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What is the origin of the naming convention for the various branches in vibration-rotational spectroscopy?

In vibration-rotational spectroscopy, the different spectral lines are grouped into branches for different changes in the total angular momentum, i.e. $$ \begin{array}{rrrrrr} & \mathrm{O} & ...
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Calculus of Variations - Virtual displacements

I am currently reading "The Variational Principles of Mechanics - Cornelius Lanczos", in which the author talks about the variation of a function $F(q_1, q_2, \dots q_n)$ where $q_1, q_2, \dots q_n$ ...
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What exactly is an arbitrary parameter?

I was reading the article Turning Points: A meeting with Enrico Fermi by Freeman Dyson (available e.g. here), and I had a question about Dyson's use of the term 'arbitrary parameter'. More ...
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What visual methods Stephen Hawking developed for visualizing equations? [closed]

The Wikipedia page about Stephen Hawking states: As he slowly lost the ability to write, he developed compensatory visual methods, including seeing equations in terms of geometry. The physicist ...
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Is it right to write $\varepsilon_{ijk} \delta_{jl}=\varepsilon_{ilk}$? (indices notation)

Consider the $l$ component of vector position $\vec{r}$, $r_l$, and the $i$ component of angular momentum $\vec{L}$, $L_i$. We have that $$L_i=[r\times p]_{i}=\varepsilon_{ijk}r_jp_k$$ ...
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Expanding the Ricci tensor by summing over indices

I had an attempt at deriving the Schwarzschild metric. This is a 4-dimensional problem where the indices are being summed from 0 to 3. I got up to the part where I calculate the Ricci tensor which is ...
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What do variables with a numerical subscript mean in astronomy?

I am wondering if anyone can help me understand what a variable with a subscript on it means. The paper: B.F. Schutz, Nature 323, 310 (1986). The variable in question is this distance $r_{100}$ and ...
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Dirac notation - specific acting orientation for operators

I have this doubt: Imagine two operators $A$ and $B$ and the state $\psi$. I know that the following statement is true: $$\langle\psi| A|\psi\rangle^*=\langle\psi| A^\dagger|\psi\rangle$$ But ...
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Is the unit symbol written twice when using the +\- symbol?

When notating error using the $\pm$ symbol, are the units only ever included at the end? For example: 10.2 $\pm$ 3.2 m rather than 10.2 m $\pm$ 3.2 m This seems to be correct though I ...
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What does a line above a commutator, e.g. $\overline{[x, H]}$ mean?

What does this notation mean in relation to quantum mechanics? $$\overline{[x,H]}\qquad\text{or}\qquad\overline{[p,H]}\tag{1}$$ I know $[x,H]$ is just the commutator e.g $xH-Hx$, and the ...
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Difference between $dM/dt = 0$ and $\partial M/\partial t=0$ [duplicate]

$\frac{dM}{dt} = 0$ represents a constant of motion $M.$ Why not $\frac{\partial M}{\partial t}$ represent a constant of motion $M$?
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Does $g_{\mu\mu}$ in an expression follow the Einstein summation convention?

Assume that I have the expression for a Christoffel symbol: $$ \Gamma^\mu_{\alpha \beta}=\frac{1}{2}g^{\mu \lambda}(\partial_\alpha g_{\beta \lambda}+\partial_\beta g_{\alpha \lambda} - ...
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QM angular momentum commutator solution using index notation

there are a few answered questions regarding the commutator of any two 3D angular momentum operator components $[L_i, L_j]$ , however, I am trying to go through fully using index notation so that I ...
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What does dimensionless quantity 'number of $g$' mean?

I am doing data analysis in which I found a quantity named "no. of $g$". I don't know what it means or what is its usage. Look at the image below. I want to know the meaning and usage of "no. of ...
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What does the zero in the differential operator $\partial_0$ mean?

I have noticed the differential operator $\partial_0$ in a lot of equations whilst studying quantum field theory. I am used to the notation $\partial_x$ meaning $ \frac{d}{dx} \\\\ $ etc. but just a ...
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Is $d^3r$ the same as $dV$, the volume element?

I've seen the term $d^3r$ being used instead of $dV$. Are they exactly the same? Do they have a different connotation?
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Trying to understand inner product notation

I I'm taking a QM course and I'm trying to make sense of why observables are sometimes conjugated for no apparent reason in their inner products. Right now I'm watching Dr. Susskind's lecture on ...
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Nomenclature of nuclear excited states

I read in an online portal about $^{112}$Sn nucleus making a transition from $0_{g.s}^{+} \rightarrow 2_{1}^{+}$ state. Also, some higher excited states were named as $0_{2}^{+}$, $3_{1}^{-}$, etc. ...
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Index Placement for Spinors in Relativity

This may ultimately be a silly question, but a pedantic mind like mine gets tied into knots over differing notation. (Disclaimer: I'm a mathematician.) Let $\mathbb{W}$ be a complex two-dimensional ...
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Is there a rigorous definition of 'much greater than'?

I have encountered $\gg$ in many physics text books where it's used as a relation between constants or functions but in none of the text books I have read is it properly defined anywhere. If $A \gg ...
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What is this equation?

A while ago I came across this funny little bit of graffiti: What is this equation? What does it mean? What are the symbols? The notation reminds me of quantum mechanics, so I am tagging ...
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Expressing operator in bra-ket notation, knowing just matrix elements

This is in context of unitary transformations between two othonormal bases $\{ | e_i \rangle\}$ and $\{ | \bar{e}_i \rangle\}$. I define $U$ by $$U| e_i \rangle = | \bar{e}_i \rangle $$ Now I can ...
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Confusion about proportionality in Kepler's 3rd law of planetary motion

I was reading about Kepler's third law on planetary motion and came across in two books $R^3\propto T^2$ and in the other $T^2\propto R^3$. So, I asked the following question on Math.SE. If both mean ...
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Usage of delta operator [duplicate]

So I've always thought that "$\Delta$" when applied to an n-tuple or scalar was the change of that n-tuple or scalar relative to a previous state in time and proportional to the amount of time or ...
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What is the difference between $\frac{DA^\mu}{D\lambda}$ and $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\lambda}$?

I earlier asked this question How can you have $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\tau}$? I am now wondering: What is the difference between $\frac{DA^\mu}{D\lambda}$ and $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\lambda}$? In the linked ...
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How can you have $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\tau}$?

If a covariant derivative is given by: $$D_\nu A^\mu=\partial_\nu A^\mu +\Gamma^\mu_{\nu \lambda} A^{\lambda}$$ Then how does $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\tau}$ make any sense? Since there are no 'differentials' ...
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What is the recommended symbol for Volumetric flow rate? [closed]

I'm currently working on a paper with a mathematician. He always writes $\dot Q$ as well as $\dot V$ for volumetric flow rate and claims both are standard notations. Till now I always used $Q$ ...
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Perturbation theory, eigenvalues and eigenvectors for degenerate case (1st order)

I was trying to understand the perturbation theory, but I was lost in the notation... I have understood that I have to identify the unperturbed kets that are degenerated and find the matrix $V$, ...
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Tensors, indices and matrix notation - is there a common convention?

For a tensor named T with two indices, there are four possibilities: $T_{ij}$ , $T_i^{\ j}$, $T^i{\ _j}$ and $T^{ij}$. Is there a common convention as to how these tensors would be represented as ...
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What does the g mean after the isotope given?

I'm familiar with notation such as Sc-44m standing for the meta stable state of Sc-44. What does Sc-44g mean? There are a few examples of this notation; here's one: ...
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Schroedinger equation for hydrogen atom

I have got a problem understanding the meaning of the Laplace operator in the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom. $$\Big(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m_e} \Delta_{r_e} - \frac{\hbar^2}{2M_P} \Delta_{r_p} ...
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Basic Notation Help Needed : Classical Mechanics, Unit Vectors

Can someone help me with some basic notation? Here's a situation where I'm surely missing some trivial piece of the puzzle: Example 1: given $W = \frac{1}{2}cpAv^2$ (air resistance), adding a unit ...
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Time evolution of expectation value of an operator

I'm studying QM from Sakurai, and I have a doubt regarding the proof given that in the case of time independent Hamiltonian the expectation value of an observable doesn't change with time. The ...
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QFT Normalization of multi-particle states

Peskin 7.2 states that the identity operator for the entire Hilbert space is given by ...
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Why do we assume differential coefficients of number of molecules?

In many portions of physics (like Maxwell's velocity distribution law) we assume statements like- Number of molecules having velocity between $c$ to $c+dc$ is $dn$. But number of molecules $n$ ...
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Definition of Hamilton operator

The Hamilton operator is by definition a self-adjoint operator $H\text{: }D\left(H\right)\to\mathcal{H}$ with $D\left(H\right)\subset\mathcal{H}$ a dense linear subspace of the Hilbert space ...
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Why is the $dx$ right next to the integral sign in QFT literature?

I've noticed that in QFT literature, integrals are usually written as $\int \!dx ~f(x)$ instead of $\int f(x) dx$. Why?
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Difference between $|d{\bf r}|$ and $d|{\bf r}|$

What is the difference between $|d{\bf r}|$ and $d|{\bf r}|$ and why are both of them not always equal to each other? My question might seem stupid to some and will probably get downvoted but I have ...
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What do “ℜe” and “A*” mean?

What do "$\mathfrak{Re}$" and "A*" mean in the following equation (taken from James Binney and David Skinner's QM lecture notes, equation 1.12), \begin{align} p(S\text{ or ...
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Notation in crystallography

I'm trying to comprehend the proof that for a crystal with translational symmetry only 1,2,3,4 or 6 rotational axes exist. The proof I'm trying to follow however uses a weird notation I haven't seen ...
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When is Einstein summation implied by Lorentz indices?

I would like to ask if it is possible to find out whether Einstein summation is used in an equation. For example, $$A^{\mu \nu} = 1$$ can either mean $\sum_{\mu\nu} A^{\mu \nu}=1$ or $A^{\mu \nu}=1$ ...
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Clarifying some notation, the square of a vector derivative

I'm reading a text which asserts that, if $\vec{F}(\vec{x})=-\nabla V(\vec{x})$ then we define $$E = \frac{m}{2} \left( \frac{d\vec{x}}{dt}\right)^2-V(\vec{x}) \, .$$ However, I don't understand how ...
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Acceleration derivative

I am reading Morris Kline's "Calculus" and I fail to understand this notation: We have acceleration to which an object $r$ feet from the center of the earth (and above the earth) is subject. If we ...
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Dirac notation and column representation

$\renewcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$ I am facing difficulty in understanding how the right hand side is coming in equation A below In $H$ of dimention 4, the vector $$ \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}} ...
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How is $\delta s$ different than $ds$? [duplicate]

Specifically I'm reading Dirac's General Relativity and he says essentially: $$ \delta Q = \frac{\partial Q}{\partial x^\mu} \delta x^\mu $$ But what's the difference between this and: $$ dQ = ...
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Nabla or semicolon notation for covariant derivative? [closed]

$$A_{\,;\alpha}^{\mu}=\nabla_{\alpha}A^{\mu}$$ Are there any pros and cons regarding these two notations for denoting the covariant derivative?
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How to interpret vector operators in quantum mechanics?

To the point: How should I think about the equation $$\hat{\mathbf{x}}\mid\mathbf{x'}\rangle = \mathbf{x'}\mid\mathbf{x'}\rangle~?$$ Is it a triple of equations $\hat{x}\mid x'\rangle = x'\mid ...
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What is this nested bracket notation?

The following is an excerpt from K. Varga's paper, Precise solution of few-body problems with stochastic variational method on correlated Gaussian basis: ...The function $θ_{LM_L}(\mathbf{x})$ in ...
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Order of index in Lorentz transform

I am reading Schwartz's "QFT and the standard model". On pg 13 he gives the Lorentz transform of a rotation around the x-axis: $ \left( \begin{array}{cccc} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 ...
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Summation notation for Kronecker delta

I'm having some problems on notation for indices: I've found in Goldstein, 3rd edition, that the Kronecker delta satisfies the following property: $$\delta_{ij}\delta_{ik}=\delta_{jk}$$ But ...