# Questions tagged [physics]

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

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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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### 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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### ColorData[“VisibleSpectrum”] is wrong?

Bug introduced in 10.0 or earlier and fixed in 11.1 I am trying to visualize the visible spectrum using the built-in ColorData["VisibleSpectrum"] function which "...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Animating wave motion in water

Further to this question I found on MSE, I tried to replicate from here this is as far as I got: ...
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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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### 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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### 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 $A(a,b,c)$ ...
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### How to model wooden joints with mathematica's FEM?

This is a dovetail joint: and I'd like to see the stresses and deformation on the joint.I haven't seen any modeling of disconnected regions with FEM, only connected regions, so I'm curious if you can ...
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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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### Solving Killing equations

Is it possible to solve Killing equations in Mathematica for a general vector? I am looking for a way to create Killing equations and then find what the vectors are, but I have a problem with this. ...
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### Fractal basins of attraction in a Magnetic Pendulum

I am trying to write a Mathematica program that realizes a graphical approximation of the basins of attraction in a Magnetic pendulum subject to friction and gravity, in which the three magnets are ...
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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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### 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 http://arxiv.org/pdf/1502....
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### Turing patterns

I am new in learning Turing patterns. Is there any sample code available to generate such patterns in ecology model (Lotka–Volterra model)? The above figure is taken from this paper, and is based on ...
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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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