# Recent content by Herbascious J

1. ### B Distribution of energy in the electric field surrounding an electron

I am thinking about how an electric field has energy associated with it. If a single electron exists alone in a remote vaccuum, I believe it has it's own electric field surrounding it, and that this field has an energy content associated with it. My question is; does this electric field store...
2. ### I Find the distance between the two apexes of two three-sided pyramids

Thank you for the restatement of the problem, that is much more forward and condensed. I was hoping that, yes, there would be some clever equation, that with enough crunching would fall out and I could simply plug in a set of measurements and always know the tenth distance. It seems that there...
3. ### I Find the distance between the two apexes of two three-sided pyramids

A way to imagine this problem to stand on a plane. You have chosen three points on that plane to create a triangle-base and from these three points you can make distance measurements in any direction. You know the distance between each of the three points of the base, but you do not yet know...
4. ### B Perihelion shift of orbit of Mercury according to General Relativity

Ok, I see. That actually seems cleaner, albeit more complicated. In a final attempt to wrap my head around this, is it safe to say that the velocity of an object has an impact on the geometry of spacetime relative to itself and nearby objects? An example would be a comet traveling at two...
5. ### B Perihelion shift of orbit of Mercury according to General Relativity

I hope I am not taking your explanation out of context here. I cannot help but think of Special Relativity when I read this. Is the reason that the speed of the object changes the gravitational field is because the object's mass increases due to it's approaching the speed of light? The speed...
6. ### B Perihelion shift of orbit of Mercury according to General Relativity

https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/26410 The second answer down the page. He mentions an explanation at the end.
7. ### B Perihelion shift of orbit of Mercury according to General Relativity

So, if I'm to understand the exercise in the above example, the reason the perihelion is shifting is due to geometry? By "creating a cone like bump" somehow the elliptical-like orbital path is shifting slightly as it goes around, similar to the small lost segment of the circle that is being...
8. ### B Perihelion shift of orbit of Mercury according to General Relativity

Recently, when reading an entry about Mercury's perihelion shift, someone mentioned a "hand-wavy" explanation as to why GR predicts the orbit so precisely. I was wondering if there was some elementary way to expound on what he was saying. Fundamentally, the comment said something to the effect...
9. ### From the point of view of a chemist, are there any issues around drinking boiled, concentrated tap water every day?

Recently I have been boiling tap water, for about 30 minutes, everyday for drinking water. The reason I do it is because I don't like the taste of chlorimines and chlorine and this is the only way I know to get rid of them with out also losing minerals. It works great, and in fact, the water...
10. ### I Transparency of a gas compared to a plasma

This is one of the interests I took in the question. In the strange event that a distance and empty field outside of a galaxy would be full of raw proton and electrons, but not be near a star or high energy system, the star light from the neighboring galaxy would be low energy photons, correct...
11. ### I Transparency of a gas compared to a plasma

I imagine an empty region of space, in between stars, or even galaxies. This void is filled only with a uniform distribution of hydrogen particles. I won't specify how dense this field is, but I would like to know which is more transparent to photons, a gas of hydrogen atoms, hydrogen...
12. ### B Is an electron beam affected by photons?

I am wondering if one of the prerequisites of the double-slit experiment, when done with electrons, is that the beams must be in a dark vaccuum tube so as to not destroy the interference pattern. I am trying to learn if the beams will lose their interference pattern because the particles of the...
13. ### B Gravitational signature of a photon in a double slit experiment

Is there some theorhetical explanation of why the "gravitational detector" (admittedly fiction) would also be physcially limited in this way? The explanation I am currently thinking is that the gravity fields are too faint to detect, therefore practically, it can't be done, but in principal...
14. ### B Gravitational signature of a photon in a double slit experiment

Ok, this is where I was hung up. Admittedly, this is all theoretical, but something about it seems peculiar to me only because when I imagine the photon passing the slit, i know there is a faint signature from it's gravity albeit undetectable. If the detector (in principle) were to effect the...
15. ### B Gravitational signature of a photon in a double slit experiment

I'm trying to think of a how the double slit experiment can detect a photon without interacting with it in theory. In principal (not reality of course) does a photon have a gravitational signature which could be used to detect which slit it traveled through during the double slit experiment...