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How to solve difficult resistance puzzles? [closed]

How does one solve really difficult resistance puzzles? These are presented in the form of a diagram with multiple resistances in various combinations. I have done some puzzles by reducing the puzzle ...
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Critique of various approaches to quantum gravity

Does anyone know of good essays/articles that critique the various approaches to canonical quantum gravity (as opposed to string theory)? I just want to get a sense of what all has been tried, and ...
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What physical phenomena are modelled by Chebyshev equation?

What physical phenomena are modeled by Chebyshev equation? The equation is below $$(1-x^2) {d^2 y \over d x^2} - x {d y \over d x} + p^2 y ~=~ 0 .$$ I could not find it in Wikipedia or in Google (at ...
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Book on gamma functions with applications in physics

I have heard that in my next semester, our quantum mechanics teacher will be giving a great emphasis on difficult integrals with the most of them having to do with gamma functions. Does anybody know ...
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Software for drawing the shape of magnetic fields for different shaped magnets [duplicate]

I've been looking for some time on the Internet, for software or some system in order to draw magnetic fields based on the geometry of a magnet. Is there a specific software for this? I hope this won'...
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Learning physics online?

I'm thinking of following some kind of education in physics online. I have a master degree in Computer Science and have reasonable good knowledge in physics. I would like a program of 1-2 years and I'...
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Is there a physics Puzzles site like Project Euler?

I am looking for a site that publishing riddles and problems such as Project Euler publishes problems in computer science. Is there any similar site that is hardcore in the area of physics? This ...
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Good source for numerical simulations of Wigner function?

I'm interested in simulating the time evolution of a Wigner function for a harmonic oscillator (and possibly some other potentials) and I can't seem to find a good resource for that. My background in ...
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Review of Higher Spin Theory

What is the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of Higher Spin Theory (in particular, in AdS space)?
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Path Integral Evaluation

I've seen the path integral formulation now in a couple contexts (propagator in quantum mechanics, and coherent state functional integral in many body physics). I'm now struggling with how to actually ...
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Recommendation: “Does dark matter form planets?” [duplicate]

My knowledge about dark matter is pretty slim and I am likely to not acquire a decent grasp of the subject anytime soon. Therefore I ask: Does anyone know any good reads or sources to look into to see ...
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Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 2)

This is a continuation of this previously unanswered question, Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 1) I am wondering as to what are the standard references that ...
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Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 1)

While writing a paper, I am wondering as to what are the standard references that one refers to for these various facts about entanglement entropy. I want to know as to what are the papers one should ...
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Book, video or website for enthusiastic outdoor physics experiments

Could anyone suggest a book or website which can help me on seeing some fantastic physics experiments which should be done in outdoors or need big instruments and space to be done?
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Phase diagram of gauge + matter theories

I am looking for some notes/reviews on confinement and Higgs phases suitable for Fermionic/Bosonic matter coupled to Abelian ($Z_2$ or $U(1)$ etc) gauge fields. The purpose is to understand issues ...
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An audiobook that explains some physics phenomena with the rigor of a textbook?

Physics books usually use a lot of equations and images, audiobooks can't use either. Is there any audiobooks that describe the mental imagery so clearly that these images and equations are not needed?...
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Classical Field Theory Using Geometry

I would like to know if there are good introductory courses on Classical Field Theory taught in a differential geometry approach yet one doesn't need a background in those mathematical subjects but ...
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Recommendations for Introduction to Quantum Flavourdynamics

It's surprisingly hard to find any resources on this on the internet. I'd want a suitable for self-study introduction to the QFD for someone with only a basic understanding of Quantum Field Theory. ...
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Any good textbook on the canonical perturbation theory for Hamiltonian systems?

My teacher of classical mechanics once told us, classical mechanics is more difficult than quantum mechanics in many ways. He used the perturbation theory as an example to illustrate this point. So, ...
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Looking for a good book on waves? [duplicate]

I know this is not a direct physics question. I'm looking for a good book on waves I'm interested in waves that propagate in a medium like sound and water waves I'm interested in what happens to the ...
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Are there any modern textbooks on statistical mechanics which don't ignore Gibbs' analysis of the microcanonical ensemble?

I have lately been reading Gibbs' book Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics, and I'm surprised how much in that book seems to have been ignored by later textbook writers. In particular, ...
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constructing string path integral through Markov chain procedure

We all know the textbook way of constructing the path integral for a point particle. It goes approximately like this (if relativistic). Say we want the propagator $\Delta(x_\text{in},x_\text{out}) = \...
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Searching for a textbook on Imaging

I'm hoping someone can recommend a book that will cover the physics involved in optical range image capture. I have a degree in physics, so I am looking for something on the technical end. To expand, ...
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Mass to Light Ratios

I know that the mass to light ratio for galaxies is between 2 and 10. I also know that the ratio changes primarily based on what kind of galaxy you have (elliptical, spiral, etc). Is there a table ...
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Graduate Physics Problems Books

Need to brush up on my late-undergrad and early-grad physics and was wondering if anyone can recommend books or lecture notes (hard copy, or on-line) that also have solutions. Two that I have come ...
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Literature on interferometry

I am looking for a good book/notes etc. about interferometry. I need detailed information about optical as well as atom interferometers with strong emphasize on quantum version for high precision ...
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Galaxy Cluster Data

I have a modification to ${\rm MOND}$ that appears to work much better than 'Standard' ${\rm MOND}$ at the galactic scale. I want to test this model now on larger structures. Does anyone know where ...
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What is the most accurate experimental confirmation of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\frac{\phi}{2}$ law?

What is the most accurate experimental confirmation to date of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\frac{\phi}{2}$ law, where $\phi$ is the scattering angle?
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Ostrogradsky instability [duplicate]

I am interested in Lagrangian Mechanics and I want to know why higher derivative theories are inconsistent with the nature. I heard that there is something called Ostrogradsky instability for higher ...
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Reference request on condensed matter field theory including Classical Field Theory

I was hoping for a reference request for a book on basic/introductory condensed matter field theory. In addition to the usual topics I am looking for books with reference to classical physics (...
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Need reference on the minimum moment of inertia [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a book on classical mechanics about the following Moment Of Inertia About Centre of Mass
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Do you know any graphing software for graphing equipotential lines? [closed]

well, do you know any software for graphing equipotential lines? I only know how to graph straight lines :( Thanks for any information.
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Books on waves with Fourier Transforms [duplicate]

There are many waves and oscillations books out there that also include Fourier analysis but very few give the subject a thorough treatment, they just pass it in a few pages. If anybody has any ...
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Sources to learn about Berry phases and Adiabatic Theorem

I recently went through Griffiths' Quantum Mechanics text and there is a chapter called the Adiabatic Theorem that includes Berry phase and the Aharonov-Bohm effect. As I found them very ...
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Reference for mathematics of statistical mechanics

I'm looking for materials (books, articles, etc) which focus ONLY on the mathematics of statistical mechanics (as I have no background in physics). The materials may have some simple explanations or ...
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What are some books that introduce me to advanced physics concepts? [duplicate]

I am a student who's about to take the GCE 'A' Levels, and I am very interested in taking Physics as a career. I'd like to read some books on advanced Physics concepts that are specifically beyond my ...
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Textbooks for nonequilibrium quantum field theory

What are good textbooks for nonequilibrium quantum field theory? Please answer by naming quality books and a short description and review about each one that you have personally read or benefited from....
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Problems book recommendation on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory

I'm learning supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring. I want some problems books to have some idea in this area. Is there this kind of books? Or are there some papers that have many solved model?
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Books on Spin-2 Gravity / Fierz-Pauli theory

I am trying to find a good pedagogical book/set of notes on Gravity as a spin-2 particle. I have been reading through Gravity & Strings by Ortin but it's very brief and offers little justification/...
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Books that cover Mode-Coupling Theory

I am looking for a book that covers the schematic mode-coupling theory and that are not too arcane (i.e., recent book). Basically the only book so far on this I have come across is "nonequilibrium ...
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Good resource for geometric optics

I'm looking for a good resource (preferably a book) on geometric optics. I am thorough with the basics (the mirror formula, lensmaker's formula, thin lens formula, etc). What I want is something that ...
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QFT background needed for AdS/CFT integrability [closed]

Apologies if this type of question isn't permitted. I'm very interested in integrability in the context of AdS/CFT. I'm starting my Masters soon in a very GATIS-involved institute and would like to ...
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Does there exist a free good molecule / atom simulation software?

I'm looking for a software or software package (for example C/C++) that can simulate a lot (say thousands at least) of molecules in action (ie. in movement or attached to say static walls). I have ...
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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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4 momentum in particle physics, collision of positron and electron

If I have a positron striking an electron at rest to create 2 pions( + and -) and I want to calculate the minimum kinnetic energy that the electrons can possess to create these pions, then the created ...
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Second order degenerate perturbation theory

What is a good resource to learn about higher degree degenerate perturbation theory - one that involves mathematics that isn't much more advanced than first order perturbation theory? I've looked ...
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Quantum perturbation theory recommendations

What are some concise resources, in particular, online resources, for perturbation theory in quantum mechanics? I want something like a crash course to perturbation theory in quantum mechanics that is ...
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Self-teaching Green's function approach to quantum many-body systems

My question is where can I find a good book, review, online course, or all of them for self-teaching Green's function in quantum many-body problems (if it has problems with solutions for self-...
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3D Simulation Software

I need a software capable of simulating the physics of a car going off a ramp. This is a stunt that I will be attempting and looks like the following: A car, going off a curved ramp, doing a barrel ...
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Best telescope for value per dollar? [closed]

recently I'm thinking of buying a telescope for recreational purposes. I'm looking for telescopes that have the highest performance/cost ratio, and I'm willing to spend around $200 on this. Anyone ...