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Why is Bohr's explanation called Bohr's model and not Bohr's theory?

I have seen an answer which tells the difference between model (specific) and a theory (general). And it makes sense 'coz Bohr explained it for the hydrogen atom only. But did he not make a set of ...
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Can Quantum Field Theory be right even though it doesn't include gravity? [closed]

Quantum Field Theory doesn't include gravity, so does that mean it can't be right?
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Why is that a question can be answered with several theories? [closed]

This may be silly and I am sorry for that but it is confusing me. My teacher was teaching us about path of electrons around a nucleus. He told us that many theories have been proposed about path of an ...
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Understanding the basic concepts of quantum mechanics using a model [duplicate]

I'm not an expert and I don't know if already exists something like the following model, but I wrote a simple (mental) model to understand the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. I want to know if ...
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How to model a water plant valve

I'm looking for a mathematical model of resistance in valve. Some relation between drop of pressure $\Delta p$ and volumetric flow rate $Q$. I got this tip from some colleague to use formula for ...
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Quantification of uncertainty, or information loss, when modeling a physical system?

Say I have a physical circuit (say a battery, wires and an incandescent lamp) that I want to model. To model it I could perhaps use: traditional circuit theory some kind of finite element analysis ...
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What is the difference between toy models and normal models?

Here is the short description of scientific model: an imperfect or idealized representation of a physical system And the definition of toy model: a simplified set of objects and equations ...
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The counterfactual possibility to explain discrete energies in Thomsons plumpudding model

In the german edition of "Tipler: Physics for scientists and engineers" there i a small text about the plum pudding model of the atom. i give a direct translation: "Thomsons plumpudding model of a ...
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Coupling of LC circuits

I am reading an old article in a physics journal in which the author explains that the frequency between two identical, but capacitively coupled oscillators becomes ...
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Systems with elements having size which tends to zero

[Question] If I have an element whose size(as in physical dimensions) tend to 0 but is NOT 0 (very very very small). If I create a system from these elements based on (say) the fractal concept ...
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Mooney-Rivlin coefficients sign

I'm doing a fitting of uniaxial compression data of a isotropic polymer using the Mooney-Rivlin model: $\sigma=\left( 2C_1 + \frac{2C_2}{\lambda} \right )\left( \lambda ^2- \frac{1}{\lambda } ...
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Is it possible for an object to have mass but zero volume?

Can there exist a particle/object in the universe having mass but no volume? Is it possible that mass can exist without volume and density? We think we know that matter is anything having mass and ...
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M-theory and Mathematics [closed]

If the framework of M-theory is the right path for a unification of gravity with quantum mechanics, is it obligatory to believe that, at a certain level, reality is not just easily describable by ...
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Good broad review of agent-based modeling?

Trying to find some good review of agent-based models and networks, covering opinion dynamics, correlated behavior, phase transition analogies, etc. Are there any articles or books that cover major ...
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On deriving a fluid flow pressure drop model using either physical theory or empirical methods

I'm trying to derive a model from physical principles of fluid flow, a simple quadratic model that tends to well fit actual pressure-flow data. For (real) subsonic air flow (ideally adiabatic) ...
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Is there a simple equivalent to Ohm's law for gas (pressure=R*throughput)?

Question I have the feeling gas cannot have an equivalent of Ohm's law, tying pressure and throughput via some kind of fluid resistance constant depending on the geometry of the obstacle considered. ...
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Why can't the Navier Stokes equations be derived from first principle physics?

At the 109th UCLA Faculty Research lecture, Seth Putterman gave a talk on Sonoluminescence. During the lecture he emphasized that "The Navier Stokes equations cannot be derived from first principles ...
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What is the difference between a “model” and a “theory”?

In my past questions I have used the terms "model" and "theory" interchangeably. So we have statements along the lines of The Standard Model is our best theory of particle physics but I have also ...
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Does model theory in mathematics have any usefulness in the modeling of physical systems?

The term Model Theory in mathematics seems to have a somewhat precise definition here. Reading through that reference you'll largely see discussions strictly relating to mathematical concepts, but one ...
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Accuracy of differential equations [closed]

We use differential equations to model the world around us. For example, the logistic differential equation $$\frac{dx}{dt} = rP\left(1-\frac PK\right)$$ is used to model population. However, it ...
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Deriving effective model without integrating out degrees of freedom in path integral formalism?

In path integral formalism of quantum field theory (particle physics or condensed matter), one can in principle integrate out part of the degrees of freedom so as to attain an effective model ...
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Is it acceptable to base a physical theory on a philosophical idea?

Are theories that are based on the philosophy acceptable in Physics? If the theory is based on the philosophy that obtained from laboratory experiments, can it be accepted?
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Is metric tensor invariant under rotation?

It is said that metric tensor depend on the local coordinate system and therefore are not intrinsic to the surface of an 3d-object? How is it possible, kindly provide any proof or discussion. Also is ...
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What experiments don't confirm Poincare group-based representation of particle behavior

What experiments don't confirm Poincare group-based representation of particle behavior? Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particle_physics_and_representation_theory ...
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Building blocks of particles in different theories

If I understand it correctly, in most theories in physics we exploit the notion of point, i.e. we have e.g. point-like particles. In string theory, we don't have points, but a notion of string. What ...
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Mathematical approximation to physics

Why is it often said that any mathematical theory is just an approximate theory of the universe? Wouldn't there be accurate mathematical structures repressing the physical entities of the universe ...
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Deviation from 2D trajectory [closed]

I need to find out how far a ball is from the predicted trajectory in 2 dimensional space and I know the start and end position of the ball in both dimensions. Along with that I know the initial ...
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Model to convert radiation data from one tilted surface to a different one?

I have measuring data of global radiation on a tilted surface (a solar collector surface). Now I need to do 2 things: split the tilted global radiation into its diffuse and beam parts calculate ...
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Why do we consider the electric field of an infinite plane? [closed]

I never understood why one would calculate the electric field surrounding an infinite plane, if such thing does not exist. Is there physical motivation for using this model? Are the results applicable ...
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Mathematical description of electron configuration

Does there exist a mathematical model for determining the electron configuration of an atom? I mean the theory which would generalize the notion behind the informal elements of the Aufbau principle.
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Balloon tethering cable tension model (catenary tether)

If a moving balloon (let's say it's a blimp system with some rotors for movement) is connected to the ground by a cable that describes a catenary curve, how can we model the tension being applied on ...
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How does a plasma globe work?

I am trying to simulate a plasma globe using computer. But I do not know how to model the motion of its filaments. My first guess is to construct a potential field. And the filaments are the paths ...
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physics of wet hair

I'm curious about the physics behind the clumping of wet hair. More specifically, how the amount of water in hair and distance between hairs affect the clumping process. I know intuitively that when ...
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How long does it take for an electric car to go from 0 to 60 mph?

I found the freefall motion equation which describes terminal velocity of a falling body, but I can't find a similar equation for a vehicle subject to constant traction force, so I tried determining ...
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Should theory be the appropriate term? [duplicate]

Should theory be the appropriate term? I mean, for example, because of the quantum field theory we have been able to find the subatomic particles that it theorized and make the Standard Model. Why ...
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model for flexible stick

I'm trying to model a flexible stick with a partial differential equation. I want one of the ends to be fixed and the other end to swing. Do you guys know of any good models I can use? Any ...
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Identifying an optics equation in a code refactoring project

I apologise if this a somewhat naive post. My knowledge of optics is limited, and I am learning on the job, so to speak. I'm a computational biologist, dabbling in a bit of physics. I'm currently ...
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Sampling a distribution (from a galaxy model)

I am reading the following article: http://www.kof.zcu.cz/st/dis/schwarzmeier/galaxy_models.html and am currently at section 5.6 (positions of bodies in a galaxy). I am trying to redo the simulations ...
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Why would an electron in an orbit be accelerating continuously and would thus radiate away its energy and fall into the nucleus in a classical model? [duplicate]

I was reading this answer by madame anna v: You are right, the planetary model of the atom does not make sense when one considers the electromagnetic forces involved. The electron in an orbit is ...
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Point masses and infinite densities

Point masses are masses who don't have volume. It is said that they are infinitly dense, but I though division by zero is undefined hence you can't define the density for a point mass because ...
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The nature of theoretical models

Mathematics is exact. It is a beautiful language that allows us to express quantities that aren't possible to be represented physically. We build theoretical models of physical systems that work out ...
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Are there models/simulations of antigravitational antimatter-galaxies?

In the comments to another question's answer, I started wondering: Assuming antimatter possessed negative gravitational mass§ (which is not proven impossible to date, though deemed unlikely), ...
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Which model of computation can be viewed as being extended by the currently most relevant models of quantum computation?

Which model of quantum computation resembles most closely the attempts of implementation currently being made? And which non-quantum model of computation is the conceptually closest one to the above ...
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Can all theories of theoretical physics be generalized to any (arbitrary) number of dimensions?

Please explain from: mathematical point of view "laws of mathematics", and, physical point of view "laws of physics"? Or is there any bound on number of dimensions?
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How can we depend on the mathematical axioms that break down at the nano-level? [duplicate]

Mathematics "makes sense" at our scope of view. For example, gravity seems to obey the fact that it accelerates at a rate of 9.8 meters a second^2. However, when an object drops, the force of gravity ...
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How can I validate a numerical model using an analytical solution of the same scenario?

In the course of my research project I have been tasked with validating an acoustic model, however I am having trouble conceptualising what I am supposed to do. I have found an analytical solution for ...
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Floating a ping pong ball in the air just using a pen!

Caution: Apparently this problem is harder than it seems! There is a well known phenomena, which I first learnt about when I was a 10 years old kid. You can levitate a ping pong(or whatever ...
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What's the physical interpretation of constants in Laplace equation and diffusion equation?

What's the physical interpretation of constants in wave equation and diffusion equation? $$u_{tt}=c^2u_{xx},$$ $$u_{t}=ku_{xx}.$$ Please introduce some reference about mathematical modeling of ...
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Fitting a circuit scheme to a simpler model

I have to simulate the electric field within a gas filled discharge gap generated by a radio frequency voltage generator. The circuit, provided to me by the experimenters somewhat far away, is given ...
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Eddy current losses in electric steel by harmonics of a magnetic field

I am working on an model of a permanent magnet synchronous machine. Right now I am stuck with calculating the eddy current losses caused by the harmonics of the stator magnetic field in the electrical ...