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Quick question on parallax and parsec

I know that 1 parsec (pc) is the distance of star at which 1 AU subtends 1 arcsecond. so $1 pc = \frac{1 AU}{1"}$ Now, if two stars in a binary with a separation of 3" and have a trigonometric ...
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A simple osmosis problem

The following is adapted from a problematic question* asked on the Bio site. I would like to ask it free of those distractions here. If there is anything unduly artificial about the problem please ...
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Conservation of probability in Jaynes-Cummings model

I was reading about Jaynes-Cummings model. I've studied Bachelor level QM. In the interaction picture the solution with rotating wave approximation and initial conditions $C_g(0)=0$ and $C_e(0)=1$ is ...
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What is the math/physics behind maximizing tinker's damage?

Tinker is a hero in the popular game Dota 2. He has a spell called 'March of the Machines' that creates a stampede of little robots in a rectangular area. The robots do damage on impact of an enemy ...
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Does gravity actually contract space-time?

In the Big Crunch Theory it says that gravity (curvature in space-time) will stop the universe's expansion and gravity will cause the universe to contract on itself. My question is if gravity is a ...
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Why are hydrogen energy levels degenerate in $\ell$ and $m$?

Is there a good physical picture of why the energy levels in a hydrogen atom are independent of the angular momentum quantum number $\ell$ and $m$?
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Coulomb splitting in atomic physics

In atomic physics, if a configuration with equivalent electrons in some shell (say Neodymium : $[Xe] 6s^24f^4$) gives same $L = \sum_i l_i$ and $S = \sum_i s_i$ ($i$ denoting individual spin and ...
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Is friction always constant?

Can the norm of the friction force change with time? Notice I said the norm which is in Newtons, can it change with time? Sorry if the question seems a bit confusing but I've done my best to explain. ...
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Help with vacuums?

Okay, here is my understanding. Please correct me if anything here is incorrect. Suppose I have a cube with a side length of ten inches. It has a surface area of 600 square inches, and at an ...
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Optimal placement of support joist under shelf

Assume an ideal board, supported by two joists. Where should those two joists be optimally placed? Instinctively, I'd say at somewhat less than 25% and somewhat more than 75% of the extend of the ...
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NRQCD: Why are quarks and anti-quarks treated independently?

I am studying these lectures on effective field theories and I am having some problems to understand how the Non-Relativistic QCD (NRQCD) Lagrangian is constructed. This theory is often used to ...
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Why fundamentally does classical mechanics lead to second order dynamics? [duplicate]

What's so special about second order equations in classical mechanics? I have a basic understanding of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics, so I'm not looking for ...
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How do we convert between the maximum value of the adhesive force (in kilograms or in Newton) of a magnet and its magnetic field strength (in tesla)?

On the following website they indicate how powerful is a magnet by giving the theoretical maximum value of its adhesive force in kilograms or in Newton (its adhesive force at a distance of zero). ...
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Gravitational potential energy negative?

Can the gravitational potential energy be negative? $PE=mgh$, we kind of have the same fig as this (minus the car)! and we choose the arbitrary point to be the G of the pendulum (point of ...
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Quick question on ideal gas law

I know that the ideal gas law is: $$P = nkT$$ So Pressure = Number of Particles per unit volume * kT Why is the number of particles per unit volume = $\frac{\rho}{\mu M_H}$? Shouldn't it simply ...
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Any easily available ferromagentic material with $T_c$ in room temperature?

I want to experiment it in my house or office. I think it would be of great fun to see the transition in real life.
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Integration over $S^2$ in electrostatics

I'm studying for a test in electrostatics and I'm always failing on putting up the correct integrals. In one problem I have the surface of a sphere with radius $a$ and an opening angle of $2\theta$. ...
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Is battery capacity proportional to Ampere-hour in every case?

Suppose I have two batteries one inside the laptop with 2.5 AH giving a backup for around 2 hours. The battery is external inside a UPS system with 7.5 AH. Since it has thrice the capacity of the ...
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Heat transfer from hot water through a copper pipe to oil in a tank

I want to build a geyser attached to a pump with copper tubing running into an oil tank. This is done because the oil solidifies at a temperature below 15 degrees Celsius. I have done a few ...
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how does different colour wavelength intefere? [duplicate]

Say a red colour with 400nm mixes with blue colour with 700nm, but out of phase by a little. What would be the resultant colour? I would know how to represent the resulting wave mathematically, but ...
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225 views

Omega-frequency or pulsation?

I'm reading a book about optics in English. However, I speak a different language and have a problem with distinction. What does $\omega$ mean? $\omega=1/T$ or $\omega=2\pi/T$ What is the ...
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Several stationary points of the action functional

In QFT the principle of stationary action states that we choose fields that will make the action stationary but what if the action has many stationary points (for a fixed choice of boundary ...
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Visualization of electromagnetic field [duplicate]

In the Wikipedia article about electromagnetic radiation one can find the following picture: But shouldn't the E and B field be 90$^\circ$ out of phase? In the depicted way the energy isn't ...
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Langreth rules and Keldysh formalism

I am trying to confirm the proof of Langreth's theorem / rules as seen in http://www.iue.tuwien.ac.at/phd/pourfath/node52.html . My problem is equation 3.55. I would do it like this: $\int_{C_{1}} ...
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A question about sign in Euclidean path integral

I have a question about the sign in the Euclidean path integral in Polchinski's string theory vol I, p 337. In page 335, Polchinski introduced path integral in Euclidean space $$ \langle q_f, U| ...
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Polar coordinates explanation needed on calculation [closed]

This is the question. Here is the answer. But honestly I cant figure it out. Maybe my lecturer's handwriting is quite illegible too (just kidding). Sorry if I ask too simple question but ...
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Bernoulli's equation

So there's a pipe filled with water that has 4 other pipes with same radii connected to it. The question is to arrange heights from the smallest to the biggest level in it. $A_1$ and $A_2$ are ...
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Freely Falling Bar in a Magnetic Field

I have a horizontal bar on vertical rails and we can consider that does not exist any friction. Perpendicular to the plane of the rails it exists a magnetic field $B$. I am asked to find the ...
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How does an electron “move” in an s-orbital?

I have read multiple answers on StackExchange about this question, but I wasn't able to find a concrete answer. Like other questions, the reason I ask about the s-orbital is because it has a zero ...
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A brief explanation needed regarding newton's law in particle

So based on the topic, this is the question. "A particle with mass $m$ is moving along x-axis with $v_0$ at $t=0$ and $x=0$. The particle is acted by an opposing force with magnitude proportional to ...
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Diffraction grating zeroth order intensity

I don't understand how the zeroth order intensity maximum works. The intensity of a transmission diffraction grating is: $$I=I_0\sin^2(β/2)/(β/2)^2\sin^2(Nγ/2)/\sin^2(γ/2)$$ Where $γ =kd\sin(θ)$, ...
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Why does magnet attract iron but not other metals?

While searching, i found this page: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/stoi/Why-does-a-magnet-attract-iron/articleshow/4298171.cms but it does not have full explanation. So Please tell full ...
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Bi-vector in Minkowski space

I have a problem, I have a bi-vector that define like: $\omega^{\mu \nu}=a^{\mu}b^{\nu}-a^{\nu}b^{\mu}$ where, $a^{\mu}=(a^0,a^1,a^2,a^3)$ and $b^{\nu}=(b^0,b^1,b^2,b^3)$ I need show that ...
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Quantum Bit Commitment, restricting ourselves to pure states

I have been going through the Preskill lecture notes on quantum computation, and there is a question on Quantum Bit Commitment: Alice wants to make a prediction, either $0$ or $1$, before an ...
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Dependence of the neutron-freeze-out temperature

What is the physical explanation for the dependence for the freeze-out temperature $T_\text{F0}$ of the neutrons as a function of the number of degrees of freedom $g^\star$? ...
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Question on Pendulum [closed]

The maximum tension in the string of the pendulum is three time the minimum tension.If x(angle) is the amplitude of the pendulum then find cos(x)
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Capacitance: How to increase total charge drawn from a battery?

I can't seem to find any information about how parallel capacitors or capacitors in a series affect how much a capacitor can charge, not in my textbook or online. Here is the question I am trying to ...
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Oscillations in forces other than the Weak

As I understand it neutrino oscillations arise due to the neutrino mass eigenstates being distinct from the neutrino flavour eigenstates. Flavour eigenstates are the states in which neutrinos ...
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Ground State Functional and Vacuum-Vacuum Transition Amplitude

In Path Integral formalism, the vacuum-vacuum transition amplitude is defined to be (the functional integration is over all field configurations in the whole spacetime; $\Phi_{\vec{x}}(\tau)$ is the ...
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Cosmic ray noise, strategic cancellation

With the radio telescopes, we measure the radio waves produced by every solar fluctuation in the near universe, which as I understand is heard similar to radio static we experience in tuning to a non ...
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Lagrangian point or dark matter?

We know that spiral galaxies spin in a way such that we have to assume that dark matter is responsible for the extra mass required to do so. My question is, can Lagrangian points (L1 and L2) be used ...
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Nanooptics microscopy limit

The limit of microscopes is 200nm, but apparently STED improves this according to this coverage of the Kavil prizes 2014 : http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=56255 What is the current limit ...
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What would be measured, under current technology, of a particle moving faster than light? (Somewhat duplicate)

Sorry, since the question has been posed, but I insist that others posed not from this position. Can any listener deduce whether we could measure, by analyzing electromagnetic disturbance, a ...
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Is there a relation between (non-) existence of magnetic monopoles and thermodynamics?

This question follows on previous work on connections between (other) areas of physics and thermodynamics as in here, here and even here. P. Dirac (an electrical engineer initially) was one of the ...
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Why is the phase velocity used in the definition of the refractive index?

I'm aware of the so-called group index but why is the phase velocity used in the standard definition of the index of refraction? What advantage does this offer?
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Is quantity a dimension? [closed]

We believe that time is a dimension and that $x$,$ y$, $z$ are dimensions in space. Is quantity a dimension like these? And if not, how do we have dimensionless numbers (like $e$, $\pi$ etc.)?
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Do high voltage power lines attract lightning strikes?

I always thought that high voltage power lines would attract a lightning strike more than other structures in the same area. Turns out I was wrong. My neighbor's chimney got struck by lightning and it ...
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Do photons in interferometer violate the law of conservation of mass?

I mean Mach-Zehnder Interferometer, where light split into two shortest paths. Is light after splitting wave or particle? Is it a particle? How could one photon change to two? If the wave, does the ...
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Do lawn mowers still cut the grasses if they aren't attached to the ground?

A rotary lawn mower cuts the grasses by rotating it's sharp blade on it but if the grasses aren't attached to the ground will they still cut them? What forces act on this system? I know the answer is ...
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Question: if a nuclear reactor of a submarine explodes will it contaminate the surrounding waters? [closed]

After watching a Naval War movie I began to ask myself this question and I would like to know.

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