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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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Course on Nuclear/Particle physics [on hold]

I would like to know if there were online resources about the following topics: Nuclear Physics Nuclear Engineering Particle Physics to go a bit deeper in my reading. I am asking for a free-to-learn ...
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What is a good introductory text on statistical mechanics for math-student [duplicate]

Here a "math-student" is an advanced undergrad or a 2nd-3rd-year grad student but only has taken the first-year undergraduate physics classes. Ice-type models, Yang-Baxter Equations are of particular ...
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Examples of fallacies regarding physical phenomena ( laymen's, student's, philosopher's or even past physicists fallacies)? [closed]

Apparently some fallacies can be made in physics, there are posts on this subject on this site : separation fallacy , equal transit time fallacy, thermodynamics fallacy. So this question may not be ...
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What values may I need to know for my exam? [closed]

I'm taking an a level Physics exam tomorrow. My exam board is OCR A and I am wondering what values such as g = 9.81 or density of water = 1000 may I need to know for the exam, that wont be given to me....
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Mathematical bases/prerequisites for Feynman's “QED” [duplicate]

I have enjoyed studying Feynman's book "QED". I have sufficient mathematical maturity to go beyond his analogies. I am hoping someone has provided notes on the book enumerating the mathematical basis ...
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Simulation software to solve high school level mechanics problems

I'm a physics teacher and I would like to find a simulation software that could be used to give exact numerical answers to high school level problems in Newtonian mechanics. I want the students to ...
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Experimental setup for 1 dimensional constrained frictionless motion

Physics textbooks are full of examples considering one dimensional constrained motion (in the gravitational field) with neglectible friction. However I have never seen setups with curved paths where ...
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How can I get to the level of understanding Paul Dirac's book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics? [closed]

I'm 16 and have been trying to understand QM for about a year now. How can I improve myself to get to the level of understanding Paul Dirac's book?
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Source suggestions and research topics about Mathematical foundations of QFT [closed]

i am really interested in the mathematical foundations of quantum field theory and i want to write my master thesis on some topic of this subject. However, i did a little research and found that ...
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New to quantum physics, where should I begin from? [duplicate]

I am totally new to quantum physics so could someone suggest some books or something and what topic should I begin from.
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Liquid crystals resource recommendation

I'm going to work with liquid crystals during my summer internship and I am so woefully unprepared. Could you please recommend me some book or some review articles that cover the essential concepts ...
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Solutions of David Tong's QFT problems

Where can we find solutions of David Tong's QFT problem sheets? As in here: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/qft.html
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How can a 13 year old kid like me learn quantum mechanics and other advanced physics topics? [duplicate]

I have a huge interest in learning quantum mechanics and other advanced physics topics. Also I need to learn the mathematics for physics as well such as linear algebra and calculus. So please could ...
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Book suggestion for quantum mechanics for a noob [duplicate]

I am a high schooler who's really interested in quantum mechanics. I just need a few suggestions as to the books I can refer to to give me an idea about the equations and theories about quantum ...
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Which books or content should I prefer to understand particle physics operator and representations [duplicate]

I am just a intermediate passout and I want to know which books should I prefer for learning the mathematics of particle physics level like the different representation, operation like Hamiltonian, ...
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What had Feynman meant when he told nobody understands Quantum mechanics? What do we mean by understanding Quantum mechanics?

What had Feynman meant when he told nobody understands Quantum mechanics? What do we mean by understanding Quantum mechanics?
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Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part III

In this third part of the series, I will continue the deduction of Noether's theorem initiated in the previous post - Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part II. ...
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Second book on QFT before understanding Conformal Field Theory [duplicate]

I'm a newcomer to Quatum Field Theory, recently I started to work with the very basic book of Lancaster. My final destination is to learn Conformal Field Theory applied to Quantum Phase Transitions ...
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Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part II

I am trying to derive the Noether theorem from the following integral action: \begin{equation} S=\int_{\mathbb{\Omega}}d^{D}x~\mathcal{L}\left( \phi_{r},\partial_{\nu}% \phi_{r},x\right) , \tag{II.1}\...
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Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part I

I would like to consider the problem of the total derivative of a given functional \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}\bigg[\phi\big(x,y,z,t\big),\frac{\partial{\phi}}{\partial{x}}\big(x,y,z,t\big),\frac{\...
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What path to take to learn about the holographic principle? [closed]

I'm looking for less of a recommendation on resources for a specific topic, and more for a general path of what to learn to get to a certain topic. If there's a better place to ask this or tag to use, ...
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A guide to electromagnetism? [duplicate]

Any PDFs i could read to build an understanding of electromagnetism from bottom to top? GCSE revision guides are not very good at helping students understand anything it seems.
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Non-rigorous math books [duplicate]

I’m self-studying physics and mathematics out of interest and I am looking for some non-rigorous (text)books on mathematics. Perhaps one book covering all areas relevant to physics or separate books ...
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Addition theorem for angular velocity --> “addition theorem for angles”

I'm wondering if it is possible to go from the addition theorem for angular velocity to the "addition theorem for angles". For example (I used the same notations of Wiki): $${^N\!\omega^B} = {^N\!\...
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How much conduction, radiation and convection influence in a thermos flask?

It has been thoroughly repeated that thermos flasks prevent heat loss by minimizing heat conduction, radiation and convection from the bottle to its ambient. This has been answered in this SE. However,...
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Experimental tests of Schrodinger evolution, position distribution, in square well and other simple systems?

Have the energy eigenfunctions in position space ever been experimentally tested for the simplest system undergraduates encounter when learning quantum mechanics, the square well? If not, what is the ...
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Using intuition to understand physics concepts, how and when to let that need for intuition go? [closed]

Those of us who grew up solving Newtonian mechanics, electrostatics, and calculus of 1-3 variables problems developed good intuition for understanding simple concepts. This helped me condition a ...
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Intuition behind Manifold

As the majority of concepts in dynamical systems are based on Manifolds. How can one think/imagine about the concept of a manifolds intuitively? (A Lucid explanation is highly encouraged!!!)
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Particle in a box plus step (ground state)

I am trying to come up with a QM problem that: Can be solved analytically Contains a potential that is a sum of some analytically solvable potential and another contribution: $V'=V_0 + V$ Is then ...
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How would you explain pressure to a school kid?

suppose there is a squarish block (height 2 m) 1*1 on a table and different forces are acting on it from top perpendicular to the surface on top .Suppose it is like one force is of 3N in the middle ...
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What is Lagrangian mechanics? And how is it different from Newtonian mechanics? [duplicate]

I am only 15 year old,but I am terribly interested in physics. Once I was watching some kind of interesting lecture,and I came across Lagrangian-mechanics. What is it? How is it different from ...
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Resource on free conformal field theory [duplicate]

In QFT, it is easy to find resource on a free scalar quantum field theory. When I tried to search for a free conformal field theory, I could not find a good resource. Can anyone either give some ...
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What is the minimal preliminary knowledge required for a PhD in particle physics? [closed]

Currently, I am doing a master in mathematical physics. I am interested in particles and field theory and want to apply a PhD in this field. But I am not sure whether I can.... I just learned a ...
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Book recommendations : Classical Mechanics [duplicate]

I know this question has been asked so many times on this website but neither do the questions nor the answers satisfy my requirements accordingly. I'm yet to go to a university with a keen interest ...
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Euler's equation of the rigid body's dynamics - Vector form with rigid body's angular acceleration

I have the following Euler's equations (9.23) ($\omega $ is the rigid body's angular velocity, $\Omega$ is the angular velocity of the reference frame whose origin is fixed on the rigid body and whose ...
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What is the simplest possible explanation of the String Theory? [duplicate]

I was recently reading through 'The Little Book of String Theory' by Steven S. Gubser, and found it too complicated. Now, some people may say that the string theory is meant to be complicated as even ...
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Why is the concept of electric field lines needed to understand electric fields? [closed]

I am recently learning about electric fields. So I encountered the concept of electric field lines. As they are not real but imaginary lines. Why do we need them to understand electric field? I am ...
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Prerequisites on Yang Mills Theory [duplicate]

I was wondering of what kind of subject are necessary to study the Yang - Mills theory from basic university level. Can you suggest some good book for subject?
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Quantum field theory books for laymen? [duplicate]

I was watching David Tong's lecture on quantum field theory here and even as an almost complete beginner to university level physics, I understood most of it and it has made me very interested in ...
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Angular velocity of a body observed from a frame of reference fixed on the body

I have a body and the reference frames, one is the inertial reference frame O-xyz, the other is a non inertial reference frame O'-x'y'z' fixed on the body. The angular velocity vector of the body ...
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Why is physics taught as if measurement doesn't affect the thing being measured? [closed]

I've recently started my journey in understanding the math of quantum mechanics and I've noticed a strange pattern. (I'm not saying that the popular interpretation of quantum physics is wrong or ...
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Is there no law which includes an addition of different types quantities? [duplicate]

I haerd that we cannot add two different types quantities. Is there no law which includes an addition of different types quantities? In the future, maybe we find a law like this $$F = \frac{\...
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Any recommended resources for a total beginner with no real maths training? [duplicate]

I'm a philosophy student whose knowledge of physics is fairly piecemeal - I've read a few books (prominently Rovelli's Reality Is Not What It Seems) but want to know more. I don't currently have the ...
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Mathematics textbooks to understand Jackson electrodynamics

I want a very solid mathematics background that will make going through Jackson's text less challenging. What books would you recommend?
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Looking for a textbook on electromagnetism [duplicate]

I am looking for a free physics textbook on electromagnetism that wouldn't throw at me things to remember rather I'd love to have something which builds notions block by block, deriving coulomb's law ...
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Explanation of charge for a student just entering physics [duplicate]

I am trying to understand charge what it is actually and how electrons have negative charge like suppose I assume that scientist assume protons have something because of which they behave like that (...
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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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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 [closed]

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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Does intuition really matter in the beginning of any new physics course? [closed]

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 ...