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

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Particle motion with discrete values for the potential

Sorry if the question seems trivial, but I am new to physical simulations in Mathematica. I have a numerical estimation of an electric potential $V(x)$ in 3D, to be more precise I have a matrix ...
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NSolve fails to solve a nonlinear equation

Mathematica can not solve this: g = 9.82; ω = 0.5; h = 5; y0 = 1; v = 0; τ = 0; NSolve[h + v t - (g t^2)/2 == y0 Sin[ω t], t]; The error code is: ...
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A better “VisibleSpectrum” function?

Since ColorData["VisibleSpectrum"] is wrong, I would like to have a more accurate function to use. Can this information be extracted from Mathematica itself?
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Variables within functions within DSolve

Hi I am just beginning to learn Mathematica and this is my first time I have been exposed to any type of coding. I am encountering a problem in a basic physics problem. For example we are always ...
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Numerical integration: complicated 2D integral seems to be poorly estimated

In the course of some physics research I've been working on, a very annoying integral has appeared that I'm having difficulty evaluating numerically. Any help you could offer would be greatly ...
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Can't Load .rst file

I've been working with the FeynRules 2.1 package in Mathematica 10. If I download the MC4BSM_2012 FeynRules files and run the Mathematica Notebook I've got no problem in Ubuntu (A lot of warnings ...
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How to control pedestrians to enter the simulation region with random functions?

I am working on simulating crowds of a cross-typed region, given that pedestrians entering from 4 gates of north, east, west and south, ...
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How can I use manipulate on multiple lists within a function?

So I have my N-Body Problem set up like so, and I can plot it in ListPointPlot3D, but I cannot figure out how to stick this into a manipulate function. ...
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Embedded Graphics: General Relativity

Is there a way to make the following graph with two dimples? Like the central indent and another indent to the side to simulate a central mass like the sun and another smaller mass like the Earth in ...
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Position from 3 dimensional acceleration data? [closed]

Per a previous post on Mathematica StackExchange here I'm trying to utilize 3-axis accelerometer data to determine approximate 3D position. I wanted to start with a simple case. To this end I've ...
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Sampling a phase space uniformly for a given energy?

The energy for a 1D harmonic oscillator can be written: $$ E = \frac{1}{2 m} p^2 + \frac{m \omega^2}{2} x^2 $$ where x is position and p is the momentum. I would like to sample phase space $(x,p)$ ...
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Introduction to Vectors and NDSolve

I want to use NDSolve for a complicated equation that contains vectors. I am still new to Mathematica, and have really enjoyed what I have learned thus far. Concerning this question, I have already ...
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FeynRules issue when trying to export UFO file

I am having problems with the UFO file generated by a very simple model using FeynRules. The following error occurs when MadGraph tries to import the "Model_UFO" file: ...
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Numerically Simulating a Simple Differential Equation: RC Circuit

I need to learn to simulate a differential equation in Mathematica. The differential equation that I need to simulate is complicated, without an analytical solution. However, I am brand new to ...
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Multidimensional integral to compute the end-to-end distribution of a FENE ideal chain

How do I evaluate the mean end-to-end squared distance of a FENE ideal chain at fixed inverse temperature $\beta$ in the canonical ensemble? This quantity is defined as the mean value ...
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Creating an orrery

I am interested in creating an orrery, ideally with SystemModeler. I have been experimenting with the MultiBody library since that allows you to do animations. The most relevant example seems to be ...
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draw part of parabola using graphics

today I was doing my physics homework. one of the questions was draw velocity-time and position-time graphs from the acceleration-time graph. So for the first step I draw acceleration-time using ...
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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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How to solve fluid flow problem based on Navier-Stokes equations?

Does anyone know or can provide any examples how fluid flow problem can be formulated and solved in Wolfram Language? Simplest cases of 1D or 2D flows based on Navier-Stokes equations or even their ...
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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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Schrödinger eigenvalue problem in two dimensions (Harmonic Oscillator)

I read here the discussion about how to solve a one-dimensional eigenvalue problem. I am wondering, how can one generalize these methods to two dimensions? For example, how to solve this equation: ...
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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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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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A function generating particle-in-a-box eigenfunctions

This function sequence is defined over $\left[-\frac{L}{2},\frac{L}{2}\right]$ (all elements are valued 0 outside this interval): $$\psi_n(x)=\begin{cases}\sqrt{\frac2{L}}\sin{\left(\frac{n\pi ...
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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 ...