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What is the difference between active and passive transformations in Quantum Mechanics?

I am trying to understand what each transformation means and what their differences are but many books that don't state which transformation they are referring to make it a bit confusing to understand ...
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Basis/Projection Notation Question Quantum Mechanics

Lets say you have a inner product between two state vectors with an operator in between A|X|B. I can write this as a summation over I and j as A|i i|X|j j|B (sorry for notation). But I don't ...
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Block Diagonal Matrix Shankar Quantum Page 45

On page 45 of Shankar's intro to qm (you can find a pdf of it online if you want) he says that a specific operator has a block diagonal form because when it operates on some element of an eigenspace ...
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Body Angular Velocity

I'm working with rotation matrices and body angular velocities and got a bit confused. I'm doing a yaw, pitch, roll rotation like here $$ \begin{bmatrix} cy & -sy & 0 \\ ...
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Conservation of energy in the form of y=kx +b?

I am doing an experiment on method of mixtures and specific heat capacities. During my experiment I have to use the graph as a means of finding the SHC of the subject. So I did the experiment with ...
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Can a quantum mechanical system have more than one wave-function?

I was told that a quantum mechanical system is completely determined by its wave function. But superposition principle says that given two wave functions of some system, a linear combination of them ...
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Why do we use orthogonal axes?

I have been asked several times that “why do we use orthogonal axes in coordinate systems?” and I was always replying that “because of simplicity”. But, today morning, someone asked me that question ...
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Confusion About Operators

Hello I am currently studying introductory QM and am confused about bases and operators. If I have an operator $\hat{Q}$, does this represent a change of basis matrix? In other words, does $\hat{Q} | \...
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Resistance Distance in large electrical networks

I am not tremendously familiar with electrical circuits (I have some memories, but too long ago) and now I have come accross a problem where I need to compute the resistance distance in a graph. So, ...
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Vector addition over orthogonal group [migrated]

I am working on a fun problem. The problem is to solve the following equation: $O_1x_1+O_2x_2=x_1+x_2$, where $x_1, x_2 \in \mathbb{R}^2$ are known and $O_1,O_2 \in \mathbb{O}(2)$ are unknowns. [$\...
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Are there explicit formulas for the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a generic 4x4 density matrix? [migrated]

I have a 4x4 density matrix all of whose elements are nonzero. Its form is $$\begin{pmatrix} a & b & c & d \\ b^* & e & f & g \\ c^* & f^* & h & j \\ d^*...
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What is the difference between a tensor, vector, and a matrix? [duplicate]

I'm currently going through notes on a physics course and I'm having trouble understanding the difference between a tensor, a vector, and a matrix. I know that a vector is a kind of tensor and that a ...
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Signature of $f: \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \times \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \to \mathbb{R}$, $f(\omega, \omega') = \omega \wedge \omega'$ [closed]

Define$$f: \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \times \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \to \Lambda^4(\mathbb{R}^4) \cong \mathbb{R}, \quad f(\omega, \omega') = \omega \wedge \omega'.$$ What is the signature of $f$? ...
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Understanding basics of tensors

I am trying to understand tensors to learn General relativity. In the book that I am reading they claim that if the basis of a vector space undergoes a linear transformation $T$ then the components of ...
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Lagrange Multipliers and Virtual Work: Are Joos & Freeman wrong?

I have come to suspect that the treatment of virtual work in configuration space using Lagrange multipliers given here "Theoretical Physics, by Georg Joos & Ira M. Freeman, pg 114" is not correct. ...
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Diagonalisation: Schmidt vs eigenvalue - when to use which?

In physics we encounter diagonalisation of matrices or operators in a variety of areas. But there are different kinds, the main two being Schmidt decomposition and eigenvalue diagonalisation. The two ...
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Extending projection operator to infinite-dimensional case

Hi I have a basic question regarding bra-ket notation. Given that $\{|e_n \rangle \}$ is a discrete orthonormal basis, $$\langle e_m | e_n \rangle = \delta_{mn}$$ then $$\sum_{n}|e_n \rangle \langle ...
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Dot product in index notation [closed]

This is a question about a small exercise I am trying to do in order to check if I am correct. Such type of quantities can appear in propagators in QFT. Since I am not an index expert I need some ...
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Solving systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index notation?

I'm doing some self-studying out of Hughston and Tod's Introduction to General Relativity and I stumbled upon a few problems asking me to solve systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index ...
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Technique to Solve 2-Dimensional Linear Momentum Problem

Problem: After a completely inelastic collision, two objects of the same mass and initial speed stick together and move away at half their initial speed. Find the angle between their initial ...
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Find force centroid from forces and moments [closed]

A force $\vec F = (F_x,F_y,F_z)$ is applied to a point that its position vector is $\vec r = (x,y,z)$ generating a moment $\vec M = (M_x,M_y,M_z)$. Find position vector of the point ($\vec r$) if $\...
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Clarification from Griffiths Introduction to quantum mechanics

A question from Appendix Linear algebra A.3 Matrices on page 441 "If you know what a prticular linear transformation does to a set of basis vectors, you can easily figure out what it does on any ...
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How is the range of $x\cdot s$ in Simon's algorithm restricted to $\{0,1\}$?

The final critical step of Simon's algorithm (before setting up a simpler system of equations to solve) involves taking advantage of the fact that $$x\cdot s \in\{0,1 \}$$ but for $x,s \in \{0,1\}^...
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Why superposition is useful just for linear functions?

I saw a problem which said that we have a bar between two walls and we increase the temperature. and as you know walls push a force to the bar so the length of it does not change. in the solution I ...
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Relationship between Quantum superposition and Uncertainty principle

I'm an amateur in quantum mechanics. I am confused after reading the following in the wikipedia article about quantum superposition: If the operators corresponding to two observables do not ...
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Exercise 18b in Schutz's First course in GR

The question is as follows: Show that a timelike vector and a non-zero null vector cannot be orthogonal. So we have a timelike vector $\vec{A}$, s.t $\vec{A}^2<0$; and a non-zero null vector, ...
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Eigenvalue physical meaning [closed]

What is the physical significance of eigenvalues or eigenvectors?? Please try to explain in very simple language simple harmonic oscillator , potential well could you support your answer by ...
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Interpretation of Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of an hyperbolic conservation law $\partial_t W + A \partial_x W = 0$

I read in a article dealing with a hyperbolic partial differential equations this statement : For any system of hyperbolic partial differential equations (pde), expressed as (1) $\...
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Proof that a Hermitian Matrix is not defective?

I am taking an introductory course into Quantum Mechanics. To me to seems pretty simple to prove most properties of Hermitian operators. However, I am stuck at an edge case, proving that if an ...
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What is the meaning of “closure is lost” for a set of kets (or any members of a vector space)?

This is the closure relation in Quantum Mechanics: $$\sum_i |i\rangle \langle i| = 1 $$ which I understand as "the sum of the projections onto the basis vectors leaves the projected vector unchanged"...
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Kronecker sum or direct sum?

When we write $$H=\sum_k H_k$$ in condensed matter physics, are we using Kronecker sum or direct sum? I think this is direct sum. However, Wikipedia says it is Kronecker sum. Can anyone give some ...
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Tensor indices and row and column labels of corresponding representation matrices

When reading undergraduate GR literature, I often see that the authors represent tensors ${\eta^\alpha}_{\beta}$, ${\eta^\beta}_{\alpha}$, $\eta_{\alpha \beta}$, $\eta^{\alpha \beta}$ as matrices. ...
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Clarification about two forms of the wave function

The wave function in the position representation is $\langle\ x\rvert\psi\rangle$ = $ \psi (x) $ , where $ \psi (x) $ are the continuous coefficients that multiply the orthonormal basis vectors, i.e, $...
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Electromagnetic scattering $T$-matrix in MATLAB

My problem with the inverse of the matrix T (in the photo) , the matrix consists of Bessel and Henkel functions in high order (the orders from 1 to 21), then the elements of this matrix arrived to ...
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Eigenvalues for correlation matrix which have the form of an harmonic function

I am trying to understand the written in the picture below. I took the matrix $C_{2 \times 2}$ which is: $$C=\left[ \begin{array}{} a& ace^{-\frac{|\phi_1-\phi_2|}{2}}\\ ace^{-\...
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Negative powers of operators

This may sound like a strange question, but just to be sure: Suppose I have a general Hermitian operator in Hilbert space whose action on an eigenvector is given by $R|r\rangle = r|r\rangle$. Then, I ...
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How to find the logarithm of Pauli Matrix? [closed]

When I solve some physics problem, it helps a lot if I can find the logarithm of Pauli matrix. e.g. $\sigma_{x}=\left(\begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{array}\right)$, find the matrix $...
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Determine the point at which moment vector is zero on a 3D body

I have information about total force and moment on a body for three points, whose coordinates I know. From this information I would like to determine the point at which moment would be zero. ...
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Two-Band k.p Model is not Hermitian for imaginary wavevectors

In E. O. Kane's original work on Zener Tunneling, he uses a two-band $k\cdot p$ model for the semiconductor bandstructure: $$H=\begin{pmatrix}E_g+\frac{\hbar^2k^2}{2m_0}&(\hbar/m)kp\\(\hbar/m)kp&...
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Pauli Matrices & 2D Rotation Operators?

I was doing a strange calculation with my teacher the other day: find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the 2D rotation operator. Intuitively, there should be no solution to this problem in $\mathbb{...
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How many degrees of freedom to diagonalize the metric?

In A. Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell, he starts with the following expansion of the metric at some point $P$ of a Riemannian manifold, with coordinates $x^\mu$ that have the origin at $P$: $$ ...
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Is there an online course in Mathematical Methods for Physics, Covering Matrices and Vector Analysis? [duplicate]

I am taking a course in Mathematical Methods for physicsPhysics (Junior Level). We are working from > Mathematical Methods for physicists, George B.Arfken . I just need online resources ...
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Prove that a translation operator times a reflection operator is unitary and Hermitian [closed]

I am trying to prove some properties of the product of the (unitary) translation operator $\hat{T}(a)\psi(x) = \psi(x-a)$ and the (Hermitian) reflection operator $\hat{R} \psi(x) = \psi(-x)$. In ...
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Griffiths use of a linear transformation on basis vectors. Need help with derivation

In Griffiths' intro to Quantum Mechanics 2nd edition, in the appendix A.3 which is a review on linear algebra and matrixes (on page 441), he states that a linear transformation on a set of basis ...
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LinAlg based physics textbooks [duplicate]

I'm in my second year studying physics, and ever since I took LinAlg, I've been noticing LinAlg-related concepts pop up all over the place, but it has never been presented directly as matrices, bases, ...
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What is The most detailed Mathematical Methods for physics book? [duplicate]

I am taking a course in Mathematical Physics Junior Level (Undergraduate). We are working from Arfken's "Mathematical Methods for physicists", but i am finding trouble with it specially in the ...
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General Theory of Small Oscillations and existence of solutions

For small oscillations, my textbook equation for amplitude says: $(V-\omega^2T) \cdot a=0$ where $a$ is a column vector in which each component $a_i$ is related to $q_i$ as $q_i=a_i\cos(\omega t-\...
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Unitary Transfomation from One Basis to Another [closed]

So we have two orthonormal linearly independent basis $\{ |\phi_1 \rangle, \dots, |\phi_n \rangle \}$ and $\{ |\psi_1 \rangle, \dots, |\psi_n \rangle \}$. We can express the basis vectors of the ...
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Why can differentiating a function carry it out from Hilbert space?

I was just doing a QM Griffiths Problem. I was able to get it correct, but I have a few questions. Let $f(x)=x^v$ be defined on $[0,1]$ where $v= 1/2$ then $df/dx = \frac{x^{-1}}2$ Then, we know ...
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Proving polarization identity for operators in complex vector spaces

In general for two operators to be equal, all their (matrix) elements must be equal $$A = B \rightarrow \langle \phi_1|A| \phi_2\rangle=\langle \phi_1|B| \phi_2\rangle$$ However, I am asked to show ...