"Mathematical physics consists of the application of mathematics to problems in physics and the development of mathematical methods suitable for such applications and for the formulation of physical theories." (from Journal of Mathematical Physics) This tag is intended for questions on methods used ...

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What does it mean to take the Laplace transform of a non-periodic position function?

What I'm trying to get through my head here is how taking the Laplace transform of a system with a position function like $X(t)=t$ is possible. To my current (admittedly incomplete) ...
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Dimension of $\left(\lambda |\psi\rangle \langle\psi| +(1-\lambda)\frac{\mathrm{I}}{2}\right)^{\otimes N}$

I have the $N$-fold tensor product of a convex combination of a pure state, i.e. $|\psi\rangle\langle\psi|$ with $|\psi\rangle$ a unit vector in a complex Hilbert space of dimension two, and the ...
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Given a transformation, find the generating function

There's a mapping $(x,y) \mapsto(u,v)$ given by $u= x\cos\theta-y\sin\theta$ $v =x\sin\theta + y\cos\theta$ I'd like to find a generating function $G(x,y)$ for this mapping, which I understand to ...
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Affinity of lorentz transformations

Lorentz transformations are often defined to be linear. But suppose instead we only consider transformations that preserve the spacetime interval. Is it possible to prove that those transformations ...
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Easy classical physics made mathematically rigorous!

Consider the following: We are given a symplectic manifold $M$. Now, we define a Hamilton function $H : M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}.$ Additionally, we want that $H^{-1}(x)=:M_x$ is a submanifold. We can ...
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Trouble in proving that $\|x\|_p = \max|x_j|$

We define p-norm in this way: $\|x\|_p = \{\sum ^N_j=_1|x_j|^p\}^ {1\over p}$ We know that It change to $\|x\|_p = \max|x_j| $ when $ p \to \infty $ How can I prove this ?
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Three cyclists Raman, Mohan and Nitin ride around a circular course

Three cyclists Raman, Mohan and Nitin ride around a circular course 85 km around at the rate of 8, 12 and 20 km an hour. Raman and Mohan ride in the same direction and Nitin in the opposite direction. ...
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Is the following PDE boundary value problem well-posed?

My Question Is the following Poisson boundary value problem well-posed, as stated? If so, how could I go about solving it? If not, what would it need to be well-posed? Does it satisfy the ...
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Intuition behind surface integrals

While line integrals derive their intuition from , and are analogous to, the concept of Work in physics, what intuition is there to back up the notion of surface integrals? In the texts I've been ...
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Thermodynamics based proofs

What are some mathematical inequalities and theorems that follow using thermodynamics "proofs" (rigorous or just intuitive)? Any suggested books on the matter? For example, AM-GM inequality follows ...
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Min Max Principle and Rayleigh-Ritz-Method for eigenvalues of unbounded operators?

Finding eigenvalues of matrices using the Rayleigh-Ritz quotient is well-known, c.f. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min-max_theorem Does the following generalization of that fact also hold? Theorem: ...
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Gaussian unitary dilation of Gaussian channels

I am starting with a few definitions. All these are standard and can be accessed from some quantum information or quantum physics books, for instance the books by Holevo or Parthasarathy. The question ...
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Physics- projectile motion. Given values: time of flight and horizontal component velocity. Ball launched at an angle returning to the same height.

A person throws a baseball with a horizontal component velocity of 25m/s. It takes 3 seconds to come back to its original height. Calculate its horizontal range, its initial vertical component ...
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What is the most general notion of “Fourier transform?”

I know the definition of a classical Fourier transform that maps a function f(x) on the real line X to a function F(p) on a dual space (here another real line and borrowing some physics notation) P. ...
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What is elnekiti's triangle? (edited) [closed]

Elementary ceĺular automata shows amazing complex systems such as pascal's triangle is similar to " wolfram rule 90 " , so i looked over youtube searching for extra content and i found this video Here ...
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What comes under Mathematical Physics. [closed]

Suppose Math has 5 sub parts: Analysis: Analysis, Complex Analysis, Measure theory and integration,Functional Analysis Algebra: Group Theory, Vectors space-rings-modules, Galois, Algebra Number ...
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Modeling smoke cloud as expanding Gaussian / ellipse

I am making a simplified model of smoke coming from a train's smokestack. You can imagine that if you want an accurate model you have to think in 3D and use computational fluid dynamics and stochastic ...
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Couple stress tensor reference.

Can someone give me a good mathematical reference for couple stress tensor in its most basic form. Thank you.
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Essential Selfadjointness of Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Hamiltonian

The Hamiltonian for the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator is (disregarding constants) the Hermite operator $$ Hf = -f''+x^{2}f, $$ where $\mathcal{D}(H)$ consists of all twice absolutely ...
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The literature on Chern-Simons theory

Can any one give some literature on Chern-Simsons theory? I can not find any book introducing this theory. Thanks.
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What is $\mathrm{dim}(\mathrm{Sym}(\mathrm{Herm}(H)^{\otimes N})$?

The totally symmetric subspace of $(H^k)^{\otimes N}$, with $H^K$ a $k$-dimensional Hilbert space, has dimension $\binom{N+k-1}{k-1}$. But I now want to know the dimension of the totally symmetric ...
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Heat equation with $x\in [0,+\infty[$ and non-homogeneous initial and boundary condition

The IVBP that i need to solve is the follow: \begin{equation} \begin{cases} u_t=au_{xx} & x>0,t>0,a\in\mathbb{R}^+\\ u(x,0)=B_0e^{-kx}\cos(kx) & x\geq ...
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How to calculate $e^{ad\hat{A}}\hat{B}$?

For $\hat{a}$ and $\hat{a}^{\dagger}$ is annihilation and creation operators which, $[\hat{a},\hat{a}^{\dagger}]=1$. Could you please show me the way to calculate, ...
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Hamiltonian vector field and symplectic geometry

I want to show the following theorem: For any Hamilton function $H : M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ on some symplectic manifold $M$ and symplectomorphism $f : M \rightarrow M$ we have $X_{H \circ f} = ...
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Defining a partial derivative with respect to an antisymmetric tensor/matrix

I'm looking at some nonlinear electrodynamics, and have been following a textbook which contains a primer on some of the stuff I'm interested in following up. However, I seem to have fallen at the ...
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Impact of two bodies problem

A body of mass $M$ moving with a velocity $u$ collides with another of mass $m$ which rests on a table. Both the balls are perfectly elastic and smooth and the the body of $m$ is driven in a ...
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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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Overlap of Planets in Elliptical Orbit

I'm investigating further into my orbital overlap problem. I've already looked into the overlap ($0°$ angle between the two orbits) of two planets in a circular orbit around the sun. I'm now trying ...
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Stability of ground state under positive (not relatively bounded) perturbations

This is about positive perturbations that are not necessarily relatively bounded, but where the perturbed operator is known (by some independent proof) to be self-adjoint. Is this a known result (or ...
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What's the name of this theorem?

It happens very often in physics that we find relations like: $$\int_V f(x) dx = \int_V g(x) dx$$ for an arbitrary volume $V$. From this we usually say "Since the volume is arbitrary, the integrands ...
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Vector Calculus - Polar Co-ords

I am having a lot of difficulty finding an approach to solving the following question: A dyon is a particle with both electric and magnetic charge; in suitable units $$\mathbf{E} = ...
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How to write $SO(2n)$ characters in terms of rotation angles?

Say one is working in a representation of $SO(2n)$ such that it has the highest weights $(h_1,...,h_n)$. And let $\{H_i\}_{i=1}^{n}$ be a basis in the Cartan of $so(2n) = Lie(SO(2n))$. Now one says ...
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Conformal field theories and critical points

I apologize in advance if this question belongs to physics.stackexchange. I've been trying to learn CFT following Zee for QFT background (approximately first and second chapter,) and then Di ...
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What set of straight ramps exist such that a ball sliding down any one of them would reach the base at the same time?

I'm looking for a set of straight ramps, which, under idealised conditions (uniform gravitational acceleration and no friction) would have a point-like body slide down them from the top to the base ...
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Integrating Associated Legendre Polynomials

As part of a derivation for the question I asked here in Physics stackexchange, I am trying to calculate the following integral, but I am not sure how to proceed: ...
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Is there an analytic or at least a numerical solution to an eqaution of the form $\sqrt{k_1\sqrt{x}+k_2}\;\Big(k_3x+k_4\sqrt{x}+k_5\Big)+k_6=0$?

So the problem comes from cosmology and I want to solve for the unknown function $a(t)$, which is the scale factor for the universe. So I have an integral involving $a$: $$ ...
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Deflection - irradiation direction.

Compute the beam deflection $\delta$ (see figure) through a prism with angle $\epsilon$ as in the figure and refractive index $n_p$. When is the deflection $\delta$ minimal compared to the original ...
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Glass prism - refractive index

Light falls perpendicular on one side of a glass prism with refractive index n. The light is totally reflected on the right side. 1.1: Determine the angle of incidence using the figure ...
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First representation theorem for sesquilinear forms - what is the role of the “core”?

In the first representation theorem, the notion of the core of a sesquilinear form appears. What is the intuition behind this notion, in context of this theorem and in general? I appreciate any ...
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Stuck on computing distance travelled from velocity and yaw rate.

I am somewhat stymied on what appears to be a simple formula. Here is the problem statement: Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and is rotating with a constant yaw rate ...
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Why does the “separation of variables” method for DEs work? [duplicate]

Heyho, I am using the separation-of-variables method for quite a while now, but what was always bothering me a bit, is why is it possible to do those operations. I'll give a concrete example (source ...
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Making some standard theoretical physics argument rigorous

In theoretical physics one often encounters the following rationale: if $f$ and $g$ are functions on $\mathbf{R}^n$, satisfying some technical conditions, and $\displaystyle\int_\Omega f=\int_\Omega ...
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Inclined plane - euler-lagrange

A mass point of mass m moves frictionlessly down an inclide slope under influence of gravity. Solve the equations of motion and determine the constraint with the use of the lagrange equation of ...
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Euler-Lagrange - circle cone

A mass point moves on the wall of a hollow circle cone under influence of the homogeneous gravitational field of earth. Use spherical coordinates to solve this problem. a)Set up the ...
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Expansion of path-ordered integral and curvature

Suppose $(P,\pi, M)$ is a principal bundle with structure group $G$ and suppose $\omega \in \Omega^1(P,\mathfrak{g})$ is a connection on $P$ with curvature $\Omega = D\omega$. If $\sigma : U\subset M ...
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Figure out the component of a value in X and Y coordinates using trigonometry.

Alright. It's been long that I studied trigonometry and did Laws of Motion and Free Body Diagrams, and I was decent good at them, but somehow I am having trouble in understanding the following. Note ...
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Possibly use a Fourier Transform to perform deconvolution

I need to determine the function g(B) in order to determine its prefactors $a_n$. Here's what I have: h(f,B) is a Gaussian function g(B) is the unknown function i(f) is an inhomogeneous function and a ...
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Equation of motion - curve - particle

A particle of mass m moves frictionlessly under the influence of gravity on a curve defined by: $x=a(\phi+\sin\phi)$ and $y=a(1-\cos\phi)$. a) Set up the terms for the kinetic and ...
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trace calculation of an operator valued matrix

Heyho, i've got problems understanding a certain calculation of the trace of an operator valued matrix right now. We've got the Matrix $T(\lambda)= \begin{pmatrix} A(\lambda) && B(\lambda) ...
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Determining the group generated by a set of roots?

I have a set of 45 roots and I want to know which group is generated by the corresponding generators. In the set are 5 diagonal (=Cartan) generators $$ (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)_1,(0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)_2,(0, ...