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    Why must inner product spaces be over the field of real or complex numbers?

    Friedberg's Linear Algebra states in one of the exercises that an inner product space must be over the field of real or complex numbers. After looking at the definition for while, I am still having trouble seeing why this must be so. The definition of a inner product space is given as follows...
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    MATLAB Matlab book for programmers

    Can anyone recommend a book to learn matlab for someone who is a complete beginner at matlab, but already knows a few programming languages?
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    Basic Monatomic Ideal Gas Speed/Temperature Relationship

    Temperature is proportional to the kinetic energy. If the speed of every atom doubles, the temperature would rise by a factor of 4.
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    Enthalpy and it's use in Gibb's Free Energy

    This confuses me. I usually think of heat as energy being transferred from one thing to another. Can we really speak of a transfer of energy in all chemical reactions? Suppose we have a reaction of two solid chemicals that produces gas at constant temperature. The enthalpy for such a reaction...
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    Enthalpy and it's use in Gibb's Free Energy

    Lately I've been struggling with the idea of enthalpy and what it means conceptually, especially in its use in Gibb's free energy. There is nothing in the definition of change in enthalpy that would connect logically to spontaneity or free energy. After thinking about it for a couple days...
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    Rolling Motion

    No. First, it would be v_{f}=\sqrt{2gh} but you can't use that equation anyway because in addition to translational kinetic energy, there is rotational kinetic energy. Start off by looking up or deriving the moment of inertia of the cylinder for the rotation. Use your conservation of energy...
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    Harmonic Motion Question

    Units would help. 215 grams? 5.20 Hz? 4.00 cm?
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    The diffrent frictions and how they apply in life.

    Friction for a person walking is static friction because there is no relative motion between the surfaces. Friction for a breaking car depends on what the car is doing. Most of the time when you are acclerating (or decelerating) it is static friction because there is no relative motion between...
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    Newton's First Law

    Changing the direction or magnitude of velocity is acceleration. A car driving along a curve needs some force to act on it to change its direction.
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    Help with a basic physics problem!

    The the maximum height, its vertical velocity is zero. It has only horizontal velocity, and horizontal velocity depends on the velocity at which it was fired. It isn't possible to solve this problem with the information you are given.
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    Ladder problem

    Oops. For some reason I thought you did your free body diagram the same way I did. I have my free body diagram set up a bit different so the origin is at the bottom. It doesn't matter in any case. Where you set it won't affect your final answer. The force of friction and the weight will tend...
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    Ladder problem

    Yes. Now get your torque equation set up so you can find the position of the person. It is most convenient to use the right end of the ladder as your origin.
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    Ladder problem

    Yes. It should be clear from your free body diagram that the y normal force minus the combined weight of the ladder and person gives the net force acting in the y-direction. Acceleration is zero so the y-normal force equals the combined weight of ladder and person.
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    Ladder problem

    Weight of the person plus weight of the ladder.
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    Ladder problem

    It's equal to the frictional force and you know the frictional force.