Vn1 after collision is mentioned to be independent of the friction coeff. ...
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energy difference uniqueness in hydrogen atom

Is the energy difference between two energy levels unique for that particular pair of levels for a hydrogen atom ? If so how can one prove it?
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Hooke's Law simple question

Just got introduced to Hooke's law Simple Q: Three light springs, each of natural length l and with spring constant k, are arranged vertically between two points a distance 3l apart. One end of ...
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Acceleration of particles in a pipe with variable cross section

I am currently making an exercise from Paterson,1983, IV.3.ii. It goes as follows Water flows steadily and incompressibly along a pipe whose area cross section $A(x)$ varies slowly with the ...
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About partially polarized light and the degree of polariztion

When I was taking Optics course, I found there were several questions about polarization of light. I use the textbook of Hecht. It seems that the definition of degree of polarization may be not so ...
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Force on a coil inside of a voice coil

as a homework exercise we were given the following question: Given the following voice coil: With depth = 20 mm Permanent magnets with B = 1.23 T, Ur = 1.1 The coils has 20 turns, I = 1 Ampere. a) ...
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A block, a string and Newton's third law

So this is a general force diagram of the system shown. My question is, according to the third law, if the block is exerting a force of magnitude mg on the thread in the down direction, then the ...
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Bose–Einstein statistics exercise

I've a basic Bose–Einstein statistics exercise. I've tried to solve it in two ways, but each way gives a different result. We have $n$ identical bosons without interactions at temperature $T$. There ...
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General wave equation derived from Maxwell's equation

I need to derive the general wave equation from Maxwell's equation without using the divergence therom (because I haven't read multivariable calc yet!). My physics book gives one but I don't fully ...
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How long would it take to get to Kepler 189f?

I just read a news story about a planet that might be Earth-like called Kepler 189f. It is 500 light years away. How long would it take to travel there in a space ship, from the travelers reference ...
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Energies to remove protons from nuclei

"Calculate the energy required to remove a proton from $^{16}_{8}O$." I think I know how to start this. The chemical reaction is $$^{16}_8O+E\rightarrow ^{14}_7N+^{1}_1H$$ And I can use $E=\Delta ...