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Divergence of Discountinuous Electric Field [on hold]

$E = E_{o}$ x < a E=0 x > a Now try to guess which charge distribution could give rise to this field without further calculation. Now use the equation ∇ · E = ρ/ϵo (which this time will ...
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I know I'm 'right' about something non-mainstream and 'crackpot', what are the options for me here? [on hold]

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: I know I'm right about something that the mainstream is wrong about. How to get heard out without publishing in a journal? Pretty much as ...
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Shouldn't there be a language translation technique on physics stack exchange?

As we know that physics stack exchange is an international website so there must be language translation technique for non english speakers as they face problems to Express them freely.
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Request to re-open statistical mechanics question

I recently asked a question on the Physics stack exchange: Derivation of temperature / entropy relation from statistical mechanics. It was put on hold for being 'off-topic'. The question looks like ...
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How can an observation, an empirical measurement be considered to be none mainstream theory? [duplicate]

I desire to contribute for the community. I want to work within the community guidelines while contributing original perspectives. Please note that "original perspective" does not automatically equate ...
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Should we re-word the homework-like close reason to better match how we actually deal with homework-like questions?

After an extended debate that lasted several years, our community seems to have settled into a pretty consistent treatment of homework-like questions. When such a question is closed, a banner appears ...
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False duplicate

I asked this question: What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current? "What is the magnetic field of a radially moving current?" It was closed as a duplicate of "Why is the magnetic field ...
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Can we consider MR Imaging questions as on-topic unless they ask for specific engineering solutions?

Context: This question on basic principles of image formation in medical MRI was asked in May 2014, received an accepted answer at the time, and was left unchallenged until August 2019, at which point ...
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We need systematic improvements to expiration on bounties

First a polite request: I think most active users are people who mostly answer questions and don't ask questions. As a result I think a lot of the "culture" among administrators & moderators ...
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Examples of the questioner going the extra mile

I'm trying to improve my penning-down-a-question skills. I have been through the guidelines and this great meta post. I was hoping to get some examples (/list) of a well phrased question. In order to ...
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Why was my question closed even though the duplicate is different and was unanswered?

I asked this question a few months ago- https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/479846/proof-of-ohms-law (auto-deleted; screenshot) I was looking for a particular proof and explicitly mentioned ...
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How can answerers learn, if the downvotes on their answers are not justified?

I am not going to link the specific answer that prompted me to write this post because I want to make a general point. I am aware of the policy of not forcing users to comment when they downvote, as ...
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Ethical violation in chat? [closed]

Background So the relevant transcript starts here: https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/51655733#51655733 My summary of it goes like this: There's a derivation I am not content with. ...
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Which criteria rule in Physics?

I admit I'm a little frustrated. Long ago I asked questions from physics that I didn't know the answer to, and these questions were ignored. Now I know a lot of answers. So I asked questions and gave ...
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Is this question off topic? or is it actually unclear, and if so, what remains unclear about it?

I have a very well defined mathematical problem ABOUT physical systems that I put a lot of work into trying to state clearly but it was closed as unclear: Superluminal change in moment implies ...
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Why did all the comments on my answer vanish so quickly?

I had a couple of comments under my answer (this one), and was about to reply to a comment of the question author when I noticed that the author had accepted the answer and deleted his account. Then, ...
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How to place a bounty on a slight modification of a question that is not mine?

I have been thinking a lot about the question: If a mass moves close to the speed of light, does it turn into a black hole? But I didn't find the answers satisfactory. I have two options: Ask the ...
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Why was this question considered “big list?”

I recently asked what the most precice measurement we have taken is (What is the most precise physical measurement ever measured?). With 33 views and 6 upvotes, it got mod-hammered as being a "big ...
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Question unilaterally closed by a moderator without any chance of editing

I had recently asked the following question: Uniform discrete physical theories (now closed and auto-deleted as RemoveAbandonedClosed; screenshot). And the question was closed without any comments ...
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How work Physics.SE and Mathematics.SE about mathematical/physic question

In these two years I'm always trying to understand how to write well my questions. Some of my Physics questions necessarily also require mathematical knowledge that I don't have at the moment and the ...
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Does serial downvoting mean that my answers are bad?

I am getting serially downvoted now. Five questions were downvoted in short order. Are the answers I gave so bad? See: Links to the answers: https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/486605/ https://...
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Cases in which self-edits are an unethical mean to generate attention

I made 6 minor edits to my latest answers. The last edit (addition of a link to a lecture on the topic) I did 2 days after I gave the answer. I noticed that the question received a lot of new ...
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A question erroneously labeled as duplicate

A question was submitted by user929304 titled: Balance of a spinning coin This question is about the case of rolling motion, as in, for instance, rolling down an incline. So you see a coin rolling ...
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My question was downvoted without a reason [closed]

Does Fisher Information quantify only the precision of the instrument? I had asked a question recently. There were some comments by someone named Solar Mike. On repeatedly asking him/her on ...
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Why was this question put on hold? Reason given was that it is a homework question

What would theoretically lead to a greater burn if both materials are kept at a constant temperature when applied to the skin? Water or Brass? This is a question that would help with the ...
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Why is this question not considered an off-topic homework problem?

This question currently has a bounty on it and is receiving a lot of attention. But to me it looks like a question that is normally closed for being off-topic. The question reads like a homework ...
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No response to question

I recently asked a question which did not receive any attention at all (no comments or answers, just a like). What should I do?
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There should be an aerogel tag

I asked a question about pertaining to aerogel, and could find the tag for aerogel. Aerogel is an innovative technology, I mean before Kistler made it, who would have imagined that jellies were more ...
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Should it be mandatory that close votes be accompanied by comments?

I have read the help page various times to get help with asking questions. While that helped, I still sometimes find my questions downvoted or voted to close. That is without explanation. That leaves ...
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Two questions in one

I know as a general rule it's good to keep questions simple if possible. I also think they can differ from case to case. Can someone please suggest whether to split this question into two? Or leave ...
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Penalty time for obscene posts?

I’ve noticed that obscene, offensive posts get deleted fairly quickly, perhaps automatically based on the large negative downvote they get. But I have not noticed offenders quickly being given penalty ...
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Can we ask about book for studying? [duplicate]

I'm starting to study a new topic (spinors) and I don't know where I can study it, is it possible to ask for studying material?
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What, really, is a good question?

So it seems like the general consensus of a "good" question is one that includes adequate research/reasoning to provide context for/justify the question being asked, and if applicable cites sources ...
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Can you help me to make question 483886 more specific?

I did this question but they say it's too broad, I modified but I think they consider it still to broad. I don't understand why, can you help me? What is the approach to the mathematical modeling?
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Referring people with SR-questions to test-bodies in the Schwarzschild solution? [closed]

I guess mostly because of how relativity is taught in schools, with a strong focus on exercises in special relativity where gravity is totally ignored and then maybe a little bit of info on general ...
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Inconsistency in moving comments to chat

In this question, 5 comments on knzhou’s answer were moved to chat, but 5 questions on Ben Crowell’s answer were not moved. Neither were 9 comments on the question. (On my answer, 11 were moved, which ...
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Is the new activity indicators in PSE main page really useful/necessary?

I currently use both physics.SE and math.SE, and one difference I noticed was the new activity counters and notifications on PSE, which were absent in its math counterpart. Now, in my experience so ...
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Why is this question asking about lectures closed as a duplicate?

This question is currently closed for being a duplicate of this question. The closed question asks about recommendations about video lectures for quantum lectures while the second question asks about ...
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Is this really a duplicate (object dropped in liquid)?

This question was considered a duplicate because of a previous question titled "Height of Water 'Splashing'". However, the previous question only considers the height of the splash, whereas answers to ...
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Is it ok to ask for recommendations? [duplicate]

Generally, it is frowned upon on StackExchange to ask for recommendations, unless the site is specifically for that purpose. Here on Physics, is it ok to ask for recommendations (e.g. for books that ...
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Is the duplicate policy hindering the site?

In a couple of recent situations I have found myself at odds with the duplicate question policy of the site. The most recent case was this question Proof of Ohm's Law [duplicate] that was marked as a ...
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Is the « peer pressure » badge something to be proud of?

This may sound like a silly question but I believe it is not. I recently deleted a question in order to rewrite it, as there were (a lot of) concerns regarding the definitions used and more generally ...
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Are we going to enforce the prior research aspect of good questions or not?

A question was asked about resistance and voltage today which struck me as off-topic because of no apparent research. Also, there was no conceptual discussion which indicated a difficulty about ...
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Is there a place where can I read about the history and growth of physics stackexchange?

I'm just curious on how that community has grown over the years.
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Physics's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Asking about the origin of an equation?

Some grad colleagues in a local forum were asking about a certain system of equations of unknown origin, and I was wondering if I would be allowed to ask about it in the Physics Stack Exchange. My ...
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Banes and Boons of “extra” Bounties

In the past few weeks I have seen users placing "extra" bounties on questions with answers that are "exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty." While the said answers undoubtedly make some of the ...
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Single uncontrolled measurements as an answer

TL;DR if you don't want background information: Should we allow answers which only provide a single experimental measurement to remain posted as answers? The other day, an old question What is the ...
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Has Stack Exchange changed how it counts daily visits?

I realize that this is almost certainly a network-wide question, but I am asking it here, because this is the only site on which I have seen it manifest: Has there been a change in how daily visits ...
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How to handle references to literature in predatory journals

Are questions or answers that cite, refer to or are based on work published in predatory journals (in the sense discussed here, here, or here) to be tolerated? If no, how do we check if a journal is ...