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Charge distribution on plates

$A,B,C$ are $3$ identical metallic plates. Initially, charges $Q$, $4Q$ and $2Q$ were given to $A$,$B$ and $C$ respectively. Find final charge distributions when $B$ was earthed and $A$ and $C$ were ...
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Uncertainty of permittivity of vacuum

Question: The value of permittivity of vacuum, $\epsilon_0$, is given with absolutely no uncertainty in NIST Why is this the case? More details: The permeability of vacuum can be given by ...
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Acceleration is zero, for non-zero net force

I understand a problem like this has already been asked, but I have not found an answer that makes it clear. A force is applied to a box on a table(lets ignore friction), and the box moves with some ...
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Naive questions on the ground states of Kitaev model

Up to now, I found myself still does not have a deep understanding of the honeycomb Kitaev model, and I got some naive questions about the ground states (GSs) of the this model (with open boundary ...
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Thermal propagator for a scalar field (KMS condition)

I'm having some troubles following the derivation of the scalar field thermal propagator. I'm following the article "Finite Temperature Quantum Field Theory in Minkwoski space" by Niemi and Semenoff ...
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The origin of the colour of the sun

I have learned so many concepts under astrophysics and unfortunately, I have muddled everything together... Let me try to illustrate my problem: When a star is in main sequence, it fuses hydrogen to ...
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How do I express the interaction energy between two charged spheres?

Consider two identical insulating spheres each with radius $R$ and uniform charge $Q$ through their volume. They are separated from their centers by a distance of $d>2R$. Here is my general ...
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Charge by Induction

For example, Initially, there are two metal sphere touching each other and the ball on the left has a charge of +5q, while the other is neutral. Then a rod with charge -3q is brought near the left ...
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Proton for fission

I am just wondering why is proton not used for nuclear fission? Is it because it is charged, so we will have to input more unnecessary energy to overcome the Coulomb force?
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Was Titanic's captain's decision correct?

I just saw a documentary on Titanic. Someone in that documentary told Captain Smith "Shall we close the water tight doors, sir?" and the Captain replied "No, let it be open. Let the water ...
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Newton's principle of determinacy

I am a mathematician. I have a (somewhat long term) goal of understanding some of the physical insights that have influenced my area of research. To this end I read Arnold's Mathematical methods in ...
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Plane Polar coordinates for simple pendulum in moving lift(elevator)

Can any one help me with the following. A simple pendulum is suspended from the ceiling of a lift. It is moving upward with acceleration $a$. The string of the effective length of the pendulum makes ...
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Why do electrons around nucleus radiate light according to classical physics

As I navigate through physics stackexchange, I noticed Electron model under Maxwell's theory. Electrons radiate light when revolving around nucleus? Why is it so obvious? Note that I do not know ...
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Force on a coil inside of a voice coil

as a homework exercise we were given the following question: Given the following voice coil: With depth = 20 mm Permanent magnets with B = 1.23 T, Ur = 1.1 The coils has 20 turns, I = 1 Ampere. a) ...
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How to solve this torque problem

The Answer to the Question is 0.15Kg Is there anything wrong with the question or is it just me. Please Help. I tried working backward but didn't work.
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Are events in this experiment simultaneous if observed in platform's frame?

In some contexts e.g. on wiki it is defined as a matter of happening . In others(e.g. as defined by Einstein in his book "Relativity the special and general theory") it is defined as a matter of ...
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How much of Minkowski spacetime structure can be recovered from its causal structure?

A beginner's question: I have always understood that (four-dimensional) Minkowski spacetime can be recovered up to a constant factor—i.e. 'up to a dilation' or 'up to global scale'—from its causal ...
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The momentum of a hole

I'm currently working through "A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem" by R.D. Mattuck (self study, not a homework problem) and am stumped by the following problem: "In a system of free ...
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Parity transformation of polarization vectors

In quantum field theory, for vector fields, we can write the following expansion: $$V^\mu = \sum_{p,\lambda} \left[ \epsilon^{\lambda, \mu}\left(p\right) a^\lambda\left(p\right)e^{-ip \cdot x} + ...
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Electric Magnetic potential and Lorentz transform

I have heard that the scalar potential and the magnetic vector potential in the electromagnetic four potential become the four vector by the Lorentz transform. Thereafter, the Lorentz transform leads ...
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How do we know that that the universe expansion is accelerating?

The universe is expanding in all directions. We can detect this by the redshift of electromagnetic radiation from other galaxies. We detect a higher redshift in galaxies which are further away, and ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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QFT in curved space

Can someone exactly tell me what one gains from doing QFT in curved space, and how reliable these new results are. I want to know if it is worth while putting some man hours towards this. Please ...
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Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done?

I read the definition of work as $$W ~=~ \vec{F} \cdot \vec{d}$$ $$\text{ Work = (Force) $\cdot$ (Distance)}.$$ If a book is there on the table, no work is done as no distance is covered. If I ...
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Rewriting $\langle {\bf k} \vert E,l,m \rangle$ as $\langle {\bf k} \vert ~k,l,m \rangle$ Spherical Harmonics

From Sakurai eq. 6.4.21a we have that $$\langle {\bf k} \vert E,l,m \rangle=\frac{\hbar}{\sqrt{M k}}\delta\left(E-\frac{\hbar^2 k^2 }{2M}\right) Y_l^m({\bf\hat k}),$$ where $M$ is the mass of the ...
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Keep an object at a certain hight, does it require energy? [duplicate]

If i have an object with a defined mass, like a stone, and put it on the shelf it will sit there forever (lets forget all external influences). But if I have to hold up the stone I will eventually ...
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Possible error (very minor) in Rovelli's 'Quantum Gravity'?

On page 41 or Rovelli's book, he writes that the Lorentz gauge transformation of the spin co-efficient is: $$w^I_J \to {\lambda}^I_Kw^K_L{\lambda}^L_J + {\lambda}^I_Kd({\lambda}^K_J)$$ Where $w$ is ...
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woven appearance of water-streams by the side of the street

It's pretty rainy in Boston now, and there are streams of water by the sides of the street. Why do they have a 'woven' appearance? What's the formal name for this kind of fluid flow? With lots of ...
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about field gradient

I read the term field gradient in most of the article about magnetic field. I search it online but most of the explanation is about the math. I wonder in physics, what the gradient field really mean? ...
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Why we see the laser beam?

The laser produces the coherent beam of photons with particular $\mathbf{k}$ and $\mathbf{\omega}$. So, if there is no particular $\mathbf{k}_0$ which directed to our eyes, why we see the laser ...
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Questions on beta-decay

According to my textbook, for all the beta decays, it is required that the mass of the original atom to be heavier than the mass of the final atom. Is this due to the fact that all the beta decays ...
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Why is the black body radiation so important?

In the derivation of the black-body radiation formula the assumption is made that the system is an electromagnetic cavity, so that it can be considered in thermal equilibrium. Leaving aside the fact ...
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Calculating Length Scales from Passive Scalar Field

I have a set of PLIF images of a passive scalar advected in a turbulent flow. I'm wondering if it's possible to estimate the integral length-scale based on the images of the passive scalar, and if ...
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About quantum mechanics

Can quantum mechanics be partly explained in terms of mathematical filters? Is there a way to explain some of it with matrices on an amateur level?
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Green Function for Proca Equation

I have tried to find a retarded and advanced Green function for Proca field equation. $(\Box - \mu^2)A^{\mu}=J^{\mu}$ where $\mu$ is the mass term. How I did it: first: I made Fourier ...
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Electric field and insulator or dielectric

I have a uniform electric field $E$ projected from left to right and I placed an insulator or dielectric right in the middle of it. To the left of the insulator, the $E$ is the original $E$. Inside ...
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Why is the Ricci tensor diagonal for isotropic spacetime?

I'm reading Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell and while calculating the Ricci tensor for FRW spacetime he claims that because the spacelike slices of constant $t$ are rotationally invariant, the ...
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Conflict between Lippmann–Schwinger equation and Gell-Mann and Low theorem about energy

Lippmann–Schwinger equation states that scattering state will have the same energy as free state, while Gell-Mann Low theorem says that they have different enery. Lippmann–Schwinger equation says: ...
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Wattage of a motor need to move a load?

How can I calculate the wattage needed for a motor at 48 volts that is directly attached to a wheel with a diameter of 17" to move a 200 pound load that is above the single axle/wheel? Assuming the ...
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Speed=mass=time? [on hold]

I was wondering why objects gain mass with speed? How can we measure speed if there is no truly stationary point to measure from? And if an object comes to a stand still will it loose its mass? ...
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Photon Angular Momentum

Essentially I am wanting to evaluate $$\langle j\, m \mid a^\dagger(\mathbf{k}, \lambda) \mid 0 \rangle \,,$$ where $\lambda$ indicates the circular polarization (about $\mathbf{k}$). We have that ...
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Finding the force of friction of a moving object and its change when it accelerates to a constant speed

I have been searching for a straight forward answer to this question for ages now and it is driving me crazy. Here is what I know: If an object is moving at a constant speed the force of friction ...
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Calculating the electrostatic energy per unit length of a cylindrical shell surrounded by a coaxial cable

Suppose an infinitely long cylindrical shell of radius $a$ carries a surface charge density $\sigma_0$ and is surrounded by a coaxial cable of inner radius $b$ and outer radius $c$ with uniform charge ...
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Total internal reflection problem — could the textbook be wrong?

This regards the following problem: A ray of light is traveling in glass and strikes a glass/liquid interface. The angle of incidence is $58.0^\circ$ and the index of refraction of the glass is $n = ...
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How does $E=mc^2$ put an upper limit to velocity of a body?

How does $E=mc^2$ put a upper limit to velocity of a body? I have read some articles on speed of light and they just tell me that it is the maximum velocity that can be acquired by any particle. How ...
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Question about $E=mc^2$

Is $E=mc^2$ not just $E=m$. What does the speed of light have to do with this other than to give it a really big number so it looks cool? What spectrum of light is used? How can we test the speed of ...
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Imaginary number for extinction coefficient in complex refractive index

In complex refractive index on a material, $n=n'+ ik$, the imaginary part $k$ is physical meaning, as it shows absorption in the material but it is an imaginary. How we measure an imaginary values in ...
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Sphere between two parallel plates [on hold]

I'm stuck on the following physics question; I'm not sure how much, if any, of what I'm doing is right: A small sphere of mass 1.0 × 10−6 kg carries a total charge of 2.0 × 10−8 C. The sphere hangs ...
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what kind of system respects $SU(N)$ symmetry?

I read this post, Is the symmetry group of two spin 1/2 particles $SU(2) \times SU(2)$ or $SU(4)$? If the picked answer is correct, can I believe that an $N$-degenerate system respects $SU(N)$ ...
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Does a negative line tension in a 3-fluid immiscible interface make sense?

This question is inspired by this question/answer pair: Is this formula for the energy of a configuration of 3 fluids physically reasonable? Consider three immiscible fluids forming contact surfaces, ...

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