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Gauss' Law - Parallel plates [closed]

A parallel plate capacitor with dielectric (as above), together with its dimensions. Its plates are square. The capacitance is given by the usual formula, $C = \frac{\epsilon _0 \epsilon _r ...
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Does uniform distribution of background matter affect the dynamics of a gravitational system?

Situation 1: A test particle of mass m moves around a big mass M in a Keplerian orbit. The orbital period is easily found, given certain initial conditions. Situation 2: The same system of two bodies ...
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How does the magnetic field gain energy through the induced non-conservative electric field?

This is a further question derived from this question about storing energy in an inductor. The accepted answer showed that, during the current increasing, it is the induced non-conservative electric ...
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The energy of an electron in a time-dependent electric field

Is energy of an electron in a time-dependent electric field any different from the one in a static field? Why did D.Griffith state in his "Intro to QM"( when he discussed the perturbation of EM waves ...
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A precise definition of macroscopic and microscopic objects

What are the formal definitions of "macroscopic object" and "microscopic object". How can one differentiate between them? I mean, is there any fixed condition by which we can distinguish between them? ...
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Does wave interference happen only to same frequency waves?

As the title says, from books and results from internet, I find that examples of wave interference always have the same frequency, only different in phase constant. So, I'd like to know if wave ...
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How does airborne laser system deflect the laser beam?

In the Airborne Laser system, the laser beam is directed from the nose of a Boeing airplane towards the target. In this system, the angle of laser beam with respect to airplane body can be changed at ...
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What did Feynman mean by “gravity itself is a pseudo force”? [duplicate]

Feynman writes: One very important feature of pseudo forces is that they are always proportional to the masses; the same is true of gravity. The possibility exists, therefore that gravity itself ...
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What is the difference between a philosopher of science and a theoretical physicist? [closed]

What is the characteristic objective difference in objectively observable attitudes and research styles between a philosopher of physics and a theoretical physicist? Was Ernst Mach more of a ...
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Wave/particle-duality as result of taking different limits of a QFT

There is an account on dualities in quantum field theories and string theories by Polchinski from last week http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.5704 At the end of page 4, he writes the wave/particle ...
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Can calculations find positive entropy change for heat transfer from cold reservoir to hot body?

I was working on a "simple" heat transfer question and have now confused myself! This question refers to the case where an object is brought into contact with a thermal reservoir, causing the object ...
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Estimating the expansion of the universe using light from supernova

I understand that you can tell how far light has traveled by the measuring redshift but how accurate is this and could it be effected by anything like radiation from the sun it must be fairly accurate ...
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unknown stresses in double-layer glass window

I live in cold place where outside temperature drops to -20. Currently, we have -20 and on my window, which is doubled layer glass with trapped air in between, I found a "polarized stress spectrum" ...
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Near Infrared for distance determination

Would near-infrared be an efficient frequency to use in determining the distance from the source of the infrared signal to an object, maybe in the range of 5 to 20 meters away? I need a formula for ...
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How can we detect cosmic background microwave radiation? [closed]

From my understanding this stuff expands at or near the speed of light -- and it's origins are that of the creation of this universe (via big bang). Obviously, our planet does not expand from origin ...
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Inclined pulley. Finding the $\frac{M_1}{M_2}$ [closed]

Problem As you can see in the picture, $M_1$ and $M_2$ are attached by a massless rope over a pulley. the height difference of $M_1$ and $M_2$ is $h$. The masses start to move and after $τ$ seconds, ...
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The Big Crunch and perceived entropy

I'm aware of the Big Crunch theory, that once at capacity, the universe may collapse in on itself. Hawking once theorized that time may go backwards during this crunch. So, that got me thinking: how ...
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Moduli space for $CP^N$ and $T^{*} CP^N$ in $\mathcal{N}=2$ SUSY

For complex $\phi$ in $U(1)$ gauge theory, \begin{align} |\phi_1|^2 + |\phi_2|^2 +\cdots |\phi_N|^2 =r \end{align} This equation $|\phi|^2=r$, describes sphere $S^{2N-1}$. Dividing the space of this ...
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138 views

Why does the superposition principle work? [closed]

I am reading Feynman volume 2. (I was reading Griffiths at first.) I don't really understand why the superposition principle of electrical forces (or fields) works. Is there anything deeper in that? ...
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Simple thermodynamic proof that light from a source cannot be focused to heat an object above the source's temperature

I was thinking about the question in the title. I found the following thread, and some of the answers are making my head spin! Is it possible to focus the radiation from a black body to make ...
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Sufficient criterion for su(2) invariant spin-1*spin_s bipartite density matrix

SU(2) invariant spin-1 and spin-S bipartite density matrix is given by $\rho ^{1,S}=\frac1{3*(2S+1)}[1+\alpha {S^A_i\times S^B_i}+\beta S^A_{ij}\times S^B_{ij}]$, i j varies from ...
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Planetary nebulae, thermal pulses and mass loss

I'm reading about planetary nebulae and how they are formed, but as is sometimes the case, I've gotten a little confused. So, I have a star, let's say 5 times the mass of the sun. At some point, when ...
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1answer
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Does the difference between contextuality, nonlocality and retrocausality depend on where we draw the boundaries? [closed]

Suppose we have a quantum system and a measuring apparatus in a superposition of detector settings. Different detector settings would measure "complementary" properties of the quantum system. The act ...
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The wave function of transverse one is different from longitude one for convenience?

I use the book Fundamental of Physics Hallidays&Resnick 10th Edition Jearl Walker to study in my physics class while I got myself University Physics with Modern Physics Sears, Zemansky 13th ...
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How can the electron be a wave? [duplicate]

I read about Rutherford's failed attempt to describe the atomic model. Then I read about Bohr's model and his postulates. Ok, that was fine. But then I read in my book a statement that shocked me: ...
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Difference between spin and polarization of a photon

I understand how one associates the spin of a quantum particle, e.g. of a photon, with intrinsic angular momentum. And in electromagnetism I have always understood the polarization of an EM wave as ...
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In which direction due to a polarizing grid the photon's electric field is oriented?

After a photon passes the slit, is it's electric field oriented perpendicular or parallel to the slit and why this is so?
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Can we solve most of the cosmological questions using the Illustris universe simulation?

The Illustris project (http://illustris-project.org) attempts to simulate the universe in its most accurate form according to their website. With the simulation, they were able to predict the neutral ...
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Quantum cloning of orthonormal states

If I understand correctly, for two orthonormal states $\left|\psi_1\right\rangle$ and $\left|\psi_2\right\rangle$ in the Hilbert space H, there must exist a unitary transformation $U$, such that: ...
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How can we take pictures of something billion of light years away?

I have had this question in my mind for a long time, I thought you guys might enlighten me easily. I am confused about some space photographs and claims like "this galaxy is 13 billions light years ...
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1answer
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Conditions of friction on constant acceleration [closed]

If a body is moving with constant acceleration, then what would the frictional force be? Zero In forward direction, In reverse direction all of above
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Why are position and velocity enough for prediction and acceleration is unnecessary?

In classical mechanics, if you take a snapshot and get the momentary positions and velocities of all particles in a system, you can derive all past and future paths of the particles. It doesn't seem ...
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Why is the Great Dark Spot so shortliving unlike the Great Red Spot?

The Great Dark Spot is an anti-cyclone in Neptune. But unlike the Great Red Spot of Jupiter which lasts for more than hundred years, the Great Dark Spot exists for only one year or so. Why is it so??
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What do units like joule * seconds imply?

I can easily understand what divisive units imply, but not what multiplicative units imply. What I mean is, when I read "$12 \:\mathrm{eggs/carton}$", I mentally convert it to, "There are 12 eggs ...
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General Relativity: impact of acceleration on time, experimental setup

In What is relativity by Jeffrey Bennett (Amazon link), the author explains how acceleration/gravity impact time and causes time dilation. For this he takes an example of an accelerating space-ship ...
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Why is the equation for friction so simple?

The general equation for the force of friction (static or kinetic) is $F_f = \mu * F_N$, where $F_f$ is the force of friction and $\mu$ is the coefficient of friction (its value is dependent upon the ...
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How much heat from a fire actually warms your home?

A fire in a hearth disperses heat to, I guess, three places: the bricks of the chimney out the hearth (where the person tending the fire is standing) out the chimney, above the house How would you ...
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Is it possible to single out a proton, electron, neutron?

I've read that it's nearly impossible to take a proton from an element. But if it's "nearly" impossible then it is possible to some degree. If this has happened, what is exactly the process of taking ...
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Is placing a heater in the coldest part of a room the most efficient place to put it?

I've noticed that stores blow hot air in a "sheet" by doors and windows, which is "where cold air enters". I assume they do this because it saves money and/or keeps the store a uniform temperature. ...
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Are wave functions real physical objects? [duplicate]

Are wave functions (ex. electron waves) real physical objects or just mathematical tools?. Some researchers say that they have proof that they are real objects. Here's [the link] ...
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Why does heat lose its energy as we get further away?

Why does heat lose its energy dramatically as I move back? Say I have a fire around 0.5 meters in front of me, I can clearly feel the heat, however, as I move even very slightly back, say 1 meter ...
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Could we describe acids and bases using electromagnetism?

Why don't we use Maxwell's equations in acids and base theory? Surely the interaction between two charged species is readily described by this. The theory I have so far come across is HASB theory. ...
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How fast am I moving? [duplicate]

Given the speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second and that it is constant through out the universe, (i.e a person who measures the speed of light while standing still will get the same result ...
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1answer
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Predicting balls's movement in well due to fluid flow

I am a total newbie in fluid dynamics. In one of my experiments/open project, my experiment setup is as below: a small ball sits in a circular well (has mass density a bit heavier than water), with ...
3
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1answer
88 views

What topics do I need to study electromagnetism on the quantum scale? [closed]

What topics do I need to study (in order) so that I can study electromagnetics on the quantum scale? What is the name of the discipline studying electromagnetism on the quantum scale? Do I need to ...
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How are the Lorentz force, Maxwell's third law and Faraday's law of induction clasically related?

Faraday's law of induction can be used in any situation where the magnetic flux is changing through a closed conducting loop. While giving the correct answer, it seems to me that for the following ...
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Pion decay: V-A vs. V coupling

For the Decay $$ \pi^+ \to \mu^- \bar{\nu}_\mu $$ the Feynman rules for this tell us that the vertex couples with $\gamma^\mu (1-\gamma^5) / \sqrt{2} $. This gives me the reduced amplitude of $$ M = ...
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1answer
114 views

Coupled wheel and rod (analytical mechanics) [closed]

I am struggling with formulating the equations of motion. Consider a coordinate system with origin in $O$ ($y$ upwards and $x$ to the right), label the center of mass of rod $AB$ with $G$ then: ...
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Where does light go when you switch it off? [duplicate]

I have a lamp. When I switch it on, it immediately illuminates the surroundings. When I switch it off, the light goes away in an instant. Why is this? Where do the light particles go? Do they quickly ...
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Can a projectile moving at supersonic velocities leave a silhouette in whatever it hits?

I was recently reading this, and Floris's answer confirmed my knowledge that the information of an collision travels at the speed of sound. While I was thinking about that, my mind wandered and I ...

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