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how to define the infinite?

I approach this conceptually in need of math I haven't learned yet for scientific description. So, I'll describe my thoughts this way: Infinity may be fixed and limited and the finite is not ...
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How many digits of Pi are required in physics? [on hold]

In other words: which physics experiment requires to know Pi with the highest precision?
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Can I take the partial derivative of the Lagrangian with respect to a constant?

I've got a system where I know that the derivative of one of the generalized coordinates is constant. So to find the Hamiltonian of the system I need to take the partial derivative with respect to ...
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How to convert $V \otimes W^*$ to a matrix space? [migrated]

Namely let's say we have chosen basises $e_1, e_2, ... e_k$ for $V$ and $j_1, j_2, ... j_n$ for $W$. Now, since we can always just convert them separately, and then add the matrixes, how we represent ...
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Infinite series of derivatives of position when starting from rest

Suppose you have an object with zero for the value of all the derivatives of position. In order to get the object moving you would need to increase the value of the velocity from zero to some finite ...
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Why are three parameters required to express rotation in 3 dimension?

We know that in spherical coordinates angle $\theta$ and $\phi$ (two angles)are enough to express three dimensional rotation of matrix. But to express rotation mathematically as a transformation ...
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Best books for mathematical background?

What are the best textbooks to read for the mathematical background you need for modern physics, such as, string theory? Some subjects off the top of my head that probably need covering: ...
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Tensor Operators

Motivation. I was recently reviewing the section 3.10 in Sakurai's quantum mechanics in which he discusses tensor operators, and I was left desiring a more mathematically general/precise discussion. ...
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Every Galilean transformation can be written as the composition of rotation, translation, and uniform motion

Having heard many good things about Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, I picked it up and started going through it. While I think I understand all of the definitions he makes, the ...
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Description of charged sphere with Heaviside function in cylindrical coordinates

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged sphere (radius R, total charge Q, position of centre (0,0,0)) with Dirac delta function and Heaviside step function. The hard part is to ...
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Hilbert's sixth problem (current answers neglect the fact that $C_{U} \subseteq U $ ) [duplicate]

(current answers neglect the fact that the set of all concepts( $C_{U}$) is a subset of U as all of them are physically encoded( symbolically represented by the physical events themselves(brains, ...
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Mathematics for Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

What math should I study if I want to get a basic understanding of quantum mechanics and especially to be able to use the Schrodinger's equation.
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Requirements prior to Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

What are the requirements in physics and mathematics that somebody must have in order to start learning Quantum Mechanics by himself?
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Intuitive meaning of the exponential form of an unitary operator in Quantum Mechanics

I'm an undergraduate student in Chemistry currently studying quantum mechanics and I have a problem with unitary transformations. Here in my book, it is stated that Every unitary operator ...
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Dual of the TDSE

Quite a quick and hopefully simple question. The TDSE takes the form $$i\hbar\frac{\partial\lvert\psi\rangle}{\partial t}=H\lvert\psi\rangle$$ and so if we take the dual of this to find the time ...
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Resources for theory of distributions (generalized functions) for physicists

I am looking for tutorials, articles or books containing theory of distributions in context of mathematical physics. Please suggest.
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Can quaternion math be used to model spacetime?

Quaternions are commonly used to model 4 dimensional systems where the quaternion consists of a real 3 dimensional vector and an imaginary scalar. So on the surface Quaternions seem well suited to ...
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Justifying the use of real numbers for measuring length

I am not sure if this is the most appropriate place to post this but here goes nothing: Assume we were trying to come up with system of numbers $S$ to model our intuition of length. We want $S$ to ...
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Which cardinality of infinities are subtracted in the renormalisation of quantum field theory?

In quantum field theory, e.g. in quantum electrodynamics, renormalisation is used to make sense of an infinite number of virtual particles. This, crudely, involves the subtraction of infinities. But ...
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Is it possible for a physical object to have a irrational length?

Suppose I have a caliper that is infinitely precise. Also suppose that this caliper returns not a number, but rather whether the precise length is rational or irrational. If I were to use this ...
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Gauge invariance and non-commuting second derivatives

I'm currently doing a homework assignment in relativistic quantum mechanics, and one of the problems involves proving the gauge invariance of a particular lagrangian. The problem is really quite ...
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Calculating the electric field of an infinite flat 2D sheet of charge

I was trying to calculate the electric field of an infinite flat sheet of charge. I considered the sheet to be the plane $z=0$ and the position where the electric field is calculated to be ...
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What is the relationship between completeness of wave functions and completeness of Hilbert space?

In the lecture, my prof said that completeness means that any wave function can be constructed using an infinite number of "other" basis wave functions. This is very intuitive since this is nothing ...
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Solving inhomogeneous Stokes equation

I want to solve the Stokes inhomogeneous equation, i.e. $$\nabla^2 \vec v -\nabla P = \vec f(r,\theta)$$ $$\nabla\cdot\vec v=0$$ where $\vec f$ is irrotational, i.e. $\partial_y f_x - \partial_x ...
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Role of math in science [closed]

Is it important for a physicist to be good at math? Should he be on par with a mathematician? According to me physics and math are like English and biology we study them in the same language but they ...
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Algebraic number theory and physics [duplicate]

I would like to ask if there are any aspects of algebraic number theory related to physics (for example in string theory or Moonshine etc). I am thinking of attending a course on algebraic number ...
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Significance of $\pi$ in physics

We all know this magical mathematical constant. My question being , how and why pi just shows up in every other physics derivation or formula or even statistics for that matter . ...
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Study material for quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I want to study quantum mechanics. But I don't know what and which topics of mathematics are required. I know a bit of differential calculus. But what else is needed to study a bit advanced quantum ...
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Good book for learning about mathematical foundation of quantum physics [duplicate]

I've been trying to slog through Quantum Physics for Dummies, but can't even get past the first chapter. There's a lot of talk of Bras, Kets, and Hilbert spaces, but I feel I'm missing the ...
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Simple math used for physics

I read the book "Analysis 1" by Harro Heuser about calculus and it several interesting chapters about applications of mathematics for physics. For example there was one part of the chapter, which ...
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The implications of Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem on Theoretical Physics models

Does Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem imply that no Theoretical Physics model of reality can be proved to be consistent using the laws of physics? I work partially in Quantum Information Theory ...
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Quantum mechanics and distribution law in mathematical logics

Recently I've heard that quantum mechanics can be formulated by starting from the rejection of distribution law in mathematical logic: $a$ and $(b$ or $c)$= $(a$ and $b)$ or $(a$ and $c)$. Did ...
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Why are radians more natural than any other angle unit?

I'm convinced that radians are, at the very least, the most convenient unit for angles in mathematics and physics. In addition to this I suspect that they are the most fundamentally natural unit for ...
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In what way are the Mathematical universe hypothesis and A New Kind of Science connected

The Mathematical universe hypothesis, mainly by Max Tegmark and A new Kind of Science, mainly by Stephen Wolfram both claim (as least as I understand it) that at its innermost core reality is ...
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Classical mechanics without coordinates book

I am a graduate student in mathematics who would like to learn some classical mechanics. However, there is one caveat: I am not interested in the standard coordinate approach. I can't help but think ...
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Kähler and complex manifolds

I was wondering if anyone knows any good references concerning Kähler manifolds and complex manifolds? I am studying supergravity theories and for the simplest $\mathcal{N}=1$ supergravity we will get ...
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A question over the reality of $\sin x$

Harmonic functions are in widespread use in physical descriptions of natural real phenomena. I am just wondering therefore how we can define $\sin(x)$ to be part of a real physical quantity (with ...
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Do logarithms appear inside the divergent UV integrals? If so why? [closed]

Do logarithms appear inside the UV divergent integrals of $q\cdot f\cdot t$? I mean expressions of the form of $ \int_{V}d^{r}f(p)log(p^{2}+m^{2}) $ In this case, can we approximate it by $ log(p)= ...
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What kind of math is used in QFT? [duplicate]

What branch(es) of math are used in Quantum Field Theory? Or the question, by way of analogy: Tensor Calculus is to General Relativity as What is to Quantum Field Theory?
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How is the Saddle point approximation used in physics?

I am trying to understand the saddle point approximation and apply it to a problem I have but the treatments I have seen online are all very mathematical and are not giving me a good qualitative ...
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How would the representation of a circle in 4 dimensions? [closed]

We know that the representation of a square in three dimensions is a cube, and in four dimensions is a tessaract or, hyper cube. With this, How would be the representation of a circle in four ...
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How deep can my knowledge of particle physics go without the maths?

By no means do I have the mathematical background to understand most of the math used in elementary particle physics. My current knowledge is of all the elementary particles and how they interact ...
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How do you pronounce $\vec{A} \cdot \vec{B}$ and $\vec{A} \times \vec{B}$? [closed]

I'm French. I would like to know: How do you pronounce $\vec{A} \cdot \vec{B}$ : "A scalar B" or "A dot B" ? How do you pronounce $\vec{A} \times \vec{B}$ : "A vectorial B", "A vector B", "A cross ...
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Differences between symmetric, Hermitian, self-adjoint, and essentially self-adjoint operators

I am a physicist. I always heard physicists used the terminology "symmetric", "Hermitian", "self-adjoint", and "essentially self-adjoint" operators interchangeably. Actually what is the difference ...
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Classical logic in concern with QM Mathematics

In no way am I a physicist, so please excuse improperly used terms. It is in my understanding that Quantum Physics does not obey Classical Logic, hence the existence of Quantum Logic. My questions ...
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Book covering 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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What does “projection of a vector” really mean?

Let $\vec{a}$ & $\vec{b}$ be two non-collinear, non-zero co-initial vectors having angle $\theta$ between them. The projection of $\vec{b}$ on $\vec{a}$ is given by the dot product of $\vec{b}$ ...
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Learning Roadmap to Mathematical Physics [duplicate]

Currently, I am a graduate student specializing in algebraic geometry. On the other hand, I have also become extremely interested in the mathematical physics. However, I am not sure what steps I ...
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Integration in the three coordinate systems [duplicate]

I need a book teaching triple and double integrations in the three coordinate systems and teaching vectors in three coordinate systems with no in depth mathematics. I need it to help me in general ...
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About category theory and physics [duplicate]

Could the ideas of category theory be applied to Physics, maybe simplifying how algebraic topology and sheaf theory and other hard-to-explain subjects are used in physics?