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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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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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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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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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How to plot an emission spectrum?

If I have a list of data with various wavelengths in nanometers, how would I plot them on a graph so it looks like this: So far I have managed to plot a spectrum in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mimic a procedural, recursive clustering algorithm for site percolation using functional programming

Sorry in advance for my logorrhea: I just want to make sure all of the information is here. Context and Question I am investigating site percolation on a square lattice. I have a working, ...
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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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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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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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How to numerically solve a 1-d time-independent Schrodinger equation?

The point is to solve the eigensystem of the given Hamiltonian. I tried ParametricNDSolve combined with FindRoot to search for ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Boson commutation relations

I have tried to adapt this answer to my problem of calculating some bosonic commutation relations, but there are still some issues. The way I'm implementing the commutator is straightforward: ...
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Diverging solution to coupled second order ODEs from NDSolve

For a physics application I am considering the radial Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations in two dimensions. In dimensionless form they read as follows $$ \begin{cases} ...
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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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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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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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How best to simulate n-body systems in a functional way

I want to simulate a N-body system in the most functional way possible. The system I'm modeling are metallic colloidal particles in a solution of peroxide water, as here ...
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Defining quantum-mechanical Bra and Ket operations

I have the following ket in the Fock basis: $\vert3, 0 ,1\rangle$, where each entry defines the number of photons in a particular mode and can take any one of the following numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3. As a ...
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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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FEM Solution desired for “Plate with orifice” deflection: Application of Boundary Conditions and use of Regions

I found the deflection of an orifice plate (circular plate with a hole) subject to uniform pressure using Mathematica's NDSolve functionality. The plate is fixed at its outer circumference and is ...
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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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Integrating a function over a surface integral

From a first principles bandstructure calculation I get an energy scalar field in three dimensions $E(x,y,z)$. It's now easy to plot a constant energy (contour)-surface for dedicated values ...
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Synchrotron Radiation and ListDensityPlot

I'm trying to reproduce the following plots: As described by this blog entry: Synchrotron radiation As you can see in the linked article, the task is essentially to make a ...
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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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Interfacing Red Pitaya board with Mathematica [closed]

I just discovered the Red Pitaya board and borrowed a unit to play during this weekend. Surprisingly I did not find any reference to Mathematica on the Red Pitaya forum, nor did I find any reference ...
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Plotting 2-D Electron Density Carbon Atoms

I need to create a 2-D electron energy density plot in Mathematica to compare with my STM experimental results in my lab class. This would be done by plotting the sum of the symmetric and ...
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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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Labeling solutions of an Eigenvalue equation involving Bessel functions

I'm solving the Schrödinger equation for a particle in an annular geometry with hard wall boundary conditions and I've reduced it to the following equation: $$J_m(k\,R_1)\,Y_m(k\,R_2) - ...
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Efficient implementation of cubic equation of state

...In this case the Peng Robinson Equation of State. Equations of state are empirical equations with parameters derived from experimental data. They are used to predict pure component and mixture ...
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Time evolution/dynamics of circular plate with hole (Biharmonic equation and stiffness)

On this Mathematica.SE form, there exists information on how to use Mathematica to demonstrate the vibration of a circular membrane and the deflection of an orifice plate (the latter I had raised ...
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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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Heat convection differential equations from 1952 - Mathematica “fails to converge”

I am trying to solve a fundamental problem in analytical convective heat transfer: laminar free convection flow and heat transfer from a flat plate parallel to the direction of the generating body ...
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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: ...
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Finding the conditions for degenerate solutions to a cubic equation

I have a cubic equation (corresponding to the band structure of a physical system) given by w in the code below. ...
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Solve numerical differential equations at `t->Infinity`

I have a first order non-homogeneous system of differential equation (100+ equations, so no hope to solve them analytically, due to the Abel–Ruffini theorem). If I solve them using ...
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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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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 ...