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Products of Infinitesimals

In my physics class my professor was abusing the derivative, as per so many physics classes I've been in. This time, he took the quantity $(x+dx)(y+dy)$ and argued that the $dxdy$ term should ...
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Newton 2nd law for rotations: $\tau = I \alpha$ dimensions correct?

I have a really stupid question, which I can't figure out at the moment. I don't see why the following is correct when you check the dimensions: $\tau = I \alpha \;\;\rightarrow \mathrm{Nm= kg ...
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rabbit and Tortoise

A hare (rabbit) and a tortoise (turtle) are in a foot race. When the tortoise is 22 m from the finish line, he has a speed of 4.0 m/s but is 5.0 m behind the rabbit. The rabbit has a speed of 5.0 m/s. ...
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How to calculate the direction (of velocity of a ball) after collision with another ball?

Say I have two balls of same radius, in the 2-D Plane. So like a pool (billiard) game. I have the cue ball, moving with the velocity vector V, the magnitude is not important, so we only need an angle ...
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Forced oscillation in a pendulum and resonances

In a pendulum without the small angles approximation the equation describing the motion of the mass is: $$\ddot{\phi}(t)=-\dfrac{g}{l}\sin\left(\phi(t)\right)$$ Applying a sinusoidal force ...
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Solving the integral to calculate the electrostatic force between two tubes

Let's say we have two tubes with charges $q_1$, $q_2$, radii $b_1$, $b_2$ and lengths $l_1$ and $l_2$. They are placed along the surface of each other like in this figure: To calculate the ...
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Solving the equation of damped oscillator

I'm asked to prove that any solution of the equation $$\ddot\Phi+\Gamma\dot\Phi+\omega_0^2\Phi=0;\qquad \omega_0>\frac\Gamma 2$$ is $$\Phi=A_0e^{-\frac{\Gamma}{2} t}e^{i(\omega t-\beta)};\qquad ...
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Testing Divergence Theorem using Spherical Coordinates

I'm trying to verify the divergence theorem using spherical coordinates for the vector field $\vec{F}=r^2cos^2\theta(cos\theta\hat r-sin\theta\hat\theta)$ through the top half of the unit sphere. ...
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Show that the profile of the hill is a cycloid

I'm struggling with this problem: From George Simmons_ Differential Equations At sunset a man is standing at the base of a dome-shaped hill where if faces the setting sun. He throws a rock ...
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Find vector field given curl

I have an equation $\nabla \times \vec{B} = \mu_{0}\vec{J}$, where $\vec{J} = \left\langle f(x,y), g(x,y), 0 \right\rangle$ and need to solve for $\vec{B}$. I've looked elsewhere on here for how to ...
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Center of Mass in 3D object?

How would I find the center of mass in a 3D object (a "spinning top" or "dreidel") that consists of a cylinder welded on top of a box welded on top of an upside down cone? Assume building material is ...
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How can I calculate the force that is applied on a tube by an another tube?

Let's say there is two tubes (cylinders with no tops or bottoms) with charges $q_1$ and $q_2$, radii $b_1$ and $b_2$, lengths $\ell_1$ and $\ell_2$. These tubes are located along the axis of each ...
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Given the instantaneous value of current, find the amplitude, period, frequency, phase [closed]

The instantaneous value of current, i amp, at t seconds is given by: $i = 15 \sin(100\pi t + 0.6)$ Find the value of; amplitude period frequency initial phase angle value of i when t = 2.5s time ...
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How to find time it takes for an object to slide on an incline ramp [closed]

So I hope I am asking this question in the correct spot. Here is my question: if there is an incline at $70$ degrees, the object's friction is $\mu = 0.1$, and the incline is $1$ meter long, how long ...
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When does a particle with given acceleration change the direction of motion?

A particle moves along the x-axis so that its acceleration at any time $t\geq0$ is given by $a(t)=12t-4$. At time $t=1$, the velocity of the particle is $v(1)=7$ and its position is $x(1)=4$. ...
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Finding vertical displacement

I am being asked to find the distance a shuttle travels upward after a given amount of time. I know that time passed is 79s, the rate of acceleration is 6.244 m/s^2, and the speed at 79s is 493.276 ...
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How to mathematically determine if the magnitude of a cross product is up/down(positive/negative?)?

So, I'm a newbie at complex vector math. I'm working on a 2D physics engine, and my issue is, with angular acceleration from torque, is it supposed to be positive or negative? I understand the right ...
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Find the work done by the force field in moving the particle from one point to another

Find work done by the force field F in moving the particle from $(-1, 1)$ to $(3, 2)$ This sounds good till we are given that $\textbf{F} = \dfrac{2x}{y}\textbf{ i }- \dfrac{x^2}{y^2}\textbf{ j }$ ...
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Simplifying $\frac1{gt}\sqrt{g/2h}\,dx$ in free fall equations

The relevant equation: $x(t) = \frac12 gt^2$ , $dx/dt = gt$ , $T=\sqrt{2h/g}$ $dt/T = (dx/gt)\sqrt{g/2h} = 1/(2\sqrt{hx}) dx $ I do not see how $(dx/gt)\sqrt{g/2h}$ turns into $1/(2\sqrt{hx}) dx $ ...
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Water Refraction and the depth of the water.

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask my question! But I hope I will find some help!. Image distortion occurs by refraction of light at the boundary surface between air and water when a ...
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How do component wavelengths *add* to wavelength of light color?

Say you have 3 leds at frequencies (or wavelengths) $u_1, u_2, u_3$ in Hz (or nm). Then how do you calculate the apparent or center of, or blah frequency (I don't know what I want really) of the ...
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Using significant figures, what would the answer be?

I've been learning about significant figures and I have a few questions. When you multiply/divide, the number of significant figures in the answer should be the same as the term with the least number ...
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Why does a heating model work?

I am referring to: $T=T_0 e^{kt}$ where T=temperature,t=time and k=constant. It seems to work, I as just curios to why it works?
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How to calculate the area of a 4 dimensional curve?

I have been searching on Google about it, and I found that given a sample, 4 points, per example, I could find a function and use integral on it. I am sorry if it sounds silly, I am very dummy in ...
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Quantifier problems of equations in physics [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...