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Meaning of the direction of the cross product

I was doing calculations with torque and then I came across something very confusing: I understand that the magnitude of the torque is given by product of the displacement(from the center of ...
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Practical meaning of making a measurement/observation in QM?

When an argument like 'measure the spin along the $x$ axis', 'observe the position of a particle' and so on is made, what is the implied experimental procedure? Since laboratory equipment is ...
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Two masses with interacting forces and an external force

Two masses in 3d space attract each other with a potential relative to the distance between them. There is also an external force on each particle based on the distance from a origin. I want to find ...
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How would an observer perceive movement on a train that's travelling near the speed of light?

Person A is on Earth and a train (or whatever you want to imagine) travels past him at near the speed of light. How would person A perceive movement on the ship? If time is slowed on the ship from the ...
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How can we create superposition in QM?

How can we force a particle (let's say that we know this particle has spin up) to be in a superposition of spin up and down? Wouldn't literally any interaction of it with anything cause it to be in ...
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Applying angular velocity to a rotation matrix

I have a very simple question. In our project we store an object's orientation as a 3x3 matrix which holds the orthonormal base of that object's local space. For instance if the object is aligned with ...
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Why doesn't a neon sign seem that hot?

I heard that neon signs contain plasma, why aren't they hot? is it because the electrons and ions do not hit the lamp's wall? Is it because it is non thermal plasma and electrons and ions are not in ...
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Relativistic momentum

I have been trying to derive why relativistic momentum is defined as $p=\gamma mv$. I set up a collision between 2 same balls ($m_1 = m_2 = m$). Before the collision these two balls travel one ...
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Normal Forces and Ferris Wheels

At the moment, I am reading an example problem regarding what was alluded to in the title. In this example problem, they say, "Based on experiences you may have had on a ferris wheel or driving over ...
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Does every measurement correspond to an eigenstate of an observable?

In the postulates of quantum mechanics, physical observables are described by Hermitian matrices on the state space of a system. In another of my questions, the measurements of Rydberg-Ritz spectral ...
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Question about finding $k$ in Hooke's Law

My textbook (Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Dennis Zill) offers the following explanation of Hooke's Law: By Hooke's Law, the spring itself exerts a restoring force $F$ opposite to the ...
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What velocity must an aircraft achieve for its shock wave to transform to plasma?

A follow-up to After what speed air friction starts to heat up an object? I understand there may be technological limitations at present ... but, is it theoretically possible for a body to travel ...
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Is there any reproducible tested evidence for Ni-H cold fusion?

The main replications of cold fusion, the ones that are beyond reproach, used Pd/d as the system. But commercial developers have often claim to use Ni-H to achieve similar effects. The claims include ...
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Why does leaning back make a kicked ball go higher?

It's relatively common knowledge that when one kicks a football, if they lean back the ball usually goes higher, and if they lean forward slightly it goes at a more desirable height. Why does leaning ...
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What's the lower limit for energy usage to desalinate water?

Consider a desalination process where you enter sea water and receive fresh water and brine (or maybe pure salt). How do I compute the least amount of energy per mass? I think this has something to ...
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How do I derive the transformation law of a Weyl spinor under a Lorentz transformation?

Let $\xi$ be a spinor. If $(\theta ,\phi)$ are the parameters of a rotation and pure Lorentz transformation, then how can we prove that the transformation rule for $\xi$ can be written as $$\xi ...
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Geometric interpretation of perturbation theory in quantum field theory

I am studying GR right now, and one interesting thing I learned about vectors is that they are defined to have the same properties as derivatives. With this in mind, can I make a differential ...
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Calculating uncertinity in measurements [closed]

I have a question relating to uncertinity.The equation used is period of a pendulum. T=2π √(l/g) For example consider time to complete 10 cycles by the pendulum as 19.6 (+/- 0.2)s. I want to know ...
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outward pressure in an confined electron gas

Suppose i have some electrons stored in a empty shell container with a negative ion layer in the inner surface so the electrons keep bouncing inside without being able to leave the inner cavity. I ...
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When moving fast Time slows down Vs speeds up

I was watching an old cartoon movie where a scientist makes a gadget, which when bound on the wrist, freezes the movement of the whole world. So, that one may do 100s of things in a single second. ...
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Particles vs Waves

As I remember long ago, in my physics classes, I always had a great trouble understanding the concept of waves. Our professor used to explain, as if everything in this world is made up of waves. ...
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Can decompactification explain the inflation of the early universe?

I've just reread chapter 11 of this book where it is explained among other things, that our four dimensional universe could be unstable concerning a decompactification transition, since potential ...
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What's the differences among the concepts: binding energy, cohesive energy and formation energy?

In the papers about first principles (or ab initio) calculations, there are three energies which are often calculated: "binding energy", "cohesive energy" and "formation energy". Their meanings are ...
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Conservation of momentum with MOND

Assuming as true the phenomenological MOND law for low accelerations ($< 10^{-10} m s^{-2} = a_0$), and considering a small mass $m$ attached to a larger mass $M$ by a faint spring (let's think of ...
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Force on Earth due to Sun's radiation pressure

I have been asked by my Classical Electrodynamics professor to calculate the force that the Sun exerts in the Earth's surface due to its radiation pressure supposing that all radiation is absorbed and ...
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Equivalent spring equations for non-helical coil shapes?

The compression spring equations are generally given for helical coil. What are the equivalent equations for alternative coil shapes, like oval?
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What determines which observables are QM?

Spin, position, and velocity are observables which are QM for quantum particles. My question is, what determines whether an observable is QM or not? For example, why is electric charge not QM? That ...
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Does the Higgs Mechanism contradict Entropic Gravity?

Does the Higgs Mechanism contradict Entropic Gravity? It seems like it probably does. But then again, one is a microscopic theory and the other is macroscopic. Can they live together in harmony? or ...
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Did the universe always have 4 space time dimensions?

Is the dimensionality of spacetime in all usual models constant?
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Dark Energy saving the world

Ok, my understanding of physics is still limited, hoping to change that in the following years, but I have a question. Dark energy is what provokes the expansion of the universe, so, in theory, it ...
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Recommendations for a physics-related book for a child? [closed]

So it's that time of year again, where one must buy gifts for all children in sight. I want to buy a book, related to physics, ideally, for my girlfriend's sister. What books are educational and ...
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Is there a relation between the number of dimensions of space time and the number of fundamental forces?

Is there a relation between the number of dimensions of space time and the number of fundamental forces? Also, did the universe always have 4 space time dimensions? And could there exist a world ...
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Is $kg_f$ the same everywhere in the universe?

A textbook question says that a vehicle weighs $25kg_f$ on Earth, and asks us to consider certain issues related to its behaviour on the moon. My question is, does the unit kilogram-force $kg_f$ ...
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Turning an airplane - coordinated turn and inclinometer (“the ball”)

I'm flying, turning in a stable orbit, i.e. at constant level with a constant angle of bank, at constant airspeed, with a constant radius of turn, as in the picture here (sorry it's my first post, ...
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Classical Communication in Quantum Teleportation

How we could define the classical communication in the quantum teleportation protocol? I mean, classical communication means to send a classical signal. But what happens if we are in an unclear ...
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How do you assign an observable to spectral lines in Heisenberg's resolution of Rydberg-Ritz?

Ron's comment essentially answers the question below: Here's what I really want to know: Suppose I have an experiment that yields 6 spectral lines corresponding to (one-way) transitions between 4 ...
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What is the spectrum of energies for the potential $ a^{x} $?

Given a certain potential $ a^{x} $ with positive non-zero 'a' are there a discrete spectrum of energy state for the Schrodinger equation $$ \frac{- \hbar ^{2}}{2m} ...
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What is the likelihood of a long-period comet impact?

I always see lots of information about asteroid impacts, but very little is said about comet impacts. As I see, a long period comet impact is much more dangerous because a) we wouldn't have time to ...
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What is non-thermal plasma?

I read about non-thermal plasma, but I still have some questions: The ions and neutral particles are not in thermal equilibrium with the electron, does that mean that the overall temperature is low ...
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Does the Photino have mass or is it mass-less like the photon

Does the photino in super-symmetry have a mass, Or is this different in different super symmetric models?
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Mass-Energy relation

Einstein mass- energy relation states $E=mc^2$. It means if energy of a paricle increases then mass also increases or vice-versa. My question is that what is the actual meaning of the statement ...
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Lorentz model and energy exchange

The Lorentz model, describing the electron of the atom as an harmonic oscillator forced by an oscillating electric field $\vec{E}$, shows that the dipole moment $\vec{D}$ obeys the following equation ...
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How wide does a wall of ice need to be to stay in place?

Let us say that we have unlimited manpower to construct a huge wall of water ice e.g. 200 m tall (700 feet). -and that the wall is placed in a climate, where the temperature never (for your purpose) ...
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Has BCS Cooper pair condensate been observed in experiment?

Feshbach resonance in s-wave scattering states a BCS Cooper pair condensation at B-field just above the resonance where the scattering length a <0. Just wondering if the condensation has been ...
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Finding the acceleration of Block attached using tricky string setup

Below shown is a setup, and block B starts from rest and moves towards right with a constant acceleration. Does the acceleration differ for the blocks ? I am a bit confused because of the tricky ...
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Fresco in his “Future By Design” introduces drawing of underwater vessel and its front system of generating air bubbles. Is idea energy efficient?

I recently saw Fresco's Future By Design and noticed something miniature to investigate. My notice regards about one of his illustration he describes in the documentary. Here is the link on youtube, ...
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How long will it take for a bullet to reach a Geostationary orbit?

I'm curious to know this. Neglect air friction and imagine a bullet that were shot normal to the Earth's surface, from the Equator. I will have to consider the Coriolis effect and so I expect the path ...
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If wave packets spread, why don't objects disappear?

If you have an electron moving in empty space, it will be represented by a wave packet. But packets can spread over time, that is, their width increases, with it's uncertainty in position increasing. ...
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Would it be possible to transmit information through gravitational waves?

First thing I've been wondering is how the gravitational field is emitted. Matter emits gravitational waves, and I guess that those waves travel at around the speed of light. If that's not the case, ...
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What is temperature?

Recently I read an interesting article about negative temperature. I was puzzled because I thought before that temperature has definite meaning in thermodynamics: it tells about how fast atoms jiggle. ...

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