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Is chemistry an abstracted subset of physics

I was really disappointed to see the chemistry site on area51 having just 32 followers compared to roughly 700 for physics.stackexchange and 3.5K+ on math.stackexchange. Isn't chemistry also "up ...
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Tag synonyms for voting

Post here tag synonym proposals for voting. For example: what tags should by synonyms of "quantum-mechanics"? See also this meta post. This post can also be used to suggest minor changes to a tag, ...
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What tag should we use to indicate “how does X work?” ?

This can help distinguish questions about specific problems and theoretical physics from "practical" ones that tend to generate interest in people that are less interested in science and math. I am ...
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Mathematical Physics: Does it Belong here?

Does mathematical physics questions belong here, or on math? Say, for example, I wish to ask about Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems-- basically they are just the theorems and the solutions of ...
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Structural Dynamics Numerical Method Question: Does it Belong here?

I just wonder whether numerical solution to structural dynamic question belongs here, or belongs to Math SE? An example of such a question would be: What is the stability of Newmark numerical method ...
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Are history of physics questions allowed?

I've been meaning to ask about the timeline of discovery of a certain physical phenomenon on the main site, but I thought I should probably ask a more general question here on meta to clear the air: ...
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Is it possible to select questions by two or more tags at once?

For example: reseach-level + particle-physics + quantum-field-theory
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How to deal with ambiguous / wrong wording in questions and answers?

How do we deal with wording that is wrong or ambiguous? Particularly when the mistake is a very common one, or a widely miss-understood one. For example, the question on water in a vacuum, someone ...
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Mathematical methods?

I was disappointed that my question about eigenfunctions of the fourier transform was closed so quickly. Given the ubiquity of the Fourier transform in physics, it seems like an excessively narrow ...
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Is it possible to explain how to use LaTeX in questions / answers in the “How to format” help box?

After a bit of time using the site I can see people using lots of nice equations. But there's nothing in the "How to format" help box (or in the "full reference >>" link) saying how to do this. I got ...
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Not getting 100 rep for associating accounts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I didn't get my 100 starting reputation from associating this account to my other accounts. I, and atleast one other (JCL), didn't get the +100 reputation for associating ...
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I didn't get my 100 starting reputation from associating this account to my other accounts.

Thus, I can't ask this question in meta, since it takes at least 5 reputation. Can a mod transfer this?
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What questions should be considered to close by 3000+ users? [closed]

As long as we don't have many hi-rep users, it is useful to have a place with list of candidates to close; at least it worked well on other betas. Rules: Add a link to the candidate for closure ...
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Nominate and elect our temporary moderators

update Our first four moderators have been appointed (in alphabetical order): Cedric H. David Zaslavsky Noldorin mbq Congratulations! Please respect their judgement but also don't hesitate to post ...
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Level of questions: what do we do now ?

There has been a lot of discussions about the level of the questions and the quality of the questions. It seems to me that we have a core group of users, that are following Physics SE from a long ...
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My question was closed on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic?

My question was closed1 on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic? Here we keep a list of other internet sites that might help students2 of physics. ...
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Quantitative Questions?

While I am not too bothered about the level of questions per se on this site so far, I am slightly disturbed by the lack of any quantitative questions. The existing range from high-school to ...
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Can we get rid of the “philosophy” tag?

I know there are good tags and not-so-good tags, but this one in particular just irks me. Physics is not philosophy; philosophy is not physics, and if we have a "philosophy" tag on the site, it's ...
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Do we like the current background on Physics SE? [closed]

Personally, the graph paper design that is characteristic of many StackExchange sites, and currently is the background for Physics SE, is not pleasing to my eye. In fact, it has made me not feel as ...
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Level of questions?

The level of questions (and answers) on Physics is not high enough. I'm not saying this snobbishly, but because if the answers are not high quality and accurate then the website does the community a ...
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Specialized questions

Are specialized questions about some detail of a physics paper appropriate? (ie this)
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Do we have a language policy?

I'm looking at What is the temperature of the surface and core of a neutron star formed 12 billion years ago now equal to?: part of the question was asked in Russian, which is the first time I can ...
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Are engineering questions OK?

What would be the real-world implications of the Kessler Syndrome? is essentially an engineering (applied physics) question. If we ignore the specifics of that question, should we accept applied ...
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This is currently a site for people at all levels. Let's make something really positive from this - distributed labs.

This is from a meta level positive rant I temporarily appended to an answer to a question about performing the Cavendish experiment at home. I realized how few lab type experiments we reference ...
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Where are all our committed users?

Looking at our Area 51 page I notice that it says about 10% of the users who committed to the site proposal have actually signed up. This is a little worrying given that the private beta is almost now ...
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Moderators for beta. How does it work?

I'm not too familiar with the process, so hopefully someone can clarify here. Do we need any moderators for the public beta, which seems to be coming up in less than 2 days? Will members of the ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

The Elevator Pitch This isn't as easy as it sounds. Imagine the user who will never read your FAQ and you have two seconds to grab their attention. It should be catchy but descriptive. It should be ...
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How should we promote the site?

Question #7 of the 7 essential meta questions is about promotion: once the private beta ends, how do we get people, and especially experts, to sign up and start asking and answering questions? I ...
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Is it okay with you to write “seed” questions?

To increase the amount of knowledge on the site (in question and answer form), I am considering if I should write some specific questions that I could provide answers to myself, with others answering ...
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Very minor edits, e.g. punctuation

Is there going to be a way for me to make a very minor edit, e.g. punctuation, without pushing the question to the top of the activity date sort?
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Should we allow computational questions?

I'm wondering whether questions such as these should be considered appropriate on this site: Mathematica to help for an Hamiltonian problem https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/107/conversion-...
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Did you know there is a chat room for physics?

Sorry for such pseudoquestion, but check it out: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/71/physics
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Towards a canonical homework question

Note that the site's current policy on homework questions is found at How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? which will always have the current version of the policy. Many ...
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How should we assign credit for ideas?

Professional physicists often jealously guard their good ideas, since they are afraid that competing researchers might steal them and publish first. As a junior scientist, I am sometimes appalled by ...
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Differentiate research-level questions?

"Research-level question" = looking for research level answers, citing articles, giving an overview of articles/subfield, instead of repeating textbook/Wikipedia type knowledge and basic clarification....
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The design looks high school-y, don't you think?

How is this site conceived? Math Overflow is a pretty valuable tool for research mathematicians. There is a parallel site for undergraduate-level math. If Physics Overflow/Area 51/Physics is to be ...
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How do we deal with perpetual motion and other hoax questions?

Fortunately, no questions of this sort have been asked yet. I suppose it will happen sometime, but I have no idea how we should respond. We could simply mark for deletion, but this will only cause the ...
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Astronomy/Astrophyiscs related question here? [duplicate]

I'm doing Astronomy as a GCSE (at high/secondary school) and the teacher often goes above the course, and we (the students) often ask above what the course requires. But because its a GCSE there's a ...
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Are “Puzzle” Questions Appropriate?

May I ask questions that I know the answer to, but are puzzles? For example, can I ask whether the level of water in a cup of ice water goes up or down while the ice melts? This is a standard ...
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Shall we force to use SI?

It seems a lot users here will be from USA, but still SI units are standard in science-level physics and may encourage broader participation. What do you think?
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Wikipedia like questions

My feeling is that we will have a lot of "Basic explanation of xxx [theory | principle | ..." questions. What is your opinion about that ? Mine is that we should not hesitate to point to wikipedia (...
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Can I ask several related questions in a single thread?

I have several physics questions, all of which are about the sloshing mode of water. Should I ask all the questions in a single thread, or create separate threads? Return to FAQ index
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meta Physics, not Physics meta

The first thing that I noticed about this site was the irony of its name. Surely I'm not the only one who would rather have the logo look like this: (I guess this is a meta.meta.physics question.)
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Physics subfield tags and general tag rules

Since we have a fairly broad definition for what is allowed for discussion, we'll probably end up with a number of variations on the standard physics subfield tags. What are some general rules we ...
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LaTeX not working? [closed]

Well, that's it. MathJax doesn't appear to be working. Maybe it hasn't been put in place yet.
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What to put in the FAQ (the “on-/off-topic” section)?

Half a section of the FAQ can be edited (just copied the image from math.SE): It was recommended we just include the on- and off-topic stuff, e.g. copied from Super User: Super User is for ...
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How basic is too basic?

My own daughter asked - only two days ago - "What is physics"? While that may be a little too simple - there's plenty of definitions easily available - how simple can (or should) we go on this site?

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