The result of sampling the property of a system

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How to use an accelerometer to correctly quantify the magnitude of vibrations

Consider the following setup: An accelerometer is placed inside a helicopter, measuring $g$ values along three axes $(x,y,z)$ every $10~\text{ms}$ (100 times a second), during a helicopter flight. ...
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Do we regularly measure and update our physical constants (By using the LHC)?

This question is motivated by sheer curiosity. I certainly do not expect that the free parameters we use in the standard model have changed in value since we started measuring them with a "modern" ...
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Measuring velocity [on hold]

What's the physical limit of frequency for measuring velocity? For example, by shooting photons at something. For some $f$ we can say that $v \geq f\triangle x$ But is it even possible to show ...
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Why is a silicon ball with an exact number of atoms a bad measure of mass?

I have some friends that are talking about why a silicon ball with an exact number of atoms is a good/bad measurement of mass (1kg) and things are getting pretty exotic. Is there a layman's ...
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Are measurements of time and distance independent or always coupled by the speed of light

In texts about special relativity the light clock is usually described as a tool to measure time $t$. It counts how often light travels along a given distance $d$, i.e. $t = d/c$, where $c$ is the ...
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Measuring the speed of light and defining the metre - absolute or relative?

If the metre is now defined as the distance light travels in vacuum in 1⁄299,792,458th of a second and the speed of light is accepted to be ...
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How can the orbit of Jupiter's moons be used to calculate the speed of light? [duplicate]

How can the orbit of Jupiter's moons be used to calculate the speed of light? It seems this was one of the first methods and goes back to 1656.
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How did Rømer measure the speed of light by observing Jupiter's moons, centuries ago?

I am interested in the practical method and I like to discover if it is cheap enough to be done as an experiment in a high school.
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Light speed measured by observing Jupiter moons [duplicate]

The famous discovery that the light has speed measures the times of the immersion and emergence of Io, one of Jupiter's moons. However, I still can't comprehend this. Even when the Earth is further ...
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How does one describe a state with a density matrix after measuring position?

My question is about position measurement in non relativistic quantum mechanics. I've been taught that when you measure the value of an observable for some state of a system described by ...
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What is the difference between zero background radiation and field background radiation in Nuclear Physics measurements?

Can someone please explain the difference between these two terms (Zero Background Radiation and Field Background Radiation) used in radiometric prospecting measurements?
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Measuring Charge Density

I am running tests with metal electrodes and I am trying to find a value for charge density which I can use in calculations. If I have two vertical electrodes across which I am applying a voltage, how ...
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Reporting uncertainty values measured using analog instruments

If an Ammeter has a graduation of 1 mA and we assume that the best we can read is half this range, i.e. 0.5 mA. In this case, one can read something like 37.5 mA, or 12.0 mA. So the reported value ...
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Why is the voltage output equal to the voltage drop?

I have a very basic question about measurement of voltage output on some simple circuits. Considering the circuits of the figure: Supposing one wants to measure the voltage output $V_2$, on the ...
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How might we measure the size of a proton? (Without high energy collisions) [closed]

What methods could we use to measure the diameter of sub-atomic particles. Please think of something inventive, like an indirect technique. Or name some of the lesser known techniques that have been ...
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What are the longest half-lives we can detect experimentally? What stops us going further? Are we trying to?

Xenon 136, apparently, has a half-life of 2.11×1021 years. This strikes me as a humongously long time to run an experiment, clocking in at about 11 orders of magnitude longer than the age of the ...
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Simultaneous measurement for quantum entanglement

In the simple example that we measure the spin of two entangled particles, we measure one to have spin up so we know the other has spin down. If we could (theoretically) measure both particles at the ...
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Is there any restriction on the ability to measure the full quantum state of a system without inducing backaction?

Suppose an arbitrary quantum system is in the state $ \mid \Psi \rangle $, which may or may not be a function of time. An initially ignorant obsevrer would like to figure out what $ \mid \Psi ...
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Is this the correct way to I combine multiple interdependant pressure readings?

I want to measure the density in different layers of a suspension. To do this I want to place pressure sensors at different heights. Let's assume that the sensors are not by orders of magnitude more ...
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Packets of information in the real world

Please excuse this apparently naive question. no one appears to have the answer. If a standard packet of data is travelling down a standard fibre, what is the physical time taken between the first ...
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Is it possible to use induction ampermeter to measure power consumption of electric water heater and dryer?

I hope this practical question is not OT and not too trivial for this forum. I am renting an apartment in a duplex with a shared water heater and dryer. Turns out, both water heater and the dryer are ...
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Can I measure distance with sound through soil?

Can you measure distance (cca. with precision 0.1m-1m) with sound through soil. I know this is really crazy think to do, but I have this idea quite for a while. Basically I will set speakers on fix ...
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Problem on Einstein - de Haas experiment

I am a Physics student (4th year) and I'm trying to study the Einstein - de Haas effect in laboratory. That is what I got: a suspended Iron cylinder with about 5 cm height and a radius of 0.8 cm is ...
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Does really m^3/m yields m^2? [closed]

Apart the evidence that such assumption works in physics formulae, how can someone make a statement like that? Maybe the formuale works just because are worked around that assumption? Why phyicist do ...
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How do we measure thermal energy?

My textbook says "The amount of thermal energy is found by measuring the temperature of the substance." However, how is this true? Temperature measures only the average kinetic energy of the particles ...
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Accuracy and Error of Atomic Clocks

I'm quoting a passage from my notes: The development of clocks based on atomic oscillations allowed measures of timing with accuracy on the order of $1$ part in $10^{14}$, corresponding to errors ...
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Rules of thumb for estimating visual angles

Tonight I've looking at an optical phenomenon presenting as rather large ring around the moon. I'm thinking it's probably a 22 degree halo, but it seems kind of big... maybe 46. Anyway, I realised I ...
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Can a Bell state measurement be described in the Von Neumann measurement scheme?

I have been reading and studying this article recently about non-local weak measurements and quantum erasure. Usually the weak measurement formalism is described using the Von Neumann scheme for ...
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How to measure the diameter of a thin wire? [closed]

I'm working on a project and I need to measure the diameter of a thin bare copper wire but I don't know how. Can you please tell me a way to measure the diameter of a wire? Can you give me a way, ...
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Relative uncertainty blows up near offset

I'm looking to calculate the relative uncertainty for a magnetic field measurement. My device takes an initial reading but then performs operations on this using its calibration parameters. My ...
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Information and entaglement via determination of the first's system state with interaction

Could we have entangled systems (microscopical or macroscopical) and construct a way of altering the state of one of the two entangled parts (let's say by Alice) via interaction and thus making the ...
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How can I measure a length of over 4 feet to an accuracy of 1/100th of an inch?

How can I measure a length of over 4 feet to an accuracy of 1/100th of an inch ? I want to make several metal standard bars of a particular lengths, some of which are over 4 feet and I want the ...
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Good way to compute the force of a hammer blow?

What is a good and easy way to compute and/or measure the force of a hammer blow, not using any fancy or specialized equipment? If the hammer is swung by hand through an arc, it is not obvious to me ...
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Measurement of drag (?) tension between two surfaces

I want to know if there are (reasonably inexpensive) devices to measure the tension between two surfaces. Beware of my terminology: the first help I need is to actually formulate my question ...
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How accurate is the Callendar-Van Dusen equation?

... over 0 degC to 100 degC? The equation itself can be found here I can do a very accurate one point calibration of a 1/10 DIN PT100 sensor at 0 degC. If I use the equation to correct for non-linear ...
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How do scientists measure miniscule constants like the mass and charge and speed of an electron?

What can measure the extremely tiny mass of an electron? Is it through indirect means? The same goes for charge. The pull of a single electron must be infinitely small. And if one is to attempt to ...
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Stern-Gerlach apparatus, measurement problem? [closed]

Consider the diagram below: It is 3 Stern-Gerlach apparatus along with some 'lenses' (illustrated here by lines). Question What would the output at A and B be? Additional information The ...
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Vernier Caliper the principle behind it [closed]

I know how to use a caliper but on what principle does devices like caliper and screw gauge works. Can someone derive its formulae. I am more or less interested in its mathematical aspect.
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Do subatomic particles have finite size?

We know atoms are mostly "made" out of empty space, so the nucleus and all the subatomic particle are very small in compared to the magnitude of the atoms. We also know that atoms are incredibly ...
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Is a “shift in the meaning” of Accuracy and Precision occurring?

Accuracy and precision are among the most fundamental concepts in experimental physics, and, I always believed, completely unambiguous. Recently I found that the Wikipedia article on Accuracy and ...
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No length contraction in thought experiment with co-moving measuring stick

Suppose a person standing on a platform were to observe and measure the length of a train passing by. Instead of the usual approach involving a clock and knowing the speed of the train, the person ...
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How does one measure the state probabilities of a 2 level Hydrogen atom qubit?

I have been struggling with trying to understand how one could measure the probabilities of a superimposed Hydrogen atom's two energy states. Say the atom is in a superimposed state: Psi = a|0> + ...
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Limits on the information obtained through optical measurements

Consider a Gedankenexperiment shown in the figure below. There are two lasers $S1$ and $S2$ with exactly the same specifications on paper. In practice, they are of course somewhat different but ...
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Decomposing light into frequency spectrum

Light hits a charge coupled element. The wavelength of the light somehow is translated into a color picture. Where can I learn about methods (algorithms) to decompose light hitting a CCD into ...
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Number of significant figures

I am looking for an intuitive answer that will explain me why there are only two significant figures in say the number 1500. Also definition from wikipedia: The significant figures of a number ...
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How to measure Entropy?

While $$\delta Q=T\ dS$$ allows for obtaining the entropy change of an isolated system in equilibrium by measuring the heat exchange with the environment, I was wondering whether there are ways to ...
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Is it feasible to measure the energy of cosmic ray muons with a consumer Digital Single Lens Reflex camera?

I have read this article SIBBERNSEN, Kendra. Catching Cosmic Rays with a DSLR. Astronomy Education Review, 2010, 9: 010111. and it talks about estimating the muon cosmic ray flux by means of a DSLR ...
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Is there a maximum accuracy for positions in the universe?

I was thinking how, since an object in our universe can move from one position to another, it must have passed through all the positions between those two positions. (I am thinking it moved it a ...
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Can a ultracentrifuge be used to test general relativity?

With today's ultracentrifuge technology, they can spin so fast that the sample can be subjected to accelerations of up to 2 millions Gs. That is equivalent to two solar masses. Has someone tried to ...
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How to measure temperature of a laser cooled sample at picoKelvin temperatures?

I'm reading about laser cooling.. my question is: how can the temperature of the sample be measured? (using laser cooling we can reach $10^{-12}K...)$