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I have a question concerning magnets. Lets say i have 2 magnets each wieghing 1 gram each sitting on a scale. The...
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classically, acceleration towards the earth's surface is described by a=G*m/r^2 usually we think of using this...
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My physics teacher today said in a nuclear reactor there is radiation called like sarencobe radiation I didn't hear...
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