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recenty i read the rocket equation, derivation of, however i think i have a slight confusion with signs suppost...
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I have recently found a circuit schematic that can pick up radio signals without the need of a battery. Is this an...
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Heinrich Lenz postulated in 1834 the following law; "An induced current is always in such a direction as to...
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Consider a rotating disk on a uniform magnetic field. Faraday's law states that \epsilon = - \frac{d\phi}{dt} ...
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Given that heat capacity is a ratio of change of energy over change of temperature, while entropy is a change of...
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I recently noticed that when a cup of tea was stirred, the floating leaves collect at center of cup rather than outer...
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hi i am looking for an equation that gives me the potential energy of 2 quadrupole moments and their mutual...
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Ok guys everyone knows teh solid Pressure = P / S but i have a question.. I though about an object that falls from...
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Hellow, I came upon this problem when working out the power developed in the cylinder of a double-acting steal engine....
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F=μmg. How was μ calculated? Obviously experiments were needed. So, done the experiments, what's the exact...
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Before I get yelled at for cross-posting, it was advised that I post this query here, as opposed to the celestial...
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Your standard first-post-pleading-for-help here :) This doesn't make sense: Say you've got a setup like in...
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I bumped into this physicis problem about 2 weeks ago and it is much harder than you might think: A ball is dropped...
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Assume there is a boat of length 4 m weighing 40 kg. One man of weight 50 kg is at one end (A) and the other of weight...
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Hi, When exactly does the phase change of \pi occur when a EM wave reflects from a surface? I notice that it...
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Can someone explain this please. From what I understand momentum is often the more fundamental as it is spatially...
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I wanted to ask which would provide the largest total BTU cooling regular ice from water or dry ice to reach a...
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Hello I am a graduate student and it is my first year in physics. Our instructor showed vector product with Levi...
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Hello everyone I came across a few (relatively standard) problem in elementary classical mechanics... A mass A...
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I have a small steel cylinder centered inside a larger steel cylinder. The remaining space is filled with 60% silica...
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Sorry for that title, but what can I say, i'm gonna be mad to get the motion equation for some systems but always...
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Hey all, I'm trying to do some math related to air pressure and temperature and i keep getting unreasonable answers. ...
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I just thought of something, imagine this scenario: You have an empty bottle of sode\water(whatever) and you hold...
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