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Jan
27
answered Scattering from a box potential of width $L$ doesn't reproduce a step potential in the limit $L \rightarrow \infty$
Dec
15
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Nov
3
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Jul
10
answered Effect of boundary conditions on partition functions
Jun
26
awarded  Nice Answer
May
24
comment Crushing a magnetic field
I would suggest to add a "mumbo-jumbo" tag.
May
1
comment A conceptual problem with Euler-Bernoulli beam theory and Euler buckling
@Raskolnikov No, it has 2 derivatives less.
May
1
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May
1
asked A conceptual problem with Euler-Bernoulli beam theory and Euler buckling
Apr
2
comment Power laws and deterministic systems
This is a totally different question. The answer, in short, is that a deterministic system can be described deterministically. Very often, however, you can't do that because the system has too many degrees of freedom (e.g. sand-piles) so that a full deterministic solution is both infeasible and useless. In such cases, a probabilistic description usually casts more light on what is going on.
Apr
1
comment Deriving the Lagrangian for a free particle
I think the best advice one can give you is don't read Landau & Lifshitz. They are great books for reference, but practically impossible to learn from. If you're into analytical mechanics then Goldstein is a good place to start, or Arnold, if you're more interested in the mathematical aspects.
Mar
29
comment Is there analysis library for stress-strain data?
In that case, send my your credit card number and I'll do it for 500$!
Mar
29
comment Is there analysis library for stress-strain data?
I don't know of any software, but at least for the Young's modulus, yield stress and work it will be very easy. I doubt that you can get the fracture toughness from these data.
Mar
21
comment Calculating Ground State Energy in 1D Potential
This is exactly the point. As the particle is large, it is localized. The localization will be around the minimum of the potential. Could you write up a solution and post it, answering your own question?
Mar
19
comment How many photons does it take to measure a linear polarization?
What do you know about the measuring device? If it is perfect then you can get an exact result (as many bits as you like) with two measurements.
Mar
19
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Mar
15
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
8
comment Find drag force on link of rotating chain
If the link is infinitely small, then the force will also be infinitely small. I think what you're looking for is force density
Mar
5
comment Why are scattering matrices unitary?
related:physics.stackexchange.com/q/18539
Mar
5
comment Why do steam bubbles increase in size as they rise?
Why did you turn down the simpler explanation - that as the bubbles rise the surrounding pressure decreases, and they simply expand ($V=\frac{Nk_bT}{P}$) without transfer of mass or energy?