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2 questions on 4-velocity

Firstly 4-velocity is defined by $u^\mu=\frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau}$ let us consider the component $x_i$ of $x^\mu$ then this derivative can be written as: ...
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Why doesn't the electron lose or absorb energy while remaining in a selected orbit? [closed]

Postulate 2: When an electron revolves in any selected orbits, it neither emits nor absorbs energy . The energy of an electron in a particular orbit remains constant. Thus, Bohr, by postulating ...
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$E=mc^2$ what is unique about the speed of light? [duplicate]

What unique property of light, makes it the conversion factor between energy and mass? It has to be more than a coincidence that the speed of light, just happens to be the correct number number to ...
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Why did “tickling the dragons tail” by Louis Slotin not cause an explosion?

I have been reading the excellent Command and Control by Eric Schlosser and discovered more about Louis Slotin's experiment with "tickling the dragons tail" and the infamous Demon Core. What I don't ...
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What does this depiction of a black hole in the movie Interstellar mean?

I was expecting a whirlpool in 3D and the matter glowing from friction as it nears the center, as I expected a event horizon to be negligible visually. How does this depiction work? How big is the ...
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$E=mc^2$ is incomplete? [duplicate]

So I was going through youtube and I found out these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkiCPMjpysc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnMIhxWRGNw Can anyone here explain to me (with derivation if ...
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Why can we inflate the balloon?

I have an elementary question: I know from experiences that human can inflate (or fill with water) the standard ballon or latex medical glove. But I know also that in rubber/latex there are a pores. ...
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Is the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus really applicable to the definition of work?

When the force $F$ on an object is not constant, then the work it performs is defined as $$W = \int_{x_0}^{x} F(X)dX.$$ Now, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus states that $$\text{If}\,\,\, f(x) ...
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Newton's third law.. please explain here

According to Newton's third law, the force acting on object is equal and opposite to the other object that is applying the force. If I push a table with 5N force then table is doing the same. But the ...
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Is time dilation a mechanical slowdown only? [duplicate]

I've recently read about the time dilation occurs at very high speeds. But I'm really wondering if it is just a mechanical slowdown of the clock only? What if we use clocks that does not use moving ...
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Are black holes “Immortal”?

Black holes are stars that are so massive, that when they die, they become so dense that not even light can escape. That means that a black hole is costantly adding mass and energy and thus making its ...
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Rare earth minerals in solarcell production

When I was looking at photovoltaic solar cell production I saw that there was some difficulty with rare earth minerals used in the production but i can't find which rare earth minerals. I have tried ...
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Could fish in plastic bags filled with water float like that?

I saw this gif earlier and it bothered me how the plastic water bags with fish in it are not submerged in water like they would if we don't do anything special with the water inside and outside the ...
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When an aircraft flies over, glass window vibrates…Infrasound?

When an aircraft flies over, my big glass window vibrates, making a ticktack beating. Its frequency sounds low, less than 10 beats per second actually. I'm wondering about the mechanism of this ...
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Quantum harmonic oscillator doughnut shape

When phase-space trajectory is plotted for classical harmonic oscillator for p(t)=mx0ωcos(ωt +δ0), a circle is obtained. When done same for the quantum harmonic oscillator, why do we get a doughnut ...
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How to handle the potential $V(x)$ or $V(\phi)$ which is not analytic in QM and QFT

In QM, $$\hat{x}\phi(p)=i\frac{\partial}{\partial p} \phi(p)$$ and when $V(x)$ is an analytic function of $x$, then $$V(\hat{x})\phi(p)=V(i\frac{\partial}{\partial p} )\phi(p)$$ and we can do Taylor ...
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Calculate the distance travelled by hot air before it looses its momentum

Hot air is released from a nozzle with certain velocity into the atmosphere. As the stream travels, it looses momentum and after some time mixes with air.How can we calculate the distance the stream ...
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Question about energy moving through one object to another [closed]

I think this question is part physics, and maybe part chemistry. I'm making electronic drums. On the top of the drum there's a flat surface (the drum head) you hit with a stick anywhere on the head. ...
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Superior attachment of Möbius strip

In this DIY project, the Möbius strip is used to make a spill-proof coffee cup carrier. The author uses a Möbius strip as the handle of this carrier and says If you attach a Möbius strip to an ...
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Problems with calculating Strontium-90 leakage due to Fukushima accident

Not long ago there was a spill of radioactive water at the Fukushima plants. Here are the data: $230 \times 10^6 \,\,\mathrm{Bq}$ of beta radiation are found in a liter of water. $t_{1/2} = 28.79 ...
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Is jumping the result of normal force or action-reaction?

Just a clarification question based on an example I read about. Can normal force do work on an object? The answer is yes, with an example being a person jumping. The normal force causes work to ...
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Why an undoped heterojunction causes potential barrier?

In this image (source) a potential double-barrier was created using GaAs and AlAs lattices (undoped). Why would any potential barrier be formed, if all the bonds are electrostatically balanced (i.e. ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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Bell vs. diaphragm of stethoscope for low frequency sounds

Why is the bell of the stethoscope used to hear lower frequencies if it has a smaller diameter than the diaphragm? I would have thought that a bigger diameter diaphragm could pick up lower frequency ...
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Separation distance of bright fringes in double slit experiment

so I'm working on homework problem that seems like it should be pretty straight forward but the computer won't accept my answer. The question is below. A double slit aperture with slit separation ...
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Construction of a magnetic dip “compass”

I want to make a demo magnetic dip compass and was wondering what would be the relative sensitivity (restoring torque) of: 1) two neodymium magnets at the ends of a plastic rod (say 40 cm. i.e. ...
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tangential acceleration and angular acceleration [closed]

$$r= 2 \text{ m}$$ $$a_{\text{tangential}}=\frac{\pi}{4} \text{ m/s}^2$$ for half a turn What is the angular velocity from rest of the circular path? $$a_{\text{angular}} = ...
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Energy in harmonic oscillator [closed]

The expectation value of the potential energy is exactly half the total according to Griffiths. Is that case always true for quantum harmonic oscillator? Is that the case also for classical harmonic ...
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How to calculate precipitation chance with basic weather data?

I would like to know if there is any algorithm which allows us to calulate precipation chance with following data: temperature, humidity, illuminance (in lux) and pressure. I've searched it in google, ...
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Is it possible to make laser beams visible midair without smoke?

My question is: Is it possible to make laser beams viable midair without smoke? I thought it would be a great idea to have a (second) smartphone or pc screen without having a solid screen. The reason ...
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Does positron-electron annihilation preserve enough info to reverse exactly

An electron-positron annihilation can produce a pair of gamma rays. In the reverse process, known as pair production, can the gamma rays carry enough information to determine the resulting ...
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Heat Transfer and Thermal Energy

Some hot water radiators have a single pipe connected to them. The steam comes to the radiator and the water leaves in the same pipe. The steam and the water are both at a temperature of 100°C. Where ...
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System of Lenses. Virtual Objects and Nature of Image (Real/Virtual)

We have a certain system of lenses: Lens 1: Focal length: 19.5 cm Lens 2: Focal length : 9.5 cm I put an object 36 cm away from lens 1. Then, I put lens 2 between lens 1 and a screen. The separation ...
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Electromagnetic field or direct interactions between charged particles?

Consider a small distribution of charged particles enclosed by an arbitrary volume $V$ with boundary $S$. It can be shown that the total mechanical momentum of the particles, $\mathbf{P_{mech}}$, ...
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The Form Factor in Nuclear physics

We know $$F(\vec{q})=\int e^{i\vec{q}.\vec{r}} \rho(r^\prime) dv^\prime$$ where $\vec{q}$ is the momentum change of scattering electron. But what is the physical meaning of it ?!
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When do you see the second horizon as you fall into a black hole?

Suppose you are a massive observer falling into a Schwarzschild black hole (geodesically or not, it shouldn't matter). At any point on your personal worldline you can receive light signals from the ...
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1D Finite potential well: solutions with $\sinh$ and $\cosh$?

So I am studying the (one dimensional) quantum mechanical finite potential well defined by: $$ V(x) = \cases{0, &|x|>a\cr -V_0, &|x|<a} $$ where $V_0>0$ is a real number. I know ...
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Effect of varying distance of light source from a Light Dependant Resistor

I'm doing the experiment described here and I have a few questions about it. I have a miniature light dependent resistor (LDR) hooked to a multimeter set to $\Omega $ and a $25\,\mathrm W$ Light ...
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Why the current through a resonant tunnel diode drops when the bound state goes below the conduction band?

The IV curve of a resonant tunneling diode is N-shaped. The rise in current flow happens because the bound state (the energy state in the well) enters the thermal area of the conductor ($\mu_1 + ...
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Closed and Open Electromagnetic Cores

I think I may understand this concept, but I haven't been able to verify with anyone that I'm going about this the right way. So when a wire is wrapped around a core that is a closed loop, like a ...
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Difference between a hydrogen ion and a proton

I've run into a bit of a problem on this weeks coursework. A proton and an electron initially at rest combine to form hydrogen. Find the wavelength of the emitted photon? So, as far as I can ...
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Escape velocity to leave the water planet in the movie Interstellar

I saw this question and this question on the site a few days ago. It asks about escape velocity from the water-based planet in Interstellar and whether the black hole had any effect. Now, one question ...
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Variable parameters in cosmology

Mainstream theories in cosmology assume that parameters like the speed of light $c$, and the gravitational constant $G$ are time-independent. Is there any evidence suggesting that this assumption is ...
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Finding conserved quantities from Hamiltonian when Symmetry is not evident [closed]

A particle is moving in 3D space, under a potential $$V = -\frac{\alpha}{r}-\frac{\vec{r} \cdot \vec{\mu}}{r^3 } $$ where $\vec{\mu}$ is some constant vector. I need to show there are three ...
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Infinitely many scalar fields

Suppose I have the following Lagrangian density: $$ \mathcal L = -\frac{1}{2} \sum_{i = 1}^N \left [ \partial_\mu \phi_i\partial^\mu \phi^i +m^2 \phi_i^2\right ] + \frac{g}{2N}\sum_{i=1}^N ...
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AIR PSI formula maybe

How would one figure out the maximum PSI (air only) a particular container may hold knowing only its dimensions? I understand the water formula. P=.434 x height I would like a formula for air ...
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What does $\tau$ = $\Delta E_{c}$ mean? [closed]

What does $\tau$ = $\Delta E_c$ mean? Can anyone help? I'm finding it difficult to find on the internet.
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Can a ultracentrifuge be used to test general relativity?

With today's ultracentrifuge technology, they can spin so fast that the sample can be subjected to accelerations of up to 2 millions Gs. That is equivalent to two solar masses. Has someone tried to ...
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Do entangled particles lose entanglement after polarizing filters?

If two entangled particles are sent through different polarizing filters, do they lose their entanglement after the filters?
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Does Bell's inequalities also rule out non-computable local hidden variable theories?

I have beenn reading different articles on Bell's assumptions and interpretations, including superdeterminsm. I always end up dizzy when I try tho think about this specific question, so any hints ...

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