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Which formula for the de Broglie wavelength of an electron is correct?

So, I have my exams in physics in a week, and upon reviewing I was confused by the explanation of de Broglie wavelength of electrons in my book. Firstly, they stated that the equation was: $\lambda = ...
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Why does matter curve space time? [duplicate]

I am under the impression that Einstein never explains in his General Theory of Relativity, why matter curves spacetime; could explanations please be given?
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Matter and Antimatter (Hypothetical question) [duplicate]

What will happen if we somehow create an "anti-sodium "element and react it with "hydrogen"(not anti)? I am specific about ANTI-SODIUM and HYDROGEN. Not just plain matter and antimatter.
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Does the analogous saying: “matter is essentially 'condensed' energy” have any merit?

Einstein in his derivation of special relativity came upon the equivalence of energy and matter, and given the right circumstances, the relation can go either way - matter can become energy, and ...
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How likely I am to meet my antimatter self? [closed]

I read that, when a particle and it's corresponding particle of antimatter meet they annihilate and releases a large amount of energy. I also read that if I met my antimatter self and we Shook hand or ...
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Is a pion matter or antimatter?

It's made up of one quark and one antiquark. I can't seem to find anything that pays this question any attention? Also, what would be the antiparticle of it?
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Are there different kinds of antimatter reactions?

Obviously, when matter and antimatter collide, they annihilate. But how exactly and are all reactions the same? For example, what happens when a molecule of hydrogen meets a single pion? Does the ...
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Could I create a banana? [closed]

As I understand it, until such time as stars were formed and heavier elements could be created, there was just hydrogen and helium, plus trace amounts of lithium an beryllium. Question: if everything ...
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Don't rulers expand at the same rate as the universe they measure? [duplicate]

If you placed a giant ruler between the sun and our nearest star for example, wouldn't the divisions on the ruler expand at the same rate as the universe - therefore maintaining a constant distance? ...
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What would happen if light was converted into matter as it is propogating?

If light is a form of energy and can be converted into matter then does light slow down since no mass full object can reach the speed of light
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How does electromagnetic radiations penetrate?

I am reading about the discovery of subatomic structure which includes all these things radioactivity, alpha rays, gamma rays, x rays et cetera. I read that electromagnetic radiations are energy ...
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Is it possible to split a photon? [duplicate]

I read that if two photons collide than theoretically it would make light convert to matter. If you split a photon into two, will it convert matter into light? I'm a huge amateur so excuse me if this ...
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Photons can be regarded as particles?

So I've been reading an article and stopped at this sentence : "Likewise, we can take energy (such as particles of light, called photons) and turn it into matter." He gave an example of energy which ...
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Is the empty space really empty? [duplicate]

I've come across another article in "list verse" which says that the empty space is not actually empty at least for a while. I've tried to find about this, so I googled it .It also quotes a word ...
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What state of matter is thunder? [closed]

I know of solid, liquid and gaseous states of matter but what state of matter is thunder? Is it gas, liquid or solid?
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Conversion of energy to matter? [closed]

Now, this answer has sort of been asked before. But I haven't really found the answer that I'm looking for. Exactly what is the mechanism by which energy can be converted into matter? By ...
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Do stress and strain contradict each other?

According to the book Engineering Physics by R.K Gaur and S.L Gupta Strain: Strain is a fractional deformation produced in the body when it is subjected to set of deforming forces. Stress: The ...
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What happens during mass-energy conversion?

A mass is another form of energy. When a mass ceases to exist as 'matter', it exists as energy - in the forms of energy we generally know (light, heat). But is this so simple? When a mass exists in ...
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Calculating Dark enegy, dark matter and the rest [duplicate]

I have read that Dark energy composes roughly 68% of the Universe and that Dark matter composes about27% and everything else is less than 5%. Where and how did they come up with these figures?
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Can a solid object inside the black hole event horizon avoid the singularity? [duplicate]

I will ask this as a simple lay man. Let's consider an astronomical black hole that was creating by in falling matter on a neutron star. As neutron star get heavier it gets smaller and a Schwarzschild ...
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If mass is not conserved but instead energy is conserved, is it right to say that the fundamental particles are photons? [closed]

If mass is not conserved but instead energy is conserved, so is it right to say that the fundamental particle of the Universe is photon instead of protons, neutrons, electrons, leptons, etc and all ...
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Space is expanding but the space around me isn't [duplicate]

Everyone says space is expanding and distances between galaxies growing. But space isn't limited to outside of the earth. Space is everywhere on earth and around me. However I don't notice any ...
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Can we stop an electron?

In some scientific movies I saw that when they want to demonstrate the double slit experiment they compare marbles (in not quantum world) to electron (in quantum world) because both of them have mass ...
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Matter and Antimatter [closed]

I'm a noob when it comes to physics and most of my knowledge of physics comes from popular science; it's more likely that I'm wrong than not about this. From what I've understood; Matter and ...
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Can matter have 100% reflection?

Is it possible to have matter that reflects all the light and does not absorb light at all? If thats possible then we can store light inside it right? I think we can trap light inside that matter in ...
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What is $\mathcal{L}_M$?

Usually we derive the Einstein field equation in vacuum starting from E-H action $$S= \int{\sqrt{-g}d^4x(\frac{c^4}{16\pi G})R}.$$ But in case we wanted to get ...
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Is antimatter attracted to matter by its opposite electric charge?

As it is said by many physicists that antimatter is just opposite of matter; it has opposite charge of matter, then is there is any possibility that antimatter is attracted to matter? For example - ...
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How can a finite amount of matter be uniformly distributed in a flat, infinite space?

There are some properties of the Universe I find in the (mostly popular) literature which are often described as "the most probable in case of our Universe". I can't put them together in a way that ...
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What exactly is $T_{\mu\nu}$?

Continuous matter is described in special relativity by the matter tensor which is the so-called stress-energy-momentum tensor. I am finding a difficulty understanding how a tensorial tool ...
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How do matter and antimatter interact gravitationally?

Me and my brother were watching television tonight, and he asked me a question that was somewhat along the lines of this: What would happen if the Earth was made of matter, and the moon was made ...
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What really is mass?

I was always taught that mass was how much matter something is made of, but I recently read that it is how resistant an object is to acceleration; as such, you could add mass to an object by ...
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Any scientific basis behind “crystal energy”? [closed]

I always hear people talking very loosely about the terms "vibration" and "energy" in relation to crystals. Is there any scientific basis in "crystal energy" or is it purely metaphysical ...
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Fire: Understanding the states of matter and its mass

If the fire is a state of matter (plasma) and every matter has mass. My question is: how we can calculate the mass of a fire?
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What happens to the $PV=nRT$ formula as the gas enters the liquid phase?

The formula $PV = nRT$ explains the relationship between pressure, volume and temperature in terms of the quantity of gas present in a container. I'm trying to understand how these are related once ...
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Why does dark energy seem to push things apart? [duplicate]

Ordinary matter acts to slow down the expansion of the universe. That makes intuitive sense, because the matter is exerting a gravitational force, acting to pull things together. Moreover, dark ...
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Does every particle/ substance belongs to one of the state of matter?

Does every particle/ substance belongs to one of the state of matter? If yes, then which of the state does these belong to?: Light (consider it as matter or wave) Nucleons Electron
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The EFE - The 'Mother' of all equations of motion in the universe?

This question addresses the scope of general relativity. Scientists and engineers solve all sorts of physical problems in all sorts of fields and often to solve these problems a 'system' is defined ...
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Photons have a property from the matter they interact with?

When a photon leaves its source and hits our eye, our brain sees the source of the photon (Like a lightbulb or a star). When a photon is ejected from its source and bounces off of an object we see the ...
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What is the magnetic property of an alloy?

If an alloy is made between a diamagnetic and a paramagnetic substance or paramagnetic and a ferromagnetic substance or a diamagnetic and a ferromagnetic substance, what will be the resulting magnetic ...
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What really happens when matter and antimatter combine? [duplicate]

When Energy is converted to matter, we know equal amounts of matter and antimatter are produced. What happens when matter and antimatter combine?
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What is the mix of ordinary mass vs. ordinary radiating energy in the universe?

I have seen data showing that the estimated mix of dark energy in the universe is 68.3%, the mix of dark matter is 26.8% and the mix of ordinary matter is 4.9%1. However, within "ordinary matter," ...
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Asymmetry vs. Simple Statistics WRT Matter / Antimatter Ratios

I'm not clear on why physicists suspect, and are looking for, an asymmetry in nature that favors matter over antimatter. Here's a simple thought experiment to illustrate my confusion: Assume I have ...
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C&CP-Symmetry Violation in Baryogenesis

In cosmology, during the big bang; how does C-Symmetry violation allow for a greater number of baryons to be produced than anti-baryons in Baryogenesis, similarly how does CP-Symmetry tie into this?
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Are we all moving at $c$? [duplicate]

Is it true to say that all matter in the universe is travelling with velocity c through spacetime, but that for baryonic matter most of that velocity is through the time dimensions rather than the XYZ ...
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Matter: how much of it exists?

This might be not a proper SE site, redirect it please to the correct if this resource is not a proper place to ask; I'm not a scientist/researcher, so may be I'm missing something well-known. My ...
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Why is the definition of mass and matter interlinked?

In my textbook the definition of matter and mass are: Matter: Any thing that occupies space and has mass . Mass: The amount of matter contained in a body. While defining "matter" we refer to ...
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Is it possible to have infinite combinations in reality?

On a yoghurt advert, the voiceover claimed that you have infinite combinations with it. However, given that there is a finite amount of matter, is it possible to have infinite combinations with the ...
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The pressure profile of a static heap of granular substances

The following is the pressure profile of a pile of sand. Note that there is a pressure minimum at the center. A possible explanation for this is: Due to the close packing of the grains, any grain ...
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If 99% of an atom empty, and our body is made of atoms, does that mean 99% of our body is empty? [duplicate]

If 99% of an atom empty, and if we say that our body is made of atoms stacked together, then why is our body a solid object, rather than 99% hollow. I have one probable answer that I think might be ...
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What did Tesla mean by “there is no energy in matter”?

I was reading "THE ETERNAL SOURCE OF ENERGY OF THE UNIVERSE, ORIGIN AND INTENSITY OF COSMIC RAYS" by Nikola Tesla, and he states: "There is no energy in matter except that absorbed from the ...