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I understand that the dynamic modulus of a material is measured by inducing a sinusoidal force and measuring the...
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I have a system described by the hamiltonian H in the coordinates i, p_i . A transformation of the type $Q_i =...
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According to Fermat's Principle (modified version) a light ray takes an extremum path. Can anyone explain the physical...
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It is possible that a fixed point to be attracting but not Liapunov stable. I can't find any example of that.
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This is from Wikipedia: 1. What is really meant by "self-propagating", how it works? 2. How many electric...
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Consider a parallel plate capacitor with layers of dielectric between its plates somehow that the interfaces between...
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Hello, On p.573 of Jackson 2nd Ed. (section 12.1), he says, "From the first postulate of special relativity the...
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If I understand it correct during hammerthrow an athlete muscles cause Fcentripetal force on a ball and ball cause...
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Entropy gave us that everything can happen, just that the chances of it happening is very slim. If time is infinite,...
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I have been struggling with the following; (apologies if this is a simple question) After reading the Hershel...
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Hi everyone, A couple of question I was thinking about regarding sound: 1) A sound source is moving at the speed...
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Before you go through all the trouble of reading all this back story the real information is towards the bottom...
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TIR (total internal reflection) is the most common way of producing evanescent wave, e.g. TIR fluorescence microscopy....
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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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