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Hello, FyzixFighter, and welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you are stuck, and looking for help, please come to the New contributors' help page, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, you can just type {{helpme}} on your user page, and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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Mormonism article

The section on "Mormonism and Christianity" is deficient in many ways, particularly in its giving very limited reasons on why most Christians who have really studied Mormonism don't consider it Christian. The "plurality of gods" and "god/man" doctrines are major ways in which Mormonism differs from Christianity -- and the article ought to say so. That it's covered in greater depth elsewhere should not preclude its being included in a general overview article like this one. The pro-Mormon POV is pretty overt; could we have some balance? Thanks! RossweisseSTL (talk) 21:28, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

References for Joseph Smith, Jr. article

You may want to talk with User:Trödel, it seems like he was pretty active there. Another great resource, and I suspect has the longest history, would be User:Visorstuff. He is not only learned, but is great to work with; a depth of knowledge. Contact both of them and you will find your answers. Good Luck. Storm Rider 06:46, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the advice. Maybe when I've got a bit more time, and after the tempest of rhetoric has died down I'll devote more time and contact them. I noticed you took out the section on your talk page where I had placed some comments - hence me responding here. In the chance that you do look over here I hope you didn't mean to include me in the trolling comment. If you did, I'm sorry that my questions came across as such - it was never my intention to be inflammatory or annoying. --FyzixFighter 09:07, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
I just read this, but it has been months since you made it; I apologize. I can assure you that you would never have been included in any kind of trolling accussation. I have always appreciated your level headed comments. Cheers! --Storm Rider (talk) 22:08, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Joseph Smith, Jr.

A request for mediation has been filed with the Mediation Committee that lists you as a party. The Mediation Committee requires that all parties listed in a mediation must be notified of the mediation. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Requests for mediation/Joseph Smith, Jr., and indicate whether you agree or refuse to mediate. If you are unfamiliar with mediation, please refer to Wikipedia:Mediation. There are only seven days for everyone to agree, so please check as soon as possible.

Dispute at anti-Mormon

In order to gain a consensus concerning the issue at anti-Mormon, would you please comment here? --uriah923(talk) 04:22, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Copyright issue with Temrec.png

Your imput was given at Wikipedia:Copyright problems regarding the image Temrec.png. The image is currently up for deletion, and thought you'd like to wiegh in your opinion at Wikipedia:Images_and_media_for_deletion/2006_December_5#Image:Temrec.png_.28talk_.7C_delete.29. Cheers. -Visorstuff 22:35, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

Mormonism and Jesus as extra-terrestrial from Pleiades star cluster

I am in the process of addressing your referencing concerns on Talk:Mormonism -- 03:45, 17 February 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for the extra reverts. I didn't even bother looking, though I probably should have. The Krunk 04:57, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

Regarding "LDS Scriptures = pseudepigrapha" crusader

Hi FyzixFighter -

Our "pseudepigrapha" crusader is still at it - thanks for your help with him thus far. I commented on it at User_talk:Val42#Re._LDS_Scriptures_.3D_.22pseudepigrapha.22, in case you would also like to comment. Thanks. - Reaverdrop (talk/nl) 18:33, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Proposed Changes to the article Book of Mormon

Hello FyzixFighter:

I'm putting this note here because I saw your name in the edit history of the Book of Mormon article. There have been two "batches" of changes to the article recently. As I explained in the Talk, I reversed these changes, not because of the substance of the changes but because of the "process". Talk:Book of Mormon#Reversal of Changes

I'm hoping you and others will look at the substance of these changes. I don't want the people who made the changes to think their efforts were reversed and then simply ignored. (And I'm not able to comment seriously on the proposed changes.)

The two batches of changes I'm referring to are the ones made on December 15 by, and on December 17 by DJ Clayworth. (Because the changes were reversed, the best place to see them is through the article history.)

Thank you, Wanderer57 (talk) 18:48, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

You might like to impress upon Wanderer57 not to reverse changes without cause. DJ Clayworth (talk) 18:54, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Reverted your edit

I reverted your last edit on the Criticism of Mormonism page - I would like to discuss though in order to avoid an edit war. Please review and let me know what you think. Descartes1979 (talk) 03:40, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Merge Proposal

Please weigh in on the merger proposal between Persons in the Book of Mormon and List of Book of Mormon people. You are receiving this notice since you were identified as a recent editor on one of those pages. Thanks! --Descartes1979 (talk) 19:46, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Book of Mormon figures

I saw that you were undoing a bunch of my recent edits - just wanted to make sure we are on the same page. The reason why I started adding the phrase, "The historicity of <name> is not generally accepted by non-Mormon historians..." is because I saw it on some of the more major Book of Mormon figures such as the Nephi article, and the Nephites article - and I was trying to make them all consistent. If everyone agrees to a different standard for consistency I am on board for whatever.

Also, why are you removing the category Book of Mormon people?

In general, these articles are a mess and need a lot of cleanup - you may have already seen that I have been cleaning up the List of Book of Mormon people article, and the links and circular redirects and other problems there.

Let me know your thoughts, and maybe we can tag team this effort.

--Descartes1979 (talk) 20:55, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

The reason I was reverting the historicity remark was actually based in part on a previous discussion I was having with user:Salimfadhley over on Talk:Samuel the Lamanite, who I believe was one who originally added these statements. A standard was never agreed upon back then - User:Val42 tried to get some comment over on WP:LDS but no one responded. From looking at how other religious figures are handled from religious text like the Old Testament, such as those from Genesis or involved in the Exodus (both which have similar historicity issues as the BoM - look at most of the articles on the patriarchs b/n Adam and Noah), the standard appears to be to simply state "According to <religious text>...". Additional comments about historicity are usually only mentioned when specific to that subject, which is why I do think it's appropriate to have a historicity comment on the Nephite and Lamanite. When I recently sought input over on the village pump and WP:RELIGION, the responses (though few - two in fact) seems to agree that the pattern ("According to...") in the other religious figures articles is sufficient. It would definitely be worth getting some more input though.
As for the categorization, some of those were already in Category:Book of Mormon prophets which is a subcategory of Category:Book of Mormon people. Usually, articles need not appear in parent categories if they are already in the subcategory - there are exceptions, though I don't think these pages would qualify as such.
Oh, and I totally agree that a number of these articles are mess. The biggest problem I saw was the need for an expanded lead - IMO, in many cases the first paragraph/section, especially on the shorter articles, should be merged into the lead. I was also surprised that some of those articles even exist while other more notable (in terms of LDS culture and theology) don't have articles, like Hagoth. I think that's what for me makes for a more interesting article, not the story itself, but how the story has entered into the mormon mindset, culture, and teachings. I wouldn't mind tag-teaming, though I've got comps/quals coming up in about a week so really should be studying, but I might be able to throw in some effort in the meantime when my neurons glaze over from studying - curse you WP for making it so easy to distract myself from my studies! --FyzixFighter (talk) 22:08, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Centrifugal Force

FyzixFighter, there are no physics textbooks which say that centrifugal force is a term which applies to two different forces.

Secondly, centrifugal force is about the force which occurs in the centrifuge. It is about a force that can invoke Archimedes' principle.

It is not all about stationary objects as viewed from rotating frames of reference.

There are two distinct effects, but these are not the two that the article refers to.

You need to read the edits before you revert. The existing version is most unsatisfactory as it merely confuses the entire issue. David Tombe (talk) 15:36, 25 April 2008 (UTC)


I have, Solomon-like, decided what the title of the thread is going to be. Please do not change the title of the thread again. You are disruptively edit warring. --barneca (talk) 18:49, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Understood. I apologize - my emotions got the better of me and I made a poor choice to continue that edit warring. However, does this mean that an administrator will now look into the original incident report of wikistalking? --FyzixFighter (talk) 18:54, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Situation reviewed. --barneca (talk) 19:48, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Thank you. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:19, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Edits on the LDS article

I saw you didn't like my edits on the main LDS article. I moved the discussion to the talk page - please weigh in on my proposal and help me understand your thoughts on why my edits are not acceptable. Thanks! --Descartes1979 (talk) 06:06, 4 June 2008 (UTC)


Just a small thank you for your recent edits re: JSJr. NPOV is all about verifiable sources, no matter what they reveal - this recent stuff involves paragraph after paragraph of hearsay, which of course lessens the credibility of what everyone has done collectively. Best, A Sniper (talk) 10:57, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks again. Best, A Sniper (talk) 06:07, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Informal Mediation Requested: Wikipedia:Mediation Cabal/Cases/2008-07-07 Children of Joseph Smith, Jr.

FYI. Écrasez l'infâme (talk) 16:31, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

AFD of Centrifugal force (planar motion)

AfD nomination of Centrifugal force (planar motion)

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Centrifugal Force

FyzixFighter, if you can give me the title of the chapter that your page 176 is on, I might be able to find the equivalent page in my 1980 edition. It would also be very interesting to know which edition you are using and who wrote the preface. Your quote from page 176 contradicts itself by referring back to the very section 3.3 which attributes the cause to centrifugal force. David Tombe (talk) 17:59, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

The 2002 edition is the 3rd edition - preface written by Herbert Goldstein, Charles P. Poole, John L. Safko. Page 176 is in section 4.10 "The Criolis effect" in chapter 4 "The Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion". The reference back to section 3.3 is probably related to the part that also discusses angular momentum/effective potential energy there, and not the 1-D equivalent force equation:

By Eq. (3.15) the motion of the particle is r is that of a one dimensional problem with a fictitious potential energy:

Eq. 3.15 is the conservation of energy equation with the theta-dot terms in the kinetic energy expressed in terms of l, the angular momentum and previously shown conserved quantity. That angular momentum is equivalent to centrifugal force is your own original synthesis. --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:15, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, I didn't say that angular momentum was equivalent to centrifugal force. I said that the angular momentum explanation for why the planets stay up is equivalent to the centrifugal force explanation. Angular momentum gives rise to centrifugal force.

By the way, the quote in the 2002 edition is considerably amended from the one in the 1980 edition. You can see the older version on the centrifugal force talk page. David Tombe (talk) 20:19, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Mountain Meadows Massacre PR

I note you've reversed several edits to the MMM Mormon PR page, particularly related to the destruction of the rock cairn, Governor Leavitt's order to re-inter the remains, and other objective, referenced information, claiming it's POV. Do you have a reference to support the assertion that "vandals" demolished the monument, or that it wasn't first done in the presence of Brigham Young? Seems to me that eliminating a documented report is inappropriate, and changing references to "some sources" is legitimate only if you have a competing reference. Otherwise, it appears that you're editing to support your own point of view.

If you have references that dispute the report that Brigham Young officiated at the 1861 destruction of the monument, why not present them, and let the article text incorporate them in a fair way?

If you have an argument for deleting the relevant, sourced reference to re-internment of the remains prior to completion of analysis, why not discuss it before deleting other peoples' work? (talk) 01:42, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

The Radial equation

FyzixFighter, I'll finish my reply here. Nobody was actually doubting that the planetary orbtial situation was equivalent to the co-rotating frame. That point had already been agreed. The argument was that you don't actually need to involve frames of reference at all, since the angular velocity belongs to the planet. Goldstein provided a source which treated the Kepler problem in the absence of any mention of rotating frames of reference, the point being that centrifugal force is a topic which in general doesn't have to be considered within the restricted context of rotating frames of reference. The main thrust of the debate was on the radial equation, A = B + C Everybody was in agreemnet that C is centripetal force. But the argument went,

A is not an acceleration.

OK then, call it Peter. But when circular motion occurs, Peter will be zero. Hence, for circular motion, we have,

0 = B + C

Then they would say, 'but B is only centrifugal force in the rotating frame'.

OK then, call it Billy in the inertial frame, but nevertheless, circular motion cannot take place on the basis of C alone. Because if you get rid of Billy, then Alfred comes back again and so we don't have circular motion.

And by the way, I did look at your reference. He was quite wrong when he said that centripetal force disappears in the co-rotating frame. Centripetal force does not disappear in the co-rotating frame. David Tombe (talk) 14:54, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Gender of God

I have changed your edit and removed the word Christian from the nontrinitarian paragraph. Though it is indeed correct, the entire section is about Christianity (which should reasonably be enough to settle the entire debate anyway), and it seems there's no advantage in labouring the point, in view of the fact that even this concession will probably still be disputed by some of the editors who seem to have significant bias against identifying nontrinitarians as Christian at all.--Jeffro77 (talk) 18:45, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

Fair enough. As long as the "Most" at the beginning of the first paragraph remains, this is sufficient for me. --FyzixFighter (talk) 03:45, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

The Stratton book

FyzixFighter, can you please go to the talk page on Faraday's law and discuss this matter. It is crucial as regards relating the two aspects of electromagnetic induction. We could perhaps find a better way of expressing the point. David Tombe (talk) 08:01, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, I managed to get a look at Stratton. I can't find anything that even remotely resembles the quote which I had purported to have been in Stratton. I was obviously misinformed by a secondary source. In section 23 of chapter 1 there was some related stuff, but it was quite distinct from the point that I was making.
The proof in question appears in a January 1984 paper written by myself, and published in a magazine called the Toth-Maatian Review. I was quite surprised when I read about Stratton in a recently published paper, and that a line which they quoted as being in Stratton, 1941, was an identical proof to what I had published in the Toth-Matian Review in 1984.
So you are correct that I misrepresented Stratton, and I apologize for doing so. But I was misinformed by a recently published article, and I am now investigating the matter. I have written to the authors in order to get them to clarify the reference. The proof in question is original research, but in many respects it's already there in front of us, in that the total time derivative version of Faraday's law contains both the partial time derivative version as per the modern Maxwell's equations, and the vXB term which appeared in Maxwell's original papers. David Tombe (talk) 04:40, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
If you still have access to the book, check Chapter 5 - problem 23, which is what I presume your secondary source was referring to. It's a problem though, so drawing extreme conclusions about what Stratton was saying is difficult. However, I still don't think this supports your argument but rather shows when the Maxwell-Faraday equation and the Lorentz force law are combined, that in the frame of the moving charge (where v=0), the curl of the electric field reduces to the full time derivative of the magnetic field (which is expected when dB/dt is expanded in terms of the partial derivatives, v=0 kills all but the ∂B/∂t term). Jackson, on pages 209-211 (in the 3rd edition), does a more complete derivation and explanation of what the problem is trying to teach as I understand it. I think most physicist would agree that the equation in question in Maxwell's original papers is simply the combination of the Maxwell-Faraday equation and the Lorentz force law, with E being understood as a "total measured electromotive force" including both the induced EMF (both tranformer and motional) and the electromotive force due to an already present electric field. Jackson was an interesting read for me on this topic; he is very explicit in stating that E and B in the M-F equation are defined to be in the same frame, and that when the equation is transformed to another inertial frame such that the conductor is moving, it takes the form that Maxwell original wrote, so I don't really see any vast coverup or hinky physics/math going on. Anyways, cheers. --FyzixFighter (talk) 05:24, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, Thanks. That's interesting because the guys that quoted the Stratton reference were not in full approval of Stratton's slant on the issue. They were referring to it in a slightly derogatory tone. They had their own reasons for wanting to use total time derivatives in Maxwell's equations. But I instantly noticed that the quote from Stratton was mathematically identical to what I had published in 1984, whether or not the physical interpretation was the same. My attitude is simply that the flux rule with its total time derivative, incorporates both the partial time derivative, which is the Maxwell-Faraday law (terminology as per wikipedia) plus the vXB effect.

I'm sure you are aware that Maxwell didn't talk about charge. His electromotive force term is therefore not strictly identical to the modern electric field E, but it is close enough for the purposes of illustrating the link between the two aspects of EM induction in question. Theoretically we can write E = vXB. It's not a format which is in common use, but if we take the curl of E = vXB -(partial)dA/dt, we get -dB/dt. As to whether my interpretation is the same as Stratton's, well my interpretation would be that v is the velocity of a charged particle relative to Maxwell's sea of molecular vortices. So if a particle is at rest in that medium, v=0, and so Faraday's total derivative law reduces to the partial derivative Maxwell-Faraday law. Regarding the issue of cover up, the thing is, that this very simple classical approach totally undermines any need for the more complex relativistic approaches which are supposed to deal with a problem which doesn't really exist when we look at it all as per Maxwell's approach. I'll have a look at that Jackson reference too.

I still think that the debate going on at Faraday's law, regarding the Feynman quote and the issue of the two aspects, can best be illustrated by that analysis above. The problem of course is legitimacy over the question of sources.

Steve, doesn't like using the term 'Faraday's law' for the flux rule, but he acknowledges that many textbooks do. I think that can all be cleared up in an appendix of terminologies. Too many debates get stifled due to terminological tripwires. David Tombe (talk) 06:40, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Glad I could help. I think we'll have to agree to disagree on the meaning of v. If I'm recalling Jackson's derivation correctly (sorry, don't have the text with me at the moment), it seem irrelevant what v is relative to; assuming a classical Galilean invariance is enough to say that v is the velocity of the conductor within the frame where E and B are measured, ie there is no need for an absolute frame. It's hard to know if Maxwell meant his v to be in reference to the molecular vortices or not, since by 1864 he reformulates his theory without any specific mechanism - using Lagrange's method to get around not knowing internal connections involved.
I'd also be careful to note that while Maxwell uses molecular vortices as a model to explain electromagnetic phenomena, he falls short of saying that the molecular vortices physically cause the phenomena. In other words, he uses the model of molecular vortices (and tiny idle wheels between the vortices) as a mode of connection which is mechanically conceivable, but does not put it forward as the true mechanism for the connection existing in nature; it's an analogy that explains electromagnetism, but doesn't purport to be physical reality. So I wouldn't say his 1861 paper gives two separate "physical" explanations for induction, but that the model/analogy has separate mechanisms for the two phenomena. Subtle I know, but IMO significant as Maxwell himself made the distinction.
If you haven't already, I'd highly recommend "Electrodynamics from Ampere to Einstein" by Olivier Darrigol, which looks to be a pretty exhaustive history of EM theory. I'm currently working my way through it and have found it quite enlightening. You also might find Ivan Tolstoy's biography of Maxwell, which I've only skimmed, but appeared to do a pretty good job of showing the evolution of Maxwell's ideas. --FyzixFighter (talk) 08:18, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, Thanks for that information. I wouldn't actually have been planning to put my own interpretation of the meaning of v into the article. It was more just a case of wanting to put the maths proof in, and leaving it for readers to make up their own minds as to what it meant.

As regards Maxwell and EM induction, there is a long section in the latter half of part II of his 1861 paper where he gives a detailed explanation of each of the two aspects in terms of those molecular vortices. The moving wire explanation is easy enough to follow. In a magnetic field, the vortices will be aligned. The wire will move in the equatorial plane of the vortices. The vortices will not go through the wire. They will go around the wire. The pressure in front of the motion will contract the vortices, whereas the rarefaction behind the wire will expand them. A kind of Kepler's second law comes into play in which the contraction pressure causes an angular acceleration in the vortices in front of the wire and an angular deceleration in the vortices behind the wire. This vortex gradient gives rise to a flow of aether along the wire at right angles to the direction of motion of the wire. The right angle deflection is no doubt tied up with the Coriolis force that compliments the angular acceleration as per Kepler's second law, except that it's Faraday's law because the angular momentum is not being conserved when the wire is being pushed through the field. That's where Lenz's law and work done comes into it. At any rate we get the Coriolis vXH coming into play, with H being the vorticity of the molecular vortices.

The time varying aspect is more about a wave of angular acceleration being transmitted as EM radiation and discharged at right angles into a wire. Hence it is the same effect. But it is formulated using the other side of the Kepler's second law coin. It is formulated using the angular force -(partial)dA/dt aspect. Where A is aether field momentum and curl A = B.

We can't really put all that in the article, but it can be noted legitimately that Maxwell did deal with this exact problem. If challenged, a few quotes can be produced.

Maxwell's weakness in my opinion was that he didn't specify the sources and sinks in his vortices. His electric particle idea came late, in part II. He didn't have those particles in his hydrodynamics section at part I. Hence he lost the full significance of the generation of charge under pressure, that comes out of those vortices when tangential force is applied. And he gave up. And as you rightly point out, Lagrangian is a fudge which ignores cause. It balances out energy. But coservation of energy is only an irrotational phenomenon. We lose all the information on the tangential forces, such as Coriolis force.

So we see these tangential terms vXH + (partial)dA/dt in Faraday's law and Kepler's second law. The latter concerns conservation of angular momentum, whereas the former is rate of change of angular momentum, or torque. Hence even in a kitchen sink, these two terms apply in the water as it swirls out. But not cyclonically of course. David Tombe (talk) 11:05, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Centrifugal force

Do you a current best version of your proposed short section? Let's go ahead and replace the long Brews section with a short one, and try to keep Brews and David from messing up the article too much from there. If I don't hear from you, I'll try to do it from the one on the talk page and maybe a few edits. Dicklyon (talk) 19:44, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for doing this. I nearly did put it in after Brews' "diatribe" which was just plain bad physics. However, some much more important real life issues (getting a couple of papers I'm co-authoring ready and submitted to journals) have taken precedence, to the point that I haven't even tried to follow any of the discussion since my last post. I'll try to find some time to review the current version, but I'm pretty sure that there won't be much that I can add if you and some of the other anti-bloat editors have been your usual excellent selves. I also never thanked you and some of the others for the feedback, support, and general words of encouragement - so thank you for that. I can't guarantee my ability to follow the editing or discussion in the next few months, but if the debate escalates to official or unofficial mediation or guided group dispute resolution, please be sure to let me know either here or via email so I can be sure to participate. Thanks again. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:15, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

Please do not participate in any further edit wars on Centrifugal force. Reverting another editor's contributions should be reserved for clear violations of policy, and the specific policy should be cited in the edit summary. It is often a good idea (and given this page's history of edit warring, always a good idea on this article) to discuss the revert on the talk page. I have urged all this article's editors to discuss BEFORE reverting, and again I implore you to adhere to this practice, in order to prevent further edit warring. Edit warring is not helpful to Wikipedia in any way. I have asked nicely on the article's talk page, now I am asking on specific editors' talk pages. Thank you. Wilhelm_meis (talk) 14:48, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

I'm sorry Wilhelm but I disagree with your assessment of the situation. The topic was still being discussed when David decided to insert the disputed text despite my very clear reservations. The relevant policies were stated in the initial reverts [1]. Attempts to discuss this topic in a civil manner resulted in the following interesting responses:
Such responses are completely uncivil and disregard WP:AGF. I'm willing to discuss sources and edits, but such discussion is pretty much pointless when the other editor throws out all modern sources as "rubbish" and refuses to engage in the appropriate dispute resolution channels. This is not a case of POV-suppression. David has yet to provide a reference that states explicitly that the non-reactive centrifugal force is real in the inertial (non-accelerating) frame. Whereas, we have multiple references going back over 100 years saying the opposite, that the centrifugal force arises not from the motion of the object but from the rotation of the reference frame. From the Roche article you removed:
I have identified at least three interpretations of centrifugal force in the literature: a valid meaning in physics, an entirely different but equally valid meaning in engineering, and a cluster of false meanings.
which he clarifies later:
There is, however, a valid concept of centrifugal force in physics. If the observer in a frame of reference rotating with the Earth pretends for mathematical convenience that it is an inertial frame, then it becomes necessary to postulate a fictitious outwards force on a geostationary satellite to explain why it does not plunge to Earth. This is the centrifugal force of physics, an entirely fictional force.
and from the Kobayashi reference:
The term centrifugal force simply implies the force away from the center of rotation and is therefore obscure. Let us consider the point mass moving in a circular path with respect to the inertial frame. The term centrifugal force then has two meanings: one is the inertial force due to the rotation of the noninertial frame relative to the inertial frame and the other is the reaction force of the centripetal force to produce acceleration toward the center of rotation.
As has been show by the various History of Physics type references, the Leibniz's concept of a real centrifugal force is seen as a result of his adopting a reference frame attached to the rotating body - ie, he was not using an inertial frame, but a co-rotating frame. The only POV not being expressed in the article is that Leibniz's centrifugal force and the rotating reference frame centrifugal force are different. However, no references have been provided that directly support this POV, and the multiple sources provided later in the article actually contradict this.
I also find it troubling that you placed the above warning on only the talk pages of the users on one side of the dispute and not on David's page nor on the anon that has rotating IP address. This does not help your appearance of being impartial. While I applaud your attempt to end the edit war, I disagree with your method which removed statements directly sourced to reliable sources. IMO the lead should be reverted to the consensus- and source-supported "two concept" sentence in the lead per WP:RS and WP:V. Besides attempting the edit war, do have any other reasons for removing the sourced statements? --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:13, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Look again at David's talk page and the anon IP user. I didn't just pick on one side. The problem I have with the statement in the lead, besides the fact that it is a limiting statement while sources do exist that suggest there is a third concept, is the history of the statement. It was first inserted saying that there were two concepts - one used in physics and one used in engineering (and one of those sources provided), but then the words "physics" and "engineering" were removed but the "two concepts" wording remained for some reason. When this was reworded and the second source added, it looked like the statement as it was later rendered was probably weakly supported (if at all) and the second source was added to prop up the first. Honestly, I don't know how well the statement is supported as I do not have these sources to refer to. The main problem I have with the sentence, by far, however, is the constant back and forth over it. I say let's find something we can agree on and come back to it. I think my edit history on this page bears out the fact that I have no agenda here but getting the editors to work together and produce the best possible article for the reader. If you have any suggestions on how I can better achieve that, I will always give equal weight to the comments and advice left on my talk page. I don't bear any hard feelings toward you or any of the other editors, I just want you all to find a way to work together. I have been trying to get David to come half way, but he feels like everyone else is united against him. I know you two have quite a checkered past, and I'm trying to be sensitive to that, but you guys really can't go around reverting each other (nor being rude to each other). I'll keep talking to David, and if he needs to be reminded about his role in all this, I will try to be there to remind him. I'm asking you to be as sensitive to his side of things as you want him to be to yours. Wilhelm_meis (talk) 17:29, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
I don't think you are favoring a side, but your warning to David made no mention of edit-warring - perhaps you meant it to be understood - I'd have appreciated everyone getting the exact same warning. What sources suggest there is a third concept distinct from the other two? None has been provided. There has been some discussion that the polar coordinates concept could be a third option, but no sources provided despite my request. Provided sources do treat this as a subset of the rotating frame. How can you say that the sentence is probably weakly supported when you haven't even checked the sources? I've provided the relevant quotes above. Where is the weakness in the above quotes? When have I ever been rude to David within the last several months of our interaction? Please, point them out to me so that I can correct my behavior. I think a comparison of David's comments and mine will reveal a great disparity in the level of civility we each show one other. Again, I do not think removal of a sourced statement is an acceptable way to end an edit-war. Additional reliable sources that directly support David's position is one acceptable way, or any of the other dispute resolution avenues - which David seems to have summarily dismissed. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:49, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
It was not my intention to permanently and unilaterally strike the passage from the lead, but to at least temporarily remove the immediate source of controversy and declare a "time out" to get these differences worked out before we just continue reverting and re-reverting. I know you may feel like you've been slighted because your version of the passage was removed, but very likely the other side feels equally slighted because their version also was removed. Notice IP user 72... wasted little time reverting my edit although my intentions were stated in the edit summary. Also, to clarify, I did not mean to suggest you have been rude to David. I hope there are not serious hard feelings between you two, but I can tell David has been getting very frustrated and his civility has sometimes worn thin. I really think he has the potential to be an invaluable editor, but his methods are sometimes questionable. I think he sometimes puts the cart before the horse and then assumes that because there is consensus against the way he presents information in the article it must be a consensus against the material itself, but it doesn't do much to dispel his fears when some of the talk page comments bear this out. The long and the short of it is, there may be some irreconcilable differences between the ideas of the several editors here, but there is never a need for incivility and edit warring. I do not intend to give anyone a free pass on perpetuating these behaviors, not David, not the anon editors, not the major contributors. If my responses to different editors are somewhat varied, it is because they have displayed various behaviors. As to the sources for a third approach, I will let that dispute work itself out on the talk page. I was not so much disputing the references as acknowledging the dispute and moving to diffuse the edit war. I freely admit that I have not read the source passages. If you could quote them directly, on the article's talk page, you would do us all a service, and this could be a starting point for an obviously needed discussion over this disputed passage specifically. Again I will remind you that I did not merely remove your sourced statement. I also removed the IP editor's statement, and he too was apparently upset by this. If I have united everyone in disagreeing with me, at least I have given you all something to agree about. Wilhelm_meis (talk) 05:29, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
In rereading my posts, I realize I may have been a little too short in my response. I apologize for that, and thank you for responding in a level manner. I am still though of the opinion that you are coddling David too much. From my view, the reason the centrifugal force debates are so heated is because David does not know how to act civilly with other editors. If people disagree with him, he immediately accuses them of being idiots or of being part of a conspiracy to suppress information (this isn't just limited to his interactions on physics pages either). For example, when a simple request for a source is met by this kind of response [5], I find it impossible to pursue any meaningful discussion with him. In fact, usually when I get this kind of response from David, I stop responding to him in that thread. You've called him on such behavior before. I'd like the discussion to move forward, but without such uncivil rants and such total disregard of WP:AGF. Since if any of us call him on it he'd ignore it, and since you think that David can become a meaningful contributor, would you mind reminding him again that such behavior is neither appropriate or helpful. Honestly, I'm getting sick of these repetitive rants of his, and am close to asking uninvolved admins to take a look at his behavior and take appropriate action but, out of respect for you and your recent attempts to help David, I'll wait to see if he'll respond to your guidance. --FyzixFighter (talk) 21:19, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
I go further, we know from his previous interactions on the other centrifugal and coriolis pages that he genuinely is a crank. The sole purpose for his presence here is simply to put his OR and other misunderstandings into the wikipedia. He contributes to no other pages, and he has been suspended and then banned multiple times; the last time was an indefinite ban. I disagree completely with the last administrator that took it upon himself to unban him; this is nothing but harmful for the wikipedia.- (User) Wolfkeeper (Talk) 01:36, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
Same here. He's a nut, and nothing but disruptive. I think it's time for a community topic ban for him on CF-related articles. Dicklyon (talk) 03:26, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

In case you're still watching this page Wilhelm, I'd rather put some comments here rather than trying to go point-counterpoint with David on your talk page or somewhere else where it would detract from that page's discussion. I see that David has made you aware of the current report and topic ban discussion over on ANI. I had no interaction with the editor that filed the report nor did I ask anyone to initiate such, but it appears that the report was precipitated by a report I made over on WP:WQA. Despite multiple warnings from sympathetic and neutral editors like yourself, David continues to behave in a manner that prevents and disrupts cooperative editing. This response is all that is needed to see that David is being hoisted by his own petard in this situation. Save him from himself if you can, but I fear that, like previous warnings, it will fall on deaf ears. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:55, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Reported to Administrator's Noticeboard

FyzixFighter, I'm just letting you know that I've reported you at the administrator's noticeboard for wiki-hounding. The evidence is quite clear cut. You have been putting false information into physics articles which I have been trying to improve. You tried to convert the centrifugal force in the radial planetary orbital equation into a centripetal force. And yesterday, you removed sourced edits of mine and replaced them with information which you now admit to be in error. It is not possible to write a coherent article when somebody like yourself is continually trampling over the edits and playing out some clever game with so called reliable sources while at the same time refusing to discuss the topic and claiming not to have opinions. David Tombe (talk) 19:14, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Heads up

You ae being discussed here [6] Cardamon (talk) 17:27, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

The existence of the Muulekites

The existence of the Muulekites is completely rejected by non-Mormon historians, archaeologists, anthropologist and theologians. This is because there is no trace of them except in the Book of Mormon; they are supported by absolutely no external evidences at all and there is no mention of them until the 19th century.

How odd… this statement I made is completely accurate. Only those with an LDS slant accept the existence of theses storybook people. And until the “Prophet” from Palmyra, they had never even been heard of. But instead of countering, you in a very Gestapo act simply delete these facts.

None of the mythological book of Mormon people exist outside the book of Mormon, much the way Frodo never existed outside the Lord of the Rings. Therefore, instead of facing facts you attempt to sweep it away in a Stalin like action. Wow. Well I guess those who use Wikipedia are lucky to have such a dishonest nazi like you ready to edit truth when it threatens your fairy tales. (talk) 14:35, 17 June 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)


I invite you to read my comment (No. 48) to "Faraday's Law of Induction." Mike La Moreaux (talk) 02:10, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Faraday's Law

FyzixFighter, I never stated that there was anything wrong with the one of Maxwell's Laws responsible for transformer emf. That is not the version of Faraday's Law which is stated at the beginning of the article. The cutting of magnetic field lines occurs in the homopolar generator but not in the example of the toroidal transformer. But then, there is no emf induced in that example for just that reason. Mike La Moreaux (talk)

Then I guess I'm a little confused by which Faraday's Law you are saying is false. The form of the law mentioned at the beginning of the article covers both transformer (stationary circuit) and motional EMF, so the homopolar generator is not a counter-example of the law stated in the article. The toroidal transformer is definitely an interesting example, and my guess is that the line integral used to calculate the EMF or the flux does something weird at the slip-ring, it being a strange disconnect in the geometry. The best thing to do would be to find a reliable source that treats that problem to see whether or not modern physics sees it as a counter-example of Faraday's law.
But let me leave aside the toroidal example, and let's look at the homopolar generator. At the beginning of the article, Faraday's Law is stated in words (in the quote box) and in mathematical formula. Are we in agreement on the semantics that the presentations are identical? If so, then it can be shown that the vxB term that causes the current in the homopolar generator is hidden in the full time derivative of the flux in the equation for Faraday's Law:
By the way, Jackson covers this proof on pp. 208-211 of his graduate text; unfortunately Griffiths' undergraduate text brushes the distinction under the rug, turning the full derivative into a partial derivative without commentary. So following Jackson's proof, the magnetic flux linking the circuit is defined by
where S is the surface bounded by the circuit C.
We also have to make use of the identity:
This leads to
The third term gives the contribution of sources of the vector field, ie magnetic monopoles, swept over by the moving circuit. We can therefore rewrite the full time derivative of the flux as
where the v is the velocity of the element dl of the circuit. This gives us for Faraday's law that
The first term on the right gives the transformer EMF contribution (from electric fields induced by time-varying B-fields) and the second term is the motional EMF contribution. Again, this proof is essentially covered in Jackson's "Classical Electrodynamics" (3rd ed) pp.208-211. Therefore the homopolar generator, which relies on a motional EMF, is not a counter-example of Faraday's Law as it is first introduced in the article. Does this make sense? Are there any points in the proof where we would disagree?
As for the toroidal wrapping with slip-ring, I don't know how the math really would treat the slip-ring. It is an interesting example, but I'm sure someone has looked at it before and answered the question of whether or not it is a counter-example to Faraday's Law. --FyzixFighter (talk) 23:43, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
FyzixFighter, we are in agreement that the verbal and mathematical presentations of Faraday's Law at the beginning of the article are identical. In the case of the homopolar generator, B is a constant and so is a. Therefore the flux is a constant. Therefore the time rate of change of the flux is zero. Faraday's Law only explicitly deals with the time rate of flux change. The thing is that in the operation of the homopolar generator, there is obviously no flux change. Therefore Faraday's Law gives an emf of zero. What is so difficult to understand about this? The problem with the derivation is that the fourth equation involves the curl of vxB. In the case of the homopolar generator, the curl of vxB is zero because vxB does not define an electric field. This is a perfect example both of not seeing the forest for the trees, but also of forgetting the physics in the pursuit of the mathematics. (Moment has the units pound feet, and work has the units foot pounds. They are mathematically identical and physically completely different. Mike La Moreaux (talk) 21:12, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
When we say time rate change of the flux, does "time rate of change" refer to a full derivative or a partial derivative? The distinction is very important as shown in the proof above. If it's a full derivative then Faraday's law as stated in the article does give a non-zero emf for the homopolar generator. This is because as the flux is an integral, a non-zero full time derivative of the flux can be achieved by motion of the boundary/surfacewhile the value of the flux itself remains constant. The homopolar generator is a special case where Phi_B is constant, (partial)dPhi_B/dt is zero, but (full)dPhi_B/dt is non-zero.
As for the fourth equation, it follows directly from the identity in the third equation. Do you disagree with this identity? The fourth equation is merely expanding the full derivative in terms of the partial derivatives. If you think that the curl Bxv should not be in the fourth equation, then you disagree with the understood relationship between partial and full derivatives. Also, I never said the vxB term defines an electric field - I was very cautious to not mention electric field at all during the derivation. I did talk about EMF, but EMF and a line integral of the electric field are not the same thing. Like you said, just because EMF and electric potential (which is a line integral of the electric field) have the same units, they are not the same thing. We can say that
but in this definition of EMF, is the electric field in the rest frame of the element dl. However, convention is to define E and B in the same frame, so E and E' are the same in this equation only when the circuit is stationary. Looking at the final form of the EMF in fact shows that, if we interpret the EMF as the line integral of the force per unit charge, then only the first term has to be due to an induced electric field, which is what the Maxwell equations predict. Note that this is not an approach to the problem that I have used my own faculties to invent, but is what is found in a very well-known and standard graduate level EM textbook. Therefore, according to this reliable source (WP standard for inclusion), the motional EMF of the homopolar generator is not a counter-example of Faraday's Law as stated in the article. Do you have a reliable source that says that the homopolar generator is a counter-example of how Faraday's Law is stated in the article?
From my point of view, your claims that the article's presentation that Faraday's law is false is due to not paying close enough attention to the mathematics used to describe the physics. When you are careful about the distinction between partial and full derivatives, the homopolar generator is no longer a counter-example. The question then becomes a matter of semantics, ie does "time rate of change" mean a partial or full derivative. I imagine that something similar happens with regards to the toroidal transformer, that a complete and proper mathematical treatment of how the integral and full time derivative will yield a zero time rate of change of the flux. --FyzixFighter (talk) 22:13, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
If the time rate of change of the flux is zero by inspection of the physical situation, then it does not matter whether we are talking about the partial or total time derivative. They are both zero. In the homopolar generator, the circuit boundary/surface is fixed. Only the conductor moves. There is no electrostatic field here, so potential is not involved. In any case, the line integral of a static electric field strength around a closed path is always zero. emf is the line integral of the electric field strength around a closed path and can be non-zero. Richard Feynman states that the homopolar generator is a counter example to the "flux rule," which is what we are calling Faraday's Law, in his "Lectures on Physics." Mike La Moreaux (talk) 01:07, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, it looks like we disagree on some very basic foundational principles, namely:
  1. the significant difference between a partial and a full derivative and the relation between the two,
  2. the definition of emf, the usual definition being the line integral of the electromagnetic force per unit charge (not of the electric field strength) around a closed path
  3. what constitutes the boundary of the surface - in all references I've found, the conductor is the boundary, so if it's moving, the boundary is moving.
Therefore, it is pretty much pointless arguing from first principles and using rigorous mathematical analysis to respond to your assertion, so I won't argue math anymore, just reliable sources. Here are three sources I found pretty easily that clearly state that the homopolar generator can be explained by Faraday's Law and that define Faraday's Law as it is stated in the article:
  1. "Magnetic fields: a comprehensive theoretical treatise for practical use", Heinz Knoepfel, pg 324 specifically [7]
  2. "Introduction to electromagnetic theory: a modern perspective", Tai L. Chow, pp 183-184 [8]
  3. "Electromotive force again", American Journal of Physics, vol 32 (1962) pp 209-310
The first one follows the proof above that I adapted from Jackson. The second and third one use a slightly different approach to show that when the circuit loop is not fudged, the total change in flux is not zero. To quote the third reference: "The 'homopolar generator' seems more complicated, but the essential physical situation becomes apparent...if the usual metal Faraday disk is replaced by an insulating disk with a single radial wire connecting the axis and the rim, with shich the external circuit makes a sliding contact. The results are unchanged by this modification of the usual experiment." What is the page number and quote from Feynman, I'd really like to compare these sources to see where the disconnect is. --FyzixFighter (talk) 07:25, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
I do not have access to a copy of "Lectures on Physics," but if you go to my comment, No. 48, "Faraday's Law is False!," on the discussion page to the article, Steve's link No. 1 in his comment of 15 September will take you to the relevant pages. The boundary of the surface of the circuit of the homopolar generator is fixed, while the conductor (the disk) moves. There is where Feynman states that the homopolar generator is a counter example to the "flux rule." I have not had time, yet, to check your referenced sources. Mike La Moreaux (talk) 01:56, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
Your second reference has a bogus calculation. It would have us believe that the flux increases without limit as the disk of the homopolar generator rotates - a clear absurdity. Mike La Moreaux (talk) 01:03, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Mike, I have to go along with FyzixFighter 100% on this issue. He has described the situation pretty well. I have had a tangle with both FyzixFighter and Steve Byrnes in the past over this issue, but it has been more over the manner of explaining the physics, rather than the physics itself, which none of us have been in disagreement with. FyzixFighter's mathematical proof above is correct. I would however have drastically simplified it at the point where he splits the total time derivative into the partial time derivative and the (v.grad)B term. I would simply have drawn attention to the fact that (v.grad)B is the curl of vXB. I know that you have argued that curl(vXB) is zero. It may well be. In fact it would certainly be zero for a constant magnetic field if we could have such a thing. But that doesn't in anyway undermine the fact the curl E = -(total)dB/dt covers for both the time varying case and the motionally induced case.

As for the toriodal/slip ring example, I am a bit confused about the geometry and so I can't really comment. I suspect that there will be some magnetic field, and that there will be a vXB force induced somewhere in the circuit if an EMF is induced. David Tombe (talk) 12:54, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

FyzixFighter's point is that full attention must be paid to the distinction between the total time derivative and the partial time derivative. That is the crucial point that Mike doesn't seem to get. As long as v×B is non-zero, it doesn't matter if curl(v×B) =(v.grad)B = 0. Maxwell didn't actually have a Faraday's law in his original eight equations. Equation (D) in Maxwell's original eight was his equation for EMF. It read E = grad (phi) -(partial)dA/dt + v×B, where E was EMF, and hence it catered for both the time varying and the motionally induced kinds. Maxwell's EMF was actually a quantity that was closer to the modern electric field than it was to the modern EMF. The modern EMF is actually a voltage. Maxwell didn't use charge, but the relevant electromagnetic/electrostatic ratio was built into his equations and evaluated from the experiment in 1856 of Weber and Kohlrausch.
FyzixFighter was indeed very careful not to explicitly use the expression E = v×B at any stage of his manipulations. In my opinion, he wouldn't have been wrong if he had done so, but it wouldn't have been politically correct to have done so. Take the curl of Maxwell's equation (D) and you end up with the full total time derivative Faraday's law. David Tombe (talk) 22:54, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
In the case of the homopolar generator, the magnetic field is constant. If the curl of E is zero, then the emf is zero. But we know there is a motional emf by inspection of the physical situation, and therefore Faraday's Law is proved wrong. Mike La Moreaux (talk) 01:15, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Toroidal transformer

To make this easier to follow I've added this subsection. Anyways, I think I've found the problem with the toroidal transformer and slip-ring scenario. However, this is my own thoughts not backed up yet by any reliable source. The problem with the scenario is that there is a huge disconnect in the geometry of the surface of the flux integral that occurs every time the wire goes around the slip ring. Essentially, a section of the surface is be pinched off and then removed, which places it outside the realm where Faraday's Law is even applicable. It's like have an elliptical loop of wire in a magnetic field normal to the plane of the loop, pinching the loop together in the middle and then cutting off and throwing away half of it. The flux in the circuit decreased (smaller area), but no one would try to apply Faraday's Law to this scenario to say that the reduction in flux caused by the pinch-and-cut induces an emf. As Steve already noted, the slip-ring is a geometry outside of Faraday's Law. I'm guessing thought that we'll disagree on this, though, so a reliable source is probably the only way to resolve this. --FyzixFighter (talk) 07:25, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, This is interesting. Let's get it back to the Faraday's law talk page. I think I know what Mike is saying now. Also, in the toroidal scenario, I think you are correct in stating that it is a scenario which is outside the realms of Faraday's law. I'll make my views back on the Faraday's law talk page. David Tombe (talk) 09:08, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Oustanding work

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John, that now makes 5 reverts within 24 hrs. Note that the 3RR policy states that "Contributors must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period, whether or not the same material is involved." Therefore I have reported it at WP:ANEW. --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:13, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, I thought that the 3RR rule was operative only for reversions of the same material, not different material on the same page. I'll be more careful in the future.--John Foxe (talk) 19:25, 7 January 2010 (UTC)


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Quantum teleportation

I take it that writing about a fringe theory is alright, but that writing a fringe theory about a fringe theory is a no-no. I'm wondering if you know of any processes that involve a discontinuity of the position line of a particle in an S versus T Spacetime chart.WFPM (talk) 17:34, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Quantum teleportation is hardly a fringe theory - it is a widely accepted and investigated theory in modern physics. However, it appears from the edit I reverted and from your comment above that you misunderstand somewhat the nature of quantum teleportation. Quantum teleportation does not mean that a particle disappears and suddenly appears somewhere else such that the two events (the disappearance and re-appearance) are space-like. Rather it involves a transport of a quantum state from one quantum system to another. The system is not transported, only the quantum information. Therefore I don't see how quantum teleportation involves a "discontinuity of the position line of a particle in an S versus T Spacetime chart". Also, Feynmann diagrams are not spacetime diagrams. --FyzixFighter (talk) 18:36, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

When you mention Quantum I think Quantum. That's a package of energy/matter? First it's here, and then it's over there. And you're calling that translation of distance "teleportation". Maybe in this peculiar situation you don't think energy/matter? but instead an entity called "information", which I, of course have no concept of but I still think that it involves something being moved from here to there. But you seem to think that something that is here can affect something that's over there without any means of connection or translation of anything, kind of like instant mental telepathy; which I consider to be a fringe science. And The creating of a logical deduction process related to how the system works doesn't impress me. And when you use the word "Quantum", which I interpret to be an amount of something, even information, I hope I can be excused for thinking it is something that has to be transported.WFPM (talk) 22:36, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Like I said, there is a misunderstanding of what "Quantum Teleportation" means. The opening paragraph of the article itself addresses some of the confusion:

Quantum teleportation, or entanglement-assisted teleportation, is a technique used to transfer quantum information from one quantum system to another. It does not transport the system itself, nor does it allow communication of information at superluminal (faster than light) speed. Neither does it concern rearranging the particles of a macroscopic object to copy the form of another object. Its distinguishing feature is that it can transmit the information present in a quantum superposition, useful for quantum communication and computation.

The only "superluminal" stuff going on with this is the quantum non-local connection between the two entangled states, ie the measurement of the state on one of the quantum systems of an entangled pair instantly forces the other system to be measured in the complementary state. This is an accepted outcome of quantum mechanics, first demonstrated experimentally by Alain Aspect in 1981 and 1982 (and more recently in 2008 where. However, do note that, as the intro paragraph states, it doesn't allow for superluminal communication. The alternate name, as indicated in the intro, is probably the more descriptive of what is going on. It's not called "quantum" teleportation because a quantum of whatever is being teleported, but because quantum mechanics effects are being used (entanglement) to teleport the quantum state from one system/particle/quantum fiddly-bit to another. --FyzixFighter (talk) 00:11, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

I wish you would read a story by Isaac Asimov named "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thalitimoline", about the transfer of information. I use it as a standard reference regarding the subject of the movement of anything with, of course, the next question which is Why Not? You're arguing that it is alright for the same idea to occur at two different places at the same time as a means of synchronizing activities? I'd call that a coincidence and a doubtful means of communication.WFPM (talk) 02:21, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

I have read that short story - in High School and a couple of times since. I fail to see how it relates since your responses continue to show a misunderstanding/misreading of the article and of what I've said above. Neither the article nor I state that the non-local collapse of the waveform of the entangled particles at two different places at the same time due to measurement at one place is a means of synchronizing activities. Quantum teleportation#A summary provides a somewhat layman's description of the quantum protocol used, which includes no synchronizing (as I understand the word). Quantum teleportation#The result gives a little more in-depth quantum mechanical description using Dirac notation. This is not just theory, but has been demonstrated experimentally with both photons and atoms, and is a major element in attempts at quantum computing. --FyzixFighter (talk) 14:41, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Well I'll go with the definition of the word Quantum contained in Wikipedia. If you think that Information can be teleported or that the Quantum has a "Contingency" property that can influence it physically I wont argue the point. But you eleminated my point that it is doubtful that a real Quantum, what ever it is, can be teleported, and that's not a fringe concept.WFPM (talk) 17:24, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

I will also agree with you that the diagrams I am talking about are not Feynman diagrams, but rather S versus T Space-time diagrams, where the position versus time location of particles is simple enough for me to understand, and I still can't understand how there could be a discontinuity in the line related to the motion of a real physical particle.WFPM (talk) 18:38, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

(after EC)I removed your edit for 3 main reasons:
  1. You misrepresented what is meant by "quantum teleportation" by implying that it refers to a particle ceasing to exist in one place and then suddenly showing up in another. The article itself goes to great lengths to clarify that it is the quantum state that is being teleported and not the individual particles/quanta/system. Why make a point that something (that a real Quanum can be teleported) is doubtful when neither the article nor the mainstream meaning of the phrase "quantum teleportation" argue in favor of such a thing?
  2. You misrepresented Feynmann diagrams as spacetime diagrams (you do acknowledge the point above).
  3. You synthesized a wholly original argument about Feynmann diagrams and quantum teleportation based on these misunderstandings. The best solution to reinstate the point you want to make is to find reliable source that makes such a point.
In the end, no one is arguing that "quantum teleportation" involves a discontinuity in the line related to the motion of a real physical particle. All the particles continue to exist, but their states have changed (C's state being teleported to B). You, not me, not the article, and not any of the physics articles on the subject, are the only one who has ever brought up the idea of a quantum teleportation involves a particle disappearing in one place and instantly appearing in another. --FyzixFighter (talk) 18:56, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

No but you are arguing that a "contingency" property of a real physical entity can disappear from one place and popping up in the other, and I fail to make the distinction, like in the Thalitimolitine article. I believe that the Quantum is a real physical entity, or rather a package of real physical entities, such that you can catch one or more and keep them or throw them away. I don't see how somebody can influence them from a distance without some transmission to me. You're evidently thinking that you can send them to me and then throw a switch that you have that changes their identity. We call that "Remote Control" which involves us in systems for sending things like light quanta which you know about. And I have read with interest stories about how people could transmit their perceptions of letters etc by a thought process, but I didn't believe them like I cant understand and/or believe this.WFPM (talk) 22:39, 23 April 2010 (UTC) And I didn't know that a contribution to the talk section required a reliable source of an idea or opinion and I thought I was permitted to dream it up by myself.WFPM (talk) 22:54, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Ah, so it's the whole quantum entanglement and non-local connection thing that you don't like. Well, Einstein did call it spooky action at a distance. But experiments can be done that show that it really is happening and not a case of hidden variables. If we produce two photons such that they must have random but opposite polarizations, then the instant I measure the polarization of one photon, the other photon instantly assumes the opposite polarization. Before any measurement both photons are in a superposition of states, but after measurement on just one photon, both photons assume a single state. However, I can't control which state they collapse to. The influence does happen at a distance, instantaneously without a transmission but no one can control what the influence is.
For teleportation, if A and B are entangled, then measuring the A and C pair in a certain way puts B into 1 of 4 states related to C's initial state (at least, that's what the math says) because of this effect. But the holder of B can't know which one until the holder of A and C tells him the results of the AC measurement.
And your edit, which I reverted, was not on the talk page but on the article itself. --FyzixFighter (talk) 01:24, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

You're right and I lose on that technicality. I mistakenly contributed to the article. My apologies. But of course my argument stands. And you're an EE like I am so I thought I'd engage you on it. Cheers!WFPM (talk) 03:35, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

I am an EE now but my undergraduate degree is in physics, so I straddle both worlds. If you're interested in a somewhat layman explanation of quantum entanglement and the non-local wavefunction collapse (essentially the EPR paradox), I would suggest this video. --FyzixFighter (talk) 06:45, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Okay so I'm a determinist. But I agree with Bohr's original orbit theories as I point out in my talk section about the details of the Whirlpool Galaxy. And the mass of a Planck's constant energy carrying particle calculates to be 10 to the - 47 gms as I pointed out in Talk: Photon. And you're not helping any by calling it an indeterminate particle. And the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle says that you affect the motion of an electron by trying to measure it. So what? The electron has a function related to the physical creation of the atom, probably as a means of getting rid of excess angular momentum. If you're interested in a physics problem, you might consider my desire to do a 3 dimensional Michelson-Morley experiment. That's where you reflect light from all 3 orthogonal directions instead of just 2. And we need a 4th direction relationship to the other 3 directions to do that. And there aren't 4 orthogonal directions. But note that the cube has a diagonal direction that is equal angled to the other 3 directions. And if we sent a light from the corner of a cube to mirrors in the 3 adjacent corners and analyzed them like in the 2 dimensional test it would be the same. But in the 3 dimensional test case the direction of time would be congruent with the diagonal line, and the Lorentz space-time calculation would be carried out about motion in the area plane where the light paths are at 120 degree angles with each other and I don't think the mathematics is the same, and I need a mathematician to figure it out.WFPM (talk) 16:07, 24 April 2010 (UTC) I also like Boolean algebra and that it usually gives a yes or no answer and very few maybees. And I don"t think you could sell this idea to a computer program dedicated to real physical entity calculations.WFPM (talk) 16:56, 24 April 2010 (UTC) And they're playing around with predetermined spin quantities in their discussion about identity association. I had to consider that when I was making my models in Talk:Nuclear model. And I noticed that the idea of spin is related to an idea of direction. So if you say an entity has a positive spin you have to add that's looking down at the top. Because if I look at it from the bottom it has a negative spin. So in isolation what could I say about an item's spin that would be significant to some other frame of reference?WFPM (talk) 17:31, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

You cut a really broad swath but I'll try and hit each point but no guarantees (in fact, I think I'll do this in subheadings to try and localize the discussion by topic so the dialog can be easier to follow). On a few points I don't understand your use of terminology or the connection with previous discussion:

Re: Bohr orbit model

Your argument for Bohr's original orbit model is circular (no pun intended), ie saying it doesn't radiate and that it's total energy doesn't change is saying the same thing, but the conundrum remains for why it still doesn't radiate. Classically, all accelerating charges radiate (eg, only when the current is varied will an antenna radiate), and any orbit, be it circular or elliptical involves a radial-inward acceleration.--FyzixFighter (talk) 23:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC

Can't agree. Don't think Earth radiates energy due to acceleration in it's path around the sun. Things radiate energy when they lose it. And and electron's circular path in an electrostatic field would be a constant electrostatic energy level path.WFPM (talk) 06:04, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Then you need to review basic electrodynamics (like the Larmor formula) and antenna theory (constant currents don't radiate in an antennae, only oscillating currents do). Acceleration=radiation is a well known fact in any text on electrodynamics. The earth has very little, if any, charge so it won't radiate electromagnetically, but according to general relativity, it should radiate gravitational waves. There are macroscopic examples that contradict your argument, like wigglers and undulators and synchrotrons, where a charged particle radiates (usually called synchrotron radiation) because it follows a curved path (ie, undergoes centripetal acceleration) due to magnetic fields but no change in electrostatic potential (in the case of wigglers, the electric field is zero, so no change in electric potential and magnetic fields don't have a potential energy field for charged particles). --FyzixFighter (talk) 06:40, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

I'll buy that as an admission that the constant velocity motion of an electron in an electrostatic field doesn't result in emissions as long as the field has the same static strength.WFPM (talk) 21:42, 28 April 2010 (UTC) But there's a saying that "if you shake an electron you'll get radiation" implying that it can translate without radiating, but not turn or even acelerate. And when the electron gets to the top end of it's path through a Marconi antenna and has to stop, I guess it's the cause of the radiant energy radiated away from the antenna. But in ac currents, the electrons don't radiate, just the constituents of the field.

I've never argued anything differently, I've only ever argued for emissions from charged particles undergoing acceleration. Constant velocity motion never produces radiation because in those cases acceleration is zero. But orbits, even perfectly circular orbits, are not cases of constant velocity motion. Speed is constant in those scenarios, but not direction therefore acceleration is non-zero. Even electrons in a perfectly circular synchrotron with no external field (therefore traveling along a path that is equipotential) will generate synchrotron radiation. Again, this is accepted classical electrodynamics that was known before the advent of both relativity and quantum mechanics. --FyzixFighter (talk) 03:14, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Please!! A circular orbit certainly involves a constant velocity motion along the tangent line to the circle. I don't see how you can question that. And in gravitationally induced circular orbits, the lost free energy level value of the orbit remains constant and no orbital energy is lost. Then if electrons radiate energy as the result of this motion, and I thought that their radius of motion remained constant for a constant velocity, we're going to have to dream up some other reason for the occurrence.WFPM (talk) 14:31, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Circular orbits involve constant speed motion. Do you understand what the difference is between speed and velocity? Velocity is a vector - it has both magnitude and direction. If either (or both) of those change, then it cannot be constant velocity motion. Constant velocity implies zero net force and straight line motion (Newton's first law). Circular orbits satisfy neither of these--there is a net force inward towards the center of the orbit (gravitational in the case of planets, and electrostatic for Bohr orbits), and the motion is not straight line. Perhaps you're confusing the radiation theory for atoms with general electrodynamic radiation. In atoms, electrons will radiate when they transition between energy levels, but this categorically not a classical concept. Radiation classically is not a way for particles to get rid of excess energy when it moves across a non-uniform potential. Radiation classically, according to Maxwell, Hertz, Larmor, and all the pre-quantum mechanics/relativity physicists and engineers, is due to charges undergoing acceleration. Any basic physics/engineer textbook will attest to these two classical concepts (circular orbits are not constant velocity motion & accelerating charges radiate). Are you saying the textbooks are wrong? --FyzixFighter (talk) 15:12, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

I'm thinking that velocity is Ds/Dt and in a circular orbit is not changing. And why it is changing in direction is a different matter. Maybe we can adopt Pauli's concept and say there has to be emissions perpendicular to the tangent of motion so that the net directional momentum remains constant. And maybe Yukawa can argue that his meson has the power to convince the nucleons that they should throw material away from a center of "attraction" so that they can move closer together. And in space time considerations I think about the implications of graphs on the time versus distance TS plane. And if there's a force involved in the consideration, I visualize it as a line vector sticking up out of the paper plane. So stationary is a perpendicular line, and straight line motion is a slanted line. And accelerated motion is a curved line. And an Impulse is an area equal to the area of the time vector times the force vector. And the force vector times the lateral distance is the Force times time or the work area. So as a force chases a freely moving particle it is giving it kinetic energy of motion at an increasing rate. But if is truly a freely moving particle, I dont see why it should be doing anything other than storing up the acquired kinetic energy given it by the force vector. And if you apply a side directed force on the particle as they do in mass determination equipment, the side force also adds kinetic energy of side motion to the previous linear motion of the particle as per the calculations. So nature's ability to retain the kinetic energy of velocity through a circular orbit has made me cautious about the ideas about when it can radiate energy. And the elliptical orbits are the same except that each orbit involves the presumably 100% efficient conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy and back again.WFPM (talk) 20:11, 29 April 2010 (UTC) And I think that the textbooks are maybe wrong about the rest mass of the Plank particle. But since they don't have a concept thereon it is not to worry.WFPM (talk) 23:14, 1 May 2010 (UTC) And if I'm pressed, I might do like Tombe and argue that the Vsquared value could go up faster than the mass value goes down and so a particle's kinetic energy could exist at some very low value of mass. WFPM (talk) 01:07, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Circular orbits and acceleration

To make this easier to focus on a single topic of disagreement I'm going to decouple the whole circular orbits and acceleration question from the the general radiation question and create this new sub-subheading. Let's ignore the radiation question for a minute and just look at orbits. First of all I need to ask you what you think the difference is between speed and velocity? You're nearly correct in how you think about velocity, it is Ds(vector)/Dt (the time derivative of the position vector). I generally don't like working in a TS plane for classical mechanics, but we can and by your own argument then an orbit is undergoing accelerated motion. Think about the usual TS representation of the earth orbit - it's a corkscrew spiral, which is in fact a curved line. A force only increases the kinetic energy of a particle if it acts in the same direction as the spatial displacement (see Work (physics)). In the special case of circular orbits, the force is constantly parallel to the displacement so the kinetic energy doesn't change. But since the central force (gravity for the earth, electrostatic for an electron in Bohr's orbit model) is the only force acting on the electron, then according to Newton's 2nd law the non-zero net force produces an acceleration. So to sum up some the important points and the points where I think we disagree:

  1. Velocity is the derivative of the position vector, is a vector itself, and is different than speed.
  2. Acceleration happens when velocity changes either in magnitude and/or in direction. (see 1st paragraph of Acceleration)
  3. The net force in a circular orbit is always radially inward, so the acceleration is also radially inward (Newton's 2nd law).
  4. The acceleration of a particle in a circular orbit like we're discussing is non-zero.
  5. An applied force will only increase the kinetic energy if it has some component that is parallel to the displacement/velocity.
  6. An applied force that is perpendicular to the displacement/velocity will not change the kinetic energy.
  7. The net force in circular orbits is always perpendicular to the displacement/velocity.

If you disagree with any of these statements then you do not believe in classical Newtonian mechanics. In which case, I would say go back and read your college mechanics textbooks and review the basic kinematic and dynamic concepts of mechanics. --FyzixFighter (talk) 22:52, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

I just talked about acceleration in my above discussion. If you're on the TS plane plane and pushing with a force in a straight line to cause acceleration, you are adding something to the particle that is called inertia, and has the same units as kinetic energy of motion. So it first changes it's time rate of change of the velocity, which is called acceleration, and as the velocity increases it continues to accumulate the inertia and the amount of displacement. But why should it emit radiant energy? There's no other force. And it's accumulating inertia as fast as it's coming in, I think. Do you know of any reason why it should radiate energy? And our electrostatic theory of sideways deflection of motion of a particle says that the sideways force adds a sideways motion to the particle proportional to the amount of sideways direction inertia acquired, also I think. And in that case it would involve a change of velocity due to the increased inertia that it has in it's new path.( At least the action is called an acceleration in my Kaplan's Nuclear Physics book, and of course Newton was the one who developed the theory that orthogonal motions functioned independently of each other). But in electromagnetic and light energy deflection situations we're able to get around that by assuming that for some reason or angle of force direction the force is always such as to change the direction while maintaining the standard velocity. I hadn"t heard that summary of dynamic motion principles and I'll have to think about them some more and look in my Robeson again. But that's enough for now.WFPM (talk) 00:00, 30 April 2010 (UTC) Think I cant agree with #6 based on Kaplan.

Which Kaplan book are you talking about? Is it Irving Kaplan's "Nuclear Physics"? What statement in Kaplan do you feel contradicts #6? If that is the same book, I'd also invite you to look at the example Kaplan gives on the bottom of page 84 (this is in the 1962 edition) and continues on the top half 85, which addresses the original point of dispute:
"Assume that the electron revolves about the nucleus in a circular orbit of radius a, and that the velocity of the electron is such that the attractive force between the electron and the nucleus provides just the centripetal force required. The system, nucleus and electron, should then be mechanically stable. The electron, however, is subject to a constant acceleration toward the nucleus, and, according to electromagnetic theory, the electron should radiate energy. The energy of the system should then decrease; the electron should gradually spiral in toward the nucleus, emitting radiation of constantly increasing frequency, and should eventually fall into the nucleus."
Kaplan does talk a little bit about the relationship between force and kinetic energy on pg 124 (equation 6-31), but implicit in this is that F and dx are in the same direction (Kaplan isn't explicit but he does say that F*dx is the work done on the particle, and the full formula for work is F*dx*cos(theta), so theta (the angle between dx and F) in this example has to be 0). What other physics-related texts do you trust and have access to? I've got access to a university library (where I found Kaplan) and I much prefer to rely on texts that we both trust so it's not either of us having to trust in the intellect of the other, and so we can use an agreed upon vocabulary. --FyzixFighter (talk) 03:01, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

I'm glad you have Kaplan 'cause he's my detail man and he's sometimes over my head and I know I can keep learning as I read him. And on page 84 he's talking about the electromagnetic theory, which I mentioned, and on page 124 he's talking about the equivalence of rest mass to kinetic energy such that the "effective" mass of a moving particle can be representative by the sum of the 2 values. And note that he goes on to say that the constituents of a photon cannot have a rest mass because then the equivalence mass of a moving particle would become infinite in accordance with 6-27. And of course I cant agree with that because I think that the energy of light is transported by a stream of planck particles which are boring their way through space and whatever. And now we come to page 200 where he talks about the ability of an electrostatic field to cause an electron to accelerate in the direction of the field. Well consider the implications of that. The particle has a lateral velocity and associated kinetic energy, and now it accelerates at right angles to some increased velocity at an angle, (just like in ballistics), which results in it's having an increased kinetic energy of translation. I think that it was Newton who developed that concept in his Principia. So I don't think your #6 will stand up under scrutiny.WFPM (talk) 15:27, 1 May 2010 (UTC) If you think about this, you can see why Newton stuck to his theory about the particulate nature of light transmission. He probably just couldn,t imagine a small enough particle to do the job. PS I finally found a reference in Wikipedia. Look in Trajectory of a projectile at the velocity calculation where the 2 right angle velocities are added at right angles to each other to get a combined increase in the projectile velocity and resultant kinetic energy of motion.WFPM (talk) 16:39, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Two points:
1. Comparison to ballistics only works part way. In #6 I specifically argue that the applied force has to be perpendicular to the velocity vector. This isn't true in a ballistic trajectory unless the projectile is fired off with enough speed to go into a bound orbit. But the math from that article is useful, so let's go through the math and see what happens. In cartesian coordinates, the kinetic energy (T) is written:
Now let's take the time derivative of this to see what are the condition for the kinetic energy to change
By Newton's 2nd law F=ma along the axis.
If the velocity is always perpendicular to the velocity, this sum will always be zero, and the kinetic energy will be constant despite an applied force and induced acceleration. The math doesn't lie.
2. It seems more and more like a case of WP:IDIDNTHEARTHAT, or maybe I'm misunderstanding what the original dispute was. It seems to me that Kaplan, in the text from page 85 I quoted above, explicitly makes a statement that contradicts your original argument. Kaplan states that according to classical mechanics and electromagnetics, an electron in a circular orbit, while mechanically stable, would still radiate and spiral in. Mechanically stable means that if the electron didn't have a charge, it would be a stable orbit (but then there would be no electrostatic force keeping it in orbit). So, even Kaplan says that the Rutherford-Bohr orbit model is not classically stable and will radiate. Am I misreading Kaplan (if so, how?), or are you saying that Kaplan is wrong? --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:51, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

The formula you're using says the initial lateral velocity is conserved and the side velocity added by the side force is added at the applied angle to create a new + or - new velocity and associated kinetic energy of motion, and I agree. And that violates #6WFPM (talk) 20:53, 1 May 2010 (UTC) At least the perpendicular part of the side velocity violates #6 and I'm being more general, and I could see how you might have a force that maintains the translational velocity of the particle but it wouldn't be a perpendicular force. And most level balistical trajectories follow a parabolic path into the ground and thus deliver the initial kinetic energy of the level velocity plus that acquired in the falling process.WFPM (talk) 21:08, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Your intuition is wrong, you don't understand calculus, and you are dodging the math. The equation I give above (I've labeled it eq-3) clearly shows that if the applied force is perpendicular to the instantaneous velocity, the kinetic energy is constant, which supports my statement #6. So here are two questions. 1) Where do you disagree with this math? 2) What is the net force acting on a particle in a circular orbit and, if it's not zero, what direction does it point? --FyzixFighter (talk) 22:41, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
Still would love a response from you to these two questions. --FyzixFighter (talk) 13:38, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Re: Planck mass and the photon

I'm not sure how you did your calculations. In order to get from the Planck constant to energy you need a time scale or a delta-t of some sort. This is usually obtained by combining it with other physical constants as seen in Planck mass. Additionally, the mass of a photon has been experimentally shown to be less than 1e-18 eV, which comes out to be (by my calculations) about 1.7e-51 grams, which is a few orders of magnitude smaller than the number you give.--FyzixFighter (talk) 23:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

I'm talking about a hypothetical mass particle whose kinetic energy (mvsquared)/2 would be equal to planck's constant. I got that to be about 10e-47 grams. =((6.6xe-27)/10e+21)/2.WFPM (talk) 06:19, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

I still don't follow your calculations exactly. So the mass of your particle will then be m=2*E/v^2, right? How did you choose E and v? Was it just the Planck constant and the speed of light, respectively? Since the Planck constant is not an amount of energy (it doesn't have units of energy), how did you get the energy equivalent of it? What are the units and sources for the numbers (6.6e-27 and 10e+21) you use? I ask because I think if you keep track of the units attached with the numbers you want to use, it won't come out to be units of grams. --FyzixFighter (talk) 07:00, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Planck's theory is that radiant energy is quantized. His formula says the quantity is equal to a number of Planck's value unit of action (erg-seconds). But the theory is that the action amount is acquired during a very short time period. And action is energy times time, or lets say the integral of energy accumulated during a time period. So lets say that the Photon is not 1 seconds worth of energy particles, but rather an equivalent amount of energy accumulated in a short time in a few particles, with each particle having a planck's constant value of energy. So we have a planck's constant =6.6 times 10e-27 erg-sec = 6.6 times 10e-27 dyne cm squared/sec squared all accumulated at once, or 6.6 times 10e-27 dyne cm squared. And if it was kinetic energy acquired the v squared value is 10e+21 cm squared/second squared. So the m/2 value would be 6.6 times 10 e -27 -21 which equals 6.6 times e-48, So m = 1.32 times 10e-47 grams. I hope!!! This higher mathematics gets me down. And we would have the photon being the energy contained in the wavelength's frequency value of planck particles, except that that value would be contained within the length of 1 wavelength. And you can see why I would rather have the computer do the dirty work and just give me the answer.WFPM (talk) 09:19, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Yes, Planck's theory was that radiant energy is quantized, but quantized based on the frequency. In other words, give me any energy and I can create a photon with that energy as long as I pick the appropriate frequency. I don't see in the theory where it says that the action amount is acquired during a very short time period. Where do you see this in the theory? As for units, you're playing a little loose with units, ie an erg-sec is not equal to a dyne-cm squared/sec squared but a dyne-cm-sec (an erg on it's own is a dyne-cm, right?). You can't just change units at will without some kind of conversion factor. If we want the energy of the action to be accumulated in a very short amount of time, we'd actually have to divide the action by that amount of time (action=energy * time duration, ergo energy=action/time). So shorter amounts of time leads to larger energy values, and an all at once instance leads to an infinite amount of energy. Does that make sense? Also, if v is meant to be the speed of light, then v^2 is about 10e20 (or 1e21) cm squared/second squared (I think this is a confusion over what the ##e## notation means. The "e" here means "times 10^". The Planck constant is 6.6e-27 erg-sec, also written as 6.6 times 10^-27 erg-sec). --FyzixFighter (talk) 14:37, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

An erg on it's is 1dyne cmSquared per secondsquared. That's (F times S squared)/ T squared.WFPM (talk) 14:08, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

No, see erg, specifically the line where it says 1 erg = 1 dyn cm. A dyne is a unit of Force, an erg a unit of work or energy. If we want to follow a little dimensional analysis for what an erg (work or energy) consists of we can use some standard physical relationships: kinetic energy=mv^2/2 => M(mass, not force)*(S squared)/(T squared), gravitational potential energy=mgh => M*(S/T squared)*S, or work done by a force=F*d => F*S. It appears in your dimensional analysis that you've confused force and mass - perhaps this is a confusion on the difference between weight (a force) and mass? You do understand that weight and mass are not the same thing, correct? --FyzixFighter (talk) 14:58, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

I just changed the above, so look at it again. (talk) 18:25, 28 April 2010 (UTC) I occasionally drop out of being logged in while contributing and then Wiki gives me this contributer number. Why is that?WFPM (talk) 18:42, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

It still doesn't scan. If a photon is made up smaller planck particles, then frequency can only occur in discrete, integer values, which it doesn't. Maybe there's something in QFT or QED that quantizes frequency in any way, but AFAIK there is no reason for the allowable frequency values to be a continuous, non-discretized spectrum. That a photon is made up of smaller particles is not consistent IMO with Planck's original statistical argument for quantization. Nor am I aware of any evidence that a photon is made up smaller pieces. --FyzixFighter (talk) 03:43, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Re: electron

I'm sorry but I don't really follow or see what you're trying to argue with your comments about the electron, the Heisenberg Uncertainty, and the creation of an atom. What indeterminacy that apparently I've talked about are are you referring to here? How does your argument hold for electrons created with no corresponding created atom (like a muon or when a photon creates electron-positron pairs)?--FyzixFighter (talk) 23:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

I'm talking about the idea that the uncertaincy of measurements of the location and/or momentum of an electron might mean that it doesn't exist. And if it exists, then whatever that creates it must also exist. See Lucretius. So when we create these force carrying hyopthetical particles, that pop into and out of space time we tend to dematerialize the whole process. And I particularly don't see how you send out a force of attraction from the attraction center. That sound like a bank shot problem to me.WFPM (talk) 06:46, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Re: 3D michelson-morley experiment

I also don't completely understand your desire to do a 3D michelson-morley experiment. What kind of information are you hoping to get that combining the results from two standard 2D M-M experiments, one vertical and one horizontal, would give you? Doing 3D would be a bit difficult - you couldn't use a half-silvered mirror for a beamsplitter. I imagine you could use a volume grating of some kind that would diffract an incident beam into the three directions. When you say that the diagonal of the cube is congruent to the "direction of time", I think you're confusing the vertical time axis of a spacetime diagram with an actual spatial axis. What do you mean when you say that the direction of time is congruent to the diagonal of the cube? Could you also be more clear about what you mean by "Lorentz space-time calculations"? I think I have an idea of where you're going, but I'm not certain.--FyzixFighter (talk) 23:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

The Michelson-Morley experiment experiment showed some results, just not enough to be significant. And the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction calculation is calculated related to the time of orthogonal motion on the measurement plane. But with a 3 orthogonal direction test within a cubic volume of space, and using the cube diagonal as the time ordinate, the calculation would be made about motion within the plane containing the point of origen and the location of the 3 light instant locations and would involve their motion at a 120 degree angle of separation from each other. This would change the math of the Lorentz=Fitzgerald calculation, and I haven't been able to figure out how much, and it's an interesting physics/mathematical problem. And I live in a 3 dimensional universe and am not positive that my point of view and/or time line of existence is perpendicular to any particular 2 dimensions of space. So how's that for complicated?WFPM (talk) 07:08, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Ok, so I follow about half of your argument. I don't think anyone has done a Michelson-Morley experiment that showed a significant result larger than their apparatus' experimental error. Most modern attempts at the experiment having further driven down the limits from what the initial experiment's limits were and still no significant result. I don't see how the cube diagonal is the time ordinate. In the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction calculations, the only thing that ties the time ordinate to a specific direction is the vector v, which in Lorentz's initial formulation was the system's velocity relative to the ether. If you want v to be along the cube's diagonal, I think what you're looking for would be found at Lorentz transformation#Matrix form where it gives the matrix form for the Lorentz equations with a boost in an arbitrary direction. For a boost along the cube diagonal, Beta_x=Beta_y=Beta_z=Beta/sqrt(3). I think that this would be compatible with Lorentz's derivation of his transformation. But I still think you could very easily look at the results from two three 2D M-M experiments (one for each combination of two axes) to determine the direction of the vector v if it isn't aligned along one of the axes chosen. --FyzixFighter (talk) 07:50, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

But if you use the diagonal as the time line and a plane carrying the origin and equaldistance points as the Lorentz-contraction calculating area, (and they are orthognal to each other), you note that the light position lines move out at 120 degree angles to each other. And the contraction calculation becomes the comparison of a lateral line alongside the river? to a 60 degree oblique line into the river and back. And I've been unable to make this calculation and would like to have some help.WFPM (talk) 22:36, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

I still don't see why the diagonal has to be the time line. In the Lorentz-contraction equations the "time line" is tied to a spatial direction based on the direction of the velocity of the system relative to the ether. If we want the "time line" to be along the diagonal, then we are stating that the system is moving in that direction relative to the ether (or that the ether wind is along the diagonal). So by my math the Lorentz-contraction equations would be:
I did this first in the matrix notation and I hope I transferred it right to separate equations. --FyzixFighter (talk) 23:42, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Re: Boolean logic

I'm not certain where Boolean logic enters in exactly, but I'm guessing it's with respect to quantum stuff. I'm also not certain what you mean when you talk about having "a computer program dedicated to real physical entity calculations". Is this in reference to my mention of quantum computing? Boolean logic tends to break down with quantum mechanics. Some examples of this are the double-slit experiment with electrons, the sequential Stern-Gerlach experiment, or sequential non-orthogonal polarization measurements of a photon. Quantum computing relies on the ability to put a bit into both a 1 and a 0 at the same time, but it's only good for solving a few limited problems and not running standard computations. A good book that I enjoyed for discussing quantum computing and its limited applications is "Ultimate zero and one: computing at the quantum frontier" by Williams and Clearwater.--FyzixFighter (talk) 23:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Boolean logic involves the theory of sets. And as far as I can see, all information, all communicated scientific information can fit into either or both of the two categories fact, or opinion. So when I get information, I immediately try to fit it into those 2 category sets. But I'm human and live with uncertaincies, and believe in luck, and have hunches etc, which are not consistent with Boolean logic. And I've dealt with the mathematics of probability and know that if we went through that formalized process every time we had to make a decision we'd never get anything done. So as senator Eagleton said about action in the Senate "We muddle along". But using strict Boolean logic in today's concepts about scientific phenomena wouldn't get us very far. It would bog down at the travelling twins paradox. But if we took a computer and told it "Stick to rigid physical logic and go as far as you can and then call me, rather than jumping into hypothetical nonmaterial alternatives, we might be able to move the level of real physical entity calculations down into the level of detail that it would need to really explain some of these natural events.WFPM (talk) 07:34, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

So what you're arguing is that if we knew more details, knew the physical attributes of the particles involved with more certainty, we wouldn't need quantum mechanics? That the uncertainty isn't inherent in the system, but is just the case of hidden variables because we have measured the state precisely enough? If that is an accurate summary of your argument, then I would respond that an experiment has been devised that can distinguish between these two views of quantum mechanics (it's talked about both in the book "Ultimate Zero and One" I mention below, and in the video I linked to above) and the results don't support the hypothesis that the uncertainty is due to not knowing enough detail. Instead, the results support quantum mechanics' claim that the uncertainty is inherent and outcomes truly unpredictable. --FyzixFighter (talk) 08:14, 28 April 2010 (UTC) Uncertaincy of measurement I'll buy. Uncertaincy of existence I wont. I'll go with Lucretius, except that there's a lot more variables than he could imagine. And likewise with Newton and the moon.WFPM (talk) 23:33, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

My idea concerning this is like considering what can happen if we throw 50 pennies up in the air and ask you how they are going to come down. You get all excited and start making calculations on the distribution of probabilities related to each of the discrete possible occurrences and wind up with a probability summary totaling 100%. Do you think nature goes through that process? of course not! The individual and maybe the collective mass of pennies go through the physical process of doing what they should do under the circumstances and the end result is whatever is the result of the details of that process. And the only reason that a fast computer couldn't do this is that it doesn't have a sufficient description of the details of the process. I remember the programming problem related to the generation of a random number by the computer, but that we wanted to repetitively generate the same series of random numbers for debugging purposes, so we had to seed a number overflow program so we could always begin at the same point for analysis.WFPM (talk) 23:55, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Sorry but once again no, you're wrong. Did you even watch the video or look at the experiments I talked about above? If you did you would know that there are simple experiments where quantum mechanics and the hidden variable (not enough detail of the process) produce different probability distributions. These experiments have been carried out many, many times and the statistical distribution matches quantum mechanics, confirming that the observed uncertainty is inherent in the state of the particle and not due to not knowing enough about the state to predict how it evolves. I'm more than willing to entertain multiple models, but once an experiment is performed that contradicts a model, it's time to throw out that model. The experimental evidence contradicts your arguments, therefore you're wrong. --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:51, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

I contributed about the Stern-Gerlich Experimemt in the next section and in the talk section thereon. It sounds like a process of organizing two different orientation of spin into two different groups and sending them to different target locations. I haven't read the book. But I have read the story "Skewered" by Isaac Asimov and noted his developed of the multiplicity of time interval events that can occur within a scene the size of control volume of a neutron during the lifetime of the universe, and I've lost interest in other additional possibilities for the occurrence of an event. So events occur as the result of a sequence of causative factors. And as a means of keeping track of this process about an event of interest, we have to monitor the discernible entities of nature, and which as far as I can see involves matter moving around in space. So I don't believe in even the temporary discontinuity of existence of either the space or the matter, although it might be that the matter might get smaller than I can discern, like when it's very small and moving very fast like in electromagnetic energy generation and transmission. And I can't see instantaneous translation in space, because the time value interval related to motion is already from some upper physical limit to practically zero, and I don't know anything in nature that can be subdivided into a number of zero magnitude subentities. And it can be that our 3 dimensional concept physical laws of motion might be wrong due to some quirk of nature, such as a lack of orthogonality of spacial dimensions in our spacial location, and maybe the space plenum volume is expanding with time as is the hypothesis. But the fundamental process is that of mass entities moving within a volume of some kind of space, and as IBM used to say "It's all battery and ground and the rest is details".WFPM (talk) 23:49, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

I've responded to your SG experiment comment below (again, you don't understand the physics of the experiment) and awhile back to your planck particle idea (would require frequency to be quantized, which experimentally it isn't). This has nothing to do with a discontinuity in space or time of a particle, as I've mentioned ad nauseum. If you watched the video where the type of experiment is explained you would understand this. The results of the experiment are random, but since two entangled, quantum mechanical particles are involved, the measurements on the two particles are related. As I've said time and time again, and you continue to not understand apparently, is that the experiment would produce different statistical distribution of the results if quantum mechanics is right (the uncertainty in state is inherent to the particle) or the hidden variable interpretation is right (the uncertainty is only because we don't know enough details about the particle). Experimental evidence does not match up with the hidden variable interpretation, but does match up with quantum mechanics. Therefore we throw out the model that doesn't match experiment, and keep the one that does. In this experiment, as with all other experiments that distinguish between quantum mechanics and your arguments both about this and about the physical model of the nucleus, Quantum mechanics wins out. --FyzixFighter (talk) 13:36, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Re: Spin and nuclear model

I'm not sure what you mean by the discussion of the identity association. Who are "they" in that sentence and what is the "identity association" they are discussing? Inherent when anyone talks about spin-up or spin-down is the type of measurement made which includes the observer's point of view (spin-up and spin-down being the eigenstates of the measurement). See again the Stern-Gerlach experiment. As to your physical nuclear model, the main problem is it doesn't match up with experimental scattering data, as pointed out by User:Sbharris here, ie that the "electron scattering experiments show the charge in He-4 nuclei is a smooth exponential function, maximal in the center and tailing off outward". Quantum mechanical model of the nucleus predict this behavior, your model (as I understand it) does not.--FyzixFighter (talk) 23:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

I just can't buy that the protons in an atom can all clump in the same location. We discussed that in Spherical packing. Also if you allow that concept how are you going to explain that Q=Z times e, and is thus divisible into parts. Consider the gravitational attraction problem between that of a 1 gram of gas entity and a 1 gram point particle, that are each enclosed in a 1 cm dia volume of space and in contact with each other. If you sent a particle through between the 2 spheres at the point of contact, the moving particle wouldn't have a net force in either direction. It's only when you analyze the bias of the net force of the concentrated particle with relation to the variance in passage locations than you begin to understand the capability of matter concentration to bias motion in it's direction of existence. So your trying to tell me that a sphere of marble material is the same size as an equal mass volume of accumulated marbles, and I refer you to the spherical packing article.WFPM (talk) 08:06, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Again, all I can say is that experimental evidence does not match your physical nuclear model. Inverse scattering problems do exactly as you suggest, taking into account the bias of the net force on the variance in passage locations. When electrons are scattered off of He-4 nuclei and we extrapolate back to what the charge distribution has to be to give us that kind of scattering distribution, we find that the positive charge is not localized to two separate spheres, but is spherically symmetric around the center of the atom with an exponential drop off with radius. Thus classical images of separate particles fail to model known charge distributions in very small nuclei. You might not be able to buy this, but it is what experiments tell us. --FyzixFighter (talk) 08:47, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Well, I don't see that I have a conceptual problem. Maybe a communications problem. And you have the conceptual compatibility problem. And my thoughts about the properties of the magnetized models are leading me in what I think is the right direction towards understanding physical reality. And we'll see. And thanks for communicating.WFPM (talk) 09:36, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

The power of any model is its predictive capability. That's why physicists have a love/hate relationship with string "theory" - there are currently no new, realistically testable predictions. AFAIK it makes some predictions, but the experimental conditions required are very much outside of our current capabilities. The best way to prove your model over that of quantum mechanics is for it to explain experimental data that either current quantum mechanics can't or in a manner more elegant (channeling Dirac) than quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is nice IMO because it is not specific to a certain scenario but it is this kind of general set of rules that when applied to various scenarios correctly predicts a variety of behavior. Since you said you had a penchant for Asimov (I too read a lot of Asimov as a teenager), I would also recommend another set of books on these topics which have a very Asimov-esque feel to them. They are George Gamow's Mr. Tompkins series of books (the first two which deal with physics can be found together in "Mr Tompkins in Paperback"). --FyzixFighter (talk) 14:52, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

I have Gamow's "The Atom and it's nucleus" and some others and I admire his sense of humor and think he argued in favor of the pairing of the proton and neutron, although I can't find it as a reference.WFPM (talk) 20:40, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

(I hope this does not come across as wiki-stalking/wik-hounding - if so, I apologize) I notice also that you seem to claim here that the rationale for the next block in the ADOMAH PT table being 18 blocks is not apparent with quantum mechanics. On the contrary, quantum mechanics does predict that the next block should be 18 blocks wide. Each expansion part of the ADOMAH table corresponds to the filling of the next orbital subshell type (hence the labels at the top) and is as wide as the number of electrons that will fit in that subshell. The solutions to the Schrondinger equation for a central potential are characterized by three parameters: n, l, m_l (there is a fourth parameter for spin up/spin down, but that will just add in a factor of 2 at the end). The first parameter, n, can have any positive integer value and is the number for the "electron shell". The second parameter, l, can have integer values from 0 to n-1. Each l value corresponds to a different subshell: l=0 is s, l=1 is p, l=2 is d, l=3 is f, and so on. The third parameter, m_l, can have integer values from -l to +l. Therefore for a given subshell, the number of unique solutions within the subshell is 2*l+1. Multiplying by a final factor of 2 for the up/down spins, we get that the total number of electrons that can fit in a subshell is 2*(2*l+1). For s(l=0), this is 2; for p(l=1), it's 6; for d(l=2), it's 10; for f(l=3), it's 14; and for the next orbital g(l=4), it would be 18. So, as I see it, quantum mechanics predicts logically an 18 unit expansion concept. --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:54, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Boy!!! I'd just rather build an octahedral model of the filled 8 square (32 element) model series with the Z = 120 element, and then note that for additional elements I have to start a new 10 square series that will involve 50 more deuteron additions, starting with 18 around the periphery. And since 2 layers of additions are required to form a base for the next layer I also know how to extend the table if I want to.WFPM (talk) 22:53, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Your octahedral model might be a nice mathematical crutch, but it cannot be what corresponds to physical reality. The way one model wins out over another is based on its predictive power. What predictions does your model make that quantum mechanics doesn't (or predicts something differently)? Because experimental evidence (electron scattering experiments) shows that the charge distribution in the nucleus is not localized to packed spheres, but "smeared" like quantum mechanics predicts (the nucleons being non-localized), therefore I will gladly take the quantum model over your model. Unless you can explain how your model is consistent with these experimental results, your model will never be more than a mathematical crutch for people who are either incapable of understanding or unwilling to put in the effort to understand quantum mechanics. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:05, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

When I asked V Smith, bless him, to help me get my image into my atomic model discussion, I argued that a cognitive picture is worth a thousand words in generating interest and understanding, and thus even disagreement about subject matter. And that goes for your ADOMAH PT image, because I don't see how you can sell an 18 unit addition to the structure. And I'm not too in love with the shell theory such that it's parameters control my thinking about the structure of the atom. And I cant understand orbitals without angular momentum, unless you'll consider maybe tethered orbits, which you probably wont. So we lack a way to make sensible comparisons of different concepts, so lets consider them both and let the best one win out. And note that spin involves the existence of 2 positive energy entities in such a way that the direction of motion vectors are opposite to each other. And does that mean that the contained energy of motion will cancel out? Of course not!! It just means that if they intersect without being properly aligned the angular motion properties of the pair will cease to exist as it probably didn't in the first place. It's just compatibility of motion that counts.WFPM (talk) 19:40, 28 April 2010 (UTC) And if you had a particle (like a nucleon?) that was spinning and had an appendage on each end, and you assumed that the free end of the appendage was the "top" of it, then you would have to say that one of them had a positive spin and the other one had a negative spin. And you might think about that.WFPM (talk) 20:14, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

IMO, the structure is only apparent if you start to accept that in quantum mechanics, particles are non-localized until you try to measure their positions. Until then, they act more like fields. The funny thing about angular momentum in quantum mechanics is that no two individual components of quantum angular momentum can be simultaneously specified for a given system, whereas the total angular momentum can be simultaneously specified along with any one of the operator's components. This applies to the angular momentum of orbitals as well as spin. The up/down when we talk about spin isn't in reference to the total angular momentum, but only the z-direction (ie the axis along which we're measuring) components. The angular momentum components along the other two axes become indeterminate when the measurement is made, hence the results of sequential stern-gerlachs.
I don't understand what you mean by 2 positive energy entities. Can clarify what you mean by this? Are you talking about the angular momentum of the orbital and angular momentum of the spin? As to the idea of appendages, it doesn't work so much because while the total angular momentum is quantized, the angular momentum around any axis you measure will also be quantized (but is always less than the total angular momentum). I'm not sure if that addresses some of your statements - I really don't understand what you mean by a two appendage structure. Are you saying the electron has a dumbbell-like structure, and the two ends are free to rotate independent of one another? --FyzixFighter (talk) 04:18, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

I was about to add to the discussion that I dreamed up last night. It's that if I had a spinning radiation emitting particle that emitted a theoretical up spin emitted sub particle from one end and a theoretical down spin emitted sub particle from the other, and I wanted to reconnect those particles, then I could design a simple axial connection device and install them on the particles such that either of the sub particles could be axially connected to either end of the emitting particle. And in doing I would have made the sub particle to become identical to each other such that you could not have distinguished them from each other. Which means that up and down spinning motion along a given axial direction is identical motion except for the end of connection relationship. And I'm saying that the emitting particle would have to emit the particles away from either of it's two axial point locations such that the emitted particle leaves with the same direction of rotation of its components as did the emitting particle.WFPM (talk) 15:04, 29 April 2010 (UTC) Let's call that end emission, as opposed to peripheral emission, which even so might work the same way.WFPM (talk) 15:07, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Such a structure does not match with experimental observations of electrons. For one thing the total angular momentum of the structure is zero. It would also not have the dipole structure that we observe for electrons, but instead has a higher multipole moment. In experiments like the Stern-Gerlach, electrons look somewhat like bar magnets. If we take a random assortment of free electrons and pass them through a Stern-Gerlach apparatus, they'd split into two groups based on whether north or the south of the "bar magnet" is on top relative to the axis of the Stern-Gerlach. The structure you're proposing would look like two bar magnets attached along the joining axis so that they have the same pole (north or south) in the middle. This kind of structure would behave completely differently in a Stern-Gerlach apparatus. --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:25, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

The Stern-Gerlach process sounds like an alignment process to me. You're running a stream of particles through a machine that wants them to be aligned either up or down, say due to a spinning appendage on one end. And after they're aligned you add a deflection process that deflects the ups in one direction and the downs in the other. And in the beginning, they could be identical except for their spin orientation.WFPM (talk) 16:54, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Sorry again, but no. Because the field is inhomogeneous, there is a net force on the dipole particles along the axis of the S-G apparatus. Going through the physics, this is what you find - If the particles were classical spinning objects (or even objects like what you suggest above), the distribution of their spin angular momentum vectors would be random and continuous. Each particle would then be deflected by a different amount, producing a smooth distribution on the detector screen. Instead, the particles passing through the Stern-Gerlach apparatus are deflected either up or down by a specific amount. This result indicates that spin angular momentum is quantized (i.e., it can only take on discrete values), so that there is not a continuous distribution of possible angular momenta. For spin-1/2 particles, this means there are two groups, and for spin-3/2 there are four, and so on. Again, experimental evidence in favor of quantum mechanics. --FyzixFighter (talk) 13:21, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

I think you're neglecting the primary operation occurring in the apparatus. It evidently wants the spin of the particles passing through to be in one of two opposite directions. And that's an alignment process. Then the magnetic interaction force vector operating on the aligned particles is such as to cause them to avoid a centralized area of avoidance, probably due to a helical path of travel, and such as to result in their impact on the target in accordance with the observed pattern. So they start out randomly oriented, and then they get coerced into two different paths on the way to the target. And this coercion process must be the operating principal of the inhomogeneous magnetic field, and if you didn't have that, you probably wouldn't have the travel path resulting in the area of avoidance.WFPM (talk) 15:48, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

I'm not neglecting anything. I'm simply analyzing the apparatus using simple classical electromagnetism. If the magnetic field were homogeneous, the force on either end of the dipole would be equal and you would simply get a torque on the dipole that would align it to the magnetic field. This would be like placing a small bar magnet between the two poles of large horseshoe magnetic - it wouldn't move toward either pole, but would spin to align itself. However, if the field is inhomogeneous as it is in the SG apparatus, the force on either end of the dipole is not necessarily equal so along with a net torque, you also get a net force in either direction that will be related to the initial orientation of the the dipole. The dipoles which enter with a dipole moment perpendicular to the SG axis would be deflected the most, and those with a dipole moment parallel to the axis would not be deflected at all. This is all based on classical electromagnetism. You're description doesn't rely on a known physics, let alone classical (non-quantum, non-relativity) physics, but instead relies on inventing new, never-before-seen forces between dipoles and magnetic fields to create the "centralized area of avoidance". In addition, your description would not explained the multiple "areas of avoidance" seen when particles with spin greater than 1/2 are run through the apparatus. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:01, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Well I'm obviously a novice at Stern-Gerlach experiments and would like to see the target of a 3/2's spin particle with multiple areas of avoidance. But in the absence of a controlling magnetic field I don't understand how translating magnetized dipoles can be expected to still be organized into two different categories of spin direction. But maybe the translated particles' interrelationship is such as to organize the spin polarities or something. Like when I throw 50 pennies into the air in a heads/tails ratio experiment, I don't assume that they have any particular heads/tails distribution while they're in the air, nut that the probability is pretty good that they will have one at the end of the experiment.WFPM (talk) 00:18, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

The only way that the translated dipoles can occur in two different categories is if the component of their dipole moment along the axis of the SG apparatus is quantized. Well, this is exactly what quantum mechanics says should happen, namely that the component of the dipole moment/angular momentum along a measured axis can only have values of -S...+S (times a proportionality factor - I think it's h-bar for angular momentum) in integer steps. The total angular momentum of the particle is sqrt(S(S+1)). A physical analogy to this is that the particle looks like a spinning top that isn't standing perfectly upright so that it precesses about the center axis. The real fun quantum stuff happens when you start putting a series of SG apparati together. --FyzixFighter (talk) 01:48, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

You keep baiting and I keep responding in my limited way. A nodulating spinning top is an illustration of a failed initial process due to an unsustainable initial position and describes the process of recovery to a stable position. And the cause of the initial inadequate position can be explained. And you're telling me that we don't have to have an explanation for the initial failed position because like Feynman says it just has to happen, and probably does every way it can. But I'm thinking that physics is about determining about how things are as opposed to how things potentially could be. See Cotes' preface in the second edition of the Principia. I guess that's the way Engineers think about things. We don't spend much time on unutilizable concepts. But we do try to understand the processes that we utilize. I've worked with PhDs who would analyze a subject to death, while I was just trying to meet a specific application requirement. But I'm in favor of maximum knowledge about a subject matter if we have the time.WFPM (talk) 04:07, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

The only problem with saying that it's an initial failed position is that it doesn't matter what axis you use, you always get two groups. You can even take the same set of particles, run them through an SG apparatus, bring the two groups back together, run them through another SG apparatus at another angle, and so and so forth, and every time you will still get two groups. The problem with such a classical, deterministic view of physics is that there are experiments like this where it just can't explain the results. --FyzixFighter (talk) 15:10, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

Okay, so you run them through the first SG apparatus and they come out organized into two orientation directions, and with an unknown property of orientation stability, and then you run you run them into a second apparatus and repeat the process. Well, if the first SG unit could temporarily organize the orientation property, I don't see why the second and additional units couldn't do the same thing, unless the orientation property is related to the magnetic field of the transient stream of magnetized particles, which wouldn't argue in favor the particle stream being made up of opposed orientation particles. But that organization of opposed orientation magnetic properties in a stream of bar magnets becomes almost a requirement for your proposition of the continued existence of up/down magnetic properties in your test stream of the magnets. So we're involved with the orientation properties of bar magnets at such a minute level of existence that it's hard to know when and/or where to figure out their activity within the system.WFPM (talk) 19:00, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

But if I point out that one of the features of the structure of my models in Talk:Nuclear model is that they are constructed in a manner consistent with way that magnets go together, that information is disregarded as not being relevant to the subject matter. So how's that for a catch 22?

But the fact that I still always get two groups regardless of what axis I use for the SG experiment is incompatible with an initial failed position argument you put forward and the known mechanism for how an inhomogeneous magnetic field interacts with particles with dipole moments. There are other variations of the SG experiment involving blocking one of the exit groups and using orthogonal axes (see Stern-Gerlach experiment#Sequential experiments). It's not so much that the particles are composed of two groups of opposed orientations, but that the results of the measurement are quantized, and that measurements along different axes don't commute. It doesn't matter that we are dealing with bar magnets (or rather magnetic dipoles) at such a minute level, classical electromagnetism still doesn't work. And that's the point, classical physics fails but quantum mechanics can explain it. Quantum mechanics is a simple set of rules that explains and predicts a variety of behavior that classical mechanics (even if we assume a lack of known details in our calculations) can't. That's the measure of any model.
I couldn't care less whether your nuclear model uses the idea of how magnets go together because your model doesn't measure up to what we know about reality. You may be able to get the numbers right, but so does quantum mechanics. However, your model can't be what is physically going on in an atomic nucleus because a host of experimental results disagree with it. The results do agree with the quantum mechanical model of the nucleus. Your models could be a nice mnemonic, but if I needed a physical description of the atom for making something like semiconductors or something that dealt with physics at the atomic level, I'd take quantum mechanics because it matches with measurements of the physical world and it accurately predicts behavior that your model does not. --FyzixFighter (talk) 22:39, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

Ole!! And I'm glad that you appreciate my models as a mnemonic because then it's good for something. And who cares about what I know about models? Or about what you know. It's just a comment about a subject of Amiable? discussion, And if you disagree that seriously you must have at least looked at it. And maybe you can tell me what a semiconducter hole really is. You'll probably say it's an atom lacking and therefor having am open position for an "orbital" electron and that involves the shuffeling of this "hole" in the upstream (negative) direction towards a barrier next to the negative voltage potential source. But maybe you've got a quantum electrodynamics theory explanation, but I doubt that it's simpler. And I'm with Newton in thinking that simpler is better as long as you can rationally explain the situation. So we'll each look for solutions to problems using our own MO. But I like my models because they tell me where to put Z=119 and 120 in the (Janet) periodic table. And I wish they would do a set of real physical models using the standard tables and then try to explain their rationale.WFPM (talk) 01:28, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

One other question. If I want to have a quantum electrodynamic concept of the atom, how do I start out with a visual concept? Is it like Dr Pauling's "Hypothetical" models that he shows in his General Chemistry (page 94)? Or on Gamow's paperback "the Atom and it's nucleus" With the orbit electron mesh network. And when does this concept change from a sophisticated organization of electron orbitals, (which don't conserve angular momentum, and are therefor probably pseudo), in 18 of the 26 trisected cubic space volumes around the atom, (and with none in the 8 corners, so they must have been thinking about a spherical space volume) to something I can visualize? And how do I visualize the spin of say 4Be9 to be -3/2 and then 5 B10 to be +3. Does QE tell me that?WFPM (talk) 02:12, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, I speak Portuguese, not Spanish, so the "Ole" is a bit lost on me :). Semiconductor physics is usually done with a semiclassical approach to quantum mechanics. That is, quantum mechanics and the Schrodinger equation explain the band structure, but the electrons get to be treated as particles moving along the potential within the bands. That means holes can be treated the same way, as essentially positive imaginary particles like you described. Simpler is better, but not always accurate - I'm fine with it if it's just accurate enough for what I'm doing - that's why we can get away with Newtonian mechanics for most day-to-day real life physics without resorting to Relativity - unless you're doing stuff with GPS software (I'm suddenly reminded about a physics joke involving a spherical cow with an even distribution of milk). Only in some cases like in tunneling diodes or spintronics do the electrons have to be treated as quantum mechanical "fuzzy" objects. In these cases, an electron (or a hole) have to be treated as a non-localized entity that can interfere and act like waves spread out across multiple atoms. And to tell the truth, I find quantum mechanics to be completely rational - it's an entirely consistent set of underlying rules and assumptions that make sense to me.
With regards to elements 119 and 120, are you saying you disagree with putting them under the s^1 and s^2 columns? Or do agree with that placement, which is also where quantum mechanics predicts they should be. Since the Janet table is how the valence electrons are filled, the closest thing to a physical model would be the electron cloud images, like those at Atomic orbital#Orbitals table, which are related to the 3D spherical harmonics and arise from the solutions to the Schrodinger wave equation for a central Coulombic potential. I don't see how a trisected cubic space volume (maybe because I don't exactly know what you mean by this) enters into the spherical harmonic solutions. The spherical harmonic solutions form an infinite set so I don't see a problem when the number of electrons in an energy level gets above 18.
Pauling's hypothetical models can't be truly accurate, at least in the case of the helium nucleus. As I've said before scattering experiments show that for He4, the nucleus (and the wavefuction of each of the nucleons) is spherically symmetric and the nucleons are all most likely to be found in the same space, at the center of the nucleus. Additionally the size of the nucleus only approximately matches up with the size needed for a close-packing scheme of spheres (that and some stable molecules are not spherical). Atomic nucleus#Nuclear models has a decent summary of the modern models for the atomic nucleus and how they match up with experiment. I haven't had a chance to look at the Gamow reference yet so I can't comment on that.
And finally the case of 4Be9 and 5B10. Actually, the nuclear shell model does a good job of predicting exactly that the nuclear spin of 4Be9 should be 3/2- and that of 5B10 should be 3+. Note that the sign (+ or -) should come after the number - it refers to the parity of the spin-orbit state and not to a up/down opposing direction description. The spin number, j, is that of the combined angular momenta of the orbital, l, and the intrinsic spin, s, of the nucleon. These two angular momentum can either be parallel, in which case we add s and l to get j, or anti-parallel, in which case we subtract s from l to get j. The parallel case is slightly a lower energy state than the anti-parallel. Even number of protons and neutrons give a nuclear spin of 0+ because protons and neutrons at the same level form spin up/spin down pairs (these are proton-proton/neutron-neutron pairs) such that the their combined angular momenta cancel out. When one (but not both) of the numbers is odd, the pin is determined by the spin-orbit of the extra, unpaired nucleon - in the case of 4Be9, the extra neutron goes into the j=3/2 (l=1, s=1/2 and parallel) of level 1 (which has odd parity), so we get 3/2-. For the odd-odd numbers we can add the j's of the extra proton and neutron - in the case of 5B10, the additional proton also goes into a j=3/2 stat just like the extra neutron. So the total J will be 3/2+3/2=3, and the parity is the product of the two parities -1*-1=+1 (even parity). --FyzixFighter (talk) 07:00, 9 May 2010 (UTC)
Well I've milked a lot of cows and the distribution is not even. And my wife speaks Spanish naturally and also English and French and can understand Portugese pretty well, so consider it as a complimentary commentary. And I agree with your proposed location of 119 and 120 in S1 and S2 and wonder if IUPAC and Norman Holden et al will do that in their proposed new table. Because that's where my models tell me where they should go. And the spin numbers are not actually talking about just the rotation direction of the nucleons, like I could understand visually, and combines that property with some other spin-orbit parity concept that I don't understand and cant visualize, and all this change due to the addition of one neutron to the atom! Note that I just added a commentary on the pseudo characteristic nature of the orbitals to the previous. And the side bonded magnets agree that adjoining magnets have an up/down and accordingly spin orientation relationship. And that means that they interconnect like gears and you can't use a magnet to side bond to both of 2 side bonded magnets. So the side bonding of 2 zero spin 2He4 atoms by either a neutron or a proton is out. And thus the 2He4 atoms must be made up of the bottom 4 and then the top 4 nucleons, and then bonded at the intermediate vertical level by the bonding neutron or proton, with the neutron bond being the more stable. So I'll work on understanding the j value.WFPM (talk) 11:37, 9 May 2010 (UTC)
I don't follow what you mean when you say that the orbitals shells don't conserve angular momentum. Care to elucidate? --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:11, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Well all conical orbits involve a directional path and velocity of motion such that the angular momentum of the orbiting particle remains constant, as well as the lost free energy. That is the characteristic of conical orbits. And in the "orbital" path concept they gave up on the idea of constant angular momentum and settled on a hypothetical path that has a "constant contained kinetic energy" level value, without regard to the angular momentum property and allows figure 8 and 4 leaf clover paths of movement, and are thus not conical orbit paths.

You might note that the series level organizational system in my models is like the Janet table in that all 8 series levels of the Janet table end with the accumulation of an alpha particle, and which in my models is one that is always added to the top of the atom. It is this feature of the standard table that doesn't recognize the existence of a second accumulation of an alpha particle as a completed series accomplishment that causes the difference in format of the 2 tables. And I consider that to be a "fatal flaw" in the standard table. And so the elements 119 and 120 are the end of the 8th layers of accumulation of deuterons into the basic structure. And the "extra neutrons" are added in a dynamically balanced manner to the surface of the structure as the the extra neutron positions are created. But the extra neutron number lags behind the available location number, due to corner stability and other factors, such that the atomic stability trend lines for the atom have the formula A = 3Z - an even number, with the even number increasing as the atomic nucleus gets larger. In the 79Au to 83B area, the stability trend line formula is A = 3Z - 40 and in the 69Tm to 78Pt area it is A = 3Z - 38. So there is some method in my madness, as I have been trying to point out.WFPM (talk) 17:49, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Actually they didn't give up the concept of a constant angular momentum the shell model, but what they gave up was the classical idea of a definitive path because in quantum mechanics the particle is not a localized particle until you choose to measure where it is. The "clover leaf" images (for the electron orbitals I linked to) are not descriptions of path, but show where the electron is likely to be found. That's why we use the term "orbital" and not "orbit". Until you measure it, the electron is "smeared" out across a volume surrounding the atom - it's a standing wave within the potential. It's only at specific energies that you get the proper interference for there to be standing wave, which defines the allowed energies levels of an atom. This is the wave-particle duality for particles, which is a pretty well established physics fact. You can't explain the electron double-slit experiment without it. --FyzixFighter (talk) 23:29, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Uniform acceleration and centrifugal force

I'm offended because I tried to contribute to the talk page and the talk page section wouldn't let me contribute and I made a valid point. There has to be a centrally directed "centrifugal force" applied to the water by the constraining bucket, Because at the point of contact of say a molecule of water against the constraining side of the bucket,the bucket material is moving along the tangent line and probably at the same velocity as the water particle. And yet the dv/dt of the particle is along a perpendicular line towards the center of the circle. So in accordance with Newton's laws, there has to be a force in the direction of acceleration, Unless you want to argue against Newton's laws of motion.WFPM (talk) 03:26, 10 May 2010 (UTC) And you might get involved with the interaction of some very small particles in the process. But that is just details.

I don't know why you couldn't edit on the talk page. You should be able to be first clicking the "discussion" tab at the top of a page and then "edit this page" while you're looking at the talk page. As to your arguments about the centrifugal force, you seem to be saying to different, contradictory things. By definition a centrifugal force is directed outward - a centripetal force is directed inward. In the text I removed, you implied that there are two forces acting on the water. If both these forces are acting on the water in opposite directions, then the net force would be zero, and therefore (according to Newton's laws) the acceleration would also be zero. But the acceleration in a circular orbit is inward, so the net force has to be inward. Newton's laws of motion are a good place to start, so let's look at the motion of a circular orbit and see what the total force acting on the object has to be. In a circular orbit the radius is constant so . The rotation rate is also constant so . Newton's second law tells us that the net force is equal to the mass times the acceleration, or
Remember that this is a vector equation, so let's just look at the radial components of the equation. To get the radial acceleration we first should get the full vector acceleration using calculus like Newton by taking time derivatives of the position vector. The first time derivative gives:
And a second derivative gives:
Applying the values we know to be zero for circular orbits we get
Combining this with Newton's 2nd Law we find that the net force on an object in circular orbit is inward. Whatever the forces acting on the object the sum of the forces has to give that value and be inward. If both a centrifugal and a centripetal force are acting on the water in the bucket and both those forces are the same size (but in opposite directions) then it is impossible to satisfy this condition. I could also cites tons of basic physics textbooks which address this. --FyzixFighter (talk) 04:11, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
Okay. Stupid me. I pushed the Discussion button but not the edit button so the edit signs didn't show up at their expected (by me) locations so I thought I couldn't get in. Is it possible to get them into the talk section? Now as to the subject matter. My Robeson says that particles moving in a circular path are in a centrifugal force going outward, so the water moves to the bottom of the tilted bucket. But after a small particle gets in contact with the outward side of the bucket it is forced to accelerate in an inward direction by a centripetal force transferred to the particle by the material of the bucket, and I think that's what I said.WFPM (talk) 05:08, 10 May 2010 (UTC) But I'll leave it up to you how to deal with my misplaced talk contributions. But I still think my points were valid.WFPM (talk) 05:17, 10 May 2010 (UTC) And I didn't say the forces were equal, just that they were contrary. Because of course the centripetal force overpowers the centrifugal force and causes the particle to accelerate inward.
I don't think I have access to the Robeson text so I can't comment on what he is or isn't saying. I also apologize, I thought that you had said that the centrifugal force and the centripetal force were the same size. For me there are two points against the idea of a centrifugal force as you have described it. The first being that there is no source or originating body for the force. All other forces are due in some way to one of the four fundamental forces - strong, weak, gravity, and electromagnetism (EM would include contact and friction forces) which originate from some other object or source. So what object is exerting the centrifugal force on the water? I would agree that there is a centrifugal "reaction" force that the water exerts on the bucket, but I still don't see a source or cause for a centrifugal force on the body of water. The second point is that experimental measurement don't require its existence. For example, people have done experiments where a strain gauge is placed in the tether of an object being swung around in a circle and the tension in the tether matches up with the expected centripetal force, so no centrifugal force is needed in the net force summation of Newton's second law. Also we can look at other conical orbits with 1/r central potentials - the planets for example. Kepler's laws of planetary motion can be derived from Newton's laws and the only force that is assumed to be acting on the planets is a centripetal gravitational force but no centrifugal force. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:11, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
Well what do you think about the Acceleration and force in circular motion article about the ability of people to walk about on the sidewall of a rotary space station due to the centrifugal force pulling them toward the wall? It's a reference article in Talk:Centrifugal force. that I tried to use to argue in favor of the existence of a real functional centrifugal force under certain physical conditions. Can you get along without that concept? or maybe you can solve the problem by eliminating me from the discussion, by saying that a talk discussion is not about the subject matter, but about the composition of the subject of the matter. And if a strain gauge measures a retaining force in the tether, what about Newton's third law?WFPM (talk) 23:22, 10 May 2010 (UTC)
If you look at that article you will see that the centrifugal force it refers to in the section on the rotating space station is not the same centrifugal force that you are advocating for. In that section of the article, it uses the phrase centrifugal force to refer to the very real Reactive centrifugal force, which forms a third law pair with the centripetal force. Note that the text says that the person exerts a centrifugal force on the ground and not that the centrifugal force is being exerted on the person. The ground exerts an inward (centripetal) contact force on the person, so the person exerts an outward (centrifugal) contact force on the floor. This is different from your description where the centripetal force and the centrifugal force are both acting on the person. Do you see how this is different from the type of centrifugal force you are describing? --FyzixFighter (talk) 00:33, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
Okay. Now let's see. In the case of me with relation to the earth, there is a real force (of gravity) that pushes me towards the center of the earth's mass, and incidentally towards the floor. And that real force is called a centrifugal force on the ground (that's what you just said). And the ground counteracts that by pushing me back with a counteracting centripetal force,(due to Newton's third law). Of course the rotation factor of the earth should act to counteract those two forces but it's insignificant and can be ignored. And in the space station, the "reactive centrifugal force" that pulls me towards the wall of the space station is not a real force because it is not the force of gravity but rather some way the wall of the station has been able to move and restrict my normal transitional tangential path through space. And if I were standing on a weight scale on the wall of the space station and noticed the indication on the scale, I still couldn't say that there's a force pulling me towards the wall, because that's that's not the way it really is. But I bring up the concept that the interacting forces acting between masses are not contact forces but rather due to the interaction of forces in space, such that at the point of near approach of my body to the wall, the matter of the wall must be creating a spacial force of summary repulsion to the mass particles of my body, such that the distribution of that force on the rest of my body's mass particles allows me to move around normally. And if I narrow down the focus of attention to the area of near contact of my body to the wall I cant say that those particles are being acted on by 2 contrary forces because that isn't the way it really is. But I rest my case on the concept of what is happening to an individual particle at a point near the wall, where it is moving tangentially to the orbit of the space station plus at the same time being acted on by an angular momentum derived force against the wall and countered by a contrary repulsive interactive force between it and the particles of the wall. And I can't see that those forces are any more unreal than the force of gravitational attraction.WFPM (talk) 10:47, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
Wow, you really are misunderstanding some basic newtonian mechanics. You are conflating forces exerted by objects with those exerted on objects. The force of gravity is exerted on you, not on the ground. In the case of you stand on the earth, the earth exerts a gravitational force inward on you. The 3rd law reaction of this is the gravitational force that exert on the earth. The ground also exerts a outward normal contact force on you, and the 3rd law reaction to this is the inward normal contact force you exert on the ground. (I only said in the case of the space station that the force exerted by you on the ground is a real "reactive" centrifugal force - for you on the earth the force exerted by you on the ground is a real centripetal force because it is directed inward). Four forces in total, only two of which are acting on you and that need to be considered to figure out your acceleration and motion. As I tried to make myself very clear, on the space station the "reactive centrifugal force" doesn't pull you - it is the force that you exert on the walls/ground of the space station. It feels like a force because you are in a rotating frame of reference, but a person floating stationary in space outside the station will see no force there - the person will merely see your body trying to move in a straight line due to inertia, and the station ground constantly getting in the way. The scale measures real forces - it measures the force that the ground exerts on you, and the force that you exert on the ground (this is the reactive force which is centrifugal in the case of the space station) which have the same value. Even on earth this is true, a standard bathroom scale measures the two contact forces and not the actual force of gravity, and that's why you get strange readings when you're accelerating up or down in an elevator. Remember that stationary observer outside the space station, if that person took the force measurement from the scale and plugged just that force into Newton's 2nd law he would get the correct acceleration for you indicating that the only force acting on you is the inward force from the ground. This is true even at the particle level you want to talk about. An individual particle at a point near the wall feels a force from the ground pushing it inward, and that same particle exerts an equal and opposite force on the ground pushing the ground outward. You are right there are two real forces, but they are acting on different objects. There is no force pushing the particle up against the wall - angular momentum doesn't create a force - due to inertia the particle wants to move in a straight line, but the station wall keeps pushing into it. When applying Newton's 2nd law only the repulsive interactive force is needed in the net force side of the equation to get the acceleration correct. Again, if you're going to try to use the article in question, you need to read it carefully and pay attention to what object it is saying forces are being exerted on and what object exerts that force. The reference article you mentioned is very clear that the centrifugal force it mentions in the space station scenario is exerted BY the person ON the ground, not ON the person as you are wanting to believe. There is a big difference there. --FyzixFighter (talk) 15:02, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Okay, I like your explanation and why don't you try it out on DVdm in the article on Centrifugal force and see what he says. Because I tried your argument on him and he threw me out. And I think there ought to be understandable explanations of phenomena in Wiki's articles that I can gather up and discuss and maybe make some sense of.WFPM (talk) 17:31, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

From my reading of your interactions on the talk page, no you did not try the same argument that I explained above. You were advocating that a real centrifugal force acts on objects moving in circular motion. Two points: 1) If you read my explanation carefully, I never argue this - I only argue that there is a real centrifugal force that objects moving circular motion can exert on whatever is providing the centripetal force, ie a reactive centrifugal force. There is no force pushing a person against the wall of the space station nor a force that pushes water against the wall of a spinning bucket nor a force that pushes the swings on the carnival ride out. 2) These are all inertial effects that look like forces only when the observer is in a co-rotating (or any other rotating) frame, but in the inertial frame it is just the particle moving in a straight line and the wall/bucket/rope exerting a force to push/pull it away from straight line motion. Forces are those things which go into in Newton's 2nd law. The inertial effects are in the components of the acceleration vector and are not forces. The Centrifugal force article already covers both of these points.
Consider an elevator where you momentarily feel heavier as it begins to accelerate upwards. Does this mean that there is an extra force pushing you downwards? No, but what has happened is the force upward of the ground on you is now greater than the force downward of gravity so that the net force is upward. You think that there is a force because you are in an accelerated reference frame (Newton's laws don't apply when using the coordinate system tied to an accelerated reference frame) and you mistake the effects of inertia as an additional force. However, if we ask a person standing on the ground, they will say that you are not be pulled down into the floor of the elevator, but that the floor of the elevator is being pulled up into you. The same thing applies to all these rotation examples. The centrifugal force you want to exist is an illusion caused by adopting a coordinate system tied to a rotating frame and mistaking inertial effects as forces. That's why it's called a fictitious/pseudo/inertial force and not a real force. --FyzixFighter (talk) 18:03, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Well let's narrow down the focus of attention to the forces on a particle of my body as it nears the material of the space station sidewall. Now at that both my body and the sidewall are moving in the same direction at the same time. And Newton's first law says they should continue along this line of travel. But they don't. And that is because the material of the wall starts accelerating my body in an orthogonal direction from the wall. This is the centripetal force. Now when the centripetal force acts on the influenced particles of my body, they have the property called inertia, which requires that a force proportional to their mass be applied to them and cause them to accelerate in the direction of the force. And in the case of the whirling swing, the absence of a restraining wall results in the continued tangential motion of my body until a similar situation of parallel motion is achieved by an interaction with the gravitational force. And then this situation results in a continued parallel travel of the 2 systems until the apparatus starts slowing down. And as it slows down the v squared/r magnitude of the inertia value reduces and the whirling system moves back in the direction of non whirling (rotational) stability. So you never need a concept of a real centrifugal force in the direction away from the center of motion, except as a "equal and opposite" inertial caused opposition to motion force as required by Newton's third law. And that makes sense and is understandable, if we could just get into the subject matter discussion in the article. But it is obviously NOR and POV and not notable and no reliable source and also those other reasons for it to not intrude in the generalized and more elaborate discussions re the diversified aspects and consensual opinions about this subject matter.WFPM (talk) 19:24, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

I think I would agree with your description except on two points. 1) The inertial effects that I think you are talking about are never a real force - they only look like a force for an observer in the rotating frame - because in the stationary frame they appear as part of mass*acceleration in Newton's 2nd law. 2) The force pairs of Newton's 3rd law never act on the same object, so the "equal and opposite" force to the centripetal force acting on your body or on the whirling swings will not be one that is also acting on your body or the whirling swings. The "equal but opposite" 3rd law force therefore is real but is never the force that you've been talking about (which is the inertial effects seen from a rotating frame). Again, this description is already in the numerous (IMO too numerous) articles on centrifugal force. If you think that this needs elucidation in the article then you have a couple of different routes - 1) proposing text to be included on the talk page including what references your relying on and see where the discussion goes, 2) be bold and make the edit and switch to option 1 if you get reverted (see WP:BRD), 3) present a quote from the reference on some aspect that you don't think is covered in the article and see where discussion goes, or 4) succinctly indicate specific parts of the article that you think aren't clear and see where discussion goes. Discussion of content you want to add is always easier if coupled with a reference. However, do not expect others to go through the details of basic physics for you. One of the reasons on this topic in particular why other editors may be a bit short with you is because of the protracted debate with a single editor who had a knack for incivility, for ignoring references, and for making similar arguments that you appear to be making. --FyzixFighter (talk) 21:12, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Well I have a funny feeling about this. Because I wanted to know more about science, and of course Wikipedia is a good source of information. And I was welcomed and urged to contribute. And they let me have a forum for my models, for which I am grateful. And so I'm trying to be as helpful as I can in the talk sections by participating in the the organization and hopefully understanding of the subject matter therein. And I think that's because that besides the normal engineering and science books that you get with an education, I read a lot of Isaac Asimov science literature and agreed with him about the importance of understanding as much as you can as a way of staying in and enjoying thinking about the subject matters. But I'm in the position of Meno's slave in the that rather than learn a lot of factual information that convinces me about something, I wind up learning about more things that I didn't know about and about the degree of unsureness regarding their existence and activities. And so I'm not a POV crusader, And if you disagree with me that's fine. But As is the case with the Centrifugal force I like to have my points of argument at least considered and then discarded (A la Linus Pauling) before categorical assertions are made in the articles. And in the context of these atomic force phenomena my mind keeps turning and I could carry the argument on down into the force interchange between 2 particles and argue as to whether it is important to know which is approaching which as a means of telling a real force from a pseudo force. So as soon as I assimilate what I have learned I,ll calm down about what I haven't learned. And maybe spend more time on what my wife says that I really should be doing. So thank you. And you might read the section in my talk page about " Irish current" and tell me how I could have handled that.WFPM (talk) 00:36, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Please see my comments on article Talk page.

Hi. Just letting you know that I accepted your suggestion to discuss my edits to the section on the LDS article. Please see my comments on the article's Talk page. I'm willing to dialogue on any specific you take exception to. I noticed that your marked your reversal of my edit as a minor edit. This appears to be contrary to Wikipedia policy: "Reverting a page is not likely to be considered minor under most circumstances. When the status of a page is disputed, and particularly if an edit war is brewing, then it is better not to mark any edit as minor." I look forward to a positive discussion on this article. Scoopczar (talk) 19:57, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

I apologize, you are right I mislabeled it as a minor edit. You should also familiarize yourself with WP:3RR as you did 4 reverts (all of your 4 recent edits to the article reinstated your removal of the original sin text) in less than 24hrs. Additionally, while not a required policy, if we are following a WP:BRD pattern for disagreement resolution, you should wait until after discussion and reaching consensus on the talk page before reinstating a challenged edit. --FyzixFighter (talk) 21:27, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

Apology accepted. Likewise, I apologize for the 4 reverts. I am new to editing and was ignorant of that policy. I will seek consensus if possible. As I posted on the article talk page, I see your new heading "Comparisons with mainstream Christianity" as NPOV and think it serves well. Other edit points I suppose I'll take one at a time. For example, please comment on what I wrote on the article talk page about the Original Sin issue. The LDS view clearly stands apart from Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant views. It does not belong in a list of shared doctrines. The LDS view of the Fall is that no sin was involved. That view is unique and bears no resemblance to any of the major streams of Christianity. Again, not saying who is right or wrong--just saying the views don't match. Scoopczar (talk) 04:25, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Hello again, FyzixFighter. Just a quick note to let you know that I finally got back to you on the LDS talk page. Scoopczar (talk) 16:23, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

"umm..that was your 4th rv in 24 hrs" Were you talking to me? This was my first revert in this most recent flurry on this always controverial topic. I restored the material to a version dated 21st of May, after stating a basic opinion and suggesting that the discussion would be better suited to the article on Mormonism and Christianity. I would appreciate your continued support in toning down the activity on the topic. WBardwin (talk) 20:54, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

Sorry about that - no I wasn't talking to you but intended that revert summary for the other user, Scoopczar. While I was undoing their edit (again) I started to look at the awkward placement of that subsection within the larger section and then decided to change the orders of the subsections. Strangely though WP didn't give an edit conflict warning (or if it did I failed to notice it). It wasn't until I double-checked the article history that I noticed you had restored the 21st May version before me. So again, apologize for the mix up. --FyzixFighter (talk) 21:24, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

Brigham Young University

I am simple stating that BYU has been referred to as the Harvard of the West. It is obvious that this is a true, indisputable fact (that it has been referred as such, not that it actually is the Harvard of the West)and I don't understand why you continue to revert it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:21, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Disputes at wikipedia are natural and are not unusual. However, resolution of disputes should be handled on the Talk page and not in an edit war (see WP:BRD). I would more than gladly participate in the discussion of the references (only half of which qualify as reliable sources) on the article talk page and not here. Additionally, you have now reverted 4 times in the last 24hrs, a violation of the WP:3RR policy. Please revert ourself and take this issued to the article talk page. Once it is discussed and a consensus is reached, appropriate edits can be made. --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:30, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Duplicate References on LDS

I didn't read your comment about duplication until after I got out of editing mode due to the edit conflict of us being on at the same time. Sorry about that. I agree, there was duplication. My new footnote has only new citations. Scoopczar (talk) 02:48, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

I still have a few problems with the added footnote. First, Orthodoxwiki is as much a reliable source as Mormonwiki, ie it's not and should not be used here. Provide a reliable source for the Orthodox view or remove this link. Second, your added footnote should be combined with the previous footnote so that all the statements are combined within a single reference. And last, why do we need another Lutheran statement? We already have one from the ELCA, the largest Lutheran church in the US, so I see no need for an additional Lutheran reference. --FyzixFighter (talk) 18:32, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Salvation Discussion

I'm not sure if this sent you a message to let you know that I replied to your post on my page, I'm still s little new. Just wanted to let you know, thanks again.--Alan355 (talk) 14:48, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

Factors affecting DNA composition of the New World population

You have removed the references to academic restrictions twice. I will admit the first revision I put was a bit editorial and lacked references. The second however I thought would suffice. The information I was adding would help with the neutrality of the section. It was a direct quote from the university's website. How can it be included and have a NPOV that you will accept? (talk) 03:15, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

I signed up with a username Rockjob (talk) 03:52, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
If the purpose of your editorial is to assert the view that Whiting's statements are suspect because he works at BYU, then it fails both NPOV and OR. In terms of NPOV, I don't see how editorial neutrality is served by adding your edits. One way neutrality is achieved is by attributing statement, in this case saying who and where which the article already does, and not by original arguments for why the source is unreliable. Also your edit reads as an attempt to participate in the debate, rather than describe the debate. In terms of OR, you're synthesizing, albeit not overtly. In this case you're combining two sourced statements, Whiting's comments and BYU's policy, to imply an original conclusion, that Whiting's comments are not valid. --FyzixFighter (talk) 05:47, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Okay. I understand what you are saying about the NPOV now. I do agree despite the academic restrictions at the university, what he has said could be his own beliefs and without influence from superiors. I'm fine with his statements, but you can not ignore the fact that his career would suffer in that environment if he had published anything neutral or negative. I guess this is where I get confused about the NPOV. This is how I understand it: His original paper would not pass NPOV, but using quotes from his paper does pass NPOV. Is this correct? Rockjob (talk) 06:40, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
I think you're confusing parts of the policies of WP:NPOV and WP:RS. NPOV deals not with whether the sources are neutral or not (in truth, all sources have some bias), or in other words if they are reliable, but with the editorial neutrality of how information is presented. To quote from the policy page, "Neutrality requires views to be represented without bias. All editors and all sources have biases (in other words, all editors and all sources have a point of view)—what matters is how we combine them to create a neutral article. Unbiased writing is the fair, analytical description of all relevant sides of a debate, including the mutual perspectives and the published evidence." To say that his original paper would not pass NPOV is meaningless and irrelevant to the discussion of NPOV here on WP. What matters in terms of NPOV is whether or not the opinion is attributed or not (see WP:ATTRIBUTEPOV). Wikipedia is not saying whether Whiting is wrong or right, it is merely presenting his statements as a "Book of Mormon defender" (according to the section title) in the debate. To try and qualify whether Whiting should be believed or not begins to enter into participating in rather than describing the debate, not mention begins to enter the realm of original synthesis on our part. The only thing that we need to determine with respect to Whiting's paper is whether or not it satisfies the standards for reliable sources. But in terms of NPOV, a "biased statement violates this policy when it is presented as a fact or the truth. It does not violate this policy when it is presented as an identifiable point of view." Since the statements are both attributed to Whiting as a professor at BYU and placed within the "Book of Mormon defender" section, I do not see how the current sentence violates NPOV. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:14, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Brigham Young University (2)

If you undo my edits a thrid time, all of which are supported by citations and not merely POV, I will move to have you blocked from this article. Don't just delete uncomfortable truths. Respond to them with facts. Eckeman (talk) 07:58, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

I don't think you understand some core Wikipedia policies, namely WP:NPOV and WP:OR (specifically the section on synthesis. All your edits violate one, if not both, of these. I am more than willing to discuss how your edits do this on the article's talk page as suggested by WP:BRD. Also, consider this a warning: you have now reverted 3 times in the last four hours - another revert by you reinserting edit in the next 20 hours will cross the line of WP:3RR and you will be reported and likely blocked, just as you were last year for doing the same thing. In a content dispute, it doesn't matter if you are right, WP:3RR is a rule you must follow or you will be blocked. --FyzixFighter (talk) 08:39, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
I understand them well. WP:NPOV means that an article on BYU must not merely be a glowing advertisement which expunges all matters of controversy as you and others have tried to do. I am merely adding factual material to counterbalance your uncritical adulation of the institution. WP:OR means that all the material that is added must be attributable to a reliable published source. Every one of my edits is supported in such a way. Why don't you take the time to actually check my reference weblinks rather than resorting to intimidation when your own POV is challenged? I'm more than happy to work toward synthesis but have not seen any good faith efforts to do so from BYU's uncritical admirers. Eckeman (talk) 15:40, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

Nuclear Force contribution

Could you please transfer my undone contribution re this subject matter to the talk page per your recommendation? Thank you.WFPM (talk) 18:29, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Homosexuality in the LDS Church article

Hi-- I'm attempting a rebuild of the [and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] article. I saw that you have been involved in editing this page.

Currently there are interwoven pro and con sections that I'm hoping to better integrate. There are also issues related to repetition of some points. (i.e. the article in many places restated the same points about homsexual activity violating the Law of Chastity, and descriptions of chastity). There are also dead links now that the church has migrated the Newsroom site.

Some of my first changes were made without edit summaries (which is a big mistake on my part). I have included a summary of those changes and a bit of rationale on the Discussion Page. I have re-posted below. If you have any concerns about those changes, let's talk it through.

I'd appreciate any feedback or help you can offer. Thanks! Adkinsc1 (talk) 00:13, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

The Electromagnetic Force on a charged particle in a changing magnetic field

FyzixFighter, I'm interested in the reasons which you gave for that amendment which you did at Magnetic Field. I'm sure we both agree that the force in question on a static charge in a changing magnetic field is one of the terms in the Lorentz force. And I'm sure we're further agreed that it is the -(partial)dA/dt term. And I'm sure that we're further agreed that this is commonly referred to as an induced electric force, or electromotive force. What I want to know is, 'how do you not see that phenomenon as being a means of detecting the existence of a magnetic field?'. I was listing the manners in which the existence of the magnetic field could be detected, and that is one of those manners. The changing magnetic field leads to an induced electric field. It seems that your objection is based on a very subtle play on words, in that the force which is induced by a changing magnetic field, although commonly referred to as an electric force, is in your opinion not suitable for being classified as a being a magnetic force too, because the modern textbooks specifically refer to it as being an electric force. Is this just an issue of the terminologies that you have read in modern sources? In other words, because the textbooks say that a changing magnetic field induces an electric force, then that electric force is not a force which is detecting the presence of a magnetic field? David Tombe (talk) 16:15, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Since a basic principle of wikipedia is verifiability, reliance on modern sources is a perfectly legitimate reason for saying that the force on a stationary particle is an electric force, even if that electric field is induced by a time-varying magnetic field. But further, there are situations were you can get a force on a stationary particle due to such an induced electric field and the magnetic field at the particle is constantly zero. For example, see Example 7.8 (pp. 306-307) in Griffith's "Introduction to Electrodynamics" (3rd Ed). --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:17, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, I know that the modern textbooks call it an electric force. It is an electric force induced by a changing magnetic field. My question to you was 'how is that force not a manner in which the magnetic field manifests itself?'. The introduction was listing the situations in which a magnetic field exerts a force. If that force just happens to be called an 'electric force', it doesn't mean that it isn't a force which is caused by a magnetic field. David Tombe (talk) 17:40, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

It's an electric force because it is still exerted by an electric field, albeit the source of the electric field is a time-varying magnetic field. Again, see pp. 305-307 in Griffith. The Lorentz force law is the de facto definition of electric and magnetic fields. Therefore the force on a stationary particle is exerted by an electric field, but the law says nothing about the source of the field. By the same reasoning we say that the velocity dependent force on a moving charge is strictly a magnetic force exerted by a magnetic field, regardless of whether the magnetic field exerting the force is from a magnet, current, or time-varying electric field. As Griffith notes in his example involving charges being pushed by an induced electric field:
"It's the electric field that did the rotating. To convince you of this I deliberately set things up so that the magnetic field is always zero at the location of the charge (on the rim). The experimenter may tell you she never put in any electric fields-all she did was switch off the magnetic field. But when she did that, an electric field automaticallyh appeared, and it's this electric field that turned the wheel."
See also note 9 on the bottom of page 305 in Griffith. --FyzixFighter (talk) 18:22, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, I know that they call it an electric force. We are not arguing about that. The question is this,

When a changing magnetic field induces an electric force, is that a manifestation of a magnetic field?

And if 'yes', then why did you erase that phrase from my edit at magnetic field yesterday? David Tombe (talk) 18:54, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Yes, you could say that the induced electric force is a manifestation of a magnetic field, or better that the changing magnetic field is the source of the induced electric field that exerts the force. But the sentence in question said that the magnetic field is detected by the force it exerts on stationary charges (with the caveat about changing magnetic fields). This is false. The changing magnetic field generates an electric field and it is the electric field that exerts the force on the stationary charge. In the two previous examples in the list (forces exerted on currents and moving particles) the magnetic field has to exist at the same location as the particle to exert the force. For stationary particles, the time-varying magnetic field does not have to be at the same location as the particle, but the induced electric field does. As shown by the example in Griffiths, the time-varying magnetic field can be far away, and still "manifest" on the particle outside the magnetic field. Seeing a charge-dependent force on a stationary charge tells you only about the electric field at that location, but tells you nothing about the magnetic field (changing or not) at that location. The effect you seem to be describing, that changing magnetic fields can be the source of electric fields, is covered in a later paragraph of the intro. --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:20, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, You said,

But the sentence in question said that the magnetic field is detected by the force it exerts on stationary charges (with the caveat about changing magnetic fields). This is false

The sentence is true. If a changing magnetic field exerts a force on a stationary particle, then we have detected a magnetic field. David Tombe (talk) 19:40, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

No, if a force is felt by a stationary charge, what you have detected is a an electric field at that location. You need additional information/assumptions to say that you have detected a magnetic field, and that magnetic field may not be at the location of the charge. Also, it's impossible to distinguish whether the force on the stationary charge is due to an electric field generated by another charge or by a changing magnetic field. All we can definitively say is that we've detected an electric field at the point. Likewise, when we see a velocity dependent force on a moving charge, all we can definitively say is that we've detected a magnetic field, but we cannot say we've detected a current or a changing electric field. My removal of the edit is supported by sources - magnetic fields do not exert forces on stationary charges, but they can generate electric fields that in turn exert forces on stationary charges. --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:50, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, Nobody is talking about identifying whether a particular electric field arises from a changing magnetic field or from a neighbouring static electric charge. The introduction was identifying all the manifestations of a magnetic field. And when a changing magnetic field causes an electric field, that is a manifestation of a magnetic field. So why did you remove that particular manifestation? David Tombe (talk) 20:09, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Because the sentence read that the magnetic field exerts a force on a stationary charge. This is false - magnetic fields do not exert forces on stationary charges. That one manifestation of the magnetic field is an electric field if the magnetic field varies in time is already covered in a later paragraph. If you still don't get it, take this over to WP:PHYS because I'm done trying to explain it to you - I've presented sources that explain the distinction as well as tried myself to explain the distinction to you. All you do is present your own understanding as the basis for your arguments. If you want to start reasoning from sources, then we can continue, otherwise I've said my piece and see no reason to keep repeating myself and to keep referring to the same reliable sources. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:17, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, I do see what you are saying. You are saying that the magnetic field doesn't exert a force on the static charge, but rather that it induces an electric field which exerts a force on the static charge. But this is rather a case of semantics. I am not doubting that the modern sources refer to this force as an electric force, and likewise that they refer to the force on a moving charged particle as a magnetic force. But at the end of the day, the magnetic field exerts a force in both situations. And due to a play on words, which of course is not your doing, you have introduced an intermediatory mechanism in one case but not in the other. That's fine. I now understand why you did your revert.

May I now make a suggestion? In future when you have an issue of this calibre, why not try to re-word it in such a way as to overcome your concerns. At the end of the day, irrespective of the terminologies, the effect is still a magnetic field effect and so it should be listed with the other magnetic field effects. If you felt strongly about the terminology issue, then all you had to do was re-word it something along the lines of,

It is detected by the force which it exerts on other magnetic materials, moving electric charges, and also by the electric force which it induces on static charges in cases where the magnetic field is changing.

And as you seem to be very concerned about perfection on the magnetic field article, I will not disturb you any further because from the looks of things at that article, you have got your work cut out for you for the forseeable future. David Tombe (talk) 20:40, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

I did consider rewording it, but noticed that the induction of electric fields by time-varying magnetic fields was already mentioned later in the introduction. And as to having my work cut out for me, factor into this real life concerns - school, work, my younger sister just recently starting physical therapy/rehab after being in the ICU for 25 days (very serious car accident), etc - and I haven't been able to devote as much time (and some might say patience) as I'd like. I chip in where and when I can. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:54, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

FyzixFighter, Well I hope that none of the injuries which your sister suffered will be permanent. Anyway, let me give you a little bit of advice as regards editing physics topics such as magnetic field. One thing you don't write in such an article is the fact that it is very complicated. I know that it wasn't you who wrote that, but that sentence will eventually have to be removed. The topic is indeed complicated but nevertheless there is an order behind it, and the idea is to try and break down the components of this order and present them in a concise fashion such as to help the readers to understand this complicated topic without actually telling them that it is complicated.

Ultimately it is about describing the magnetic field and all the forces which arise from the magnetic field. That of course includes the tricky topics of paramagnetic and diamagnetic force. From a mathematical perspective, we have one single equation that groups all these magnetic forces into two groups. That is,

The textbooks may well call the first term the magnetic force and the second term the electric force. And so by all means use those names. But it doesn't actually matter whether we call them Pinky and Perky. They are both electromagnetic forces and manifestations of the magnetic field, and the choice of the name electric force for the second term doesn't introduce any middle man into the mechanism.

Diamagnetism, magnetic repulsion, the force on a current carrying wire, and the force on a charged particle in a magnetic field will all come under the jurisdiction of Pinky whereas the force on a static particle in a changing magnetic field will come under the jurisdiction of Perky.

The idea is to get these manifestations listed, including ferromagnetic attraction and the alignment of a bar magnet in a magnetic field which Maxwell actually attributed to a version of the term in the Lorentz force which is missing from the above equation. Once the main points are summarized early on in the article, the chaf can all then be removed, but carefully checking for points of interest which can be retained. That's how it is done. David Tombe (talk) 12:04, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Is it a detective issue or a manifestation issue?

FyzixFighter, regarding your revert at Magnetic field, I can see your point to a certain degree, but there was no need for a wholesale revert. The issue which you have raised could have been dealt with by a slight change of wording. You are saying that the detection of an electric field on a stationary charged particle does not necessarily mean that it has arisen from a changing magnetic field. Correct. But the lead was describing the manners in which the magnetic field is manifested. The electric field which is induced by a changing magnetic field is a manifestation of a magnetic field. This is not a detective game. It's about presenting the facts. The facts are that an electric field induced by a changing magnetic field is a manifestation of a magnetic field. Now if the wording was in any way ambiguous, you could have changed it somehow so as to use the word 'manifest' instead of 'detect'. David Tombe (talk) 15:03, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

West Ridge Academy

Feel free to join in on the talk page to discuss your interest in this article and edits to avoid an edit war. --EarlySquid (talk) 06:17, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

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Reported For Edit Waring On Brigham Young Article

You have been reported for edit waring. [9] —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mormography (talkcontribs) 17:00, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Please consider accepting a compromise on the Mormon-related articles

I made the following proposal to Mormography. He appears to have rejected it. Since your reverts are definitely competing with his, I make the same offer to you:

It seems to me that you broke WP:3RR on two different articles: Succession crisis and Brigham Young. If you will respond at WP:AN3 and promise to stop edit warring, the closing admin might take this into account. You should agree to wait for consensus on the talk page (of Mormon-related articles) before making any changes that might be controversial. Thank you, EdJohnston (talk) 17:25, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

If you will accept this, you may be able to avoid sanctions at AN3. If you think forever is too long, how about promising not to revert any Mormon related articles without prior consensus for at least thirty days? A four-against-three revert situation could easily lead to both parties being blocked for edit warring, even if you yourself did not reach four reverts. Thank you, EdJohnston (talk) 20:26, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Everything always clearer after stepping away for awhile. Yes, my recent behavior on those articles has contributed to the edit warring and I apologize for that. I intend to pursue some of the additional avenues of dispute resolution, which I admit I should have employed before the disagreement got to where it is now. I don't know if I can agree to not revert without prior consensus in every instance, but I will to commit to better following WP:BRD and limiting myself to a single revert followed by discussion and not get into a back and forth reverting scenario even if the other user re^2-verts. --FyzixFighter (talk) 21:46, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Fanny Alger

I explained on the talk page why I thought the addition of "Orrison Smith" was WP:UNDUE, but I think a sentence could be a footnote somewhere if we can mention that no reliable source mentions this fellow.--John Foxe (talk) 00:56, 19 May 2011 (UTC)


I haven't interacted with Foxe in the past, but agree that he probably warrants some attention. I've blocked Routerone twice before, once indefinitely and once for a week: he promises to stop edit-warring to get unblocked, and then edit-wars again. I don't see any hope. Do you?—Kww(talk) 10:41, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

When someone has the wherewithal and the authority to do something, but only suggests that others do that something, frankly that's a cop out. You as an admin can very easily look at Foxe's recent behavior, make a judgement and do something similar to what you've done with Routerone. I'm not saying that Routerone's block is unmerited. I am saying that I don't understand how both can come off the same block, both engage in edit warring behavior and yet Routerone is the only one coming off with harsh consequences while John Foxe gets his umpteenth warning. Take Routerone out of the equation for a minute. You have an editor who has violated 3RR five times in five weeks on one page, and this is not edit warring with a single other user, but with at least a half-dozen other editors. No other editor has crossed the 3RR line on this same page during that same time period. The last 3RR incident comes right after the editor comes off of a short edit warring block. Is this editor's behavior chronic edit warring? --FyzixFighter (talk) 15:04, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
I would still love to hear your thoughts on John Foxe's behavior. I'd also add this thought - I don't see any hope that someone who clearly states that "I do believe Mormons here are 'desperately trying to hide the Church’s dark origins.' " will ever be capable of collaborative editing on LDS articles without edit warring. Do you? --FyzixFighter (talk) 08:05, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
Actually, I've been hoping to see a consensus appear at your 3RR report, and am unhappy that none occurred. I wind up sometimes in positions where my hands aren't quite tied, but close. John Foxe has been asked not to edit the lede of that article any further, and, at the time I looked at it, was obeying that request. He still seems to be. No consensus has developed to block him. I'll keep a closer eye on Foxe's behaviour. I have some small hope that with Duke53 (from the anti-LDS side) and Routerone (from the pro-LDS side) both indefinitely blocked that this area will calm down.
As for your question: I think every church has details from its early history that it would prefer not to discuss, and see no reason to believe the Saints to be an exception. It's important that editors that aren't inclined to do so edit the articles. That doesn't give anyone license to edit war, though. The general reason that John Foxe has gotten away with what he has is that he appears to be fairly objective, compared to, for example, Duke53, whose hatred of the LDS was blindingly obvious to anyone that looked over his edits, or Routerone, whose devotion to the LDS was blindingly obvious to anyone that looked over his edits. That makes it understandable that John Foxe's contribution to the overall problem hasn't been dealt with harshly in the past.—Kww(talk) 20:57, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
The problem I see with waiting for consensus at the 3RR report is that another admin closed as "moot" within ~45 minutes of me filing it. I'm not still not exactly clear why, since Foxe's response to the Tedder's warning really isn't an agreement to stop warring. IMO the "moot" closing is probably not really helping invite people to comment since it looks like it's closed (see EdJonston's second comment).
I understand you reasoning for not blocking Foxe, Tedder did warn him and he stopped. But by that same logic, Routerone had stopped editing the lead also following the Tedder's warning and was involved in discussion on the talk page. So I still fail to see how Routerone's actions were more egregious than Foxe's given this was Foxe's fifth 3RR violation in a short period of time. I guess I just can't see yet how one can characterize Routerone's behavior as chronic edit warring (I'm not saying that it isn't) and yet not say the same thing about John Foxe's. --FyzixFighter (talk) 22:05, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
It came down to the situation where Routerone's edit was in place and John Foxe was showing restraint by not reverting it. If the timing had been different and Routerone had been the one showing restraint by not reverting an edit of John Foxe's, I certainly would have taken that into account.—Kww(talk) 22:50, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
And how do you know that Routerone wasn't showing restraint following Tedder's warning? John Foxe had previously done two rapid-fire reverts of edits (one of which was Routerone's) immediately prior to Routerone's final revert, so he certainly wasn't showing restraint before the warning. --FyzixFighter (talk) 23:04, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

New and learning the Wikipedia process.

Hi, I'm new to editing on Wikipedia but not new to reading it. Is there a specific help section on the actual specifics of "taking something to the talk page", which I am not sure what this exactly means? Is there a "talk page" for every article? I have looked and didn't see a "talk page" for the very first article I have attempted to edit into a neutral POV. There is another editor who would like to discuss "edits" before they are made by me (which seems kind of pointless to edit if you have to get everyone's permission and agreement before making changes...then why allow just anyone to edit changes in the first place?) but I am of course new the the culture of Wikipedia editing and perhaps I have not understood the intent of the Wikipedia culture yet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:55, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

Links to talk pages are at the top of most pages (the "Discussion" tab/link) - for the article you've edited, the talk page is here: Talk:Book of Mormon anachronisms. There are a couple things that would probably help you as you start to participate in the wikipedia community. First, register - IMO it's easier to communicate and interact with registered users than anonymous IPs that might change even though the user is the same. Second, I disagree with the other editor that edits should be discussed first - actually wikipedia encourages editors to be bold and make initial edits without discussion. However, if you make an edit and someone reverts it, the best thing is to then take it to the talk page (see WP:BRD). Personally I think reverting someone just because no prior discussion was done is a piss-poor modus operandi and contrary to wikipedia culture. If they have legitimate beef based on wikipedia editing standards and policies, then that's another scenario, and the talk page is where the issues and concerns can be dealt with (remember WP:BRD). Third, try making incremental changes to identify the parts of the larger edit that others have concerns about. --FyzixFighter (talk) 15:44, 14 June 2011 (UTC)
Thanks a bunch. I have created a login and will now proceed step by step. Sifterway (talk) 20:17, 16 June 2011 (UTC)


Template:You've got mail Routerone (talk) 20:40, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

August 2011

You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith. Users are expected to collaborate with others, to avoid editing disruptively, and to try to reach a consensus rather than repeatedly undoing other users' edits once it is known that there is a disagreement.

In particular, Wikipedia's policy on edit warring states:

  1. Edit warring is disruptive regardless of how many reverts you have made; that is to say, editors are not automatically "entitled" to three reverts.
  2. Do not edit war even if you believe you are right.

If you find yourself in an editing dispute, use the article's talk page to discuss controversial changes; work towards a version that represents consensus among editors. You can post a request for help at an appropriate noticeboard or seek dispute resolution. In some cases it may be appropriate to request temporary page protection. If you continue edit warring, you may be blocked from editing. -FASTILY (TALK) 19:27, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

Isotopes of Krypton

You show your main interest to be in physics and so I'd like to see your physical concept of the 36Kr Krypton atomic nucleus. In the mean time could you please move my "ramblings" about the Krypton isotopes from the Article to the Talk section because I don't know how to do it and I agree that that's where it belongs.Thank you.WFPM (talk) 15:06, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Honestly, it is irrelevant what I think the physical nature of the 36Kr atomic nucleus looks like - it only matters what reliable sources report about the atomic nucleus. While there is continuing research and disagreement on the best models, all the models in reliable sources accept a few basic premises like "ordinary" particle physical rules for volume and non-intuitive quantum mechanical rules for a wave-like nature.
As for talk pages, your recent multiple posts to other talk pages shows that you do know how to post to talk pages. However, I will not repost to the talk page because I don't see how the post (or most of your other posts to other talk pages) meet talk page guidelines. Specifically:

The purpose of a Wikipedia talk page (accessible via the talk or discussion tab) is to provide space for editors to discuss changes to its associated article or project page. Article talk pages should not be used by editors as platforms for their personal views on a subject.

Talk pages are not meant to be general discussion pages about the subject of the article. Additionally, Wikipedia is not a forum nor a message board, not a soapbox for self promotion, and not a place for publishing original inventions. I don't think it is appropriate for you to keep cross-posting links back to a talk page where you proposed your own original model of the atomic nucleus as if to try to establish the notability of that model. The post looks more like a message board post than an attempt to discuss changes and improvements to the existing article. --FyzixFighter (talk) 00:05, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

I thank you for your honest answer. And what I am trying to do is to point out supplementary information to femto's exhibited data that show there are elements (mainly even Z elements) with an extraordinary content of neutrons, and then a subsequent reduction in a few following elements for some reason. I think that would be pertinent to people interested in elemental properties, and bring up the question of why an element is stable or unstable in the first place, and how it remains stable as additional neutrons are added. I note that most of the atom images in wikipedia do not deal with the stability problem or with any particular structural concept of the atomic nucleus. And your compartmentalization of information does not do much to provide data interrelationships between adjacent elements. And so I would like to show some of the significant relationships where I can see them. And people who look at my model image are free to believe or disbelieve it as they see fit; but if they have a better set of constructural models I'd very much like to see it.WFPM (talk) 14:47, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

I've tried to explain the positive rationale for my images that you've proposed for deletion in the proposed for deletion article, and as usual, I've probably fouled things up. Maybe you might help me do it correctly. And as a fellow Electrical Engineering graduate interested in physics, I'm surprised that you aren't interested in all the details that can be learned about the atoms and particularly about the electron, since we clearly don't know what it is yet.WFPM (talk) 19:20, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

I think you did it correctly - I did clean up the formatting just a touch to how I've normally seen responses. My graduate degree is in electrical engineering but my undergraduate is in physics so I have a foot in both worlds. I've also done a lot of applied physics in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Honestly I'd rather leave the question of what the the atom and electron really are up to the philosophers. On the other hand I think scientists have a good idea of the nature of the atom and the electron, or rather how they behave and the rules that govern their behavior. Quantum mechanics, with its electron cloud orbitals and its entities that are both particles and waves, actually does a good job of explaining and predicting experimental results. I think I've mentioned this before, but one of the biggest issues I see with the assertion that your physical nuclear model is the true nature of the atomic nucleus is the helium atom. Electron scattering off of your helium nucleus will look different from electron scattering off of the helium nucleus predicted by quantum mechanics - the experimental results match with the predictions of quantum mechanics.
Again, Wikipedia is not a forum nor a message board nor a a place for publishing original theories (like your physical nuclear model or you nucleon accumulation theory). You post a lot of factoids about atomic numbers and isotope stabilities to article talk pages, but these all appear like message board postings if you don't also make suggestions about how the article text should be changed in view of those factoids. Even better would be pointing to published articles that say why those factoids are interesting or important or anomalous. --FyzixFighter (talk) 20:15, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

Well my charts have found irregularities in the reported halflife data and they are interfering with the correct interpretation of the tendency details of the data and they need to be found and challenged and the log halflife charts help in doing that, and I'm a believer in real physical entities, and not in "electron cloud orbits" which should be called "equal free energy loss orbits", except that they are logically impossible, partly because they don't maintain a constant angular momentum and also because a part of the path is a straight line through the center of attraction, (at the lost free energy velocity level). So we don't know and are still trying to find out, same as Maxwell in the 9th edition of EB. And with the philosophers it's an abstraction, like "What is life?" but to me it's a restricting physics and engineering problem. And the Janet Periodic table and I think my models indicate certain modes of accumulation processes to be much more probable than others and at least need to be considered as an alternative when considering these matters. It makes me doubt the correctness of the concept of the so called "triple alpha process" as being the main source of the existence of the element EE6C12, with all due respect to the efforts of George Gamow et al. And you seem to think that I always need to know the answer to all these matters before I even ask a question about them, which, of course, I don't. But I know enough to provide a reason to ask the question, which I think ought to be a consideration in these important matters. So thank you for your attention.WFPM (talk) 23:35, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

Also in passing I would like to note to you that if I take a Croquet ball and drill and tap into it with 6 right handed screws and then spin the device around an axis created by 2 of the opposing screws, I think that you will say that the top and bottom screws are rotating in opposite directions. then, if I take these screws out and hand them to you, do you think that you can tell them apart? Cheers.WFPM (talk) 00:51, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

In the above you say that the electron scattering results related to the (quantum mechanics concept)helium nucleus would be different from those from that indicated by my structural models and I'd like to read about that, since I didn't involve electrostatic properties in my structural considerations, only magnetic compatibility considerations. And so I would like to see what the structural properties of a quantum mechanics concept helium nucleus would look like. And I cant seem to find that in information in the Wikipedia article discussions. Could you please provide a reference as to where I could read about thar information? Thank you!WFPM (talk) 03:53, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

But wikipedia is not a publisher of original research nor is it a message board. It is not the appropriate place to say you have found important irregularities (ie, WP:OR) or to challenge mainstream physics. It's not that I think you need to know the answer before asking a question, but it is that the talk pages are not appropriate place to even be asking the question. Your questions and comments would be better suited to WP:RD or some other message board, but not article talk pages in my opinion.
Beyond that, based on your comments on the talk pages and our discussions here, it appears that you have huge gaps of knowledge about modern physics, like quantum mechanics, and even about classical physics, like basic radiation theory in classical electrodynamics. Because of that I find your conclusions, like those immediately above, about "electron cloud orbits" being logically impossible to be irrelevant since they are based on faulty understanding of modern and classical physics. The orbital images that I think your talking about are not orbits. They do not represent paths or trajectories. They instead represent the most likely regions that an electron in that orbital can be found. Electrons in the orbitals do maintain constant angular momentum, but only because the orbital images again are not paths, but are more representative of the resonant modes of the electron wave orbiting the atomic nucleus. In a way, it's kind of like a drum head. The drum head has various modes of vibration, depending on the energy of the mode. At low energies, there is usually only one mode per energy level, but at higher energies, an energy level could have several possible modes. If we plot out the regions of the drum head that have amplitudes within 90% of the max amplitude, we would get something that looks like the electron cloud orbital images. Go ahead and ask a question on the talk page if you think information in the article is wrong or misrepresents reliable sources, but don't expect other users on the talk page to teach you correct physics or discuss your novel/original theory on the subject - that's not what talk pages are for. Article talk pages should not be used by editors as platforms for their personal views on a subject. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:18, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
About the croquet ball, I have one word - Huh? What does a croquet ball and screws have anything to do with quantum mechanics? I'm sure the relevance is obvious to you, but to me it appears like non-sequitur rambling. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:20, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Finally, I'll try to find studies that address the charge distribution in the atomic nucleus. However, I'm fairly certain that your question was answered three years ago, and the description of File:Helium atom QM.svg also addresses your question. I hate to sound like a broken record, but the best place to answer your question is likely WP:RD or actual message boards like [10]. --FyzixFighter (talk) 17:30, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Wow!! Well I appreciate your answer to me talk messages and will try to comment as best I can in the following:

First I was assuming that your publishing of the Isotope information data was for reader informational purposes, And that any improvement in the method of presentation of that material for better understanding purposes was to be desired; particularly when you repeated the individual isotope data in the talk section where I thought the method of presentation could be a subject of discussion. Then, when I discovered that some of the data points were inconsistent with associated other data points, as determined by a simple graphic analysis of the data I thought that might be of interesting to readers of this material; so I put in a sample graphic analysis of the data on the isotopes of 82Pb lead to show the what such a graphic analysis would look like. I also noted in the talk section of other elements, like in 47Ag Silver where the reported halflife of certain isotopes, like OO47Ag 114 is so low that it can hardly be representative of the true halflife of that element. And I have no irons in the fire concerning the stability of 47Ag114 or any other isotope. But I want to know the truth and am looking for the most accurate set of data that I can find, and thought that the editors of wikipedia would be concerned about the occurrence of inaccuracies, or at least incorrect result description of the presented data. And you find that inappropriate for Wikipedia discussion, and that it would be inappropriate to even discuss or ask a question about how accurate the reported data is. Well, I'm not in a position to provide an up to date solution to this problem, since I operate from 1 data publication to the next. But I think that Wikipedia should take note that their published data contains this deficiency of accuracy, and to the editing quality control procedures needed to control it.WFPM (talk) 20:00, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

So the "orbital" motion of the electron around the atom does not represent the path location, and the electrons still travel in (Mvr) paths having a constant angular momentum. So then it can't go through the center of the atom and must always have a constant v times r path except for relativity adjustments. I have no problems with that, except to note that such conical paths as I'm familiar with would not have their probability of occurrence factor consistent with the spacial volume locations of the orbital figures proposed to explain the different paths or modes of vibration or whatever type of movement you want to call it. Also, if you trisect a cube you wind up with 27 small cubic volumes with No. 14 being in the center. And the spacial subdivision system of the orbital concept leaves out the 8 corner cubic subspaces and instead substitutes a 2 separate volume spacial construct for the orbital volume representations that doesn't make any sense to me.WFPM (talk) 20:46, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

In the Croquet ball discussion I was going to point out that if I refined the design of the screws and eliminate the screw head so that the screws were mere 2 equal lengths of machine screw material, then if they were located with the spinning croquet ball and the consideration of their connection to the croquet ball was neglected, then the configuration and spin orientation of the opposing screws in the ball would be identical, and not 1 up and 1 down as previously supposed. And if they were disconnected from the ball and left spinning, there would be no difference in identity. So what does that say about spin orientation designations?WFPM (talk) 21:09, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

I apologize if I come across as blunt, but previous indirect attempts by myself and others doesn't seem to have conveyed the intended information. Let me pull some of your most recent comments and put them in context (imo) of WP policies on original research
  • "I was assuming that your publishing of the Isotope information data was for reader informational purposes, And that any improvement in the method of presentation of that material for better understanding purposes was to be desired."
Perfectly fine. Better presentation of material is an issue with which everyone does and should grapple.
  • "...when I discovered that some of the data points were inconsistent with associated other data points, as determined by a simple graphic analysis of the data I thought that might be of interesting to readers of this material"
  • "I also noted in the talk section of other elements, like in 47Ag Silver where the reported halflife of certain isotopes, like OO47Ag 114 is so low that it can hardly be representative of the true halflife of that element."
  • "...thought that the editors of wikipedia would be concerned about the occurrence of inaccuracies, or at least incorrect result description of the presented data."
And with those comments you've passed into OR territory. It is OR because you believe the data points are anomalous, and that's based on what you think the consistent pattern should be. That is by definition primary research, which WP:OR explicitly is meant to prevent. There are a few ways for this type of discussion to be appropriate and not be OR. First, you can point out that different sources give different numbers for the same isotope and discuss how the discrepancies should be handled. A corollary to this would be to discuss the reliability of a source, but that usually has to be based on how that source is viewed within the mainstream field of science as opposed to our opinion of the data. Second, you can provide at least one reliable source that points out that the measured data points are anomalous or inconsistent. Especially in the science-related articles, discussion of how accurate the reported data should generally limited to be within one of those two contexts. Just because we personally find the data to be inconsistent or anomalous is not sufficient for discussion on the article pages (it is sufficient for discussion on message boards). If you do find the data to be inconsistent, I suggest digging through reliable sources for one that agrees with your assessment and then start a discussion using that source.
About the electron stuff - the orbitals don't represent paths but represent the most likely place to find an electron for that state. Paths don't make sense at the atomic level in quantum mechanics because the electron is not behaving like a particle but like a wave, so definitions like Mvr for angular momentum don't apply. Instead quantum mechanics uses a "wave" definition of angular momentum, and the wavefunctions that define the orbitals for the different energy levels have constant angular momentum with this definition. The shapes you see don't have anything to do with packing theory. Instead, just like the shapes of the modes of the vibrating drumhead, they are determined by what functions fit the boundary conditions and the governing differential equation for the system. I don't recall if I've suggested in before, but I highly recommend "Applied Quantum Mechanics" by A.F.J. Levi for an approach to quantum mechanics from an electrical engineering background (Levi is a professor of electrical engineering at USC and previous to that worked for ten years (1983-93) at Bell labs).
And I'm still not seeing the relevance to the croquet ball/screw analogy. What is it analogous to and how does it relate to any of the physics discussion above? --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:19, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Okay then it boils down that you want to print the isotope data with the details of agreement among sources as to accuracy etc, but you don't like to have one of your invited editors pointing out at to your readers any inconsistency of any of the data points to the readers in the edit section of your publication. And I guess it doesn't matter if he's right or wrong, it's just that your rules says that he can't bring up the subject. And you can't point out the self evident inaccuracy yourself, but you have to get someone else to do it. So much for editorial freedom.

And then you want to take a concept like angular momentum (classical Mvr) and say that the electron particle doesn't obey those rules, because it's no longer a particle, but now a distributed energy wave of some sort which still has some mathematically derived property that you still want to call angular momemtum. But I gather that it still has a point source electrostatic charge for each proton involved and that can be shown to be approaching very close to each other in the case of the alpha particle. And I note in your referred image that the indications of the image is that the separation distance between adjacent proton to neutron conjunctions is allowed to be very close whereas the separation between the protons and between the neutrons in shown to be much greater. Is that intentional? It's what I observed in my magnetized models.WFPM (talk) 17:37, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

With regard to your first paragraph above - but what happens if another editor says that there isn't any inconsistency in the data points? If we allow primary research, there is no way to truly resolve such an issue. IMO, the rules are helpful because it puts all editors on a level field, in other words my own personal opinions on the subject of the article are not more important than yours, and vice versa. Instead, what's important and what we only report is what's been published in reliable sources. Let the reliable sources have the burden of figuring out what's wrong and what's right. Remember that a threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability (ie, whether readers can check that material in Wikipedia has already been published by a reliable source), not truth (ie, whether editors hold private opinions that the material is true). Coming back to our discussion, if the inaccuracy is so self-evident, it would seem that it should be easy to find a reliable source that points it out.
A point of clarification, I don't see these as my rules; these are wikipedia's rules. As an honest question, do you feel that I have misrepresented wikipedia policy in any way? Is there something you've read in wikipedia policy that you think gives us such editorial freedom to point out self-evident inaccuracies ourselves? --FyzixFighter (talk) 02:29, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
I appreciate your editorial problems and approve of your general ability to maintain a sort of order in this maelstrom of information dissemination re matters of human interest that is occurring these days. That's why I went to the effort to show you how to make apparent certain discrepancies in your nuclear stability report material. Then your opinion and my opinion wont be the deciding factors concerning the correctness of this material. But you reject my authority to call this matter into question, because you say I,m not a reliable authority and have no status, whereas you have the authority to eliminate my contributions to your material based on your different opinion as to their suitability and or merit. And you say that I lack knowledge about the mathematical aspects and related concepts re atomic physics phenomena that you want to use to argue that the mathematical concept as to the nature of the atom is such that it doesn't have to obey any of the rules with which I might be familiar. And in the meantime I note the inconsistencies in the articles and images concerning these matters (as well as in the National Geographic and other publications) And wonder if anybody really wants to get at the truth. But I think that a sincere editor should be trying to get at the truth, and in Wikipedia parlance that means in having an open point of view. And I don't know why the so called reliable sources haven't bothered to use this method to verify the rationality of their data and I have called this matter to their attention. Maybe they have some conflicting method I don't know. But I don't think I should have the burden of proving the obvious. but only in calling the matter to your attention. And I do think that an editor should have the editorial freedom to point out an observed self-evident inaccuracy if he/she observes it because you're doing it in your discussion arguments all the time.WFPM (talk) 15:21, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Again, I think you're misunderstanding the policies and aims of wikipedia. Your resolution to a disagreement is also dependent on everyone accepting the material/physical model. From my perspective, I think I'm having the same problem you think you're having. I have a model, based on quantum mechanics, that can resolve the apparent discrepancies but you don't accept that model. However, because I too am not a reliable authority and have no status I am powerless to push this model throughout the community unless I have reliable sources. That's why I'm reluctant to try to teach you modern physics, but instead recommend to you a reliable source. I've been through the tussle of trying to argue physics from first principles with someone with whom I disagree on the physics and let me tell you that those debates never go anywhere. If you have reliable sources to back up your opinions, then my opinion about their suitability and/or merit is meaningless on its own and I couldn't rightly remove the material. I would have to find other reliable sources if I wanted to challenge its inclusion. Even if I feel an inaccuracy is self-evident, there are only two options if someone challenges them - 1) provide reliable sources that point out the inaccuracy, 2) go to the larger community and see if the inaccuracy is actually self-evident. That's how I would say things work on wikipedia. But you never answered my questions, and I'd really like to know your thoughts and feelings. Do you feel that I have misrepresented wikipedia policy in any way? Is there something you've read in wikipedia policy that you think gives us such editorial freedom to point out self-evident inaccuracies ourselves? --FyzixFighter (talk) 16:01, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

You sound like a professor. Where the mode of communication becomes more important than the subject matter. You can't communicate with me so you think that somebody else could communicate better. But what about the subject matter. I've always said that in a discussion there are 3 sets of informative material being dealt with, namely: 1, my idea 2, your idea and 3 the true nature of the subject matter. And we can't get anywhere trying to impose ideas, unless they are directly related to the nature of the subject matter. And I sympathize with your inability to communicate a concept which you think is valid and relevant, but you want to do it by disregarding my concepts and by not wanting to deal with data or other matters pertaining to the subject matter that might improve our understanding of its nature. Why? Because your desire for the understandability (to you) of the ideas being presented is greater than your desire to determine about the specifics of the subject under discussion, which according to you has already been decided by "a reliable source". Me, I know that I don't know about a lot of things, which is supposed to be an improvement over not knowing that I don't know. So in Quality Control, I look for irregularities, which is a good procedure. And when I find one I expect that a person who knows about the subject matter should be able to explain it. But you want to disclaim responsibility for irregularities in your published information (by saying that the larger community doesn't think it to be self-evident?) With that attitude I'd say that you would never qualify as a quality control specialist. Sorry to digress. Take the concept of angular momentum. Its evidently some part of the free kinetic energy of a moving system if some part of it is restricted by being restricted to remaining in a fixed location and the sum of the Mv^2 values is changed to the sum of the Mvr values. I wouldn't know how it is expressed in Quantum physics but I can visualize it in a spacial geometric concept. And you want me to abandon that concept? For what other geometric concept? Oh Well. If you will just examine and compare the halflife values of 47Pb lead for the atomic numbers OOAg108, OOAg110, OOAg112, OOAg114, OOAG116, and OOAg118 and let me know what you think about the consistency of the reported value of OOAg114 with the rest of the data, I'd be pleased to hear what you think of its correctness. And a chart of this data is much easier to look at.WFPM (talk) 18:39, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

Still waiting for your response to these questions: Do you feel that I have misrepresented wikipedia policy in any way? Is there something you've read in wikipedia policy that you think gives us such editorial freedom to point out self-evident inaccuracies ourselves? --FyzixFighter (talk) 19:03, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

Now you sound like a lawyer. And I'm no authority on Wikipedia policy and bow to your superior knowledge of same. But I don't think that you, with your attitude, would have ever allowed me to get in my Model image in the first place, because it violates some of your concepts. And I thank V. Smith for giving me some needed help and a break. And now you want to kick it out, because you think I "ramble on" by trying to discuss some of the informative aspects of such a concept. And I really don't see what you have against the graphical format presentation of the data for understanding purposes.WFPM (talk) 20:08, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

I probably wouldn't have, but I've intentionally tried to limit my arguments as to why the model image and associated images should be removed away from my personal assessment of the concepts. Like I've said, my arguments would be completely meaningless if you had reliable sources to back up your concepts. I ask the questions because I feel that you think wikipedia is something that it isn't. To paraphrase WP:FRINGE, none of us should use Wikipedia as a forum for promoting our personal pet theories. Existing policies discourage this type of behavior: if the only statements about a theory come from the inventors or promoters of that theory, then various "What Wikipedia is not" rules come into play. It is this kind of behavior - frequently cross-posting to talk pages with the images or links to those files - that I find inappropriate. Wikipedia is neither a publisher of original thought nor a soapbox for self-promotion and advertising. The notability of a theory or concept must be judged by statements from verifiable and reliable sources, not the proclamations of its adherents. Honestly, perhaps someone would find the half-life graph interesting, but the attempt at original analysis in the image text and the physical model diagram violate WP:OR in my opinion. Since you seem to think User:Vsmith has been more sympathetic to you, I'd suggest asking him to take a look at both this discussion and the File for Deletion proposal and see what he says. Finally, since you disagree with my actions can you please look at WP:OR, WP:NFT, and WP:NOTFORUM and tell me if and how I've misapplied these policies to your files/images? I'm not asking this to be lawyer-ish, rather I want you to understand the policies and purposes of Wikipedia so that you can contribute more constructively to the project. --FyzixFighter (talk) 21:00, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

No I think you're trying to keep me from contributing creatively to the project by minimizing my ability to contribute any ideas that you disagree with. And I don't claim to be a reliable source. Just an inquiring reader in some subjects that I'm interested in. And I think I have creatively contributed because I have managed to get you to disparage my contributions rather than just ignore them. And I didn't do any soapbox self promotion or advertising, but only identified myself as you're supposed to do. And I'm trying to pin you down about the alpha particle as to what it looks like and whether you agree with Wiki's image that you're promoting to me and you're avoiding the issue because you don't want to be pinned down to anything except your mathematical formulae and maybe some associated concepts that are hard for you to communicate to other than a mathematically inclined person. And mathematics is a great analyzing tool, but it isn't the real thing and you evidently think that if you stoop to make a decision between the validity of the individual numbers of a set of values you are doing "original research". I think you're stretching the concept of original research beyond its reasonable limits for some reason in order to avoid providing the reader with a better format for understanding of the contained information.WFPM (talk) 22:54, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

I'm sorry you feel that way. I really don't take to kindly to outright accusations that I'm acting in bad faith, my patience is getting very thin, and I don't if I can remain civil much longer, so I think we're pretty much at an impasse and given your disregard for WP:AGF in the above comment, I'm probably not going to respond to any further comments by you on this subject in this section. I've honestly tried to act in good faith and I've tried to limit my comments about your motivation and you personally, and instead only comment on your behavior. Other people have already tried to explain to you what the shape of the alpha particle is, and to explain how quantum mechanics works, so I don't see what the point of me further trying and expecting a different result. I know I'm not the best communicator - that's why I suggested the Levi textbook. If you're not willing to do the leg work by checking out the references that I and others have suggested, then I have little motivation to make any further attempts to clear up your concerns. If you feel that I have behaved inappropriately either by acting in bad faith or by stretching the concept of WP:OR, take it up on WP:WQA or WP:NOR. In fact I think I would actually enjoy letting others take a look at this little interchange, so please consider those venues if you want to pursue further discussion on this. Maybe then someone with more patience and more pedagogical skill than I might get you to understand the purpose and policies of Wikipedia. --FyzixFighter (talk) 02:06, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

So in Quantum mechanics I'm a lost cause, because I don't know how it works and you would enjoy having others look at this exchange. Fine! So you want to banish me and my materials because I wont learn what you think is the right set of ideas about the atom and particularly the alpha particle. Well I'm not important so it depends upon the value of my materials and maybe whether or not I have a right to make a proposed clarifying improvement in your format of presentation. Since I'm unqualified to judge the value of my material to others, I would appreciate your referring this matter to V Smith and maybe Wheaton or Dirac66 with whom I've had discussions as to some of this subject matter. Since your knowledge of the protocols is much better than mine I'm sure you can and will do a good job in finding this out. I'm certainly not going to waste my time in some kind of vendetta against you for doing what you think is your duty in this matter.WFPM (talk) 15:19, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Mormonism is not accepted as Christianity in Hong Kong

It is controversial to put Mormonism as Christianity in Hong Kong. Please follow the Wiki category policy: "Be careful of neutral point of view (NPOV) when creating or filling categories. Unless it is self-evident and uncontroversial that something belongs in a category, it should not be put into a category." STSC (talk) 13:36, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

As I pointed out to you before, this runs counter to a consensus decision, succinctly summed up here, that was reached after multiple long discussions. For example, Mormonism is listed under Christianity#Major groupings within Christianity, List of Christian denominations, List of Christian denominations by number of members, {{Christianity}}, Category:Christian denominational families, as a subset of Christianity in the demographics of states and nations,...and the list goes on. The classification of Mormonism is not that controversial in academic/scholarly/secular sources, really it is only controversial in theological/sectarian sources. As WP is a secular encyclopedia, it is perfectly reasonable to categorize Mormonism as Christianity. Again this is done across multiple pages on WP (of note, for example, WP:CHRISTIAN - especially seeing as you've joined their Christianity in China work group) and is based on consensus and reliable sources. I don't see why pages relating to Hong Kong or Asia should be exempt from this pattern. --FyzixFighter (talk) 14:09, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Centrifugal force

Hi FyzixFighter. On 22 November you erased a section from Centrifugal force - your diff. This has become the subject of a new thread on the Discussion page. I agree with the theme of the new thread so I have restored the section you deleted. Please join the discussion at Talk:Centrifugal force#Inadvisable deletion leaves no clues to related topics. Dolphin (t) 20:54, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

John Foxe on Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents


I don't like the idea of being the only person who comment on John Foxe actions (I was not part of the edit war this time). So I thought you might like to comment [Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Three_Witnesses|here]] on a Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents ironically brought up by Foxe.

You may not want to get involved, and I would understand. I was back and back and forth myself, since I didn't want to stir up a hornets nest. However, in the end I felt that User:BOMC needed to have someone point out the extent of Foxe's actions compared to his. It wasn't fair to of Foxe to complain when his actions are so much worse.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 19:32, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Golden plates

The more I think about that caption, the more I prefer your reversion.--John Foxe (talk) 21:46, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Biblical Canon Article

You made two edits based upon things that I've wrestled with--mostly with myself--on this page. The first edit, I undid. The second edit, I maybe wouldn't undo completely, but I see no reason to give the Community of Christ it's own section. Honestly the idea to give the Strangites their own section was based upon their very distinct view about their canon, not their membership numbers. This wealth of information about their canonical views caused multiple paragraphs to be written... thus, giving them their own section. Believe me, it would be easier if everyone accepted the same canon, then this would be such an easy, short article.... but they don't. ((( As it is, I have not figured out how to fit in a couple of other related canons/works like the Christian Scientist's additional central text, and others like it... that in a way, belong on this page, only if to be mentioned in passing.))) I think a compromise here would be to have the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints be one section, and the other Latter Day Saint sects be the other section. In a well written article---and this is a work in progress---aesthetics actually play a role, and having the CofC section with just a small blurt of information looks silly, in my opinion. I haven't made any changes to your edit, just looking for your opinion on this, as you seem to be more than just a passer-by on this article that I have labored on for hours. (talk) 22:32, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm fine with combining the Community of Christ into a general "Other Latter Day Saints". I was thinking the same thing when I saw how small the section was. But from my understanding of WP:UNDUE, wealth of information doesn't necessarily translate into how much prominence something should have, so I thought it somewhat odd that the Strangite sect would get a subheading all to itself. I am happily amenable to the two section solution you described above.
About the first edit, I don't think I understand your aesthetics argument fully but I'm willing to look for ways to make it look better. However, the second half your reason for undoing the edit, that some people debate the placement, goes against the established standard on WP, i.e. for the purposes of WP the LDS are included as a subset of Christianity. This is seen on numerous pages and categorizations, including (especially relevant to this discussion) Religious text. I don't like sacrificing what I see as accuracy for aesthetics, so how can we adjust the look to comply with the organization seen throughout the rest of WP? --FyzixFighter (talk) 00:17, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

The original creators of the page went through a series of arguments about the inclusion of Latter Day Saint extra-Biblical scripture on this page. No resolution was ever really reached. When I first accessed the page, the section was called "Open Canons." I tried integrating it into the Christian canons section with some resistence. ***** I now have changed the name of the preceding section to "Christian Biblical canons" because the section only talks about the development of the Bible... since Latter Day Saints are also Christians, this would also imply the development of their Bible. There is a natural progression on this page from the Jewish Old Testament to the Christian Bible to Other extra-Biblical scripture. When I have the time, I am planning to maybe integrate the Latter Day Saint information into a larger section called "Extra-Biblical Christian Scripture"... I just don't have the time at this point to do all of the research and editing to create such a thing. (talk) 20:00, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

Sorry, for the delayed response. Yeah, I've never understood why Extra-biblical canon stuff is covered so extensively in the "Biblical canon" article. In terms of the LDS stuff, I could maybe see covering the Joseph Smith Translation and parts of the Pearl of Great Price that resulted from it. But, if we are to keep all the information there I would suggest trying a few things. Let me just throw out a few ideas. "Christian closed canons" might be better for the existing heading, so as to avoid repeating the article title in the headings. And then put "Christian open canons" as the next heading. This kind of organization is already hinted at in the lead where the distinction between open and closed canons is touched on briefly. Although I don't know if open canon is necessarily synonymous with extra-biblical scripture (perhaps some of the Christian groups with extra-biblical scriptures now adhere to the idea of a closed canon) Alternatively, looking at the fact that article currently doesn't even touch the Jehovah's Witnesses biblical canon, perhaps "Traditional Christian" and "Non-traditional Christian canons" might be the better way to group them, with the latter covering both non-traditional strictly-biblical but unique canons like the JW and theologies with extra-biblical additions to canon like the LDS, Christian Scientists, and Seventh Day Adventists. Thoughts? --FyzixFighter (talk) 08:07, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Keep up the work and good job keeping those with POV issues from ruling Wikipedia. --ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 19:48, 24 April 2012 (UTC)


Hi. I understand you have recently reversed the edit on core Mormon beliefs. I have cited several supplemental ones comparing core Mormon beliefs as described on my edit. Please also read Ben Wotherington research to confirm that his research is accurate regarding Mormonism. I understand you may have the same religious faith, but Ben is a diligent author and researcher on this topic and I feel that along with the other sources I now added, he is also a true, unbiased and reliable source just as his website is honored by Wikipedia as an impartial belief source and website. QvisDevs (talk) 17:31, 31 August 2012 (UTC)


Hi, I am attempting to assume good faith here, but I am seeing a pattern of meatpuppet editing around these mormon articles. you do not WP:OWN these articles nor does the mormon church. A little more balanced content actually helps rather than hurts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:48, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Book of Mormon peoples

I think I solved the POV problem by creating Category:Book of Mormon peoples, analogous to Category:Hebrew Bible nations and Category:Rigvedic tribes. Goustien (talk) 19:37, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Deletion nomination Perfection (Latter Day Saints)

Hey there - getting a little bit more active lately trying to clean up these Mormon articles - and could use your thoughts on a recent nomination for deletion: Perfection (Latter Day Saints). Thanks! --Descartes1979 (talk) 06:06, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Joseph Smith - FAC

Hello FyzixFighter,

I have put the article on Joseph Smith up as a nominee for Featured Article Status! I think the article has come a long way, and has a very good chance of being featured this time around. I would personally appreciate it if you took a moment to review the article and vote for it (or against it, I suppose) at it's FAC.

Thanks! --Trevdna (talk) 19:49, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Community of Christ Infobox

Someone has put the Community of Christ infobox up for deletion because he feels that we shouldn't be using an infobox on more then one page, (see here). This template is used the same way that {{Infobox LDS Church}} and his reason for deletion could very easily be applied to that page. I think that perhaps some more editor of Later Day Saint pages need to chime in, of we are going to find that this will happens to a number of LDS Related infobox templates.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 13:24, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

Star control siblinghood

Just wanted to chime in and thank you for your work not just on pages we've edited together, but also on the Star Control Wiki. I still have fond memories of my first contact with the Orz, the joys of a Pkunk resurrection ship, or how eager I was to have Kohr-Ah in PvP.  :) a **happy camper**, --HectorMoffet (talk) 12:57, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Thomas S. Monson lawsuit

Hello. I was glad to see you agreed with me that the lawsuit against President Monson was too frivolous a matter to be mentioned in his WP article. Now that view is under direct attack from the user who posted a request to have it included. Short of discussing the issue, he is resorting to personal attacks that are unbecoming any self-respecting WP editor. I respectfully ask for your support in proving that this is a frivolous lawsuit and not worth mentioning on WP. If this user sees that I'm not the only one with this opinion, he might change his tune. And admittedly, I could use as many people in my corner as I can get. Thanks for your help. Please post on the article's talk page or reply on my talk page, as I don't routinely check other user's talk pages for a response. Thanks. --Jgstokes (talk) 03:55, 9 February 2014 (UTC)