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How the Jacobian is connected to the movement of particle from one domain to another? [on hold]

I am dealing with the proof of Reynold-Transport Theorem. There the Jacobian is used for the changing position of particles from one domain to another. Can anyone help me to understand what does ...
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Resolvent and spectrum of a self-adjoint extension

In this paper, they give the resolvent, spectrum, and eigenfunctions of the self-adjoint extension of the Laplacian on a rectangle that corresponds to a delta potential at an arbitrary point (items ...
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Calculate initial speed to launch the cat at specific spot

BACKGROUND: I’m trying to create a game where cat jumps from platform to platform, but as any other cat this furry devil won’t do the things I’m asking for. I want the cat to jump and land at the ...
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Solving a differential equation numerically to plot particle path

I'm trying to plot the evolution of a particle in an accretion disk by solving the equation $$2X\frac{\partial X}{\partial\tau}=V_R(X,\tau)$$ where I have found $V_R$ numerically to be ...
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Angular momentum of an accretion disk

I need to plot the time evolution of the total angular momentum in an accretion disk. This confuses me because I thought this should be constant, since angular momentum has to be conserved? I'm given ...
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Making new sense of the three-body problem in the light of Maryam Mirzakhani math contributions

I am unfamiliar with moduli spaces and ergodic theory which appear to be essential in Maryam Mirzakhani's math contributions which won her the Fields Medal. However, I am well conversant with ...
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Examples of quasilinear wave equations

Consider a quasilinear wave equation equation of the form $\sum g^{ij}(u, Du)\partial_i\partial_j u = F(u, Du)$ on $R \times R^n$ subject to initial data $u(0,x)=g, \; \partial_t u(0,x)=h.$ Given ...
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Learning roadmap to Topological Quantum Field Theories from a mathematics perspective

I want to learn TQFT's and am looking for review articles or books. My mathematics knowledge is limited to one year of graduate course in Algebra (Groups,Rings,Fields,Categories, Modules and ...
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Conformal transformation

The problem is following. This is an Exerciese of Polchinski $2.6$ (explanation about conformal field transformation) Consider the flat Euclidean metric $\delta_{ab}$ in $d$ dimensions. An ...
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Applications of matrices – CAT scans [closed]

Question 1 From the diagrams below, explain why one or two x-rays are insufficient in finding the location or number of tumours accurately, remembering that the x-ray source moves from left to right ...
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Interpreting complex coefficients in the Ritz procedure

I am using the Ritz procedure to write a trial function as the superposition of other admissible functions, with the coefficients being unknown variational parameters to be determined. The variational ...
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Lecture notes on holomorphic Yang-Mills theory

Some time ago I've found these lecture notes on the gauge theory. In particular, in these lecture notes the author introduces and studies the Yang-Mills equations in the case of real bundles and ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion DE

The simple harmonic motion DE is $x''(t)=-x(t)$ I solved it as a homogenous linear equation and after inserting the Euler's formula into the equation, my solution becomes ...
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Trigonometry in projectile motion

I initially posted this question on Physics SE but got no responses probably because it's more related to maths than physics. A plane surface makes an angle $\bf X$ with the horizontal. From the ...
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My orbiting body is orbiting about the wrong focus of it's elliptical orbit… why? [closed]

I am coding in c++ and am computing the position of an orbiting body as a function of time. Everything is almost working. I have a nice elliptical orbit. Except, my orbiting body speeds up as it ...
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Finding the equation for a (inverted) cycloid given two points

If I have two points on a Cartesian plane, and I know that they are connected by a cycloid, then how do I find the equation for that cycloid? For background information, I have been playing around ...
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Gauge covariant derivative on principal bundle over $\mathbb R^d$

I try to understand the physical definition of covariant derivative in gauge theories in terms of the exterior covariant derivative of vector-valued forms defined as the horizontal projection wrt a ...
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Physical interpretation of L1 Norm and L2 Norm

In signal analysis, students have no qualms about associating the L2 norm of a square integrable function f(t) as the energy associated with that signal. A good understanding of whether a function ...
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Derivation of Schrödinger's equation

I recall a famous quote of the late physicist Richard Feynman: Where did we get that from? It's not possible to derive it from anything you know. It came out of the mind of Schrödinger. This ...
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Decomposition of a positive semidefinite self-adjoint operator?

If I have a positive semi-definite self-adjoint operator $H:D(H) \rightarrow L^2$, is it true that there is always a decomposition $H=A^* A$ available? If this is true, what can we say about the ...
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Subject to in equation

I have the formula below: $$\hat x_2=\arg\min\lVert x\rVert_2\quad\text{subject to}\quad A{x}=y.$$ But I didn't understand what was meant by "subject to" ? does $x$ is replaced by $x_2$? please can ...
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Compatibility between the Lax, Hamilton and St. Petersburg formalisms in terms of the conserved quantities.

In classical integrable models, in the discrete case we have the Lax equation discrete $\frac{dL_{n}}{dt} = M_{n+1}L_{n}-L_{n}M_{n}$ the Sklyanin algebra, $\lbrace T_{a}(u),T_{b}(v)\rbrace = ...
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In what ways has physics spurred the invention of new mathematical tools?

I came across this comment: Mathematical rigor is not a criterion that physicists have for evaluating their theories. From a mathematical perspective, the non-rigorous theories are far more ...
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Equivalent descriptions of “flat space with non Euclidean metric” and “curved space with (local) Euclidean metric”: the case of Minkowski space.

FIRST: I start with the guiding idea: 1. we have the surface of a paraboloid (z = x2 + y2); its metric, in an infinitesimal neighbourhood of one of its points is (we can choose it) EUCLIDEAN; now, ...
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When do isometries commute with the compatible derivative operator on a semi-Riemannian manifold?

Let $M$ and $\tilde{M}$ be smooth manifolds, each with a metric $g_{ab}$ and $\tilde{g}_{ab}$, assumed here to be smooth symmetric invertible tensor fields, which are non-degenerate but not ...
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Math formulas on Clustering

I am currently studying Clustering in Machine Learning. I have found a document regarding guessing the right number of clusters. I am reading the first part of it, having difficulties in understanding ...
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Time of flight for a projectile with stated initial velocity and size at various distances [migrated]

I've been mooching round the internet looking for an answer to this one and can't find a ready resource, hence the question. In short, I'm trying to discover the flight time of a shotgun pellet at ...
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Rope question - integration

A 50-lb bucket is at the bottom of a 100-ft well. A 200 lb rope (also 100 ft long) is tied securely to the bucket. We will use rope to lift this bucket out of the wall, at a rate of 1 foot every ...
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Using metric to raise and lower indices

Everything I read on tensors makes it clear that using the metric matrix $g_{ab}$ and its inverse $g^{ab}$ to respectively lower and raise indices of a tensor is very important. As far as I know (and ...
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Is kinetic energy a positive definite quadratic form?

Recall (Arnold, Mathematical methods of classical mechanis, 4.19, B) Definition. Let $M$ be a riemannian manifold. The quadratic form on each tangent space $$ T = \frac{1}{2} \langle v, v ...
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Applications of Algebra in Physics

Often I have heard about the link between Algebra (in particular Representations of Groups and Algebras) and some "indefinite" field of Physics. I have a good preparation in Algebra and ...
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Basis representation for non-negative, compact support, reasonably smooth spectral function

I was wondering if anyone has ideas on representing a non-negative, compact support (from x=-1 to 1 on the real axis) spectral function as a superposition of basis elements. Ideally, the basis ...
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Two questions in spectral theory: the spectrum of the Fourier transform and the Hamiltonian of the hydrogen atom.

I have the following two questions: The Fourier transform defines a unitary (provided that it is normalized properly) map $\hat{\cdot}:L^2(\mathbf{R})\rightarrow L^2(\mathbf{R})$. I figured out its ...
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Conformal group in two dimensions

In Conformal field theory, physicist says, the conformal group in two dimensions is infinite dimensional, so the associated with the infinity of generators and infinity conserved charges provided. Is ...
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Properties of the Double Layer Potential

Consider the double layer potential $$ W_{\nu}(x) = \int_{\partial\Omega} \nu(y) \frac{\partial}{\partial n_y}\left( \frac{1}{|x - y|} \right) d \sigma_y $$ for a bounded region $\Omega \in \mathbb ...
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Prove that there is a basis of a lattice $\Lambda$ s.t. a reflection is of a certain form

Consider $\Lambda$ a lattice in $\mathbb{R}^2$. Let $S \in O(\Lambda)$ be a reflection, i.e. $\det S = -1$. Set $S_{1}= \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 \\ \end{pmatrix}$ and $S_{2}= ...
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Identifying the algebra

In order to solve an obscure (physics) problem I have been considering whose details are not important, I am looking for elements (I am thinking in terms of matrices and their products but this may ...
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How did Le Verrier calculate Neptune's position?

In the Wikipdia article on Neptune the discovery is described as a mathematical achievement: Subsequent observations revealed substantial deviations from the tables, leading Bouvard to ...
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Can a quaternionic Kähler manifold be NOT Kähler?

I have an explicit construction of the metric on the quaternionic Kähler manifold $$\mathcal M = \frac{Sp(1, 1)}{Sp(1) \times Sp(1)}.$$ Arranging the four real degrees of freedom into two complex ones ...
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Properties of functional integration

this question comes from theoretical Physics, the issue being the so called Path Integral. The measure of this thing is something written as $[d\phi]=\prod_x d\phi(x)$ And this should be the limit ...
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How to use the Mehler kernel to get the solution of the Quantum harmonic oscillator with a given initial condition

In this wiki-article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehler_kernel the fundamental solution of the differential equation for the Quantum harmonic oscillator is provided by the Mehler Kernel: ...
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Trigonometry, find distance of arc movement

Imagine I have the setup as follows: I want to compute the height x in State 2, depending on how much the blue axis have moved. That is, the distance ...
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The definition of scalar and vector concomitant of a metric

I'm reading Defrise-Carter's paper Conformal Groups and Conformally Equivalent Isometry Groups. One might find the paper at the following link: ...
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How to evaluate the integral $\int e^{ipx}e^{ipx} d^{3}x = 0$

I am embarrassed to ask this question. But I came across the following in a physics book: $$\int e^{ipx}e^{ipx} d^{3}x = 0$$ $d^{3}x = dydydz$, as @Semiclassical shows below. This came up in the ...
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Mathieu equation solution with non-periodic boundary conditions

I need to solve the Mathieu equation: $y''(x)+(a-2q \cos(2x)) y(x) = 0$ but with the unusal boundary condition: $y(x+\pi) = e^{i \alpha}y(x) \quad , \quad \alpha \in R$ if $\alpha = 0$ than the ...
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derivation of an equation involving the Fourier transform of the square modulus of a wave function

A textbook on electron optics states that, ignoring a factor of 2 for convenience, the result $\mathscr{F}(I(\vec{r}))=\mathscr{F}(\phi(\vec{r}))\cdot{}A(\vec{k})\cdot{}\sin[\gamma(\vec{k})]$ can be ...
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Stopping point of a sliding particle.

A particle with given mass > 0 and given coefficient of friction > 0 and given initial downward speed > 0 starts at (0,1) on the graph of y = exp(-x). The coefficient of friction applies only to those ...
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Complete ONS and pure point spectrum

In all that follows all operators are taken to be densely defined on a Hilbert space $H$. Some textbooks state that an operator $A$ on $H$ has pure point spectrum if $H$ admits a complete ONS (Hilbert ...
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integral of the sphere describing lambertian reflectance

A Lambertian surface reflects or emits radiation proportional to the cosine of the angle subtended between the exiting angle and the normal to that surface. The integral of surface of the hemisphere ...
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How do you solve this differential equation? $\tfrac{dx}{dz} = i (M x)$

How do you solve this differential equation : $\tfrac{dx}{ dz} = i (M x)$ where $M$ is a tridiagonal matrix with elements $100$. That is, $M$ is an array with $100$ elements in triagonal form, ...