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A relationship between entropy and temperature

I tried deriving a formula relating entropy (not change in entropy, but entropy itself) to temperature. I’ve only seen two equations really relating to entropy thus far, and only one of them includes ...
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Does Hestenes Zitterbewegung Explain why complex numbers appear in QM?

This question may fit better in the discussion of "Why Complex variables are required by QM?", but it also relates to the extent to which arguments by Hestenes are accepted in mainstream physics and ...
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Are physical functions always differentiable [duplicate]

I know that physicist usually don't really think too much about differentiabillity of functions. Usually there are at most finite many points where functions aren't differentiable and if there are ...
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Can we have discontinuous wavefunctions in the Infinite Square well?

The energy eigenstates of the infinite square well problem look like the Fourier basis of L2 on the interval of the well. So then we should be able to for example make square waves that are an ...
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Equivariant cohomology and Mayer-Vietoris sequence

I'm reading this article upon topological field theory and I'm a bit confused about the way he compute equivariant cohomology of $S^2$ wrt $\mathrm{U}(1)$, i.e. $H^\bullet_{S^1}(S^2)$. You can find ...
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Book to study Dirac delta function from a physics point of view [duplicate]

I am a beginning physics graduate student. I am often bewildered by the strange properties of the Dirac delta function such as: $\delta (a x)= \frac{1}{a} \delta (x)$ The derivative of $\delta (x)$ ...
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Book covering differential geometry and topology required for physics and applications

I am a physics undergrad, and interested to learn Topology so far as it has use in Physics. Currently I am trying to study Topological solitons but bogged down by some topological concepts. I am not ...
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Sufficient condition for square integrability [duplicate]

The necessary condition for $\int\limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty}|\psi(x)|^2dx$ to be integrable is that $\psi(x)\rightarrow 0$ as $x\rightarrow\pm\infty$. But this is not the sufficient condition. For ...
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Assumptions in physics for Helmholtz decomposition

A version of the Helmholtz theorem says that, under opportune assumptions on the vector field $\boldsymbol{F}:\mathbb{R}^3\to\mathbb{R}^3$ and on $V\subset\mathbb{R}^3$ the following identity holds: ...
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Implementing Category Theory in General Relativity

I was thinking if it may be possible to implement category theory in general relativity. I don't mean writing simply in terms of categories, but actual fundamental ideas (i.e. physics of the theory ...
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Complex integration by shifting the contour

In section 12.11 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, he evaluates an integral involved in the Green function solution to the 4-potential wave equation. Here it is: $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty dk_0 ...
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Proof of Ampère's law from the Biot-Savart law for tridimensional current distributions

Let us assume the validity of the Biot-Savart law for a tridimensional distribution of current:$$\mathbf{B}(\mathbf{x})=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\int_V ...
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Understanding the mathematical terms in Physics [closed]

I understand well only when I get a physical picture of the concept. Is it good? or should I change.
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When does causal separation imply no spacelike separation?

(See here for notation.) In Minkowski space, if $p\prec q$, then there is no spacelike curve $c:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}^{n-1,1}$ with $c(0)=p$ and $c(1)=q$. This is obvious from a spacetime diagram. Here ...
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Pointwise temperature and Thermodynamic Temperature

When I studied Thermodynamics the definition of temperature I've learned (based on the Gibbs' postulates) was: $$T = \dfrac{\partial U}{\partial S}.$$ This quantity has all the properties of the ...
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How does one determine if a spacetime is globally hyperbolic?

A spacetime $M$ is said to be globally hyperbolic if it is strongly causal and if the sets $J^+(p)\cap J^-(q)$, for all $p,q\in M$, are compact. (For more information, see the Wiki article on causal ...
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Seeking masters degree advice [closed]

I am graduating this semester with a bachelors in physics. My goal is to do theory in my graduate level course work. The problem I am in now is that I missed the deadline to take the physics GRE (I'm ...
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Spectral functions in quantum mechanics

I'm a math student and a totally newcomer to quantum mechanics and I'm trying to teach myself this subject by studying Faddeev and Yakubovski's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students. ...
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About the formula of pendulum simple

for the modulation and the simulation of a pendulum simple , I'm Find this formula : a(t) = a0 * sin ( sqrt(g/l) * t * Pi/2 ) - [ k/(mll) * cos ( sqrt(g/l) * t * Pi/2 ) * t ) ] ...
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What are some resources for Algebraic quantum mechanics for Physicists

I am interested in the GNS construction and other stuff. I am aware of Valter Moretti's book but I want something that is more inclined towards physicists.
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Is it possible to integrate a function over a null hypersurface?

For $f$ a compactly supported function on a spacetime $(\mathcal{M},g)$, one may define its integral over $\mathcal{M}$ by $$f\longmapsto \int_\mathcal{M}\star f,$$ where $\star$ is the Hodge star of ...
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Examples of Bernoulli Numbers, Euler-Mascheroni Integration, and the $\zeta(n)$ in physics [closed]

In Arfken's Mathematical Methods for Physicists, there is a subsection of the "Infinite Series" chapter which covers the Bernoulli numbers, Euler-Mascheroni integration (or summation), and the ...
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What is the relation between Hilbert space constructed from the GNS construction and the standard Hilbert space-state?

I recently started reading Algebraic quantum mechanics. So I have no knowledge of the subject. In the GNS construction we construct the Hilbert space of states as follows, We endow the algebra of ...
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Resources for algebraic topology in condensed matter physics

I wanted to know if anyone had any good introductions on algebraic topology for the theoretical physicist? I am particularly interested in applications to condensed matter physics, but would be happy ...
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When can we take the Brillouin zone to be a sphere?

When reading some literatures on topological insulators, I've seen authors taking Brillouin zone(BZ) to be a sphere sometimes, especially when it comes to strong topological insulators. Also I've seen ...
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Physicists definition of vectors based on transformation laws

First of all I want to make clear that although I've already asked a related question here, my point in this new question is a little different. On the former question I've considered vector fields on ...
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Is there some physical intuition behind Clifford Algebras?

The mathematically rigorous definition of a Clifford Algebra is as follows: Let $V$ be a vector space over a field $\mathbb{K}$ and let $Q : V\to \mathbb{K}$ be a quadratic form on $V$. A Clifford ...
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Ultrasound Transducers and Simulator [closed]

Presently I am working on Underwater Acoustic Wireless Transmission. I desire to measure water parameters at the bottom of the surface of the water and then pass it to the water surface using ...
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Divergent path integral

What does it mean to have a divergent path integral in a QFT? More specifically, if $$\int e^{i S[\phi]/\hbar} D\phi (t)=\infty $$ What does this mean for the QFT of the field $\phi $? The field ...
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vorticity not zero - why

I am quite new to fluid dynamics and I cannot seem to understand the concept of vorticity. It is defined as $\nabla\times\vec{v}$ where $\vec{v}$ is the velocity vector. Now (working in cartesian ...
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Are path integrals integrals with countable or uncountable infinite dimensions?

Path integrals are integrals with infinite dimensions. But I recently became confused about if the number of dimensions are discrete/countable or continuous/uncountable. I always thought it should be ...
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What are the essential pure mathematics branches applied in theoretical high energy physics [closed]

I am a physics graduate student.I am interested in theoretical high energy physics.Very often people say that to be a good theoretical physicist you need to know mathematics very well.Now although we ...
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Two particle system state space

I'm trying to understand how the state space of a bigger system composed of smaller subsystems relates to the state spaces of the individual subsystems. To get started I'm currently trying to ...
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What does a frame of reference mean in terms of manifolds?

Because of my mathematical background, I've been finding it hard to relate the physics-talk I've been reading, with mathematical objects. In (say special) relativity, we have a Lorentzian manifold, ...
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Difference between local inertial frame and coordinate chart

In the most cases the local inertial frame is definied "physically" but I'm searching for a mathematically meaningful definition of the local inertial frame to solve my problem: Is the local ...
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Is there an introduction to non-commutative geometry for non-physics and mathematics students?

I am looking for a simple explanation as how spectral triples give rise to definition of distance using Dirac operators?
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What is the significance of diagonal matrices in Quantum Mechanics?

I'm currently taking quantum mechanics and diagonal matrices, along with the idea of diagonalization, comes up alot. One line in my textbook threw me off completely and made me realize I don't ...
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Are derivations of physical laws less important than the laws themselves? [closed]

The proportionality between the kinetic energy of gas molecules and temperature is a well-known result. This is usually shown by considering a cubical box containing an ideal gas, and postulating that ...
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generating function method for expectation values of operator products

Many times in quantum physics we face a problem of calculating expectation values of normal product operators. Assume we have a two level system with creation and annihilation operators $\hat{a}$ and ...
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Axiomatic QFT: Time-slice Axiom vs Transformation Properties

I am studying Wightman axioms and Haag–Kastler axioms for QFT from Haag's book "Local Quantum Physics". In both axiomatic frameworks, he introduces the "Time-slice Axiom" (axiom G) as "There should ...
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Motivation to introduce von Neumann algebras in addition to $C^*$algebras?

Observables are self-adjoint elements of a $C^*$algebra. As such, this structure seems sufficient to describe physics. A theorem by Gelfand and Naimark says that a $C^*$algebra can always be ...
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Question about limit cycles and linear systems

In here http://users.isy.liu.se/en/rt/claal20/SysBio2015/Notes_SysBio_2015_partC.pdf it says: A limit cycle is however an intrinsically nonlinear concept: a linear system cannot have a limit ...
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Time-ordered operator in Srednicki

On page 51 Srednicki states, "Note that the operators are in time order...we can insert $T$ without changing anything". This I agree with. But then on the next paragraph he states "The time order ...
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Trace of a commutator is zero - but what about the commutator of $x$ and $p$?

Operators can be cyclically interchanged inside a trace: $${\rm Tr} (AB)~=~{\rm Tr} (BA).$$ This means the trace of a commutator of any two operators is zero: $${\rm Tr} ([A,B])~=~0.$$ But what about ...
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Onsager's Regression Hypothesis, Explained and Demonstrated

Onsager's 1931 regression hypothesis asserts that “…the average regression of fluctuations will obey the same laws as the corresponding macroscopic irreversible process". (Here is the links to ...
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Uniqueness of solution in newtonian mechanics

Recently I came across the problem of Norton's dome. I thought of two questions, for which I found no answer. Does there exist a newtonian initial value problem, where the total force on each body ...
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Can I *always* decompose a normalizable function into the discrete Hydrogen spectrum?

This question has been bothering me for a while now: can one reconstruct an arbitrary (normalizable) function $\phi(\mathbf r)$ in $\mathbb R^3$, with only the discrete set of Hydrogen wavefunctions ...
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Number theoretic loophole allows alternative definition of entropy?

A bit about the post I apologize for the title. I know it sounds crazy but I could not think of an alternative one which was relevant. I know this is "wild idea" but please read the entire post. ...
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Why is the logarithm of the number of all possible states of a system differentiable?

Temperature of a system is defined as $$\left( \frac{\partial \ln(\Omega)}{ \partial E} \right)_{N, X_i} = \frac{1}{kT}$$ Where $\Omega$ is the number of all accessible states (ways) for the system. $ ...