The process of determining the best solution among all possible solutions given a set of constraints.

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Optimal size of a windmill for a given windspeed

Here is the problem: Assume that you have some constant wind speed. I want to run a windmill but I need to decide how big a windmill I want. The size is characterized by the length of the blades, $r$. ...
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Physics problems requiring optimization?

I would like to know if there are simple benchmark physics problems to test a Genetic Algorithm C++ library I developed. The library supports single and multi-objective constrained optimization and I ...
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Coefficients and Parameters for contracted Gaussian basis sets

This is a repost from Chemistry.stackexchange in the hopes that someone here will be able to help me. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. As far as I understand, an STO-NG contracted ...
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Ising formulation of the graph isomorphism problem

Context I have been going through Ising formulations of many NP problems by Andrew Lucas. In section 9 on page 22, the author gave an Ising formulation of the graph isomorphism problem. Here I ...
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Converting Point Gradients to Rotational Representation

I'm a PhD student in an unrelated field. It's been a very long time since I've done physics, and I've run into a problem in my research which I think is actually a physics problem. Basically, I have ...
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What is the best path for a given initial and final state?

I am trying to calculate an efficient acceleration curve given starting and final positions and velocities. I'm assuming no friction, and that the acceleration can be applied in any direction at any ...
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Particle Collision with Static System

I have a system of particles with equal distance with each other and another at random positions which is moving with time. What I want to know is : The method by which I can reduce the number of ...
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How long does it take to optimally change position and velocity?

A spaceship moving in two dimensions is at position $(x, y)$ and has a velocity $(v_x, v_y)$. It also has a maximum acceleration $a_{max}$. Its goal is to be at position $(x', y')$ with a velocity of ...
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Optimal Airplane trajectory

The last time I took a plane the following problem crossed my mind. Setting: take the Earth and neglect its rotation around the Sun. It then only rotates on itself with angular velocity $\Omega$. ...
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Is it possible to work out the shortest time in which a body can travel a certain distance if all that is provided is the max a, max -a, v1, v2 and s?

Is it possible to calculate the shortest time it takes a body to travel a certain distance if the only information provided is its maximum acceleration, its maximum retardation and the distance it ...
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Optimization of a functional defined implicitly

I would like to minimize a functional of the type: $$L[\gamma]=\int_a^b F(T(\gamma(t))dt$$ on the space of paths $\gamma$, where $T=T(\gamma,t)$. Now, usually I would simply apply Euler-Lagrange's ...
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What are circles on broth (eating soup) surface?

Think about broth in the soup, usually it has circles on its surface. What are their properties? Why there are many of them (not a few big blobs)? Are they depended on liquid's temperature? What needs ...
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range of the difference of two-qubit density matrix determinants

The determinant of a two-qubit (4 x 4) density matrix lies between 0 and (1/2)^8. (A pure state has determinant zero, and the fully mixed [classical] state, determinant (1/2)^8.) The determinant of ...
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what's the world record in finding the ground state of the 3D Ising model

Finding the ground state of the 3D ising model (with no magnetization) is known to be NP-complete. Just wondering what is the biggest size cubic lattice someone has found the ground state of for this ...
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Number of blades in a helicopter rotor

I was wondering how it is possible to determine what is the optimal number of blades in a helicopter rotor. I think that the length of the blade is involved as a longer blades would have to spin ...
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Help finding Delta T for a known position displacement with known accel/decel, etc

I'm looking for an equation to find the time it will take for a position displacement to happen, given known $V_{max}$, a (known) constant acceleration, deceleration, jerk, and displacement... and an ...
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Is there a closed form solution to the Esdale river problem?

This is probably not well known problem but it looks like open problem. What kind of methods there are to find a closed form solution to the physical situation? Can you solve this problem? You're ...
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What lifting mechanism is likely to have the best energy recovery ratio? [closed]

Suppose I was designing an apparatus which needed to lift 250kg 5cm high, hold it there for a few seconds, and then lower the object back to the original height. Such a process would need to be ...
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Utilizing maximum acceleration $a$ for displacement $d$ with initial velocity $v_0$ and final velocity $v_1$

Problem My goal is to move an object from point a to b (displacement $d$) as fast as possible utilizing the maximum available acceleration $a_{max}$, taking into account the initial velocity $v_0$ ...
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Determining the probability of a particular site having a particular spin in an Ising model

Given an Ising model, we have the energy formula: $E= - \sum_i h_i S_i - \sum_{i \neq j} J_{ij} S_i S_j$ and we have the probability of a given state, given the energy of that state and the ...
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Pareto efficiency and Standard Model parameters

Pareto Efficiency is a well understood concept in economics, which basically is a condition where no one actor could be made better off without some one being made worse off. This condition allows ...
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Dual methods in structure optimization

I am studying Structure Optimization, and the teacher took a few weeks to detail dual methods, but I don't get why it is useful. From an optimization problem with ...
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How would a physicist move? [closed]

Let's assume that Johnny Physicist has decided to move from his poor dingy second story apartment, into his much deserved home. Without making modifications to the existing structures? What would be ...
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What are the optimal shapes, if any, for fractal antennae?

A DIY fractal antenna project is described at http://www.htpc-diy.com/2012/04/diy-flexible-fractal-window-hdtv.html Mainly idle curiosity, but I was wondering what the principles behind these might ...
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Good algorithm for in-experiment 1-D optimization?

I'm running an experiment -- for the question, it doesn't matter which one, but I'm measuring an optical intensity $I$ as a function of two parameters: reflection angle $\theta$ and wavelength ...
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How does the shape (form; not cross-section) of a spring impact performance?

Cylindrical compression springs are everywhere and then some applications choose other forms like rectangular or unique polygonal form. What impact does the form of a compression spring have and how ...
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The Double Integrator: Matching velocity and position as quickly as possible with only a limited amount of force available

If a body with mass $m$ begins at position $x_0$ with velocity $v_0$ and experiences a force that varies as a function of time $f(t)$ (and we ignore gravity, friction, and everything else that might ...