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Electric Field-Drift Velocity

Why is the net velocity of electrons (drift velocity) considered to be zero, before setting up any electric field? I mean in the derivation of the equation drift velocity: $$ v =-\frac{Eet}{m} $$
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Is it possible to 3D print a mirror to create a high quality telescope?

Is it possible to 3D print a mirror with todays available materials? If so, would there be a reduction in image quality?
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Why does the speed of the Electromagnetic wave in the material depend on the frequency of the wave where as they are constant in vacuum (freespace)? [duplicate]

I am confused on why would the propagation speed of any EM waves at ANY frequency is constant in the free space (vacuum) but they seem to disperse in any other materials as the propagation speed of EM ...
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Is there an analogous Gauss' law which is applicable for a gravitational field?

Consider the Earth to be a flat infinite plane having linear mass density equal to the mass density of the actual earth. Can there be an analogous Gauss' law that can give the gravitational field ...
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The universe could have created itself? [duplicate]

So in this Youtube video http://youtu.be/ZjaaSUHG7Xo The guy says, around 6:15, that the total energy of the universe is zero because of gravitational potential (or something like that i dont ...
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How does the movement of electrons produce radio waves?

I'm mostly wondering about radio frequencies. I understand that voltage is the movement of electrons, and that the antenna acts as a light bulb, emitting at radio frequencies, following the reverse ...
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What frequency of sound waves produces the most vibration [closed]

The name of the question is rather contradictory and counter-intuitive since sound is produced by vibration. However, very low frequencies around 32Hz and receding are bass. From what I have read ...
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How can heat turn into light

I am confused about how hot surfaces can radiate light to their surroundings. When I shine a light on a surface the light turns to heat spontaneously, and when I leave that hot surface it radiates ...
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What is anti-screening?

In his book "The Lightness of Being" Frank Wilczek (page 48) writes about screening and anti-screening. In screening, a bare charge attracts virtual particles of opposite charge which lessen the ...
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Size of black hole

I am wondering about size of black hole. How is it possible that we have black holes of different sizes? As I know the singularity is point which is infinite small and is infinite dense. So my ...
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Does the order of variables matter for a quantum Lagrangian in the path integral formula for quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

For a single particle or field, I can't see how the path-integral formulation depends on the order of terms in the Lagrangian. It seems that you integrate the classical Lagrangian to get the action on ...
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The role of SO(3) and SU(2) in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

When studying the irreducible representations of SO(3) one usually looks at the irreps of the infinitesimal rotations instead, i.e. the ones of so(3), the Lie Algebra of SO(3). The Irreps of so(3) can ...
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Why is there a voltage drop across a superconducting inductor?

If there is no electric field inside a perfect conductor, then why is there a potential difference across an (superconducting) inductor?
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Motivation for spinors

After it was found that the gamma matrices couldn't be Pauli matrices and only had to be larger and even, why was their need to define a new algebraic object (i.e a Dirac spinor)? Why couldn't a ...
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Why do we look at the representations of $SO(3)$ in QM?

I have a bit of an understanding issue why the representations of $SO(3)$ are so important for Quantum Mechanics. When looking at its Irreps one gets the Spin and Angular Momentum operators and thus ...
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Why is Huygens' principle only valid in an odd number of spatial dimensions?

Apparently Huygens' principle is only valid in an odd number of spatial dimensions: http://mathoverflow.net/a/5396/21349 Huygen's principle in curved spacetimes Why is this? [EDIT] This is ...
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Does the energy required to increase a volume of water's temperature increase as that temperature increases?

Obviously in a simple, classroom style experiment the energy required to increase water temperature is a constant and thus wouldn't change, but what if we made the experiment just slightly more real ...
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How to calculate magnification

I have various magnifying glasses and I'm using them when I take macro photos with a phone or a camera. I want to group/label my magnifying glasses by their magnification power. And by magnification ...
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Are isobaric, isochoric, and isothermal processes quasistatic by definition?

Let us start from definitions, as they are given in many sources. A quasistatic process is an idealized processes that happen out so slowly that a system go through a sequence of states arbitrarily ...
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How much of the sky is visible from a particular location?

From a particular point how much of the sky can be observed. For simplicity sake let us assume the particular point is the head of a 6 foot tall man floating in the middle of the ocean with no visible ...
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Calculating Hubble's constant at earlier times [duplicate]

I want to calculate Hubble's constant at some redshift $z$. I have found the following formula: $$H^2=H_0^2\left(\Omega_m\left(1+z\right)^3+\Omega_{\Lambda}\right)$$ Now it's obvious that at higher ...
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Symmetric eigenfunctions?

So a symmetric eigenfunction / wavefunction is defined as: $$P_{ij} ψ_a (r_1,r_2,…,r_i,…,r_j,…,r_N )=ψ_a(r_1,r_2,…,r_i,…,r_j,…,r_N )$$ But for it to be symmetric does this have to be true for all $ij$ ...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson says that electrons “teleport” between energy levels?

This page: https://blog.afach.de/?p=62 Discusses the error Neil deGrasse Tyson made when talking about electronic transitions (video included there). Tyson clearly said in his Cosmos series that ...
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What is the difference between matter & spacetime? [duplicate]

If the universe is expanding why doesn't the matter in it expand proportionally making it seem as if the universe is static? Alternatively, as spacetime expands why does it not just slide past matter ...
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A question about atomic clocks

I have a rather simple question about atomic clocks. I have read that: Microwave radiation with a frequency of exactly 9.192.631.770 cycles per second causes the outermost electron of cesium-133 ...
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Statics with ladder and wall [closed]

A uniform ladder of mass m and length L rests against the wall. The coefficients of static friction between the floor and the ladder and between the wall and the ladder are equal to each other (μ). ...
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Why can't we do some basic algebra in tensor calculus?

I have a very, very stupid question on the basics of tensor calculus. Consider $R_{ij} = 0$. 1)If I expand the ricci tensor $R_{ij}= g^{lm}R_{iljm}=0$. Now, my question is that, why can't we divide ...
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Pendulum with changing length over time. What's wrong?

I tried to find the equation of this pendulum, but I think I did something wrong. I know I have to get the Bessel's equation but I can't see it. It's a simple 2-D pendulum, without any dissipation. ...
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Time homogeneous Markov chain for Axelrod's model

I am reading paper Axelrod's model of dissemination of culture , I am unable to understand the transition probabilities of time homogeneous Markov chain for this model. Can some one please explain it ...
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Deflection of light by the Sun

Can you give details of a recent experiment of deflection of light by the Sun? What is the distance from the surface of the Sun and what is the exact value of the angle of deflection?
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What is Quantum jump of an electron?

Can any one define quantum jump 9 quantities jump of an electron ? I know it it is a silly question but can anyone please explain me in detail.I am a learning about the structure of atom and I want ...
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Inner products containing the tensor product of two operators

The book Nielsen & Chuang "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information" presents the concept of tensor products as follows. Suppose we have the vectors $|v\rangle$ and $|w\rangle$ which exist in ...
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Where do flying gas molecules get their energy from?

If you heat up water in a tank to boiling point, some of the water will turn to steam. Gas bubbles are created in the water. According to Archimedes principle, the gas bubbles will have a force equal ...
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Can I steal your electron?

The following paragraph has been extracted from the Wikipedia (Atomic orbitals): Simple pictures showing orbital shapes are intended to describe the angular forms of regions in space where the ...
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What is the terminal velocity of a sheep?

Inspired by this question on Gaming.SE Using actual in-real-life physics, what would the terminal velocity of a sheep actually be? I would assume it would be around 50m/s, but I might be wrong. ...
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Classical analogue of Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures?

What do the Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures in quantum mechanics correspond to in classical mechanics (if they correspond to anything)? It's kind of weird, because (if I understand it well) in ...
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Post Problem Analysis - Rod in a cylindrical time varying magnetic field?

A metal rod of length $l$ is placed (as shown in figure) in a cylindrical time varying magnetic field. Find the potential difference across it. My answer: As electric fields as forming circles ...
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Variation - Electric pressure on a sphere?

I solved the following question(Answer is correct): Find the force with which two hemisperical parts of a uniformly charged hollow sphere repel each other?(charge density: +$\sigma$) Answer: ...
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Quantum computing and ambiguity

I do a bit of hobby programming and I often search the internet for little oddities that are fun to ponder over. I have read a few passages that try to explain quantum computing to the layman like ...
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How to obtain ballistic transport in a device?

I would like to know the ballistic device characteristics and illustrations (if any) to understand how can we overcome the dependence of current on carrier mobility .
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What if an asteroid the size of the moon hits earth?

Would we all perish due to excessive heat? Or would that be limited to the area near the impact while the people on the rest of the earth would die from other phenomena such as mega earthquakes, ...
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Normal modes of the 2D double pendulum

I'm performing an experiment with a 2D double pendulum, and in part of it I want to investigate the normal modes of the double pendulum, where the pendula are not of equal length or of equal mass. My ...
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Why does proton and electron attract each other? [duplicate]

Not that their charges are opposite! "+" & "-" are the signs we named them. By nature Why do they attract each other? And Why do they repel each other?
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How do we know what type of gauge field to add to a theory?

I've been watching Leonard Susskind's particle physics lectures and in one lecture, he discusses a very simple gauge theory. We have a complex scalar field $\phi(x)$ with Lagrangian $$\mathscr{L} = \...
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Why would the apple fall under the tree?

Here is an extremely naive question: Why would the apple fall under the tree? I am puzzled by this, because the conventional answer that the gravity between the apple and the earth pulling apple down ...
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How can I describe an equation for multiple objects over time?

Lets say i have $n$ different objects that effects each other only by the classic gravity force. I have their initial locations, masses and velocity's: $$ x_1(0),\cdots,x_n(0) $$ $$ m_1,\cdots,m_n $...
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Mixed-Alloy materials

Short version: Is it a physical problem (crystal structure/grains/redox/etc.) or just a logistics problem (keeping the solutes from homogenizing, molten/solid/temperature related problems) that keeps ...
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2answers
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Why do rotations of a multicomponent state function take this form?

I am reading Leslie Ballentine's Quantum Mechanics, section 7.2, which is all about the explicit form of the Angular Momentum operators. I understand how he gets the form for the single component ...
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Light Deflection by a Black Hole

I think I've come across a paradox while studying general relativity. Wikipedia states that the deflection angle of light by a point mass is $4GM/(c^2b)$. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why do we do partial and not covariant differentiation with $x^{\nu}$?

Why when taking the velocity vector we make $$u^{\nu}=\frac{d}{d\tau}x^{\nu}$$ and not $$u^{\nu}=\frac{\nabla}{d\tau}x^{\nu}$$ where in the last equation I meant the covariant derivative. Why?

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