Return to physics (idea)

This is an index of [Everything2]'s physics nodes, aiming to catalogue the site's extensive but patchy [physics] coverage. For a general overview of physics and its various fields, please see [Purvis]'s writeup above this one.

Those subjects marked with a (*) here are inadequately covered, or missing entirely; you are strongly encouraged to fill in these gaps. Please [/msg] [Oolong] and/or [E2_Science] if you do, or if you have any other additions or comments to make.

  • [Classical mechanics]
    • [Laws of Motion]
      • [Newton's First Law of Motion]
      • [Newton's Second Law of Motion]
      • [Newton's Third Law of Motion]
    • [dynamics] (*)
      • [equations for position, velocity, and acceleration]
      • [momentum]
      • [displacement]
      • [velocity]
      • [relative velocity]
      • [acceleration]
    • [gravity] - see below
    • [Force]
      • [reaction] (*)
      • [friction]
      • [Centrifugal force]
      • [Centripetal force]
      • [tension] (*)
      • [The Coriolis Force|Coriolis Force]
      • [pseudo force]
      • [Hooke's Law]
    • [frame of reference]
      • [inertial frame of reference]
      • [Mach's Principle]
      • [isotropy]
    • [conservation laws] (*)
      • [Law of conservation of mass|conservation of mass]
      • [conservation of energy] (*)
      • [conservation of momentum] (*)
      • [conservation of angular momentum]
      • [Conservative system]
    • [energy] (*)
      • [kinetic energy]
      • [potential energy]
    • [mass] (*)
    • [Statics]
      • [static friction]
      • [Free Body Diagram]
      • [torsion] (*)
      • [stress]
      • [strain]
      • [shear strain] (*)
    • [hydrodynamics] (*)
      • [surface tension]
      • [viscosity]
      • [buoyancy] (*)
      • [Archimedes' Principle]
      • [terminal velocity]
    • [rotation]
      • [rotational inertia] ([moment of inertia])
      • [rotational velocity]
      • [angular momentum]
      • [gyroscopic inertia] (*)
    • [acoustics] (*)
      • [null point]
      • [speed of sound]
      • [sound barrier], [Mach number]
      • See also [waves], below.
    • [Lagrangian Mechanics]
      • [Hamilton's Principle]
      • [Hamiltonian]
      • [Lagrangian]
      • [Noether's theorem]
  • [Thermodynamics]
    • [Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics]
    • [The Three Laws of Thermodynamics]
      • [First Law of Thermodynamics]
      • [Second Law of Thermodynamics]
      • [Third Law of Thermodynamics]
    • [Statistical mechanics]
    • [The Heat Death of the Universe]
    • [Perpetual motion machine]
  • [Gravity]
    • [The Law of Gravity]
    • [Gravitational Constant]
    • [Keplerian elements]
    • [centre of gravity]
    • [escape velocity]
    • [Acceleration of gravity]
    • [Gravity waves]
    • [Speed of gravity]
    • [Gravity is weak]
    • [General relativity]
    • [Graviton]
  • [Electromagnetism] - see [Maxwell's Equations]
    • [permittivity]
    • [electric flux density]
    • [Polarization]
    • [Dielectric]
    • [electric field]
    • [magnetic field]
    • [voltage]
    • [cyclotron frequency]
    • [electrical conductivity]
    • [magnetic susceptibility]
    • [Ferromagnetic]
    • [permeability]
    • [Biot-Savart Law]
    • [vector potential]
    • [Larmor radius]
    • [Electric field energy density]
    • [Magnetic field energy density]
    • [Poynting vector]
  • [Optics] (*)
    • [Fourier optics]
    • [Adaptive optics]
  • [Plasma physics]
    • [variable star]
    • [magnetic confinement]
    • [motional stark effect]
    • [magnetohydrodynamics]
    • [fusion reactions]
    • [Lawson Criterion]
    • [plasma ignition]
    • [neutral beam heating]
    • [sunspot]
    • [solar prominence]
    • [ohmic heating]
    • [radio frequency heating]
    • [plasma heating]
    • [safety factor]
    • [equations of magnetohydrodynamics]
    • [tokamak magnetic equilibrium]
    • [bootstrap current]
    • [energy confinement in a tokamak plasma]
    • [magnetic diffusion equation]
  • [Astronomy] and [Astrophysics] (see also separate [astronomy] index)
    • Observational Astronomy: tools and concepts
      • [The Celestial Sphere] and [constellations]
      • [day], [month], [season], and [year]
      • [solstice] and [equinox]
      • [ecliptic]/[celestial equator]
      • [Tropic of Cancer] and [Tropic of Capricorn]
      • [analemma]
      • [coordinated universal time]/[UTC], [Greenwich Mean Time], [julian date]
      • [mean solar day], [siderial period], [synodic period]
      • [rotation] and [revolution]
      • [phase of the moon]
      • [magnitude], [apparent magnitude], [absolute magnitude], [color]
      • [altazimuth coordinates], [zenith], [nadir], [celestial horizon], [hour angle] (*)
      • [right ascension], [declination], [equatorial coordinates] (*), and [galactic coordinates] (*)
      • [parallax], [precession], [proper motion]
      • [telescope]: [refracting telescope] (*), [Newtonian telescope], [Dobsonian telescope], [observatory]
      • [photometry]: [photographic plate], [photometer], [photomultiplier tube], [CCD]
      • [spectroscopy]: [spectrograph], [prism], [diffraction grating], [grism] (*), [echelle] (*), [Fabry-Perot etalon]
    • Fields of astronomy
      • [Amateur Astronomy], [Astrophotography]
      • [Radio Astronomy], [Infrared Astronomy], [Ultraviolet Astronomy], [X-Ray Astronomy], [Gamma Ray astronomy]
    • The [solar system] and [planetary science] (*)
      • [The Anatomy of the Sun]: [photosphere], [chromosphere], [corona], [sunspot], [plage], [solar prominence], [solar flare]
      • [heliosphere], [heliopause], [termination shock]
      • [protostar], [snow line], [Jovian planets]
      • [Bode's Law]
      • [asteroid belt], [Trans-Neptunian object]/[Kuiper belt]/[Quaoar], [Oort cloud], [comets]
      • [zodiacal light] and [gegenschein]
      • [eclipse] and [occultation]
      • atmospheres: [hydrostatic equilibrium], [Jeans escape]
    • [Stellar] astronomy and astrophysics
      • Important stellar astrophysics
        • [electromagnetic radiation]: [radio wave], [microwave], [infrared], [visible light], [ultraviolet], [X-ray], [gamma ray]
        • [opacity], [radiative transfer]
        • [blackbody radiation], [bremsstrahlung], [synchrotron radiation], [Compton scattering], [emission line]
        • [hydrostatic equilibrium]
        • [equation of state], [polytrope], [Saha equation] (*)
        • [convection]
        • [proton-proton chain], [CNO cycle]
        • [radiation pressure], [Eddington luminosity], [stellar wind]
        • [Newton's Law of Gravitation]
        • [orbital mechanics], [Lagrange points], [mass function]
      • Stellar classification: [stellar spectra], [Hertzsprung-Russell diagram], [OBAFGKMRNS]
      • [Population I star], [Population II star], [Population III stars]
      • [protostar], [Kelvin-Helmholtz timescale]
      • [brown dwarf], [red dwarf]
      • [main sequence]
      • [blue straggler]
      • [helium flash], [horizontal branch]
      • [red giant]
      • [planetary nebula]
      • [white dwarf]
      • [variable star]
        • [helioseismology], [asteroseismology], [GONG] (*), [Whole Earth Telescope]
        • [T Tauri star]
        • [delta Scuti]
        • [Cepheid variable], [cepheid distance scale]
        • [RR Lyrae]
        • [Mira]
        • [Eta Carinae], [P Cygni], [Wolf-Rayet star]
        • [nova], [dwarf nova], [cataclysmic variable], [polar]
        • [X-ray binary]: [Low-mass X-ray binary]/[High-mass X-ray binary], [Scorpius X-1], [Cygnus X-1], [microquasar]
        • [accretion disk], [boundary layer], [event horizon], [Schwarzchild radius], [Hawking radiation], [Blandford Znajek process]
        • [supernova], [type Ia supernova], [type II supernova], [quark star], [neutron star], [black hole], [gamma ray burst], [hypernova]
    • [Galactic] and [Extragalactic] Astronomy
      • [Galaxy]
      • [Milky Way]
      • [open cluster], [globular cluster]
      • [nebula|nebulae]: [dark nebula], [emission nebula], [reflection nebula], [planetary nebula]
      • [zone of avoidance], [interstellar medium], [neutral hydrogen emission]
      • [Baade's Window], [bulge]
      • [The Great Debate]
      • [disk galaxy], [Spiral galaxy], [elliptical galaxy], [irregular galaxy] (*), [dwarf spheroidal galaxy] (*), [ring galaxy]/[Hoag's object]
      • [Hubble classification system], [Yerkes classification system]
      • [Magellanic Cloud], [Local Group], [M31]/[Andromeda]
      • [low surface brightness galaxy]
      • [Tully-Fisher relation], [Dn-sigma relation] (*), [Fundamental plane] (*), [virial theorem]
      • Active Galaxies: [Active Galactic Nuclei]/[AGN], [Seyfert Galaxy], [quasar], [BL Lacertae objects], [blazar], [black hole], [Blandford Znajek process], [astrophysical jets], [radio galaxy]
      • [supercluster], [Local supercluster], [Virgo supercluster], [Abell Cluster], [Coma Cluster]
    • [Cosmology]
      • [Measuring distances in astronomy]
      • [big bang],[inflation]/[cosmological inflation] (or [steady-state cosmology] (*)/[Fred Hoyle])
      • [The first three minutes]/[big bang nucleosynthesis], [deuterium]
      • [Microwave Background Radiation]: [recombination], [anisotropy], [Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect]
      • [gravitational lensing], [multiply-imaged quasar]
      • [redshift]/[z]
      • [Lyman alpha forest]
      • [dark matter]: [MACHO], [WIMP], [neutrino]
      • [Large Scale Structure], [Great Wall]
      • [expanding universe], [Hubble's Law], [Hubble constant], [cosmological constant], [Einstein Static Cosmology], [dark energy]
      • [How the universe will end], [The Heat Death of the Universe]
  • [Special relativity]
    • [Lorentz transformation]
    • [Length contraction]
    • [Minkowski Space]
    • [Spacetime interval]
    • [Lorentz-Fitzgerald Contraction]
    • [The Relativity of Simultaneity]
    • [Time dilation]
  • [General relativity]
    • [Curved space] and [non-euclidian geometry]
    • [Einstein field equations]
  • [Quantum mechanics]
    • Fundamental ideas and principles
      • [Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle]
      • [Schrodinger's Equation]
        • [Time-independent Schrodinger Equation]
        • [Time-dependent Schrodinger Equation] (*)
      • [Wave/particle duality]
      • [Photoelectric effect]
      • [Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics]
      • [Pauli Exclusion Principle]
      • [Quantum statistical mechanics]
      • [Collapsing wavefunctions]
      • [Quantum tunnelling]
    • Interpretation
      • [Copenhagen interpretation]
      • [Hidden variables theory]
      • [The Schrodinger and Heisenberg Pictures in Quantum Mechanics]
      • [The Dirac Formalism of Quantum Mechanics]
      • [David Bohm]'s interpretation
      • [Philosophical implications of Spontaneous Localization theory]
      • [Pictures of Quantum Mechanics]
    • [Quantum entanglement] and related subjects
      • [Bell's Theorem]
      • [Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox]
      • [Quantum non-locality]
      • [Quantum cryptography]
      • [Quantum computing]
  • [Condensed matter physics] - see also [Solid state physics]
    • [Nanotechnology]
    • [X-ray crystallography] and [X-ray diffraction]
  • [Low-temperature physics] (*)
  • [Nuclear physics]
  • [Particle physics]
    • [Standard model]
      • [Fermion]
        • [Lepton]
          • [Electron]
          • [Muon]
          • [Tauon]
          • [Neutrino]
        • [Neutron]
        • [Proton]
        • [Quark]
        • [Meson]
      • [Boson]
        • [W particle]
        • [Z particle]
        • [Higgs Boson]
      • [Antimatter]
      • [Quantum Chromodynamics]
    • see also [The Sub-Atomic Physics Project], [quantum mechanics], [quantum field theory]
  • [Quantum field theory]
    • [Quantum electrodynamics] - see also [Relativistic Electrodynamics]
    • [Quantum chromodynamics]
  • [Grand Unification Theory]/[Grand Unified Theory]
    • [String theory]
    • [Superstring Theory]
    • [M-Theory]
  • [Waves]
    • [Superposition]
      • [Constructive interference]
      • [Detructive interference]
      • [Coherence Length]
    • [Resonance]
    • [Standing wave]
    • [Refraction]
    • [Diffraction]
    • [Double slit experiment]

Compiled chiefly by [Oolong], [Grzcyrgba] and [Blush Response], with thanks to the rest of the [E2science] group.

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