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How to theoretically define a measure of length?

Is there a way of defining the "length" of some object? We agree that the length of an object is the distance between two points $A$ and $B$. The naive approach would be using a meter stick in the ...
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How is the most accurate value of $G$ measured?

How do modern scientists update the measurement of $G$, the gravitational constant? Is CODATA the authority on this measurement and the experiment?
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Non-random observations (regarding physical quantity)?

Are there completely deterministic observations? More detailed: Talking about an observations process for which of the following sentences would you vote: Version 1 (always random): "These ...
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What is the experiment used to actually observe the position of the electron in the H atom?

Prior to observation, the electron can be found anywhere (from inside the nucleus to the ends of the universe), but once its position is determined the answer is precise (albeit its momentum is not ...
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How is anything *not* ultimately a position measurement?

Consider measuring the momentum of an electron. You pass it through some kind of electromagnetic field, it strikes a photodetector (e.g. a CCD), and you back-calculate out the momentum of the ...
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The Force Required To Move An Object Which Has Unequal Mass Distribution

Suppose I have an object, let's say a stick which is of length, let's say 1 meters. I have most of the mass of the stick concentrated on one side of the stick (the center of mass). Now, if I move the ...
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Repeating a measurement vs uncertainty

The wikipedia says on measurement in quantum mechanics that: Repeating the same measurement without any evolution of the quantum state will lead to the same result. On the other hand, doesn't ...
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Extracting times of hits from a composite detector response

I have a detector that registers a sequence of "hits" over a period of time. Each hit produces a signal that has the approximate form ...
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No length contraction!

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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Maximum error of number of observations within several certain intervals – Accuracy of variable is known

I have carried out a series of measurements of different thermal comfort parameters from which I have calculated another variable called PMV. My data set consists of hourly measurements (and ...
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Uniqueness of representing POVM using projective measurement

$\newcommand\tr{\operatorname{tr}} \newcommand\ket[1]{\lvert#1\rangle} \newcommand\bra[1]{\langle#1\rvert} $[Skip to the conjecture for a self-contained mathematical formulation of the question.] ...
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For thermal mass flow measurement technologies is it necessary to measure gas pressure to determine volumetric flow rate?

Mass flow readings from thermal mass flow measurement technologies often provide output readings in volumetric units (e.g. standard liters per minute). Mathematically I can derive the volumetric flow ...
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Does measuring the air temperature near a 21 lane asphalt highway impact measurements?

The official temperature in Sydney is measured at the Sydney Observatory. This is located near the city side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge - which is a major highway. My question is Does ...
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Frictionless Cart on a Ramp (Experimental Design Question)

Question: Why is the calculated value for our final velocity higher than our predicted value? Since our prediction neglected air resistance and friction, shouldn't the velocity for the actual cart ...
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How do we perform transverse measurements in a two level system?

In quantum mechanics any two level system can be mapped onto effective spin variables. If the system is defined by two energy levels, $|E_1\rangle$ and $|E_2\rangle$, the Hamiltonian is $$ H = ...
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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 ...
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How can you accurately determine your own mass?

I'm trying to figure out whether it is possible for an individual to accurately determine his/her own mass, to within 100g, using equipment that is readily accessible or can be purchased at a ...
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How should I quote errors when measurements are asymetrically clustered?

Suppose five people measure the length of a stick and report the following values 4.90cm 4.92cm 4.93cm 4.94cm 4.94cm In high school science we are told that in ...
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Is there a way to measure the energy stored in a twisted rubber band?

I am building an energy storage device using rubber bands. It contains 24 bands which are twisted by a set of gears. I would like to measure (or predict) the amount of energy that the device can ...
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can one measure energy to a finite accuracy?

Can one measure energy to a finite accuracy in bounded amount of time? I don't know much about QM, but someone told me that the energy-time uncertainty principle says that it would take infinite ...
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U.S. Standard Atmosphere

My textbook states that "Ideally, we would like to have measurements of pressure versus altitude over the specific range for the specific conditions (temperature, reference pressure) for which the ...
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Thought Experiment: Force on magnets in a Stern Gerlach Experiment

Background: In the SG experiment, an inhomogenous magnetic field affects a force on particles passing between two magnets. "Measurement" takes place when a screen is placed on one end, blocking one ...
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Is it possible to determine whether distant galaxies are gravitationally bound

In a previous question, one issue was related to the potential energy of cosmic structures. This raised in particular the question of whether these structures are gravitationally bound. If you ...
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Measuring more accurately the distance of remote galaxies

From what I read in Wikipedia, the velocity of a Galaxy has two components: one is due to Hubble's law for cosmic expansion, and the other is the peculiar velocity of the galaxy. Since the peculiar ...
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What is the spin of an electron along the x-axis?

I know that an electron or any other particle for that matter, has a measured spin which is either up or down. This spin is along the z-axis. But what if we do not measure it along the z-axis and do ...
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How many measurements of a physical quantity should you do to get a representative value / distribution? [closed]

When we measure a physical quantity multiple times, we can calculate several values which should help us understand the whole measurement better: Standard deviation, variance, median, average, and so ...
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How and under what principle are measurements made at quantum level? [closed]

There's a lot of news about amazing quantum phenomena, but even without the expert knowledge I would still like to know how it is done and think about the possibility of errors in measurements. How, ...
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What was a second in the early universe?

I have read some popsci articles and documentaries about the early universe and they often explain how various features of the universe came about and at what time. For example hydrogen atoms came ...
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Scalable quantum computation vs Uncertainty Principle

tl;dr. : If we want the result of a quantum computation to have scalable more bits, we will need inner measurements to have scalable precision, if we already know the result of the computation (from a ...
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Measuring position and momentum at the same time?

In a non-relativistic quantum mechanical system in an infinite potential well. I try to measure the energy and the position of the system simultaneously. Since, the respective operators do commute ...
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What does a MEMS gyro measure during off-axis rotations?

I've been working with MEMS gyroscopes in hobbyist projects for years—but it's recently come to my attention that I don't have any principled understanding of what rotation rate measurements ...
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How is photon time of flight/range over sub-millimeter distances measured?

I was reading a paper that described how the force a low-thrust torsion pendulum was measured. In it, the paper states a laser is bounced off a mirror and the displacement is "...based upon the beam ...
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About time measurements

What we regard as TIME is just a way of measuring duration for various phenomena. Like a ruler is a measuring device for measuring length ( or breadth or width). Saying Time is an illusion is like ...
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How can I ensure my scale is not affected my surface beneath it

I have person weighing spring scale. I live in Japan where the house has wood floors which deflect significantly under weight. I weighed my self in the bathroom and in the tiled bath area. The ...
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A question about atomic clocks

I have a rather simple question about atomic clocks. I have read that: Microwave radiation with a frequency of exactly 9.192.631.770 cycles per second causes the outermost electron of cesium-133 ...
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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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Can the magnetic fields of EM radiation be harnessed or measured?

We use the electric component of EM radiation to create the EM radiation and to detect it (antennas and Etc.), but does anyone know of a situation where the magnetic component of EM radiation is used? ...
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How to measure rainfall? And how is it determined for a specific location?

How is rainfall measure in a pinpoint location? This is what I think: There are automatic rainfall measuring stations at: A, B, C. But say I want to know point D, located between A and B, its ...
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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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Can we measure rates in real time?

I know what it means to say that my position is "X" at a particular moment in time. I can easily take a picture of my motion and observe my exact location at the instant the picture was taken. That is ...
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The measurement of electricity

I'm a student trying to understand electricity. As I learned from school, electricity is the flow of electrons, but I'm confused about the measurement of electricity. As I learned, voltage is the ...
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Can we directly measure vectors' quantities?

Can we perform some kind of experiment that will give us, for example, the $p_x$, $p_y$ and $p_z$ of a particle in a single measurement? I'm aware that they commute so one measurement will not ...
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How can we measure time?

If we cannot define a proper time (or synchronize clocks in different positions) in an inertial frame (independent with the theory of relativity), there seems to be no direct way to confirm the 2 ...
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Uncertainty principle with two photons

Imagine an experimental setup in which you have to measure the momentum and location of a particle. To measure it we know we will have to affect it, and the uncertainty principle would come into the ...
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Measuring Atomic Radius of a Noble Gas

How exactly can you measure the atomic radius of a noble gas such as Neon or Helium accurately? Would liquefaction help? I also heard that the aforementioned gases are the only common elements which ...
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Contact resistance copper-silver

I need to determine the contact resistance of a copper silver interface. The copper wire was soldered to the substrate using an IR-Laser. I was wondering if I can treat the entire system as a series ...
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How can Lorentz contraction be “directly” measured?

If one is watching a relativistic object of e.g. spherical shape, which emits enough light to be detectable, it will, despite being Lorentz contracted, appear of its natural shape, although rotated. ...
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How stellar aberration is measured?

A simple calculation shows that stellar aberration due orbital motion of earth is roughly 20 arcseconds. My questions are: Practically how this small value is measured? Does this value is in the ...
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Accelerometer validation trace

I am attempting to validate an accelerometer. I have a triaxial accelerometer and placed it on a wheel which goes at various frequencies from 1 to 3 Hz. Am I right in thinking that I would expect the ...
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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 3 axes (x,y,z) every 10 ms (100 times a second), during a helicopter flight. If one, wants to ...