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    Water in an open container immersed in a heat bath at BP

    Thank you very much! This answers my question perfectly!
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    Water in an open container immersed in a heat bath at BP

    I realize this is probably pretty basic, but it has me stumped: An open test tube containing water is immersed in a heat bath of boiling water. The water in the test tube does not boil. Why? Would this be because the water in the test tube is at a temperature where it two phases (liquid and...
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    Probablity Problem 1.3 From Statistical and Thermal Physics, Reif

    This is really helpful! Question: When I first read the problem statement, I interpreted it as being focused on the limiting of the first five positions to numbers in {0,1,2,3,4). Where I went wrong, though, is with the second set of five positions. I missed that there was an implication that...
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    Retarded potentials

    Thank you for your reply! This definitely helps clarify!
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    Retarded potentials

    Homework Statement I'm working through the 3rd edition of Griffiths' Electrodynamics book and have gotten stuck on some details in example 10.2, which describes an infinite straight wire carrying a current I0 for t>0. The figure included with the example illustrates a wire in the vertical...
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    Programs Can You Get a PhD part-time?

    Thank you for your reply, Vanadium 50! Yes, the financial meltdown hit my finances pretty hard. I suspect that it put a number of people in my age bracket (and older) in similar positions. It's recoverable, but will definitely take some smart planning. Thanks again!
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    Programs Can You Get a PhD part-time?

    Thank you for this... yes, this is a very good recommendation! I've also considered looking into an MS in Mathematical Finance, largely because of what I've read by physicists/quantitative analysts like Emanuel Derman about the intersections between Physics and Finance. It'd allow me to...
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    Programs Can You Get a PhD part-time?

    Interesting replies! This has been something I've really been struggling with as I approach completion of my B.S. in Physics. I'm a non-traditional student (52 years old) with a well-paying job doing software development. The work can be mind-numbingly boring. So I'm at a crossroads: I could...
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