Questions that ask about some aspect of physics research or study which doesn't involve the actual physics. In general, soft questions can be answered without using physical reasoning.

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Classical point particles to classical fields

I often hear that in the continuum limit we can study large numbers of particles as fields. I always imagined that by removing all bounds on the number of particles (while keeping total energy, ...
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Why do we order the variables in certain physics questions the way we do?

I'm writing a script involving physics equations, and someone complained that my script outputs $F = m a$ as $F = a m$, as well as outputting $E_p = m g h$ as $E_p = g h m$; another example would be ...
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Quantum Physics Books [duplicate]

I`m very newbie in physics and want to study on amateur level. I`m interested in Quantum Physics, can anybody advice some books?
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Can two spools shield you effectively against radiation

a friend of mine thinks that by buying a product called rayguard he can effectively shield against electrosmog. On the website, there are multiple evidences that this might work. However the product ...
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Development/history of Mesoscopic Physics/quantum transport

I am studying mesoscopic physics/quantum transport. Now I am wondering (out of interest): how did this field emerge and what made it such a huge field? I couldn't find this somewhere clear on the web ...
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Why the letter $B$ for magnetic fields? [closed]

Is there a reason behind the usage of this letter to represent magnetic fields, or is it a randomly made choice?
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Prereqs for The Geometry of Physics by Frankel [duplicate]

I'm interested in giving The Geometry of Physics a read, and I was wondering what the mathematical and (more importantly) physical prerequisites are. My background is a bit stronger on the ...
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Physics for Civil Engineering (Earthquakes, Materials Science for structures) or Fluid Mechanics? [closed]

I am currently a first year Ph.D. student in Applied Math. As an undergrad, I did not have the opportunity to take a calculus based physics course and the one I took was a general physics course where ...
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Length of a dimension?

I am really confused about what is the minimum length for a dimension to exist (I don't know the exact word). Like I mean, we call the paper to be a 2 dimensional object but if we magnify its edges, ...
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How to show that probability and statistics are very important in Quantum Mechanics?

I'm doing a research for my stats class in high school and I chose quantum mechanics as my subject. I narrowed down to electron localization in an atom and radial probability distribution. However, I ...
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Do you regret being a Physicist? [closed]

I'm a high school student and physics is my passion and of course I want to major in physics, but I get a lot of negative responds from my parents, friends and some teachers when I say I want to be a ...
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Why do fundamental physical laws involve the second derivative? [duplicate]

The title says it all. This is a question that has been nagging at me for some time. Mathematically, the first derivative is not really any different from the second derivative, or the $k$-th. So I ...
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Physics the Why vs. How question?

I've been told that a physicist never asks why and must always ask how. Is this true? Have all discoveries in physics been due to asking how? or have some been discovered by asking why?
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Potential Energy of a Particle in One Dimension?

Since a particle in one dimension can only move in a straight line. Is it possible to have potential energy? And how would the kinetic energy and potential energy differ in higher dimensions?
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Halliday resnick physics book [duplicate]

how much calculus is it recommended I should know to understand everything in this book? Thanks blah blah blah (apparently i haven't typed enough) blah blah... blah.
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what is a skill someone can learn in 6 months that will impress employers on a resume [closed]

I was reading a thread on Reddit about "what is a skill someone can learn in 6 months that will impress employers on a resume". I pose you the same question, but physicist wannabe oriented. Which are ...
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Can You Obtain New Physics from the use of Fractional Derivatives?

I was curious if anyone could give me an example of the use of fractional derivatives in physics and explain what they offer that "conventional" mathematics does not (in terms of new physics and not ...
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Are there some websites for self learning of advanced mathematics? [duplicate]

Are there some websites for self learining of advanced mathematics? For example there is perimeterscholars for self study of theoretical physics, but I haven't found some good websites providing ...
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How are physics and computer science getting united?

How is theoretical computer science getting united with physics? Phenomena like Quantum Computing uses Quantum Mechanics to be able to compute things, how are computers helping not just to model our ...
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What were the immediate consequences Yang-Lee work on Weak Interaction?

I am studying the history of Modern Physics and Yang-Lee earned their Nobel the next year after the Cobalt experiments. I am familiar with the chronology, but am not clear what those findings meant to ...
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Modified Arrhenius equation source? year proposed?

I was curious to know when was the first time (which year) the modified Arrhenius expression was proposed: $k=A(T^n)e^{\frac{-Ea}{RT}}$. I know that the simple Arrhenius equation ...
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Math required for learning Lagrangian mechanics [duplicate]

How much knowledge of maths is required for learning Lagrangian mechanics? Also from where can I learn this math?
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How is Space-Time curved?

How does space-time curved by mass/energy if there's nothing to be curved? I haven't seen any satisfying answer.
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Who is usually credited for the creation of QFT?

I read in a book just now that says: [...] but it was not explained until the invention of quantum field theory by Richard Feynmann [sic] and others in the 1940's. I have been under the ...
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best fundamental physics book [duplicate]

Good evening. I'd like to know, in your opinion, what would be the best fundamental physics book for a freshman? I want to start all over again. Thanks in advance.
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What really happens with Time Dilation? [duplicate]

I know if you move your time moves slower than someone who is stationary, by Lorentz's transformation. However, I don't get how this happens. What does it mean when time moves slower? How does it ...
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Force experienced on two particles in a rotating system?

I've a system of two particles of the same mass who rotate in a circle about the centre of mass of the two particles. Is the force experienced by the particles $F=MV^{2}/r$ or should I use ...
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The nature of theoretical models

Mathematics is exact. It is a beautiful language that allows us to express quantities that aren't possible to be represented physically. We build theoretical models of physical systems that work out ...
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Physics books for mechanics [duplicate]

What are the best physics books for learning mechanics? I am in grade 12 and would love to learn in depth about Newtonian mechanics and also maybe get started on Lagrangian mechanics?
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Muons Internal Clocks and Time Dilation? [closed]

I don't get how time dilation affects the half-life of muons? Time is just a tool that is used by humans how does that affect the internal clocks of elementary particles?
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Math needed for undergrad Statistical Mechanics/Thermal Physics

A professor recommended me to take a course on Statistical Physics as preparation for agent-based computing in social sciences. Now I have no experience in physics beyond basic highschool, and ...
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If nothing weighs something then doesn't that mean there is mass associated with spacetime?

Lawrence M. Krauss says, "If you removed all of the particles, all of the radiation,absolutely everything from space and all that remained was nothing that nothing would weigh something." What ...
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Helical Particle Waves? [closed]

[Helical Particle Waves][1] Helical Particle Waves: http://www.heliwave.com/gaasenbeek/spap1.html In the link above someone explains a new theory that explains the general relativity and quantum ...
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Does Joseph Polchinski win the FPP ``Physics Frontiers Prize'' twice (2013 and 2014)? Why? [closed]

Recently I have been confused by the fact that: Joseph Polchinski's name appear in FFP Physics Frontiers Prize 2013 here: https://fundamentalphysicsprize.org/laureates6 ``Joseph Polchinski for his ...
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Newton's third Law?

Third law: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body. Newton's third ...
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Notation in Quantum Mechanics

When we write equations in QM, in certain places, the wave function is represented as $\psi(x,t)$, which is the wave function in position space, and in some other places, it is written as $\Psi(t)$. ...
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I am looking for 'Programming+Electronics+ Physics' field [closed]

I wish to pursue a career that somehow involves programming, electronics, and physics. What are such careers? Also, I have heard of some 1 year post-graduate diplomas/courses for specialization in ...
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References requested on departments with recitation sessions

What physics departments offer recitation sessions for their physics courses on the undergraduate level? If there is a site which has such info it will be greatly appreciated.
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how long do large hadron collider experiments take?

This travel stackexchange answer has kinda got me wondering... how long do experiments involving the large hadron collider usually take? I'd expect you run it for a few seconds and bam - higgs boson ...
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Introductory exercise set with solutions for string theory

I am trying to self-study string theory, beginning with Ibanez and Uranga (String Theory and Particle Physics). Unfortunately, the book contains no problems, so I'm not sure whether I am fully ...
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Proper name for a thermodynamic process with constant internal energy $U$

Back in the day I learned that a few special thermodynamical processes have special names. For example, if one keeps $P$ constant, the process is called isobaric, if one keeps $T, V$ or $S$ ...
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Math and Theoretical Physics Topics & Textbook for Self-Study [duplicate]

I am from Singapore, a civil engineering graduate and I've graduated from university in 2009. Throughout my school days I've been interested in Physics, unfortunately I was not accepted into the ...
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How did neodymium magnets get their name?

Like in the question. Why neodymium magnets (Nd2Fe14B) are called "neodymium magnets"? Why not boron magnets? Or iron magnets?
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Good book on deriving approximate solutions from first principles? [closed]

I have always been excited by examples in which a few simple assumptions and first principles are used to characterize a system. For example, I did an exercise in which Crawford estimates a lake to ...
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Book Recommendation- Classical Relativistic Fields

My bare bookshelves are crying out for the addition of a new family member, more specifically a book: Discussing the classical Klein-Gordon field, spinor fields, gauge fields and all other matter ...
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What to consider before taking a physics course (given a mathematical background)? [closed]

I'm a Computer Engineering major, but when I was in high school I was a very poor student. I didn't pay attention and I didn't think I was capable of succeeding in classes like Math and Science so I ...
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How can one make sure that one had understood the material studied? [closed]

I do not fully understand the process of understanding of a material one reads. Suppose someone reads a chapter from a physics book. How does one make sure that one had really understood what she/he ...
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A gentle introduction to CFT [closed]

Which is the definition of a conformal field theory? Which are the physical prerequisites one would need to start studying conformal field theories? (i.e Does one need to know supersymmetry? Does one ...
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How important is mathematical proof in physics?

How important are proofs in physics? If something is mathematically proven to follow from something we know is true, does it still require experimental verification? Are there examples of things that ...
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Why supra-conductivity became super-conductivity?

The original article by the Kamerlingh Onnes team in Leiden does not give a name to the new effect: Kamerlingh Onnes, H. Further experiments with liquid helium. C. On the change of electric ...