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    Constructing atlas

    What do you mean (x^2+y^2+z^2 + R^2 - r^2)^2 = 4R^2(x^2+y^2). Sorry, I'm quite a novice
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    Constructing atlas

    Well, the reason I bring up the two torus is because one of the sample problems in the book I'm using is to "prove that the two torus is a manifold by explicitly constructing an appropriate atlas." Well, I did fail to mention it need not be a maximal one.
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    Constructing atlas

    Not a lot...It might help me to see simple examples like the two torus or a sphere...
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    Constructing atlas

    I'm trying to get a better understanding of some topology for a GR class I'm taking...I'm wondering if someone can help me understand how to go about constructing atlases or just charts in general. I understand the concept but I am trying to get a better handle on the math.
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    Energy and the Friedmann Equation

    Homework Statement To relate E to the total energy of the expanding sphere, we need to integrate over the sphere to determine its total energy. These integrals are most easily carried out by dividing the sphere into shells of radius r, and thickness dr, so that each shell has a volume dV...
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    Quantum Rigid Rotor

    Homework Statement Consider a rigid rotor with moment of inertia Ix = Iy = I, Iz = (1 + ε)I Classically, his energy is given by, E = L^2/2I. (c) What are the new energy eigenstates and eigenvalues? (d) Sketch the spectrum of energy eigenvalues as a function of ε. For what sign of do the...
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    Eigenvalues of unitary operators

    Homework Statement We only briefly mentioned this in class and now its on our problem set... Show that all eigenvalues i of a Unitary operator are pure phases. Suppose M is a Hermitian operator. Show that e^iM is a Unitary operator. Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution...
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    Double Delta function potential well

    Consider a one-dimensional system described by a particle of mass m in the presence of a pair of delta function wells of strength Wo > 0 located at x = L, i.e. V(x) = -Wo (x + L) - Wo(x - L) This is a rough but illuminating toy model of an electron in the presence of two positive. charges...
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    Confirmation concept questions eigenfunctions and operators

    Homework Statement Are the momentum eigenfunctions also eigenfunctions of e free particle energy. Operator? Are momentum eigenfunctions also eigenfunctions of the harmonic oscillator energy operator? An misplayed system evolves with time according to the shrodinger equation with potential...
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    How do I study for this exam?

    Homework Statement I've never had an exam before in this format. It's 50-min long for Quantum I. It will be mostly short answer with small computations. It's supposed to test our conceptual understanding. I've been reviewing my notes, making sure I harp on the central ideas of quantum...
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    Mass planetary formation calculation?

    Homework Statement Compute the mass of volatile material (specifically just H and He) not accreted by the Earth. Assume the mass accreted by the Earth is 7e23 kg. How does the mass of the missing volatiles compare with the actual mass of the Earth? Use the following table: Principal...
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    Formal properties of eigenfunctions

    Homework Statement Give a physicist's proof of the following statements regarding energy eigenfunctions: (a) We can always choose the energy eigenstates E(x) we work with to be purely real functions (unlike the physical wavefunction, which is necessarily complex). Note: This does not mean...
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    Finding basis of 3x3 matrix space

    Homework Statement For my homework assignment, I'm supposed to find a basis for the space of 3x3 matrices that have zero row sums and separately for zero row columns. I am having a hard time with this as it seems to me that there are a lot of combinations I have to consider. For the first...
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    Quick question about Dirac delta functions

    What does the square of a Dirac delta function look like? Is the approximate graph the same as that of the delta function?
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    Fourier Transfrom and expectation value of momemtum operator

    Ok Thanks guys! That makes more sense