# Questions tagged [boundary-conditions]

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### How can we predict how a system evolves using the stationary action principle even though we need to specify the final state? [duplicate]

The stationary action principle states that a system evolves between a fixed initial and fixed final configuration in such a way that the action is stationary. But isn't the final configuration what ...
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### Green's function for infinite square well

The Green's function can be given in terms of left and right solutions. $G(x,x';k) = \frac{1}{W}\left(\Psi_{L}(x_{<})\Psi_{R}(x_{>})\right)$ But I don't understand how to determine these left ...
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### Intuition for construction of a wave reflected from a general corner reflector

Consider a corner reflector with angle $\alpha$ between its semi-planes: Let a plane wave come from the bottom into this reflector (possible at an angle). The objective is to find the total wave ...
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### How is Poisson's Equation solved numerically?

This question is of pure interest. I would like to know, how a mixed boundary value problem like the following can be solved numerically: Lets say I have two conducting plates (not necessarily ...
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### Boundary conditions for backscattering?

In solving the well-known problem of normal incidence reflection, it is typical to say that there should be no backwards-moving wave on the far side of the reflective surface, or in other words that ...
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### Switching between advanced and retarded solutions mid-integral?

In wave mechanics, an advanced solution can be thought of as a wave that propagates until it is "caught" and stopped by the forcing function, and a retarded solution can be thought of as a wave that ...
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### Boundary conditions for calculus of variations in phase space and under canonical transformations

This might be a stupid question, but I just don't get it. In Hamiltonian mechanics when examining conditions for a $(\boldsymbol{q},\boldsymbol{p})\rightarrow(\boldsymbol{Q},\boldsymbol{P})$ ...
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### Property of surface Green function in electrostatic field

Let's consider a 2D-square with 4 equal subsquares containing different dielectrics. Inside the square domain, the unknown electric potential function $\Phi$ satisfies the Laplace equation: \nabla^...
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### Boundary condition: displacement

I have a controversial case. I have a rod, which is fixed from one end (constraint). From another end, I apply a compressive force, by pressing the rod down. So in a way I have a constraint, but at ...
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### Noether's Theorem, Boundary-Bulk, and Open Thermodynamic Systems

Before going any further, I should emphasize that I know we cannot use the action principle for locally dissipative systems or even Noether's theorem for that matter. There are plenty of stackexchange ...
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### Difference between bound and free charge/current in a perfect conductor

For the case of charge, it seems clear that in a perfect conductor the free charge refers to the excess charge that has been dumped into the conductor, while the bound charge refers to the charge that ...
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### If the path integral formulation includes future events, why doesn't that imply retrocausality?

I know that such events would cancel out in the math, but if an extreme event were to happen in the future (say a black hole forming or something on that par), would a particle in the present react to ...
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### Equation of reflected wave (fixed end/free end)

I have an equation of a wave as $y = 2 \sin\left( \dfrac{\pi}{6}x - \dfrac{\pi}{4}t \right)$. I want to find the equation of the wave which is formed when it gets reflected from (i) a fixed end or (ii)...
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### Confusions about Israel's paper on junctions / singular shells in GR

After reading Israel's well-known paper superficially (see also the erratum) I thought that his formulas (38)-(40) were necessary and sufficient conditions to join two manifolds along a time-like ...
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### How can the solutions to equations of motion be unique if it seems the same state can be arrived at through different histories?

Let's assume we have a container, a jar, a can or whatever, which has a hole at its end. If there were water inside, via a differential equation we could calculate the time by which the container is ...
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### On the boundary conditions for closed and open strings

In the process of finding the equations of motion for a string from the Polyakov action (say in the conformal gauge), we have to implement some boundary conditions on the target spacetime coordinates \$...