
Contributed by ZapperZ and arildno.
This question has popped up many times. So here is an attempt to address it.
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May2509 10:31 AM
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Do Photons Move Slower in a Solid Medium?
Contributed by ZapperZ. Edited and corrected by Gokul43201 and inha
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Feb206 07:47 PM
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WHY DON’T ELECTRONS CRASH INTO THE NUCLEUS IN ATOMS?
Contributed by Marlon and edited by ZapperZ
If one...

Dec2005 01:14 PM
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This forum contains simple responses to the most frequentlyasked questions in the Physics subforums. It is a...

Dec2005 01:13 PM
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IS LIGHT A WAVE OR A PARTICLE?
Contributed by Marlon and ZapperZ.
In our ordinary world, “wave” and “particle”...

Dec2805 01:43 PM
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Contributed by vanesch.
The short answer is: no, there's no violation.
The longer answer can be this: Given the...

May1106 10:35 AM
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Written by Hootenanny. Edited by berkeman and Kurdt. Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or...

Feb308 12:04 PM
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Definition/Summary
Work is a measure of change of energy.
The net work done equals the change in Kinetic Energy...

Jul2414 11:39 AM
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Author: ZapperZ
Originally posted on Jan2512
"... then you haven't understood it."
We all have heard...

Aug1214 11:12 PM
Simon Bridge

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Author: ZapperZ
Originally posted on Apr2413
We periodically get questions on PF about people wanting to know of...

Aug1214 02:02 PM
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Definition/Summary
Stress is force per area, and is a tensor.
It is measured in pascals (Pa), with dimensions of...

Jul2414 11:29 AM
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Definition/Summary
A Slater determinant is a representation of a manyparticle wave function for a system of...

Jul2414 11:26 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Definition/Summary
Voltage is electric potential difference, which is potential energy difference per charge: V\ =\...

Jul2414 11:36 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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One of the most asked questions is concerning how to derive the Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation....

Jul2414 11:34 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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The doubleslit (or 'twoslit') experiment clearly demonstrates that individual particles...

Jul2414 11:38 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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This is a derivation of the Uncertainty Principle based on the properties of noncommuting...

Jul2414 11:33 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Virtual particles are a mathematical device used in perturbation expansions of the Soperator...

Jul2414 11:35 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Vectors (such as velocity or force or momentum) obey the Vector Law of Addition.
That means...

Jul2414 11:35 AM
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Susceptibility is a property of material. In a vacuum it is zero.
Susceptibility is an...

Jul2414 11:29 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Torque is the moment of a force about a point.
Torque is a vector (strictly, a pseudovector,...

Jul2414 11:32 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Definition/Summary
A wave function is a mathematical function that describes a physical system in quantum...

Jul2414 11:37 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Take the case of a string with it's one end tied to a wall. The other end is held by you. It...

Jul2414 11:38 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Snell's Law relates the angles of incidence and refraction, for a light ray that passes between...

Jul2414 11:27 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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A spring is a mechanical device that produces a restoring force when stretched or compressed....

Jul2414 11:28 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Timeorder means in order of time. A sequence or product is in timeorder if "earlier" items are...

Jul2414 11:31 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Pressure is normal force per area, or work done per volume, or mechanical energy per volume...

Jul2414 11:11 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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For a given material, the resistance of a length of the material is a constant times its length,...

Jul2414 11:17 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Nonlinear optical processes that occur due to the presence of a secondorder nonlinear...

Jul2414 10:58 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Definition/Summary
Permittivity, \varepsilon, of a material is its ability to separate charge when a voltage...

Jul2414 11:05 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Poincare's integral invariant is the most fundamental invariant in Hamiltonian Dynamics. For any...

Jul2414 11:07 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Net force = rate of change of momentum (= mass times acceleration of the centre of mass, if the...

Jul2414 10:56 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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There are three masses of neutrino (they are unknown, but the differences of their squares is...

Jul2414 10:55 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Between two bodies in contact, there is a pair of Reaction Forces.
They are always equal but...

Jul2414 11:16 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Light propagating through a vacuum will obey the principle of superposition, however this is not...

Jul2414 10:57 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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An object (typically a "mass on a spring") which has a position (or the appropriate...

Jul2414 11:24 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Radioactive decay is the process in which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by emitting...

Jul2414 11:14 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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The second law has various forms. I shall give these here then show how they are logically...

Jul2414 11:23 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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"Rolling" means moving along a surface without sliding.
The (instantaneous) point of contact...

Jul2414 11:19 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Often in physics we need to consider frames of reference that are noninertial (the Earth...

Jul2414 11:20 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Moments of area are properties of rigid bodies, they depend only on shape and not on density,...

Jul2414 10:50 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Momentum is mass times velocity. It is a vector.
\mathbf{p} = m\mathbf{v}
Angular momentum...

Jul2414 10:54 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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This entry describes diffraction of a wave when it passes through a single narrow slit.
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Jul2414 11:24 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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This is the quantummechanical version of the classical harmonic oscillator. Like the classical...

Jul2414 11:13 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Why is a sound wave reflected at the open end of a pipe? Why doesn't it just "escape"?
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Jul2414 11:04 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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In the Hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics, equations of motion can be expressed very...

Jul2414 11:08 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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Potential energy is simply another name for (minus) the work done by a conservative force.
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Jul2414 11:09 AM
Greg Bernhardt

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The moment of a vector is the crossproduct of the position vector with that vector (e.g., a...

Jul2414 10:53 AM
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