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Jan16-12 Greg Bernhardt
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I'm having trouble understanding the idea of escape velocity. How can an object escape the gravity of a massive object...
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I am reviewing the first chapter of my classical mechanics book (Fetter & Walecka), and in the very first section he...
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I'm trying to build up some intuition with Gauss's law, calculating the flux through surfaces given certain charge...
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Hi, this is my first post on this forum, although ive often refered to many posts for random information, so thanks to...
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Why entropy is highest at lowest energy? Entropy is disorderness.So low energy means low disorderness.But why it is...
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Why is angular momentum conserved around the bottom left corner in the following set up (see attachment)? The...
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1)What is the difference between standing waves,beats and normal interference of any 2 waves ? 2)Is beats in sound...
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Hi Is this formula all i need for finding the speed i need to tip the trolley?...
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if a rigid body, lets say a disk,is floating in space and we exert a force outside its center of mass will it rotate...
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Let say we have charged conductor M and we know its potential energy function Vm(r) when M is isolated from any...
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Hello there, I was taught: a = {v^2 \over R}. I substitute v for the speed of the rotating earth at the equator,...
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In kinetic theory a liquid is viewed as an incompressible substance in which the atoms are free to move. I would like...
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Hi all I was just wondering if anyone could help me with estimating error caused by misalignment of an optical...
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Andy Resnick
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I've read that if you want light to diffract through a single slit, the slit opening must be equal too or less than...
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Hello - I'm having a difficult time finding this answer anywhere else on Physics Forums. I'm curious if anyone knows,...
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Hi! I just wonder what's the actual use for p=nkT≈nE_k when it comes to plasma physics? What does p help us...
Feb16-14 12:05 PM
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For a damped mechanical oscillator, the energy of the system is given by $$E = \frac{1}{2}m \dot{x}^2 + \frac{1}{2}k...
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To preface my question, I know it is related to the Gibbs paradox, but I've read the wikipedia page on it and am still...
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The 2nd law of thermodynamics state that entropy increases with time and entropy is just a measure of how hard it is...
Feb17-14 05:36 PM
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The standard equation for the damped angular frequency of a normal damped mass-spring system is ω_{d} =...
Feb16-14 04:03 AM
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Searching through Wikipedia (, I found this graph about resonance. I...
Feb14-14 03:05 AM
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I read that for a rotating body the kinetic energy ##E_k = \sum \frac{1}{2}mv^2 = \frac{1}{2}{\omega}^2∑mr^2 =...
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One question. In the text author calculate ...
Feb14-14 11:23 AM
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Would a particle kept in the path of an electromagnetic wave experience a force? Both magnetic and electric field are...
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why should we use a convex lens to focus the rays at the point on the screen.why is at an angle instead of being...
Feb16-14 04:39 PM
Philip Wood
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The total energy of the magnetic field in the matter is \frac{\mu H^2}{2} , I want to calculated the energy that is...
Feb16-14 11:33 AM
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Hey guys, I am trying to create a 2d simulation of the earth going around the sun. However I am facing an issue. I...
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Suppose we have a infinite current sheet of surface density \sigma and apply Ampere’s law to find the magnetic field....
Feb15-14 08:03 AM
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So Rayleigh scattering says that higher wavelengths of light are scattered more than lower ones - but why don't we...
Feb15-14 01:44 PM
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why do the atoms in excited state alone could emit line spectra?can't they emit when they are not in gaseous state? ...
Feb16-14 04:16 PM
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Hello, I was wondering, do the Lee/Kesler correlations apply at the saturation line for vapor/liquid equilibrium? I...
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So, I asked myself the question, "why does the earths force of gravity effect us so dramatically on the surface of the...
Feb16-14 04:05 AM
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What will be the degrees of freedom of a ''Connected pair of compasses''?
Feb17-14 12:45 AM
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From what I understand, an atom generates an electromagnetic field which exerts energy on objects and this...
Feb16-14 10:42 AM
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Suppose you have a sphere (sphere A) with net positive charge 2Q. A conducting spherical shell (sphere B) of inner...
Feb16-14 02:39 PM
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I am studying Laplace's equation in my electrodynamics course (using griffiths intro to electrodynamics). I am...
Feb16-14 10:56 AM
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I've been having a problem with the sign of potential. Electric potential as I know it is defined as V =...
Feb17-14 05:57 AM
Philip Wood
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This is about a famous thought experiment, cited by Einstein at the beginning of his first 1905 paper on SR, and...
Feb18-14 05:30 AM
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Say, i have two concentric shells,each carrying a different charge.If i connect an ideal, resistance less wire between...
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My professor (for some weird reasons) makes us write "system " whenever we are asked to solve a physics problem for...
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