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Enlightening experimental physics books/resources

Most book recommendations I've seen are usually geared toward theoretical understanding. It would be nice to know at least one or two classic experimental physics books. e.g. from Carl Brannen's ...
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Can I calculate the maximum concentration of sucrose that will dissolve in water at STP using physical constants?

I am interested in identifying the maximum solubility of sucrose in water. Can this value be estimated based on the physical properties of sucrose? Eventually I will need this in degrees Brix (%w/w). ...
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Can someone explain the science behind MIT's 230% efficient LEDs?

I was reading Gizmodo the other day and I didn't quite understand the Physics behind this. Could anybody shed some light on how this effect actually works?
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Can CMEs disturb a planet orbit?

Yesterday (March 6), a massive X-class solar flare erupted from the Sun. I was wondering if this kind of solar flares can affect in some way the orbit of a planet if aimed directly. Let's say, for ...
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Turbulence forming between the coaches of rail

is there any specific reason why rail coaches are connected by a rubber sheet; not of any other material ? I watched a documentary on trains (Discovery Channel) which said it connecting coaches by ...
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How do I calculate the induced metric in the Gibbons–Hawking–York boundary term?

This question concerns the expression for the induced metric in the explicit variation of the GHY boundary term. Just how is that expression derived in detail from the definition of the induced metric ...
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What's the difference between “evidence of a new particle” and “discovery of a new particle”?

Today’s exciting press release from Tevatron on the Higgs boson keeps its head cool and say that physicists saw a “hint” of the Higgs boson because the signal is barely above the two-sigma level. In ...
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Does existence of magnetic monopole break covariant form of Maxwell’s equations for potentials?

Absence of magnetic charges is reflected in one of Maxwell's fundamental equations: $$\operatorname{div} \vec B = 0 \text{ (1).}$$ This equation allows us to introducte concept of vector potential: ...
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Is it possible to see satellites with the naked eye?

Every now and then I notice some very bright "stars" in the sky. They tend to be very few (one or two, usually), and are quite much brighter than any other star out there. Often they're perfectly ...
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Differential cross section in momentum space?

Suppose I have a spherically symmetric potential and I can find its cross section in configuration space (i.e position-space), $d\sigma / d\theta$. Now I need to find its distribution $d^2\sigma / ...
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Why does a microwave oven affect other electronic devices

When I turn my microwave oven over the stove on, it will cause a motion sensor light in the hallway next to the kitchen to got off and on. This affect can be reproduced anytime. I did notice that ...
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The square in the Newton's law of universal gravitation is really a square?

When I was in the university (in the late 90s, circa 1995) I was told there had been research investigating the $2$ (the square of distance) in the Newton's law of universal gravitation. ...
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What is a Hot Flow Anomaly, and can we see the terrestrial ones?

I just saw the Weather Channel discussing "solar flares on Venus"... Not getting into the horrid scientific illiteracy of today's media, I finally managed to dig up a little info as to what it was ...
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EM field quantization

I'm trying to quantize the electromagnetic field by solving the vector potential wave equation, that is: $$\nabla^{2} \mathbf{A} = \dfrac{1}{c^{2}} \dfrac{\partial ^{2} \mathbf{A}}{\partial t^{2}}, ...
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At what angle does a single atom “reflect” a single photon?

Does this question make sense in the quantum world? Imagining a single photon (wave packet?) interacting with a single atom (its electrons etc) how do we currently describe/define the emitted photon ...
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How can new interpretations of QM help?

There is some current work on interpretations of quantum mechanics. How do you think can interesting results in that area help physics? Can it change quantum physics or make it easier? Which ...
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Conserved quantum observables from symmetries *with density matrix*

I’ve read Ballentine where he derives the conserved observable operators (momentum, energy, ...) from symmetries of space-time. Can I read up such a derivation in more detail somewhere else or even ...
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Function to determine Earth-Moon distance vs. time

I had no luck trying to find a function that determines the distance between Earth and Moon versus time. (Moon ground level to Earth sea level) Accuracy: the acceptable time range would be for ...
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Is there a more clever way to apply the cross product of two vectors to magnetism?

I am just beginning to learn magnetism and my book used two ways to define the force caused by the magnetic field, brushing over the latter. The first: $$F = q v B \sin (\theta).$$ And: ...
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What do the dimensions of circulation mean, and how is circulation related to action?

The dimensions of circulation $\int_C \vec{v}\cdot d\vec{r}$ seem strange, but if you include (even a constant) density $\rho$, then $\int_C \rho\vec{v}\cdot d\vec{r}$ has dimensions the same as ...
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static shock=thermocouple?

I used to live in Boston. Near my complex, there was an apartment complex with lots of our friends. Anyways, that place had faulty heating most of the time; mainly in the corridors. They were pretty ...
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Is putting a charged balloon up to a neutral wall polarization AND temporary induction, or just polarization?

Is putting a balloon that is charged up against a wall and having it stick polarization AND charging by temporary induction, or just polarization?
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Angular momentum equations

I do not understand this because angular momentum is $L=I\omega$ ($I$ is moment of inertia;$\omega$ is angular velocity) but it I have also seen equations where $L= rmv\sin(x)$. I do not understand ...
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Some more questions about the BCFW reduction

This question is a continuation of this previous question of mine and I am continuing with the same notation. One claims that one can actually split this $n$-gluon amplitude such that there is just ...
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Does the “Andromeda Paradox” (Rietdijk–Putnam-Penrose) imply a completely deterministic universe?

Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rietdijk–Putnam_argument Abstract of 1966 Rietdijk paper: A proof is given that there does not exist an event, that is not already in the past for ...
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Factorization of fermionic scattering integral in 2d momentum rep

the scattering integrals for fermions involves both momentum ($k$) and energy ($k^2$) conservation and a nonlinear phase space factor of a distribution function $f(k)$. $$\begin{multline}I(k) = ...
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Boundary condition for water waves generation

I am trying to model water wave propagation in 2D with CFD. What would be a suitable boundary condition to generate the waves on the left boundary? Currently I vary the fraction of water above the ...
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What does it take to derive the ideal gas law in themodynamics?

How can the ideal gas law be derived from the following assumptions/observations/postulates, and these only ? I'm able to measure pressure $P$ and volume $V$ for gases. I notices that if ...
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Question on notation in Shankar's Quantum Mechanics - math intro on vector spaces

I'm just beginning Shankar's 2nd edition Quantum Mechanics and having some trouble with notation. He defines his vectors as "$\left|V\right>$" . And with a scalar multiplier as "$a\left|V\right>$" . ...
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From the perspective of an observer inside a black hole's horizon, where does the energy for Hawking radiation come from?

Would energy be seen to "flow" to the outside of the black hole? Through what mechanism?
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Why can't we make measurements in a photon's rest frame when loop diagrams make measurements possible?

It is one of the axioms of special relativity that the photon has no rest frame; light travels at speed c when measured in any inertial frame of reference. As a corollary, it is often said that if one ...
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Tip of a spreading wave-packet: asymptotics beyond all orders of a saddle point expansion

This is a technical question coming from mapping of an unrelated problem onto dynamics of a non-relativistic massive particle in 1+1 dimensions. This issue is with asymptotics dominated by a term ...
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Ignorance in statistical mechanics

Consider this penny on my desc. It is a particular piece of metal, well described by statistical mechanics, which assigns to it a state, namely the density matrix $\rho_0=\frac{1}{Z}e^{-\beta H}$ ...
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Are elementary particles actually more elementary than quasiparticles?

Quarks and leptons are considered elementary particles, while phonons, holes, and solitons are quasiparticles. In light of emergent phenomena, such as fractionally charged particles in fractional ...
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Is there a recognised standard for typesetting quantum mechanical operators?

Firstly, I wasn't sure exactly where to put this. It's a typesetting query but the scope is greater than $\TeX$; however it's specific also to physics and even more specific to this site. I've ...
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True Ground State Population of Ideal Bose-Einstein Condensate at Critical Temperature

I'm supposed to demonstrate that although we make the assumption in an ideal BEC that the ground state population follows $N_0 = N\left[1-\left(\frac{T}{T_c}\right)^{3/2}\right]$ in reality the true ...
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Why do ice cubes come out easier from top trays?

This is my "hey, I've noticed that too!" question for the week. If you stack two plastic ice cube trays with water in them in a freezer, the resulting ice cubes in the top tray will usually come out ...
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Is it correct to say that electromagnetic waves does not require a medium?

I can conceive of a particle existing in empty spacetime, but not a wave. A wave appears to me at least, to insist upon a medium for its very definition. I understand that the 19C physicists ...
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What are the specific electronic properties that make an atom ferromagnetic versus simply paramagnetic?

As I understand it, paramagnetism is similar in its short-term effect to ferromagnetism (spins of the electrons line up with the magnetic field, etc.), though apparently the effect is weaker. What is ...
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Pendulum: Deduce proportionality from experiment

I know, very easy for all of you, but I'm a beginner in physics ... ;) I have to work with the mathematical pendulum. After some experiments (changing mass, chaning pendulum's length etc.), I could ...
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what is the proper way to connect two light bulbs in a circuit? in series or parallel?

What is the proper way to connect two light bulbs in a circuit? in series or in parallel and why? My thought is that it's better to hook them in parallel, since if we take into account Ohm's Law, the ...
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Hawking radiation: direct matter -> energy conversion?

When a black hole evaporates, does it turn all the matter that has fallen in directly to energy, or will it somehow throw back out the same kind of matter (normal or anti) that went in?
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Wormhole related experiments? [closed]

Are there any simple "experiments" that can be done in a high school science lab that could demonstrate some sort of basic principals of wormholes or spacetime? Or sort of proving how long something ...
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Pushing with a lorentz contracting stick

If I use a stick to push and accelerate an object, my hand pushes one end of the stick distance $x$, while the other end of the stick pushes the object distance $y$. Distance $y$ is smaller than ...
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Why do steam bubbles increase in size as they rise?

In the following video (a customer's review of a glass kettle), we can observe water boiling: http://youtu.be/jByY5I7Xk7w?t=2m55s As the kettle starts to boil at around 2:55, we can see large steam ...
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Why is the unit of hydraulic impedance/resistance kilogram per second and hypermeter?

I'm trying to figure out the unit of impedance in the hydraulic analogy of electronic networks. Assuming $$Z=\frac{P}{Q},$$ with $P$ as pressure difference, $Q$ as volumetric flow rate and $Z$ as ...
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Electric Flux Density - Ring Charge

A ring placed along $y^{2}$ + $z^{2}$ = 4, x = 0 carries a uniform charge of 5 $\mu$C/m. Find D at P(3,0,0) Should I be using Gauss's Law to solve this problem? I was considering using a spherical ...
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Still trying to understand gravitational potential and Poisson's equation?

A week or so back I asked a question about the gravitational potential field $$\phi=\frac{-Gm}{r}, \qquad r\neq 0, $$ and how to show the Laplacian of $\phi$ equals zero for $r\neq 0$? Eventually, ...
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How was this pressure pulse propagation speed be derived?

Some lecture notes I was reading through claimed that a pressure pulse propagates through a liquid-filled tube (blood in a vein) with the speed $$c=\sqrt{\frac{A}{\rho}\frac{dP}{dA}},$$ where $A$ is ...
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What is a “measure equation” as mentioned by this TeX Users Group guide?

In this TeX Users Group (TUG) document, Typesetting mathematics for science and technology according to ISO 31/XI by Claudio Beccari, the author makes various typesetting recommendations including: ...

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