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Particle displacement at a rarefaction or compression

In a longitudinal wave, why is there zero particle displacement at a compression or rarefaction and maximum displacement at a point pi/2 from it? Shouldn't it be the other way round?
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Image Reconstruction:Phase vs. Magnitude

Figure 1.(c) shows the Test image reconstructed from MAGNITUDE spectrum only. We can say that the intensity values of LOW frequency pixels are comparatively more than HIGH frequency pixels. $$ f(x,y)=...
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Why diaphragm in diffraction experiment using electrons is quantum object?

In the book Quantum Mechanics - Volume 1 written by Albert Messiah, page no. 142-143, author says: ...But the diaphragm is a quantum object, just like the electron. Its momentum is not defined to ...
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What is the minimum pressure of a medium for which a sound wave can exist?

At what pressure will be particles in a medium be unable to form a sound wave when disturbed? How can this pressure be described mathematically? My guess is that this would correspond to the point at ...
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Anyons: Effect of braiding on fusion multiplicities

In the theory of non-abelian anyons, essential information is stored in the fusion multiplicities or Verlinde coefficients $N_{ab}^c$. Having the Pants Decomposition in mind, it is possible to use ...
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Curvilinear Coordinates and basis vectors

In these notes, $\frac{\partial \vec{r}} {\partial q_i}$ is stated to form a basis set for the vector space. How does this happen? Also, how does one justify this equation from Goldstein's ...
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Free energy a continuous function of temperature but may not be differentiable everywhere?

So according to my understanding, the free energy of the system should be a continuous function of temperature. This is because if the free energy is not continuous at temperature T, then at this ...
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What is $l_i$ in The wetted perimeter

The wetted perimeter can be defined mathematically as $$P=\sum_{i=0}^{\infty} l_i$$ what is this means that $l_i$ is the length of each surface in contact with the aqueous body? the length of each ...
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Books to independently study physics [duplicate]

Can anyone give me a list of books to study so that I can "master" (whatever the precise definition of that may be) all the branches of physics? I want to start from the most elementary to the most ...
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What does Feynman mean when he says that $F=ma$ is not exact?

Chapter 12-2 in Feynman Lectures Vol. 1 states: In fact the law, $F=ma$ is not exactly true; if it were a definition we should have to say that it is always true; but it is not ... First, ...
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Why isn't Quantum Yang-Mills Rigorous?

Obviously one of the major components of the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem of the Clay institute is the proof that 3+1d quantum yang-mills theory has rigorous foundations. This (I believe) ...
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How does determinism manifest out of QFT?

Classical electrodynamics is deterministic. QED is indeterministic, or probabilistically random. Yet they agree with each other? What am I missing?
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At Interfaces Does Light Have to Accelerate?

First, I'm not sure if photons have to "get up to" the speed of light, or if they are thrown into existence at that speed. I know that they should just be generated moving at their speed, and I know ...
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Work done by magnetic field on magnetic dipole

In the above slide, it reads that $W=\int\mu B sin(\theta)d\theta=\mu B cos(\theta)$. But, I thought that $\int\mu B sin(\theta)d\theta=-\mu B cos(\theta)$ by some calculus calculation. Can somebody ...
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Poynting's Theorem simplified?

How can I apply Poynting's theorem to any system that has a magnetic field & electric field, to state conservation of energy? How does Poynting's theorem state conservation of energy in EM? I ...
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The 6-j symbol and intersecting Wilson loops, redux

This is a quite specific question continuing the problems I have with computing the expectation value of intersecting Wilson loops I laid out here. Using the tools from the answer there, I quite ...
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How is it possible for objects to travel faster than the speed of sound when particles interact at the speed of sound

First of all, I am sorry if this is a stupid question but: I've heard that atoms interact with each other at the speed of sound (when you for instance push a chair, the atoms collide with each other ...
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Observers in (Schwarzschild-) de Sitter spacetime

In (pure) de Sitter spacetime, the cosmological horizon is said to be ‘observer dependent’. I imagine that as the observer always being in the center of that horizon. Another (spacelike separated) ...
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Symmetry factor of $n$-point one-loop diagram [duplicate]

If we have a one-loop diagram in $\phi ^ 3$ scalar field theory with $n$ external lines, then what is its symmetry factor? I have drawn the diagram I am looking for, but instead of $6$ external ...
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Ballistic Pendulum Demo Problem

I have a question about the following problem: I got the solution $v=\frac{M+m}{m} \sqrt{2gh}$. But my real question is in the following picture: In the above slide, how can you derive ...
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Why doesn't time change in the non-relativistic limit of Lorentz transformations?

A simple boost in the $x$ direction is given by: $$ \Lambda = \begin{pmatrix} \cosh(\rho) & \sinh(\rho) & 0 & 0 \\ \sinh(\rho) & \cosh(\rho) & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & ...
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What makes nuclear binding energy so much stronger than chemical energy

The strong force acting between quarks and responsible for holding protons together is 100 times stronger than the electromagnetic force. How come the nuclear binding energy derived from the strong ...
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geometric quantization of the moduli space of abelian Chern-Simons theory

I wish to understand the statement in this paper more precisely: (1). Any 3d Topological quantum field theories(TQFT) associates an inner-product vector space $H_{\Sigma}$ to a Riemann surface $\...
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Thin Lens Methods and Object Perceived vs Literal Size

When using the ray trace methodology to solve a given thin lens question, does the arrow (commonly used as the example object when tracing) represent the literal height of the object or the perceived ...
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Prerequisites for Halliday Resnick Walker

I am in grade 10. I have developed an interest in physics but unfortunately I do not know/ have not studied calculus yet as my school board does not recommend it in grade 10. I have a copy of ...
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Which direction does a galaxy move in respect to its axis of rotation (Black Hole)

As Galaxies travel through the universe, how do they orient? And, does this orientation apply to stars and their satellites? that is to ask if the movement of a galaxy or star is perpendicular to ...
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Special relativity and imaginary coefficient of the time coordinate

I read somewhere that part of Minkowski's inspiration for his formulation of Minkowski space was Poincare's observation that time could be understood as a fourth spatial dimension with an imaginary ...
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Value of weak force coupling constant

I'm trying to get my head around the weak force coupling constant $\alpha_w$ but getting confused by different resources. Hyperphysics suggests it is tiny compared with the strong force coupling, ~$10^...
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Why can't a gas be liquified by pressure above its critical temperature?

What is the cause behind a gas being difficult to liquify above its critical temperature no matter how much pressure is applied on it?
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Different cross section for W and Z boson

At hadron colliders the cross section for W production is about ten times larger than the production cross section for Z bosons (e.g. Figure 2 in this review article). I guess the dominant ...
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Where did the universe get its initial momentum?

If, according to Newton's third law, forces come in pairs then what about the big bang? where did the universe get that initial push/momentum?
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Why is a Electron negative not both?

I was pondering on the question of magnetic dipoles but then I had an thought that electron and other particles are either positive or negative or have no magnetic charge but then I thought of ...
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Can the new results (about photonic time travel) make quantum computers feasible?

New results published about photonic time travel, reference here make quantum computers a reality in the near future? These results seem to indicate that there can be qubits that can exhibit nonlinear ...
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Does the Bohr van Leeuwen Theorem also apply to ferromagnetism?

I know that the Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem shows that there could be not consistent pure classical explanation of dia- and paramagnetism. Does the same theorem also rule out a consistent classical ...
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Why is the intensity of Hawking radiation dependent on the size of the black hole it comes from?

I am asking for a non mathematical answer. I think I have a pretty good understanding of physics without the maths, which unfortunately eludes my understanding. It may be the answer would be obvious ...
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Does a man on the moon experience day?

Does a man on the moon (or any other similar body) experience daytime like we do? By daytime I mean looking upward and seeing a bright "sky," not dark space. If not, then what is the reason behind it?...
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Is there a reaction force on the ball in a vertical circular motion?

You have a light string. At one end of the string there is a ball modelled as a particle. The string has negligible mass. The other end of the string is fixed at a point and the ball is undergoing ...
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What is a graviton?

We know that a graviton is a hypothetical particle that carries gravitational energy. I have no definite knowledge in string theory, being a student; taking classical gravity into consideration or ...
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CPT symmetries for a free Klein-Gordon equation and in minimal coupling

I'm studying for an exam on relativistic quantum mechanics and one of the issues to prepare is about symmetries of Klein-Gordon equation concerning $C$, $P$, $T$ transformations for a free field, and ...
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Difference in decay for muon and anti muon

In a couple weeks, I will conduct a lab experiment where I measure the lifetime of the muons from the secondary cosmic radiation. For that, we have two detectors above each other, one will give a ...
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Density matrix formalism

The density matrix $\hat{\rho}$ is often introduced in textbooks as a mathematical convenience that allows us to describe quantum systems in which there is some level of missing information. $\hat{\...
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Given the Nyquist plot, determine order and stability [closed]

Is the nyquist plot of the open control loop. The starting point (not shown in the figure) is in the negative infinity of the imaginary axis. What is the order of the process ? What is the maximum ...
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Why is the anti-symmetric tensor more important than symmetric tensors?

In differential geometry, the differential forms are anti-symmetric tensors. So, why is the anti-symmetric tensor like $ d x_1 \otimes dx_2 - d x_2 \otimes d x_1 $, more important than the ...
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What determines the speed of waves in water?

While I was walking my dog this morning, I passed over a canal filled with boats, barges, and kayaks all of different masses and moving at different speeds. I noticed that all of these vessels left ...
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Plank stopping time

Problem: A plank of length $L$ and mass $m$ lies on a frictionless floor, if the plank has an initial velocity $v$, what is the stopping time of the block if it meets a floor with friction constant $\...
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The relationship between Lorentz Lie algebra and curvature

Here I transfered the question from the comment The relationship between spin and spinor curvature How $\mathcal{R}_{ab} = \frac{1}{4}R_{abst}\gamma^s \gamma^t$ is from $\Psi \mapsto \Psi + \frac{1}{...
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Can eddy currents be extremely reduced?

Is it possible to create a certain design of a conductor to reduce eddy currents greatly? So that the magnetic "breaking" can be reduced? Is it even possible for the force generated by the eddy ...
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Does a change in electron's direction affect direction of force?

A current carrying conducting wire is placed in a magnetic field, and hence, accelerates. Assuming the wire is moving in a constant magnetic field, will the electrons change direction due to the field?...
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Masses and Pulley

I have a two mass and a pulley system as shown here: I have the following two questions: First, why does $\dfrac{d^2}{dt^2} y_p$ is not zero, i I mean I don't understand why does $ y_p$ is going to ...
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What kinds of reactions happen when bubbling air through water?

Mostly I have seen air bubbling used to remove impurities in the water itself, like exemplified in this course packet. This is called "Sparging," but I have yet to learn much about transfer between ...

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