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How to calculate the potential energy of a magnetic dipole (with zero torque)

In the following problem, I would like to know how they arrived at their solution for finding the potential energy of a magnetic dipole (boxed in red). I understand I probably have to use the ...
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Electric field calculation and its graph vs x [on hold]

Electric field along the line passing through two point charges, A point charge $Q_1= +3 \mu C$ is placed at the origin and a point charge $Q_2= -7\mu C $is placed at $x=0.4 m$ on the $x$-axis of a ...
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What is the exact definition of Magneto-optical Polar Kerr angle?

As stated in the title. I would like to know the exact definition of the Magneto-optical Polar Kerr angle. Whether it is just the rotation angle of the polarized light or it is something else?
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How can we define a frame of reference in general relativity?

I have started reading general relativity. (A First Course in General Relativity, Bernard Schutz). I am finding very hard to understand a frame of reference. When I was reading special relativity ...
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Entanglement and the boundaries of fiction

If entanglement is just a correlation from when the particles were in proximity, and there is no causality between the two, can the state of one particle be changed after being measured, and that ...
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How does friction product heat?

Suppose there are two similar particle-like objects attempting to "bump" against each other to create friction, they are prevented from colliding against one another due to either electrostatic ...
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what is a clock state?

What is a clock state in atomic physics ? I read this term here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2708678/ and tried to find a reference to explain the same but have been unable to find this ...
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Spin in Schrodingers Equations

With the usage of Dirac notation we've gotten around a large amount of of inconvenience that would be dealing with spin. But, I was wondering, do we merely do this because it is inconvenient to try ...
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Is angular momentum the conjugate momentum of an angle?

Lagrangian mechanics can be used to describe the double pendulum (see here, for example). In this development are the conjugate momenta $p_{\theta_i}$ exactly the angular momenta $m_i l_i \frac{d ...
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On a scale, why does the heavier object go down?

When you balance a pencil on your finger, I have always wondered, "Why does the heavier part go down, and the lighter, up?"
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Does mass distribution/center of mass affect free fall?

An everyday is example would be cars. If you were to drop a car, not taking air resistance into account, would a front-heavy car tumble forward as it fell? And a car with a perfect 50/50 front/rear ...
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Classical Hydrogen Atom

I was wondering about the Hamiltonian description of the classical hydrogen atom (two point particles interacting through a Coulumb potential). In particular, I want to know if the fact that ...
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Can someone explain the quote “there would be no chemistry if electrons acted as bosons”?

I am reading a book and in a quote it says that if electrons acted as bosons, then all the electrons would occupy the lowest energy state, and there would be no chemistry. What does the author mean ...
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How does the sun's surface conduct thermal energy from the convective zone to the corona?

How does the surface of the photosphere conduct thermal energy from the convective zone to the corona, while remaining at such a relatively low temperature itself? It seems odd to me that the ...
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Perpendicular doppler effect photons

If I have a photon with frequency f in the lab frame and the observe it in a inertial frame moving perpendicular to the photon. The direction of the velocity of the photon must change but does this ...
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Path integral measure Fourier transformation for case of real field

Let's have $$ Z[J] = \int D \varphi e^{iS[\varphi , J]}, $$ where $\varphi$ denotes real scalar field. Let's make Fourier transform, $$ \varphi (x) = \int e^{iqx}\varphi (q), \quad \varphi^{*} (q) = ...
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SU(3) singlets and triplets

I was reading my prof's notes and came across a passage that I didn't understand: Consider a chiral SU(3) symmetry, under which the left-handed parts of the spin-1/2 fields of a fermion-number- ...
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Entanglement of two particles with same values of the entangled parameters?

The question For an entangled state consisting of systems A and B, if A is measured when does the wavefunction at B collapse? contains next entangled state: If there are two systems A and B, with ...
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Is it possible to generate energy by the moon orbit?

My question could be a little bit surreal, but I was thinking about this: A hydroeletric plant transform the energy from the water passing through the turbines into electricity. Correct? If the ...
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Massless particle that have momentum not equal to 0

I saw some problems in special relativity that use conservation of total energy and momentum and the conclusions are spectacular. My problem is the following: how can a massless particle like neutrino ...
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Angular momentum wavefunctions with respect to different axes

I've been learning about quantum angular momentum, and I have a question about the relationship between quantum mechanical angular momentum wavefunctions with respect to different axes. I know that ...
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Does my (too low) tire pressure, affect the speedometer of my car?

Does my (too low) tire pressure, affect the speedometer of my car? How big is this effect?
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Units of eigenvectors

Consider for example a mass matrix $M$, $\lambda$ one eigenvalue and $X$ a corresponding eigenvector. Then $[M]=\text{mass}$ (the brackets indicate the "unit operator"), and $MX=\lambda X$ so ...
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Can we find the exponential radioactive decay formula from first principles?

Can we find the exponential radioactive decay formula from first principles? It's always presented as an empirical result, rather than one you can get from first principles. I've looked around on the ...
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Explanation of different magnetic field measurements due to frame of reference

If there is an stationary infinitely long wire carrying current I, and we turn on a gaussmeter, it will record a magnetic field B. Since I know the Biot-Savart law, I am satisfied with this ...
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Nuclear medical physics [on hold]

How do you calculate the half life of daughter isotope (in secular equilibrium) Given a table of countrate(cps) and time (min). Like: Time (minutes) Count Rate (cps) time (min) Count Rate ...
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Electric field/ Gauss´s Law [on hold]

if I want to calculate the electric field, since I have 3 charged densities. The first one is -2 microC/m^2 , the second one is +4 microC/m^2 and the third one is -5 microC/m^2. What would be the ...
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Are energy and momentum separable for EM waves

Everywhere I get to read statements like EM radiations and EM fields carry "energy as well as momentum " . I wonder if energy and momentum are inalienable . Is it possible for a field to carry only ...
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Draw a circuit for simulating the solution of this equation [on hold]

Using an opamp, how can I draw a circuit for simulating the solution of this equation : 3(dy/dx)+5x=0
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Why IR divergences cancel by cross sections of next-to-leading diagrams?

I was reading QFT & Standard Model by Schwartz, Chapter 20 which is about IR divergences. He says that IR divergences only cancel cross sections for processes involving different initial or ...
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How can we determine the Hypercharges in a GUT like SO(10)?

I understand how the assignment works for a symmetry breaking like $$SO(10) \rightarrow SU(3)_C \times SU(2)_L \times SU(2)_R \times U(1)_X$$ The Hypercharge can then easily computed by $$ ...
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Electric circuit question [on hold]

A 100W bulb is connected in series with a room heater.If now 100W bulb is replaced by a 40W bulb,the heater output will (Decrease) (Increase) (remain same)? And explain why?
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Magnetic levitation manipulation

Suppose a small crystal or mineral piece with a completely known structure was held by magnetic levitation. Would it be possible to orientate the piece by manipulating the magnetic field so that a ...
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Can a particle accelerator really be constructed which can actually change the properties of a material (create a new kind of atom)? [on hold]

Can a particle accelerator really be constructed which can actually change the properties of a material (create a new kind of atom)? If not, what are some ways to create or synthesize a new atomic ...
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Does Fermat's principle of least time apply to sound waves?

I am reading Feynman's presentation of Fermat's Principle of Least Time, which explains the behavior of light; does it apply to waves in general? for example sound waves or waves on the surface of ...
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What is meant by the (aperture size) of optical deflectors in laser scanners?

How do you measure the aperture size in a laser scanner.
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What happens in a universe with only two electrons? [on hold]

What happens in a universe with only two electrons? Do they stay as waves or do they collapse into particles?
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How do we measure distance using parallax?

This is a quick mock-up of how stars are measured using parallax method. My question is : How on earth (literally) do we measure the anfle $\theta$? Is theta measured from the zenith of Earth? ...
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Space Contraction [duplicate]

Is there any experimental evidence of space contraction which theory of spacial relativity predicts? You should bear in mind that GPS & muon detection beyond the distance permitted by its half ...
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For an entangled state consisting of systems A and B, if A is measured when does the wavefunction at B collapse? [duplicate]

If there are two systems A and B, with an entangled state consisting of $$\mid \psi \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} (\mid \uparrow _A \rangle \,\, \otimes \mid \uparrow _{B} \rangle \,+ \mid \downarrow ...
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What is the potential associated to a pure torque proportional to one of the principal axis of a particle?

I'm writing a code in molecular dynamics in which a particle is subject to a pure torque around one of its principal axis. E.g., if the particle has principle axis $\hat u$, $\hat v$, $\hat f$, all ...
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Commutator and Hamiltonian [on hold]

Assume that $[\hat{A},\hat{H}]_-=0$ and $[\hat{B},\hat{H}]_-=0$ but we know that $[\hat{A},\hat{B}]_-\neq 0$. Then there exists degenerate stationary states of $H$. How to prove it?
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How much charge per unit time passes with the Josephson current

I wonder how does the simple defintion of a current $I = \frac{dQ}{dt}$, i.e. charge per unit time which passes through some area, is applied to the Josephson effect. If I have a Josephson junction ...
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If one were to have boots made of Vibranium, could one jump from any height? [on hold]

Vibranium is a fictional metal from the Marvel universe, with interesting properties, it "possesses the ability to absorb all vibrations in the vicinity as well as kinetic energy directed at it." It ...
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Where does air pressure come from?

Where does air pressure come from? I thought it was from gravity or the speed of the gas resulting from its heat. However, analyzing my own hypotheses, I think that my 'heat conjecture' is probably ...
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Paradox in applying Newton's second law [duplicate]

Suppose I apply two vertical but opposite forces with the same magnitude in a body like is shown in the picture: According to newton's second law, the center of mass shouldn't accelerate, since the ...
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2answers
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Derivation of plane wave from inner product of position ket and momentum ket

In textbooks it seems to be taken for granted that $$\langle \mathbf{r}|\mathbf{k}\rangle ~=~ \frac{1}{\sqrt{\Omega}}\exp(i\mathbf{k}\cdot\mathbf{r}).$$ I'm sure it's obvious but is there a ...
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Continuity equation for charge and current densities of an accelerated point charge

For a point charge that moves with the trajectory $ \vec r(t)$, we know that it has the singular charge and current densities $$ \rho (\vec x, t) = q \delta^3(\vec x - \vec r(t)) $$ $$ \vec J(\vec x, ...
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Understanding notation regarding particles states and wavefunctions

In the development in my notes of second quantisation I have a problem in understanding notation. We start by considering a basis $\psi_i(\mathbf{r})$ for the Hilbert space of single particle ...
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Do two bodies spinning about the same axis in the opposite direction repel each other?

I recently read about the GEM equations, which look very much like the Maxwell's equations. Does this mean the behavior of mass is like the the behavior of the electric charge? So for example if you ...

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