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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Transition from one state to another in Quantum Mechanics

I have seen other questions in this website that ask the same question, but no answer was clear enough for me. So, when we measure an electron's position we know that the wavefunction $\psi$ peaks ...
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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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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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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 $10^{-12}K...)$
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What is source of Infrared Radiation from some solid object? [duplicate]

I use a Fluke infrared temperature measurement meter for various applications. I have not thought too much about the source of that infrared radiation until recently. Assume some solid with maybe a ...
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Question about the double slit experiment

If we measure a particle before it passes through the slit, would we see the particle or the interference pattern on the screen after the slits?
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Are negativity of the Wigner function and quantum behaviour equivalent?

I've read the following question: Negative probabilities in quantum physics and I'm not sure I understand all the details about my actual question. I think mine is more direct. It is known that the ...
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Measure mass difference of an object without a scale

For a project i need to separate items based on their mass in real time. I like to explore measuring weight of an object (round metal ball) by taking photographs (several) during free fall and ...
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Compatible Observables and Measurement

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are compatible observables (i.e. $[A,B] = 0$). We take the eigenkets of $A$ to be $|a_1 \rangle \ldots |a_N \rangle$. Further, we suppose that the first $k$ eignekets of $A$ are ...
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How do we measure mass?

How do you measure mass? Weight is easy using a scale, but we can't measure mass that way, because then mass would be different on every planet. I know there was a Veritasium video (here) on defining ...
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Thermistor calibration - estimation of number of reference temperature points needed

A thermistor changes resistance with the temperature in a non-linear way and follows the exponential Arrhenius equation. Two reference points, ice slush water and boiling water, are used for ...
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Measurement of two qubits in a tensor product space

I understand that if we have two qubits, say $\Psi \in \mathcal{H}_1 \bigotimes \mathcal{H}_2$ where Alice has the first qubit, and she makes a measurement and ends up with the state $\phi \in ...
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How to measure the fineness of a textile fibre by diameter and fibre length?

I measured the diameter (um) and the fibre length (cm) of different (loose) textile fibres and have an average. Now there must be a relation between these two factors that gives an idea of the ...
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measuring distances

We measure distances using half of the time of flight of light, 'a la Einstein'. What is the geometrical shape of the surface that is the locus of the points that are at a definite distance of an ...
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How does one measure the power factor?

How does one measure the power factor? $$\text{power factor}\equiv\frac{\text{power}}{|V||I|}=\frac{R}{\sqrt{R^2+(1/\omega^2C^2)}}$$ for an RC circuit driven with $V(t)=V_0\cos{(\omega t)}$.
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If time standard clocks and any memories about the time standard are destroyed, can we recover the time standard again?

Assume the time standard clocks and any memories about the time standard are destroyed. Can we recover the time standard again exactly? Recovering the time standard again means we can determine the ...
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The nature of measurement

Does the measurement of the particle change it's physical state? Or does it only seem to do that? Ex. if a particle was measured before the slits, would we see an interference pattern, or a particle ...
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Do the copper connectors we used in measuring the resistance of a wire contribute to the said measurement?

We measured the resistance of a wire by setting the multimeter to ohmmeter mode and connected the ends of the ohmmeter to the ends of the wire; and we also calculated the theoretical value using a ...
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Is there a naturally occuring sound pressure level reference?

There are lots of devices that purport to measure the absolute value of sound pressure levels. Here is an example, here's another, there's also this iPhone App. Putting such devices side-by-side in ...
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If the LHC-calculated mass of the Higgs is wrong, how long will it take to determine this with confidence? [closed]

After I watched "Particle Fever"--the movie about Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the successful identification of the Higgs boson--I became a bit concerned with that team's handling of various ...
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How can I measure the speed of a figure skater's spin?

My daughter is a figure skater and needs to measure how fast she is spinning before she loses her position. This is a science project for 7th grade. I have looked for devices to possibly measure her ...