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Planck mass is about the mass of one eyebrow hair

Unlike most Planck units named after "Planck" such as Planck length, Planck temperature, etc, the Planck mass seems more closed to daily life. It is about $10^{-5}$g, same order of magnitude of one ...
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Can the gravitational constant $G$ be calculated theoretically?

We know all that the gravitational constant is $$G=6.67428±0.00067\times 10^{-11}\mathrm{m^{3} \:kg^{-1} s^{-2}}.$$ But can we calculate it theoretically?
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Fine structure constant from particle masses? [on hold]

In the last Wolfram blog http://blog.wolfram.com/2016/05/19/an-exact-value-for-the-planck-constant-why-reaching-it-took-100-years/ (halfway down) there is an interesting calculation (using ...
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What is the significance of Planck force?

I have been curious to find what could be the significance of Planck force? It is calculated by the formula $c^4/G = 1.21031359\times 10^{44} \, \mathrm{N}$, where $c$ is the speed of light and $G$ is ...
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Is there an official list of independent units of measurements?

When I say 'independent units', I mean those which cannot be broken down anymore, and simultaneously forms the basis for any more, complex measurements. For example, height, length, and width can all ...
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The mass of the proton times its charge radius is very close to 4ħ/c. Is this a coincidence?

The claim is $r_p m_p = 4 L_0 M_0 = 4\hbar/c$, where $r_p$ and $m_p$ are the proton's charge radius and mass, and $L_0$ and $M_0$ are the Planck length and mass. Using the muon measurement ...
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When can the constant of proportionality in an eq be set equal to 1 and when not? [duplicate]

In $F=kma$, $k=1$ but in $F=kx$, $k$ is not equal to 1?So what are the conditions for the constant of proportionality to be set 1?
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Why Newton's gravitational constant remains unchanged in relativity though gravity is not a force?

I know that Einstein described gravity as a curvature of spacetime. So, It is not a "force" but why Einstein had to accept Newton's gravitational force constant?
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Are dimensionless physical constants predicted to be rational, irrational, or transcendental numbers?

Are dimensionless physical constants predicted to be rational, irrational, or transcendental numbers? Directly measured ones are obviously unknown, but according to Wikipedia many dimensionless ...
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Why is the gravitational constant so difficult to measure?

The gravitational constant seems to be very low precision. For example, in the Wikipedia article recent measurements are given as having the significands of 6.67 and 6.69, a difference of 2 parts in ...
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Proper units for physical quantities when $\hbar$=$1$

How to deal with the units of quantities if $\hbar=\tfrac{h}{2\pi}=1$? For example, the energy $E=\hbar\omega$: If I have chosen $\hbar=1$, how do I use the units to properly differentiate between ...
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Are there characteristics that distinguish our universe?

Are there any defining characteristics of our universe that could be different for other universes (or "instances of our universe") that operate under the same laws of physics? And which, if any, are ...
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Any method to determine the gravitational constant $G$ from observations in cosmological scale?

By the observations in cosmological scale, I mean observations by astrophysicists like motions of quasars in far distance from us, relative motions of our galaxy to others, etc. I know the famous ...
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What is the most natural definition of the weak hypercharge coupling constant if grand unification is wrong?

A tricky question. Here is the famous graph of the running of the three coupling constants in the standard model: The graph shows, in its top curve, the running of the coupling constant $\alpha_1$. ...
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Difference between theoretical equations and empirical equations

Some equations are theoretical in the sense that they are derived from an underlying theory. Other equations are empirical in the sense that they were selected only because they fit experimental data ...
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How is a result of no time variation in the gravitational constant $G$ related to a measurement of no local expansion?

In this answer @PhillS linked to the paper Progress in Lunar Laser Ranging Tests of Relativistic Gravity which has given me a great start. While its main focus is on the Equivalence Principle (EP) ...
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Physical Significance of the Planck Density

The Planck density is the Planck mass devided by the Planck volume, approximately 1093 g/cm3. Does this quantity have any known physical relevance? The Planck mass is believed to be the smallest ...
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Why do we need constants? [closed]

This question is driving me crazy because I cannot find a straightforward answer. I want to know what a physical constant exactly is. I know that it’s a value that doesn’t change, but what is it? Why ...
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Proportionality Constant in Einstein Field Equations

The Einstein Field Equations: $$G_{ab}~=~8\pi T_{ab}.$$ I am familiar with how to obtain the $8\pi$ proportionality factor through correspondence with Newtonian gravity, but am wondering if this ...
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Why did Einstein took speed of light unit or constant in his equation of relativity?

We can find that no object can have speed more than light from Einstein's equation of relativity because if anything have speed more than light then we get -ve value within square root. But why did ...
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Experiment measuring vacuum permittivity and permeability in high speed

Suppose that we do NOT know anything of constancy of speed of light, to say nothing of special relativity. It is that we acquired a constant speed of light from Maxwell's Equations that we finally ...
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What in nature causes Newton's gravitation constant to have its given value?

Does the value of Newton's universal gravitational constant $G$ remain a mystery? Why does it have the value that it has?
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About Planck tension in strings theory as stated in “The Elegant Universe”

In the book "The Elegant Universe" by Brian B. Greene, on chapter 6 it is stated that there's the so called "Planck tension" in string theory, and it is given a value of $10^{39}$ tons. This value is ...
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Do time/location-dependent fundamental constant exists? [closed]

Throughout history people have been carrying out experiment after experiment to test many of the known constant, so I like to know if there are any oddities among the known fundamental constants. If ...
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What does the $k_e$ in Coulomb's law and $G$ in Newton's Universal Gravitation Law mean?

I very well understand the proportionality relation that was used to derive these laws like $F$ is proportional to product of masses and inversely to radius squared and hence its proportional to the ...
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Which was the first Coulomb's constant value? [closed]

Which was the first Coulomb's constant value? I didn't found any info in the Internet. I need the first value of K to compare it with my experiment. Could you please help me?
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Where does the square root of two in the conversion between the Fermi constant and the weak coupling constant come from?

As in the title, where does the square root of two in the conversion $$ G_{F}=\frac{\sqrt{2}g^{2}}{8m_{W}^{2}} $$ between the Fermi constant and the weak coupling constant come from? I was able to ...
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How are the constants in hydraulics calculated? [closed]

I would like to know (out of sheer morbid curiosity) how constants in hydraulics are calculated. The constants are, for good ol' 'Merican units; 63025, 5252,and 231. These constants came out of ...
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Can the value of $c$ be calculated from Relativity? [duplicate]

I have three related questions about what theories or equations can calculate and what is an input parameter/constant to the theories. This question is not about parameter units (as another similar ...
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String models of particle physics

What general features of particle physics are derived/replicated by constructing string models of particle models? How do such models address the fixing of free parameters like the masses and the ...
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Does the speed of light change? [duplicate]

I know that there is a similar questions, but I think mine is a bit different. I wonder if with the expansion of the universe the speed of light changes. It seems that the speed of light is very ...
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Why is the speed of light exactly $299,792.458$ m/s and not faster or slower? [duplicate]

Why is the speed of light $299,792,458$ metres per second, and not faster or slower. Why not $500$ trillion kilometers per second or $120$ miles per hour? This has been 'bothering' me for a while. ...
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Why are physical “constants” constant?

I am really sorry if this question is inappropriate or wrong. But this is something that I can never perfectly agree with, it just keeps on striking my mind when I am studying something new in ...
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Is the Boltzmann constant really that important?

I read a book in which one chapter gave a speech about the fundamental constants of the Universe, and I remember it stated this: If the mass of an electron, the Planck constant, the speed of ...
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Constancy of speed of light in vacuum? [closed]

Have scientists tried their best to calculate speed of light in vacuum? It seems very absurd to me that light of all frequencies have same velocity in space. Can someone find in future if this speed ...
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How can gravity truly be infinite?

From my knowledge, gravity is infinite and extends throughout all of space. It diminishes as distance increases but is still present everywhere. So given enough time, no matter where something is in ...
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What's the unit of fine-structure constant? [closed]

What's the unit of fine-structure constant? I mean in SI units.
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Can we alter/engineer natural “constants”? [closed]

There are numerous constants that define the physical universe, from the fine structure constant to Planck to the speed of light etc. Can any of these be altered locally? For example, it seems that ...
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Is there an equivalent of the Planck length for time?

Is there an equivalent of the Planck length for time? I'd just like a term I may use (high-level) for a similar "unit of time"? I am not looking for a debate on how discrete time might be, but if ...
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Why is the Fermi coupling constant always expressed in units of $(\hbar c)^3$?

Everywhere I've looked so far (such as NIST) the Fermi coupling constant $G_F$ is always expressed as $$\frac{G_F}{(\hbar c)^3} = 1.166 364(5) \times 10^{-5} \textrm{ GeV}^{-2}$$ never as just ...
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Can all laws of physics derived by a single or lists of more general laws?

(This is actually my first question - please understand my lack of knowledge and bad English..) I have always been curious about deriving thousands of laws from more general ones.. Can general laws ...
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if there is Ideal Gas constant, then do we have real gas constant?

We have Ideal gas constant for ideal gases. But ideal gas is very hard to make or to be found. So we have real gases in nature. Now there is 'real gas equation' (also called 'Van Der Waal's equation') ...
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How to get Planck length

I know that what Planck length equals to. The first question is, how do you get the formula $$\ell_P~=~\sqrt\frac{\hbar G}{c^3}$$ that describes the Planck length? The second question is, will any ...
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Why do we obtain classical physics by taking the limit of Planck's constant to zero?

Why if we specifically set Planck's constant equal to zero (the limit of it) do we sometimes get classical physics? I mean, what does it mean physically to set the constant equal to zero? Or to say it ...
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What is so special about speed of light in vacuum?

I will try to be as explanatory as possible with my question. Please also note that I have done my share of googling and I am looking for simple language preferable with some example so that I can get ...
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Gravitational constant, $G$, What if it is not Constant?

The question is on title; What if Gravitational Constant, $G$, is not constant? Let's skip all the local consequences if it would suddenly change, like asked here; Can gravitational constant be ...
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Does rest mass increase in the FRW metric?

The flat FRW metric can be written in conformal co-ordinates: $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(d\eta^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2)$$ where $\eta$ is conformal time. Let us assume that $a(\eta_0)=1$ when $\eta_0$ is the present ...
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Is there a relationship between the Cosmological constant and the Hubble constant?

I looked around to see if this precise question was asked before and it appears not to be. So is it just me or has anyone else noticed that, no matter what consistent set of units you use, $$ ...
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Why is the speed of light in vacuum what it is?

Three-pronged question on the speed of light. One: simply, do we know why the speed of light in a vacuum is what it is and why nothing is allowed to go faster? Two: if we knew why the speed of ...
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Why is Planck's constant the same for all particles?

This question came to me while reading Where does de Broglie wavelength $\lambda=h/p$ for massive particles come from? This question has a nice answer that explains that wave number has be ...