A community for students.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
 2 years ago
Can anyone show me an example physics numerical which cant be solved just by memorizing formulas and need deep understanding of the concept?Please explain all the steps used. Please explain those deep concepts also
 2 years ago
Can anyone show me an example physics numerical which cant be solved just by memorizing formulas and need deep understanding of the concept?Please explain all the steps used. Please explain those deep concepts also

This Question is Closed

nkamran
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0you know Kirchoff's laws ? if you do, then you know that the closed loop integral of a circuit is always equal to 0, but that also requires you to to take the potential difference of the battery, what if you don't have a battery but instead you have a magnetic field exactly as required for the same amount of current to flow through the circuit.. would Kirchoff's law fail ? if not, why ? if yes, then what is the integral equal to ?

gleem
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.4To paraphrase Poincare: Science(physics) is no more a collection of facts (formulas) than a house is a collection of stones. Formulas are derived from the deep understanding of concepts for instances of special interest to demonstrate the quantitative relationship among the physical quantities involved and for convenience and ease in obtaining desired numerical results for these instances. The deep understanding of concepts is necessary to determine the proper relationship among the physical quantities from which you can choose appropriate formula's to obtain desired information. Most real problems involve more complex situations than can be solved by the simple application of a single equation. Even applying single equation may be problematic in recognizing that the equation is appropriate or in choosing the correct values for the parameters from the known information or knowing how and when to augment the given information with necessary additional information.

gleem
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.4Consider a tank of water of depth d which you wish to empty with a 5/8 inch diameter garden hose siphon after it passes over an obstruction of height z above the water surface and leads to a level h below the water surface. What is the maximum height of the sIphon loop above the water level before the water column in the sIphon breaks. Use Bernoulli's law because we have a fluid flowing through a tube at different heights. Bernoulli's Law states that at two points in the same streamline for a noncompressible nonviscous fluid in steady flow the sum of the pressure, the kinetic energy per unit volume and the potential energy per unit volume is the same. I'll call this sum the Bernoulli variable. At the top of the siphon the Bernoulli's variable for this point is \[P+\frac{ 1 }{ 2 }\rho v ^{2}+\rho gh\]. Now at the level of the water the Bernoulli variable has the value of the atmospheric pressure only so we can equate these. So the Bernoulli equation for a point in the loop is \[P+\frac{ 1 }{ 2 } \rho v ^{2}+\rho gh=P _{ATM}\] We know that a fluid cannot support a tensile force ( i.e. water cannot pull anything) so when the absolute pressure in the loop drops to 0 the water column will break. So now we have for the maximum z \[ \rho gz _{\max} =P _{ATM}\frac{ 1 }{ 2 }\rho v ^{2} \] But what is the velocity v. Since this is a noncompressible fluid the velocity is the same at all points in the siphon. In fact the velocity is determined only by the height of surface of the water above the outlet of the siphon. This is Torricelli's law (derived from Bernoulli's law) given by the equation \[v _{out}= \sqrt{2gh}\] So the maximum z equation becomes \[ z _{\max} = \frac{ P _{MAX} }{ \rho g } h \] The diameter of the siphon is irrelevant except that its relatively large diameter minimizes viscous forces and surface tension making Bernoulli's law a more valid application to this problem. Reviewing the approach you had to determine the law(s) that are appropriate and the conditions for the breaking of the water column. You had to deduce the Bernoulli variables in the siphon at the water level and top of the siphon. You had to deduce that the velocity at the siphon outlet. And lastly you had to remember the consistent set of units of density, gravitational acceleration, pressure, distance and area. In this case density is in slugs per cubic ft, acceleration of gravity in ft/sec^2, h in feet, and atmospheric pressure in lbs per sq ft. (remember the embarrassment of the company who built a Martian probe when inches and centimeters were interchanged) I think this problem is representative of physics problems in general. Some problems are easier less involved, many are more complex especially in application of physical intuition and/or the development of the mathematical relationships. Generally real problems are not plug and play.

Carl_Pham
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Well, obviously any numerical problem for which there does not yet exist a formula, but for which a formula can be derived from fundamental principles. Such problems can readily be devised at the graduate student level, but they take a lot of work, so I'm sure not going to do one for your pleasure. Send me $500 and I might do it. Also, of course, any research problem falls into this category.

Krishnadas
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@Carl_Pham I am afraid I wont get your service.

Carl_Pham
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Nope. You get what you pay for. I'm sympathetic to your exasperation with teachers who demand that you "learn the concept" meaning be able to wave your hands and talk about a principle, and discount your ability to simply get the right answer mathematically. Why isn't that equivalent? Well, in fact you're right, it pretty much is  at this level. At a higher level, it most certainly is not. But you're not there yet. More importantly, your instructors aren't even likely to have reached that level, unless you are learning physics from frontline research physicists (in which case, I am sure they could easily provide you with the problems you seek). So they can't really defend the proposition they're presenting to you, which is that conceptual understanding is in the end more key to problem solving than memorization of formulae. And in fact,at your level, it may not even be defensible. You may be perfectly correct that at that level, it's an equally effective (or even more effective) way to go. The essential problem is that physics is designed by absolutely geniuses. By Newton and Einstein and Dirac. That's who made this stuff up. But you can't learn from them  the few who are still alive are far too few to be teaching every physics student the primitive basics of the field. So you learn from people who have learned from people who have learned from people who have learned from the masters. It's a long chain. A lot of stuff that is flexible, sensible, adaptable principle at the level of Einstein and Dirac gets turned into rigid and mindless rule by the time it gets down to you. Sorry about that. Mature and design a better system, one that allows even the 10th grade physics student to essentially learn directly from the mind of our best physicists, without any clumsiness or rigidity coming in between, and you will become fabulously rich.

AravindG
 2 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0you can also check out iit group closed questions section.there are very nice questions there :)
Ask your own question
Sign UpFind more explanations on OpenStudy
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.