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physicist : how should i study maths? [on hold]

If i decided to be a theoretical physicist : should i study some pure maths to make new theory in physis ? Like general relativity : the maths used on it was before it a pure maths that is useless . ...
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Sketching phase portraits

I am trying to answer this question: I would like to know how I go about drawing a phase portrait. All of the examples in my notes are simply the solution with no explanation, and this method of ...
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Complex Number Plane Physics Math Problem

Show that if the line through the origin and the point z is rotated 90°about the origin, it becomes the line through the origin and the point iz. Use this idea in the following problem: Let ...
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Clarification on some notation and “assumptions” in page 143-144 of the book “Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians, Volume 1”

I was trying to read the chapter $1$ (at page $143$) of this book Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians, Volume 1 that is supposed to be an introduction to modern quantum field ...
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How can the tension force be computed to test if a shape is moving or not?

Source Given the coordinates of n 3D joints (1kg each) connected by m rods. Assume rods have zero mass and joints with z=0 are fixed to the ground while others are free to move, will the shape be ...
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A problem about symplectic manifolds in Arnold's book

There is a problem in Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics which says that: Show that the map $A: \mathbb{R}^{2n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{2n}$ sending $(p, q) \rightarrow (P(p,q), ...
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How to compute force on joints of a 3D structure of balls connected by rods?

Source Given the coordinates of n 3D joints (1kg each) connected by m rods. Assume rods have zero mass and joints with z=0 are fixed to the ground while others are free to move, will the shape be ...
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C. Neumann passage in Latin from *Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata*

Neumann, Carl. “Theoria nova phaenomenis electricis applicanda.” Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata 2, no. 1 (August 1868): 120–128. doi:10.1007/BF02419606. p. 121: Nova introducitur ...
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Explanation on equations please [closed]

I've got seemingly two different equations for velocity in orbit: $$v_1 = \sqrt{ \frac{2GM}{R}} $$ and $$v = \sqrt{ \frac{Gm_e}{R}}$$ What is the difference between these two? I'm quite sure that ...
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When finding the frequencies of normal modes, can you have a negative frequency?

Do you simply just consider the positive solutions? I tried a google search but didn't find anything quickly. The work I am studying is Lagrangian systems.
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Shooting a grenade - angle throwing

In my 3D simulation/game I need to shoot a grenade from a grenade launcher. The movement of the grenade is already setup by someone else. all I need is to give him the pitch angle of the grenade ...
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Solution to the “cubic” Helmholtz equation

What is known about the solutions of the differential equation in three-dimensions $$ \nabla^2 \phi = -\kappa^2 (\phi + (1/3!)\phi^3) $$ Without the cubic term, this gives a linear operator ...
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Finding angular momentum about the center of mass?

If we have a couple of particles of an equal, unknown mass: $r_{+} = (c + e^{-Bt} \cos({\theta}))\textbf{x} + (d + e^{-Bt} \sin({\theta}))\textbf{y}$ $r_{-} = (c - e^{-Bt} \cos({\theta}))\textbf{x} ...
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Solve without convergance?

Two days ago I recalled a problem I was given a long time ago. The problem is: Four ants are placed on the vertices of a square with side 1. The ants start moving, each directed towards its left ...
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How to work out 3 dimensional vector angles

I've come across this question and cant for the life of me think how to work it out. I understand working out the angle between two vectors e.g. given, vector a(2i+3j-k) and vector b(8i-6j+2k) but am ...
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What physics book for aspiring theoretical physicist / pure mathematician [closed]

I am a high school student. I want to learn physics on my own, but I am puzzled : Should I read a book which talks about all branches of physics? If yes, recommend a book. Should I read a book which ...
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a group of order 32

Consider the creation and annihilation operators $\left\{a_{1},a_{2},b_{1},b_{2}\right\}$: $$[a_{i},a_{j}]_{+}=0,[b_{i},b_{j}]_{+}=0, a_{i},b_{j}]_{+}=\delta^{j}_{i}$$ with ...
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Calculating where a snowball lands if it doesn't hit anything while falling?

In my calc based physics class we were given the following question, which I've had a lot of trouble with: A snowball rolls off a barn roof that slopes downward at an angle of $40^∘$. The edge of the ...
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Don't understand how this answer is arrived at; dynamic power

According to my notes the fomula for dynmaic energy is $\frac{1}{2}capacitive load \times voltage^2$ and formula for dynamic power is $\frac{1}{2}capaxitive load \times voltage^2 \times switching ...
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Help with solving a problem involving motion in 2D [closed]

A physics book slides off a horizontal table top with a speed of $1.55\:\text{m s}^{-1}$. It strikes the floor after a time of $0.430\:\text{s}$. Ignore air resistance. Find the height of the ...
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Finding Orbital Period of an Object

A satellite is launched to orbit the Earth at an altitude of $1.55\times10^7$ m for use in the Global Positioning System (GPS). Take the mass of the Earth to be $5.97\times10^{24}$ kg and its radius ...
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Finding Acceleration of Two Objects Touching

Alex is asked to move two boxes of books in contact with each other and resting on a rough floor. He decides to move them at the same time by pushing on box A with a horizontal pushing force FP = 8.7 ...
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Finding the total distanced covered (physics)

A subway train starts from rest at a station and accelerates at a rate of $1.60\frac{m}{s^2}$ for $14.0 s$ . It runs at constant speed for $70.0 s$ and slows down at a rate of $3.50\frac{m}{s^2}$ ...
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Finding acceleration at a certain velocity

A race car starts from rest and travels east along a straight and level track. For the first $5.0s$ of the car's motion, the eastward component of the car's velocity is given by ...
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Find acceleration at the first instant when a car has zero velocity.

The position of the front bumper of a test car under microprocessor control is given by: $x(t)=2.17m+\left(4.8\frac{m}{s^2}\right)t^2-\left(.100\frac{m}{s^6}\right)t^6$ Find its acceleration at the ...
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Can you add potentials if charge redistributes?

Let say we have charged conductor $M$ and we know its potential energy function $V_m(r)$ when $M$ is isolated from any charges. We also have charged conductor $N$ with potential energy function ...
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Finding the magnitude of a vector product between two vectors?

Vector $\overrightarrow{A}$ has magnitude $11.0m$ and vector $\overrightarrow{B}$ has magnitude $16.0m$ . The scalar product $\overrightarrow{A}\bullet \overrightarrow{B}$ is $79.0m^2$. What is the ...
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Boxes on a slope [closed]

A box with friction slides down a slope and takes 2 times longer than a similar box with no friction takes to slide the same slope. What is $ \mu $ (the coefficient of friction)? I'm pretty lost. I ...
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Trying to understand free body diagram [closed]

Please consider the following image: Now I'm just trying to understand how exactly this thing is rotated...I'm looking at it exactly like on the image of the car...So the normal force is slightly ...
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Using Invariance of Lorentz interval and constant speed of light to prove the Lorentz transformations

By the invariance of the Lorentz interval and the fact that the speed of light is the same in both frames we have \begin{align*} -c^2 dt^2 + dx^2 = -c^2 dt'^2 + dx'^2 \end{align*} By considering the ...
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Angle that car is at after angular acceleration

A car starts from rest on a curve with a radius of $150m$ and tangential acceleration of $\displaystyle 1.5\frac{m}{s^2}$. Through what angle will the car have traveled when the magnitude of its ...
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Particle Motion

So this is a simple problem but I'm just getting stumped. The question is: A particle not connected to a spring, moving in a straight line, is subject to a retardation force of magnitude ...
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Center of mass in a straight rod

I got an assignment to prove that in a straight homogeneous rod, you can always choose a coordinate system in such a way that $$\int_S x_1 \, dx_1 \, dx_2=0 $$ $$\int_S x_2 \, dx_1 \, dx_2=0 $$ ...
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what does Uncertainty principle means

i did not understanding idea behind Uncertainty principle,which says that For instance, the more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known, ...
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Putting Maxwell's Equations in Tensor Form. (Carroll Chapter 1 Question 11)

Simply put, if you look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_tensor#Significance it says you can go from the traditional four "vector calculus" maxwell equations to two tensor Maxwell ...
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How to convert FFT magnitude of square wave to dBm?

I wish to convert the FFT magnitude of square wave into dBm. I use FFT to covert voltage of square wave to a complex number, then i absolute the complex number into magnitude. Then i divide the ...
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A theorem about oscillation in Arnold's mathematical methods of classical mechanics

There is a theorem in page 100 of Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, which says that: If $\cfrac{dx}{dt} = f(x) = Ax + R_2(x)$, where $A = \cfrac{\partial f}{\partial x}|_{x = ...
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What is the simplest mathematical concept that does not map to a physical phenomenon?

One of my colleagues argues that everything in math proves something in the physical world. For instance, he claims that the existence of math to describe fractals proves the infinite divisibility of ...
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What is a particle mathematically?

In quantum field theory, what is a particle mathematically? How would you explain to someone who kows alot of math but no physics what a particle is? A simple example model would suffice.
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Expectation value in a Quantum derivation

I'm reading a physics paper (John Bell's 1964 paper on the EPR paradox if anyone is physics-curious) and I'm having an issue following his derivation. It's the probability distribution stuff -not ...
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How has this equation been represented in the frequency domain

So, in my previous question Where does this formula for prediction of a multiple wave come from?, I get that using this picture: we have so far written the time it takes for a multiple to travel ...
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Metastable solution for system of nonlinear equations

System of nonlinear equations: $$E_i=\epsilon_i+\sum_{j\neq i}^N \left(\frac{1}{1+\exp(E_j/T)}-\frac{1}{2}\right)\frac{e^2}{r_ij} \tag 1$$ where $T=0.05$, $r_{i,j}$ is given symmetric matrix with ...
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Maths-Physics question, can I solve this situation for $x$?

So Let's say I have an object going at velocity $V$, initially. Each second, the current velocity $v$ is reduced by $v/x$ . After $250$ (arbitrary) seconds the velocity has been reduced to below/equal ...
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where $\nabla^2V = 0$ , evaluate $\int_S V d\Omega /4\pi$

Where $\nabla^2 V = 0$ in 3 dimensional Euclidean space, it is a well-known fact that $${\int_S V(\vec{r'}) d\Omega'\over 4\pi}=V(\vec{a})$$ where $\vec{a}$ is the center of a sphere $S$ of radius ...
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Avegaring a harmonic function over solid angle

It is well-known fact that if you average a harmonic function over the area of a sphere, you get the value of the harmonic function evaluated at the sphere's center. (Let's restrict the dimension to ...
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Hankel trasformation of acoustic wave equation

We consider a simplified version of acoustic wave equation \begin{equation} \frac{\partial^2 p}{\partial r^2}+\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial p}{\partial r}+\frac{\partial^2 p}{\partial z^2}+k^2 ...
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Why does something constant have a parabolic shape?

Consider an object dropped from a certain position, and the only force is acceleration due to gravity. The object accelerates the same throughout the free fall; not speeding up or slowing down. So ...
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Why is acceleration $\frac{1}{2}at^2$ halved when finding final height (distance)?

The final distance of an object dropped from a certain height is: $$S_f=S_0-\frac{1}{2}at^2,$$ $S_f=$ Final distance $S_0=$ Initial height from which the object was dropped $a=$ acceleration due ...
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Physical Meaning of Symplectic Vector Fields

The mathematics of symplectic (as well as Hamiltonian) vector fields is something that has been quite clear to me for some time, but recently I have been thinking much more about what certain ...
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Non-square tensors?

I learnt tensor algebra for physics and I never saw a non-square (or non-cubic...) tensor. But, from a mathematical point of view, do non-square tensors exist? And if so, are they used in some area in ...