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    Brand new physics animation site

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that there is a brand new Physics Flash animation web site out there. It contains interactive content that can be used in a classroom setting (used by professors or teachers) or by students themselves. The level of the material presented is an introductory level...
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    Average age problem

    Yes, the key is in the long run. I'm saying that the "net effect" would be like having that situation I described. You can have a tree older than 73. I'm trying to argue that if you cut 25 trees a year ranging from very young to very old (older than 73), their average age would be around the age...
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    Average age problem

    I was thinking the following: Because you plant 25 new trees each year, over time, the average age of the tree stock would be equivalent of that having 25 trees of each age ranging from age 0 to age (1850/25) - 1 = 73. Because sometimes you remove a young tree and sometimes a very old tree, over...
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    Average age problem

    Yes. I think the tricky part to this problem is mathematically describing the removal of the 25 trees -- there's some of probability involved here. A tree that is removed could be one that was planted the year before or it could be 100 years old.
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    Average age problem

    Hi, I was curious how one would solve this problem: In a town, there are 1850 trees along public roads. Each year, the town has to remove on average 25 trees of random age because of various reasons (natural death, fungus infection, insects, hit by cars, roots damaged by construction, etc.)...
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    Outgassing, vacuum question

    I'm trying to calculate the outgassing rate for the following problem, but I seem to be missing something (maybe the like the pumping speed or time). The base pressure of a particular vacuum system is 10^-9 torr. A sample with a fingerprint of area ~1 cm^2 is introduced into the system...
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    Exact differential problem

    I have trouble doing a problem involving exact differentials: Consider a uniform wire of length L and cross-section area A. A force F is applied to the wire. We can write the relationship: dL = (L/YA)dF + (aL)dT where Y is the Young's modulus, a the coefficient of thermal expansion, and...
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    Initial-value problem

    Ok I see. Thanks.
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    Initial-value problem

    Oh sorry, did you say that it only needs to satisfy the Lipschitz condition for y=1? How do you know that? My theorem for uniqueness says that f needs to satisfy a Lipschitz condition on D, where D is the convex set {(t,y)}, where 0 <= t <= 1 and -infinity < y < +infinity. Thanks.
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    Initial-value problem

    Yes, that's what I'm trying to show. For each pair of points (t,y1) and (t,y2) where t is in [0,1], we have |F(t,y1) - F(t,y2)| <= L |y1 - y2| where L is a Lipschitz constant for F. And y1 and y2 can be anything between positive and negative infinity. But it seems that it doesn't satisfy the...
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    Initial-value problem

    Hello, I have trouble showing that the following initial-value problem has a unique solution. I also need to find this unique solution. y' = e^(t-y), where 0 <= t <= 1, and y(0) = 1. How can I test the Lipschitz condition on this? Thanks in advance.
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    Dual Tensor and Field Tensor

    Ok, thanks for your help. Since \frac{\partial G^{\mu\nu}}{\partial x^\nu} = 0 produces divB=0 and Faraday's Law, I ended up trying to get them from \frac{\partial F_{\mu\nu}}{\partial x^\lambda} + \frac{\partial F_{\nu\lambda}}{\partial x^\mu} + \frac{\partial F_{\lambda\mu}}{\partial...
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    Dual Tensor and Field Tensor

    Thanks, but I'm having trouble understanding the notation. I don't really know much about relativity. We are just doing a chapter on special relativity in our E&M class, and all we have learned about field and dual tensors are that F^{\mu\nu} = \left( \begin{array}{cccc} 0 & E_x/c & E_y/c...
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    Dual Tensor and Field Tensor

    Hi, could someone show me how to express \frac{\partial G^{\mu\nu}}{\partial x^\nu} = 0 which are Maxwell's equations, G is the dual tensor, in terms of the field tensor F: \frac{\partial F_{\mu\nu}}{\partial x^\lambda} + \frac{\partial F_{\nu\lambda}}{\partial x^\mu} + \frac{\partial...
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    Fourier series problem

    Ok, actually for part a, I'm pretty sure I should do an even extension of the function at x=0 so that it runs from -pi to pi. And I can then determine the B_n's. But for part b, it looks like I need to somehow extend to -2pi to 2pi. I looked in books, and does an odd extension at x=pi so that...
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