Wednesday, December 17, 2014

inertial forces and mechanical work

can you perform work against the centrifugal force? what about the Coriolis-force?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Eddington-limit for muons

the Eddington-limit is defined as the luminosity where gravity is balanced by radiation pressure. imagine now that an astrophysical object contains muons instead of electrons: would the Eddington-limit be higher or lower?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

cosmic neutrinos in ICECUBE

CQW celebrates its third anniversary!

could you estimate how long one would need to wait for detecting a neutrino of the cosmic neutrino background in ICECUBE?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

tidal stretching of Palomar 5

the globular cluster Palomar 5 orbits the Milky Way and is stretched by tidal forces. on what time-scale would the tidal arms reach all around the Milky Way?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a quantum of sunshine

the Planck-spectrum is dominated by Boltzmann-statistics at high energies and by Bose-statistics at low energies. could you estimate how much solar power we receive per unit area at Earth from the quantum-mechanical part of the Sun's spectrum?