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Mechanics Newtons third law [closed]

In the system suppose that the mass of the lower cylinder is $12 kg$. The system is held at rest in the position shown, with the tape taut and then released. Find the acceleration of a) the ...
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How is domain wall formation related to spontaneous symmetry breaking?

It is said that domain wall formation is the signature of in spontaneous symmetry breaking but not explicit symmetry breaking. Why is this so?
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Using centre of mass in gravitational field calculation

When calculating the gravitational field of a continuous mass, like a rod, at some point outside it, why can't we just use the centre of mass of the rod and then directly plug in the distance between ...
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Commutator as a time-ordered product

I'm reading through Seiberg and Witten's paper "String Theory and Noncommutative Geometry," and one part in $\S$2.1 isn't quite clear to me. (Sorry, in advance, for the length.) My question is about ...
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Making a cut trough a center of mass, can the masses of the pieces be equal?

Let's say point $P$ is the center of mass of an irregularly shaped object. If I make a straight cut trough point $P$ and split the object in two, is it possible for the two pieces to have the same ...
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Time dependence of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian?

I am reading a online tutorial about Lagrangian mechanics. In one section, it states that if the kinetic term in Lagrangian has no explicit time dependence, the Hamiltonian does not explicitly depends ...
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Ionizing an atom with a proton

What happens when a proton collide with an atom? How does the ionization occurs, assuming the proton has enough kinetic energy? How much energy is required for the proton to enter the atomic nucleus, ...
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How to treat differentials and infinitesimals?

In my Calculus class, my math teacher said that differentials such as $dx$ are not numbers, and should not be treated as such. In my physics class, it seems like we treat differentials exactly like ...
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Is Information a potential or kinetic kind of energy?

It is said that the law of least action is that nature tries to convert potential energy into kinetic one as fast as possible. Information can't be thought without a physical realisation, see here. ...
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How does the atmospheric UVB attenuation of terrestrial planets compare?

On Earth, UVB (280nm - 315nm or 320nm depending on the source) undergoes extensive attenuation through the atmosphere, when observed at the planet's surface, as illustrated below: Image source ...
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How did gunsmiths create revolver cylinders in 1850's without the use of electrical drill? [closed]

How did gunsmiths create revolver cylinders holes in 1850's without the use of electrical drill? Which referces/ books specialize providing knowledge in similar molding method?
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Exotic coupling

I have encountered the minimal coupling between a field and charges before $$H = \frac{1}{2m}(p-qA)^2,$$ whereby I am considering the classical case. The description minimal leads me to ask if ...
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Polarisation of light is a wave concept or applicable to photons as well?

I have a very fundamental question. We explain polarisation of light assuming wave nature of light. Is it still valid if we assume light as photons? Or in other words, polarisation is a wave concept ...
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Does double slit in a vacuum have any effect?

If you do the double slit experiment in a foggy or smokey room, it seems like your going to smudge out the interference pattern, right? Continuing in the other direction it seems intuitive that a ...
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Is the Hubble parameter affected by 'peculiar velocity'?

Are there any direct observations showing the effect of peculiar velocity on the Hubble parameter. If the Hubble parameter is measured in the direction of our motion caused by our rotation in the ...
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Why are the Z boson and photon different?

If I understand right the Z boson and photon are both a mix of the same two bosons, the W_3 and the B boson of weak isospin. If the Z boson and photon are both made of the same bosons, then they ...
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Geodesics in a point mass universe

This question may reflect my (lack of) knowledge about general relativity, please ask for any clarifications or note any corrections in the comments and I'll try to address them. The Schwarzschild ...
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Electron in a covalent bond: what happens when it moves out?

Let's look at a covalent bond in, say, a water molecule: H : O : H H is bonded to O by a pair of electrons. But electrons are in constant motion. What happens when the electron leaves? Why does ...
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what is the mechanism of water conductivity?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the kelvin water drop generator and more specifically what happens in the water before it drops. If on one side the drops of water are positive and on the other side ...
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Field created by a wire, known voltage

I am having some mental troubles with this problem I came across reading about transmission lines (I mean, it is not a problem from a book, I just thought about it). Say I have a couple of wires ...
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Problem with relativity of acceleration

In this answer http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/92833/36977 John said that acceleration is not relative in the general theory of relativity. But this is a problem: as we all know, accelerating ...
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Partition function for a microcanonical ensemble

Is it possible to write down a partition function for a microcanonical ensemble?
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Missing terms in Hamiltonian after Legendre transformation of Lagrangian

Short question Given any Lagrangian density of fields one could possibly conceive, is it the case that after one has performed a Legendre transformation, if the Hamiltonian is then expressed in terms ...
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Equilibrium Condition

In classical thermodynamics, equilibrium conditions means maximum entropy for a closed state. However, people always talk about equilibrium for open systems as well. How can one say that an open ...
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“Single-shot” Heat engine efficiency limits

The sun is 5778K and Earth is ~290K. Using the sun as the hot reservoir and earth as a cold reservoir we get 95% Carnot efficiency. However, the solar power efficiency limit is only 86%, see: ...
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How does one calculate the polarization state of random light after total internal reflection

How does one calculate the polarization state of random light after having been totally reflected by a single dielectric interface? Please consider pure specular reflexions from a plane interface ...
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Are the the elongation the same when one end of a spring is attached to the wall and

Consider there are 2 identical springs. One end of the first spring is attached to the wall and the other end is pulled by a force $\vec{F}$. It is depicted as shown in the first figure below. Both ...
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The quantum state just after a position measurement

The wave function of a free particle is given as, $$\psi(x) ~=~ e^{-{ x }^{ 2 }/{ a }^{ 2 }}.$$ Then a position measurement is made and the position of the particle is found to be at $x=a$. My ...
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How to find positions of $n$ masses in Newton mechanics?

I ran into a problem while doing research. The problem can be described as: consider the original $n$-body problem, and if we fix the position of them(unknowns), no interaction among them, they don't ...
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Electron-electron interaction in solids

We always consider a Coulomb interactions between electrons in the Hamiltonian to modelize a solid. Why not to take into account retardation effects of the electromagnetic interaction which go beyond ...
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Symmetry of wave pulse

How can one decide whether a wave pulse is symmetrical by looking at its equation? $$y(x,t)=\frac{0.8}{[4x+5t]^2} $$ represents a moving pulse will it be symmetric?
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Could we run an electric car on electric eels?

Could we run an electric car on a tank full of electric eels? I've heard electric eels are around 400 to 500 volts and can keep shocking for up to an hour. They also have a 10 volt system to sense ...
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'Polar Vortex' Boiling Water to Snow is Mpemba Effect?

I am based far away from the icy storm currently blanketing the US - the 'polar vortex'. However, I have seen in the TV news footage of reporters throwing boiling water into the air, the water ...
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Thermodynamics of thermometer

Mercury is used in thermometers because it increases in length significantly due to rise in temperature, However, mercury has high density relative to water, which means more inter-molecular forces ...
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Is Galilei's reasoning on free fall valid?

Galileo Galilei discovered by experiments that all bodies tend to fall with the same rapidity (I use it in an intuitive sense, you can replace it by 'acceleration' used in today's physics language), ...
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Minimum acceleration so that mass $m$ falls freely [closed]

A block of mass $m$ rests on a frictionless wedge of angle $\theta$ as in the figure. The wedge is given an acceleration $a$. What is the minimum value of $a$ so that the mass $m$ falls freely? I ...
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Mathematical approaches to atmospheric refraction

Understanding atmospheric refraction, particularly of ultraviolet, and into the blue part of the visible spectrum is of great interest to me. Although, I have a strong background in trigonometry and ...
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Why is photon annihilation associated with the POSITIVE frequency component of the electric field?

I'm reading Glauber's paper "The quantum theory of optical coherence". In his work he does not introduce the annihilation and creation operators, but he refers instead to the positive and negative ...
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Is it reasonable to assume that de Sitter temperature will stop growing when it reaches equilibrium with the temperature of CMB?

Is it reasonable to assume that de Sitter temperature will stop growing when it reaches equilibrium with the temperature of CMB? Currently the de Sitter temperature (the temperature of the Universe's ...
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Why do we order the variables in certain physics questions the way we do?

I'm writing a script involving physics equations, and someone complained that my script outputs $F = m a$ as $F = a m$, as well as outputting $E_p = m g h$ as $E_p = g h m$; another example would be ...
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A reference frame must be non-moving?

I'm tough in school that a reference frame must be non-moving; For example if I take as reference frame the waves of the ocean, i will have the impression that i'm moving, but I'm not. But if movement ...
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What is the difference between orbital angular momentum of photons and their polarization

What is the difference of OAM of photons and their polarization?
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Contradicting forces on a circular loop under current in magnetic field?

I have the following general conceptual concern. Think of a thin conducting loop of radius $R$ placed in the $x$-$y$-plane at $z=0$. There is a homogeneous current density $\vec{j}$ running through ...
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Mechanics Landau Galilean Principle

I started reading Landau's Mechanics book and was having some trouble understanding the Galilean Relativity Principle. What does Landau mean by saying space to be homogenous and isotropic and time is ...
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Conservation of mass in fluid flow

When deriving the continuity equation in physics class for two immiscible fluids flowing in succession we used the principle of conservation of mass. My question is, shouldn't volume be conserved ...
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Topological ground state degeneracy of SU(N), SO(N), Sp(N) Chern-Simons theory

We know that level-k Abelian 2+1D Chern-Simons theory on the $T^2$ spatial torus gives ground state degeneracy($GSD$): $$GSD=k$$ How about $GSD$ on $T^2$ spatial torus of: SU(N)$_k$ level-k ...
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What is the de Sitter temperature as of now?

It is claimed that de Sitter temperature is $$T=\frac{1}{2\pi}H,$$ where $H$ is the Hubble constant. I presume it is expressed in natural units with which I am not familiar. So what it will be in ...
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Why does a copper mug keep my Moscow Mule cold? (Or does it?)

The Moscow Mule is a delicious cocktail that is normally served ice cold in a copper mug. The general consensus among Moscow Mule drinkers is that the copper mug keeps the drink colder than a normal ...
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What is the equation for the scale factor of the universe, a(t), for the best fit of data to the $\Lambda CDM$ Model of Cosmology?

Ideally I like a single formula or multiple formulas for different time ranges that would cover the time from the end of inflation through 100+ billion years after the big bang using the $\Lambda ...
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Is my free diagram of a spring stretched on one end and attached to the wall on the other end correct? [closed]

Consider the following figures. The top one shows the construction of a spring where its left end is attached to the wall and its right end is stretched by a force. The bottom one is supposed to be ...

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