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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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Is it normal to feel lost while following a mathematical / physical reasoning?

TL;DR: I feel like I could not come up with most reasonings myself, so I end up feeling like I'm a phony, a bad student, or not good enough, and I can't focus on the actual problem. I have been ...
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Book recommendations for bachelor's thesis (EPR, Greenhorn-Zeilinger // Bell's inequality)

I would be very grateful for some book recommendations for my bachelor's thesis that I have to submit in October. It should touch entropy as a measure of entanglement: Von Neumann entropy / ...
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Spin-statistics theorem [on hold]

I am an undergrad physics student I was curious about the validity of the Pauli exclusion principle and found that spin statistics theorem gives the prrof of this principle . What background do I need ...
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How to demonstrate “Things aren't always as they appear”?

My task is to create an experiment (for middle school through College Freshman) that demonstrates that things aren't always as they appear. (Note: NOT Homework -- TV Production company) My first draft ...
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Minimum calculus for Lagrangian Mechanics [on hold]

I have noticed in my classical mechanical books, the development of the motions of equation for simple systems using the Lagrangian that the main complication, if doing the work by hand, is applying ...
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Preparing For Jackson Electrodynamics [duplicate]

Hypothetical Scenario: You are an undergraduate physics student who has never taken a course on E&M and you are enrolled in a graduate Jackson electrodynamics course. In general you are good at ...
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What would I need to pickup to understand the theory of topological insulators? [on hold]

I am a mathematician who does mostly analysis, so excuse me for my ignorance. I was wondering where I could start learning about topological insulators. I have finished reading up on the operator ...
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Graduate level Mathematics courses of interest for Biological Physics and Quantitative Biology [on hold]

I am an incoming graduate student in Theoretical Physics at Universiteit Utrecht, and I struggle to make a choice for one of my mathematical electives. I hope someone can help me out. Here is the ...
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Text based physics problems for visually impaired children

So I'm currently doing research on studying physics by visually impaired children. I know, that there are many techniques to teach such a kid physics, but what I don't like about these techniques is ...
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Is there a “standard” quantum simulator/animator for pedagogy?

I'm having a hard time finding animations for 1D or 2D square well, SHO, free particle with barriers, etc, that I'm sure are "trustworthy". It's the sort of thing I would do in python in my spare time ...
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Need some literature recommendation - Quasi-Free electron scattering (Nuclear Physics)

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this kind of questions, but here it goes. I'm a last year undegrad and I'm currently working on a project with my professor. I just finished a smaller ...
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Do Spivak, Susskind and Feynman books build a good foundation before starting an undergraduate physics course? [closed]

I'd like to switch to a physics undergraduate (Bachelor of Science) course next year, until the end of next year I won't be able to do much due to medical reasons, but I will be able to study for ...
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Good starting point for quantum Hall matrix models

I am a recent Masters in theoretical condensed matter physics and have experience in working on topological insulators and Weyl semimetals. I have also dabbled a bit in the fractional quantum Hall ...
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What parts of “Geometry, Topology and Physics” by Mikio Nakahara is typically studied in a 1 semester course in graduate school? [closed]

I have some months in my hand before i head to graduate school. I would like to learn and strengthen my grasp on mathematical physics. I would like to do high energy physics (not necessarily just ...
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Vector Calculus Recommendations [duplicate]

Is there any book which teaches multivariable calculus from a physics perspective? I understand math a lot better when it is applied to physics, and I was wondering if there is a "physical" approach ...
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Tutoring medicine students for their physics exam [closed]

As this was flagged as too broad I have cross posted this on Physics Forums because it seems to rather lead to a discussion instead of a straight answer. I am a pure physicist (M.Sc.) and on the side ...
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Entry Level Physics Texts [duplicate]

Fellow Physics community, I am an undergraduate about to graduate with an Econ major & Math minor. I have never taken a physics class at the university & it bugs me how ignorant I am about the ...
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$CO_2$ heating experiment (high school)

A student is trying to run some experiments for a project to explore how the concentration of CO2 affects the temperature of air. For this, she: Drops different ammounts of dry ice (between 0 and 2....
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Trouble with Math in Physics [duplicate]

I am a current high school student and I am very interested in physics, especially particle physics (that stuff is super cool!). Unfortunately, my school only teaches classical physics, so I have to ...
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Quantum field theory self-study [closed]

Some background: I recently finished by Bachelors in Physics from a quite intensive program. We did all the theory to the core (Things that you would expect in grad level courses in the states were ...
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Journals for teachers

Is there journals similar to AAPT's AJP and the physics teacher but in other languages? Even the European Journal of physics is in English. I'm searching for journals like these but in French.
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Introduction to the black holes and mass positive theorem in a geometric point of view

I'm a math student with no physics background who want understand more about black holes and mass positive theorem in order to understand better the motivations of the Inverse Mean Curvature Flow (my ...
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Film and Physics [closed]

What are some good topics to research about where physics is employed in film industry? Like I can easily imagine thin film interference or diffraction etc.. but these topics seem rather broad. Could ...
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Is it possible to see individual photons impressioning film?

As part of a course in physics teaching, I am developing a small curriculum that will teach (the basics of) quantum mechanics to high school students. I need a simple way to show the quantization of ...
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Recommended text for hydrodynamic

i wanna books for fluid dynamics that it used Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formalism. and also to compared to Lagrangian and Eulerian picture.
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What is the simplest circuit on a quantum computer that “proves” superposition/entanglement

I am a Physics Teacher at pre university level. Tunneling, wavefunctions and uncertainty are on the syllabus on a very vague way. Quantum superposition and entanglement are not but tie in well and I ...
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Open problems in Hamiltonian Dynamics and Symplectic Geometry [closed]

I'm starting an undergraduate research on Mathematical-Physics and the topic I chose is Hamiltonian mechanics (and its formalism, Symplectic Geometry). I'm looking for some interesting open problems ...
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Career advice with background in condensed matter physics [closed]

I have background in computational condensed matter physics (both BSc and MSc). But I find this field boring now. I am interested in computer simulations but not in condensed matter physics. So, for ...
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Black Holes for Beginners

I’m studying a PhD in Theoretical Physics (quantum field theory, to be specific), but I would like to learn more about black holes (and related areas. Does anyone have any suggestions for textbooks/...
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Traslation of a bar on a plane - Contrasting results

I have a bar which can translate on a plane (gravity along y), at estremity A there are two forces and a moment, G is the center of mass, here I applied the gravity force: The dynamic equations are: ...
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Cheap classroom demonstrations of quantum mechanics

In a few weeks I'm going to be teaching a week-long class on quantum mechanics at a summer program for very mathematically talented high school students. I'm planning to focus on the finite-...
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What are some books or articles that try to answer, how everyone can benefit from understanding physics in a conceptual way? [closed]

What are some books or articles that try to answer, how everyone can benefit from conceptual understanding of physics (meaning in a way Paul Hewitt's book Conceptual Physics teaches it)?
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How many realm are there in physics? [closed]

I remember back in middle school, learnt physics in a few large categories: 1) force (kinetics) 2) heat 3) optical 4) electrics 5) atom physics is it still valid or is it categorized by different ...
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Dirac's Theory of magnetic monopoles

Can someone give a breif summary of Dirac's theory of magnetic monopoles a rather simple way? Please also tell what methods he used and key ideas presented in his paper. I am asking this because it is ...
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Electric potential due to a current source - Basic equations

In my book I found the folowing formula of the electric potential generated by a current source: $$ \Phi = \frac{I}{4 \pi \sigma} \frac{1}{r} $$ where I is the current, $\sigma$ the electrical ...
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General idea behind simplifying cube resistors

I don't know if "cube resistors" is the right way of putting it, but I am wondering if somebody could walk me through the general procedure for solving problems in which you are asked to find the ...
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Is it true that the interior of an atom is mostly vacuum or empty space?

You often see it written or hear it said that the interior of atoms is mostly empty. This is an attempt to convey something about the nature of atoms to a non-expert audience. But is it right? Isn't ...
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Quantum Field Theory self-study roadmap [closed]

Firstly, for a bit of the background, I'm a PhD student in engineering at a decent school here in the US. I took most of the basic Physics courses during my undergrad, except for Statistical Physics. ...
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Is there a more elementary example of the holographic principle?

Someone was telling me about the holographic principle, basically he said that the state of a system is determined entirely by the values of various physical quantities on its boundary. This is not ...
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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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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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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, ...