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How do you start self-learning physics [closed]

I think this question has its place here because I am sure some of you are "self-taught experts" and can guide me a little through this process. Considering that : I don't have any physics scholar ...
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On becoming theoretical physicist [duplicate]

I'm a high school student. I'll start self learning of physics and maths. I want to be theoretical physicist. I'm especially interested in gravitational physics. I wonder which website advice below is ...
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Required skills for a scientist [duplicate]

I wanna become a scientist, so wanna improve my skill like problem solving etc. Could you suggest me some more skills which I need to improve.
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Drake's equation

Some years ago i read about this equation that helps us estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. Now, i am wondering if there are results ...
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Is it possible to learn physics by self study? [on hold]

So I'm currently a Mathematics: Actuarial Science student for undergrad and I'm also interested in learning Physics or even higher level grad stuff in either Math or Phys. My main question is to ...
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How do I develop a deeper understanding of physics? [on hold]

I'm thinking about majoring in physics, but I don't think my background is really strong at the moment. I've completed the standard first year math and physics sequence (multivariable ...
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To what extent is theoretical physics done in a non-univeristy setting? [closed]

Maybe it's just me, but in the last weeks or so I noticed a small increas of the number of more theoretical question on this site. I consider myself on this side and I wondered how many, if this is ...
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A database for review literature in theoretical physics

Is there a database somewhere of the review literature (especially the most cited papers) in theoretical physics? I know about Spires but unfortunately it is not working. When I open a page it says ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD in theoretical physics after a BSc in Mathematics [closed]

I would like to ask if it is useful to have a solid maths background (but only 2 courses of "general physics" and 2 of "mathematical physics") as BSc in order to be a successful researcher in ...
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Most useful maths for theoretical and mathematical physics [closed]

I am going to apply for a programme of mathematical and theoretical physics for graduate studies and I'm currently studying maths. What is a good area to do a thesis (that is to say, considerable ...
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Importance of a good college [closed]

Is alma mater from an elite (good) university essential to be a good physicist or a mathematician? What if i go to an average college? I believe that knowledge and hardwork is more important. But it ...
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Why is gas(oline) in gas stations sold by volume (as opposed to mass)?

Fluids (including natural gasoline/petroleum) have variable volume based on the ambient temperature for the same mass of fluid. So, really, the amount of gas that you're filling your car with depends ...
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Walter Lewin Lectures in HD

I like the lectures by Walter Lewin 8.0x. However the quality of the videos is pretty bad. Is there any way (DVD, web,...) to get the lecture videos in a good quality, best in HD?
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Is there a name for a substance that is a gas at room temperature?

Is there a name for a substance that is a gas at room temperature, such as Hydrogen, Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Chlorine, Fluorine, Bromine, Nitrogen, and Oxygen. I am writing a paper where ...
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How does the research in theoretical physics differ from mathematics

I would like to know what is the difference between research in theoretical physics and pure mathematics. In particular, what does a theoretical physicist actually do all day long for his research? In ...
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Which Is More Fundamental, Fields or Particles?

I hope that I am using appropriate terminology. My confusion about Quantum Theory (beyond my obvious unfamiliarity with its terminology) is basically twofold: 1) I lack an adequate understanding of ...
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Different equivalent representations for same physics

I want to expand my understanding of physics and just watched a Feynman lecture where he said "every theoretical physicist who is any good knows six or seven different theoretical representations for ...
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Do unmeasured particles function the same as when measured?

If there are particles that we are uncertain of are in a state of superposition, do they still function as they would when they are measured? For instance say there is a mechanical clock, and the ...
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How far do atoms move in a wire when whirling it horizontally?

so the question is: I whirl a mass m attached to a wire with length L and diameter d around my head in the horizontal plane. The mass takes t seconds to move around a circle. How far do the ...
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Einstein and vibrational energy of the atom and its way to QM

As suggested by one of the commentators on my last question, I am going through Bohr's Nobel prize lecture in order to understand how quantum mechanics was developed. The lecture describes Planck's ...
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The boundary for quantum mechanical behavior and classical mechanical behavior

To what size and how does "quantum weirdness" such as entanglement and superposition stop applying to larger objects (mere unions of these quantum particles). How do these macro objects that behave as ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Entanglement

I'm hearing a guy ( Tom Cassidy ), which supposedly has a master in physics, saying that what we expect in a physical experiment ( for example, observing some particle ) can actually interefere with ...
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Meaning of invariable

Invariable means which is not variable i.e. can't be changed. Recently I have seen a sentence when reading a chapter based on measurement: The accepted standards must be accessible to those who ...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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What is the right way to learn quantum physics? [closed]

So I have a question about what i should do with my path to learning quantum physics. I just have no idea where to start or to continue from where I left off. I have been studying quantum mechanics ...
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Comprehensive book on group theory for physicists?

I am looking for a good source on group theory aimed at physicists. I'd prefer one with a good general introduction to group theory, not just focusing on Lie groups or crystal groups but one that ...
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What causes charge buildup in a cloud before a lightning storm?

I am curious what causes the charge build up in a cloud before lightning occurs. I have seen in a few places such as this, that the process is not fully understood. Is this some form of static ...
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What software programs are used to draw physics diagrams, and what are their relative merits?

Undoubtedly, people use a variety of programs to draw diagrams for physics, but I am not familiar with many of them. I usually hand-draw things in GIMP which is powerful in some regards, but it is ...
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Prerequisites for Halliday Resnick Walker

I am in grade 10. I have developed an interest in physics but unfortunately I do not know/ have not studied calculus yet as my school board does not recommend it in grade 10. I have a copy of ...
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Significance of mc/h constant in Klein-Gordon equaiton

The are several ways, in which one can write the Klein-Gordon equation, the most straightforward being probably the following: $$ \hbar^2 \partial_t^2 \psi(x) = (\hbar^2 c^2 \Delta + m^2c^4) \psi(x) ...
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Is it possible to kill a human with a powerful magnet?

I'm asking in terms of physics. Can powerful magnetic induction rearrange spins of my body in such way I will die? How? Or maybe it can rip all iron from me, which would make my blood cells useless? ...
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What is a good place to ask more opinion-based questions instead of Physics SE? [migrated]

I recently created a question on Physics SE and learned that this site is not suited for questions that could be more opinion based. Since this is the case, could you suggest other places where people ...
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An approachable example of a field with a “mass gap”

Preamble: I have come to believe that alot of difficulties in explaining physics to people of all levels comes from the relatively mundane idea of a wave equation with a mass gap $$\left(-\partial^2_t ...
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What kind of physics research can a high-schooler get involved in and form new discoveries in? [closed]

I am a high school student with a strong background in physics, engineering, and computer science. I am very interested in research and formulating my own discoveries in order to learn more about ...
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Analyse astronomical data

Recently I was told of a job offer to analyse astronomical data. The job offer states that they want somebody with knowledge of astronomical data analysis software and it will be a plus somebody who ...
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The word 'sector' in Particle Physics

What exactly is meant when one uses the word sector in Particle Physics? As in, the Hidden Sector or the Electroweak Sector. Does it refer to a specific part of the Lagrangian? Or does it refer to ...
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Why is mud muddy?

How to explain properties of mixture of sand with water? Why is it so coherent and slippery at the same time? Is it due to hydrogen bonds? Why is mud of smaller grains more slippery and incoherent ...
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Prerequisites and introduction to string theory [duplicate]

Can someone please give me the prerequisites and mathematics required for string theory? Are there some good references to study it, both online and in a book? Please consider I am a newbie in string ...
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Conceptual questions about chaotic signals

Are chaotic signals stationary or non stationary signals? They are ergodic and ergodic signals are a kind of stationary signals. But, from statistics point of view, are chaotic signals classified as ...
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Physics books covering classic mechanics [duplicate]

I am going to be a high school freshman next year and I have acquired a strong interest in physics. I have a mathematical background, upto, but not including, Calculus. I am looking for in depth ...
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Motorbike with parachute vs normal skydive

Had a strange discussion in the coffeeroom today. The background was a story about a guy that took his motorcycle to transport himself to the airstrip to do a skydive. Since there is no place to put ...
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Windshield wipers on rear windows

Cars, like sedans, with slanted rear windows never seem to have windshield wipers on them. On the other hand cars, like mini-vans, with vertical rear windows generally do have windshield wipers on ...
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Book for multivariable calculus [duplicate]

Hi I want to start learning multi variable calculus specifically for learning electrodynamics. What are some good text books?
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Prerequisites for Griffiths electrodynamics [duplicate]

I want to start reading Griffiths electrodynamics during my holidays. But I am not sure of the math I need to know to start reading and understand the text thoroughly. So any advice would be ...
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Dirac sea entanglement

The theory of the Dirac sea is in disrepute, but I still wonder about it sometimes. In this theory, the particles are all electrons, and obviously an electron with positive energy can be entangled ...
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Omega-frequency or pulsation?

I'm reading a book about optics in English. However, I speak a different language and have a problem with distinction. What does $\omega$ mean? $\omega=1/T$ or $\omega=2\pi/T$ What is the ...
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What are the prerequisites to study topological quantum computation/topological phases of the matter? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student and I would like to approach the subject of topological order with focus on topological quantum computation, I know (very) little QFT and basic algebraic topology (if ...
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Why are there equations in physics with factors of 2, 3 and 5, but there aren't any with factors of 7 or 11?

I noticed that there are a lot of equations in physics with factors of 2, 3 and 5 (either in the numerator or in the denominator), but there aren't any with factors of 7 or any prime number greater ...
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Origin of the word Permittivity

Who coined the word "permittivity"? It appears that first usage was in 1887. Please cite your source.
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In what order should the subjects be studied in order to get to String Theory [duplicate]

I know: Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths Level, currently doing Sakurai Level) Mechanics (Newtonian+ Lagrangian/Hamiltonian but at level lower than Goldstein/Landau) Classical Electrodynamics ...