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Can an electric circuit be modeled from tracking individual charge carriers?

Given a simple electric circuit , If we were to start from tracking all the forces acting on each individual free electron in the circuit, would it be possible to eventually find all the currents and ...
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Is spectroscopic analysis of flowing air sensitive to the amount of matter or the flux?

I would like to like to go deeper in understanding the analytical and physical behaviour of air quality analysers. AQ analysers are merely based on spectroscopy (absorbance, fluorescence, ...
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Transmission line model proof?

Why 2 distributed lines is represented with series inductor and resistor along with parallel capacitor and resistor? What is the motivation for that? In circuit theory I Knew the assumptions to ...
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A concept of primary colors [closed]

It's a common conception that there are at least three different colors which produce most of the visible spectrum. I am wondering if there is a unique set of these "primary" colors which could be ...
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What's the difference between hypothesis, theory and law? [closed]

What's the difference between hypothesis, theory and law? I think I'm confused now because I exactly learned the misconception one as explained below in high school. According to this university's ...
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Why must a physical theory be mathematically self-consistent?

I always read in modern physics textbooks and articles about the need for physical theories to be mathematically self-consistent, which implies that the theories must not produce contradictions or ...
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How the data or models given in physics or mathematics problems can be obtained in real life? [closed]

When ever there is physics or mathematics problem. we are already given a mathematical model. Can't we make own models from given diagrams or data collected from the problem? sometimes angle is given ...
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Ionospheric electron density measurements

I've been working on measuring total electron column density (TEC) with multi frequency GPS data. In theory, signal delay caused by TEC differences should affect the code and carrier nearly evenly in ...
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Simple mobile - From data points to model?

Here is some background : I'm taking part in a programming challenge in which you control a racing pod that has to go from checkpoints to checkpoints to win a race. You are allowed to specify the ...
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Relativistic Cellular Automata

Cellular automata provide interesting models of physics: Google Scholar gives more than 25,000 results when searching for "cellular automata" physics. Google Scholar still gives more than 2.000 ...
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Equations involved in freezer burn

Assuming a sphere with a given percentage of moist uniformly distributed through the sphere. It's surrounded by air with no humidity. How could I model the sublimation of the sphere's moist into the ...
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Modeling stilts with equations

I'm trying to make a set of stilts 20 ft in the air that someone could wear to run/jog with, but I was advised that I should first start by modeling the system (user + environment + stilts) in the ...
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Goodness of fit for two different properties of the same model?

This is a question about statistics and optimisation. I have a model which produces two different distributions of the same dimension. Let's say they are the mean velocity distribution $\langle v(r) \...
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Modeling: State variables and algebraic variables

I am new to modeling of differential-algebraic systems. I dont understand the coherence between: state-variables, differential variables and algebraic variables. Standard form of the system: $F(x'(t),...
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Appropriate fit function for $\phi$ meson mass from $K^{+}K^{-}$ pair

I am attempting to measure the mass of the $\phi$ meson using the decay mode $\phi \to K^{+}K^{-}$. I have isolated the $\phi$ meson candidates using this decay mode, and have constructed the graph ...
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Modeling non-quantum objects (in finance, sociology etc) using fermionic fields?

Please provide (if any) applications of fermionic field theory in non-physics macro contexts (finance, sociology etc). I see only bosonic fields being used mostly. The only (minor) application of ...
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Light curve analysis: how to estimate temperatures of Binary star system

I'm stuck at a binary star system lightcurve analysis. I have to set initial values for the bodies temperatures and then improve their accuracy by fitting. I know that the system type is WUMa. How ...
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What is the difference between toy models and normal models? [closed]

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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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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Why don't electrons crash into the nuclei they “orbit”?

I'm having trouble understanding the simple "planetary" model of the atom that I'm being taught in my basic chemistry course. In particular, I can't see how a negatively charged electron can stay ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 $\omega_\pm=\omega_0\sqrt{1\pm\...
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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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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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Mooney-Rivlin coefficients sign

I'm doing a fitting of uniaxial compression data of a isotropic polymer using the Mooney-Rivlin model: $\sigma=\left( 2C_1 + \frac{2C_2}{\lambda} \right )\left( \lambda ^2- \frac{1}{\lambda } \right)$...
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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 $\rho=m/...
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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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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 not-so-...
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Modeling incoming solar radiation

I want to write a model for estimating incoming solar radiation for a specific latitude on earth but I am struggling to find an appropriate source which shows the required equations for doing so. ...
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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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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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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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Physics of the electric hot plate

For an electronics experiment, I began wondering about the electric hot-plates (specifically the temperature dependence over time). If I were to measure the given temperature over time, I assume that ...
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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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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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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 ...