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Jan16-12 Greg Bernhardt
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I posted a question as thus : A train moving at 100 km/hr uniformly decelerates at a rate of 10 km/hr each hr. How...
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Here's the problem: you've got two carts sliding along frictionless tracks at an equal speed, etc... as they move...
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say you have a very very long (or infinite) straight wire the carried a charge (glued to the wire) and the wire moves...
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im reading introduction to electrodynmics by griffiths, the math techniques used is sloppy to the point of...
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is it possible to construct a system with only finite number of point charges of arbitrary magnitude at finite...
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what creates magnetic fields, magnetic poles or currents? are those theories equivalent mathematically? i read in...
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most(or all) proofs i have seen of gauss's law is based on coulumb's law. however coulumb's law is based off of...
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i was reading about derivation of Euler's equations for rotational dynamics (john taylor, classical mechanics, chapter...
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I'm just uncertain (haha), what IS newton's Second law exactly? F=ma, or F=dp/dt, aren't these defining equations for...
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i am currently reading griffith's book on electrodynamics, though he does an excellent job with the theory (along with...
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Hello I'm having a little bit of trouble with so-called rest frames. I will distinguish two cases. consider...
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I got stuck going over the derivation of fictitious forces in rotating frames. see specifically ...
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D=Drag Coefficient p=Density of air A=Cross sectional area v=velocity a=acceleration F= force F air=(DpAv^2)/2...
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I have read that air pressure is about 100,000 pascalls which = 100,000 newtons/m2 which is enough to accelarate a...
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I'm a little confused about "voltage". We learned that voltage is somewhat similar to electric field: a way to refer...
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Good day, I happened across an interesting interactive JAVA applet demonstrating the diffraction of light through a...
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This is a concept that has always eluded me. I'm a Biologist who works in the Pharmaceutical Industry and I need to...
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hello everyone. Can anyone please help with following questions? 1. Can coefficient of friction (both static and...
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Hello all, I officiate high school and college basketball. One of our rules concerning a dribble states...
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These problems are really giving me fits, I would really appreciate some help. A 12200 kg sailboat experiences an...
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Hello All.... I am just wondering about something. The lift equation is, L= \frac {C_L \rho A V^2} 2 ...
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Hi, in class we were talking about lenses and how there is a certain focal length where all images 'far enough' away...
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Andy Resnick
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Dear friends, and science lovers, I am doing some statics problems with moment( cross-product).And I've been...
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Someones like teachers in my country says energy is vector and scalar . Is that true ? Anyone can prov that ?
Oct23-12 08:02 AM
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Hello all . Why mater victory to anti/matter after big bang ? There is any relation to gravity ?
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Hello all . I have two questions Energy can create force ? for apply a force we need energy ? Think about one...
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Hi there, I have noticed that when the wadding pool I work at is draining, a small whirlpool appears over the drain...
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From theory, we know that Boltzmann entropy for a given distribution, defined through a set of occupancy numbers {ni},...
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I was reading in my geology book (Earth: An Introduction To Physical Geography, 7th ed. by Tarbuck and Lutgens, 2002,...
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I am looking for educational derivation( or any available and detailed) of the key principle of statistical...
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bilha nissenson
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When a cue ball is driven into another ball, it is either not accelerating or decelerating at impact. It has momentum...
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If I combine 2 laser beams of different wavelengths, would I get a beat frequency of the difference between the 2...
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I went for a run and measured time and distance. I wanted to estimate how many calories I used. Suppose a ran a...
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Hi I am new to this forum. I am an amateur blacksmith/machinist/all around tinkerer. I took a class with a...
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Okay, first a brief intro. I studied math/physics extensively as an undergrad...but that was over 10 years ago now. ...
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Bill M
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Hello, I'm trying to figure out a method of calculating the work done by friction on an object sliding down a...
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what exactly is the cut-off ratio, in physical terms?
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