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find distance using a light line

Let's suppose we have a particular light frequency emitter and relative sensor array, and that there is no external source of this light. This emitter has a know angle respect the receiver, and emit ...
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Does yukawa potential of two particles have effect on each other?

Okay,a novice here.Suppose two particle interact with Higgs field.Does The Yukawa potential created by each of them affect each other or the interaction in any way.If so,what is it physical ...
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Superpositions and expectation values in quantum mechanics

When the wavefunction of a particle is not an eigenfunction of an operator, the property to which the operator corresponds does not have a definite value, Why? Also consider a linear combination of ...
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Why are the orbits of planets in the Solar System nearly circular?

Except for Mercury, the planets in the Solar System have very small eccentricities. Is this property special to the Solar System? Wikipedia states: Most exoplanets with orbital periods of 20 ...
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Observables in Quantum Mechanics

Studying on own quantum mechanics I came across: Preceeding text: A basic postulate of quantum mechanics tells us how to set up the operator corresponding to a given observable. Observables, ...
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Mechanics Dynamics_Kinetics [on hold]

Figure shows an engine (e.g. IC engine, electric motor, turbine, etc.,) coupled to a load through a common shaft. The engine generates or supplies energy to the load, whereas the load absorbs the ...
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Vectors-a tricky problem [duplicate]

A particle subjected to two equal forces along two different directions. If one of the forces is halved, the angle which the resultant makes with the other is also halved. The angle between the forces ...
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Compute energy from displacement via time integration (using ODE)

How to compute energy from displacement given by solving an ODE via, e.g., ODE45. Say one has: $$ \ddot{z}+\zeta \dot{z}+z=\kappa\cos\left(\Omega t\right),\quad z=z\left(t\right) $$ and wishes to ...
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A question about special relativity theory

We have two sets: set No.1 and set No.2 as in this picture: The observer is fixed to set No.1 . He sees set No.1 motionless and observes set No. 2 approaching with velocity 100,000 m/s. Each set ...
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Catching/harvesting neutrons

This question has several parts. How does modern science catch free neutrons that are just floating around? Is there anyway to "pull" a neutron off any atom that does not involve our current ...
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$m_l=0$ in Hydrogen atom of Scrodinger equation

$m_l=0$ corresponds to s-orbital and the values associated are: $$\lambda=2\pi r/m_l\to\infty$$ It means a wave of of infinite wavelength has a constant height at all values of $\phi$(azimuthal ...
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How to calculate the evaporative cooling rate needed to protect a house from forest fire

Recently in our area there has been a large forest fire and I've been looking into home defense from such things. I am not a physicist - but can do some basic math. I was wondering how I could ...
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How to understand the definition of vector and tensor?

Physics texts like to define vector as something that transform like a vector and tensor as something that transform like a tensor, which is different from the definition in math books. I am having ...
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What could cause an asymmetric orbit in a symmetric potential?

My question can be summarized as: Given a potential with a symmetry (e.g. $z\rightarrow-z$), should I expect orbits in that potential to exhibit the same symmetry? Below is the full motivation for ...
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Differences between wave function and set of orthonormal wave functions?

I'm reading a QM book. It first says for wave function: "The state of a physical system (or particle) is completely specified by an entity associated with it called a wave function, Ψ , that in ...
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Heuristic equation for Friction force between materials

I'm programming a game where different types of objects will be sliding over different types of terrains (Top-down in two dimensions). At my current level of physics education we are given the ...
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Bragg diffraction and lattice planes

Crystalline substances show, for certain sharply defined wavelength and incident directions, very sharp peaks of scattered X-ray radiation. From the illustration below we see that we get constructive ...
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Which way do black hole jets spin?

The centers of black holes and quasars often have jets coming out the two poles of an accretion disk, say north and south. Is it known if the two jets spin in the same direction or opposite ...
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Double-slit experiment and an experimental laboratory without photons

In order to see interference pattern of an electron, after the shot, an electron must not interact with any photon. So I'm asking how can such an photonless area can be created in the universe? And ...
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An interesting problem on vectors [on hold]

A particle subjected to two equal forces along two different directions. If one of the forces is halved, the angle which the resultant makes with the other is also halved. The angle between the forces ...
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1answer
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Length Contraction in a Particle Accelerator

Consider $N$ particles equally spaced on a circle which are uniformly accelerated to $99\%$ the speed of light. In Newtonian mechanics, the distance between the particles would be $2\pi r/N$ (for ...
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Particle displacement at a rarefaction or compression

In a longitudinal wave, why is there zero particle displacement at a compression or rarefaction and maximum displacement at a point pi/2 from it? Shouldn't it be the other way round?
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Extracting heat energy without a heat engine

Is it possible to extract the molecular kinetic energy from a system directly (without the use of a heat engine / temperature gradient) and convert that to another form of energy, such as electricity, ...
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Why are magnetic fields so much weaker than electric?

In EM radiation, the magnetic field is $ 3*10^8$ times smaller than the electric field, but is it valid to say it's "weaker". These fields have different units, so I don't think you can compare them, ...
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Calculating Tr(log($\Delta_F$))

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = ...
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How to simulate rotational instability?

I'm trying to simulate (for an educational game) the well-known effect that rotating objects with three nonequal moments of inertia are unstable when rotated around the middle axis. Some explanations ...
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Modeling a list with a tunable degree of disorder/shuffling

Imagine we have a list of ordered numbers $L = (1, 2,\dots, N)$. I want to add an arbitrary amount of "disorder" to that list. For instance: Adding a little bit of disorder would permute a few ...
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Feynman's derivation of Bernoulli (part of it)

OK, so what's up with the $\Delta M$ here? I don't get it. In fact, my textbook doesn't even put it in. I don't think it is a type-o because he continues on with the explanation. If anything I got ...
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Could a ship equipped with Alcubierre drive theoretically escape from a black hole?

Could a ship equipped with Alcubierre drive theoretically escape from a black hole? Also, could it reach parts of the universe that are receding faster than the speed of light from us?
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Erosion effect from Coriolis force in a South-to-North water channel?

Imagine we could build a channel (like those cool ones in some countries) but very, very long, parallel to a meridian (ie South-North direction).. The channel would contain water, which would ...
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What kind of mirror do i should use for rear projection? [on hold]

i have around 11 inch to make a rear projection for a 94 inch screen. i have tried with a convex mirror (half dome mirror) but the aberration is too blurry on the sides, so i don't know what kind ...
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Calculate orbit height from tangential velocity

Is it possible to calculate the altitude of a satellite orbiting a planet, just from the planet's mass and the satellite's velocity, assuming that the satellite is in a perfect circular orbit? If so, ...
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How does water carve rock?

How does water carve rock? And more generally, how does a soft material carve a hard material? Obviously it happens, but is it a continual process (every drop of soft water carries away a minute ...
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Why do we consider the electric field of an infinite plane? [on hold]

I never understood why one would calculate the electric field surrounding an infinite plane, if such thing does not exist. Is there physical motivation for using this model? Are the results applicable ...
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What indicates if object will be reflected - certain example

If I throw a small rock(1kg) at a big rock(100kg) the small rock is reflected; Let's say my weight is 80kg - if I would jump into a big rock instead of being reflected I would move in the same ...
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Is this kids experiment a legitimate way to show that air has mass?

Consider the experiment in this link. The experiment includes using a ruler as a lever, with an inflated balloon on one side and a balloon which is not inflated on the other. The aim of the ...
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Why does moment of force depend on the perpendicular distance?

Couyld anyone explain how the lecturer concluded that $$(\underline{r_2} - \underline{r_1}) \times \underline{H} = \underline{p} \times \underline{H}$$
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Time of flight for a projectile with stated initial velocity and size at various distances

I've been mooching round the internet looking for an answer to this one and can't find a ready resource, hence the question. In short, I'm trying to discover the flight time of a shotgun pellet at ...
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Is the frequency of light restricted?

What are the factors that limit the frequency of light? Can it have wavelengths ranging between zero and infinity?
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calculate force between two magnets [on hold]

I have used a couple of online calculators to estimate the attractive force between two cylindrical bar magnets. Using d=1"; t=1"; x=0.1"; Neo35 (Br=12,300 Gauss): source 1 gives 63.5 lbf source 2 ...
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How is the mass of black hole at the center of our galaxy measured?

I've been watching a video about dark mater and a lot of the mass is missing in our universe. Astronomers got to this by measuring the speed that stars orbit the center of the galaxy and when they did ...
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What are phase conventions in angular momentum and rotation calculations?

I work with complicated angular momentum calculations related to atomic physics; nevertheless, I never need to use anything related to a phase convention (apparently because it's taken care of in a ...
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What prevents stars in globular clusters from merging over time to form a black hole?

Globular clusters are apparently very very old, and the density of these clusters appears to increase as one approaches the center of a cluster. Orbits are bound to be chaotic, since there is no ...
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Bloch's theorem

I am studying Bloch's theorem, which can be stated as follows: The eigenfunctions of the wave equation for a period potential are the product of a plane wave $e^{ik \cdot r}$ times a modulation ...
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How close can two extremal black holes with the same charge can get?

Here's a puzzle I have been pondering over. If we have two extremal black holes with the same charge, the electrostatic repulsion between them ought to cancel the gravitational attraction between ...
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Difference between horizon and flatness problems & how inflation solves flatness (w/out math)

Layman here so I'm hoping for an answer for my query that doesn't involve math. I'm reading about inflation and how it solves the flatness and horizon problems. I get that the horizon problem deals ...
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Why does angular momentum shorten the Schwarzschild Radius of a black hole?

Angular momentum causes the event horizon of a black hole to recede. At maximum angular momentum, $J=GM^2/c$, the Schwarzschild radius is half of what it would be if the black hole wasn't spinning. ...
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Equation for Photon and Electron Propagation [on hold]

What equation accurately describes the movement of a photon? Does this equation also apply to the movement of an electron?
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Can we have consistent histories inside a black hole?

A consistent history is a POVM set of observables corresponding to a time-ordered product of projection operators. For gauge theories, not any old operator will do, only gauge-invariant observables. ...
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Black holes: Behaviour of light near an event horizon

Electromagnetic waves travel mostly in vacuum medium, in outer space, but sometimes in gaseous media, such as in gaseous atmospheres involved in nebulae. If electromagnetic-waves come anywhere in the ...

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