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What is the connection between $V(\vec x) = \frac{1}{2}(x_1^2+x_1x_2+x_2^2)$ and $V(\vec x) = \frac {1}{2} x^TPx $?

For example, $V(\vec x) = \frac{1}{2}(x_1^2+x_1x_2+x_2^2)$ has an equivalent representation $V(\vec x) = \frac {1}{2} x^TPx $ where $P$ is some matrix Can someone make this connection clearer for me ...
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Compactification of a straight line

Like in the case of mapping a infinite-plane to a sphere (Riemann Sphere), I can understand, that I can map the infinite line ($-\infty,\infty$) to a circle. Secondly, I can also map a finite line ...
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Separation of variables for the Laplace equation on a disk

I have the equation $$\bigtriangleup u=\frac{1}{r} \frac{\partial}{\partial r}(r\frac{\partial u}{\partial r}) + \frac{1}{r^2} \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial \theta}=0$$ where $0<r<1$ , $-\pi< ...
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Killing vector field along a geodesic

I was trying to show that a Killing vector field satisfies the Jacobi Equation for a geodesic, just by assuming that \begin{equation} \nabla_\mu X_\nu + \nabla_\nu X_\mu=0 \end{equation} Indeed, if I ...
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Debye Function Integral (BlackBody)

Show that $$ \int^{\infty}_{0} \frac{x^{3} \, dx}{e^{x}-1} = \frac{\pi^{4}}{15} $$ by expanding the integrand in powers of $e^{-x} $ and integrating term by term. Could anyone help with this one?
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Riccati Equation for falling particle.

I'am trying to solve the differential equation for a falling particle of mass 1 with air resistance proportional to $v^2$ (v is velocity): $$v'=g-v^2$$ This is a Riccati-Equation with stationary ...
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Is it always true that a linear map has a quadratic action?

If I have a linear map $A: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$, is it always true that the action of this map on a phase space of position and momentum $(q,p)^\text{T}$ is quadratic in $q_1$ and ...
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Finding speed of snowballs given initial velocity and angles

You and a friend stand on a snow-covered roof. You both throw snowballs from an elevation of $14$ m with the same initial speed of $12$ m/s, but in different directions. You throw your snowball ...
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formula of Gauss Legendre for 9 node element for 2D dimension?

This is maybe stupid question by im really noob in math. Can you show me formula of Gauss Legendre for 9 node element for 2D dimension?
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Momentum a cotangent vector?

Imagine we have a particle described by $x \in M$, where $M$ is some manifold, then it is very intuitive I think that a velocity is an element of the tangent space at $x$, so $x' \in T_{x}M.$ Thus, by ...
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Jets and vertical differential

For a vector bundle $(E,\pi, M)$ let $\phi :M\mapsto E$ be a section of $\pi $, $x\in M$ and $u=\phi (x)$. The vertical differential of the section $\phi$ at point $u\in E$ is the map: ...
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Little mistake with Levi-Civita symbol property

I have this equation $ \varepsilon_{ijk}B_k = \partial_iA_j - \partial_jA_i $ and I was asked to prove $\mathbf{B}=\nabla\times\mathbf{A}$, where $\mathbf{B}=B^i\mathbf{e}_i$ and ...
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Planetary Motion: A comet describe a parabola about the sun [closed]

A comet describe a parabola about the sun, show that the sum of the squares of the velocities at the extremities of a focal chord is constant. I have no idea how to solve. Please help. I only ...
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planetary motion: Particle describes an ellipse as a central orbit about a focus

A particle describes an ellipse as a central orbit about a focus. Show that the velocity at the end of the minor axis is the geometric mean between the greatest and least velocities. My attempt: ...
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Chronology condition and metric perturbations

Let $(M,g)$ be the quotient of the 2-dimensional Minkowski space-time by the discrete group of isometries generated by the map $f(t, x) = (t + 1, x + 1)$. Show that $(M, g)$ satisfies the ...
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The Poincaré dual of a space-time curve

We have a smooth space-time curve defined by $f:C{\mapsto}M$, where $M$ is a typical curved space-time manifold. ${\eta}^{(4)}$ is the volume 4-form defined on $M$ and ${\varepsilon}^{(1)}$ is the ...
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Normal matrix is diagonalizable

If $[A,A^*]=0$ ($A^*$ is a conjugate transpose of $A$), that is, $A$ is a normal matrix, How is $A$ diagonalizable? Or, this is just a definition of normal matrix?
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Formula to calculate password cracking time in years, taking into account Moore's law and known adversary guessing power [closed]

We know that the biggest human rights violators in human history are capable of one trillion password guesses per second as of approximately January 2013. Assume that the 1 trillion guesses per ...
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Quantization of Hermite differential equation

In the course of solving the time independent quantum harmonic oscillation Schrodinger equation $$ \Psi^{ \prime \prime} (y) +(2 \epsilon -2y^2) \Psi (y)$$ When we try ansartz $\Psi = u(y) ...
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How do you get the curvature tensor of the Schwarzschild Solution?

So, on the Wikipedia page on the derivation of the Schwärzschild solution , I get everything up to the part about the Ricci tensor. What were the components of the tensor that were used? Could ...
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Product of delta functions [closed]

What is the result of the following integral? $$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\delta(x-x_1)\delta(x-x_2)f(x)\,dx$$
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Diagonalising an infinite dimensional Hermitian square matrix

I have a quantum state which takes the following form: $\rho = \sum_{b, \,c \, = \,0}^\infty \frac{(-igt)^b(igt)^c}{\sqrt{b!c!}}\vert b\rangle\langle c\vert$. This is an infinite Hermitian matrix ...
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references on social physics [closed]

I've been very curious about social physics since the moment I read the book "Big data and social physics: The lessons from a new science" written by Alex Pentland. I also know that there are many ...
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Intuition about $v\otimes w$

In Physics and Differential Geometry usually tensors of type $(k,l)$ on a vector space $V$ over $\mathbb{F}$ are defined as multilinear functions $$f : \underbrace{V\times\cdots\times V}_{k \ ...
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Distance between a density operator and a pure quantum state.

Given density operators $\rho_1$ and $\rho_2$ and a pure quantum state $|\psi>$. It is promised that $|\psi>$ is in only one of the given density operators. How to find which density operator ...
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How to optimize this types of problems?

Given that $min [ t_{f} - t_{0} ]$ such that $x(x'(t_{0}),y'(t_{0}),z'(t_{0}),t_{0}) = 0$ $y(x'(t_{0}),y'(t_{0}),z'(t_{0}),t_{0}) = 0$ $z(x'(t_{0}),y'(t_{0}),z'(t_{0}),t_{0}) = 0$ $x(t_{f}) = ...
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Trajectory Code Problem

Problem 2. “Pumpkin chucking” is a competition event to see which team can shoot a pumpkin as far as possible, usually with a pneumatic cannon. In this problem we’re going to write a computer program ...
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Could you offer another way to prove $e^{\hat{A}}\hat{B}e^{-\hat{A}}=e^{ad\hat{A}}\hat{B}$

My professor wants me to solve this identity in two ways. Sadly, I could only do one way and haven't figure out how to solve it another way. Here is my way, Denote ...
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Punctual Hilbert scheme of four points

I am looking at $\text{Hilb}^4(\mathbb{C}^2)$, which is the Hilbert scheme of four points on $\mathbb{C}^2$. In particular, I am just looking at four points collided (at the origin), and want to know ...
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Proof that Electromagnetic force is much stronger than gravity [closed]

The electromagnetic force is given by this formula: $$Fl=q(v\cdot\,B)$$ and gravity is given by $$Fz=m\cdot\,g$$ Now do I've to proof that the electrmagnetic force is much stronger than gravity but ...
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Notation in Reed/Simon Vol. IV (and possibly an earlier volume)

I'm wondering if there are any mathematical physicists/analysts out there that can help me with some notation I've seen in Reed and Simon's books on analysis. Unfortunately I don't have time to read ...
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FLATLAND's sphere intersection scenario, explored for four dimmensions

I recently finished this wonderful new vintage edition of FLATLAND. http://amzn.com/918775116X In 1884, Edwin Abbott wrote this strange and enchanting novella called FLATLAND, in which a square who ...
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Defining the quantum group $U_q(\mathfrak{sl}_2)$

I've seen two defining relation for $U_q(\mathfrak{sl}_2)$ by the Serre relations $$[H,E]=E,\quad[H,F]=-F, \quad [E,F]=\frac{q^H-q^{-H}}{q-q^{-1}}, $$ or by taking $K=q^H$ $$KK^{-1}=K^{-1}K=1,\quad ...
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Personal Experiences with Probability Simulation

Simulations methods are increasingly used in theoretical and (especially) applied probability. Personally, I have used simulation for purposes that range from recreational Q&A to applications of ...
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Mean-pressure of an acoustic wave

I am looking at total internal reflection for an acoustic wave, defined in terms of its pressure such that $$p = p_1 \,exp\left[-i\{\omega t-\vec{k} \cdot\vec x\}\right]$$ Using the definition of ...
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Is this equal ? (I found it on this website)

I found this equation on this website! I would like to know it its true or not? And how can proof or disprove it?! Euler-Mascheroni constant expression, further simplification ...
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How can we proof that this is equal? About $ln(n)$

I found this on this website (Euler-Mascheroni constant expression, further simplification) without any explaining why this is equal can someone give me that? ...
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Green's function in the context of classical mechanics

I am following this paper entitled "The classical mechanics of non-conservative systems". I would like to discuss equation (2) since I cannot get what the autor says. This is the problem: let's ...
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What is he easiest way to approximate γ as a decimal number?

What is the easiest way to give the numerical value of the Euler-Mascheroni constant? The mathmetical way to give that value? Thanks lot!
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Parameters in the Hamilton-Jacobi Equation

I'm reading through Gelfand and Fomin's 'Calculus of Variations', and they've just derived the Hamilton-Jacobi Equation: $$\frac{\partial S}{\partial x} + H \left(x, y_1, \ldots, y_n , \frac{\partial ...
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maximum position uncertainty of particle in a box

I want to verify mathematically for wave function $\psi(x)$ satisfying $\psi(x)=0$ for $\lvert x \rvert \ge \frac{L}{2} $ and $\int_{- \frac{L}{2}}^{\frac{L}{2}} \lvert \psi(x) \rvert ^2 dx = 1 $ ...
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What is the prerequisite knowledge for Navier–Stokes Existence and Smoothness problem?

I am highly interested in the Millennium Problem of Navier–Stokes Existence and Smoothness (also here) and my aim is to reach some level of knowledge to do research on it. The problem seems simple to ...
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Finding initial value of differential equation

Given, $$ mdv/dt = mg - kv $$ Question is: Find the velocity $v(t)$ that satisfies this initial value problem. Also, by letting $t$ approach positive infinity, determine the terminal velocity ...
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Blow-Up for Semi-Linear Wave Equation

I am reading C. D. Sogge's book "Lectures on Non-Linear Wave Equations". As an exercise, I attempted to fill out the details of the proof of Theorem 5.1 (Local Existence of Solutions for Semilinear ...
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Kahler-Einstein Metrics in Physics - Topic Suggestions

I am hoping to get some topic suggestions for a presentation I have to give in a couple of weeks. The course the presentation is for is called Kahler-Einstein metrics. I would really like the ...
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Regge symmetry and outer automorphisms of Dynkin diagrams

Quantum $6j$-symbols are the coefficients of the change of basis matrix in the central extension of Temperley-Lieb algebra(see the book by Kauffman and Lins). It is my understanding that Ocneanu has ...
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Function $\int_0^1 x^{a}(1-x)^{n}~dx$ used for Gamma Function

I was reading a historical note on Euler and found that below given function is used to find Gamma Function: $$ \int_0^1 x^{a}(1-x)^{n} dx .$$ And I could not understand that why this function ...
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What are BesselJ functions?

I solved an integration on mathematica which gives BesselJ functions and some other terms. I explored mathematica help and google but could not understand the difference between different types of ...
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partial differential equation applicational problem

As a Maths student with not much knowledge in physics, I dont understand how the "string" can be "cut" into half at x=L/2. Also, how many initial conditions(data) does this question have apart from ...
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How invariance is formulated mathematically?

Consider $M$ a smooth manifold of dimension $n$, then a vector at the point $a\in M$ can be defined without any reference to any coordinate system. Indeed, we define a vector $v\in T_aM $ usually as ...