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Feb
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reviewed Approve Ternary dimensioned density matrix
Jan
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Jan
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comment Is it possible to calculate the energy of a spark?
Well then it should be easy enough to measure the energy if we know (can measure) the voltage and current as functions of time, since energy is given by $E=\int_0^t \! v(t)i(t) \, \mathrm{d}t$
Jan
15
comment Is it possible to calculate the energy of a spark?
Do you mean a lighter with an 'electric ignition' type spark or the old-school 'flint-stone' types (eg: 'Zippo') ?
Jan
11
answered Current in an RC Circuit
Jan
11
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
10
comment Why do crystals grow in preferred directions?
I thought the main question being asked is 'why the six-fold symmetry'? Although snowflakes generally exhibit this six-fold symmetry, most are not 'perfectly' symmetric, as explained here: its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/faqs/faqs.htm
Jan
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revised Why do crystals grow in preferred directions?
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Jan
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comment Why do crystals grow in preferred directions?
Apparently, the 'simplest' snowflake is a hexagonal prism. The dendrites grow from the rectangular faces around the edge more easily than the hexagonal faces, so they tend to grow as a 'flat' crystal rather than a spikey 'ball'. Have a look at this paper which explains it this way: its.caltech.edu/~atomic/publist/rpp5_4_R03.pdf
Jan
10
answered Why do crystals grow in preferred directions?
Jan
10
comment Magnetic Response of Stainless Steel
check this: bssa.org.uk/faq.php?id=24
Jan
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comment Why are gasses difficult to see?
Not all gases are invisible. Chlorine gas is a pale yellow/green colour.
Jan
8
revised Does the outflowing water create a thrust on the bucket?
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Jan
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revised Is there a deterministic observable that has only single eigenvalue?
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Jan
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comment Can Parallel Universes exist?
By 'the Universe', do you mean 'the one ('uni') cosmos, world, reality, and nature' and everything contained within it ('versum', latin for 'having been turned into')?
Jan
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revised Do particles always flow from high to low pressure?
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Jan
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answered Do particles always flow from high to low pressure?
Jan
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answered Where does this viscosity formula come from?
Jan
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comment Why Voltage Drop is not Influenced by Resistor Value?
The explanation I gave is that drop in potential across the load(s) can never be larger than the source voltage! This is a simple statement of conservation of energy, or more formally, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law.
Jan
6
comment Why Voltage Drop is not Influenced by Resistor Value?
If you have a constant voltage source of say $1V$ across a $1\Omega$ resistor, you get a current of $1A$. The resistor has a voltage drop of $1V$. If you add a second $1R$ resistor in series whilst keeping the source at a constant voltage of $1V$, the two resistors will each have a $0.5V$ drop across them, that gives a $1V$ total drop. You can't expect to get a $1V$ drop across EACH resistor if the supply is only $1V$! Of course, increasing the supply to $2V$ across 2 identical resistors in series results in $1V$ drop across each resistor.