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How is circular motion possible on a banked road when there is no Friction?

It is given here that the maximum safe speed of a vehicle on a banked road having coefficient of friction $0$, is $V =\sqrt{R g \tan \theta}$, where $\theta$ is the angle of banking. I can't ...
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Variation of a term in the Lagrangian

I don't understand why $$\frac{\delta}{\delta\phi}\left(\frac12\partial^\mu\phi\partial_\mu\phi\right)~=~\partial^\mu\partial_\mu\phi.\tag{1}$$ If we use integration by parts, there should be a minus ...
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velocity of an object after leaving a ramp

at point no. 2 in the diagram, let the object accelerates to a velocity v1 (just along the direction of the slope) due to rolling down the ramp. Now, v1 has a x-component as well as y-component. Now, ...
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What will be the relative speed of the fly? [duplicate]

It has happened many times and i have ignored it everytime. Yesterday it happened again . I was travelling in a train and saw a fly (insect) flying near my seat. Train was running at a speed of ...
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Pressure at base of 3 different dam designs

The question asks, For which design will the water pressure at the base of the dam wall be the greatest? The answer is all are equal. This doesn't make sense to me. Using the formula: P (pressure) =...
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Magnetic Shielding?

Can magnetic fields be "blocked"? For example, in the game, TitanFall, a robot stop bullets with ( presumably ) a magnetic shield. I wish to calculate the magnetic force required to stop a bullet ...
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Electric Potential produced by Hollow Sphere

Let there be a hollow sphere (Throughout the question we will ignore the thickness of the sphere) which is positively uniformly charged,q of radius, R. Suppose there to be a test positive charge, q' ...
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Torque on a rod? [closed]

I've learned that the torque on an object is just $ \text{perpendicular force}\times\text{radius}$ and that has worked well for things like seesaws but it doesn't take into account the torque of the ...
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Three integrals in Peskin's Textbook

Peskin's QFT textbook 1.page 14 $$\int_0 ^\infty \mathrm{d}p\ p \sin px \ e^{-it\sqrt{p^2 +m^2}}$$ when $x^2\gg t^2$, how do I apply the method of stationary phase to get the book's answer. 2....
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Which ball touches the ground first?

This is a very well known problem, but I can't find an answer in the specific case I'm looking for. Let's consider two balls : Ball 1 weighs 10 kg Ball 2 weighs 1 kg Balls have identical volumes (so ...
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How long does it take to travel 36 light years with tolerable acceleration and deceleration?

The recent discovery of HD85512b only 36 light years from Earth has promising attributes to harbor life. Assuming we want to travel there, we cannot instantaneously jump to light speed, (StarTrek ...
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Derivation of self-inductance of a long wire

Currently I am stuck, trying to derive the self-inductance of a long wire. According to literature it should be $$L=\frac{\mu_r\mu_0l}{8\pi}$$ and in literature its derived by looking at the energy ...
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Geodesic equation from Euler - Lagrange

There are several ways to derive the geodesic equation. One of which is the variational method which I seemed to understand it because it was written in great details. Then it was mentioned that the ...
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Angular momentum for 3D harmonic oscillator in two different bases

I know that the energy eigenstates of the 3D quantum harmonic oscillator can be characterized by three quantum numbers: $$ | n_1,n_2,n_3\rangle$$ or, if solved in the spherical coordinate system: $$|...
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How can I relate linear and angular motion using a single formula? [closed]

I want to relate linear and angular motion using a single formula. Assume I have a 10m rod, and I apply a force of 5N on it, 2.5m away from the axis of rotation for 1s. How can I determine the ...
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Why does a perpendicular force not change speed?

I have been taught that a perpendicular force acting on an object will only change the direction of its velocity, not its magnitude. The explanation that was provided to me is that because there no ...
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Calculating the Riemann tensor for a 3-Sphere

I have worked out all the connection symbols for the 3-sphere using calculus of variations, cf. this Phys.SE post. So to find the Riemann tensor I am trying to find all the nonzero components of: \...
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How to determine whether an eigenstate of total spin is symmetric or antisymmetric?

Here we have two identical paticles with spin $I$, integer or half-integer, and there are $(2I+1)^2$ states. Each one of them can be uniquely determined by total spin and its orientation, we can use $...
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Can humans control rotation of the Earth?

I'm a class 12th student and this thought just struck me from nowhere. Assume a situation where every human on this planet turns towards west. All of them start walking simultaneously in west ...
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Working with a Routhian for a specific system

I asked a more general question earlier about the Routhian, but I'm still having trouble working with it. Here's my specific case. Given the following Lagrangian: $$L=(1/2)m(\dot{r}^{2}+r^{2}\dot{\...
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How fast would the Earth need to spin for us to feel weightless?

It's a classic question with many answers all over the Internet, but none here so I figured I'd ask it: How fast would the Earth need to spin for a person (or anything for that matter) to feel ...
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Movie Interstellar - Question about Escape Velocity

The movie Interstellar shows people on a water planet where time is dilated so much that 1 hour is equal to 7 years back on Earth. Even though they lift off from Earth using a Saturn-V two stage ...
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Derivation of the geodesic equation from the continuity equation for the energy-momentum tensor

I am stuck with an exercise in Sean Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry (Chapter 4, Exercise 3). The goal is to show that the continuity of the energy-momentum tensor, i.e. \begin{equation} \nabla_\mu T^{...
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Non-SHM oscillatory motion

How to solve these kind of questions , where $|F| \propto x^2$? How to find time period and velocity type related things to the oscillatory motion? $$m\dfrac{d^2x}{dt^2}=F=-\dfrac{dU}{dx}=-3kx|x|.$$ ...
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Angular momentum operator in terms of ladder operators

I wanted to show that the angular momentum of the particle state with zero momentum $| \vec{0} \rangle$ is $0$, that is to say the intrinsic spin of a scalar field is $0$ using a mode expansion. ...
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How to find the force of the compression at the core of a planet?

For example the core of the planet Jupiter, how to find out the magnitude of the force that compresses its core? and can that be thought of as the total force that holds the planet together?
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On the Lorentz Group representation [closed]

I am going through the notes on QFT by Srednicki. When describing fermions, from the very beginning he introduces the Lorentz Group and its algebra, and proves that it is equivalent to two copies of $...
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How to find Hamiltonian from this simple Lagrangian? (tricky)

$$L~=~ \frac{1}{2} \dot{q} \sin^2{q} $$ Is it zero or not defined?
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How to derive completeness relation in quantum field theory with a Lorentz invariant measure?

$\bullet$ 1. For the one-particle states, the completeness relation is given in Peskin and Schroeder, $$(\mathbb{1})_{1-particle}=\int\frac{d^3\textbf{p}}{(2\pi)^{3}}|\textbf{p}\rangle\frac{1}{2E_\...
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Total angular momentum of earth

I have problem understanding total angular momentum of earth about center of sun. Consider that earth has an orbital angular velocity of $\omega_0 \hat z$ and a spin angular velocity of $\omega_s \hat ...
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Make a semi transparent mirror with copper

The question: How would you make a semi transparent mirror (50% reflection, 50% transmission) with glass with a layer of copper. For light $\lambda$ = 500nm Try to be as realistic as possible What I'...
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Equation of motion for a falling rod (with one end touching a frictionless surface) [closed]

I have a quick question about the equation of motion for a falling rod (with one end touching a frictionless surface). The end touching the surface is not fixed. I am given the moment of inertia about ...
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Infinite square well in momentum space

As we know the eigenfunctions for a particle of mass $m$ in an infinite square well defined by $V(x) = 0$ if $0 \leq x \leq a$ and $V(x) = \infty$ otherwise are: $$\psi_n (x) = \sqrt{\frac{2}{a}} \...
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A charged sphere with pulsing radius

Radius increases and decreases periodically (as a pulse).And so does the charges on the surface of sphere. I can't get what is gonna happen.the EM waves are produced perpendicularly to motion of the ...
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What will be the trajectory of the given motion [closed]

If it is given that component of acceleration perpendicular to the velocity of a body has a constant, non-zero magnitude, how can we mathematically prove that the trajectory of the body will be ...
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Put a bullet into orbit around the moon

While I was watching this beautiful video, the absence of air friction pushed me to ask myself: While standing on the surface of the moon, what is the initial velocity by which you can fire a bullet ...
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What will be different if the spring is not massless?

In almost all text, it uses the massless spring as example to illustrate the idea of elastic potential energy. I wonder what's really being changed if we consider the mass of the spring? I saw a ...
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Equilibrium and movement of a cylinder with asymmetric mass centre on an inclined plane

A cylinder whose cross section is represented below is placed on an inclined plane. I would like to determine the maximum slope of the inclined plane so that the cylinder does not roll. The mass ...
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Two masses attached to a spring

I'm trying to understand the solution of the following problem. Two masses $m_{1}$ and $m_{2}$ slide freely in a horizontal frictionless track and are connected by a spring whose force constant is $...
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Attractive force between capacitor plates

A textbook question requires me to calculate the force of attraction between plates of a parallel-plate capacitor. The answer provided is $\frac{1}{2}QE$. I am not entirely sure how they arrived at ...
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What is the relativistic calculation of travel time to Proxima Centauri?

It has already been asked here how fast a probe would have to travel to reach Alpha Centauri within 60 years. NASA has done some research into a probe that would take 100 years to make the trip. But ...
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Top angular speed of electric motor

I recently came across a question asking the following: If a motor is switched on, it quickly reaches a top speed. Why does it not just go faster and faster and faster? I thought it might be ...
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Partition function of bosons vs fermions

I have two atoms, both of which are either bosons or fermions, with four allowed energy states: $E_1 = 0$, $E_2 = E$, $E_3 = 2E$, with degeneracies 1, 1, 2 respectively. What's the difference between ...
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Doppler shift for a uniformly accelerating observer

This was given in textbook as an example. An observer on a spaceship with a four velocity $u$ is approaching from $x = +\infty$ a star at rest in the reference frame $S$ while undergoing constant ...
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Composition of Lorentz transformations using generators and the Wigner rotation

I solved this problem by painful calculations of Lorentz matrices. However, I heard that there is a much easier solution using the generators of boosts and rotations and their commutation relations, ...
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Position and momentum eigenstates in terms of creation and annihilation operator? [closed]

Consider a simple harmonic oscillator; the position operator is $\hat{x}=(a^\dagger+a)/\sqrt{2}$ and the momentum operator is $\hat{p}=-i(a-a^\dagger)/\sqrt{2}$. One may verify that the eigenstates ...
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How does the Moon cause the tides?

I am considering the following question, but I can't quite figure it out... I have looked up differential gravity, but I cannot derive the equation for the effect on Earth, and I haven't found any ...
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$t_1$, $t_2$, $t_3$ Hermitian generators of $SU(2)$

What is the exact $SU(2)$ representation to which these Hermitian generators belong? \begin{equation} t_a=\{t_1,t_2,t_3\}=\left\{\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 1 & 0 & ...
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Would this box on the floor rotate based on friction?

There is a floor that friction is proportional to its velocity (like $F=-kv$) and there is a box with its width as $l$ and its height as $h$. (you may assume that $l$ is longer than $h$). It is on the ...
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Solving the two body problem numerically

I'm trying to solve the two body problem numerically, setting up $G$, $m1$ and $m2$ to be equal to 1. then I located each mass on positions -5 and 5 respectively along the $x$ axis and gave them both ...