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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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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 ...
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Kramers-Kronig Mathematica code [closed]

I'm trying to write Mathematica code to use Kramers-Kronig on a csv file with 2 columns. Column 1 is h(eV). It goes from 0 to 6, in increments of 0.1. Column 2 is alpha (cm^-1). For some reason, ...
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Getting poles of a Gamma functions [duplicate]

Why do the following 2 sequences give different answers? n = 1.5 Series[Gamma[0.5 - n - x], {x, 0, 2}] Series[Gamma[-1 - x], {x, 0, 2}] (..clearly the output from the second expression is ...
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Reduce on equations involving integrals

Here's part of problem from a college physics text: A time-dependent force F = (8.00 i - 4.00 t j) N (where t is in seconds) is applied to a 2.00-kg object initially at rest. (a) At what time ...
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High quantum harmonic eigenfunctions?

How to obtain high quantum harmonic eigenfunctions? Everything works until, let say 65th eigenfunction, but for higher eigenfunctions values are too high. My code ...
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Extending D for four-derivatives

I'm currently trying to consistently define rules for extending D[] to four-derivatives. As 'backend' I'm using the package TRACER (http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/MathSource/2987/), which can ...
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How can I make a plot of the Higgs potential?

I was wondering, how would could I make a drawing of the Higgs potential aka "mexican hat potential". I am quite new to Mathematica and don't know where to look to learn how to implement such a ...
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Plotting results of numerical differential equation

I'm numerically solving the ODE equation $a = -kv$, i.e. $ x'' = -kx'$. sol = NDSolve[{y''[x] + 0.1 * y'[x] == 0, y[0] == 0, y'[0] == 10}, y, {x, 0, 100}] I need ...
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How to start simulating physical problems?

I'm quite new to Mathematica, I have version 9. I need to use it to simulate some physical problems. I know the equations (like Maxwell's equations and Newton's laws and so on), but I have no real ...
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Drawing a graph with specified edge lengths

I was wondering if it was possible to ask Mathematica to draw a graph provided some set of vertices: $(v_1, ..., v_N) \in V$ connected by $M$ edges $(e_1, ..., e_M) \in E$, where the length of each ...
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Interactive steam tables and phase diagrams in Mathematica

I teach an undergraduate course in Thermodynamics and I would love to use Mathematica to demonstrate the various engineering processes that involve the expansions and compressions of steam and common ...
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Create an adaptive amount of local variables for error propagation

I intend to write a function which calculates the result and the error for any formula with any amount of variables using the Gauß Error Propagation. The error $\mathrm{d}R$ for a function $R(a,b,c)$ ...
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How to manipulate gauge theory in Mathematica?

I want to know if there is a way of typing into Mathematica an expression like the following, $$\epsilon^{\mu \nu \lambda} f^{abc} A^a_\mu A^b_\nu A^c_\lambda + g\epsilon^{\mu \nu \lambda} A^a_\mu ...
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How to change coordinates of a differential operator?

I'm doing a basic quantum mechanics problem and am trying to learn how to do it in Mathematica. Any help would be much appreciated. $\vec{L} = \vec{x} \times \vec{p}$ where $\vec{x}$ has ...
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Inputting two arrays for a module in Mathematica

I am relatively new to the Mathematica enviroment and not sure where I am going wrong. I have evaluated the question and understand it, but dont know how to exactly create a module for it. The ...
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Measuring fractal dimension of natural objects from digital images

This is a useful topic. A college physics lab, medical diagnostics, urban growth, etc. - there is a lot of applications. On this site by Paul Bourke about Google Earth fractals we can get a high ...
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ColorData[“VisibleSpectrum”] is wrong?

I am trying to visualize the visible spectrum using the built-in ColorData["VisibleSpectrum"] function which "colors based on light wavelength in nanometers". But I ...
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Circuit drawing in Mathematica

This past semester I taught an introductory electromagnetism course and had quite a nice time using Mathematica to draw all sorts of figures and diagrams (mostly for problems and etc.). However, I was ...
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Computing Slater determinants

I need to compute Slater determinants. I'm wondering if I would benefit from assigning each of my functions to a variable prior to computation. I'm working with Slater determinants, but my question ...
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Need more float precision

I have a Physics problem which huge and tiny numbers and Mathematica just gives me a speed of my particles which is the speed of light. Then $1/\sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}$ becomes singular. If I use smaller ...
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Constructing a symbolic Hermitian matrix

I need to construct a symbolic Hermitian matrix like m = { { n, a, b, b}, {Conjugate[a], n, b, b}, ... } but I am not able to set ...
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NDSolve, Schrödinger equation, and decaying solution

I am trying to solve a Schrödinger equation for a particle hitting a step potential using NDSolve in Mathematica. Here is my code: ...