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There is a saying that two kind of waves are generated when an explosion happens. one moves slow which can carry the...
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Why do we always talk about the Carnot cycle as being the most efficient, ideal engine? Doesn't the same equation hold...
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I just read that Centrifugal Force is a false force. It does not exist. Inertia (which is not a force) is mistakenly...
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Where did the concept and equation of work come from? It was introduced in Physics 1 with absolutely no background or...
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If i have a shaft & i'm applying a driving torque D at one end & at other end there is resisting torque R due to...
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hello! we got this experiment, R1= 46.8 R2= 46.8 R3= 148.9 R4= 147.7 R5= 217 RT= 71.1 as we can see, r1...
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Disclosure: I am studying biochemistry so my thermodynamics education is lacking and I'm likely misinterpreting some...
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Hello! My book here states that for a medium where the index of refraction n increases with increasing frequency (or...
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This is a thought experiment I, erm, thought of. Imagine a cylindrical (upright) office building with a central...
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I get the proof with the velocity as a function of time graphic. I don't get why that is... E.G. Why does...
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I often hear about collisions in terms of impact force. For instance, "the boxer delivered a punch with 100 lbs of...
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I guess my tittle is self explanatory, but I see energy's concept of relativity not of "ability to do anything". if...
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What exactly is the radius of curvature of an object? And how would this be applied to a question such as the...
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I'm having some trouble understanding this concept. Why is it that you sometimes can get heat for free from the...
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I am trying to find a servo or stepper motor that is powerful enough to rotate a Tippmann A5 paintball when it is...
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Hi guys! Was wondering if anyone was confident with Fresnel equations for a refractive index interface. From what I...
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Why is the boltzmann distribution for a collection of atoms independent of their total energy? (it only depends on...
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I'm trying to understand what happens with beating light when the componenets have differing polarisation. I know...
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Hi again! So, this time I have a ball with a mass m that I throw down from some point with a height h. I want...
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I still dont understand why these types of motors tend to spin in one direction or another. In theory the direction of...
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I am confused about the some of the concepts behind fluid statics. Here is an example to illustrate this, using...
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