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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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How to calculate the composition of plasma species and decide the reaction happens for a given plasma reactor condition? [closed]

I am currently working on a project of setting up a model for plasma etching process which is a key process in semiconductor industry producing all the intergrate circuits used in modern electronic ...
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After Cartan: is Newtonian gravity potential a hint to a spacetime metric?

There are claims made here to the reasonability of seeing the existence of the potential, due to its unusual properties, as a hint that given Newtonian spacetime's connection and curvature (as per ...
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Regarding Aggregating Problems for Theoretical Minimum Series [closed]

I was going through the lectures in the Theoretical Minimum series. Its one of the best self-contained series on Modern Physics but lacks problem sets. Another good collection of notes and problem ...
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Lectures on differential geometry - recommendations [duplicate]

I have been working on soft membrane simulations for a while now and still find the associated theoretical literature quite inaccessible, mainly because they rely heavily on the differential geometry ...
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Lagrangian mechanics beginner [duplicate]

Im a first year student of physics. Because of coronavirus we have got online lessons, but my mechanic's lecturer doesn't like us, he didn't explain anything, just give us a problems to solve. I've ...
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Where can I find an online General Relativity course(s)? [duplicate]

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but all well, I will ask anyway... I am hard-pressed with finding an online course that teaches General Relativity in full. I would like to learn General ...
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Book that explain the formulation of a theory

Every physical theory involves some basic physical concepts, a mathematical formalism, and set of correspondence rules which map the physical concepts onto the mathematical objects that represent them....
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Resources to consult alongside Griffiths? [duplicate]

I'm trying to teach myself EM using Griffiths. However, the number of actual Physics problems in the book is limited, and since it takes a lot of practice to master a skill, I wanted to know if there ...
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A recommended book for Curved Geometry [duplicate]

I want to study Einsteins General Theory of Relativity, but before i start reading about it can anyone of you recommend some good books about Curved Geometry? since i will need it to understand the ...
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Physics-based Demonstrations for biology students

I am looking for resources where physics concepts relevant to biology are explained in simple terms by actual experiments or virtual animations. The site should be suitable for freshman students with ...
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Create cloud lightning in laboratory

Has ever been attempted (or is it at least possible) to recreate lightning phenomena in laboratory? To be clear, I do not mean to simply create a large current which mimics the currents observed in ...
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Schrodinger's wave theory [duplicate]

So,I basically am a student from India studying engineering. In my second semester, I have Quantum Mechanics in my college curriculum. A few days down the line, I would be having a class on ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum during a bike or motorcycle jump

I want to analyze the conservation of angular momentum during a motorcycle or bike jump (stopping the rotation of the wheels tilts the cycle and so on) and I have been desperately looking for some ...
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What is the physics problem whose answer is $e$ in the power of $\pi$ despite all given numbers being unity?

A few years ago my school physics teacher told us, his students, that there is an elegant physics problem in which all given numbers are unity, but the answer is $e$ in the power of $π$, that is, $...
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Evaluating textbooks in math and physics [closed]

I’m currently interested in textbooks, especially the ones in math and physics that are used at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and, given the experience of the people on this ...
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Books about notions of subatomic physics [duplicate]

The Master 2 "Nuclei, Particles, Astroparticles and Cosmology" of the Université Paris-Saclay lists the following requirements as pre-requisites: Quantum Mechanics Notions of Sub-atomic Physics ...
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Is it necessary to memorise physics derivation? Or solving problem is important? [closed]

I am a undergraduate physics student of open university I am in fear that I may forget derivation and even I already forget some of derivation of oscillation and waves but while I was learning them I ...
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Does gimbal for education exist?

I have been looking for a gimbal for a long time. Something similar to what you see in the book. However, I have had a lot of problem to find something similar. All my search results end to %95: ...
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Summer school in particle physics

Are there any websites that compiles all the summer/winter school in particle physics? I am looking for a summer school for 1st-year PhD students this year but I do not find such a website. Do I have ...
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Understanding nomenclature of thermodynamics with gravitational example

Context From [1] First law of thermodynamics: By $\delta Q$, I denote the quantity of energy added to the system by a heating process; by $\delta W$, I denote the quantity of energy lost by ...
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What are the prerequisites to learn Spintronics?

I am interested in Spintronics and recently started reading Spintronics' articles. I found that there are a lot of terms that I don't understand in those papers, for example, Spin Transfer Torque, LLG ...
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Usefulness of rigid body dynamics in modern physics [closed]

Almost every great classical mechanics book has a huge chunk devoted to rigid body dynamics. For example, I'm going through Goldstein right now, and I'm anxious to get to Hamiltonian formalism and ...
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Understanding quantum field theory via simulation

I took graduate QFT course 10 years ago as an undergrad. Did all the homework assignments but it never quite stuck. I think I'd understand the subject better if it were presented differently; ...
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Best topics in Quantum Information and Quantum Optics to research during PhD [closed]

I am searching for good (hot) topic in Quantum Inforamation and Quantum Optics for PhD research. I need suggestion that which direction i should go that later have good scope (good for publishing ...
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Is it too late learn physics properly now that I am a 3rd year student? [closed]

This may seem a bit silly. I am 21 years old 3rd physics undergraduate. Even, after taking a three year undergrad physics course it feels like I haven't really understood what I learnt, didn't learn ...
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Books about distribution theory? [duplicate]

I need tips on (elementary) books about distribution theory, with applications to physics and engineering. There is a one and a half page introduction (on page 910) to the Dirac delta function in ...
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Which book I must refer for problem solving approach for various competitive exams like gate, jest, net physics

I'm preparing for various competitive exams and I need a good books for problems with solutions in physics, kindly suggest some good books for that.
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Proving braking distance formula $ x = \frac{v_0^2}{2 \, \mu \, g} $ [closed]

I'm tried to prove the braking distance formula: $$ x = \frac{v_0^2}{2 \, \mu \, g} $$ with $ v_0 $ initial speed, $ \mu $ static friction coefficient, $ g $ gravitational acceleration on the earth. ...
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How did Quantum Field Theory become the dominant understanding of the Standard Model? [closed]

DEspite doing a physics degree somehow QFT missed me entirely until I happened to read about it as the current official standard model in a popular science book, which was rather startling. At ...
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Is it worth to understand all linear algebra abstract proofs in order to understand QM? [closed]

I am studying quantum mechanics from Shankar's book, Principles Of Quantum Mechanics, and I started from the very first chapter because he makes the necessary mathematics introduction with linear ...
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Alternative metals for Photo-electric effect

I'd like to make a museum exhibit for the photo-electric effect. The classical demo, demands that a piece of Zinc be placed on the electroscope , then the electroscope is charged negatively then we ...
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Looking for a buddy for studying QFT [closed]

I'm in the middle of the 1st QFT course (following Peskin&Schroesder and some lecture notes). It's rather a hobby (have a full time job in a different area + family). It would be really nice to ...
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A Physics Book for Experimental Evidence

I have come to notice how Physics is developed: we do some experiments and (from them) draw concise conclusions, which we call physical laws. Then we come up with the appropriate mathematics to—fully ...
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Book recommendation for statistical physics

Before I start a PhD in Quantum Information I would like to study a bit of statistical physics. In particular I am interested in superfluids, critical phenomena, topological phases of matter and all ...
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Acoustics learning prerequisites [duplicate]

Recently, I started learning acoustics using Beranek's manual but I quickly got stuck with things like acoustic impedance. So, a question arose: what are prerequisites for learning acoustics? In ...
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Advice needed on learning maths oneself [duplicate]

I am a master's student in physics trying to learn maths on my own. My classes workload is heavy and the schedule is very hectic due to which I don't get time to do mathematics. I have done Linear ...
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Understanding Quantum Mechanics in short term [duplicate]

I have been told by professors that in order to understand physical interpretation of Wave function and De Broglie Wave, one must understand the history of Quantum Mechanics that started with the '...
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General relativity's prerequisites' prerequisites [closed]

I know there looks to be a duplicate: What are the prerequisites to studying general relativity? From what I read, the prerequisites are Calculus, linear algebra, differential and partial ...
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Decoherence Tutorial on level of the Theoretical Minimum books

I'm trying to understand decoherence and other issues in QM related to the Everettian interpretation. I have a BS in physics, but that was 37 years ago. I've read Susskind and Friedman's book, The ...
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What are some good textbooks on learning Quantum Field Theory? [duplicate]

In particular i am interested in Quantum Electrodynamics. It’s been a bit more difficult to find information on quantum field theory rather than ordinary quantum mechanics. Textbooks like Griffiths ...
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Which are the best mathematical methods books for which topic for a physics undergrad? [duplicate]

I am a physics undergraduate and I would be glad if you share your opinion about which books are best for which topics in mathematical methods, from very basic to advanced. (Like you some say Tom ...
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Selfstudy Conformal Field Theory and Lie algebra from scratch roadmap [closed]

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon Conformal Quantum Mechanics (CQM) which was really interesting yet confusing. I didn't have the prerequisites so I couldn't follow the paper. I want to first ...
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Researching Black Hole Spin/Mass

I'm a high school student investigating how one can predict the mass and spin of the product of a binary black hole system. I'm fluent in Calculus (Single Variable), Number Theory, and Graph Theory, ...
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Derivation of the electrostatic force acting on a conductor, surrounding by a dielectric, by using the potential energy of the electrostatic field

I am tring to get the electrostatic force acting on a conductor, surrounding by a dielectric, by using the potential energy $ U $ of the electrostatic field. I know that the electrostatic force is ...
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Help about my first laser characterization setup [closed]

I have done a PhD in Photonics (working on silicon growth, surface analysis and simulations). Since two days ago, I have a new job and the first task I have is to do a laser characterization and to ...
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Non-mathematical description of manifolds and bundles in gauge theory [closed]

I am teaching myself gauge theory at the moment and occasionally I need to ask what may appear to be a very random or completely bizarre question that is way off, just in order to check if I have ...
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Internal energy at constant entropy and volume is less than zero - Explanation

I watched this MIT videolecture (minute 4.12) where there is the relationship: $$ \left( dU \right)_{S,V} < 0 $$ which states that the internal energy, at constant entropy and volume, is less ...
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Explanation of the Nambu-Goto action and calculus needed for a beginner to learn [closed]

I have recently started trying to learn String Theory, but haven't learnt calculus - I know this probably isn't a good idea, but I decided to learn each part as I go. I'm partly using Brilliant, and ...
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Reference for geometrical solution of classical mechanics problems

Someone please suggest me a good article where i can find a full worked out solution on the geometrical solution of classical mechanics problems with the hamilton's principle function propagation and ...
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What to know to start learning Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

I am very interested in Quantum Mechanics, and I want to start learning some of the mathematics behind it - the simplification first, of course. What kind of mathematical ideas do I need to know and ...

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