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Quantifier problems of equations in physics [on hold]

Equations in physics are often written without quantifiers. For instance, from time to time we can see the equation $$E = mc^2$$ is casually written down. To assert that static energy equals mass ...
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Dirac Delta identity proof.

I was working on showing that: $$x \frac{\mathrm{d}(\delta (x))}{\mathrm{d}x} = -\delta(x)$$ using integration by parts. I arrived to a point where I had had as an answer the following: $$ -f(0) - ...
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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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Assumptions in Word Problems (Calculus)

I just had a small question about assumptions in mathematical word problems. Suppose you are given a calculus problem (related-rates), "A spherical balloon is inflated with gas at the rate of 800 ...
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using Lagrange on a double pendulum with a motor and an impeller [on hold]

how do we use Lagrange on a double pendulum with a motor and an impeller(adding thrust) connected to L2 provided the theta 1 or the angle to L1 is maintained/constant.
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Symbolic manipulation inside integral

I'm an undergrad who has just completed the standard calculus sequence (1, 2, and multivariable). I've done well in the courses, however, things like the following, which is a derivation of kinetic ...
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Integration, ball throw simple example

I thought that I could do it like this. Given that $$g=9.8m/s^2$$ $$\int -9.8 \, dt=v_0-9.8 t$$ Setting it equal to zero we have: $$t=\frac{v_0}{9.8}$$ $$\int \left(v_0-9.8 t\right) \, dt=-4.9 ...
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Calculate launch angle of projectile

I'm creating a game and am having trouble designing aiming system for AI. How do I calculate all angles at which the projectile can be launched from point $T_0(x_0,y_0)$ with launch velocity $v_0$ to ...
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Ternary balance with unknown weight

Main references: Ternary (Wolfram MathWorld) Balanced ternary (Wikipedia) Weighing scale: Balance (Wikipedia) <quote> Balanced ternary has other applications besides computing. For example, a ...
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Anomalous effect on friction. [closed]

A 1kg wood cube. This cube is affected by friction i reverse. Instead of decelerating it will accelerate at an equal rate. Placed in the middle of a concrete room where it has 0.63 coefficient ...
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I need some help understanding the tensor algebra done this problem.

I often see equations rearranged across an equal sign and I have no clue what tricks and reasoning they are using to arrive at these solutions. The only resources I can find on tensor algebra only ...
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Explanation of line element formula $dl^2 = dx^2 + dy^2$

I found this in a physics textbook without justification: $$dl^2 = dx^2 +dy^2,$$ where I presume that $l = \sqrt{x^2+y^2}$. Why is this so? By my calculations I obtain $$ dl = \dfrac{\partial ...
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What exactly are the curves that are a best fit to the Harmonic Cantilever?

Let's start with a few references to get an idea: Daniel Goldwater: Harmonic Cantilever Book Stacking Problem Block-stacking problem Harmonic Series and Bricks Interesting related issues: Maximum ...
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Why learn to solve differential equations when computers can do it?

I'm getting started learning engineering math. I'm really interested in physics especially quantum mechanics, and I'm coming from a strong CS background. One question is haunting me. Why do I need ...
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What is the absolute side of every material coin? [closed]

Besides relative head and tail, does every coin have absolute side?
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Setting Up an Integral (depends on displacement vector from a long line)

The following is a physics problem, but I don't actually care about the physics right now. I just want to set up the integral, which I'm having a difficult time doing (the problem is from the book ...
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The motion of the particle satisfies $\textbf{v} = \textbf{c}\times \textbf{r}$

Why is the path is contained in a circle that lies in a plane perpendicular to $\textbf{c}$ with centre on a line through the origin in the direction of $\textbf{c}$
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Why do objects that are farther away look smaller?

What is the reason, mathematical and/or physical, that the further away something is the smaller it looks? We know stars are humungous, but they look like tiny dots in the sky.
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Constants for anti-derivatives

Hey StackExchange I'm diving into integral calculus for the first time and I have a few questions about this problem. A steel ball bearing at rest is accelerated in a magnetic field in a line with ...
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Sound and decibels at distance

If I have an object that is 53 decibels at x distance, how many decibels would y objects be at the same distance x, assuming they all created 53 decibels.
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Calculating velocity of an object moving at 12m/s north, with 5m/s wind from the west

An object moving 12m/s passes north and hits an object. Due to the wind from a west direction, it is pushed sideways at 5m/s. Find the resultant velocity. I don't know where to start with this one, I ...
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Why is the integral of $\|\nabla f\|^2$ called the energy of $f$?

Let $\Omega$ be a region in $\mathbb{R}^2$ with $f:\Omega \to \mathbb{R}$ a smooth function. Why is the quantity, $$ \tfrac{1}{2} \iint_{\Omega} \|\nabla f\|^2 $$ Called the "energy" of $f$? I am ...
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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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How to prove the Hubble law is the unique expansion law compatible with homogeneity and isotropy?

In the book physical foundations of cosmology, it saids that Hubble law is unique and a problem seems to be a hint of proving that. In order for a general expansion law,v=f(r,t), to be the same ...
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By how much should the distance from the source be increased to reduce the surface illuminance to 30 lumens?

This is my problem and I have no idea how to solve it: The illuminance of a surface varies inversely with the square of its distance from the light source. If the illuminance of a surface is 120 ...
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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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Question regarding combinatorics of resistance network. [closed]

If you have $N$ $1$Ohm resistors, how many distinct equivalent resistances can you create? Assume that only parallel and series and mixture of them is allowed and no bridging between two parallel ...
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Vector field ${\bf F}$ with $\int_S {\bf F}\cdot{\bf n}\ dS=c$

Find a vector field ${\bf F}$ on $ {\bf R}^3$ with $$\int_S {\bf F}\cdot{\bf n}\ dS=c > 0 \tag{1} $$ where $S$ is any closed surface containing $0$ and ${\bf n}$ is normal Here there is a ...
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What is the density of a homogeneous disk with mass $m$ and radius $a$?

Could someone help me understand why the density of a homogeneous disk is $\dfrac{m}{(\pi a)^2}$? I am trying to understand an example about finding the moment of inertia of an object. The question ...
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translating vectors in polar coordinates to the complex plane [duplicate]

These equations model circular motion. Equation R is the position vector given in polar coordinates. What I've done is represent this vector onto the complex plane via equation (1). Equation (2) and ...
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Derivation of the equations for non-uniform circular motion using complex analysis.

Here http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/301/lectures/node89.html They use complex analysis to derive the equations of non-uniform circular motion. My confusion is this: In the derivation they ...
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A question in application of derivatives and vectors

Consider a skier who is sliding without friction on the hill ${y = h(x)}$ in a two dimensional world. The skier is subject to two forces. One is gravity. The other acts perpendicularly to the hill. ...
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Gödel's incompleteness theorems

In the last paragraph of Stephan Hawking's speech "Godel and the End of the Universe", he mentioned "... I'm now glad that our search for understanding will never come to an end, and that we will ...
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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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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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Help with polar coordinates for physics problem

I need to solve a physics problem but don't know about polar coordinates properly, can anybody help with it? Suppose a curve which is a current carrying wire: $$r=\frac ...
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How to find the integral of $\int \frac{GMm}{r^2}\,dr$ [closed]

I want to find the integral of: $$\int_R^\infty \frac{GMm}{r^2}\,dr$$
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Why can we make this integral change of limits? Is it obvious?

When deriving the equation for the impulse-momentum theorem, the following occurs: $$\cdots=\int\limits_{t_1}^{t_2}\frac{d\vec p}{dt}dt = \int\limits_{\vec p_1}^{\vec p_2}d\vec p=\cdots$$ I know the ...
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Books that integrate physical reasoning with mathematical reasoning? mathematicians?

As the title says, can anyone help me to find any book that shows how physical reasoning using concepts from classical/quantum mechanics and physics in general can enlighten us about mathematical ...
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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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How to integrate scalar field over quarter torus? Infinite series does not converge.

This seems to be physics question, but the problem just concerns math. Preface If one wants to calculate the permeance $P$ of a rectangular bar: it is an easy task: $$P = \frac{\mu a b}{L} ...
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Derivative with respect to a vector and tensor on a manifold

I am reading through a paper and have come across a statement which I do not fully understand. I paraphrase below. Consider a scalar function $f = ...
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How to show $\psi^*(x,-t)$ is also solution of the Schrodinger equation

I've seen it stated that it "can easily be seen" that if $\psi(r,t)$ is a solution of the Schrodinger equation : $ih \dfrac{\partial \psi(r,t)}{\partial t} = H \psi(r,t)$, then $\psi^*(r,-t)$ is also ...
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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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Calculating work [closed]

How much work is required to lift a $1000\mathrm{kg}$ satellite from the surface of the earth to an altitude of $2\times10^6$ meters? The gravitational force is $F=\frac{GMm}{r^2}$, where $M$ is the ...
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Solving weak 2 body problem

I tried to solve a physics problem about two body problem where the masses $M$ and $m$ are $M \gg m$. The body $m$ is at radius $R$ from the mass $M$ and is falling down with initial speed $v(0) = 0$. ...
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Are distance-related paradoxes limited by the size of an atom?

See these 2 paradoxes: Coastline paradox The coastline paradox is the counterintuitive observation that the coastline of a landmass does not have a well-defined length. ...
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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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Stopping angular momentum to obtain a particular angle

While the overall project relates to software development, it boils down to a simple (i think) physics problem. I have a joint (a motor, pretty much.) that needs to move to a specific angle. I can ...