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Jan16-12 Greg Bernhardt
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Let's suppose i want to send a message over really big (interplanetary, maybe out of the solar system) distances. I...
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What does p = mv really mean? For example, why is there a physical law based upon the product of mass and velocity?...
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Hello. I'm having trouble with determining the dynamics of a rod, when one of the ends has a torque applied to it....
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Just a quick question. Let A and B be two points. Electrical work is defined as the amount of energy it takes to move...
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Today I was taking the train to a nearby city, where we passed through some rainy region. As the raindrops fell on...
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Andy Resnick
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Why is it that the width of a wire grid polarizer has to be less than the wavelength of the wave which I want to...
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Andy Resnick
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Does all the light entering our eyes converge to a single point on the retina (assuming minimal aberration)? If this...
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Hi, Just wanted to know the difference between permittivity and permeability. As far as I researched, permittivity...
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After studying the methods of Lagrange and Hamilton for a bit I still find myself uneasy about the action. I don't...
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If photons are oscillating electric and magnetic fields, then we should be able to deflect photons trajectories by...
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When studying about semiconductos what are the valence band and conductivity band .what are its properties,where is it...
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The following is my take on friction. I wish to verify if my hypothesis is correct. When trying to visualize...
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I have just completed reading an English translation (The Great Books version) of Newton's Principia and found it...
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Hello. I saw this experiment: The light from laser is bending in small...
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Good morning PF, I am having some difficulty finding info on calculating a composite moment of inertia. The...
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Hi, I was wondering about the interpretation of the Hamilton Jaccobi equation. Naively we have H +...
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What happens when charge enters the resistor?
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Is there a mathematical relation for the temperature change when a fluid flows through a pipe from one end to another?...
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Consider a light, an L.E.D for example, turning on and off once per second. For humans, we will look at it and think...
Jul23-14 01:43 PM
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I'm stuck on some highschool physics, Gauss law... 1. It says this: The electric field outside the sphere is equal...
Jul23-14 10:57 AM
Satvik Pandey
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This is a question we were asked quite some time ago: Consider a circuit shaped as a rectangle, with two very long...
Jul23-14 09:26 AM
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Many of you are familiar with the catapult launched profile fuselage gliders that are sold in hobby stores. Since...
Jul23-14 08:18 AM
Simon Bridge
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There is a silly detail about the interpretation of the Van der Waals (VDW) equation that I cannot fully understand....
Jul23-14 07:51 AM
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What is voltage and how to look at it intellectually?
Jul22-14 09:27 PM
jim hardy
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I want to describe the motion of a ball that rolls without slipping in a plane where acts a force field not in the...
Jul22-14 03:54 PM
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Hello, It is my understanding that a moving magnetic can induce an electrical current, and that conversely, and...
Jul22-14 01:19 PM
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Consider a circular loop of radius R that carrys a uniform current I. We know(by Biot-Savart law) that the magnetic...
Jul22-14 09:01 AM
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I was wondering why is there a minus sign in the equation: EMF= -d(flux)/dt If this equations is derived from a...
Jul22-14 08:59 AM
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We know that a steam power plant is basically a heat engine with steam as the working fluid. According to the...
Jul22-14 08:14 AM
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Let me set the stage for a thought experiment. 1. A physicist in an elevator at some arbitrary height above Earth...
Jul22-14 05:05 AM
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Hi, can someone please help me on this problem. I'm not sure what to do with the equation given. I tried taking the...
Jul21-14 09:20 PM
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Why the torque is called moment of force and angular momentum is called moment of linear momentum ? Please explain.
Jul21-14 09:12 PM
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What is meant by moment of particles ? Why the algebraic sum of moments of all particles about centre of mass must be...
Jul21-14 09:10 PM
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When I fire a gun there is an explosion inside a barrel that causes bullet to fly and gun to recoil but when a barrel...
Jul21-14 05:32 PM
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Hello, Someone could explain me why in the derivation below the mass m is divided by 2 in the last step?: ...
Jul21-14 03:01 PM
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Hello, I know that the latent heat of a first-order isothermal and isobaric phase transition is in general given by...
Jul21-14 10:24 AM
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Does anyone have a link to an experiment (preferably fairly modern) which either supports or falsifies Prevost's...
Jul21-14 07:10 AM
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What are the physical interpretations of ##\mu_0## and ##\varepsilon_0##, the magnetic permeability and electric...
Jul21-14 04:52 AM
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For a glider to sustain flight at a constant speed, the aircraft must be placed in a dive so that the forward motion...
Jul21-14 02:39 AM
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I'm having a brain fart so this is just another silly question but... when deriving the I-V relation for the...
Jul21-14 01:59 AM
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