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Intuition for the Yang-Baxter Equation (was: Giving relations via formal power series)

I'm reading a book (Yangians and Classical Lie Algebras by Molev) which regularly uses (what appear to me to be) clever tricks with formal power series to encapsulate lots of relations. For instance, ...
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What are D-branes (in a topological field theory)?

In the past couple years, I've read many words pertaining to D-branes without feeling I have really comprehended them. In broad terms, I think I get what they're about: They're supposed to serve as ...
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Renormalization for mathematicians

Can someone explain to me the processes of renormalization and regularization used in quantum field theory and similar fields in a way that a pure mathematician might make sense of it? Is there a ...
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Integral of a gaussian function of trigonometric functions

I need help with the analytical solution of this integral: ...
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Studying quantum mechanics without physics background

I am a first year PhD math student, and I am wondering if I should study quantum mechanics even though I don't have an undergrad background in physics. I posted this question in physics ...
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What is the generalization of Gauss's Theorem to a manifold?

In a (pseudo-)Riemannian manifold with constant basis vectors, one certainly has that the integral of the divergence of a tensor field $T$ over a submanifold $\Omega$ is equal to the integral over the ...
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Earnshaw's theorem

Proposition Suppose $U\colon\Omega\to\mathbb R$ is a non-constant harmonic function, i.e. $U\in\mathcal C^\omega$, i.e. analytic, and $\Delta U=0$, where $\Omega\subseteq\mathbb R^n$ is a region. ...
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Solving numerically the equation of motion of D7 brane perturbation

I want to solve this equation $$ \partial_{\rho}^{2}\phi+\frac{3}{\rho}\partial_{\rho}\phi+\left(\frac{M^{2}}{(1+\rho^{2})^{2}}-\frac{l(l+2)}{\rho^{2}}\right)\phi=0 $$ numerically. I know that ...
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Deconvolution of distribution of diffraction reflexes

I'm a chemist stuck in a mathematical problem. Please bear with me as I'm trying to express myself in Math language. Let me explain in short terms the experimental method I'm using: X-ray ...
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Second law of thermodynamics as a theorem about state space evolution

I once saw a mathematical explanation of the second law of thermodynamics. The statement was something like this: there is a mapping $f$ from the set of thermodynamic states $S$ to itself, and a ...
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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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A light beam enters a closed room. What is the maximal number of reflections?

I have the following problem: a light beam enters a mirror room with integer coordinates in the plane (consider it as a polygon). One of the walls of the room is removed and a light beam enters the ...
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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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Where do I go from Linear algebra past Calc III to try to learn complex physics (relativity and quantum group theory)?

I'm mainly a programmer, but I have a love for Mathematics that's been, well, insatiable. I've had my eye on learning Quantum Groups and Relativity, but I want to stay in something I can do with ...
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Gaussian Integral with non-polynomial exponent

I am currently trying to evaluate this Integral: $$\int\limits_{u_0}^{u_1} \exp\left[-\angle(H(u),N)^2\right]du$$ Where ...
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Why are linear functions the natural analogue of exponential functions in a tropical semiring?

I was reading a blog post on the Fourier transform and the Legendre transform as being the same thing over different semirings, in which the author says It's not obvious how to interpret the ...
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Mathematical interpretation of pressure (gradient)

I'm having some problem with the following. Usually, the pressure of some mass on an area A is defined by $$P=\frac{F}{A}$$ where $F$ is the force of the mass exerted due to gravity. However, here ...
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Modelling a Water Rocket. Requires Some Validation and Help. ( WARNING : Extremely Long but Interesting Post )

Good day people of math.stackexchange.com This is a pet project that I plan to use to convince my Prof that I would rather try something similar to this than to do the prescribed project. Edit : ...
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Developing solution for electrodynamics problem

Although it is a question related to physics, since the point it really matters is its mathematical aspect, I post this question on MSE. There's an additional exercise from Introduction to ...
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Solve a differential equation using Fourier series

Assume I have a second order differential equation $\ddot{x} = F(x,\dot{x})$ (or an equivalent equation of first order) and that I know there is a periodic solution to it (for simplicity's sake, ...
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Who established the word “ Degree of freedom ” in statistics?

I wonder who is the first one that established and applied the word : "degree of freedom" in statistics? Why he/she need degree of freedom in the calculation of many statistical values?
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Simplifying an integral arising in Physical Chemistry

I am struggling to understand the following transition (encountered in a paper on Physical Chemistry). Let $$D=\frac{\tau_0^{-1}\int_0^\infty G(t)dt}{1-\tau_0^{-1}\int_0^\infty G(t)\int ...
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Equation of motion for a wobbling disc

While looking at a frisbee the other day, I suddenly had a question. Suppose (in free space) you set a disc-shaped object spinning, and then you impart a sudden force perpendicular to the spinning ...
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Stability of Orbits in Schwarzschild Spacetime

I'm looking at geodesics in the Schwarzschild geometry, and have come up against something I cannot prove. I've shown that for a particle moving on a geodesic with $r$ constant and $\theta=\pi/2$ we ...
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Analytic caustics for 3D objects

Is it possible to efficiently calculate caustics for a given 3D object, like a torus, or a cube? To be more precise: let's assume that we have a 3d torus, resting on a 2d plane and a single light ...
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Finding $\mathbf r(t)$ for the parameterized two-body equations of motion

I'm trying to understand the equations of two-body motion. Namely, given the position, velocity and mass of two orbiting bodies at time $t$, how can I explicitly find their position and velocity for ...
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What can we say about $n\times n$ invertible matrices, all elements of which are $+1$, $-1$, or $0$?

Basically, the title says it all, except for why I am asking. I'm studying a paper that I can't do justice to in a few words here. (It is not freely available on the Web, as far as I know, but I can ...
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How to maximize speed of rest position approach of nonlinearly damped spring oscillator?

Inspired by comments to answer for this question: Suppose we have a system which is described by the equation $$\ddot x=-x+g(\dot x),$$ with initial conditions $x(0)=1$, $\dot x(0)=0$. If ...
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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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How to calculate the following 3D ${\bf k}$-space integral?

I'm struggling to calculate$$ \sum_{a,b=\pm}\int\frac{\text d\mathbf{k}}{(2\pi)^3} ...
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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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Filling a infinite colored graph with basis

This is a mathematical question raised from engineering and physics: Is there some established mathematical approach in filling a physical lattice with some colored basis (black and white here)? For ...
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Quantum and Paraconsistent Logics

Is there any relation between these two logics? I know both are completely different "from construction", but recently I've read that paraconsistent logics tries to explain some things in quantum ...
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Making a quantity dimensionless

OK, here's another that might be simpler than it looks but I am about ready to give up. Given the following: $$U_\mathrm{eff}(r) = - \frac{k}{r}+ \frac{L^2}{2mr^2}$$ $$\frac{U_\mathrm{eff}}{U_0} = ...
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Fock Subspaces and Weight Vectors

I've got an assignment due in a few hours, and I'm at a complete loss as to how to even start it, really. I haven't encountered any Dirac notation before, so I'm having a lot of trouble attempting the ...
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Surface infinitesimals and its intuitive manipulation?

The excess pressure in the concave side of any liquid bubble or drop with surface tension of the liquid being $T$ is $\frac {4T}r$ and $\frac {2T}r$ respectively. I wanted to derive it using a ...
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Bending of track in a racing game

I am trying to create a small racing game in which the track would be modeled using a BSpline curve for the path's center line and directional vectors to define the 'bending' of the track at each ...
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Simple pendulum: Rewriting integral in elliptic integral

I've been reading through the math on nonlinear (large amplitude) pendulum in wikipedia, and it beats me on how can $\displaystyle\int_{0}^{\theta_0} \dfrac{d\theta}{\sqrt{\cos(\theta) - ...
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Meaning of quasiperiodicity in classical KAM

I'm learning about the classical KAM theorem, and I can't quite infer precisely what the term "quasi-periodic solution" means in the theorem's statement. I'm reading the following introductory note: ...
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Hard Differential Equation. Please help.

first of all I'm not a mathematician, so I apologize if any of my understanding and terminology isn't up to par. Also, I've never used this website (or any of these kind of question/answer) websites ...
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Exercise in brownian motion

Consider a system of n particles moving in three dimensional space under the action of an external force with $C^1$ potential V and coupled to a heat bath causing an external random effect. Then we ...
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Circular Motion

A car is driven in a flat circular curve of radius $r$ m. The car’s engine supplies a constant tangential driving force. The car experiences a friction heading towards the centre of the circle. By ...
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Using the integral equation, find the eigenvalues and eigenfucntions

The integral equation: $$ \int_{-\frac{T}{2}}^{\frac{T}{2}}dt' \phi (t')e^{\Gamma\left | t-t' \right |} =\lambda \phi(t) $$ for $(-\frac{1}{2}T< t < \frac{1}{2}T)$ is useful in photon ...
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Solving Generalized Eigenvalue Problem perturbatively

Let me formulate the problem to convey my notation. I have a matrix $A$ which is hermitian - and is diagonalisable by a transformation $$ U_A A\,\,U_A^{-1} = A_{diag}$$ Now the matrix is changed, ...
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Publication date for Michael Spivak - Physics for Mathematicians II?

I bought the book "Physics for Mathematicians I" by Michael Spivak (http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Mathematicians-Mechanics-Michael-Spivak/dp/0914098322), have worked through quite some chapters and ...
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Molecular vibrations and a generalisation of Wigner's rule for (non-finite) compact groups

years student of mathematics and write my script for my bachelor. The topic is "Representations of groups and applications in physics". I understand the representations very good but now i want to ...
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How to convert a hologram into an image?

Suppose one knows in full detail the phase and intensity of monochromatic light in a plane. This is basically what a hologram records, at least for some section of a plane. By using this as the ...
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Parametrization of square to calculate Dot-product in line-integrals and area-integrals, electric field from $\frac{dB}{dt}$?

I am calculating 3A of Tfy-0.1064 in Aalto University. I realized here that I am misunderstanding something in vector calculus: the thing market in green particularly. I know $$\nabla\times E= ...
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On the geometric arguments used in Newton's *Principia Mathematica Naturalis Philosophae*

When one reads Newton's Principia Mathematica, one is immediately aware of the complexity of the synthetic geometry that he uses to prove his propositions. This I understand because all of the ...
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Differential equations with different constants for different sub-domains

I remember that when I was studying differential equations, there was an example with solutions of the form $f(x) + C_1$ for $x>0$ and $f(x)+C_2$ for $x<0$ where $C_1$ and $C_2$ may be different ...