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Weird Kinematics Homework [closed]

Here's another "hard" homework question I was given on how printers work. (I find it more confusing than it is hard.) I'm supposed to find the horizontal velocity of a charged droplet as it leaves ...
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Confusion regarding the principle of least action in Landau's “The Classical Theory of Fields”

Edit: The previous title didn't really ask the same thing as the question (sorry about that), so I've changed it. To clarify, I understand that the action isn't always a minimum. My questions are in ...
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Why Does Gravity Work? [closed]

I'm trying to work out if energy has gravity, because if it does, then it will all get sucked into black holes, including dark energy, meaning that there will be no pushing effect left, and that the ...
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How quickly should a fluid come to hydrostatic equilibrium?

Let's say I'm holding a one-liter water bottle, full of water, which I then drop. Before dropping the water bottle, the equilibrium is for there to be a pressure gradient in the water canceling the ...
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Deriving Lorentz transformation - Serway

in Serway, the derivation of Lorentz transformation started from these two equations $$x′=\gamma(x−ut),$$ $$x=\gamma(x′+ut′).$$ The book derived the first equation and then deduced the second. Is ...
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Can an LC oscillator be used to generate visible light?

The LC oscillator is most commonly used to generate radio waves for practical use and the frequency $\omega$ of the LC oscillator equals that of the electromagnetic wave so produced. So, can they in ...
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Does dark energy have gravity?

So I keep running into this idea on the Internet that only mass has gravity, but isn't mass simply contained energy? Energy bounces around, or travels at the speed of light, because it is not in the ...
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Is there a unit system, where all physical laws looks nice?

And by nice looking law I mean with no constants. I mean, what would we need to set, so all laws would without those nasty constants in front of them? (I mean all of them, also $\pi$!) What would it ...
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How can Lorentz contraction be “directly” measured?

If one is watching a relativistic object of e.g. spherical shape, which emits enough light to be detectable, it will, despite being Lorentz contracted, appear of its natural shape, although rotated. ...
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Explain polarization in RF in which the conductor is stationary

Consider a metal rod parallel to $x$-axis moving with velocity $\vec v =(0,v,0)$ perpendicular to magnetic field $\vec B=(0,0,B)$. Lorentz force will give rise to the electric field $\vec E = - ...
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Why do we still get sharp scattering spots with quasi-crystal?

In a quasi-crystal, there is no translational invariance. This means there is no delta-function in the Fourier transform. But to get a sharp scattering spot, we need a delta function. Physically, ...
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How is that the life of a virtual particle duo is shorter than Planck Time?

I have always thought that the time is discrete (jumping), not continuous and the shortest time is Planck Time. One reason for that was the information on ...
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Can an asteroid/meteroid/meteor/meteorite be stopped in its way to Earth?

I was just studying meteorology and had a doubt about the motion of meteors towards earth. Can a meteor be stopped while it is still under under the gravitational influence of Earth? As far as I know ...
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Uncertainty Principle tricked - so why not Newtonian Determinism?

Recently I read that some results are obtained in directions of tricking the uncertainty principle. The relevant link is here: http://www.caltech.edu/content/tricking-uncertainty-principle , and the ...
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What to do when you are living in very cold environment? [closed]

I am on my way to a shimla, and as it is one of the coldest places of India. Previously I lived in a warm environment of southern india. What would be the correct way to live in a cold environment? I ...
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Why 21cm line observations is more helpful compared to other radiation?

Why 21cm line observations is more helpful compared to other radiation? Is it only because of its abundance in whole universe or anything else?
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Quantum mechanics and probability

I've done an intro course on QM and I'm now hoping to understand exactly how to use probability theory rigorously in solving problems. My question is: How do I do the same thing, or the closest thing ...
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Whenever we fill a bottle with cold water and close it, why is it that after a few seconds we notice cold water droplets outside the bottle?

Whenever we fill a bottle with cold water and place back the cap tightly closing it, why is it that after a few seconds we notice cold water droplets outside the bottle as if the water is coming out ...
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Is the field generated by an electromagnet always proportional to its current?

Imagine that I use a long wire to create an electromagnet. Let's also assume that the current flowing along the wire is constant, and that the wire is winded on the vacuumm. Is the magnetic field ...
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what property of steam makes it the preferable motive fluid in jet ejectors? why not air or nitrogen?

I want to know what properties of steam make it the fluid of choice in steam turbines jet ejectors. I want to understand the mechanism of energy conversion in these equipment and hence understand ...
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Dual particle-wave behavior

If electrons and photons, and possibly more particles, exhibit dual character, why don't physicists create a new classification for them? Why describe them as both waves and particles. Why not rather ...
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Lev Landau's proof of molecular motion at absolute zero?

I am reading the book "The man they wouldn't let die" by Alexander Dorozynski, which is an biography of Russian theoretical physicist Lev Landau, and I have encountered this passage Absolute zero ...
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Microscopic definition/expression of/for the heat current

Often I see the following microscopic definition/expression of/for a heat current due to an external field $$ {\bf j}_Q = 2 \int \frac{\text{d}{\bf k}}{(2\pi)^3} \frac{\hbar {\bf k}}{m} ...
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Ambiguity in Asymptotic Perturbative Series and Instantons

I know there are a number of questions about the asymptoticity of perturbative series and about instantons on StackExchange (e.g. Instantons and Non Perturbative Amplitudes in Gravity from user566, ...
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How do different fields interact with each other?

Recently I've seen a few talks and lectures about Quantum Field Theory. They explained what a "particle" means in a field, and that a large enough excitement in a certain field can excite another ...
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How to understand the indeterminate process in thermodynamics?

Consider a closed composite system with an internal movable adiabatic wall. If we release the piston, thermodynamics cannot determine the final equilibrium state (the temperature cannot be ...
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Why does the speed of the propellant limit the speed of a space ship in open space?

Isn't speed a relative thing in space? If so, why would the speed of a propellant matter? Why can't a space ship accelerate infinitely?
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Help explain how direction change relates to acceleration [duplicate]

I was doing some simple harmonic motion problems and I came across this picture describing the position, velocity and acceleration of a linear oscillator. At the moment in time when v is 0 the ...
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Entropy as a state property

The usual "proof" entropy is a state property is like that: "Consider a system which undergoes a reversible process from state 1 to state 2 along path A, and let cycle be completed along path B, ...
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Why aren't all photons virtual particles even in the “vacuum” of empty space? [duplicate]

I'm thoroughly confused about the nature of electromagnetic radiation. Light is supposed to exhibit both wave and particle characteristics. But does that mean that it is both a wave and a particle or ...
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Question about Atwood Machine and Changing Masses

Say we have an object of X Newtons on the ground called object 1, and it is connected to another object called object 2. If we change the mass of object 2 in intervals until object 1 < object 2, ...
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Questions related to resonance/standing-waves and sound

I understand resonance for a simple harmonic oscillator but not for more complex systems like standing waves. How can I be in resonance with the normal mode in an organ pipe? I understand that the ...
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power counting and (superficial) non-renormalizability

Comment: This stuff is new to me so it doesn't entirely make sense (yet). Question: As I understand from Peskin and Schroeder chap 10 if you have a theory with interaction terms $\lambda \phi^n$ in ...
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Velocity change of objects

Is it possible for small object (small mass, let's say bullet) to hit large object (big mass, let's say rock) and still move forward (or stop) instead of being reflected (let's say objects don't crush ...
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Can a curvature in time (and not space) cause acceleration?

I realize that the curvature of space-time causes acceleration (gravity). Is it possible to have a curvature only of space, or a curvature only of time? If so, would a curvature only of space, or a ...
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Green functions in QFT

What is the sense of Green function $$ \langle | \hat {T}(u_{1}(x_{1})...u_{n}(x_{n})\hat {S})|\rangle , \quad \hat {S} = \hat{T}e^{i\int \hat {L}(x)d^{4}x} ? $$ How is it connected with scattering ...
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Forces and acceleration due to an angle that varies over time [closed]

I'm having difficulty figuring out how to set a problem up. The problem is as follows: A $5\ kg$ block is being pulled along a frictionless floor by a cord that applies a force of constant magnitude ...
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Higgs Standard Model Parity

In the Standard Model, the Higgs boson is expected to have spin 0 and even parity. I know how to get the spin-0 approach, but how do I argue for the even parity? Could you give a simple and a more ...
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When things sink?

Why a heavy object over a less dense medium doesn't fall always to the bottom? Think: stone on balls of polystyrene. Why do the balls stick together and don't let the stone sink to the bottom? - ...
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Radioactive decay law and the exponential model, is it always valid?

The law of radioactive decay reads $$ N(t)=N_0e^{-\lambda t}$$ Is it valid when there is less than 1 nucleus or particle to decay? Obviously, it is nonsense to consider that we have 1/2 of nucleus ...
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Why isn't water running faster hotter?

I was running the washing up water this morning, and started to think about why the cold tap isn't hot, and why the water doesn't get hotter the faster it is flowing (if anything, the cold tap gets ...
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can we calculate velocity of a spinning apparatus by just analysing the frequency of sound emitted by it

I have used a new term spinning apparatus as I was unable to name it. I have tied a thread to a stone and was spinning it and I heard a sound something like that of a rotating propellor of a ...
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Is the electrostatic field inside of any closed, uniformly charged surface zero?

We know that a simple application of Gauss's law tells us that the field inside of a uniformly charged spherical shell is zero. Does this hold for all uniformly charged closed surfaces? If so, how ...
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How do you levitate a foam rock? ('Endless Second' artwork)

I saw this in an art museum: How is this possible? The materials used to make this were foam, wood, stone dust, paint, electromagnets, and metal. I would like to know how this was make and how I ...
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Why and how almost periodic series constitute the algebra of observable of integrable systems?

In the introduction of his book Noncommutative Geometry, p. 42, Connes explains that when a classical dynamical system has enough constants of motions, the motion of the system is almost periodic, ...
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Force and Newton seeking intuitive explanation

Force is explained as a push or pull, feels quite intuitive at first. My question is if an object accelerates over distance of $100$ meter hits a car, and another object of same mass at same ...
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How to account for the huge difference in susceptibility of liquid and gaseous oxygen?

I noticed this while studying magnetic fields in matter from Griffiths' Electrodynamics book. A table is provided in the chapter which shows the materials with their respective susceptibilities. Under ...
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Why does our voice sound different on inhaling helium?

This question (and answer) is an attempt to clear the air on what appears to be a very simple issue, with conflicting or unclear explanations on the internet. Arguments, negations, etc are invited. ...
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Electromagnetic radiation and health issue

A lots of article even wiki tells that Cell phone radiation is very dangerous for health. Some people tell that it can be reason for brain cancer. A article Mobile phone subsides man’s sperms! ...
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Problem with plane mirror focal length thoery: Is the focal length actually infinite?

We all learned that the focal length of plane mirrors is considered to be infinite, as the radius of curvature is infinite. However, imagine this scenario: You have a perfectly flat (no one get mad, ...

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