4:04 AM
@ACuriousMind Honestly I bet someone has tried that :-p I could imagine either creating a compiler that turns (a subset of) Python code into standalone machine code, or making a low-level Python interpreter that can run underneath an operating system. Of course it would be horribly inefficient.

4:21 AM
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@Feeds Good bye "Physics Chat Session".

My meta answer worked. You fell for it. "There is currently no schedule for this room" May anarchy reign!

4:52 AM
lol

5:06 AM
I wonder if COVID-19 will bring new physics because most of the phenomenologists are now stuck at home analysing data

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6:38 AM
Of all things I knew about Motl, I never guessed he is conservative

@DavidZ Well, yes, "you can't" is probably a bit too strong given that people have written things like an assembly transpiler that transpiles any x86 machine code into code using only the MOV instruction :P

7:05 AM
Yeah, that sounds about right

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8:20 AM
@coronapatrol Thanks for the link
@ACuriousMind This gave me much more clarity
thank you

8:36 AM
Oh, the Johns Hopkins map tool now also offers a logarithmic scale.
Is it nice to have it or sad that we need it?
Anyway, it’s nice to see the exponential growth or any deviation from exponential growth.

9:09 AM
morning

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10:50 AM
@ACuriousMind Can we say that the position eigenvalues are physical quantities which should be invariant regardless the frame of reference?
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When we deal with symmetry transformations in quantum mechanics we assume true that, If before the symmetry transformation we have this $\hat A | \phi_n \rangle = a_n|\phi_n \rangle,$ and after the symmetry transformation we have this $\hat A' | \phi_n' \rangle = a_n'|\phi_n' \rangle,$ the...

@Student404Mus An eigenvalue is just a number (regardless of whether it's position or something else). Any transformations in QM act on states and operators, not on numbers, so I don't know what (in)variant is supposed to mean here

indeed. scalars themselves are invariant
under transformations

It's not even that it's a "scalar", it's just not even part of the space the transformations act on

In general speaking
rather to say "numbers", we know scalars are invariant under transformations
@ACuriousMind The answer above yours states, if we assume $x$ is the origin, Does eigenvalue makes sense to be an origin?

Sorry, I do not understand your question.

10:59 AM
That question, someone answered it differently
and says, "suppose $x$ is the origin,..."

I do not understand what you're trying to ask me about it, though

Does $x$ really could represent an origin
rigorously
$x$ still represent an eigenvalue, why it is an "origin"?

1. "Does...could" is not grammatical English, you don't use 'do' with other auxiliary verbs like 'can'. 2. I do not understand what you mean by "$x$ representing an origin".
Manny is just saying that the position eigenstate with eigenvalue $x=0$ is the origin.
And that in each frame, you will associate the origin of that frame with the eigenstate of the position operator in that frame with the eigenvalue $x=0$.

No he didn't. He said, "suppose $x$ is the origin,"
is different from says, the position eigenstate with eigenvalue x=0 is the origin.
since, according to the question, $x$ represents an eigenvalue

I was paraphrasing what (I think) he's trying to say.

11:06 AM
that's where we mismatched each other

@Student404Mus He's making an example, by picking the (undetermined) value $x$ from the question to be $x=0$.
I don't understand what the problem is with that.

Yes, that what he tried to describe
I think the problem was the definition of frame
that's it.
2. Your exclamatory about "representing" an eigenvalue in an origin's frame
does't this make any sense?
I think all what we do when trying to understand a theorized thing is to represent it?!
@ACuriousMind "The equation $\hat{x}\lvert x_n\rangle$ becomes" Doesn't seem to be an equation?
$\hat{x}\lvert x_n\rangle = x \lvert x_n\rangle$

11:47 AM
@ACuriousMind Shouldn't this question be duplicate?
https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/540141/lorentz-invariance-of-action-or-lagrangian/540147#540147
to this https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/47556/lorentz-invariance-of-the-integration-measure/47559

@Student404Mus If you think a question is a duplicate, please just flag it as a duplicate.
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Alright
this won't affect the user's reputation
?

no, it won't, up- and downvotes are the only thing that affects reputation.

Thanks.

well, these and spam flags

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2:16 PM
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I received this question from my mathematics professor as a leisure-time logic quiz, and although I thought I answered it right, he denied. Can someone explain the reasoning behind the correct solution? Which answer in this list is the correct answer to this question? All of the below...

2:34 PM
am i crazy or does this not make sense?
this is from my GR notes, specifically the special relativity section
ah wait nevermind
i zoomed in a lot and the first one is actually a tilde, the second is a bar
not the nicest notation to use

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Yay! I have great hopes for this Follow feature. It'll make it a lot easier to respond to edits on downvoted & close-voted posts.

3:23 PM
If I, in theory, watched a particle travel between A and B and wanted to parameterise it's trajectory with its proper time, I would need a clock that ticks in my frame at $\gamma$ ticks per second, right?
assuming it's just travelling in a straight line along an axis

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Okay at school (closed, unfortunately), we have completed a practical the involves determining the force experienced by a rubber stopper in a horizontal plane. And just before the school closes (corona), my teacher asked the class to modify this experiment in order to address our own related hypo...

How has this not been closed yet?
Oh I completely missed that the same user posted almost all of the answers

3:38 PM
@AaronStevens Yeah. But now they understand that we don't do that on SE.
Sorry, shall not do that again! Essentially spamming. — Kishan Bhatt 13 mins ago
@AaronStevens I suppose it should be closed as homework. OTOH, I think this part is ok because it's a conceptual question: "Is the slotted mass responsible for the centripetal force in vertical circular motion?"

4:02 PM
@PM2Ring But then you have "Also is this a good experiment to do (constant tension vs varying tension)? What variables should I change instead?"
And "How can I calculate the initial velocity of the mass? Given the small mass (25 g), the mass of the slotted mass (150 g), radius (1 m) and period (0.7) available."

4:30 PM
@AaronStevens Oh, I agree that that stuff makes it close-worthy, especially the stuff asking for a specific calculation, but the existing answers avoided doing that calculation.

4:54 PM
@PM2Ring Yeah, I am just talking about the question :)

I did cast a close vote on it, and left a comment. I'd happily vote to reopen if the question were cleaned up, but I think that's pretty unlikely, at this stage.

5:15 PM
Hey homework questions are not accepted where can I ask them?

@AaronStevens There's nothing wrong with this question! I mean, it suppose contains Newtonian mechanics, and I guess a lot of people here dislike that, but that's not a reason to close.

@AaronStevens BOOM! :-)

@JohnRennie I need to be faster on the draw :P
@knzhou I don't think I have ever advocated for a question to be closed because it contains Newtonian mechanics, nor have I ever seen anyone do that

@SMSheikh You might be able to get some help in the problem solving strategies chat chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/54160/problem-solving-strategies
@AaronStevens I'd have like no rep here if that was the case lol

@JMac Haha right. I answer many Newtonian Mechanics questions. It is the only tag I have gold in right now
@knzhou "How can I calculate the initial velocity of the mass? Given the small mass (25 g), the mass of the slotted mass (150 g), radius (1 m) and period (0.7) available." is basically an off-topic homework question. "Also is this a good experiment to do (constant tension vs varying tension)? What variables should I change instead?" Is an opinion-based question.
This is why I think it should be closed
Not because it involves Newtonian mechanics
Additionally, due to the many questions, it is not a well-focused question
Do they want a calculation? Do they want feed back on their experimental design and ideas? Do they want to understand more about centripetal forces and circular motion?

5:27 PM
I'm surprised there aren't votes for needs more focus. That's what I'm VTCing for.

Like @PM2Ring said, the final part is fine. The other ones are not, and the fact that all exist in the same post makes it a not focused question
@knzhou I do recognize that I tend to be stricter with closing questions, and I think you tend to be more lenient, so I would love to hear why you think the question is fine as it is. I like to learn about what other people think to help inform myself in how to think of other questions in the future
Oh well :(

5:53 PM
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6:26 PM
@AaronStevens Well, disagreement is perfectly fine. We're high rep users, we make the rules here! So in some sense, every individual high rep user's close/reopen votes are correct, by definition.
But personally I liked the question because it's open ended enough to not just be a boring calculation, yet not open ended enough to be unanswerable. Also, I like the OP as a person given what they wrote, they sound curious and open-minded.
In fact, I would prefer to have one more of these nice Newtonian mechanics questions than, e.g. yet another question about checking a tedious calculation in a QFT homework problem.
But the votes have spoken, and that's fine!

@knzhou Right, those are positives. If the question can be edited to be more focused and not opinion based or requesting a specific calculation without prior effort, then I think it could be a fine question about how the hanging mass relates to the centripetal force applied to the spinning mass.

Today was a good day on PSE
Because I got to mention the November tensor
Didn't expect to

The emphasis would also need to be changed. The title and bold question at the end make the main point about if the experiment should be done in the way they want to, or if it should be done in a different way
@Charlie Random tip: There is no need to edit really poor questions that have already been closed, e.g. this one. It bumps the question into the reopen queue and to the top of the home page. This isn't horrible, but I just don't think it is necessary.
The new "follow" option is interesting

7:02 PM
Ah my bad I forgot it bumps the question

@Charlie In addition to what @Aaron just said, it's generally a bad idea for someone other than the OP to edit a freshly closed question. If the question is fixable by the OP they should be given that opportunity.
The very first edit of a closed question sends it to the reopen review queue, but any subsequent edits do not (although they do bump it to the home page). So if that first edit doesn't fix the question the odds are it won't ever get reopened, even if the OP later turns it into a perfect question.
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I did not realise that either, will avoid it in future thanks

Yeah, it's one of those "features" of the system that aren't widely publicized...
However, there are some significant changes currently being worked on to the whole closing process. See meta.stackoverflow.com/q/394871/4014959 for details. As you can see by the downvotes, comments & answers there, the SO community aren't completely happy with some of the proposed changes.
In particular, the ability for an OP to automatically reopen their closed question merely by making a substantial edit to it...

7:41 PM
The OP reposted physics.stackexchange.com/q/540205 to astronomy.stackexchange.com/q/35627/16685 as was (kind of) recommended in comments. Should it be close-voted (or flagged)? It already has 1 answer on Physics.SE but that answer's pretty useless, so hopefully it won't get upvoted (which would stop the OP from deleting the question).

8:00 PM
When a phase factor is introduced for identical physical states?

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9:50 PM
@PM2Ring I think a flag would be fine

10:38 PM
Yeah, when in doubt, cast a flag. TBH I really don't know what is a good way to handle those cases. As much as SE discourages exact crossposting, I don't think it should really be our responsibility ("our" meaning the Physics SE community) to handle what people do on other sites.