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I am confused with the wording for a static friction problem; this particular wording also lead me to a conceptual...
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Folks, I am having difficulty correctly representing a mechanical system within a correct "control volume at an...
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$$\vec{F}=q\vec{v}\times\vec{B}$$ $$\frac{d\vec{F}}{dq}=\vec{v}\times\vec{B}$$ $$\int\frac{d\vec{F}}{dq} \cdot...
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Coming from a Chemistry background, we seem to flippantly explain away chemical phenomena using "Coulomb's Law" but...
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I managed to confuse myself with a simple thought experiment. I have a space ship that uses mechanical springs...
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I am working on making an aluminum truck bed cover for a customer despite my attempts to pass it up, he insists that i...
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What is the minimum speed at which electrons can be emitted? Why is it I never heard of really slow moving electrons,...
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Hi everybody, I encountered this question as an example of what a google applicant is asked: You are shrunk to...
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I'm having some difficulty setting up a problem. I'm trying to model the temperature of a thermistor connected to a...
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I had an interesting thought regarding the "arrow of time" and, with the hope of getting the opinion of someone...
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Philip Wood
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Hi I had a question based on inertia if two balls one heavy and one light are on a bus which is moving with...
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Please confirm & answer the following: An atom exposed to an external B-field will experience both a torque on its...
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I would like to know if there is any proof as to whether the moment of inertia for two bodies (the masses of each body...
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Suppose a point charge is accelerating uniformly. It emits EM radiation. If an observer is co-moving with the point...
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Can a magnetization density that is compactly supported be the gradient of a scalar field? This question relates to...
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I am trying to calculate heat transfer from an inclined flat plate under free convection conditions. I am referring to...
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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 Forum, The 1D harmonic oscillator is an important model of a system that oscillates periodically and...
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Simon Bridge
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Hello, I'm building a model train control system, and would like to use real world values and physics to control the...
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Two questions: 1.) Consider a hollow conductive sphere that's initially charged. These charges will distribute...
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See, we know that different electrical appliances in our house require different amount current to work .now first if...
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Question about moments and torques. I understand that torque is defined as τ=Fs and understand where this comes...
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If I have ice, water and vapour at the triple point and they are in equilibrium at a temperature of 273.16. Does this...
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I have read that electric field inside a cavity of irregular conducting surface having any charge is is this...
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What is the potential of Earth with respect to (wrt) infinity (C=710uF)? I am assuming that infinity is the correct...
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Whay is it that when we release air from our mouth when it is little open then the cold air is released but when we...
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I have some questions about electrons flow. 1)Lets say we have a simple circuit with a metal wire and a battery...
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7 352 I was wondering what people thought of this paper. Please read up to at...
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If you apply 100 volts to a 10:1 transformer you will end up with 10 volts out. If you put a 10 ohm resistor on the...
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I've got a problem asking for the reflection coefficient of a system consisting of a ideal conductor covered with a...
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I need convincing that evaporative cooling is refrigeration in the sense of a heat engine run backwards. It has the...
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3 266 disk and magnet spin together...
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I've read a similar thread, but I believe I have something extra to ask, so please bear with me. I've been thinking...
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In a martial arts breaking demo (boards, concrete blocks, or whatever) the amount of pain one's hand or other body...
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Why doesn't the higher mass cart stop after hitting the lower mass object? Is this due to an imperfection in setting...
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