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Hello everyone, I've recently run into a thought experiment that is persistent and seems to have no intention to leave...
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I read a question from a question paper..which went something like this... There is a hollow metal sphere,...
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quick question, is the difference between a carnot engine to an engine is that the engines eff is less than or equal...
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I have a very simple conceptual physics problem that I am looking to solve, and unfortunately I've been out of school...
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HI, I have a stupid question but important, Newton;s first law doesn't mention anything about Net force , just that a...
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Hi! This fall, I'll be taking calculus based physics at U of M. This course covers only mechanics I believe, and from...
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Can someone give me a clear picture of it's physical meaning? What does a molecule having dipole moment signify? All...
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Is a truck easier to tip over in a crosswind if it is travelling at a high speed, or lower speed? As far as I can...
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People say U for a magnetic dipole is -m . B But why can magnetic dipoles have potential energy, if magnetic forces...
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Sorry...was posted in wrong sectionn...I've posted it in Mechanical engineering setion... trash this topic plz...Plz...
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Are the usual 3-vectors defined by their transformation properties wrt rotations or Galileian transformations? E.g....
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I am making a proof-of-concept linear accelerator with one stage at home ( if i can call it such ).The vacuum chamber...
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I was wondering how you could analyse such things as the acceleration of someone falling directly backwards. The head...
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I'm not very knowledgable of physics as my main focus is computer technology. However, I purchased a Magnetix set...
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What is permeability? I know that it's the ratio between B and H but didn't understand exactly the physical meaning of...
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I got a question when I was reading a paper, it describe a periodic structure composed of many infinite metal wire,...
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I have asked this question before in another section of the forum but I still don’t have an answer so I thought I...
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Suppose we have a test charge of unknown polarity (just assume) we can assume this test charge to have a certain...
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A point source of energy often follows the inverse square rule. So if I move my projector back twice as far, the image...
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I have some questions about the energy stored in capacitors. Looking in Physics books, there are two equations...
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Bob S
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Hi there, I am doing some simulation on the cooking process of pasta. Now I need the viscoelastic parameters of...
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I'm unsure how to approach this, as solid blocks of materials next to each other (e.g. steel and air) with no barrier...
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An idea crossed my mind on how to explain the weak equivalence principle(WEP) without using the gravitational law: F=G...
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When two equal masses collide without having any rotational velocity before the collision, and they do attain some...
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If photons always travel at the speed of light, then how do some photons have more energy than others? Wouldn't they...
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Hi I wondered if anyone could explain as to how actually the whole process of transformation of voltage happens. I...
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I recently posted an abbreviated explanation of Paul Steinhardt's and Neil Turok's (Princeton, Cambridge...
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Hi. I was thinking about magnetism, and remembered the classic experiment to show magnets working. Basically, you put...
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Imagine a jet of fluid (perhaps air) impinging on a flat plate. It could be said that the jet has a slightly higher...
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We know that the energy density of the electric field is: \frac{1}{2}*\epsilon*E2 then, can we infer that the energy...
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I'm wondering if a gas in which all its molecules are moving very close to the speed of light has a finite...
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In some unit, the relation of (linear) polarization and susceptibility can be written of P(t) = \chi E(t) but I...
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Hey all, New to the forum (obviously, since this is my first post). I've been scouring the internet trying to...
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the mud flies off the tyre of a moving motor cycle in the direction: ...
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Cantab Morgan
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Whilst following my textbooks advice and "proving to myself that the inertia listed are true" I considered the Moment...
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Suppose I'm given a simple task to taking out the moment about a point - o-------------------F o...
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We all learn in the introductory mechanics class that the motion of a rigid body can be composed of a rotation and a...
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If i were to use a square shaped aluminum foil. What would be the best design for a penny barge. I was thinking a...
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Hallo, Does anyone familiar with an eqution that describs hysteresis loop and First Magnetisation in ferromagnets?...
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