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

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Dynamic Euler–Bernoulli beam equation

I am trying to solve for the vibration of a Euler–Bernoulli beam. The equation is $\frac{\partial ^2u(t,x)}{\partial t^2}+\frac{\partial ^4u(t,x)}{\partial x^4}=0$ For the boundary conditions I ...
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Boundary condition with spatial derivative is ignored by NDSolve

Consider the following differential equation: $$\begin{align*}&\rho C_p\left(\frac{\partial T}{\partial t}\right)=k\left[\frac{\partial^2 T}{\partial x^2}\right]+\dot{q}\\ &\text{at }x=0,\;\...
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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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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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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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The correct way to linearize colorspace before resizing, blurring etc

There was an interesting discussion on MathGroup dealing with the fact that image-processing functions in Mathematica (and many other software, including Adobe Photoshop) work with RGB, Grayscale etc. ...
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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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Convert spectral distribution to RGB color

Presume that 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 ...
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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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NDSolve with vector function

(Possible duplicate yet I still can't understand.) Basic 2D revolving around origin: ...
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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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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 components:...
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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) - J_m(k\,R_2)\,...
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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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How to numerically solve a 1-d time-independent Schrödinger 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 Euler equations (fluid dynamics) with NDSolve

Is it possible to accurately solve the 1D Euler equations in Mathematica using NDSolve? For example, let us consider the Sod shock tube problem. Introduction to ...
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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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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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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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Free Convective Heat Transfer of Non-Newtonian Power Law Fluids from a Vertical Plate

I am trying to solve a set of PDEs mentioned in this paper with NDSolve but facing quite a few issues. The PDE system is: ...
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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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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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Remove noise from data

Hi, as you can see above I have some experimental data which has a large offset and shows clear noise fluctations around the tendency of the curve. I wanted to ask if someone could suggest me a method ...
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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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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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Couple a PDE and ODE in NDSolve

I would like to solve an example of non-stationary heat transfer with a coupled PDE and ODE. Let's assume that we have 1 dimensional bar of length $L$ with uniform initial temperature. The right end ...
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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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How do I plot a plane EM wave?

I would like to display an electromagnetic (EM) wave. I have written code that works, but it does not "shade" the area between the graph and the axes. Both the ...
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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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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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Gravitational potential created by a thin disc using FEM and NDSolve

Context I would like to compute the torque that a (thin) disc applies onto a ring. I.e. I would like to try to understand what is the impact of this outer ring on the inner disc in the simulation ...
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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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How to solve the tsunami model and animate the shallow water wave?

Backslide introduced in 9.0, persisting through 11.3. Recently when I was learning differential equations, I noticed there is a shallow water wave equation to model the tsunami propagation. How to ...
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How to generate all Feynman diagrams with Mathematica?

I'm using the words "Feynman diagrams" for indexing purposes, but the question is in fact purely graph-theoretic. Given a list n={n1,n2,...} of non-negative ...
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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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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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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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Recognize physical constants?

Is there some way to ask Mathematica to recognize physical constants, such as 32 or 9.81 (gravitational acceleration, in different units, at Earth's surface)? I have in mind something like the "...
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What are current approaches for supporting Dirac notation for quantum mechanics?

I'd like to be able to use Mathematica to preform some basic quantum mechanics and quantum computation operations using Dirac's Bra-Ket notation. I've seen several solutions to defining basic ...
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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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Attempting to use NDSolve to plot harmonic oscillator solutions

NDSolve[{ (-y''[r]/1880) + (470 (0.04077)^2 r^2 - 48 + 1/(1880 r^2)) y[r] == 0, y[0] = 0, y'[0] = 0}, y, {r, -4, 4}] I use this but get errors and am ...
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Transient temperature profile in cylinder

I am trying to simulate the temperature profile inside a very long cylinder that is suddenly immersed into a cooling fluid: For this, I am writing a single heat equation where the physical properties ...
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Work of a force field [closed]

I have a parameter curve in 3d: r1[t_] := {Cos[2 Pi t], Sin[2 Pi t], t} r2[t_] := {1, 0, t} r3[t_] := {1 - 1/2 Sin[Pi t], 0, 1/2 - Cos[Pi t]} with a vector field:...
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Plotting the electric field and potential of a dipole

This is a function that takes a function, turn it into a vector, then plots the vector and its contour. ...
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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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Solving coupled Differential equations with matching condition

I am somewhat new to using Mathematica and was wondering if it can solve the following: $(a \rightarrow h)$ are constants $a w^4[x] =-b + c(d-w[x]-e x),\hspace{2em} x_1 \leq x \leq x_g \\ a w^4[x] ...
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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 $n_1=1...4$, $n_2=1...4$, ..., $n_{...
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How to plot and visualize a single linear vector in 3D? [closed]

I have a vector (in physic) designated as F1=250cos(60)i+250cos(60)j+250cos(45)k, and i would like to see it in a 3D graphic with the axis centered at the origin, after what i would include other ...
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Visualizing combined Vectors

I'm trying to visualize a cross-section of a finite continuous solenoid's B-Field (cylindrical coordinate equations from Wikipedia). I believe I have calculated the radial and z-axis fields, but I'm ...