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Hello, I was being taught AC in High School, It was good but the way they taught us DC, things like drift velocity,...
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In a two-body solution ( Kepler Problem) how do you find the Lagrangian, L, if the position vector is: x = (v_x * t...
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A red a book in classical mechanics , the author says A particle is an idealised body that occupies only a single...
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The thermal energy comes from the translational kinetic energy right? The relationship between the two being...
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I red a classical mechanics concept in a book. Imagine that we have two observers with two frames of reference F1 and...
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Simon Bridge
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I had a question : Heat energy was supplied to melt ice at -15 degree Celsius. But it was not enough to turn the...
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Andrew Mason
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Greetings, This question makes reference to the stat mech book, “Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics”,...
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I'm reading through these notes on numerical hydrodynamics. On pg17, they introduce the monotonized central difference...
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So are newton's laws also an approximation to quantum phenomena. Can it be derived from quantum laws?
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Hey guys, I'm wondering how come if we're in a completely dark room and shine a laser beam at an object, we see the...
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According to a physics gre book (Conquering Physics GRE by Kahn &Anderson), electric 'monopoles do not radiate'. They...
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Hi The thermo problem is as follow: I have a fireplace and I have an underfloor water pipe heating. currently the...
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In an adiabatic process PVγ=constant Now I thought the work done by an ideal gas in an adiabatic process was given...
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Simple question but I've never been through the proofs to know what I'm plugging into. Are these components of the...
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The task is to calculate the force acting on a 50 meter long current-carrying wire due to earth's magnetic field. The...
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I have read that the rear surface reflection of a half-silvered mirror undergoes no phase shift. But they caution that...
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Alfred Cann
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I am having few doubts regarding pulley,strings and tensions . The doubts are 1)Can a massless pulley rotate ?...
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Tanya Sharma
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Hello, Is there a cheap device or someone that I can easily build that will let me know the speed of a moving object?...
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It is known, that perpetum mobile of the second kind does not exist. This means, ff temperature is everywhere the...
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Hey there, I'm new! :D The weight, which is mass according to the gravity, and this scalar force keeps the object...
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Greetings, physicists and others, who just happen to understand physics. Something is bothering my mind again and I am...
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Hi, I've been looking at some animations of plane waves, and I really cannot see why a plane wave's electric field...
Aug24-13 07:49 AM
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How do you solve the Kepler Problem for a 2-body system where m1<<m2 with a given velocity and position vector...
Aug23-13 11:51 PM
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I am working in classical mechanics. A planet is orbiting a star. The planet has a given velocity and a position...
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Hi Guys, In a lot of books dealing with spectroscopy, correlation functions or any kind of functions involving time...
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Steve Drake
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There is a new automated people mover (APM) opening in Porto Alegre, Brazil called Aeromovel; it is built using...
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I am having a tough time understanding the principle of least action and I would really appreciate it if someone would...
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I just can't get why for a massless inextensible string passing around a frictionless pulley we easily take T1=T2 (in...
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I'm studying magnetism from my textbook, and I have several doubts. 1. Magnetic flux in my textbook is defined as...
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Hello all, I've got an optics problem that I'm having some difficulty with, where I want to send a beam through a...
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Andy Resnick
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So in Resnick & Halliday, it explains that the drift speed, or the average speed of charge moving in a wire under the...
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Quaternions are new to me, so I constructed a simple model to help grasp the concept. I have a very simple dynamic...
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I am trying to find out more about these devices. In particular, how to model them. In other words, can one use a...
Aug22-13 01:41 PM
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After studying more complicated electronics, I find myself asking this question - 'Why capacitor works?' Why does...
Aug22-13 11:23 AM
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Can we talk about the chemical potential of a system with fixed number of particles? Is this physically meaningful?...
Aug22-13 10:17 AM
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why are we considering speed is constant to find velocity a particle in uniform circular motion, is it possible for a...
Aug22-13 06:39 AM
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I am doing a simple thermodynamic analysis. Couldn't get thermodynamic values (such as internal energy, exergy, and so...
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Problem: A nuclear generator produces energy used to accelerate a rocket. Given energy and mass, what is the...
Aug21-13 11:09 PM
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So I posted a question regarding nip and torque and I'm starting to realize that I need to know more about the...
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Is it is true that all elastic collision are like rubber balls, then how does indivisible particles collide if they...
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