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What happens when you heat vodka in a microwave?

Since ethanol has a lower dielectric constant than water would the water heat up and boil before the ethanol? Would the water transfer heat to the ethanol and, since ethanol has a lower boiling point, ...
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Elegant approaches to quantum field theory

I have been reading Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development by L. Ballentine. I like the way everything is deduced starting from symmetry principles. I was wondering if anyone familiar with the book ...
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How was the sinusoidal model for propagation developed?

It's a little difficult to explain this question .. but I'll try anyway. To the best of my knowledge propagation models - audio, RF - are modelled as travelling in a sinusoidal form. Surely if a ...
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4answers
183 views

How come vibrations?

We all know that sound sensation is produced only when sound waves reach upto us. We all know that sound waves are disturbances propagating in air, Vibration is necessary for the generation of sound, ...
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112 views

Phonon-polariton literature resources? [closed]

What is a good resource for studying phonon-polaritons?
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597 views

Forcing quadrupole moments to vanish for a neutral system

For a system of electric charges $q_i$, at positions $\mathbf{r}_i$, with a nonzero net charge $Q=\sum_i q_i$, one can define a "centre of charge" in the obvious way as $$ ...
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1answer
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Capacitor charging and discharging

I have a conceptual question. The circuit is shown below. Let us assume that the capacitor shown in the figure is of 2.2 micro-farads having rated level of 5 volts and we decide to charge it up to 2 ...
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1answer
112 views

4-velocity and electromagnetic fields

Can anyone see a reason for $$\left(1+{U_\rho U^\rho\over c^2}\right)\left(U_\nu{d^2 U^\nu\over d\tau^2}\right)=0$$? Here $U^\rho$ is the 4-velocity for a particle and $\tau$ the proper time. The ...
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First experiment which was used to prove existence of Electromagnetic waves

When I was in high school I heard from my physics teacher in the last year of high school when he was starting the chapter of electromagnetic waves that the first person who proved existence of ...
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1answer
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How can you test what color different people perceive? [closed]

If I would show someone a yellow object and ask them, "is this object yellow?" That person would say "yes". But I could never know if my perception of the color yellow is the same as that other ...
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Work done by the air resistance [closed]

A ball of mass 0.37 kg is thrown upward along the vertical with a initial speed of 14 m / s, and reaches a maximum height of 8.4 m. a) What is the work done by air resistance on the ball? b) ...
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351 views

Does conformal gravity explain the Bullet cluster lensing effects?

Conformal gravity is an "alternative" theory of gravity, where instead of using the Einstein-Hilbert action composed of the Ricci scalar, the square of the conformal Weyl tensor is used. It was ...
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692 views

Jones vector and matrices

With Jones vectors and matrices one can describe the change in polarization of a EM wave. What is the convention of the reference coordinate system; Is it fixed or does it change whenever the ...
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1answer
101 views

The argument for cosmological natural selection

I am reading Smolin's book Life of the Cosmos. One part which I can hardly understand is the argument for cosmological natural selection as a scientific principle. Smolin keeps on saying that ...
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1answer
174 views

What's wrong with this reactionless drive?

I think this is analogues for the Woodward effect, but macroscopic: We assume a spacecraft consisting of a broomstick, a donut and lots of gear for storing and transfering mechanical energy. Take the ...
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Calculate temperature of the earth through blackbody radiation

I don't understand the solutions to a problem about blackbody radiation and was wondering if anybody could help me out. Here is the question: The sun can be considered as a blackbody radiation ...
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175 views

Approaches to Quantum gravity [closed]

I'm going to start my graduate studies in theoretical physics. My supervisor wants me to work on quantum gravity. He gave me the liberty to chose a particular approach to Quantum gravity (Excluding ...
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Is the gravitational potential of a planet in orbit always equal to minus the squared velocity?

Say a planet (mass $m$) is orbiting a star (mass $M$) in a perfect circle, so it is in circular motion. $F=ma$ and the gravitational force between two masses $F=\frac{GMm}{r^2}$ so ...
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1answer
176 views

Radioactivity and quantum superpositions

In the Schrödinger's cat experiment 'there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of the hour, one of the atoms decays'. The rest of the experiment magnifies this ...
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136 views

Is there an equation for the magnetic field of a conductor attached to a magnet?

Let's say I have a hollow conductive rod, 10mm diameter (O.D.), and I place a magnet of known strength 50mm up the shaft. What is the microTesla (mT) or Gauss (G) of the magnetic field (or flux ...
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1answer
74 views

Does quantum manybody theory with 2nd quantization completely equivalent to 1st quantization formulation?

by equivalent I mean: the Hilbert spaces are isomorphic; the operators can therefore be mapped 1:1
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2answers
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What is geostationary orbit radius?

I'm asking this apparently "general reference" question for the simple reason: I was unable to find whether the quoted everywhere "35,786 kilometers (22,236 mi) above the Earth's equator" means ...
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2answers
129 views

Is there something like Hawking radiation that makes protons emit component quarks?

If Hawking radiation can escape from black holes, could quarks perhaps become separated from protons despite it being "impossible" for that to happen?
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1answer
486 views

Where does energy for high and low tides come from?

High and low tides are caused by Moon gravity attracting water. Now there's friction, waves cause erosion, their energy is used in power plants yet the tides work for millions of years and are ...
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1answer
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Can I find the frequency generated by tapping a battery on a coin?

According To How Stuff Works , if you tap a 9 volt battery on a coin it will transmit Radio waves. I was wondering, because I don't have a radio with me at the moment, Is there a way I could discover ...
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1answer
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Equation for the trajectory of a frisbee?

I'm the lead programmer on a FIRST robotics team, and this year's competition is about throwing Frisbees. I was wondering if there was some sort of "grand unified equation" for Frisbee trajectory that ...
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1answer
122 views

equivalence of wave equations

I wonder if the following 2 PDEs are equivalent: $$\frac{\partial^2}{\partial t^2}\psi(\vec{r},t)-c(\vec{r})^2\nabla^2\psi(\vec{r},t)=s(\vec{r})\delta'(t)$$ subjects to zero initial conditions ...
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312 views

What can $E=mc^2$ do? [closed]

In the famous equation $E=mc^2$, the variables stand for: $E$ is energy, $m$ is mass, and $c$ is the speed of light (in vacuum). And I understand the equation fairly but limited in knowing in ...
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3answers
403 views

Question on inflation

I have two particular questions regarding the inflationary scenario. They are: 1.) What is the physical origin of the inflaton field? 2.) Why has the potential of the inflation field its particular ...
5
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1answer
405 views

“Hard wall”/ “soft wall”

I have encountered those terms in various places. As I understand it, "soft wall" can correspond to a smooth cutoff of some spacetime, while "hard wall" can be a sharp one, which can be described in ...
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2answers
551 views

Showing that position times momentum and energy times time have the same dimensions

I've been asked to show that both the position-momentum uncertainty principle and the energy-time uncertainty principle have the same units. I've never see a question of this type, so am I allowed to ...
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1answer
866 views

( Legendre Generating Function) Off axis Electric Potential from an insulated disk

An insulated disk, uniform surface charge density $\sigma$, of radius $R$ is laid on the $x,y$ plane. Deduce the electric potential $V(z)$ along the z-axis. Next consider an off axis point $p'$, ...
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Basic question on magnetism regarding north and south pole

I am currently busy with some magnetism and quite shockingly (to me at least) I haven't yet read anything about the difference between the north pole and the south pole of a magnet. Before I started ...
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1answer
86 views

what is the translational motion with the velocity of the center of mass?

and that is the internal motion relative to the center of mass? could give me some examples? desire to relate since I need to find out what is the kinetic energy in the center-of-mass of two ...
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How to construct the Hamiltonian matrix?

I'm trying to understand if there's a more systematic approach to build the matrix associated with the Hamiltonian in a quantum system of finite dimension. For example, I know that for the ammonia ...
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2answers
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Is Dark Energy converted to Gravitational Potential Energy?

Dark Energy is basically doing work against gravity to accelerate the expansion of universe. So, for time-translational symmetry to be hold, dark energy must be converted to gravitational potential ...
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2answers
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Effect of mass matter-antimatter annihilation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What actually happens when an anti-matter projectile collides with matter? If a large amount of antimatter is suddenly released or launched in the open and expands, ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How do I account for the direction of friction acting on a spring?

I would like to set up the equations of motion for a simple spring oscillator. Let's have a spring lying horizontally; we attach a small mass $m$ to the (massless) spring. The force of the spring ...
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0answers
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How to calculate uncertainties of a natural exponential function?

(I apologize if this should be posted in mathematics, however I chose to post it here as it's technically about physics) I conducted an experiment in which position of items were shifted on an ...
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Special conditions at layer F2 ionosphere

I saw this graph about the electrons density in different altitudes and difference between night and day, the difference between the 2 electron densities (day and night) decreases till 300 Km (F2 ...
0
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1answer
607 views

How to draw electric fields correctly?

Draw a negatively charged plate A and a positively charged plate B with an equal charge. Draw the field. (the image is the given answer) I however do not understand why this is. Is there any reason ...
2
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1answer
371 views

Thin lens formulae

Hi I have a question about applying the thin lens formula $$ \frac{n_1}{s_o} + \frac{n_2}{s_i} = \frac{n_2 - n_1}{R} \,\text{thin lens formula}$$ for a single lens emerged in medium $n_2$ in the ...
2
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3answers
613 views

Less than absolute zero possible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Temperature below absolute zero? According to this article http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6115/52 (preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.0545) it is. What do you ...
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2answers
214 views

Why photo cannot be captured while facing toward the Sun /

When the Camera is facing toward the Sun and a person is standing to and We're capturing his photo , all we get is a black shadow even when we capture with the flash light or anything. Why does it ...
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1answer
546 views

Canonical transformation and Hamilton's equations

I was trying to prove, that for a transformation to be Canonical, one must have a relationship: $$ \left\{ Q_a,P_i \right\} = \delta_{ai} $$ Where $Q_a = Q_a(p_i,q_i)$ and $P_a = P_a(p_i,q_i)$. Now ...
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5answers
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Current through the reverse biased junction in transistor [closed]

A transistor is a three terminal device. One terminal is called emitter, one collector and in between them is base. Now, during biasing the junction between emitter and base is made forward biased and ...
3
votes
1answer
649 views

Alkali atom in oscilating electromagnetic field

I am trying to calculate atom - light (EM field) interaction Hamiltonian, and the results I get seem to me rather unphysical - I get some nonzero matrix elements which should not be there. Please, can ...
3
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5answers
1k views

Good book for Analytical Mechanics

What is a good book for Analytical Mechanics? To be more specific, I would prefer a book that: Is written "for mathematicians", i.e. with high mathematics precision (for example, with less emphasis ...
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3answers
991 views

Calculating vertical velocity component of a particle with mass, given the hit point of parabolic motion

Consider the following situation: I have a particle with a given mass that at a given instant of time (let's say $t_{0}$) is placed at the system origin. The particle has a constant velocity ...
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2answers
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Estimating drag due to wind - ribbon-shaped sail

In the countless calculations and discussions concerning the "space rope" I've never found any addressing its capability to resist winds. Consider, as in most current works, it's a 1m wide ribbon, ...

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