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Faraday's Induction Law Notation

I am confused as to the notation used in a course I'm taking on physical optics. I have presented 2 variants of Faraday's Law, combined with the full set of Maxwell's equations. The first ...
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Notation and concepts of Yang Mills Theory

I am studying loop quantum gravity using the book by Pullin and Gambini. I am having some trouble understanding and getting past the chapter on Yang Mills theory, mainly because I am confused about ...
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Scientific notation and usage thereof [closed]

I'm taking my first physics exam in university this Saturday, and I'm currently working on a practice exam. I got the answer 3.1MeV for a alpha-decay question, but the answer was 3100keV. I ...
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Confusion about ket states and bra with position

I am very confused about the bra-ket notation of states and the fact that $$\psi(x) = ⟨x|\psi⟩$$ and $$⟨x|x'⟩ = \delta(x-x')$$ are true. What does this mean? What is the ket $|x⟩$, is it just some ...
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Would a commutative power operator simplify some equations of physics? [closed]

Hypertype Theory makes the radical suggestion that a commutative power operator would be preferable to the traditional non-commutative power operator $a^b$. Are there any equations in physics that ...
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Why isn't there a minus sign in Ohm's law, $V = IR$?

Suppose current runs through a resistor from left to right, and we define the left-to-right direction as positive. Then from left to right, the potential decreases. So $V,$ the voltage across the ...
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How is the complex integration done for the Wigner function in coherent state representation?

$$W(\alpha)=\frac{1}{\pi^2}\int e^{\lambda\alpha^*-\lambda^*\alpha} \operatorname{Tr}\left[ \hat{\rho}e^{\lambda\hat{a}^\dagger} e^{-\lambda^* \hat{a}} \right] e^{-\frac{|\lambda|^2}{2}} \, d^2\lambda....
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Representing tensor products using Dirac's bra-ket notation

I know, that $$ \uparrow \equiv \left[ \begin{array} { l } { 1 } \\ { 0 } \end{array} \right] $$ and $$ \bigg| \frac { X - i Y } { \sqrt { 2 } } \bigg \rangle = \sqrt { \frac { 3 } { 8 \pi } } \frac { ...
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How to differentiate Capacitance (Italized C) and Coloumbs (regular C) on paper [closed]

I am doing a question on capacitance and coulombs. I got the answer correct, but I was wondering how a physicist, when doing the calculation on paper, would differentiate a C and C?
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Peskin and Schroeder: derivation of Dirac fields commutator

I'm perplexed by the following non numbered equation at page 54 of Peskin & Schroeder, right between $(3.92)$ and $(3.93)$ $$ [\psi_a(x),\overline{\psi}_b(x)]=\int\frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{...
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Definition of angular velocity vector of $B$ in $A$ - Strange notation

I found the following definition of angular velocity vector of B in A at page 49 of the book "Thomas R. Kane, Peter W. Likins, David A. Levinson - Spacecraft Dynamics - McGraw-Hill (1981)": The ...
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What does $\delta$ represents in FLUCTUATION-DISSIPATION THEOREM?

i am trying to follow the following tutorial. I keep seeing $\delta$ over functions such as $\delta F(x)=F(x)-\langle F(x)\rangle_t$ (Eq 14.4) in this and in other tutorials and questions here. What ...
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Why an elementary work is written $\delta W$ instead of $dW$? [duplicate]

Why an elementary work is written $\delta W$ instead of $dW$? For example, it's often written $$\delta W=F\cdot dr$$ if $dr$ is the elementary displacement. Why don't we write as usual $dW=F\cdot dr$?
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What do I get by multiplying a 0 operator on a 0 eigenvector?

I don't know how to write the equation form. Assuming my notation as Dirac notation, what do I get from $$ ( 0 | 0 | 0 ) ~?$$
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Notation in Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation: greater than with tilde: $\gtrsim$

In "The Road to Reality" (pg. 523), Roger Penrose writes: Heisenberg's uncertainty relation tells us that the product of these spreads cannot be smaller than the order of Planck's constant, and ...
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Proving the raising and lowering of the raising and lowering operator

I am given a written proof of $\hat A^{\dagger}[u_n] = \sqrt{n+1} \ u_{n+1}$, and from it, and told to similarly prove $\hat A[u_n] = \sqrt{n} \ u_{n-1}$. However, in the written proof for $\hat A^{\...
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Electrodynamics : Problem with Notations for fields $\vec{(\vec{r},t)}$ and $\vec{B}(\vec{r},t)$(complex and real notations)

I'm sutyding a course on electrodynamics and am stuck on a few lines I can't make sense of. The professor uses $$\vec{E}(\vec{r},t) = \vec{U_0} cos (\vec{k}\cdot \vec{r} - \omega t + \phi)$$ (so far, ...
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What is a homogeneous magnetic field?

What does it mean when one says that a magnetic field is a homogeneous magnetic field?
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What does a double parenthesis in a quoted value ─ like e.g. 157(3)(3) ─ mean?

Sometimes, in journal articles, the author writes a number followed by two parenthesis. For example, $157(3)(3)$, where it seems that the first parenthesis shows uncertainty in the last digit (here, $...
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Why is $\partial_{\mu}x^{\nu} = \delta^{\nu}_{\mu}$?

In Blundell's book on QFT, one can find the following Is this because of: $$\partial_{\mu}x^{\nu} = \partial_{\mu}x^{\nu^{'}} \partial_{\nu^{'}}x^{\mu}$$ $$\partial_{\mu}x^{\nu} = \Lambda_{\mu}^{\...
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The hermitian conjugate of anti-linear operator

Some quantum mechanics books tell us that the definitions of hermitian are If $\langle\psi|A\phi\rangle=\langle B\psi|\phi\rangle$ for linear operators, then $B=A^\dagger$ If $\langle\psi|C\...
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Shorthand error notation (with brackets) accros decimal point

I have a small doubt regarding the use of shorthand error notation, i.e. $6.626070150(81)$ instead of $6.626070150 \pm 0.000000081$. When the error has 2 s.f. (such as when the error is just over $1 \...
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Moment of Inertia equation for small volume

Below is the equation of the moment of inertia for small volume elements, $\Delta m$ $$I = \lim_{\Delta m_i \to 0} \sum_{i} r^2_i \Delta m_i = \int r^2 dm$$ Can someone please explain it to me on ...
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Identities from ket to bra vector

I have three questions. Lets say I have a state $\lvert\psi\rangle = \hat{c}_1^\dagger \lvert 0 \rangle $. Is the corresponding bra then given by $\langle\psi\lvert= \hat{c}_1 \langle 0\lvert $ ? ...
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Inner product in QFT

When we write inner product in QM for example $\langle\psi\rvert x \psi\rangle$it means (in position space) $\int\psi^*(x,t)x\psi(x,t)dx$. But when we write, in QFT, $\langle0\rvert0\rangle=1$ what ...
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Using diagonality in Einstein notation

Given a diagonal matrix $D$, with diagonal elements given by vector $\mathbf{d}$. Representing this in Einstein notation gives $$ D_{ij} = \delta_{ijk} d_k $$ where $$ \delta_{ijk} = \begin{cases}...
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Strange super script notation $^{(4)}R$ in the textbook Numerical Relativity

In Numerical Relativity by Thomas W. Baumgarte and Stuart L. Shapiro. There are bunch of superscript $(4)$ over $T,\Gamma, R$ i.e. $^{(4)}\Gamma^a_{bc}$ _ $^{(4)}R_{abcd}$ _ $^{(4)}R$ ... (...
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Proof of invariance of scalar product under rotations, using index notation

So I have got the following question: Show that the scalar product of two cartesian vectors $p_i\cdot q_i$ is invariant under coordinate transformations (orthogonal transformations) Now I know ...
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Quick question on choosing a gauge (E.g. Lorenz gauge)

I have been quite confused when I read about choosing a gauge. For example we have the gauge transformation $$ A_\mu\longrightarrow A_{\mu\prime}= A_\mu+\partial_\mu\alpha, $$ and we can choose any $...
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Dot convention inductors in series: what is going on

So I'm really confused with mutual inductors and dot convention. If your answer is going to be a link to any website I can assure I read them all and that only left me more confused. So here are my ...
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Path Integral Notation [closed]

In my Statistical Field Theory lectures, I was told that $$Z=\int \mathcal{D}\phi\ e^{-F[\phi]}=\int\prod_{k<\Lambda}d\phi_k\ e^{-F[\phi_k]}$$ I want to clarify that I understand the ...
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Operator $A$ only act on the neighboured state or operator but not the entire expression?

In state vector formalism $A|\psi(x)><u(x)|=(A|\psi(x)>)<u(x)|$, where $A$ only act on $|\psi(x)>$ However, in terms of wave formalism, suppose $A$ is the well known $\frac{d}{dx}$. ...
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Covariant and contravariant coordinates - index notation

I am learning about electrodynamics and have recently been introduced to the four vector. I also come fresh to the idea of covariant four vectors and contravariant four vectors. My question concerns ...
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A Question about Index Notation of a Scalar Product [closed]

Could anyone please explain why an index $k$ is added to the scalar product of the velocities (squaring the velocity) in the figure below? Can't we use the same index $j$ for the second factor? $$\...
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Is $\nabla=\nabla'$? Nabla operator acting on $r^n$

I have been taught that $$\nabla r^n =\text{gradient of }r^n =n r^{n-1}\ \hat{\boldsymbol r}$$ but in introduction to electrodynamics by Griffith (4th edition) on page 173, $\nabla' r^n$ is given by $-...
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Why is Penrose's diagrammatic notation for tensor operations not widely used? [closed]

Strictly speaking this is a mathematics question rather than a physics question, but since it is about a way of dealing with tensor bundles that is very remote from what is done in math, and very ...
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Most used convention about Christoffel symbols

Just a simple question: what is the most used form for Christoffel symbols, (1) or (2), see below: (1) $$\Gamma_{ij}^{k} = g^{kl}\Gamma_{lij}$$ and then, we have: $$\Gamma_{lij}=\Gamma_{lji}$$ (2) $...
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When was the phrase “beta function” of renormalization first used?

My question is a historical one: when was the phrase "beta function", as it pertains to the renormalization-group equations, used in physics? I am talking about this beta function: $$\beta_g\equiv \...
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Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics - Definition of Momentum Operator

In Weinberg's "Lecture on Quantum Mechanics" (2nd edition, page 79) in equation 3.5.11, about the momentum operator acting on states definite position, the minus sign is missing. Is this just a typo ...
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What is the difference between $\vert-\rangle$ and $\vert+\rangle$?

I understand that a Qubit can be represented in the form of $$\vert\psi\rangle=\alpha \vert0\rangle+\beta\vert1\rangle$$ where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are complex numbers and the $\alpha^2$ and $\beta^2$ ...
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Why is $\langle c \cdot f|g\rangle=c^*\langle f|g\rangle$?

Why is $\langle c \cdot f|g\rangle=c^*\langle f|g\rangle$? $c$ is a complex number and $c^*$ is the conjugate. I think that $\langle c \cdot f|g\rangle=c\langle f|g\rangle$ because that's how scalar ...
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What are the different versions of the Schrodinger Wave Equation? [closed]

Whilst I have been looking at Quantum Mechanics online, I have come across lots of different versions of the SE. What is the difference between them, why are there some with Dirac Notation and others ...
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Explanation of notation change between 1D and 3D T.I.S.E.?

I am currently reviewing this webpage, near the end it shows how the one-dimensional time independent Schrondinger equation can easily be extended to three dimensions. My question is specifically ...
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How can $2\pi/\omega = T$, when it is equal to $\lambda/v$?

I can conceptually understand that $2π/$angular frequency will result in the period. $2π$ represents a full cycle, and $\omega$ represents the angle per second of the wave. Then, it follows that a ...
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Notation in One-dimensional Schrodinger equation [closed]

I am reading a book where it write the one-dimensional stationary Schrodinger equation as $$ [-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2}{dζ^2}-Γ{\rm sech}^2(bζ)]ψ(ζ)=Eψ(ζ). $$ It is known that the equation is ...
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Abuse of Calculus [duplicate]

I'm following Professor R. Shankar's Fundamentals of Physics course on YouTube. There I saw him doing manipulations of Calculus I never saw before. Here it goes, $$\newcommand\deriv[2]{\frac{\mathrm ...
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In quantum mechanics, is $|\psi\rangle$ equal to $\psi(x)$?

So I'm going through my notes and I think I've confused myself. We often imply $$ |\psi\rangle \to \psi(x)\\ \langle\psi| \to \psi(x)^* $$ for instance when we talk about eigenvalue equations we ...
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A question about the notation of the Standard model

The ${\rm SU(2)_L}$ doublets, for example, the left-handed quark doublets $Q_{iL}\equiv(u_{iL}, d_{iL})^T$ are assigned quantum numbers $(\textbf{3},\textbf{2})_{+1/6}$, which means $Q_{iL}$ are ...
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Notation issue for mixed tensors

When I am asked to evaluate, $\mathbf{U^{\alpha}_{~,~~\beta}}$ for all $\alpha$ and $\beta$, what does it mean? I have not able to understand this notation. In case of $\mathbf{g(~~,~\bar{A})}$ I ...
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Antisymmetric part of a tensor with Levi-Civita symbol

How to write the antisymmetric part of a tensor in general? It has been asked here but I want to write it using the Levi Civita symbol. I have thought of: $$A^{\mu_1} A^{\mu_2} - A^{\mu_2} A^{\mu_1}...