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Why can velocity and acceleration be negative?

Why is speed and acceleration negative when $V_1$ of an object is say 150m/s, $V_2$ is 0 m/s and $\Delta d=0.50\,\rm m$? I found the time it takes which is 0.0033s and the acceleration to be 90909.09 ...
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Is it more effective to skim through a topic then go back for details or deeply understand each concept/equation before moving on?

For example, you are going through a textbook chapter on rotational motion. You come across the concept of moment of inertia and the relevant equations for the first time. You could skim over moment ...
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Conceptual question regarding Work

Here is a problem I am having some trouble with: The solution is below, my question is, why is conservation of energy valid in this situation. From my understanding, just before the box hits the ...
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Why does moving electron emits photons?

I have read that moving or oscillating electron emits photons. But why and how does it so? And why only photons? There are other bosons like gluons, W and Z bosons, so why does electron emit only ...
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Collsion in 2D, find angle and final momentum

Suppose that the collision is inelastic. Disregard friction as the surface is smooth. Suppose that one is in the direction of $(1,0)$ and the other $(0,1)$. Is the final momentum the vector addition ...
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How to prove that any rotation can be represented by 3 Euler angles

How can one prove that any rotation of a rigid object in 3-dimensional (3D) space can be represented by a sequence of three rotations around pre-fixed axes by 3 Euler angles? I see this statement in ...
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Solution of simple problems using only Maxwell equations in differential form

Solve simple electrostatic or magnetostatic problems using only Maxwell equations. For example: In every book there is an excercise to find a magnetic field outside a thin wire of radius $a$ with ...
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finding velocity of solid particle right after collision

If a particle collides with a droplet, depending to magnitude of their velocities, different scenarios might happen: rebound, penetration, disintegration, etc. If particle starts penetrating into ...
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Why did the matter in the early universe not stick together due to gravity?

(Feel free to correct any mistaken assumptions I have) The overall question I have is: given that the early universe started as an incredibly dense ball of matter and energy, why didn't that mass ...
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Seeking Reference on Transport of Momentum by Diffusion of Mass

I'm looking at continuum mechanics from the perspective of De Groot and Mazur's "Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics" - the first reference that I've come across that seems to do a good job of bringing ...
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Non-liniear relationship between power supplied and percieved brightness in a filamant lamp?

I was expecting the relationship between these two to be linear, but after conducting an experiment my data fits almost exactly on the curve, y = 2800.2x^2.0173, where y is the brightness in Lux and x ...
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Athletics on the moon.

The moon is a lot smaller than the earth ($\frac{1}{81}$ of the mass and $\frac{3}{11}$ of the diameter). a)How high would a professional vaulter jump on the moon? Assume that he would jump ...
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Quantum dimensions in SU(N) level k Kac-Moody current algebra

The CFT of the SU(N) level k Kac-Moody current algebra has many Kac-Moody primary fields. I wonder if any one has calculated the quantum dimensions of those Kac-Moody primary fields. I know that, for ...
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Halley's comet. (Questions from a visiting astronomer)

Okay, so we had an apparently famous astronomer in class today. He is giving lectures at our university this week and my class is one of them. So he just comes in on his first day and ends his ...
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Electron confinement energy

I was introduced the electron confinement energy. At room temperature thermal energy of a particle is about $k_B T$, where $T=298K$, giving about $25meV$. I was told that $E_{confinement}=50emV$, ...
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Does the Photoelectric Effect cause any kind of decay?

From my understanding, the Photoelectric Effect knocks electrons off of some metal using photons. Since electrons are being thrown out of the metal, does this cause some kind of decay?
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Nuclear powered flux compression generator?

A flux compression generator is a device for converting the chemical energy of explosives into magnetic field energy, with reported efficiencies of up to 20%. Is there a limit on the conversion ...
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Central Force - Trajectory

There is a central force $\vec{F}(\vec{r})=f(r)\vec{e_r}$. 1.1.: The trajectory/flight path is defined by $r=r(\phi)$, compute $f(r)$. 1.2.: The path is defined by $u=u(\phi)$ with ...
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Explanation of Interference of Electromagnetic Waves

There is a question on a test which goes like this: "Given two electromagnetic waves, one of wavelength 6.0 X 10-7 m and the other of wavelength 7.0 X 10-7 m, travelling in space. When the two ...
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'schrodinger' picture in measurement based topological quantum computation

I am looking at the measurement processes in topological quantum computation (TQC) as mentioned here http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.7929 and in other measurement based TQC papers. Let's say I start with ...
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Coriolis Effect vs airplane

So, if I build a highway from north pole towards equator and sit in a car, speed pretty fast towards it, I should feel force with the Earths rotation due to the different rotation speeds of this ...
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Overloading stresses wooden planks beyond their elastic range, causing them to fail?

With safe use there is the fact that a car (a not so light load) can board a ship successfully going over two wooden planks. On youtube one can see this by a car boarding a ship going over two wooden ...
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My own thoughts about singularities and spacetime [on hold]

I believe the assumptions about black holes are mostly wrong due to the idea that time dilates relative to an outside observer as you get closer to the singularity at the center of the black hole. ...
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Bethe lattice nn Ising model - phase diagram

How does phase diagram for nearest neighbors ising model looks like?
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Physical reason why the derivative of a wavefunction has to be continuous?

Question What is the physical reason (i.e. without any maths) that the derivative of a wavefunction (except with infinite potentials) has to be continuous? Other info I know that in the classical ...
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If time-like paths are geodesics, what physical principle applies to space-like intervals?

If I have a number of particles interacting with one another locally, then the center of mass of the system moves along a geodesic. Taking this further with the particles interacting via an EM field, ...
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How to make wormhole? [duplicate]

Today in my Physics Class, My teacher gave us an introduction of relativity and I found this very fascinating. He Said that its very hard to make a wormhole because it requires a lot of energy. I am ...
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Effect of small changes in atmospheric pressure on open cylinder piston

OK, I'm not a physics student, but I played one for 2 semesters 35 years ago... now I'm a competitive shooter working a theory about why small changes in atmospheric conditions cause our hyper-tuned ...
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Torque in a non-inertial frame

How can we calculate torque in a non-inertial frame? Take for instance a bar in free fall with two masses, one on either end, $M_1$ and $M_2$. Taking the point of rotation to not be the center of ...
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Does the holographic principle for black holes mean that information is cloned?

When an object falls into a black hole, does the holographic principle say that the information is copied and stored on the event horizon while the original information falls in?
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Do hexagonal structure parameters vary with peaks?

Do the values of lattice constants $a$ vary with different peaks for same structure, as well for $c$, or should there be the same values for $a$ at different planes? Is there any special software ...
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Potential electrostatic energy of a Capacitor [on hold]

They give me the area ($0.06m^2$), the separation between the plates ($0.001m$) and the capacitor is charged at $150V$. At this point is really easy to find Q $\frac{V}{d} \rightarrow ...
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Electric potential difference

From what I have read, since electrical potential is essentially EPE/unit of charge, it would be position dependent (relative to the electric field). Electrical potential difference is then defined ...
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Entropy of the boundary and stress-energy tensor in the bulk

The importance of this result cannot be understated: Positivity, monotonicity and convexity of relative entropy in the boundary is implied by the positivity of the stress-energy density tensor in the ...
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Combination of two concave lenses

When we have two convex lenses in contact we have the combination behaving as a converging lens. Can someone please give an analytical description for the combination of two concave lenses in contact ...
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If I shoot a hockey puck on ice, is the force of me shooting it applied throughout its travel, or is it a one time force?

For example, if I take a slap shot on a hockey puck, from what I understand, the forces acting on the puck are friction, the normal force, and the puck's weight. And, since I'm not constantly either ...
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Causality and how it fits in with relativity

I was talking to my teacher the other day about Einsteins space time and there's one thing he couldn't explain about the nature of Cause. I may be being stupid or just unable to comprehend, thanks for ...
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Can gas return back into a sparkling beverage on cooldown?

We all know that if a sparkling beverage (let's say, CocaCola) spends some time outside of the fridge and gets warm, the gas comes out of the liquid, rises the inner pressure and makes the bottle ...
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On the work done by friction

The work done by friction is often calculated just as we would with any force. If we give a block of mass $m$ a velocity $v$ on a rough surface and it comes to rest after traversing a distance $x$, ...
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What really is a particle?

In Classical Mechanics we consider particles as things whose internal structure for the purpose of studying some phenomenon might be neglected. In that setting we associate particles to points and ...
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How might I show that an operator is, by definition, an 'observable'? [on hold]

Here is my problem: I understand what is meant by 'observable' but don't have a formal definition at hand. How do I 'show' it?
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Is the Electric field around a loop on conducting wire always constant?

If a wire is subject to some arbitrarily changing magnetic flux inducing an electric field within, what is the E-field equal to? $\oint \vec{E} \cdot \vec{dl} = -\frac{d}{dt} \int \vec{B} \cdot ...
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Posibility of time travel/multiple realities/time phase shifting [on hold]

Sounds odd and unlikely, but let me explain the situation. Going on the de ja vue ideal, which we probably have all experienced, I believe things of such a matter are possible. Just today when I ...
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Calculating Kryptonian speed in the movie “Man of Steel”

This is my first question, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but: How would you go about calculating the speed of Kryptonians in the movie Man of Steel (2013)? Specifically, I'm ...
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Force needed to roll wheel over edge [on hold]

I'm looking to find F. See image below. What we know: Mass of the wheel: $ m = 14 $ kg Wheel radius: $ r = 0.32 $ m What I've tried so far: $$ mg + N + \sin(38.7)k = 0 $$ Once the wheel ...
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Picking a guitar string of fixed length to get any nth harmonic, is it possible?

In physics textbook, we can calculate the nth harmonic of a vibrating string of a fixed length. How can we do this in a real guitar? For example, if I just pick a single open string, how can I get ...
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How do tracking detectors in particle accelerators create the pretty pictures we see?

I have read several sources about tracking detectors used in particle accelerators like LHC, but still have not found a more detailed source that can still be understood by a layperson like myself. I ...
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Relativistic Decay of Particles (Questions about Landaus derivations)

I'm currently reading Classical Theory of Fields by Lifshitz & Landau. In §11 "Decay of Particles" I can't really understand the solution to Problem 1: I have several questions: 1) How can one ...
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Problem in deriving the second term in perturbation expansion the quantum ising model

So I'm trying to derive the perturbation expansion for one particle states in the quantum ising model (Sachdev 2011 QPTs which this is derived from ) $$ H_I= - J g \sum_i \sigma_i^x - J ...
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Why is what Heisenberg's uncertainty principle describes true?

As I understand it, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle (HUP) states that the more precisely we know the location of an electron, the less precisely we know its momentum, and vice versa. However, I've ...

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