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A question about motion and time dilation

I was thinking that if you are in empty space with another person (with no other objects around), and from a distance you see that the other person is approaching you a constant speed, you wouldn't ...
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Lorentz's Amsterdam Proceedings 12:986 (1904) paper?

I am looking for this paper by H. A. Lorentz: Amsterdam Proceedings 12 (1904) 986. (See also Arch. Neér. Sciences Exactes et Naturelles 25 (1882) 363.) I have also seen it cited using the ...
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How many states are there in the observable universe

If we took a single instant and considered all possible states of all energy and matter do we have any bounds on how much that would be? Would that number be related to information?
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Question regarding 2 conducting spheres connected by a long fine line (electric potentional)

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding a pretty simple issue. Assuming I have 2 conducting spheres uniformly charged connected by a long fine line (as shows in the added photo) and im being asked ...
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Why is copper a metal?

Context: Solid state physics Question: Can it be reasoned in the context of solid state physics (perhaps within the band theory of solids?) that copper is a metal ?
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Quantity with approximate lognormal distribution

I am studying a quantity $x$ for which $\log( x)$ is nearly (although not exactly) lognormal. What would be the appropriate "typical" value: the mean $\langle x\rangle$ or rather $e^{\langle\log(x)\...
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Does it really make sense to talk about field lines?

Field lines should only provide a visual representation of a field. There is a rule for their construction: take an object subject to a field, move it by d$\mathbf{r}$ and draw the direction of the ...
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Is it possible to prove that planets should be approximately spherical using the calculus of variations?

Is it possible to use the Lagrangian formalism involving physical terms to answer the question of why all planets are approximately spherical? Lets assume that a planet is 'born' when lots of ...
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Time dilation in special relativity

Suppose a star ship is moving with some velocity. Two light pulses one in direction similar to star ship another opposite to it is shot towards the space ship. Then how time inside space ship adjust ...
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How can I see this equation describes advection?

My notes say that this is the equation for the "advection of a quantity A at speed v": $$ \frac{\partial \mathbf{A}}{\partial t} = \nabla\times(\mathbf{v}\times\mathbf{A}) .$$ Is this true? How can ...
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Can doppler shift be used to find the MH370 black boxes?

The Australian ship Ocean Shield has detected multiple pings from the black boxes onboard the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, specifically on 4 lines of bearing according to this article. The ...
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Behavior of Saha and Boltzmann

So I'm just wondering why the Saha and Boltzmann distributions behave differently as temperature increases? I know one is for ionization levels while the other is for energy levels but is that the ...
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When do stars become red giants?

I am a bit confused when do stars become red giants? Is it just after they have finished core H burning and the core contracts creating high temperatures which result in core He burning to occur which ...
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Could a tetraquark $q \bar{q} q \bar{q}$ be colorless?

CERN just posted this article where it informs that it was found an hadron which cannot be classified within the traditional quark model. What other models are there to explain this result? Or is it ...
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Quantifying the current drawn by a motor at half speed

I have a h/w question regarding the current in the armature of a motor when it is operating at half it's normal speed. The question is; A motor is designed to operate at 118V and draws a current ...
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Are retrograde capture orbits “easier” than prograde capture orbits?

After reading up on irregular moons in the solar system - moons that are thought to be captured, most seem to be in retrograde orbit around their parent body. That led me to wonder if retrograde ...
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What's the proof that the polarization occur s to the electric field of the light? [duplicate]

What's the proof of the light polarization that it happens to the electric field and not the magnetic field? How did Malus discover that the light is polarized although he didn't see the waves ...
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Why doesn't the magnetic field polarize when polarizing light?

If the magnetic field doesn't polarize does it follow the electric field path of propagation? or does it vanish?
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Dependence of Force as a function of Distance? [duplicate]

Why is the strength of a field (i.e. gravitational or electric) inversely correlated to the square of the radius? It is clear to me why the further you get a way from a field, the field's enacted ...
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Anti-symmetric forms on Dirac spinors

In order to describe invariant forms on Dirac spinors $S$ one can find trivial subrepresentations in $S \otimes S$. If we use $S \cong (1/2, 0) \oplus (0, 1/2)$ then \begin{multline} [(1/2, 0) \...
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Significance of 'chiral' form for a qubit?

Say I have a qubit with probability amplitude divided evenly among $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$ $$\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}|0\rangle + \frac{1}{\sqrt 2}|1\rangle$$ So it seems that we have a, loosely speaking,...
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Applying Ehrenfest's theorem to Hamiltonian

It maybe a stupid question, but from the Ehrenfest's theorem, we have \begin{eqnarray*} \frac{d\langle A\rangle}{dt} &=& \left\langle\frac{\partial A}{\partial t}\right\rangle + \frac{1}{i\...
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Why are cgs units the norm in astrophysics?

Other physics communities, e.g. the particle physics one, have their own set of units, custom-tailored to their own needs. Now, the astrophysics community is somewhat similar, in that a lot of ...
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Back EMF & Current, how can we make the current $I$ stable?

Lets assume we have a wire that has $10V$ across and $1$ $Amp$ flowing, now if this conductor is introduced to a changing magnetic field, $-EMF$ is induced, can we control our voltage to increase it ...
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Why doesn't our body gets crushed due to the atmospheric pressure? [duplicate]

The atmospheric pressure is 101325 Pa,which is good enough to get our bones crushed.But why aren't we crushed due to it?
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540 views

Kicking a soccer ball

I wonder which type of kicking may cause the ball to go a larger distance? One way is kicking the ball when it is at rest and another is kicking a moving ball in the opposite direction. If the ball ...
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1answer
245 views

Singular wave function

Given a wavefunction, $\psi(x)$, is it possible for $\psi$ to be singular at a point? Are there any rules against a wavefunctions having any singularities? For instance if $$\psi(x) =\frac{\gamma(x)}...
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105 views

In what forms do fire energy transfer in common situations

Yesterday I was standing by the campfire. I used to think that campfire heat carried to me only by air. It was heating my face too much, so I blocked it with my hand just like blocking the sun. Then ...
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Force between two charged particles [closed]

Consider two positively charged particles, one of charge $q_0$ (particle 0) fixed at the origin, and another of charge $q_1$ (particle 1) fixed on the y-axis at $(0,d_1,0)$. What is the net force $\...
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1answer
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High-School Physics with inclines [closed]

The figure below shows two blocks with a rope that runs over a pulley. The mass of $m_2$ is 5.0 kg and the incline is 35 degrees. The coefficient of static friction between $m_1$ and the inclined ...
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When a wire is stretched by a load, is there any change in its volume? [closed]

When a wire, or a rod(whose diameter is not negligible) is subjected to a tensile stress, is there any change in its volume? If yes, does the volume increase or decrease? Take into consideration both ...
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Closed circuit integral, magnetic vector potential for straight line segment

Looking at a worked example in Chengs Field and Wave Electromagnetics (newest ed, p 236) about Biot-Savarts law. A conducting wire of length $2L$ is carrying the current $I$. Find $\textbf{B}$ by ...
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Coriolis Acceleration and Latitude?

We had a lecture on the Coriolis effect today and I am very very confused, this is the first time I've heard of it as such. Anyway, I know that Coriolis acceleration is calculated by $\vec{a} = -2 \...
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What's the difference between Raman scattering and second harmonic generation in crystal?

As far as I know, the Raman scattering is from the stokes and anti-stokes scattering that the laser light interact with molecular vibrations. So we know that ""laser light interact with molecular ...
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Why is the periodicity of fields in finite temperature QCD consequence of Trace in the action?

In finite temperature QCD, the gauge fields must be periodic in temporal direction. They say this is the consequence of trace in the action for gauge fields. How does trace imply that the fields must ...
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Significant digits of time divided by 10

We're testing the period of a pendulum in physics class by measuring the time it takes to complete 10 periods then dividing that by 10. Our timing equipment measures to the nearest 100th of a second. ...
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Examples to illustrate temperature dependant radiation by examples of temperature to color relation

I'm looking for a set of examples to illustrate the relation of temperature and color of "glowing" bodies. It should allow to build an intuitive understanding of this relation, so it's not about ...
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How many gas centrifuges are needed to build two small nuke within a year? [closed]

imagine this is 1960-70.....a country has nuclear plants already (for peaceful purposes) now if they get the technology of gas centrifuges what things they are going to need for building two small ...
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A question about canonical transformation

I have posted this question in math.stackexchange before with no answer till now. It may be more suitable to post here. There is a problem in Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics ...
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Feynman Toy Model Constraints on Number of Each Kind of External Lines

(From my homework) In our toy model we have three kinds of spinless particles: $A$, $B$, and $C$. The primitive vertex of decay/interaction is shown below: My actual problem statement says: "...
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Thermodynamic relations

I'm asked to establish the following relations: $\left( \frac{\partial C_V}{\partial V} \right)_{T,N} = \frac{T}{N} \left( \frac{\partial^2 P}{\partial T^2} \right)_{V,N} $ $\left( \frac{\partial (\...
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Trace in non-orthogonal basis?

Physicists define the trace of an operator $\rho$ as the follows, $Tr(\rho)=\sum\limits_{|s\rangle \in B} \langle s| \rho |s\rangle$ where B is some orthonormal basis, and this quantity is ...
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Spin-orbit coupling from the rest frame of the proton?

When we calculate the spin-orbit interaction in a Hydrogen atom we just work in the electron's frame of reference: the proton is moving and produces a magnetic field which the electron's spin ...
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Hanging a brick free over an edge by stacking them

National Geographics TV has a series called "None of the above". In one episode the presenter shows that by stacking 4 bricks (here shown as 'xxxxxxxx') you can have one of the bricks completely hang ...
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Question about buoyancy

I took an empty clear sphere with radius r, put some weight inside this sphere, and put in into the water. I calculate the buoyancy force as: Volume of the sphere = Volume of the water displaced ($V_{...
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Why does milli- mean 1/1000 [closed]

I suppose this is also an English question, but I'll ask it here first. Why does the milli- prefix mean 1/1000 when it sounds so much like million? According to the internet, this dates back to the ...
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1answer
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Is there a connection between exclusion principle and the speed of light?

As far as I know exotic stars are composed of degenerate matter created by the balance between gravity and pressure of exclusion principle and as the mass of the star grows it goes into more ...
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1answer
354 views

Work done (by gravity) on paired blocks [closed]

Why does gravity do more work on the block going down? The total work done (by gravity) on the $8kg$ block is more than the work done (by gravity) on the lighter block. How?
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Torque and angular acceleration with bicycle wheel

This might be a simple problem for many of you. However, please help me understand it too. I have been looking trough a lot of materials online, and I still have the following questions, that would ...
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1answer
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How is earth a magnet while it's volume is mostly above curie temperature?

I was assuming the earth's magnetism is similar to a permanent magnet; But below a depth of somewhere near the Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho) between earth's crust and mantle it should be above ...

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