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    Resources with learning strategies for students of physics

    I can find several resources (in this forum and elsewhere) on pedagogy and teaching tips that are geared towards teachers. Are there any books or resources that provides tips for students of physics, that would make learning more efficient and effective? Examples of the kind of things I am...
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    Adiabatic approximation in the derivation of the speed of sound

    The speed of sound in a gas at temperature T is given to be ## v=\sqrt{\frac{\gamma RT}{M}}##, where ##\gamma## is the adiabatic exponent, R is the gas constant and M is the molar mass of the gas. In deriving this expression, we assumed that the compression and expansion processes were so fast...
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    Propagation of errors: two different results for same question

    If I write ##f=\frac{uv}{u+v}## and then take differentials on both sides, I get ##\frac{df}{f}=\frac{du}{u}+\frac{dv}{v}+\frac{du+dv}{u+v}##, I get the fractional error as 0.03. (I have replaced the negative signs that come as a result of quotient rule with positive signs, since we are asked to...
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    How do temperatures add?

    I was going through vector and scalar quantities (the way they are taught in high school), and this is how I think students are supposed to understand it: Scalar quantities are quantities that add like numbers. For e.g. Mass. If I add 100 g of water to a bucket and then add a further 100 g, I...
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    Propagation of transverse pulse on a string

    Homework Statement A horizontal string at tension T is tapped at the midpoint to create a small transverse pulse. What happens to the pulse as time passes? If the pulse is instead created at a point other than the midpoint, what happens to it? Neglect damping. Homework Equations Speed of...
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    Pulling/pushing an elastic rod at high speeds

    Consider an elastic rod lying on a table. If one end of the rod is pulled/pushed along the length of the rod with speed v, the other end will not immediately start moving, because any disturbance takes time to propagate along the rod. To be precise, the other end will move after a time t=L/c...
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    Photoelectric effect , Superposition of sine waves

    Homework Statement In a photoelectric effect experiment, a monochromatic plane wave of light falls on a metal plate. The electric field in the light wave at a point near the plate varies according to E=E_0 \cos (\omega t). This results in a saturation current of 6 μA. If instead, the light wave...
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    Other Book recommendations for making guesses, estimates, inferences

    I came across this book 'Street fighting Mathematics, The art of educated guessing and opportunistic problem solving' , by Sanjoy Mahaan, published by MIT press. The book talks about how we can guess some property of the solutions of a number of physics and math problems without actually solving...
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    Electrostatic force between a Half Cylinder and a Plate

    Homework Statement (This is not a HW problem, but HW-type problem.) A half cylinder of radius R and length L>>R is formed by cutting a cylindrical pipe made of an insulating material along a plane containing its axis. The rectangular base of the half cylinder is closed by a dielectric plate of...
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    Gas expansion Problem

    MODERATOR'S NOTE: Moved from other forum, so no template @Chestermiller I am still having trouble figuring out if a given process is Quasi-static or not. Consider the following case. The cylinder consists of an ideal gas at the bottom and a liquid of density ρ at the top separated by a piston...
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    B Adiabatic or Isobaric process?

    Consider the following problem: Gaseous helium (assumed ideal) filled in a horizontal cylindrical vessel is separated from its surroundings by a massless piston. Both piston and cylinder are thermally insulating. The ambient pressure is suddenly tripled without changing the ambient temperature...
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