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What makes a system linear?

Lately I have been interested in Image Processing, and I started by following this course: https://class.coursera.org/digital-001, which is quite awesome in my opinion. But in weeks 2, Linear ...
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Is this HW question even valid? (linear systems) [migrated]

The question is: Are the following systems linear time invariant? $y(t)=x(t)$, with $x(t)=u(t)$ (unit step function) $y[n]=x[n]$, with $x[n]=\delta[n]$ (Dirac delta function) The reason I am ...
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Would magnetic flux be necessary for analogous systems?

I learned about the analogousness between mechanical and electrical systems a few months back (with the help of Feynman). Yesterday, my professor was lecturing about this topic, when she told that ...
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Why doesn't amplitude affect the speed of sound?

I understand why amplitude doesn't affect the speed of the sound AFTER the 'leading compression'. The extra force provided on one stage of the cycle is countered on the other stage. But shouldn't the ...
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Is strictly harmonic 2D lattice made of Hooke springs possible?

If we connect a set of point masses in a 1D lattice with Hooke springs and consider longitudinal oscillations, we'll have a strictly harmonic system, for which there exist eigenmodes and the frequency ...
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Meaning of Eigenvalues/Eigenvectors of a linear system of equations

I have a 41x41 system of linear equations (inhomogen) which I derived with Eureqa by describing the timecourse of fMRI haemodynamic data from a brain area as a function of the timecourses of 40 other ...
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Principle of Superposition for driven oscillator

So I understand the the Superposition Principle states that all the forced oscillations, as determined by multiple external forces, are to be added up in order to get the entire solution. However, ...
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Superposition theorem

Is superposition theorem applicable for circuits having semiconductor components like diodes, transistors, etc.?
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Physics and Linear Differential Equations

Why in physics, most of the physical systems are modelled by linear differential equations?
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Multiple meanings of polarizability?

There's a concept in linear response theory called the polarizability $\chi$ $$\tag{1} \rho_{ind}=\int \chi(\vec{r},\vec{r}',t-t') V_{ext} \: d\vec{r}' dt' $$ where $\rho_{ind}$ is the induced charge ...
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Linearized equations

What is $V_{\alpha\beta}$? And what is a symmetric, positive definite potential energy matrix? And why is there a linearized equation like this?
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Transverse Magnetic (TM) and Transverse Electric (TE) modes

I'm reading and working my way through "Plasmonics Fundamentals" by Stefan Maier and I've come across a step in the workings that I'm struggling to understand when working out the electromagnetic ...
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Why linear wave equation does not have solitonic solutions?

As many people define solitary waves they are localized pulses that propagate without changing the shape. As far as I know the same pulses exist in ordinary wave equation ! why should we look for ...
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“Complex Variables Method” in Diff. Eq. - Justification and physical meaning?

A common method of simplifying calculations that involve differential equations - particularly involving oscillation - is to replace $\cos(\theta)$ with $e^{i \omega t}$, evaluate, and then take the ...
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Is squared motor gearbox ratio proportional to inertia ratio?

I read an interesting article http://m.machinedesign.com/news/motor-sizing-made-easy It is very interesting, but I can not follow the 2nd last paragraph. I don't understand why it is true. ...
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Linearity of Quantum Mechanics?

The proof of the No-Cloning Theorem states "By the linearity of quantum mechanics, ..." -- Could someone please give me a rough sketch/outline of what this means? Does it have to do with the Hilbert ...
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How to get general relativity from linear gravity theory?

I know someone had done this study. Namely the field approach to general relativity. We can easily get an linear gravity theory. But it will be very complicated when we consider the ...
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Linear quantization in quantum electrodynamics?

This is a continuation of this question. What would be an example of linear quantization used on quantum electrodynamics? I ask this because QED is a nonlinear theory.
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Undamped oscillations. Why is the solution a linear combination of $\sin()$ and $\cos()$?

$ma = mg - cx$, where $x(0) = x_0 = 0$ is the position in which there is no tension in the rope. $dx/dt = v_0$ for $t = 0$; $v_0$ is a known constant. The discriminant of the characteristic ...
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linear response for a simple harmonic oscillator

Really sorry for this simple question, but I think it will be useful/interesting in general. Consider a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. Add a perturbation $H_I = -\lambda \hat{x}$ Calculate ...
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Is normalization consistent with Schrodinger's Equation?

Schrodinger's Equation does not set a limit on the size of wave functions but to normalize a wave function a limit must be set. How is this consistent physically and mathematically with Schrodinger's ...
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Solving systems of equations in dynamics

I have an exam in two days for first year university physics. Often for dynamics problems, I am required to solve algebraic systems of equations by hand, and this can be very daunting. When I see ...
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What is the Laughlin argument?

The fundamental question is Why is Hall conductance quantized? Let's start with the Hall bar, a 2D metal bar subject to a strong perpendicular magnetic field $B_0$. Let current $I$ flow in the ...
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Many faces of linear response theory

I have seen two forms of linear response: One is in the calculation of susceptibilities using Green functions. The other is in the evaluation of response currents, say, London current of a ...
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What does superposition mean in quantum mechanics?

What does superposition mean in quantum mechanics? When I say $A+B=C$ (forces). I can mean push something with force $A$ + force $B$ together, and that is same as I push it with force $C$. But when ...
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Microphones, Loudspeaker and their analogies to spring mass system

I have just started studying Microphones and Loudspeakers. I need a good text to refer which can explain their mechanical analogies with simplicity and basics too.
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Is the universe linear? If so, why?

Simple question, I'm trying to build a quantum memory system that utilizes the superposition principle to model specific phenomenon I am trying to predict, anyways, my question is this. Is the ...
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Why is the Principle of Superposition true in EM? Does it hold more generally?

In the theory of electromagnetism (EM), why is the principle of superposition true? Can we read it off from Maxwell's equations directly? Does it have any limit of applicability or is it a ...
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Matrix solution of an equivalent resistance circuit problem

Start with a set of points $x_1, x_2, \ldots$ that are connected by wires with some resistance. Represent the resistance by a conductance matrix (conductance being one over the resistance), where ...
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Can the Kramers–Kronig relation be used to correct transfer function measurements?

In experimental physics, we often make measurements of linear transfer functions; these are complex-valued functions of frequency. If the underlying system is causal, then the transfer function must ...
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Linearity of quantum mechanics and nonlinearity of macroscopic physics

We live in a world where almost all macroscopic physical phenomena are non-linear, while the description of microscopic phenomena is based on quantum mechanics which is linear by definition. What are ...