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  • Why light would curve under gravity?

    Everyone was thinking in terms of physics (i.e. force). Einstein knew one part of that is maths, pure maths. Force is physics because of mass. But acceleration is geometry, its the shape of your trajectory and its maths.

    Imagine a pipe which is horizontally fitted across a wall. Now water jet is flowing through it, inside of it. Now that wall is on a rotating base. You rotated the wall downwards. The pipe is inclined downward, water streams across downward.

    Now imagine you have a torch light fixed to one end cap. You get a horizontal output of light. Now the wall is rotated downward, obviously the light will also stream across downwards.

    The mass of the water or light did not matter. Because they are guided by the pipe and wall.

    The same thing happens in the universe. The space is what carries mass, and it carries all physical phenomena including light. When that space itself is inclined (warped, rotated or receded or whatever) light would follow a curved trajectory just like any object of mass would. Space is what holds them, matter and light. Space curves under gravity.

  • Science based numerology for this year

    Science based numerology for this year: Eating fruits and chuckling at strangers (while showing your teeth) could enhance your self esteem and bring you a lotta lot (fortune) this year.

    Science based numerology for this year Just for jest.  

  • CSIR NET 2018 December Physical Science Solutions Part-B

    CSIR NET 2018 December Physical Sciences: converting a RS flip-flop into a JK flip-flop. Photo Credit: mdashf.org

    The CSIR NET 2018 held on December 16: Indian
    Assistant Professor and PhD scholarship exam
    solution, prepared by me. The answers and
    detailed explanations are available for 18
    out of 25 questions of Part-B. The detailed
    explanations and answers to Part-A is also
    available, see link below.

    Please point out any inadvertent errors.

    (this is entirely free stuff: help spread the word)

    The article aims to make the best attempt at finding the answers for the recently concluded 2018 CSIR NET. Detailed explanatory answers for physical sciences section ( part-B ) is available ( for 18 out of 25 questions at the moment ). Also full explanation based solutions to part-A is available, check link above.

    Q – 21. Consider the decay A → B + C of a relativistic
    spin 1/2 particle A. Which of the following statements
    is true in the rest frame of the particle A?

    1. The spin of both B and C may be 1/2.
    2. The sum of the masses of B and C is greater than
    the mass of A.
    3. The energy of B is uniquely determined by the
    masses of the particles.
    4. The spin of both B and C may be integral.

    Explanation: obviously the second option is incorrect as it violates conservation of energy in relativistic kinematics, rest-masses of the product particles can not be more than that of the parent particle. Option 3 is explained with a diagram. The value of the energy of one of the daughter particle ( B ) is determined uniquely as evinced by the given formula for the same.

    In a two body relativistic decay in the parent rest frame: EB = ( MA2 – MC2 + MB2 ) / 2 MA

    Also the other options talk about the spin of the particles but we need not bother since option 3 is the correct option.

  • The CSIR NET 2018 December solutions

    CSIR NET 2018 December Physical Sciences: answer to question 12 Venn diagram shows that number of students who took biology but not chemistry is number of students who took biology minus number of students who took both biology and chemistry photo credit: mdashf.org

    The article aims to make the best attempt at finding the answers for the recently concluded 2018 CSIR NET. Detailed explanatory answers are available to 19 out of  20 questions in Part A, at the moment. Only physical sciences paper part B and C will be added.

    CSIR NET 2018 December physical sciences
    Part A

    Q – 1. A tourist drives 20 km towards east, turns
    right and drives 6 km, then drives 6 km towards west.
    He then turns to his left and drives 4 km and finally
    turns right and drives 14 km. Where is he from his
    starting point?

    1. 6 km towards east
    2. 20 km towards west
    3. 14 km towards north
    4. 10 km towards south

    Q – 2. In an examination 100 questions of 1 mark
    each are given. After the examination, 20 questions
    are deleted from evaluation, leaving 80 questions
    with a total of 100 marks. Student A had answered
    4 of the deleted questions correctly and got 40
    marks, whereas student B had answered 10 of the
    deleted questions correctly and got 35 marks.
    In this situation

    1. A and B are equally benefited.
    2. A and B lost equally.
    3. B lost more than A.
    4. A lost more than B.

    Q – 3. A circular running track has six lanes,
    each 1 m wide. How far ahead ( in meters )
    should the runner in the outermost lane
    start from, so as to cover the same distance
    in one lap as the runner in the innermost lane?

    1. 6 π 2. 10 π
    3. 12 π 4. 36 π

  • Maxwell Boltzmann distribution for a classical ideal gas

    Maxwell Boltzmann Distribution: Hard sphere; remember a hard sphere is a classical analogy of a rigid sphere whose surfaces do not deform when an external object comes into contact. This essentially means the incoming object is scattered elastically that is without loss of kinetic energy, only momenta magnitude and directions are changed in accordance with the conservation of linear momentum. Photo Credit: mdashf.org

    i. We assume a dilute gas which is enclosed by a thermally insulated container on all sides.

    Dilute gas in a thermally insulated container: Dilute means concentration of gas molecules is low. Insulated implies there is no reasonable flow of heat energy across the walls of the container.

    ii. Each molecule is assumed to be a hard sphere which moves randomly in all directions such that its velocity vary from – infinity to + infinity.

    Hard sphere: Remember a hard sphere is a classical analogy of a rigid sphere whose surfaces do not deform when an external object comes into contact. This essentially means the incoming object is scattered elastically that is without loss of kinetic energy, only momenta magnitude and directions are changed in accordance with the conservation of linear momentum.

    iii. When molecules collide they do not lose energy or time. They bounce off each other so that ‘energy’ and ‘momenta’ are conserved.

    We would like to obtain an expression for velocity distribution function. That is we would like to know the fraction of molecules having velocity between v to v+dv for all possible values of velocity.

    For this we assume an ensemble of molecules in equilibrium. The ratio of number of molecules in a velocity range to the total number of molecules N gives the probability of finding a molecule in that velocity range.

    v. The “phase space” of the ensemble of molecules is defined by a 6 N dimensional space, which constitutes of 3 N spatial components and 3 N velocity components of the N molecules in equilibrium. For a more advanced concept of phase space check the following statistical mechanics lecture.