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Hi, I am going through Non Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics by Zwanzig and I can't follow, the step below: I have...
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This is usually in the first chapter of the EM books and I never see this in any of my calculus, vector calculus, PDE...
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I wasn't sure which forum this came under, so... I've read the basic idea of polarised lenses: light rays have an...
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Lets say that I know the inertia tensors for a few different 3D shapes and I want to connect them together into one...
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If I'm in one of those carnival rides that spin fast I can feel the centrifugal force. This is due to the radial...
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Epsilon0, the electric constant, and Mu0, the magnetic constant, were introduced in Coulomb's Constant and Ampere's...
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I've thinked an experiment. We have two containers that contain two liquids. One container contains a liquid that...
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I have been learning the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance. I am aware of Ohm's law and have read a lot of...
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I don't get how this ever came to be a law, since it seems so obviously false. Entropy in a closed system can only...
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Consider a two particle system: ---- photon ----------- massive particle --------------------- ------- photon...
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is it possible for electromagnetic field to exist without matter?
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Hi, Hope someone can help me clear up this question. I know the answer but I am unsure of the reasoning behind it, so...
Dec26-09 08:17 AM
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why p type semiconductor is electrically neutral and what is the concept of drift current?
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I have a feeling someone is gonna be like "Duhhh" on this one. But I got to thinking. I recall reading somewhere...
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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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says that the pressure is distributed evenly around a fluid. What I'm having a hard time understanding is the...
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Hello to all. I want to check my knowledge about theory nad principles of thermocoupels. Please can you read .pdf...
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Can someone say why it is said that in electrostatics,the test charge may be moving very slowly?Specifically,what is...
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I know what the definition of torque and angular momentum is. But I read in a few books that "Torque and angular...
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Can electric fields can be completely shielded using a metal box or metal sphere, please clarify the concept.
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Self-evidently from the question i'm about to ask i'm a beginner at physics... what are the laws of thermodynamics?...
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As I understand it, conductors interact with EM waves (light) in such a way that prevents transmission through the...
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I have a solenoid which has a current passing through it which increases linearly with time. I have proved that the...
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Suppose A ball of mass m moving with a speed v collides with a rod of mass M and length L placed horizontally on a...
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What is the instantaneous axis of rotation? Can you give some examples and a few situations in helping me understand...
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I just want to verify that the dipole moment \vec{m} in the presence of external magnetic field \vec{B} will line up...
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Question about momentum....... If I am to consider these three points as true: 1. A stationary car has NO momentum...
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I, beginner to Lagrangian mechanics, was reading Hand and Finch and got stuck with a was the development to...
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Can anybody please explain these theories, and what they do so differently than Newton's mechanics? I cant really get...
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When two waves travelling in opposite direction say in a thread, superpose the shape of the thread becomes flat. Where...
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my physics teacher told me that: 'for an object placed at the surface of the earth, the gravtitional force must be...
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