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How is physics taught and learned. Teaching strategies, class examples and demonstrations; learning resources, career advice, etc. For explicit problems, use the 'homework' tag instead.

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Necessary background for Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics [on hold]

So I am in quite a complicated university situation. Basically I was not allowed to take two subjects this semester: 'Analytic Mechanics and waves' and 'Electromagnetics' The problem is this next ...
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Books recommended as requisites for understanding general relativity to the fullest? [duplicate]

Saw some questions here which asks for what a student should know but couldn't find a complete list of recommended books for the maths and physics one needs to know. The answers can serve as a journey ...
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I know many students with a major in physics don't learn mathematics rigorously, but they can understand for example electromagnetism. Why? [on hold]

I am very poor at physics but I wanna know basic physics. And I like mathematics, although I am not very good at mathematics. I know many students with a major in physics don't learn mathematics ...
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Suggestion/Tips for replicating an​ Econophysics paper [on hold]

Am currently a First Year Physics student who have been given the opportunity to participate in a Research Attachment Scheme that gives me the freedom to replicate any research papers related to ...
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Measuring Impact Force

My daughter is doing a project for school measuring the difference in impact force in softball with a mask vs without a mask. The systems I've looking into purchasing cost $1000. Please advise on how ...
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White Light Interferometry [on hold]

I have arrived at a way to produce Arago’s spot with a quality white led flashlight. How would I go about writing a small educational paper on this? And, most of what I have seen on the web uses ...
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Solving problems in physics [on hold]

This question is more of a question in regard to how to solve problems in physics. After reading a good amount of theory and understanding the formulae etc, I move on to problem solving but often in ...
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Does intuition really matter in the beginning of any new physics course? [on hold]

Encountering some new courses like quantum mechanics, theoretical solid state physics and some other courses made me feel dumber than I ever felt.  Basically, I'm that kind of students who hate to ...
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Differential Equations for Physicists

I find differential equations in physics to be quite challenging so I'm looking for a book to help me master them. I'm familiar with solving ordinary differential equations via seperation of ...
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Quantum field theory notes recommendation [duplicate]

I am looking for either textbook or notes that thoroughly present problems and their solutions that arise in the basic Quantum field theory (Klein-Gordon, Dirac, Noether, interaction lagrangian and ...
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Pure math courses for physicists: Topology [closed]

I'm in my bachelor in physics. In a couple of weeks I start my last year, and I'm interested in taking some pure math courses. As you see, I like the theoretical point of view, but I don't know if the ...
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Elementary derivation for the minima of the interference pattern in the case of a thin wire without referring to the Babinet principle

For the single slit there is a well known elementary derivation along the following line: If the path difference $\delta$ between the elementary waves coming from the borders of the slit is one wave ...
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Book recommendation for second look at GR [duplicate]

Between Hawking & Ellis and Wald, which one would be the better choice to follow up a graduate-level course in GR (based off of Carroll's book)? If not either of those two, does anyone have any ...
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Definition of angular velocity vector of $B$ in $A$ - Strange notation

I found the following definition of angular velocity vector of B in A at page 49 of the book "Thomas R. Kane, Peter W. Likins, David A. Levinson - Spacecraft Dynamics - McGraw-Hill (1981)": The ...
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Easy To Learn Advanced Physics [closed]

I am a first-year undergraduate student and I am looking to do summer research in physics. By the time I finish this year I will have completed intro courses in Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, ...
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Physics Resources for Learning Physics intuitively and deeply,right from high school to graduate level? [duplicate]

I am Deeply Interested in learning physics from scratch And I am quite serious about it.Please recommend the right resources,books,lectures etc to learn physics from scratch.I lay a lot of emphasis on ...
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What skills are required to deal with almost every DC problem? [closed]

What skills do you recommend me to learn so that i can deal with almost every DC circuit problem and simplify any combination of resistors regardless how complex is it? Surely there's nothing magical ...
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Problems reading Ramond's book [duplicate]

I am currently going through Ramond's book Field Theory: A Modern Primer. I've found it however extremely difficult to solve the problems with the material presented. Does anyone have any ...
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Is there a good treatment of “familiar” physics using exterior calculus, AKA differential forms?

By familiar physics, I mean the physics of things I can reach out and touch. In other words, neither relativity nor analytical dynamics, etc. After re-reading chapter 4 of MTW's Gravitation yet ...
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Textbooks that can help me understand the basics of electrostatics and its mathematics [duplicate]

I am currently reviewing electrostatics in classical electrodynamics. I get to know the different mathematics behind each concept. Now, for mastery, I am looking for books that has detailed ...
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How to self-study (A-level) Physics? [duplicate]

I am self-studying my A2, and am confused on what resources I should use and how I will use them. My problem is that there are so many resources to use, I don't know which ones to make the primary ...
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Challenging and “serious” introduction to basic physics [duplicate]

I know most of a standard US undergrad math degree - multi-variable calculus, real and complex analysis, point-set topology, basic abstract algebra, etc. etc. I know very little about physics beyond F=...
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Advice on learning general relativity better [duplicate]

Good people of this site...I have been trying to teach myself GR for a few months now. I have read and watched some lectures, read the book written by Cheng... Relativity, gravitation and cosmology......
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Quantum Mechanics reference book similar to Classical Electrodynamics by Jackson (without QFT)

Are there any good reference books for QM?, similar to Gravitation by MTW, Classical Electrodynamics by Jackson or Modern Classical Physics by Thorne and Blandford, preferably up to introductory ...
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References to learn about Majorana Zero Modes

I'm a masters student currently trying to learn about Majorana zero modes in condensed matter physics. But so far the references I have checked have been not really useful for learning. I even read ...
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Math needed for plasma physics? [closed]

I am curious about what kind of math is needed for studying plasma physics, especially for the magnetohrodynamics. I know there are lots of PDEs in plasma physics, but how about real analysis? Or ...
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Learning quantum mechanics with a strong mathematics background [closed]

Quick pedagogical question. If one were to have a substantial mathematics background prior to taking a undergraduate physics course in quantum mechanics, (say Grad. Real Analysis, Algebra, ...
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What are some good books on introductory modern physics? [duplicate]

I want a book on modern physics which must include these topics - dual nature of matter and radiation, structure of atom, semiconductor and nuclear physics. The book should make some connection with ...
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How to understand physics and formulas? [closed]

this question may sound weird but I have notised some similarities between many physics formulas like $Ek = \frac {1}{2} mv^2$ and $s = \frac {1}{2} at^2$. Is it just a coincidence or are the actually ...
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Introduction to Astronomy books

I am looking for a book that covers an introduction to astronomy. Currently, I am reading Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics, by Zeilik and Gregory. However, I quickly noticed that it is much too ...
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(Apparent) Paradoxes in General Relativity [closed]

I find that studying the paradoxes of special relativity, such as the twin paradox, ladder paradox, and Ehrenfest paradox, and their resolutions, helps me to understand it. Are there any similarly ...
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Kirchhoff's Voltage Law in a General Electromagnetic Field

Recently, Prof. Walter Lewin and YouTuber ElectroBOOM started a discussion about KVL, after Dr. Lewin claimed that KVL did not hold in the presence of an magneto-dynamic field. I would argue that Dr. ...
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What is a good thermodynamics book with problems and solutions? [duplicate]

I’m looking for a good book on thermodynamics with problems and solutions at an undergraduate level. Please let me know if you know any.
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An non-orthodoxal example about electromagnetic energy-momentum tensor and EFE

This question is about the ementary notions about the physics of General Relativity. So, consider then the Einstein Field Equation (EFE): $$G_{\mu \nu} = \frac{8 \pi G}{c^{4}} T_{\mu \nu}$$ The ...
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Explain the second principle of thermodynamics without the notion of entropy

I will teach some basic physics concepts to a group of university students not having to do with maths, physics, engineering and the like (mainly students of law, of political sciences and of similar ...
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Practical explanation for Coriolis force

Just to get an intuitive feel about the force. I came up with a imaginary situation of a long aisle on a huge rotating disk, like a groove along the diameter of a disk. Now as this disk starts ...
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Quantum Field Theory literature - rigorous and clean [duplicate]

I'm a physics student that is currently having a lecture on Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. The topics covered are: Relativistic quantum mechanics Elements of classical field theory ...
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The Griffiths of Solid State [duplicate]

I have recently started learning solid state at my university from an introductory graduate class. The professor is an absolute mess and his lectures are too incoherent and discontinuous. Due to my ...
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Experiments using cheap, low-power radio

In lecture, I've been using an expensive (\$2000) 10 GHz microwave demo setup consisting of a transmitter and a receiver. It can be used to demonstrate things like the transverse polarization of ...
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What is the most useful to learn out of complex analysis and differential equations for undergraduate studies in physics? [closed]

Next year I'm planning to start on my bachelor's in physics, however, I have already started taking some undergraduate courses in mathematics and next semester I will have to choose between complex ...
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What should I learn to understand 6d (2,0) theory? [closed]

I'm a first-year graduate student, I heard that 6d (2,0) theories can provide various dualities between lower dimension field theories, and can give many beautiful results in mathematics. So I ...
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2D CFT for a Senior Undergraduate

I'm a senior undergraduate having a good background in QM, Linear Algebra, Tensor Calculus, Complex Analysis, and GR. This year I'm doing my graduation project on 2D CFT (especially aiming towards ...
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Simple check for the global shape of the Earth

I have been on a date recently, and everything went fine until the moment the girl has told me that the Earth is flat. After realizing she was not trolling me, and trying to provide her with a couple ...
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Does quantum mechanics allow you to simulate chemical reactions in software?

I'm a software developer interested in learning quantum mechanics to simulate chemistry. I know it's a very difficult topic, so I consider it a long term "someday/maybe" goal, and I’m not sure it's ...
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Background for understanding the holographic principle?

I'm really fascinated by the wikipedia page on the Holographic Principle - "the description of a volume of space can be thought of as encoded on a lower-dimensional boundary to the region" seems ...
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Book(s) fills the gap from introductory thermo to nonequilibrium thermo/stat mech for self-taught student?

I know this is a big question. But as a graduate student, my research is somehow related to nonequilibrium thermodynamics/statistical mechanics. TBH, I hate how some research treat this subject like a ...
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About learning physics [closed]

Can I learn physics and engineering even if I have the maths knowledge of a 4th grader? I am familiar with maths but I still struggle with a lot, but I do want to study physics and electronic like ...
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Difference between interaction, Heisenberg, and Schrodinger pictures in layman's terms

I want to teach a kid about the difference between the interaction, Heisenberg, and Schrodinger pictures of quantum mechanics. Can I explain this concept without using equation? Is there any specific ...
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Why is this device marketed as a “Second Law Apparatus”?

When the latch is released, this device drops one ball vertically and projects another ball horizontally. Students are able to see and hear that both balls hit the floor at the same time. Why is ...
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DNA - optical response and fluorescence

I am curious about the state of affairs with the DNA fluorescence. I know that there was some initiative in physics community in 1980's and 1990's, but some authors question even whether DNA molecules ...