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### Is speed of light continuous when entering a medium?

I know that light has the speed $c$ in vacuum and speed $c/n$ in a medium with refractive index $n$. I wonder how this exactly happens - is there some kind of smooth transition? If so, on which scale?...
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### Why does the Schrödinger equation work so well for the hydrogen atom despite the relativistic boundary at the nucleus?

I have been taught that the boundary conditions are just as important as the differential equation itself when solving real, physical problems. When the Schrödinger equation is applied to the ...
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### Constraints vs Boundary Conditions

I have a very broad question about how the mathematical framework that classical theories of physics utilize to solve problems. The question is: What are the intrinsic differences between the ...
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### Why shear stress is assumed constant in the inner layer

In the derivation of the log-law and the viscous sub-layer velocity profiles, it is customary to assume that the shear stress is constant and equal to the wall shear stress. Is there any physical or ...
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### Localization Principle (SUSY)

Mirror Symmetry p.200/201 Last section p.200/first p.201 It says, that the localization principle would not work if one would not impose periodic boundary conditions for the fermion integration, ...
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### Non-viscous incompressible Fluid between two coaxial cylinder

Consider a non-viscous incompressible fluid lies between two coaxial cylinders. The domain occupied by the fluid is defined as $0<z<\xi$, $A<r<B$. The coaxial cylinders slowly rotate ...
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### What does a negative end correction mean?

I was asked this question in one of my tests: "In an experiment to measure speed of sound by a resonating column a tuning fork of frequency 500 Hz is used. The length of air in the column is varied ...
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### Robin Boundary Conditions in Electrostatics

Are robin boundary conditions ever used in electrostatics? I can find three references on the internet that say they are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniqueness_theorem_for_Poisson%27s_equation "...
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### Deriving the path integral for periodic boundary conditions

I'm thinking about path integrals with the Euclidean time formalism, where I have partition function $Z=\operatorname{Tr} e^{-\beta \hat H}$. I'm used to the following derivation of the path integral: ...
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### Realistic vacuum boundary conditions in fluid mechanics?

What are some realistic boundary conditions between a fluid and vacuum? Is there an interface or does the fluid kind of spray out into the vacuum?
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### Deriving the Electrostatic boundary conditions

When deriving the electrostatic boundary conditions for any charge distribution (to my knowledge at least), Griffiths in his textbook references this illustration: So, when considering the boundary ...
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### Variational formulation of Maxwell equations with interface/boundary conditions

Consider $\Omega = \Omega_1 \cup \Omega_2$, where $\Omega _1$ and $\Omega_2$ are two different media with conductivity and permeability \begin{equation} \sigma= \begin{cases} \sigma _1 & \text{in ...
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### Reflection of transverse wave from free end?

I have been using David Morin' drafts on waves along with French's wave book and Fox Smith's book for my undergrad wave course and one thing I don't understand is the physical intuition behind ...
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### Diffusion equation with time-dependent boundary condition

I was trying to solve this 1D diffusion problem \begin{equation} \dfrac{\partial^2 T}{\partial \xi^2} = \dfrac{1}{\kappa_S}\dfrac{\partial T}{\partial t}\, , \label{eq_diff_xi} \end{equation} with ...
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### Is the electrostatic potential also undetermined by a constant in 2d periodic boundary conditions?

In 3D periodic boundary conditions (PBC), the electrostatic potential is underdetermined by a constant. Is this also true for any other periodicity as 2D or 1D?
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### Linear elasticity boundary conditions

I came across this post from the computational science board: https://scicomp.stackexchange.com/questions/26495/well-posedness-of-elasticity-boundary-conditions I agree with the posted answer, but I ...
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