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Mathematical Physics

Mathematical physics is the study of mathematical methods for application of problems in physics. There are five distinct branches of mathematical physics: geometrically advanced formulation of classical mechanics, partial differential equations, quantum theory, Relativity and Quantum Relativistic Theories and statistical mechanics. Each branch has its own section of physics problems in which it corresponds to.

Mathematical physics is denoted by the nature of research. The research is aimed at studying and solving problems inspired by physics within a mathematically rigorous framework. Therefore, mathematical physics can cover a broad range of topics from pure mathematics to theoretical physics. Mathematical physicist does not conduct experiments like “regular” physicists do. The advent of the computer has created a new application of mathematical physics however that allows highly complex simulations being conducted. These simulations are run off of complex mathematical models to model certain phenomena.

Categories within Mathematical Physics

Statistical Mechanics

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Statistical Mechanics is the branch of physics which applies probability theory to study thermodynamic behavior of systems composed of a large number of particles.

Partial Differential Equation

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A partial differential equation is a differential equation which contains unknown multivariable functions and their partial derivatives.

Noise reduction using interferometry

Consider a Mach-Zehnder interferometer where in one arm we place a filter with a transmission coefficient f << 1. The system is set up such that at one detector site we have constructive interference and at the other side we have destructive interference. Demonstrate that the expected number of detected photons N needed before a

Summation of Divergent Series

In physics one often needs to sum divergent series. Here we give a simple example of how one can estimate the limit of x to infinity of a function f(x) given by its Taylor expansion around x = 0 when its radius of convergence is only 1.

Interference of 2 Waves.

Two loudspeakers are placed side by side a distance d=4.00m apart. A listener observes maximum constructive interference while standing in front of the loudspeakers, equidistant from both of them. The distance from the listener to the point halfway between the speakers is l=5.00m. One of the loudspeakers is then moved dir

Determining the Moment of Inertia of a Pendulum

The pendulum shown in the figure (see attachment) consists of a thin disk and two slender rods. The disk has a mass of 2 kg, the longer rod AB has a mass of 6.5 kg and the shorter rod CD has a mass of 2.5 kg. Determine the moment of inertia of the pendulum about an axis perpendicular to the page passing through (a) point O, and

Four Masses

Please see problem attached. The four masses shown in Figure Ex13.17 are connected by massless, rigid rods, with m = 184 g. (a) Find the coordinates of the center of mass. (b) Find the moment of inertia about a diagonal axis that passes through masses B and D.

Density of an unknown material 10/19

A solid cube of unknown composition is seen floating upright in water with 30% of it above the surface. What is the density of the material? I believe the answer is 0.70 g/cm^3.

Finding Speed

Two planes leave simultaneously from the same airport, one flying due north and the other flying due east. The north bound plane is flying 50 miles per hour faster than the east bound plane. After 3 hours the planes are 2,440 miles apart. Find the speed of each plane. I made a guess at it because I really don't know how to figu

Double pendulum Calculations

A double pendulum consists of a pendulum of mass m2 hanging from a pendulum of mass m1. The motion of both parts of the double pendulum is constrained to the x-y plane. Both strings are "unstretchable" and having length I2 and I1, respectively. a) How many degrees of freedom does this system have? Using the variable theta1

Determining Center of Mass

Find the center of mass of a system of three particles of mass 2 kg, 3kg and 4 kg placed at the corners of an equilateral triangle of side 2 meters.

Finding the frequency of vibration of a stretched wire.

A wire of density 9gm/cm^3 is stretched between two clamps 100cm apart subjected to an extension of 0.05 cm. What is the lowest frequency of transverse vibrations in the wire, assuming the Young's modulus to be 9x10^11 dynes/cm^ ?