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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, ...
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Mathematical background for TQFT

I am physicist. I`ve started studying Topological QFT. What would you recommend to read in mathematical field for understanding Witten’s old articles of 80s-90s? What books/articles could help form ...
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Function spaces for the 1-dim heat equation.

Consider the standard 1-dim heat equation: $u_t(x,t)-\alpha u_{xx}(x,t)=0$, where $u:\mathbb{R}\times\mathbb{R_+}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, with initial conditions $u(x,0)=g(x), x\in\mathbb{R}$ and ...
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Formulation VS Interpretation

I'm reading a book on Mathematical Physics and at some point the author says that we must distinguish between a "formulation" and an "interpretation" of a theory, although it's not easy to point what ...
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Analytical Models for Hysteresis of Complicated Systems

I’ve been working with a system that exhibits hysteresis and I’ve found that the more common models do not work for me. I am wondering if anyone is aware of other models that might be out there for ...
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Computation of the Frenet-Serret trihedron in $\Bbb L^3$ (Lorentz-Minkowski space)

Consider $\Bbb L^3 = (\Bbb R^3, \langle , \rangle)$, with the convention $$\langle (x_1,y_1,z_1), (x_2,y_2,z_2)\rangle = x_1x_2+y_1y_2 - z_1z_2$$ and $\| v \| = \sqrt{|\langle v, v \rangle|}$. Let ...
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Functional Extremum

Let a functional $H[\phi]$ of a map $\phi\in\mathbb{R}^{\mathbb{R}^4}$ be given by: $$ H(x^0) = \int_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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Initial value of Newton Raphson Method

I am currently studying Newton-Raphson Method. I feel that I understand the concept of it. Somehow, I am facing some question in my head about how to actually apply it. The questions that I have are ...
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Why is entropy = the Legendre transform?

Can someone give me a mathematician's explanation (and not a physicist's) as to why $$\int_{\Omega}\Psi^*(b(u(t))$$ is called the entropy where $\Psi^*$ is the Legengre transform of ...
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Integral calculation - Gravity - Free Fall

I have read this article http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/3534/dont-heavier-objects-actually-fall-faster-because-they-exert-their-own-gravity. In the best answer by David Z - there are some ...
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Formal proof of Clebsch Gordon sum

physicist here. When looking at the irreducible representations of $so(3)$, i.e. the set of all real valued anti-symmetric matrices, one can parametrize those irreps with an index $j$ which can be ...
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An Integration Calculation

I'm just having a bit of difficulty understanding the last couple of steps made in the paper Horowitz & Hubeny - Quasinormal Modes of AdS Black Holes and the Approach to Thermal Equilibrium (p.8) ...
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Proof of Arnold-Liouville's Thm: movement in angular coordinates conditionally periodic

I'm reading Arnold's book Mathematical Methods in Classical Mechanics and got stuck on the proof of Liouville's theorem on integrable systems. The proof finishes with Problem 11: Show that the motion ...
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Homomorphism between $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ and the Lorentz group and choice of metric

Just a quick question, I'm hoping someone can clarify how this probably small issue can be resolved. It is said that a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ is a linear tranformation of $\mathbb{R}^3_1$ ...
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Resources for learning Relativity

I´m looking for books to the study of Relativity. I know that this is math stack schange and not physics stack schage, but I believe that some of the users here are interesed in physical-mathematical ...
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Areas of contemporary Mathematical Physics

I have often heard that some developments in Physics such as Gauge Theory, String Theory, Twistor Theory, Loop Quantum Gravity etc have had a significant impact on pure Mathematics especially geometry ...
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Approximation of the Heaviside Function whose derivative has a compact support

I am looking for a smooth approximation $H_\delta$ of the Heaviside function, which has the property that $$ \lim_{\delta\rightarrow 0^+}H_\delta =H $$ in the distribution sense, and $$ ...
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What is the right domain for this Hamiltonian

I want to define a proper domain $D(H) \subset L^2$ for this Hamiltonian ( $\theta$, $\phi$ are the standard angles in spherical coordinates). Furthermore, the wave function is supposed to satisfy ...
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Where does this unit vector come from?

Although this is a physics problem, the problem is in regard to vectors. There is the relevant reference to this image here: What I need to find is the unit vector of force $F_1$. The book gives ...
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Centre of Mass and Moment of Inertia of a sphere - spherical cap

I have been given a sphere of radius a, from this sphere a cap of hight h is cut off. 1) What is the centre of mass of the rest of the sphere? 2) What is the moment of inertia regarding the axis of ...
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Physical reflections of prime-number distribution

Not a purely mathematical question: I have read somewhere that Atomic Orbital is closely related to the distribution of prime numbers, but I am unable to find any reference to that. Can someone ...
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How to power series expand determinants?

Say $g$ is a ($d\times d$) matrix which is given as, $g = g_0 + xg_2 + x^2 g_4 .. +x^{d/2 -1}g_{d-2}+ x^{d/2}(g_d + h_d(log (x)))$ where $d$ is an even number and each $g_i$ is a matrix (same ...
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is it necessary that curl of 2d vector is perpendicular to the plane.

I am just confused, help me guys. The question comes up, because we say that curl is either clockwise or anti-clockwise at a point.
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If physical space had cardinality larger than $\aleph_1$, would we need new math to describe dynamics? [closed]

If physical space had cardinality larger than $\aleph_1$, would we need new math to describe dynamics? For instance, would the dynamics of a sea of virtual particles of cardinality $\aleph_1$ would ...
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Question about Logistic Regression - 2

How should I tell the difference between those two formulas in the circles below. I am studying logistic regression and I have faced two different formulas from two different documents. I don't know ...
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Proving that $E=mc^2$

What are the axioms of special relativity? Is there a book or paper that introduces the theory of special relativity in a rigorous manner, and proves that $E=mc^2$ after appropriate definitions?
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Collision detection between two accelerating spheres with no initial velocity?

We have two non-touching spheres of radii r1 & r2 are lying in space at rest. Both of them are then given accelerations a1 & a2 respectively at time t=0. Find whether they will ever come in ...
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Understand the English paragraph on association rule.

I am currently studying Association Rule Pattern Mining. I am reading the explanation on wikipedia about it. Somehow, I feel like I have a problem in understanding the paragraph below. Can somebody ...
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Orthogonality of associated Legendre polynomials

Let $P_n(x)$ be the $n$-th degree Legendre polynomial. Let $k$ be a nonnegative integer less than or equal to both $n,m$. How to prove that $$ \int_{-1}^1 (1-x^2)^k D^kP_n(x) D^kP_m(x)\,dx = ...
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About reparametrization of timelike curves in $\mathbb{L}^3$ (Lorentz-Minkowski space)

I think there is something wrong with the proof this text gives of Lemma $2.1.5$, in pages $19$ and $20$, for timelike curves. I used another function, and it seems to work. Either I'm wrong, or he ...
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An identity relating sum of number of partitions to sum of number of parts

I encountered this identity while studying about the Kac determinants in CFT. $$\sum_{\{n_1 + \cdot \cdot \cdot + n_k \}} k = \sum_{pq \le N} P(N-pq)$$ Here $P(N-pq)$ is the number of partitions of ...
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Are these derivatives correct?

Given the map $E: \mathbb{R}^3 \times \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$, such that (notice that this excercise is taken from Physics(Electrodynamics)). $$E(r,t) = -\frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_0} ...
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Uniform convergence on functions

For a $f(x)=x^n, x\in[0,0.5]$ I know that $d_\infty (x^n,0)=sup|x^n-0|=\frac{1}{x^n} \rightarrow 0 $, when $n\rightarrow \infty$ and $x\in[0,0.5]$. For $\{x^n-x^{n+1}\}, x\in[0,1]$ this isn't the ...
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Mathematics/Mechanics Problem

I would like to ask you if anybody could help me with this problem. So far i know that the positions where B and A have to meet are at distances L and L+2r
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Reference request: what is the relation between classical r-matrices and quantum R-matrices?

I learned from a professor that $$ R=Id+(q-1)r+ o(q-1), $$ where $R$ is a quantum $R$-matrix and $r$ is the corresponding classical $r$-matrix. Here $o(q-1)$ denotes a term of the form $A(q-1)^2$, ...
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What is the explicit formula for classical r-matrices?

It is said that classical r-matrices are those satisfy the classical Yang-Baxter equation $[r_{12}, r_{13}] + [r_{12}, r_{23}] + [r_{13}, r_{23}] = 0$, where $r \in \mathfrak{g} \otimes \mathfrak{g}$. ...
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Using the Hodge theorem to decompose the metric tensor

There has been a previous discussion about concrete constructions using the Hodge theorem , Construction of Hodge decomposition Let me try to ask here about a specific case where one is trying to ...
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Calculating a double pendulum

consider the following situation of a double pendulum. We found the moving equations as $$ \ddot{\theta_1}=-L_1\sin\theta_1 + \frac{m_2}{m_1}\cos\theta_2\sin(\theta_2-\theta_1),\\ ...
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Find $\psi\in L^2$ so that the overlap $\langle \psi(x+\delta),\psi(x-\delta)\rangle$ is as small as possible

Is there a way to find / characterise functions $\psi\in L^2$ which make the value of this integral small? $$ \text{Re}\int_{\mathbb R} \overline{ \psi (x+\delta)}\,\psi(x-\delta)\;\text d x $$ ...
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Why is the space of trajectories for a particle a cotangent bundle?

In Paugams book, Towards the Mathematics of Quantum Field Theory, he writes the following in the introduction: Let us first illustrate this very general notion by the simple example of Newtonian ...
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Are there any legitimate examples of applications of set theory to Physics?

Sets are of course ubiquitous, so in this sense set theory is applicable to physics. But I'm thinking more like techniques like forcing, or constructs like cardinals or ordinals. Intuitively it ...
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Heat transfer: boundary conditions with fluid velocity

The following equation is considered: $$ \frac{\partial u}{\partial t} - a\Delta u + \mathbf v \cdot \nabla u = f. $$ I have difficulties in formulating boundary conditions for this equation. If ...
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Solution to second order differential equation Quantum harmonic oscillator

Hi I am reviewing some quantum mechanics and and have come across a solution to a differential equation that I do not understand in the derivation of the quantum harmonic oscillator. the Schrodinger ...
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Riemann Zeta function, quaternions and physics

Disclaimer: This question is rather vague, and thus probably not suitable for Mathoverflow, so I prefer to ask it here. I'm sorry if it doesn't meet the standards of this site. Several years ago, I ...
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Plotting the pair correlation function for the zeta zeros /GUE

I am making a shameless request for instructions on how to plot this: from this page. I can see from here that normalizing the zeros is given by ...
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Inquiry about operator algebra

I've just began studying some quantum mechanics, and I'm not sure why certain rules in operator algebra are correct. For instance, in this book it is stated that ...
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Cosets for lie groups

I am looking for a general way of determining cosets for $(G\times H)/H$, where $G$ and $H$ are Lie groups. For example what are the cosets $(SU(3)\times SU(2))/SU(2)$. Is there a general method of ...
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The mathematics of anyons

I've recently learnt about particles called anyons which exist within a two dimensional framework. Which I find quite strange since we, well live in a three dimensional world. I've also found out that ...
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Not sure what this question is asking about.

My lecturer ask me to answer this question but i can't seem to find any explanation on google after searching for quite some time.
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Causal character of a surface (Lorentz-Minkowski space $\mathbb{L}^3$)

I'm trying to analyze the causal character of the surface $x^2 + y^2 - z^2 = -1$ in Lorentz-Minkowski space $\mathbb{L}^3$, with the convention $\mathrm{diag[1,1,-1]}$, that is $$\langle \left(x_1, ...