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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...

noise

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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...noise 1. Any undesired sound. It is measured on a decibel scale ranging from the threshold of hearing (0 dB) to the threshold of pain (130 dB). Between these limits a whisper registers about 20 dB, heavy urban traffic about 90 dB, and a heavy hammer on steel plate about 110 dB. A high noise level (industrial or from overamplified music, for example) can cause permanent hearing impairment. 2. Any unwanted disturbance within a useful frequency band in a communication channel. Noise. Decibel scale. ...

nuclear fission

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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...irradiation by neutrons ( induced fission ). For example, the fission of a uranium–235 nucleus by a slow neutron may proceed thus: 235 U + n → 148 La + 85 Br + 3n The energy released is approximately 3×10 −11 J per 235 U nucleus. For 1 kg of 235 U this is equivalent to 20 000 megawatt-hours—the amount of energy produced by the combustion of 3×10 6 tonnes of coal. Nuclear fission is the process used in nuclear reactors and atom bombs ( see nuclear weapons ). https://www.nature.com/physics/looking-back/meitner/index.html Meitner and Frisch’s original...

earth’s atmosphere

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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...earth’s atmosphere The gas that surrounds the earth. The composition of dry air at sea level is: nitrogen 78.08%, oxygen 20.95%, argon 0.93%, carbon dioxide 0.03%, neon 0.0018%, helium 0.0005%, krypton 0.0001%, and xenon 0.00001%. In addition to water vapour, air in some localities contains sulphur compounds, hydrogen peroxide, hydrocarbons, and dust particles. The lowest level of the atmosphere, in which most of the weather occurs, is called the troposphere . Its thickness varies from about 7 km at the poles to 28 km at the equator and in this layer temperature...

radiography

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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...of the attenuation with the atomic number (Z) of the medium substance Energy range in which this kind of attenuation is dominant simple scattering ∝ 1/ E ∝ Z 2 1–20keV photoelectric effect ∝ 1/ E 3 ∝ Z 3 1–30keV Compton scattering falls gradually with E independent 30keV–20MeV pair production rises slowly with E ∝ Z 2 above 20 MeV Air has a higher average Z than soft tissue, which consists of mostly carbon ( 6 C) and hydrogen ( 1 H). However, the low average density of air means that it does not attenuate...

calculus

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...problems such as Brownian motion and fractals , in which functions that are not smoothly varying appear, a rigorous mathematical treatment requires a more general concept of calculus. Such a concept was developed by Norbert Wiener (1894–1964) and others in the first half of the 20th...

electron microscope

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...together with any secondary electrons emitted, are collected. This current is used to modulate a separate electron beam in a TV monitor, which scans the screen at the same frequency, consequently building up a picture of the specimen. The resolution is limited to about 10–20 nm. Electron microscope. Principle of transmission electron microscope. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/electronmicroscopy/magnify1/index.html A tutorial featuring virtual scanning electron microscopy, created by the Optical Microscopy Division of the National High...

Van de Graaff generator

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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...achieved by the device is proportional to the radius of the spherical terminal. A typical device with a terminal having a radius of 1 m will produce about 1 MV. However, terminals can be made smaller, for a given voltage, by enclosing the apparatus in nitrogen at a pressure of 10–20 atmospheres (1–2 MPa) to reduce sparking. Generators having a positive-ion source are fitted with an evacuated tube through which the particles can be accelerated for research purposes ( see linear accelerator ). Machines having an electron source are used for various medical and...

big-bang theory

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A Dictionary of Physics (8 ed.)

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...has continued. In several papers in the 1940s Ralph Alpher and Robert Herman working with George Gamow predicted that there should be a microwave background corresponding to a black-body temperature a few degrees above absolute zero. This microwave background was discovered 20 years later. The big-bang theory also explains the amount of helium in the universe. In 1992 , the COBE satellite discovered that there were very small variations in the microwave background. This discovery helped to explain why the universe formed into galaxies and stars. The no...

quantum mechanics

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...based on quantum theory , which arose out of the failure of classical mechanics and electromagnetic theory to provide a consistent explanation of both electromagnetic waves and atomic structure. Many phenomena at the atomic level puzzled physicists at the beginning of the 20th century because there seemed to be no way of explaining them without making use of incompatible concepts. One such phenomenon was the emission of electrons from the surface of a metal illuminated by light. Einstein realized that the classical description of light as a wave on...

horse

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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...engine ( brake horse power or b.h.p. ). The last, generally reckoned as the power available at 4 000 revolutions per minute, is of the order of 80 to 200 for a typical car. In contrast, the horse power figure used for taxing cars in the UK up to 1947 was of the order of 8 to 20; this was a notional calculation, proportional to the aggregate cross-sectional area of the cylinders, i.e. = 0.4 × D 2 ⋅ N where D is the cylinder diameter in inches and N the number of cylinders. If P is the maximal pressure on the pistons in pounds per square inch and S ...

logarithm

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...advantage comes from the fact that multiplication of numbers equates with addition of indices. That is if M = b m and N = b n , then M ⋅ N = b m+n and M ⋅ N = antilog ( m + n ). The advantage rises with the digit-length of the numbers. Until the emergence late in the 20th century of the electronic calculator, logarithms were the essential means for any extensive calculation with many-digit numbers. Even with the powerful assistance of the computer, logarithms remain the means for elaborate root taking, using the fact that With electronic...

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