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How quickly does the temperature rise in a water container submerged in a hot water bath?

Let's assume I have a small bottle (neglecting any insulation from the walls of the bottle) containing e.g. 150ml water at 4°C and place it in a larger pot with sufficient water at 80°C so that the ...
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Simple derivation of the doppler limit and recoil limit

Im doing an essay on laser cooling, and I've got two questions about the derivation of the two limits. Firstly, in the derivation of the Doppler limit, it is stated in many places that the scattering ...
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Conservation of momentum wrt center of mass

"A person with mass m is sitting on one end of a lifeboat of uniform density. Mass of lifeboat is 3m. The person then walks a distance of L to the other side of the lifeboat. Which of the following ...
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Motion in vacuum

If we have a hollowed sphere in a vacuum, and its hallow space is filled with vacuum. In the center of the hollowed space inside the sphere is a ball. If we push the sphere does the ball move? (prior ...
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Multiple Intersecting Universes

I am not a relativist or cosmologist, so this is very qualitative: I imagine a pair of universes, where each has two spatial dimensions (plus time), embedded in a 3-D (plus time) space, and these ...
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How does one actually use the Einstein field equations?

I'm experimenting with the Einstein field equations (EFE) and I'm wondering how to actually use them. It seems to me that the simplest are those evolving a vacuum, which imply that the ...
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Torsional spring and Euler angles

I have a question about the moments generated by torsional springs. Consider an inertial reference frame A and a body fixed reference frame B. The frames are connected by 3 rotational springs acting ...
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Calculation of water bulk modulus using equation of state

I simply want to calculate the bulk modulus of water at 50C and increasing pressures. I think I am correctly calculating the new specific volume from the original conditions at (25C and 1atm) to 50C ...
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Is it possible that a plane in turbulences has more downward acceleration than gravity's

In multiple Hollywood movies and TV shows I've seen scenes where a plane enters turbulences and for a moment the people in the plane seem to move upwards relative to the plane. As far as I know, as ...
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Element 137 - Theoretical limit [duplicate]

I've seen a few sources that mention the speed of an electron in a hydrogen atom is 1/137 the speed of light. This article also mentions what looks like a correlation between atomic number and the ...
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Water volume vs. pressure [on hold]

I have a pump that can deliver 14000 liter per hour. It is rated for a lift of 6m and a push of 36m. It has a 4m long 25mm hose as inlet(fed from a 30,0000l tank) and a 25mm outlet connected to 2m ...
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Kinetic to Electric Energy

Not the best with understanding the formulas involved with the calculations but here is the gist: I want to use Faradays law to convert the kinetic energy from actions such as shaking to produce ...
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Physical meaning of weight function in inner product in Quantum Mechanics

When taking the inner product of say two functions in Quantum Mechanics,we include a weight function w(x,y,z) that is usually equal to unity(in my undergraduate introductory QM course anyway). But ...
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Pulling a bar through a magnetic field

This is a question on magnetic flux and induced voltage. I believe that this problem's answer key is incorrect, and I want to determine whether my opinion is sound. I also want to explore one ...
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Why do some stars actually produce “Gamma ray bursts”?

I looked it up but I haven't found any explanation as to why some stars produce them, I understand that collapsing and merging stars produce them, but my question is why is the energy concentrated in ...
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Feynman exercise - crystal lattice

Can you explain why there is no crystals with a shape of regular pentagon? (Usually wall of crystal have shape of triangles, squares or hexagons). Could it be a correct solution? Let's assume that ...
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do Significant Figures apply with numbers without units?

say i need to divide a number with a unit to a number without a unit, e.g.: 16.4 meters / 2 Following the rules on significant figures, will the correct answer be 8.2m (since 2 has no unit), or 8 m ...
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Chiral symmetry breaking and confusion with terminology

I am confused about Chiral symmetry breaking and the terminology we use. First of all, I think the symmetry is started with taking quark masses zero and writing the Lagrangian as; $$ ...
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Isolated and non-isolated systems: Momentum?

I'm having a difficult time understanding why two billiard balls colliding is an isolated system, yet a car crashing into a wall is a non-isolated system. Does it really only have to deal with the ...
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What is the velocity of a given ion in aqeous solution?

I have seen many calculations of the velocity of X element in air at a given temperature. It has a nice closed equation: v(O2) = √ (3kT/m) However I am unsure where to look for the velocity of ions ...
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second variation of the action for 1-d lagrangian

i know that the first variation of the action integral yields to the euler lagrange equation by setting $ \delta S [y(x)]=0 $ however given a Lagrangian in the form $$ \frac{1}{2}mv^ {2}-V(x)$$ how ...
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How to explain to a child why can acceleration be positive or negative? [on hold]

I want to find out how can acceleration be negative? I have an answer and this answer is: $$a=\frac{v_f-v_i}{t_f-t_i} < 0$$ because $v_f < v_i$ where $v_f$ is final velocity and $v_i$ is ...
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Number and energy density integrals in cosmological thermodynamics

I am working through Mukhanov's book "Physical Foundations of Cosmology" and something has me puzzled in the section on evaluating integrals for number density, energy density and pressure. The ...
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What happens when you pass a current through a coil made of a ferromagnetic substance?

I know when you pass a current through a length of copper coil or a solenoid, there is the induction of a magnetic flux. But what of the coil made of the ferromagnetic material, the permanent type ...
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Are there some explication for the wave function in Quantum Mechanics? [on hold]

I start to learn the Quantum Mechanics and I don't really understand the mechanisme behind the wave function. As what I feel and as I think the world as multivers, 1/ I see wave function like a way ...
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specific heat capacity (temperature) [on hold]

A 60KG bushwalker is suffering from hypothermia, having an average temperature of 33.5degrees.when rescued she was wrapped in a warm blanket and given two 310ml cups of warm tea each at a temperature ...
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What is wavelength of electric field generated in a wire? [closed]

I read link given below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_electricity Above link says _The speed at which energy or signals travel down a cable is actually the speed of the electromagnetic ...
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Diagonal of a thin rectangular foil, inertial principal axis?

I'd like to know if the diagonal of a thin foil is an inertial principal axis. I know that if an axis isn't a symmetry axis then it isn't a principal axis. In the rectangle the diagonal isn't a ...
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How to solve this problem : A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered…? [on hold]

Problem: A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered at its back. A point object is kept at a distance of 1 m from the front face, as shown in the figure. Find the position of ...
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Why is the decay of a neutral pion $\to$ electron-positron loop suppressed?

To my understanding the decay of a neutral pion into an electron-positron pair can only happen by the electromagnetic force and the mediation of two virtual photons in a triangle-diagram, so it is ...
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Density of states for graphene

I have seen a lot of plots for the density of states for graphene: but have been unable to find the calculation explicetely. I know the dispersion relation for graphene is $E_{\pm} (\textbf{k}) ...
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Spinor on an eigenstate of $J_z$ [on hold]

The state of a particle with spin 1/2 is described (in the $S_z$ representation) by a spinor $[\Psi]=\left( \begin{array}{c} \phi_+ \\ \phi_- \\ \end{array} \right)$ Its known to be eigenstate of ...
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How many electrons pass trough a wire? [on hold]

How many electrons pass trough a wire if I = 6,4 Amps in 15 seconds? Can you do it step by step?
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Reducing a vector calculus relation [on hold]

Someone can help me? I want to reduce this. $$ (\nabla \times \mathbf{B}) \times \mathbf{B} + (\nabla \times \mathbf{B}) $$ Thanks
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Can point mass have vibrational motion?

Can a point mass have vibrational motion. I have read that reason for point mass is to ensure that we can idealize translational motion and don't have to worry about rotational and vibrational motion. ...
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Understanding the concept of temperature vs. mean energy/heat capacity of a system

I need help understanding a concept in thermodynamics. What is the relationship between temperature and mean energy? What is the relationship between temperature and heat capacity? What I know: ...
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“Mass is a measure of an object’s ability to resist motion or movement of any kind”

This statement is presented as wrong, but I dont understand why. Specifically, what is the diff between motion and "movement of any kind"? Its to do with a question about inertia. I understand that ...
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Equations of motion of displacement field

We have an action: $$S[\boldsymbol{u}] = \frac{1}{2} \int dt \int d^3x \left\{ \mu (\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t})^{2} - \nu (u_{ii})^{2} - \rho(u_{ij})^{2}\right\} $$ Where $u_{ij} = ...
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How is a vacuum able to propagate light?

We say that sound waves need a medium to propagate and we know that light doesn't need such a thing. But is that really how that works? There's no such thing as "nothing" according to Quantum ...
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Half deflection in a galvanometer [on hold]

Why is half deflection taken while measuring the resistance of a galvanometer? Can't we take deflection in other ratios? Please help. I meant to ask while taking out the shunt resistance, why do we ...
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Zero Field Magnetic Susceptibility of BiSCCO

I have been searching in the literature, with no results, for the (Zero Field) Magnetic Susceptibility of BiSCCO, but I cannot find any article regarding that. Does someone have a reference that ...
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Michelson Morley experiment - why is there an interference pattern in the first place?

In descriptions of the experiment, the two arms of the interferometer have the same length. There's an interference pattern which was expected to be shifted when the system was rotated 90 degrees. But ...
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Quantum field theory's interpretation of double slit experiment

After reading Art Hobson's article titled, "There are no particles, there are only fields" published in The American Journal of Physics in 2013, I'm wondering what other experts think of his main ...
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What physics concepts support the observation of the book and paper falling together?

you place a sheet of paper on a book, it falls with it rather than being separated & slowed by air resistance. What physics concepts support the observation of the book and paper falling together? ...
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The thermodynamics of heating water in a rigid container

When the pressure on the liquid surface is less than the vapor pressure of the liquid at a given temperature, the liquid will start to evaporate. This is common sense. The problem is more difficult ...
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Temperature and magnetic properties of graphite arc [on hold]

I am making plasma balls inside a graphite slurry and injecting salt water into them. What is the temperature of the plasma ?
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Assumptions in two balls falling experiment

A typical undergraduate physics class problem to demonstrate the effects of conservation of momentum is to have two balls of different mass falling one above the other (the largest mass below) to the ...
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Why are physical “constants” constant?

I am really sorry if this question is inappropriate or wrong. But this is something that I can never perfectly agree with, it just keeps on striking my mind when I am studying something new in ...
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Gibbs entropy, Clausius' entropy and irreversibility

I have a bunch of doubts and confusions on the concept of entropy which have been bothering me for a while now. The most important ones are of a more technical nature, arisen from the reading of this ...

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