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1. ### Examples of units with non-integer exponents

Hi everyone, Would anyone be able to give me a few examples of places where units with non-integer exponents come up? I know of a couple right now: noise voltage density (?) in electronics has units \text{V}/\text{Hz}^\frac{1}{2} and the statcoulomb has equivalent units...
2. ### Optics: Spherical Interface -- Real and Virtual Images

Thanks for the link! So it all just comes from Snell's Law? That page doesn't have any example of a case where the interface is convex but the image is virtual, however this must happen at least sometimes, since the thin-lens formula is derived from the first interface giving a virtual image...
3. ### Optics: Spherical Interface -- Real and Virtual Images

Homework Statement If you have a spherical interface between two different "media" (like air and water), and an object is placed in the one with the lower index of refraction, with the interface being convex toward the object, how can you tell if the image will be real or virtual? Here's a...
4. ### Partial pressure ratio of gases at different altitudes

Yeah, this was an old exam that they gave us, so I was pretending I only had the resources I'll be provided, which doesn't seem like it includes a periodic table. We are given the mass of a proton though, so I'll just memorize the four most common that we seem to get (1 proton mass for hydrogen...
5. ### Partial pressure ratio of gases at different altitudes

Homework Statement On a planet not entirely unlike earth, the ratio of the partial pressure of N2 to that of O2 equals 1 at an altitude of 1 km: \frac{p_{\text{N}_2}}{p_{\text{O}_2}} = 1. Assuming that T = 200 K, and the gravitational constant is 5 m/s2, what is the ratio...
6. ### Circuit with capacitors and switch

Thanks, that helped a lot! :D I got the right answer. I set the voltages of the two capacitors equal to each other: V3 = V4 so \frac{Q_3}{C_3} = \frac{Q_4}{C_4}. Then, I also saw that the initial charge on C3 was 400 μC and C4 was uncharged. This would distribute over the two capacitors, so...
7. ### Circuit with capacitors and switch

Homework Statement This is the circuit diagram I am working with: There is actually a switch under C3 that I didn't draw. Initially, the switch was set so that the red dashed line was part of the circuit and the green dashed line was not (so C1, C2, and C3 charged but C4 did not). Then...
8. ### Electric field at a point due to an infinite line charge

All right yeah, I did have an issue with using a volume integral, since it seems like I still have to use all coordinates. Also, instead of considering the charge dQ at (0,0,z), I thought you had to use (0,0,z′) or some other variable that was not the same as the axis. But since you're...
9. ### Electric field at a point due to an infinite line charge

Homework Statement Charge is distributed uniformly along an infinite straight line with density λ. Develop the expression for E at the general point P. Homework Equations The electric field at a point P, caused by N point charges Qi, each a distance ri from P, is given by \mathbf{E}...
10. ### Why does the unit vector r-hat always point away from a charge?

It's a unit vector, so it's magnitude has to be 1, so you have to normalize it too by dividing each component by its magnitude. You'd get \hat{r} = \left\langle \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}},\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\right\rangle. The purpose of a unit vector is to provide the direction of something, so you...
11. ### Solving for a variable in an equation that involves vectors

Yep, that unit vector is just the vector r2,1 divided by its magnitude ( \hat{r}_{2,1} = \frac{1}{r_{2,1}}\mathbf{r}_{2,1}, where r_{2,1} = ||\mathbf{r}_{2,1}|| = \sqrt{{r_{{2,1}_x}}^2 + {r_{{2,1}_y}}^2 + {r_{{2,1}_z}}^2}). Sorry for the really weird notation inside the square root sign...
12. ### Solving for a variable in an equation that involves vectors

Well, I have my question answered, but to be complete, here is the text of the problem. It's from an old Schaum's Outlines book from the early 1980's. Point charge Q1 = 300 µC, located at (1, −1, −3) m, experiences a force F2,1 = (8, −8, 4) N due to point charge Q2 at (3, −3, −2) m...
13. ### Solving for a variable in an equation that involves vectors

That's true, but \hat{r}_{2,1} is a vector, and I would want that to be on the other side as well. I just realized what I tried to do is impossible, because it would result in a scalar on one side of the = sign, and whatever you would (imaginatively) get if you divided two vectors, on the other...
14. ### Solving for a variable in an equation that involves vectors

Homework Statement I have the equation: \mathbf{F}_{2,1} = \frac{Q_1 Q_2}{4 \pi \varepsilon_0 {r_{2,1}}^2}\hat{r}_{2,1} (standard electric force equation for 2 charges) I know the value of everything except Q2 and have to find it. The vectors each have 3 components. Normally in an...
15. ### Using Relativisitic Units (where c = 1)

Thanks! I understand this a lot more now. That's something I considered too, setting c = 2 or something. It seems that if you do that, you can't express p and m with the same units now. The units for p become eV/2 and those for m become eV/4. The only way I can see to work with these...
16. ### Using Relativisitic Units (where c = 1)

Homework Statement It's not really an assigned problem, but it was part of one, and it's a concept that I'm not quite getting. Homework Equations In special relativity, energy can be expressed using the equation E^2 = (pc)^2 + (mc^2)^2, or E = \sqrt{p^2c^2 + m^2c^4}. Apparently...
17. ### Geometry - calculating a distance

Haha, wow, that was pretty simple. I guess I didn't see it because it's not that intuitive when you don't have all the extra lines drawn on (especially the fact that the triangle is 30-60-90). Thank you to both of you!
18. ### Geometry - calculating a distance

Geometry -- calculating a distance Homework Statement I'm trying to calculate the distance from the center of one of these three tangent circles to the center of the entire shape (that is, the center of the "curvy triangular" region between the circles). Each circle has radius R. Here is a...
19. ### (Counting Techniques) Why doesn't this approach work?

All right, thanks! I thought it was something like that but due to my sleep deprivation I couldn't formulate the complete thoughts required to understand it all the way.
20. ### (Counting Techniques) Why doesn't this approach work?

It may just be because I probably got only an hour of sleep last night and my thinking skills are not very good, but I'm grading a question on a final exam in discrete math and a lot of stiudents gave an answer that is incorrect, but I can't see why it is incorrect. Homework Statement Given...
21. ### Schools Going to graduate school, but don't know if I really should be

I just graduated last week with a Math/CS degree, and I'm going to graduate school this fall at a different school for CS, working on CS theory and scientific computation (as far as I can tell). The program is really interdisciplinary so I assume I won't be kept locked up in my CS department...
22. ### Really basic circuit-building help?

Hi everyone, Unlike a lot of the other threads and people I've seen here, I'm just playing around with trying to build circuits and have some really basic questions. Before I get any further, is that ok for here as well? (like, is it still considered "electrical engineering") Anyway, I...
23. ### Two-Dimensional Elastic Collision

(This isn't homework help, but it's something that's been on my homework (and other places in my mechanics class)...I don't know if it belongs here or in the homework section. If I'm wrong, sorry -_-) I've had a few questions now in class about a two-dimensional elastic collision between two...
24. ### Factorial of 0=1 ?

I always thought of 0! as being the product of nothing, i.e. the empty product, which is 1.
25. ### Better idea to stay in undergrad for 5 years?

All right, thanks everyone..I guess I probably won't extend to a ninth or tenth semester, but the chance is always there. It's so hard not to though. Especially now since GPA's just came out for this past semester and mine was less than stellar (although other people I've talked to said that...
26. ### Better idea to stay in undergrad for 5 years?

I guess so. I just compare what this is to what a lot of my friends did last summer, and this summer, and it seems like it's worth a lot less. The biggest downside other than the credit thing is that it's expensive..like I'm paying almost every cent I earned last summer to do this. But I...
27. ### Better idea to stay in undergrad for 5 years?

So I got to thinking....it might be better for me to delay graduation by a year..or maybe just a semester. But I need advice on this issue (and others) from a lot of different people, and I figured this is one of the places I should ask. I just finished sophomore year and I feel like I'm not...
28. ### When in your undergrad should you start research?

If someone doesn't get into any research until their junior year, how bad is that? Because it looks like that's probably what's going to happen to me.
29. ### Programs Is it worth to take a minor?

I asked about this (because my major is math/CS and it seemed like the entire world was doing math minors, but I wouldn't be able to fit in any other minor) and they said just take the classes that interest you. They said pretty much what flemmyd said. I heard that most people don't look at...
30. ### Schools Graduate school in math

wooow after reading those I'm really going to have to work a ton and get a lot better to get into graduate school.