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    Topology in the Complex Plane

    I'm having some trouble understanding the distinction between closed sets, open sets, and those which are neither when the set itself involves there not being a finite boundary. For example, the set { |z - 4| >= |z| : z is complex}. This turns out to be the inequality 2>= Re(z). On the right...
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    Dielectric with net charge

    Let's say we have a sphere, radius R, which has a uniform volume charge density. Then we wrap it around with a dielectric with a frozen in polarizability of kz in the z direction. This dielectric goes from R to a radius A. The total surface bound charge on either surface of the dielectric is...
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    Helium Balloon and Compton Generator

    From Classical Mechanics by Taylor: "The Compton generator is a beautiful demonstration of the Coriolis force due to the earth's rotation,.... A narrow glass tube in the shape of a torus or ring (radius R of the ring >> radius of the tube) is filled with water, plus some dust particles to let...
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    Transistor CE Amplifier

    Alright, I've been stuck on this problem for my electronics class for far too long. " Design a CE amplifier with a gain of 10 using a 2n3906 transistor and a 20 V power supply. Calculate the required resistor and capacitor values for the circuit, assuming a minimum frequency of 10 Hz." It...
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    Projectile Motion of a cannon

    A cannon (at the origin) shoots a ball at an angle \theta above the horizontal ground. Neglect air resistance. Let r(t) denote the ball's distance from the cannon. What is the largest possible value of \theta if r(t) is to increase throughout the ball's flight? Taylor, Classical...
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    Nonhomogeneous Power Series Solution

    For the fun of it, my DE book threw in a couple of problems involving nonhomogenous second order DE's in the section I'm currently going through. Although I have solved for the complementary solution, any suggestions on how to find the particular solution? For example, the one I'm looking at...
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    Apostol: Archimedes' Method

    I've started with Apostol's first volume of calculus and I'm already having a problem with the first exercise in the book. Weak. It asks to use Archimedes' method to find the area under a parabola from 0<x<b for a parabola where y = a*b^2 + c. Using the summation of upper/lower rectangles of...
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    Time Dilation Troubles in SR

    Alright, I'm having a bit of trouble understanding time dilation. My biggest concern is in how an observer in a frame will see all other frames at different relative speeds moving slower. I've been trying to show it mathematically, but haven't had the luck yet.
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    Surface Area Confusion

    Just had my test on Vector Fields and there was one question which really confused me. It asked to find the surface area of the parabaloid z = 9-x^2 -y^2 which is above the cone z = 8Sqrt[x^2 + y^2]. My memory told me to use the differential in rectangular coordinates and then convert to...
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    Hexagonal Closest Packed Unit Cell Height

    My attempts to derive the height as a function of radius of the spheres packing the unit cell have failed. The best attempt so far was to create a diagonal line from the top atom to one of the middle ones. With that distance I thought I could use trig to find the component parallel to the height...
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    Electric field in a sphere with a hole

    As the title implies, I am having a problem with the way this problem is done. problem: "An insulating sphere with radius a has a uniform charge density p. The sphere is not centered at the origin but at vector(r) = vector(b). Show that the electric field inside the sphere is given by E =...
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    Much greater than

    After getting through the set up and integration of this problem I am stuck on using the >> operator. My objective is to show what happens when r, a constant, is >> than a, another constant. The original equation: (1/r)-(1/(a + r) The intended restul: (1/r^2) My initial thought was that...
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    Explanation of the Determinant

    My lack of any shred of idea about the concept of the determinant is really beginning to bug me. Especially now that I have begun my Linear Algebra class. Is there anybody available to help explain (or link me to a good explanation) to me the idea behind it and what the value actually stands...