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Mixing of Ideal gas - Thermodynamic equilibrium

I always get confused what exactly happens when two ideal gases mix. Consider the initial situation where two gases are in a box, separated by a rigid and adiabatic wall between them. Now when the ...
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Special Relativity moving in space

Given that time is 'just another' dimension and people get hung up on the fact that we cannot go back and forth in time like the other dimensions. Is there any proof that the corner of 8th Avenue and ...
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How to move from Special to General Relativity

I have understood special relativity nicely, and right now I am trying to learn general relativity from D'Inverno's book. I an finding it rather difficult to understand the pre-requisite math (i.e. ...
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Is the second law of thermodynamics a fundamental law, or does it emerge from other laws?

My question is basically this. Is the second law of thermodynamics a fundamental, basic law of physics, or does it emerge from more fundamental laws? Let's say I was to write a massive computer ...
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How do we know that heat is a differential form?

In thermodynamics, the first law can be written in differential form as $$dU = \delta Q - \delta W$$ Here, $dU$ is the differential $1$-form of the internal energy but $\delta Q$ and $\delta W$ are ...
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Proof for torque=force*perpendicular distance to line of action of force [closed]

I want to derive from first principles the proof for magnitude of torque about a point O = perpendicular distance from O to the line of action of the force * magnitude of the force. I want to derive ...
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Do we apply electrostatics correctly?

In the definition of the electrical field we use the concept of a test charge because we state that the point charge is required for the direct application of the Coloumb's Law and its infinitesimal ...
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How two photons interfere in a double slit experiment

I have a very basic question about photons in double-slit experiment. I am not good at math, and have some Quantum mechanics knowledge. Math free explanation would be very good to me. When we do ...
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Determining a person's sight from his speech [closed]

Suppose we meet a person wearing glasses.Can we determine whether the person is short-sighted or long-sighted? However,due to courtesy,we are not allowed to ask him to try the glasses and in general ...
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Motion of Object in Rotating water [duplicate]

Water inside bucket is rotated (by spoon or something) to flow in circular motion. An object kept in the bucket tends to be at the center of the bucket. Why is that?
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Wavefunction of a Baryon

How to write the total wavefunction of a Baryon including space part, spin part, isospin part and color part such that the net wavefunction is anti-symmetric? What is the difference in wavefunctions ...
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Idea of Covering Group

$SU(2)$ is the covering group of $SO(3)$. What does it mean and does it have a physical consequence? I heard that this fact is related to the description of bosons and fermions. But how does it ...
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Visible light through a single-mode optical fiber?

If I understand things correctly, the optical fibers used for (long-range) data transmissions are generally single-mode fibers, transmitting light in the 1300-1500 nm spectrum. Now, could such a ...
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Nuclear forces and Chiral Effective field Theory

I am new to this field "nuclear forces and Chiral Effective field Theory". while reading this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/nucl-th/0006014 . I have got few question: How many different version of CD-...
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Is there a physically motivated “trick” to evaluate this convolution?

I'm working on adapting some of the formalism in this paper to a system I'm working with. The part I'm interested in amounts to convolving a density profile $\rho(r)$ with a smoothing kernel $S(r,\...
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Hysteresis and dissipation

Hysteretic phenomena are often linked to dissipation. When there is an hysteresis loop, the dissipated energy can usually be computed as the area of the cycle. For example, in ferromagnetic materials,...
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Improving our homemade hot tub design? [closed]

My brother and I built a wood burning, convection based, thermal circulating hot-tub. (With and oxyacetylene torch, lots of 1.5" pipe, a brake drum, and a thirty year old jacuzzi). Our design is ...
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What is difference between Acceleration due to gravity and Gravitational field intensity near the Earth Surface?

I have read in so many standard books that Gravitational field intensity near the earth surface and acceleration due to gravity near the earth surface are Two Different physical quantities with same ...
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How does a flywheel generate electricity at a constant voltage?

I believe I am missing something simple here. My question concerns flywheel energy storage. Say we have stored some amount of energy in a spinning flywheel. The flywheel is attached to a generator. ...
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Pseudo Force Other Than Centrifugal Force In A Rotating Frame

I read in HC Verma that if we are observing the motion of a body from a rotating frame and the body under the observation is NOT in motion with respect to our frame than centrifugal force is the ...
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Help with Hologram problem [duplicate]

Can someone help me out with a simple yet interesting 3D hologram related problem and solution, which can help me understand the subject and then teach the subject to a group of students.
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How is inertial mass different from gravitational mass? [duplicate]

I recently read that the mass we deal with in Equation $F=M_{i}a$ is called inertial mass and the mass we deal with in $F=M_{g}g$ is gravitational mass. Suppose I take a ball in a free fall and in ...
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Does action really have to be Lorentz-invariant in SR?

From Landau & Lifshitz The Classical Theory Of Fields it is said: To determine the action integral for a free material particle (a particle not under the influence of any external force), we ...
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Lowest temperature possible in the universe?

The third law of thermodynamics states that nothing can reach to absolute zero temperature. What is the lowest possible temperature that can be in the universe? Has any experiment reached to a ...
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If one is travelling at a significant fraction of $c$, will the length of the trip be shortened?

Assuming two stars are 1 light year apart and a traveler is travelling at 0.75 of $c$, from the point of view of the traveler what would be the observed time en route? Also, if a vehicle is constantly ...
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Calculating gravity with inclometer?

How would one calculate the gravity vector for [X,Y,Z] by using an inclinometer which gives Pitch, Yaw and Roll. A little explanation of the goal: I have a accelerometer I was planning to use to map ...
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Can there be a phase transition without change in entropy and volume?

Context: I'm studying basic thermodynamics. My lecture notes pose a question, whether there can be a phase transition without a change in entropy or volume ? Do you have any hints on where to start ...
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What is average life in radioactivity and what is its significance?

By definition, average life of radioactive sample is the amount of time required for it to get decayed to 36.8% of its original amount. But what is the significance of 36.8% and why has that value ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion Question - Block on Platform [closed]

A platform is executing SHM in a vertical direction with an amplitude of $5$ cm and a frequency of $\frac{10}{\pi}$ vibrations per second. A block is placed on the platform at the lowest point of its ...
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Tension in string due to surface tension

Suppose you take a loop of string and place it on the surface of a liquid, the string should become taut due to surface tension. How would you be able to calculate the tension in the loop of string? ...
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What force keeps electrostatic charge from exiting a metals surface

I understand that in electrostatics all charges are 'static' due to equal forces acting upon them. This then leads to the fact that the arising electric field must be perpendicular to the metals ...
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How does QFT help with defining measurement in Quantum Mechanics?

I learned that a quantum system has an "overall state", a vector in a Hilbert space. That Hilbert space can be decomposed in a basis of "basic states". For example if in the Universe there is only a ...
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Equation 7.22 in Peskin & Schroeder: writing the Fourier transform of a two-point function as a series of 1PI diagrams

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, on page 219, there is the following equation: The heading to the equation is: "The Fourier transform of the two-point function can now be written as". Could ...
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If only one slit is observed in the Double Slit experiment, will the unobserved slit produce an interference pattern?

I am having a difficult time solving this. Say that electrons are emitted from a source S at a very slow rate. If both slits S1 and S2 are observed, we would have roughly 50% probability of detecting ...
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Why is acceleration expressed as m/s/s?

I'm a philosophy student (I, regrettably, don't know calculus or much physics). Last year I spent some time learning how work, power, speed, velocity, energy, force, and acceleration relate. But I was ...
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Infinite well particle subject to additional time dep. potential

I am asked to find the wavefunction of the particle in a well subject to an additional potential $$V(x,t)=\frac{\pi x \hbar}{L}\delta(t).$$ I have already solved that $$\psi(x,t)=\exp\left(\frac{-i}{\...
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Under what conditions is a vector-spinor gamma trace free

I came upon the concept of irreducible vector-spinors while trying to simplify an expression involving the gravitino field. It is claimed that an irredicible vector-spinor is gamma-traceless, i.e. $$ ...
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What mechanisms require the use of different polarities in DC welding?

In gas metal arc welding, an electric arc forms between the work piece and a consumable wire, heating the work piece and also melting the tip of this consumable wire, which is continually fed into the ...
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Information about fields and superfields [closed]

I want some explanation of fields and superfields (types and components), and what the relationship between them and representation of a group.
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Are the recently observed Dirac monopoles separable?

I just went through Observation of Dirac monopoles in a synthetic magnetic field. What exactly has been observed? More importantly, are these monopoles localized inside the apparatus (no stray ...
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Travel time in elliptical orbit around the sun [closed]

Hi I'm calculating a problem, and I think it ought to be correct - but the result I get isn't. The problem is described as follow: A spacecraft is traveling from Earth to Venus in an elliptical, ...
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Electric potential and maximum charge on a conductor

Does increasing the amount of electric charge on a conductor cause an increase in its electric potential to a point at which it becomes maximum; where it can hold no more extra charge? Is it true? ...
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How do photons 'connect' during wireless connection

So wireless router broadcasts a signal and then your device searches. So what actually happens when the photons 'meet' it's kind of like saying, 'ah your one of us, so we will follow you, show us the ...
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Why are these specific stress invariants chosen?

I've seen these invariants of the Cauchy stress tensor $S$ defined in multiple places: $$J_1 = \lambda_1+\lambda_2+\lambda_3 = Tr(S)$$ $$J_2 = \lambda_1^2+\lambda_2^2+\lambda_3^2$$ $$J_3 = \...
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Divergent bare parameters/couplings: what is the physical meaning of it? Do this have any relation with wilson's renormalization group approach?

I understand that bare parameters in the Lagrangian are different from the physical one that you measure in an experiment. I'm wondering if the fact that they are divergent has any physical meaning? ...
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Could geothermal energy extraction in Yellowstone significantly diminish the threat of a supervolcano?

I recently read an article about a team in Iceland that had managed to drill directly into magma coming up from the earth's mantle, and then use the resulting bore-hole to generate steam to power ...
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A Kinematics Problem [closed]

Problem: From the top of a building of height h = 100 m I throw a stone up with velocity 10 m/s. What is the maximum height it reaches, and when does this occur? First I solved for $h_{max}$, and ...
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Can gravity be reversed?

I'm wondering if any set of hypothetical conditions could result in us gravitating in a different direction. Specifically a reversal of gravity on the surface of Earth (or at least part of it), so ...
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Prefactor for phase space integration

When calculating the canonical partition sum, we had the following: $$ Z_\text C = \sum_{\vec p} \sum_{\vec x} \exp(-\beta H(\vec p, \vec x)) $$ Now, since $\vec p$ and $\vec x$ are pretty much ...
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Does Galileo's Tower of Pisa argument contradict quantum mechanics?

(My questions are at the end, but they may not mean much without explanation below.) Galileo argued that because the mass of a falling object can always be redistributed in ways that asymptotically ...

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