Questions related to the application of Mathematica to problems in physics.

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Finding the point of best focus for a ball lens

This is my project (simulation): A set of parallel rays goes trough a ball lens (circular lens). Because of spherical aberration, refracted rays will not meet in a single point. Find the distance ...
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Pull out scalars from NonCommutativeMultiply in commutator of SU2 spin algebra

I am trying to work on spin chains in Mathematica. That is, N spin-1/2 on a one-dimensional lattice with periodic boundary condition (N+1=1). I need therefore the SU2 spin algebra $S_z, S_+, S_-$ with ...
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How to calculate position from 3 dimensional acceleration data?

I discussed this problem yesterday with Pickett here. We concluded that the best solution may be just Interpolate and then ...
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2D Fourier transform of a few (4) disjoint discs on a plane

I'd really appreciate some advice. Short Version I'm trying to calculate the following $$ ...
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Calculate inertia tensors

Moments of inertia and inertia tensors are well-known characteristics of rigid bodies in physics and applied mathematics. How to calculate them in Mathematica? Is possible to use regions which was ...
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NDSolve and Piecewise functions

I want to clarify upfront, This is not a please help me get the answer to my homework question. I know what I need to do I just do not know how to get mathematica to do it. I am working on an ...
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Biot-Savart Law/Magnetostatics Solution

I am working on solving the Biot-Savart Law equation for the magnetic field around a charged ring of uniform current density. The expression that Mathematica gives is rather nasty, as expected. Notice ...
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How to draw quantum circuit with mathematica?

How to draw quantum circuit as the following one with mathematica? I only find the quantum package which is designed for MMA 7.0 as the author said. But the version of my Mathematica is 9.0 and when ...
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Navier–Stokes equations [closed]

how write Stokes equation in mathematica? the Stokes equation is in in this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navier-Stokes_Equations
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Convert spectral distribution to RGB color

Presume I have a spectrum as a function of wavelength (an example being the blackbody spectrum): I want to convert that to a single RGB color to display on-screen, i.e. the "color" of that object ...
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Substituting values in 3j symbols

I believe these three expressions should give the same answer of -1/Sqrt[3], but the first gives +1/Sqrt[3] whereas the second ...
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Interpolation function rejected by ParametricPlot3D

I was playing around with the bouncing ball example, and decided to make a 3d version. I decided to use ParametricPlot3D for a simple independent 3D ...
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Solving PDEs with complicated boundary conditions

The system I'm trying to solve is $$\nabla^2 C_{(r,\theta)} =0$$ $$C_{(\infty,\theta)}=C_0$$ $$ [ \frac{\partial C_{(r,\theta)}}{\partial r} \cos(\theta)+\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial ...
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How to make a discretized NMinimize more precise

I am using Mathematica for physics research and I want to minimize a Hamiltonian equation with respect to two variables (I have also discretized the problem). I have a single constraint. When I plot ...
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Help with Computation-heavy triple integration

I'm Trying to use Mathematica to symbolically integrate a function with respect to x, y, and z. For some reason, this computation either takes about, 60s and returns the input, or takes many hours ...
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Help wanted in evaluating an integral

Trying to evaluate an integral. To be specific, I'm trying to find the expectation value of $x^2$ for the ground state of hydrogen. Here is the code I used: ...
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Solving for the time-evolution operator in a periodically driven system

I am looking at the Hamiltonian $$H(t)=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & e^{i\Omega t}\\ e^{-i\Omega t}& 0\end{pmatrix}$$ I am trying to solve for the unitary operator $U(t,0)=\mathcal{T}\exp(-i\int_0^t ...
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Animation of double pendulum

Sadly, I am a completely newbie. I am studying Physics and in our theoretical physics class we got the task to solve the double pendulum using Mathematica. We just got the program, but no introduction ...
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How to simulate the 1-D motion of a particle under constant acceleration? [duplicate]

I am trying to represent the position of an object under freefall, but am completely lost. Here is my attempt so far: ...
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Traces of products of Pauli matrices

Given a matrix $M$ of shape $2^L*2^L$, I would like to compute all the traces $\text{Tr}( M.(\sigma^{n_1}\otimes\sigma^{n_2}\otimes\ldots\otimes\sigma^{n_L})) $ for $n_1=1...4$, $n_2=1...4$, ..., ...
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Making mathematica do regulated integrals

Consider the integration, $\int _0 ^\infty dx\ x \tanh( \pi x) \sqrt {x^2 + a^2 } $ where $a$ is a real number. This integral is divergent. We note that an asymptotic expansion of the integrand ...
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Operator operation

There are two basic operators r={x,y,z} and p=-I*h*{D[#,x] , D[#,y], D[#,z]} &. The angular momentum operator is defined as ...
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1D quasicrystal: points on a line nearest to points on a lattice

I have a simple lattice / line manipulation: ...
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How to fit exponential function which is not converging

I performed an experiment where I measured diffusion in a lipid bilayer. I performed the measurement by fluorescently labeling some molecules in the bilayer, and the irradiating them with light ...
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Boundary Value Problem- using NDSolve or another method

I am trying to solve a set of coupled partial differential equations, with defined boundary conditions using mathematica. Here are the equations and the boundary conditions. ...
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Visualising Special Relativity

Mathematica newbie learning by doing (or not so far, in this case). Problem: Special Relativity - consider two inertial frames $A$ & $A'$ in relative motion. At a time $t0$ as measured in $S$, ...
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Physics based Mathematica project ideas? [closed]

I am looking to make a physics based Mathematica project. Ideally the project would take around 12 hours, gathering any experimental data and analyse the findings. I'd have full access to university ...
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How to obtain differential equations of motion using Lagrangian dynamics?

I'm confused to find a set of differential equations of motion of a pair of masses, m1 and m2 joined by a spring of constant ...
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How can I simulate this toggle mechanism?

I've been introduced to Mathematica very recently. Basically, I haven't actually "solved" anything in my Mathematica lifetime, but I've done some simulations. With my fractional knowledge, I tried ...
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Mathematica Reference Book on Reliability Engineering?

Can anyone suggest a reference book titled “Reliability Engineering Using Mathematica” or similar that contains the version 9 or version 10 functionality ? Some topics/chapters I would be interested ...
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Trying to graph trajectory function in Mathematica? Won't Graph?

The exercise is: Define the trajectory function y(x) in Mathematica. Pick the initial speed (in meters per second) equal to ...
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Integral over squared Hermite polynomial

I would like to calculate the uncertainty of the nth Eigenstate of a 1-dim harmonic oscillator. To obtain the result I have to solve the integral $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \psi^* x^2 \psi \:dx$$ ...
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Feynrules -> FeynArts issue

When I try to use model files generated by FeynRules in FeynArts, I always get errors of this form Coupling definition in ...
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Plotting equations of motion of a baseball

So I went through the physics of a baseball and I got the exact same equations as shown here on page 8. I input all of the same parameters into my code, and I don't get the same thing. Any idea ...
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Will I be able to use NDSolve, and then how

So I am completely new to Mathematica, so sorry if this is a dumb question. I have a set of 3 coupled nonlinear differential equations. They are (a,b,c,D,L constants): ...
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NDSolve::ndcf: Repeated convergence test failure. How to solve?

I am trying to simulate a system of $n$ pendulums with some friction in Mathematica 9. This is the code I am using: ...
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Calculate scalar potential from electric field

Is it possible for Mathematica to solve an equation like $\nabla f(\mathbf{r}) = - \mathbf{E}(\mathbf{r})$ for $f(\mathbf{r})$? I tried ...
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Finding 111 plane of Carbon Diamond

All, I looked at the example on the Mathematica Website with the Carbon Diamond Lattice. Example I am referring to I am wondering is there a way to highlight an individual plane such as the 111 or ...
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Circular Orbit Velocity in Vector Components

I'm trying to find out how to calculate the initial velocity needed to keep a spacecraft in a circular orbit around the Earth given its initial position and an initial angle theta in a Cartesian ...
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Is it possible to use Gaussian cgs units in $Mathematica$ computations?

I was trying to do computations in Gaussian cgs units, and of course I failed due to dimensional issues. For instance, $q_1 q_2/r$ cannot be converted to $\mathrm{erg}$ since Gaussian system uses ...
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Differential equation of mass spring system with compliant stoppers

I would like to solve numerically the differential equation for the displacement x[t] of a mass m-spring ...
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Animated Wave Propagation using Fourier & InverseFourier

This is a continuation off of previous help on the first part of my project: fourier issue arising from input miscommunication Now I want to go one step further in the current code. Here's the code ...
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NDSolve finding solution when it shouldn't

NDSolve in mathematica drives me crazy and I'm seriously thinking about switching to Matlab because of strange bugs I run into. ...
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Adjusting Density Plot Color Function for Diffraction Simulation

I'm trying to simulate Fraunhofer diffraction by a single slit using DensityPlot I run the code: ...
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Is there something like DensityPlot3D to visualize atomic orbitals?

I'm visualizing some hydrogen like atomic orbitals. For looking at plane slices of the probability density, the DensityPlot function works well, and with something ...
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Find eigen energies of time-independent Schrödinger equation

I'm trying to get the eigenvalues of a one dimensional time-independent Schrödinger equation, $-\frac{h^2}{2m_0}\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2}+U(x)~\psi=Ei~\psi$ where U(x) is some potential and Ei is the ...
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Doing vector manipulations on Mathematica

This is hopefully a simpler version of this previous unanswered question of mine. Let me just focus on the two expressions $F_2^{(s)}$ and $F_3^{(s)}$ given in A.3 and A.4 of page 19 of this paper. ...
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NDSolve with vector function

(Possible duplicate yet I still can't understand.) Basic 2D revolving around origin: ...
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The Orbit and Perigee of the Flamsteed comet

Historical context This year we have the 330-th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna - one of the great formative events of European history, it took place on September 12, 1683. Kara Mustafa, Grand ...
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List of supported units in Mathematica 9 [duplicate]

Is there a list of supported units in Mathematica 9 documentation? I personal haven't found any; even the physical constants (newly supported as units in 9) can only be found in compatibility ...