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How to find the total current supplied to the circuit?

Recently, I came across a question based on finding electric current of a circuit. Here's the image... I know, by using the formula $I=V/R$, we can easily calculate the current as $V$ is given and $R$...
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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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Battery charging a Capacitor

Ok I know there is a similar question already on here, but mine takes it just a step further. What I would really love to know is exactly how much energy is being transferred from a battery into a ...
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Field theory: equivalence between Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formulation

Let $\mathscr{B}$ be a space of physics we have and $\mathscr{T}$ be the duration. Let $\mathscr{L}$ be a lagrangian density of the field such that the action is a functional of $\phi:\mathbb{R}^4\...
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Acceleration of objects with speeds comparable to $c$. Can we find acceleration of the frame by treating $v$ in $1/\sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}$ as variable?

We know that the $v-t$ graph for constant acceleration is a straight line. But when the speed becomes comparable to $c$, the speed of light, relativistic effects come into play. Suppose if a rocket on ...
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Preventing a block from sliding on a frictionless inclined plane

I want to demonstrate what force $F$ you would have to exert on an inclined plane of angle $t$, mass $M$ to prevent a block on top of it with mass $m$ from sliding up or down the ramp. I worked out ...
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How to find constant of motion for Hamiltonian system?

I have to find a constant of motion associated to this Hamiltonian but I don't know how to proceed. $$H=\frac{\mathbf{p_0}^2}{2m}+\frac{\mathbf{p_1}^2}{2m}+\frac{\mathbf{p_2}^2}{2m}-2V(\mathbf{r_1}- \...
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Number of planks required to stop the bullet [closed]

A bullet looses (1/n)th of its velocity passing through one plank. The number of such planks that are required to stop the bullet can be? Logically, to me the answer seems to be infinity, as always a ...
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Why does the tension on the pulley in an Atwood machine not equal $(m_1 + m_2)g$?

Consider the following simple Atwood machine with an ideal pulley and an ideal string According to my textbook, the tension on the clamp that holds the machine to the wall equals $2T$. I don't ...
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Physical position eigenfunction normalisation

We know that the Dirac function $$\delta(a)=\lim_{a \rightarrow 0} \delta_{a}(x)$$ can be written as an infinitesimally narrow Gaussian: $$ \delta_{a}(x) := \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi a^2}}e^{-x^2/2a^2}$$ ...
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How much effort would be required to fix the Earth's rotation?

Given that the earth's rotation has been slowing down by very slight amounts over time, forcing us to introduce leap seconds and so forth into our clocks and calendars, I would like to ask if this ...
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Deriving photon propagator

In Peskin & Schroeder's book on page 297 in deriving the photon propagator the authors say that $$\left(-k^2g_{\mu\nu}+(1-\frac{1}{\xi})k_\mu k_\nu\right)D^{\nu\rho}_F(k)=i\delta^\rho_\mu \tag{9....
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Equilibrium of a tower of 2-d blocks

In the image below, All the blocks are frictionless & identical with side of unit length, height $h$, weight $w$ & center of gravity at their geometric centers. The 2 lowest blocks are on ...
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Work done changes between reference frames?

(This is not homework; a friend shared with me this puzzler and neither of us can figure it out.) Suppose you are in a plane traveling at velocity $v_1$ relative to the ground. The flight attendent ...
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Man on a rope task

Some time ago I came across this simple task. Instead of describing it a lot I will just post a picture and try to explain like that. So the man and the weight on the other side of the rope have the ...
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Wick Order and Radial Ordering in CFT

I am not so much familiar with the computations tools of conformal field theory, and I just run into an exercise asking to demonstrate the following formula (related to the bosonic field case): $$\...
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Add air resistance to projectile motion

I am given an initial x and y position and initial velocity and I was asked to graph the trajectory in 1 second intervals. This is what I have so far: If $x_0 = 1, v_{0x} = 70, y_0 = 0, v_{0y} = 80, ...
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Construction of Pauli Matrices

How can we construct the Pauli matrices starting from $$\sigma_i=\begin{bmatrix} a & b\\ c& d \end{bmatrix}$$ by using the conditions $$\sigma^2_i=1,$$$$\left [ \sigma_x,\sigma_y \right ]=2i\...
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Use of the term first order dependency

In a question I am doing it says: Show explicitly that the function $$y(t)=\frac{-gt^2}{2}+\epsilon t(t-1)$$ yields an action that has no first order dependency on $\epsilon$. Also my textbook ...
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Derivation of hyperbolic motion in Special Relativity

My question pertains to the equation of hyperbolic motion in special relativity: $$x^{2} - c^{2}t^{2} = c^{4}/\alpha^{2}.$$ As far as I am aware, this equation is the key to calculating coordinate ...
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Find the error: If $L_x$ and $L_y$ are zero, then $L_z$ is conserved

From Goldstein's Classical Mechanics (2nd ed.), problem 38 of chapter 9 basically says the following: It's been shown that the Poisson bracket of two constants of the motion is also a constant of ...
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Potential energy of an infinitesimal length of elastic rod

I am having an embarrassingly hard time with the derivation for the potential energy of an infinitesimal element of an elastic rod of area $A$. The picture shown below is an element of the rod that ...
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Dog running after shepherd [closed]

Assume there is a dog A on a field and a sephard B. B moves on straight line with constant $...
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How to derive the Schwarzschild radius? [duplicate]

I know that the Schwarzschild radius is given by $$r=\frac{2GM}{c^{2}}.$$ but I never seen a derivation for this equation. 1- Does anyone know how to derive this equation from general relativity? ...
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Why is the Dirac mass term Hermitian if Grassmann-valued fields anticommute?

Let's have Dirac mass term in lagrangian: $$ L_{M} = \bar{\Psi}\Psi $$ Lagrangian must be real-valued, i.e., its Hermitian conjugation doesn't change it. But due to Grassmann nature of spinor fields, $...
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Determining the path of a light ray

Let's consider a ray in the plane $xy$. Let the refractive index be defined in any point of the plane with the function $n(x,y)$. In time $t=0$ the ray is located in coordinates $(x_0, y_0)$ and its ...
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Is my method here for solving this 1D 3-body collision problem correct?

I was attempting to solve a three body problem which I made up that goes like this: The diagram shows their velocities and masses just before collision. The coefficient of restitution between each ...
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Stacking Shelves with Overhang

I want to stack some boxes which are 14" x 10" with some 12" records inside. This means that there will be a 2" overhang outside of each box. I know that to have an item to balance on a edge 50% of ...
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Why is $M\frac{dv}{dt} = v_{rel} .\frac{dm}{dt}$ correct and $(M - dm)\frac{dv}{dt} = v_{rel} .\frac{dm}{dt}$ wrong?

Newton's 2nd law of motion can't be applied for mass-varying systems. Another force, known as Thrust must come to play. It can be measured using law of conservation of linear momentum. $$\text{Thrust} ...
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Why does $\omega = \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$?

I know that in an equation such that $$\ddot{x} + \omega^2x = 0,$$ the angular frequency $ = \omega$. But why is that ever $ \sqrt{V''(x_0) / m}$? (where $x_0$ is the equilibrium point). I just saw ...
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Noncoalescing and bouncing droplets

if you set a dish filled with water onto a loudspeaker or other vibrator and make vibration, When it oscillates, it is possible to hold small droplets on its surface for a long time. I mean, when you ...
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How many eigenstates for four (non-identical) spin 1/2 particles? [closed]

Question Consider a system of four non-identical spin 1/2 particles. Find the possible values for the total spin and state the number of eigenstates for each of these. Attempt So I coupled S1 and ...
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Oscillations in U-tube [duplicate]

U-tube, of uniform cross section $S$ and opened at both ends, is filled with a liquid column of length $L$ and density $\rho$. In equilibrium the water levels in both arms are at same height. What ...
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Based on newtons third law [closed]

If an elephant can apply 250N force and a rabbit can apply 25N force , and if they are pulling each other , then elephant will pull with 250N force and according to newtons third law the rabbit should ...
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Identity of Operator Product Expansion (OPE)

I have one more s****d question in Polchinski's string theory book, Eqs. (2.3.14a) $$ j^{\mu}(z) :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:~ \sim~ \frac{k^{\mu}}{2 z} :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:,$$ where $j^{\mu}_a =\frac{i}{...
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If an astronaut had stationed in International Space Station for the duration of mission, 17 years, would he be older?

Today the NASA International Space Station started the 100000 orbit after 17 years in the space. I just wonder if there were a team of astronauts which were in the Lab for all the duration of last 17 ...
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prove: $[p^2,f] = 2 \frac{\hbar}{i}\frac{df}{dx}p - \hbar^2 \frac{d^2f}{dx^2}$

I need to prove the commutation relation, $$[p^2,f] = 2 \frac{\hbar}{i}\frac{\partial f}{\partial x} p - \hbar^2 \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x^2}$$ where $f \equiv f(\vec{r})$ and $\vec{p} = p_x \...
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Rocket drive and conservation of momentum

I am currently reading through some lecture notes of Physics 1 and in a chapter about the dynamics of the mass point, there is an example covering the rocket drive. Let $v$ be the velocity of the ...
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Kinematics with non constant acceleration

A particle experiences an acceleration described by $$ a=kx^{-2} $$ where x is the displacement from the origin and k is an arbitrary constant. To what value does the velocity v of the particle ...
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From Euler-Lagrange equation to non-affine geodesic equation

I have some problems to demonstrate the non-affine geodesic equation from Euler-Lagrange's equations. I start defining the square root Lagrangian $$L=\sqrt{ g_{ij}(x) \dot{x}^i \dot{x}^j},$$ but then ...
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Electric field of uniformly moving charge ; misprint in Feynman textbook? (28.3)

I doubt about formula (28.3) from this Feynman's lecture. $$\textbf{E} = - \frac{q}{4 \pi \epsilon_0 } \Big{[} \ \frac{e_{r'}}{r'^2}+ \frac{r'}{c} \frac{d}{dt} \Big( \frac{e_{r'}}{r'^2} \Big) + \...
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Pressure and altitude

I am going to ask a simple question, for sure. The pressure with respect to the altitude is given by this formula Where sea level standard atmospheric pressure p0 = 101325 Pa sea level standard ...
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What is $\langle G_{\mu\nu}\rangle\langle G_{\mu\nu}\rangle$ for the Dirac gamma matrices?

Given the following 16 matrix multiplications of the Dirac gamma matrices \begin{align} G_{\mu\nu} = \dfrac{1}{2} \begin{pmatrix} I && \gamma_{0} && i\gamma_{123} && i\gamma_{...
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Projectiles and escape velocity [closed]

Q: The escape velocity for a body projected vertically upwards from the surface of earth is 11 km/s. If the body is projected at an angle of $45^\circ$ with vertical, the escape velocity will be? My ...
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Steady-State Current

I am in the process of completing some homework and have come across a question that says: "What is the steady-state current?" It is asking in reference to a circuit that includes two capacitors in ...
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Correct formula for Mass Defect / Binding Energy? [closed]

I'm a web developer and I have to change an online course. The course teaches Advanced Nuclear Theory. In the 'Mass Defect and Binding Energy' chapter, it has this formula: $$\Delta M = Z(m_p) + N(...
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Motion of an electron in a magnetic and electric field [closed]

I have this problem where i should find the direction and magnitude of the electric and the magnetic force on the electron. E = 1000 N/C B = 2,5 T v = 500 m/s ...
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Surface charge density in conducting plate

I have this problem The green and the orange blocks are dielectrics of different permittivities $\epsilon_1$ and $\epsilon_2$. They are separated by a very thin conducting plate. I want to know how ...
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Linear motion with variable acceleration

Consider the following problem I pull a mass m resting at x = 0 on a frictionless table connected to a spring with some k by an amount A and let it go. What will be its speed at x=0? I know how to ...
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Electric power transmission

If we want to transmit electic current for a long distance, we must minimize a heat that releases because of the resistanse. We cannot make a cable wide because it is expensive and it will be massive. ...