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Can we observe proton decay?

I know that the half life of a proton is more than $6.6\cdot 10^{33}$ years (antimuon decay). I have found this data on Wikipedia proton decay but I do not know the probability distribution that leads ...
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Is this an entangled state?

Is the following state entangled? $\left| \psi \right> = \alpha_0 \beta_0 \left| 00 \right> + \alpha_0 \beta_1 \left| 01 \right> + 0 \left| 10 \right>+ \alpha_1 \beta_1 \left| 11 \right&...
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Free will theorem advice [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the free will theorem which has been constructed by John Conway. Are they saying that particles have free will because they cause their behaviour in response to the ...
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146 views

Transformation to a uniformly rotating frame

I'm midway through a problem at the beginning of a GR course, my question is simply this: If $$ x=x'\cos\Omega t-y'\sin\Omega t $$ where $x'$ and $y'$ indicate the rotated frame of reference. What ...
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Airfield Windsock

Why don't windsocks collapse? It would seem Bernouilli would say otherwise. But we know empirically that they don't. Proof:Visit any airfield. So the air in the sock must be going slower right? I ...
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Lissajous plots - additive synthesis

I am using Fourier analysis to recreate my data. I have some test data to work on as a way of testing out my synthesis approach. I have spatial test data in the x and y directions. when I plot x ...
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Vector of electric field

I have a triangle whose points are in $A(0,0,0)$, $B(a,0,0)$ and $C(0,a,0)$. The edges of this triangle are uniformly charged with value $Q'$ and everything is in vacuum. I need to find the vector of ...
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'Mechanical equilibrium does not necessarily mean that the pressure is same at all points of the system' - why?

If there are variations in pressure or elastic stress within the system,parts of the system may move, or expand or contract. Eventually these motions,expansions or contractions will cease, and when ...
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Confused about equations for the Big Bang in general relativity ad loop quantum gravity?

I am trying to get a vague understanding of the mathematical equations for the Big Bang in GR and LQG. My understanding so far is that when the universe is assumed to be homogeneous and isotropic, ...
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Derivation of temperature-volume relationship for a reversible adiabatic expansion of an ideal gas

We start with $\delta q = 0$ and $dU = C_{V}(T)dT = \delta w$. Why can we take the heat capacity at constant volume, when this process is an expansion so volume increases?
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How does water help extinguish fire?

How does water extinguish fire? Heat energy from the fire is transferred to the water, isn't that how it works? How does water deprive oxygen and stop combustion? How is the specific heat of water ...
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Massless boson in 2D and its (retarded) propagator

I have the retarded propagator for a free scalar field in 1+1 dimensions. Inside the light cone, this looks like $J_0(m \sqrt(t^2-x^2))$, $J$ being a Bessel function. When I take the massless limit, ...
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How can Wien's Displacement Law be 'changed' to a version for frequency?

Wien's Displacement Law stated that for a blackbody emitting radiation, $$\lambda_{max}=\dfrac{1}{T}$$ where $T$ is the temperature of the body and $\lambda_{max}$ is the maximum wavelength of ...
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Variation of Peak Current and Peak Voltage with Capacitance in an AC circuit

The relation of Peak current, Peak voltage and Capacitive Reactance in Alternating Current is given by: $$i_m=\frac{v_m}{X_c}$$ and $$X_c=\frac{1}{C\omega }$$ So if we have a circuit with a ...
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How much of elastic energy is stored as entropy?

There are two cases of elastic stretching: springs and rubber. When you streach a spring or a piece of rubber both absorb some energy as Entropy (S) and some as plain energy (U) $$\displaystyle{ ...
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Kaluza suggested metric

Is there a book or a paper that goes into the mathematical details of getting scalar curvature of the 5 dimensional metric that Kaluza wrote down? I am running into many mathematical issues for I am ...
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Non-deterministic particle system

This question is in the spirit of Norton's dome, an example of an apparently non-deterministic system in Newtonian mechanics. Under certain restrictions, the Picard–Lindelöf theorem guarantees the ...
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Grassmann number representation for fermions

How one can simultaneously represent fermionic operators and its corresponding Grassmann variables, so that all the anticommutation relations between them and also states would take place? $$ \hat{c}...
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Total magnetic moment in an atom

I have a doubt regarding the calculation of total angular momentum of electron in an atom. Which is the right way to do it? Method 1: Total magnetic moment $$ \begin{align} \vec{\mu_J} &= \vec{...
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Is $0 | \psi \rangle=0$?

For example, the spin operator for spin 1 particle is $\hat{S}_z\doteq\hbar\begin{pmatrix} 1&&\\&0&\\&&-1\end{pmatrix}$ for state $|\psi\rangle\doteq\begin{pmatrix}0\\1\\0\...
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Non-trivial scalar quantity

Is there any scalar quantity made of only the Christoffel symbols, determinant of a metric and tensors, not derivatives? In other words, can we construct a scalar quantity which cannot be written in ...
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Difference between heat and work

According to the Kinetic Theory of Matter, temperature is nothing but a measure of the kinetic energy of matter. My textbook says that the change in internal energy of a system is the heat gained plus ...
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Proton energy distribution after Si layer

I've been using SRIM to get an approximation of the energy distribution that a beam of monoenergetic incident ions will have after a thin layer of silicon. However, for my purposes it would be better ...
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Why can't de Broglie waves be electromagnetic in nature?

We know that the wavelength of de Broglie waves for a photon is same as that of the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation that carries this photon. Doesn't this prove that matter waves are em ...
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Voltage divider example [closed]

I have the following voltage divider circuit: Now, my goal is to find U_{L}. Altough, I know already the solution (U_{L}= 0....
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Can neutrons be synthesized purely from protons and electrons?

Can neutrons be synthesized purely from protons and electrons? Note: I'm looking for reactions that do not require neutrinos or any particles besides just protons and/or electrons as reactants.
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Does light lose energy in transit?

Consider a photon is an energetic particle and therefore has a gravitational field. When a photon passes a molecule or particle of dust in space it will pull the dust towards it and deform the dust. ...
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Does Gravity Really Exist? [closed]

As far as I understand some of the readings, Gravity does not exist in real terms. It's only a way of modeling motion as we see. Einstein for example explained the motion without having to have ...
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Derive the generating function for canonical transformation of type $F_3$

I'm working on some practice questions and I am a bit confused with this one: Generating functions of the type $F_1(q,Q)$ satisfy the condition: $$pdq-PdQ = dF_1$$ Starting from this condition ...
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Thick mirror produces number of images

Why is second image always bright ? This question is so often asked in mcat examination but I find no legitimate answer to it .
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Plank stopping time (Continuation and Physical meaning)

A while back I asked this problem: "Plank stopping time" I thought it was solved, but now I have some questions about the solution. Problem: A plank of length $L$ and mass $m$ lies on a ...
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How the polarization of electromagnetic wave is determined?

What help us determine the polarization of electromagnetic wave . Does perpendicular electric and magnetic field determine it or does the direction of propagation ?
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Why in PN junctions the octet rule is dominating electrostatic repulsion?

The depletion region in PN junctions is created by charges from the N part diffusing into the P part, thus completing an octet of covalent bonds in the P part. This shift however leaves positive ions ...
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Solving for current in a circuit problem (image included)

I need to find $I_{R_2}$ and I need someone to explain why $I_T = I_{R_1} = 1 mA$. I thought that we were supposed to use the fact that $I_T = I_{R_1} + I_{R_2} + I_{R_3}$: ! I have solved for $R_T =...
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The Delta-Function Potential

I'm reading through Griffiths Intro to QM 2nd Ed. and when it comes to bound/scattering states (2.5) they say: $E<0 \implies$ bound state $E>0 \implies$ scattering state Why doesn't this ...
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Calculating PSI generated by water entraining air as it flows down a pipe

This is the concept used in a trompe. Basically, the idea is that if we allow water to flow down a pipe and if that pipe has inclined air intake orifices near the top where the water enters, then the ...
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When two plane mirror are inclined at 60° to each other?

How many images will be formed? In the case above I think 5 images will be form. But how can I exactly find out the number of images if the inclination angle is different. Is there any formula or it ...
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Tensorial version of Hooke's law

It is well known that $${\boldsymbol F} = k {\boldsymbol x}$$ for isotropic media. Also, according to Wikipedia $$F_k = k_{jk} x_j$$ for some elastic tensor $k_{jk}$. I'm a bit confused as to how ...
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Why do fermions come in generations, but not bosons?

Why does the $1/2$ spin of fundamental fermions (electrons, quarks, and neutrinos) split them into three variants that differ only in mass, while the integer spins of massless fundamental bosons (e.g. ...
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What are hadronic uncertainties?

I am reading articles about recent findings at CERN and the possibility of New Physics contributions, and they keep saying that the discrepancies may be due to hadronic uncertainties... What are they?...
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Does Liquid Immersion protect against G forces?

I'm under the impression that if an object is immersed in water it can be protected from the effects of Gravity - or in other terms appear to be in a 0G enviroment. Typical examples of this include ...
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What is $V^\mu$ if $\nabla_{\mu} V^{\mu}$=scalar?

Suppose there is a quantity written as $\sum\limits_\mu \nabla_\mu V^\mu$ which is invariant under a coordinate transformation, i.e. scalar, where $V^\mu=(V^0,V^1,V^2,V^3)$ and $\nabla_\mu$ is a ...
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What topics should I develop complete concepts in before I begin the derivation of GR? [duplicate]

I had just been trying to understand GR but i just cannot understand where some of the formula of field came from. Apparently all those initial formula are from Newtonian physics so please anyone ...
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Should the eigenkets be weighted in $|P\rangle = \sum\limits_{r}|\xi^r\rangle$?

Page 37 of Dirac's book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, states The condition for the eigenstates of $\xi$ to form a complete set must thus be formulated, that any ket $|P\rangle$ can be ...
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Capacitors in Series and Parallel [closed]

I'm working on a physics project and we're disagreeing on how to analyze a circuit. I think the circuit should be $(1/c_1 + 1/c_2)^{-1} + c_3$ and other people in my group think it should be $((c_3 + ...
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What is the smallest resistance that can be used in a 5 V circuit if the resistors available are rated for 1/4 W? [closed]

What is the smallest resistance that can be used in a 5 V circuit if the resistors available are rated for 1/4 W? What is kind of throwing me is that it wants the "smallest resistance that can be ...
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Difference between directional and omnidirectional transmission or reception?

It is suggested that the next generation wireless technology will be highly directional since this increases the signal gain (MIMO) and decreases interference. How will the receiver still be able to ...
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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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Difficulty evaluating a complex integral on Griffiths

This actually a question from Griffiths QM. (Q2.21) I have difficulty understanding integrals involving imaginary components. In this example, it looks like the first term (encircled in red) explodes ...

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