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What is entropy really?

On this site, change in entropy is defined as the amount of energy dispersed divided by the absolute temperature. But I want to know: What is the definition of entropy? Here, entropy is defined as ...
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How much (little) wind force does it take to move a toddler in a stroller? [closed]

This question is raised because of the recent incident in a London subway station involving a stroller falling onto the tracks. The stroller was probably 10 feet (or 3 m) from the edge of the ...
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How many joules of energy are required to convert 1 liter of water into hydrogen and oxygen, theoretically? [closed]

I've been reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolysis_of_water and other related questions on physics.stackexchange, but I fear I don't have a decent enough understanding of math and science to ...
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The Spinning Log “Perpetual Motion” problem, and my attempt at a solution

So I was introduced to this "perpetual motion" riddle a few weeks ago. The problem goes like this: we all know perpetual motion machines are not possible, but this riddle seems like it should work as ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking and time-reversal symmetry

In most textbooks on field theory you read that "spontaneous symmetry breaking implies degeneracy of the ground state". (Like for example in ...
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Simple expression for transitional pressure force

Consider a simple, circular orifice with an upstream, high gas pressure and downstream, normal atmospheric pressure. Consider also a flat circular plate that can be positioned anywhere along the ...
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Measuring position and momentum at the same time?

In a non-relativistic quantum mechanical system in an infinite potential well. I try to measure the energy and the position of the system simultaneously. Since, the respective operators do commute ...
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What is the angle of projection when at maximum height the speed of a projectile is half the speed at half the maximum height? [closed]

I have been struggling with this problem: The speed of a projectile when it reaches its maximum height is one half of its speed when it is at half its maximum height. What is the initial ...
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What is entropy of the universe? [duplicate]

What is entropy of the universe? What is the change in entropy of our universe? Is this change increases or decreases? If the entropy of universe keeps on increasing then what are the consequences? Is ...
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What does $ {\bf F} = \frac{\mathrm{d}W}{\mathrm{d}{\bf x}}$ actually mean?

What does the formula $$ {\bf F} ~=~ \frac{\mathrm{d}W}{\mathrm{d}{\bf x}}$$ actually mean? Here $\mathrm{d}W$ is the work done in a small period, ${\bf F}$ is the force and $\mathrm{d}{\bf x}$ is a ...
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Entangled particles interaction with other particles

Non-physicist question: Suppose two particles A and B are entangled and A collides with another particle. What happens to B?
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Deformation of light-cone

In the paper The geometry of free fall and light propagation by Ehlers and his colleagues (Gen. Relativ. Gravit. 44 no. 6, pp. 1587–1609 (2012)), when the authors introduce the differentiable ...
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Energy estimation of an acoustic wave

I have an issue with 2D acoustic wave field modelling. In order to estimate the energy propagation direction of an acoustic wave I use Poynting vectors $S$ which can be described by $$ \vec{S} = - ...
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How do we get a wave pulse and wave packet/train?

Ok, If a disturbance is localized to a small part of the space for a certain time we get a wave pulse and if the source is active for time greater than to complete a single pulse we get a wave ...
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How to explain the existence of heavier elements in Population I stars and in Population II stars contain lighter one

Recently I read Astrophysics Notes where I found a statement that young stars are classified as Population I stars and relatively older one as Population II stars. Population I stars contain ...
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How to explain spin of electron? [duplicate]

How can we explain spin of electron, or the spin of other fundamental particles? If we think the spin of electron is similar to the spin of a ball or planet we make a mistake. We say it is an ...
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Physical interpretation related to a non-linear partial differential equation

I am doctoral student in pure mathematics working on a particular problem. My question is if this problem has applications to real world phenomena. I will try to explain the direct problem starting ...
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1answer
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How is CMB related to the temperature of the universe

As I understand it, CMB (cosmic microwave background) is the radiation emitted when matter decoupled at the early stages of the big bang. The thing I don't understand is do all stars emit this kind of ...
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1answer
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Modeling a stool with three legs pushed on one leg

If a stool with three legs is pushed (horizontally) on one leg in the direction of the axis passing through the other two legs, it starts both moving and rotating. Is it correct to assume 1/3 of ...
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Consider relativity. If a stick accelerates from a stationary state, how will it look like during the acceleration?

I mean how it will be shortened in the sight of an observer in a stationary coordinate system. It seems I was not clear enough. If the stick becomes shorter, then while this is happening, the ...
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Milk-First School

I have always been struck by the huge amount of different arguments about the issue: When you make a cup of tea, the milk should be poured first or added to the cup after the tea? Wikipedia, ...
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Im a high school finisher and I want to understand Physics theories [duplicate]

I have finished my A Levels (UK high school exam) , and I have studied Further Mathematics, Mathematics, and Physics in high school. I am really interested in learning about theories of Einstein, ...
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Is photoelectric emission same as ionization or are they different?

According to my book the mechanism of ionization is: "If an atom absorbs enough energy so that an electron is raised to the highest energy level the electron becomes free of the atom i.e. ionization ...
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Finding the density of gold crown using archimedes principle [closed]

Question: As shown in diagram below the crown has a mass of 14.7kg when measured above water and 13.4kg when measured in water. Is the crown made of gold? I have this following solution provided: ...
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Hilbert space for Density Operators (instead of Banach spaces)

Is it possible to construct a well defined inner-product (and therefore orthonormality) within the set of self-adjoint trace-class linear operators? In the affirmative case, dynamics could be analyzed ...
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Broken bar magnet repels? [duplicate]

Why a bar magnet broken from between repel on joining again even if the poles are opposite, i.e. North and South.
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Physical reason for Lorentz Transformation

Seeing the mathematical derivation of the Lorentz Transformation for time coordinates of an event for two observers we get the term. Now how to make sense physically of the $t-\frac{vx}{c^2}$ ...
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1answer
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Hooke's Law: why is only one force considered?

I have a question about Hooke's Law springs. What I learned is that a Hooke's Law spring gives a force F pushing left and right and each force equals $k \cdot |l-l_o|$ Let's say there is a mass ...
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1answer
287 views

Gauge Field Tensor from Wilson Loop

It is possible to introduce the gauge field in a QFT purely on geometric arguments. For simplicity, consider QED, only starting with fermions, and seeing how the gauge field naturally emerges. The ...
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What are some good resources for learning photonics?

Including the generation, transmission, modulation, signal processing, amplification, and detection/sensing of light, I am interested in getting a good understanding of photonics. Does anyone have any ...
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Using Polyakov-Alvarez Anomaly Formula [closed]

Take $\Sigma=\mathbb{D}$ to be the unit disk with metric $g=\frac{4}{(1+|z|^2)^2}\,|dz|^2$. If $\phi$ is a nice enough function on $\mathbb{D}$, then I want to compute $$\int_{\partial \Sigma} k_g ...
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1answer
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Finding height of floating iceblock above seawater [closed]

This may be a very simple question but somehow I can't seems to solve it. For the sake of completness, I will use the same original question I am working on. Question: The density of ice is $917 ...
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1answer
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If a point r lies in the boundary of the chronological future of another point p, why does the chronological future of r belong to that of p?

I am studying the global causality of the spacetime. Here, I come across a problem. Suppose a point $r\in \partial I^+(p)$. $I^+(p)$ is the chronological future of a different point $p$ in ...
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What physics considerations direct the charging of cars with wireless?

Is there any frequency at which cars can be charged with using wireless? Surely, wireless transmission can be safely assumed to be a form of energy transfer, and there can be charging of cars without ...
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Lexical/ontological/semantic knowledge base for physics

(1) Are there lexical/semantic knowledge bases for physics that can be used for automated reasoning and AI (like Princeton's Wordnet and MIT's Conceptnet for common sense English usage)? (2) If not ...
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How do you measure neutron energy?

I think you can detect a neutron event with a scintillator (neutron to photon), photomultiplier tube (photon to electric signal) system, but how would a fusion neutron's energy (2.45 MeV) be typically ...
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What is the derivation of the speed of light $c$ that is not based on electromagnetism? [duplicate]

The "speed of light" is not just the speed of electromagnetic radiation, but of any massless particle. Therefore must not there be an expression for $c$ that is not in terms of $\mu_0$ and ...
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What happens to Cosmic Ray Neutrons at the Earth?

When Cosmic Rays fall down from the sky, they produce lots of neutrons. They are "added" to the Earth system, so what is happening to them? Do they decay to protons? It would follow that they then ...
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Hit by two cars with same momentum but different mass. Which is more painful?

Suppose they have the same contact area with you. The term "painful" is a bit ambiguous. Let me ask in another way: Two cars with same momentum but different masses are going to hit a wall. You ...
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How accurate are constants in cgs units?

I am just curious that if constants in cgs units change the answer of an equation. For example, Coulomb's constant, in SI units it equals to $8.98...\times 10^9 \,\mathrm{N\,m^2\,C^{-2}}$. However in ...
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Does lever needs gravitation to work? [closed]

Simple question - Does lever needs gravitation force to work or it just needs fulcrum and could work in vacuum as well?
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Tidal forces in free fall

Would a body free falling in a gravitational field which has a gradient large enough that it would affect the free falling body 'feel' the effect of the tidal forces on it. I'm curious because would ...
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Is there a material with non-monotone density dependence on pressure?

Is there a material with such non-linear effects (including chemical reactions, phase transitions etc ...) so that there would be range where pressure increase would yield density decrease? What ...
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Lepto-genesis and electroweak theory

Is there any term in standard electroweak theory that breaks CP-symmetry and thus explains lepto-genesis?
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Calculate flow rate of air through a pressurized hole

I was wondering about this: If there is a pressurized container, like a tank of compressed air at some pressure that is greater than the ambient air pressure, and this tank of air has a hole in it, ...
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Given a slanted pipe

Question: I have a pipeline that is tilted. I know the length of the pipeline, and the pressure (90psi) that is felt at the very bottom. I'm trying to find out how much liquid has leaked out if the ...
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What is a good textbook to learn how to ray trace light through an optics system in 3d? [duplicate]

I can do 2d problems easily, but I need to learn more to do a 3D ray trace. Can you guys point me towards a textbook? I'm having trouble dealing with the normal and incident rays in 3D
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Why can't classical information be transmitted through quantum entanglement by measuring time between change events? [duplicate]

If the effect of measurement in quantum entanglement occurs instantaneously why can't it be used to transmit classical information faster than light? I'm based my question off this seemingly well ...
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CPT theorem and annihilation of matter and antimatter after the big bang

Is the hypothesis that antimatter is moving backwards in time compatible with the hypothesis of annihilation of matter and antimatter after the big bang? It is said that the big bang should have ...
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Wouldn't the presence of dark matter slow the expansion of the universe?

If there is a huge element of dark matter in the universe, wouldn't this extra gravity prevent the accelerated expansion of the universe?

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