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Newton's third law of motion versus Work

Newton third law of motion says that "To every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction". The vector study tells us that if two vectors are of same nature and equal magnitude but ...
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Change of vectors [closed]

We have two vectors $F1$ and $F2$ as shown in figure. The change of vectors is shown as $F2-F1$. Why it is it rather than taking negative of vector $F2$ i.e. $-F2$ and then adding it by head-to-tail ...
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How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision

How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision as collision is said to occur between two bodies if they physically collide against each other or if the path of one of then is affected by ...
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Vectors in non-orthogonal systems

In a non-orthogonal coordinate system, what is the physically significant difference between the components of a vector on the skew axes and its projection onto each axis? Why would one want to find ...
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Why should multiplication of a ket vector by a complex number change only its “direction”?

Dirac argues on page 17 of his book, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, that multiplication of a ket by a complex number shouldn't change the state this ket represents. But then concludes: Thus ...
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Why is the independence of orthogonal vector-quantities always implicit in books/lectures?

The "theorem" that I can "just" separately deal with orthogonal quantities (like horizontal and vertical force or velocity, etc), I never found explicitly mentioned, but just implicitly in the ...
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Understanding vectors in physics: notation

We have the formula for the Lorentz force $$\textbf{F} = q \space(\textbf{E} + \textbf{v} \times \textbf {B})$$ This is a simple formula you learn in high school, but I'm interested to self-study ...
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rotation matrix - why am I thinking this wrong?

The rotation given in Question 1 part ii) doesn't match with this wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotation_matrix. $$ \begin{array}{lcl} x' &=& x \cos\theta - y \sin\theta \\ y' ...
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Currents and magnets

I've watched this video on YouTube by Sixty Symbols entitled "Currents and Magnets". In the video, the professor demonstrates the expansion of a wire due to current heating it up and he also ...
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Potential of surface charge

I have a question about the $ \hat{n} $ in this formula $\sigma = P \dot{}\hat{n}$. Why do sometime in my book they get $\sigma = P \cos{\theta}$ for a sphere. Isn't $\hat{n} = r$ ? And then in ...
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Is there a more clever way to apply the cross product of two vectors to magnetism?

I am just beginning to learn magnetism and my book used two ways to define the force caused by the magnetic field, brushing over the latter. The first: $$F = q v B \sin (\theta).$$ And: ...
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Relation between Vector space $V$ and its dual $V^{*}$ [closed]

I asked the same question in Math.SE, but I was suggested to ask it here as well. I am studying relativity, and as you know the theory extensively uses the notion of covariant and contravariant ...
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Can one representation of a projector operator be re-arranged to get another?

I have a vector space $V$ and a subspace of $V$, $W$. Let $P$ be the projection operator for subspace $W$. Also let the dimension of $W$ be $d$. Also I have two orthonormal basis $(a_1,a_2,...a_d)$ ...
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Computing the Initial Velocity of an orbiting body

I'm working on a simulation program that replicates the movement of planets around a large celestial body (the sun). This is a three dimensional simulation that uses vectors. At present, I'm ...
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How to find total force on an object?

If there are a multitude of forces acting on an object in different directions, how do we find the TOTAL force? I know we add up the $ x $- and $ y $-components of the forces individually, but how do ...
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Reflection - reaction force direction

Let's say an object hits a wall. When the object is reflected does the direction of the reaction force caused on the wall look like the red arrow? Does that direction depend on how "strong" object is ...
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Interpretations of (r,s) tensors [duplicate]

A tensor of type (r,s) on a vector space V is a C-valued function T on V×V×...×V×W×W×...×W (there are r V's and s W's in which W is dual space of V) which is linear in each argument. We take (0, 0) ...
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What are some good resources for learning how to apply vectors in physics?

Although I don't have any problems with vectors when using them in Mathematics but I am having a hard time using them in physics. It is really frustrating me. Can you please recommend me some good ...
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More about the Right Hand Rule?

We started learning about electromagnetism in physics class, and the Right Hand Rule comes in handy as seems easy to use, but I'm curious as to how it actually works. I guess it's more of a math ...
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Angle needed for object A to intercept with object B

Object B is 15 degrees East of North at a distance of 20km/h. Object B is moving at an average speed of 30km/h in the direction 40 degrees East of North. If object A is capable of moving at 100km/h, ...
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Commutation of abstract $O(3)$ generators and vectors [closed]

I've been given the following problem, and I'm quite lost with it. Let $L_1$, $L_2$, and $L_3$ denote the abstract $o(3)$ algebras. You are given that $\vec{A} = (A_1, A_2, A_3)$ and $\vec{B} = ...
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Spinor formalism in QFT

We can describe fields by two formalisms: vector and spinor. This is the result of possibility of representation of the Lorentz's group irreducible rep as straight cross product of two $SU(2)$ or two ...
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How to add magnitude data in an ENU coordiante system

I have water velocity data taken in an ENU (East, North, UP) or XYZ coordinate system. The data is contained in 3 columns like this: ...
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Resultant vector problem

$\newcommand{\v}[1]{\vec #1}\newcommand{\i}{\hat i}\newcommand{\j}{\hat j}$ Problem statement (1,2) A shopper at the supermarket follows the path indicated by vectors $\v A, \v B, \v C, \v D$ in ...
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Is it possible to prove that the curl of a gradient equals zero in this way?

If $(\nabla\times\nabla\Phi)_i = \epsilon_{ijk}\partial_j\partial_k\Phi$, where Einstein summation is being used to find the $i$th component... Using Clairaut's theorem $\partial_{i}\partial_{j}\Phi ...
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Bra space and adjoint vectors

If I'm not wrong, a bra, $ \langle \phi_n | $, can be thought as a linear functional that when applied to a ket vector, $| \phi_m \rangle$, returns a complex number; that is, the inner product it's a ...
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Is the Mass flow rate (Mass flux) a scalar quantity?

Wikipedia states that mass flow rate is a scalar quantity, however Mass Flow Rate= Density x Cross Sectional Area x Velocity and velocity is a vector quantity, so this would imply Mass Flow Rate is ...
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Why are $2\pi$ factors included in the definition of the reciprocal lattice?

I would like to know where the $2\pi$ factors are coming from in the formula for reciprocal vectors in reciprocal lattices. For example, in a simple cubic lattice the primitive vectors are given by ...
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Acceleration in a system equal for every body — why?

A 1 kg cart can slide frictionlessly on the table. The black weights each weigh 1 kg. The pulleys are frictionless. The task is to determine the acceleration of the cart. For the left-most ...
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Do components of force have direction when doing work?

When we get angle > 0, the x-component of force is along the direction of displacement and so their product is called Work. So the x-component of force is said to have direction of the respective ...
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What is the work done said when angle between force and displacement>90 and <180?

If the angle between $Force$ and $Displacement$ is obtuse then by using the formula of $Work$ we get negative quantity so is it said then that the system is losing energy or it is merely for the case ...
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How to expand this equation considering acceleration due to gravity into 3D vector space?

How can we expand this following equation into 3D vector space? I learned this equation from this answer: Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity? The ...
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What does it mean by $t=-1$?

if the position vector of a particle is $\hat{r}=\left(4+3t\right)\hat{\imath}+\left(t^3\right)\hat{\jmath}+\left(-5t\right)\hat{k}$, i want to find at what time this particle passes through the point ...
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How to show that the force and velocity are perpendicular and that both have constant magnitude? [closed]

The force acting on a moving charged particle in a magnetic field $\hat{B}$ is $\hat{F}=q\left(\hat{v}\times \hat{B}\right)$ where $q$ is the electric charge of the particle, and $\hat{v}$ is its ...
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Why is force a localized vector and not a free vector?

A vector which is drawn parallel to a given vector through a specified point unlike free vector in space is called a localised vector. The effect of a force acting on a body depends not only on the ...
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How can I calculate the speed of an object knowing its horizontal and vertical velocity components?

Let's say a ball is thrown and it experiences typical projectile motion (moves in a parabolic arc etc.) and the only information we know are the equations for the horizontal and vertical components of ...
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Vectors-Can anyone explain me the concept of sense in vectors?

Is it same as the direction?Then , why another term "sense"is used ,instead of direction? Can anyone illustrate it?
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Integral ambiguity

I'm a bit confused with some notation I encounter in physics calculus. Consider this: Taken from here. Integration operates on functions, correct? What does it mean to integrate $\frac{d{\bf ...
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Free vs bound vectors and torque

When considering basic Newtonian mechanics, we can treat vector as free and move their point of application at will. This is consistent with the affine nature of Euclidean space. However, when ...
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How do I find the perpendicular velocity of a particle to a varying magnetic field?

I am trying to find the component of velocity perpendicular to a magnetic field. This was easy when the magnetic field was static and pointing in only one direction (the $z$ axis), but now I need to ...
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Rate of change of a vector

I'm studying the book "Classical Mechanics" by Goldstein together with a coursebook my professor provided. I'm having trouble grasping how to intuitively determine what the rate of change of a vector ...
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Plane Polar coordinates for simple pendulum in moving lift(elevator) [closed]

Can any one help me with the following. A simple pendulum is suspended from the ceiling of a lift. It is moving upward with acceleration $a$. The string of the effective length of the pendulum makes ...
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Finding angular momentum about the center of mass?

If we have a couple of particles of an equal, unknown mass: $$r_{+} = (c + e^{-Bt} \cos({\theta}))\textbf{x} + (d + e^{-Bt} \sin({\theta}))\textbf{y}$$ $$r_{-} = (c - e^{-Bt} ...
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Need clearing up on vector decomposition in motion physics

I've been pursuing physics on my own, and I need something cleared up. Say I have two arbitrary objects, I have their velocities, I know when the collide, I have their normal vectors, etc. I know ...
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Angular position vector?

I'm a mathematician, so I like my angular velocities to be vectors. It makes my angular momenta and torques vectors as well, and so they have nice operations I can do on them. Because of that, I pick ...
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How to find the resultant of two forces? [closed]

I got this question in a assignment and haven't been able to figure out how to get to the correct result. A force of 6 newtons and a force of 10 newtons can be combine to form a resultant of ...
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Interchaning a position between two reference frames?

$\vec{r}_a$ is a positional vector from reference frame $a$. What is the position of same point from reference frame $b$ ? If required, assume position of origin of frame $a$ is $\vec{m}$ and ...
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Navier-Stokes equations: conservation of momentum

The first Navier-Stokes equation (conservation of mass) says: $\vec \nabla \cdot \vec v=0$ For a stationary flow, the l.h.s of the second equation is (conservation of momentum): $\rho \frac{D\vec ...
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Induced voltage of a conductor in a magnetic field

A book which I referenced for Electrical Machinery states that the voltage induced in a conductor inside a magnetic field is given by $$ \mathcal{E}=(\mathbf{v} \times \mathbf{B})\cdot \mathbf{l}$$ ...
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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 $v_0$ ...