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Find the distance travelled by $P$ before it changes direction. (Mechanics)

A particle $P$ starts at the point $O$ and travels in a straight line. At time $t$ seconds after leaving $O$ the velocity of $P$ is v $m/s$, where $v = 0.75t^2 − 0.0625t^3$. Find (i) the positive ...
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Transformation of the infinitessimal integration variable under a coordinate transformation

I always get confused when I'm facing the 3D integral over space and have to do a coordinate transformation on the given function to solve the integral. Do some of you have tips/trick how to ...
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Can a differential equation with real coefficients have solution with complex coefficients?

Can a differential equation (with constant coefficients, linear or nonlinear) with real coefficients have solution(s) with complex coefficients? If so, are there any examples related to actual ...
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Relation between Poisson bracket and commutator.

In quantum case, we have commutators. In classical case, we have Poisson bracket. Let $T$ be a Poisson group, $a, b \in \mathbb{C}_q[T].$ It seems that we have $$ [a, b]=(q-1)\{a,b\}+o((q-1)^2). $$ ...
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Is it possible to eliminate the inner sum to evaluate numerically?

Any hints on how to simplify the following double sum to be able to find the sum at least numerically? $$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac1{n(n^2-1)} \sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{(k-1/n)^{2n-2}}{(k+1/n)^{2n+2}}$$ ...
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Bloch vector time evolution in magnetic field

I'm wondering if there is a smart way of solving the system of equations $$\frac{d\vec{n}}{dt} = \gamma (\vec{n} \times \vec{B}(t)),$$ where $\vec{n}(t) = \big(x(t),y(t),z(t) \big)$ is the Bloch ...
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Schrödinger Semigroup is compact if potential goes to infinity

Several papers (e.g. this one: arXiv:0810.3275v1 [math.SP] 17 Oct 2008 ) claim that if $H=-\Delta+V$ and $V(x)\to\infty$ if $|x|\to\infty$, then the semigroup $e^{-tH}$ is eventually compact. Does ...
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How can projection operator be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$?

How can projection operator be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$? I was reading a papar and found out that the desity matrix in $d$-dimensional Hilbert Space can be expressed ...
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Can the Kernel of the commutator of two matrices with empty Kernel sets be non-empty?

The motivation for this question arises from the following: Is it possible, given two Quantum Mechanical observables $A$ and $B$ with associated operators $\hat{\mathbf{A}}$ and $\hat{\mathbf{B}}$ ...
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Distinct ways three integers can sum to a constant

So I am doing some quantum mechanics and it has led to some combinatorics. I need to know how many distinct ways I can have $N_1+N_2+N_3=N$ where $N$ is fixed so we can change $N_1$, $N_2$ and $N_3$. ...
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Proof of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Exercise

I'm not very knowledgeable in QM, and I know many physics books derive the uncertainty principle using commutators, but as an exercise in my PDE book (by Asmar), I should be able to derive it from one ...
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Diagonalization versus s.d. product for non-commuting Hermitian matrices

Although the application of the following is in quantum physics, the question per se is mathematical: I have seen two characterizations of the problem in measuring a discrete variable of a state ...
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Basis for Clifford algebra $Cl^2 (W)$ and quotient space $Cl^3(W)/Cl^2(W)$

Consider a basis $(c_1 ^ {\dagger}, c_2 ^ {\dagger}, c_1 ^ {\dagger}, c_1, c_2, c_3 )$ of creation and annihilation operators for $W=V \oplus V^*$. I need help to write the basis for Clifford ...
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About the solution to a non-linear non-constant coefficient second-order ODE

The ODE $$−y'' (x)−\frac{2a^2}{\cosh^2 (ax)} y(x)=k^2 y(x)$$ can be made into the form $$\frac{\cosh^2(ax)}{k^2\cosh(ax) - a^2} = \frac{y}{y''}.$$ Observing that $y'' = k^2\cosh(ax) - a^2$, we get ...
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Geometric Algebra/ Calculus for Physics

I don't know if this would be a better question for physics.SE, but I'll try here first: There is at least one good book on classical mechanics using the geometric algebra/ calculus (GA): New ...
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How to sum up this series and simplify yet another one?

Primarily, I would like to know what could be done with this series: $$ \sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{n^3}{(n^2-1)^3}\left(\frac{n-1}{n+1}\right)^{2n}$$ As hardmath says in his comment, the series ...
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Dirac Gamma matrix identity

In my library's (old -- 1996) copy of Peskin and Schroeder, there's an identity I'm struggling to prove. In my copy it occurs on page 42, between equations 3.28 and 3.29, but I don't know how well ...
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$C^*$-algebras, von Neumann algebras, unbounded operators and quantum mechanics in connection

I am studying the theory of $C^*$-algebras, von Neumann algebras and unbounded operators in courses on Functional Analysis and Opertor Algebras. Now I want to apply this knowledge to (algebraic) ...
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Position Operator on $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$

I'm very familiar with the position operator $(Q\varphi)(x)=x\varphi(x)$ on $L^2(\mathbb{R^d})$, but I'm trying to figure out how to interpret the same operator on $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$ (the space of ...
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Separation of variables and quantum mechanics

In the book Quantum mechanics by Eugen Merzbacher, third edition, at page 462 he claims that this differential equation (for the unknown operator $F_0=F_0(x,y,z)$) can be solved by separation of ...
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Probability and Quantum mechanics

I don't quite understand how the probability language of sample spaces, $\sigma-$algebra, random variables, etc, fit into the quantum mechanics' formalism. To wit, we usually say that an observable ...
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What is the meaning of “Hermitian”?

Google search-bar gives the definition of Hermitian as: Hermitian: denoting or relating to a matrix in which those pairs of elements that are symmetrically placed with respect to the principal ...
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How to generate random symmetric unitary matrices “close” to a given matrix?

Note: This question have been asked in Mathematics Stackexchange [click here]. Since random matrix has close relation with some physical problems, I would like to post it here again. Sorry if this ...
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Computing a Projection Valued Measure

I've recently begun learning about Projection Valued Measure and I'm a little confused. I understand that a Projection Valued Measure is a family of orthogonal projections $P(\Lambda)$ indexed by the ...
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Grover's algorithm

Any help is appreciated! I've read over a bunch of sources but still I don't get the question. Consider a function $f \colon \{0,1\}^n\to\{0,1\}$ such that the number of $x\in\{0,1\}^n$ such that ...
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Order finding (modular) - Kitaev's Factoring Algorithm

Show Ma is Reversible and Unitary. This is the solution I have found. I understand the proof for the most part, however I don't think it is right. If it isn't right to prove Ma is Reversible by ...
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Toffoli gates can be decomposed into single and two-qubit gates

I'm not sure what the "I" and "-I" gates do. I can't seem to apply them correctly. When I do hadimard I get |00>(Tensor)Hadimard. If I then apply the tensor product to apply the 'i' gate on the last ...
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Two Body Schrodinger Equations

I have a question involving the eigenvalues of a two-body Schrodinger equation. Let $$H=-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_1}-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_2}+\frac{e^2}{|{{x_1}-{x_2}}|}$$ over the Hilbert space ...
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Regarding matrix representation of $SO(4)$

As per the title of the question, what are the matrix elements of the special orthogonal group $SO(4)$? I'm not certain but I believe they are somehow related to being operators of angular momentum ...
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Addition in linear vector spaces

In the definition of linear vector spaces, one of the axioms is that the addition must be commutative and associative. The addition of scalars and matrices are both commutative and associate. Can ...
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How does one diagonalise an operator that has exponential elements?

I asked this question before on the Physics StackExchange, but as one commenter noted I might have more luck here. So the question is: What is the diagonal form of the (density) operator $\hat\rho$, ...
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Taking a stationary phase approximation of a multidimensional integral

I'm looking for a way to take a stationary phase approximation of an integral of the following form: $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty d\vec{q} \exp\left(2 \pi i N \left(S(q_{n+1}, \vec{q}, q_1) - ...
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Why such strange separation of variables?

In this article the authors give the following expansion of wavefunction of three-body system (equation $(16)$ in text): $$\Psi(\textbf{x},\textbf{y})=\sum_{q=\lambda}^l\psi_q(\textbf x^2,\textbf ...
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Quantum Fourier transform $F_N^2$

What is the square of the quantum Fourier transform? I get $1$ for the first entry in the matrix and $0$ for all other entries.
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Quantum fourier transformation Unitary proof.

I've found a bunch of these proofs online but I am having trouble understanding how the norm of the column/row is 1.
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Non degenrate energy eigenfunctions of a particle moving in this potential have either even or odd parity with respect to reflection about x=0

Question: A one dimensional potential U(x) is symmetric with respect to reflection about the origin. Prove that the non degenerate energy eigenfunctions of particle moving in this potential have ...
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Matrices with Continuous Indices

The components of a matrix $A$ can be written as $a_{ij}$. In Quantum we're starting to talk about a generalization where the indices are not elements of $\Bbb N$, but are instead continuous. Our ...
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Rotation in configuration space.

Let $R_\psi$ be the rotation in configuration space around a vector $\bf{e}_\psi$ for an angle $\psi$. How is that the space rotation in configuration space have: ...
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How to derive the hamiltonian from a non-classical lagrangian

For the non-classical lagrangian of a hydrogen atom: $$L = -mc^2 \sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}} + \frac{e^2}{4 \pi \epsilon r}$$ We get that two conserved quantities are: $J = \gamma mr^2 \dot{\phi}$ and ...
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identify a tensor product by virtue of pure and entangled elements

If I take a tensor product of vector spaces (for simplicity - this could be more general) $V\otimes W$ then of course it is a vector space, but it has additional structure. One way to think about ...
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Eigenvector of a linear combination of operators is an eigenvector of each operator

Assume $H$ is a Hilbert space and $a_1,\dots,a_n$ are operators with Hermitian adjoints $a_1^*,\dots,a_n^*$, satisfying the canonical commutation relations. Define $N_j=a_j^*a_j$. Assume $v$ is an ...
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Show two quantum differential operators are the same $\hat{A} \psi(x)$ = $\psi(x+b)$

Consider an operator $\hat{A}$ = $e^{b*d/dx}$, where b is a constant. Show that $\hat{A}$$\psi(x)$ = $\psi(x+b)$ I'm guessing taylor exp
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Why is $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p\rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$?

As I have written in the headline, I am curious how the relation $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p \rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$ that physicists use, where $|p\rangle$ is the eigenfunction to the ...
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Clarifying understanding of Poisson Brackets in Hamiltonian Dynamics

I'm just reading through my textbook and would like to clarify my understanding of 'Canonically related variables'. In my textbook, it says that if $Q_i$, $P_i$ are related to $q_i$, $p_i$ by a ...
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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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Momentum Representation vs Position Representation

I have a question involving the representation of operators in momentum representation and position representation. The question is a little long, so I'll do my best to explain it. We are given an ...
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Can a general time-dependent finite-dimensional Schrödinger equation with complex Hamiltonian be transformed to one with real Hamiltonian?

Consider a general-form time-dependent Schrödinger equation: $$i\partial_tv=\hat Hv,$$ where Hamiltonian $\hat H$ is an Hermitian matrix (finite-dimensional for simplicity), and $v(t)$ is a complex ...
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When is the product of a hermitian unitary and another unitary hermitian?

I have a Hermitian unitary Ĥ and I want to know, if Û is some other unitary, when is Ĥ Û a Hermitian unitary? Specifically, what are the conditions on Û such that ...
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Does an operator of x commute with the differential operator with respect to x?

While solving a problem in Quantum Mechanics I got an expression $ \frac{d}{dx}V(x)-V(x)\frac{d}{dx} $. The first term is just the derivative of the potential but the second one seems a bit weird. Is ...
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Gradient and Laplacian in $S^1$

I'm trying to solve the particle in a ring problem without embedding the circle in $\Bbb R^3$, by instead taking the entire space to be $S^1$. Unfortunately, I haven't taken differential geometry yet ...