Energy is the conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance and represents the work a system is capable of doing. Use this tag for questions about energy, and consider adding [tag:energy-conservation] if it is specifically about its conservation.

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How is the energy efficiency in bicycles accounted for?

Bikes are more efficient than walking, but that's only because roads are flat so wheels make sense, right? Does it make sense to say that this fact is simply gained by putting a lot of energy into ...
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Electric vs permanent magnets for alternator (turbine generator)

Here's what I know about rotating electric generators (alternators?): they spin permanent magnets on rotor alongside stationary wire coils or vice versa (sync vs async designs) produce 1 or 3 phase ...
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What happens to the energy of fermions when a degenerate gas forms?

For example, when an electron degenerate gas forms, two electrons (of opposite spins) occupy each of the lowest possible energy states up to the Fermi energy. This is because of the Pauli exclusion ...
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How much potential energy stored by a dam?

Considering a dam of height $h$ which holds back a rectangular based reservoir of water with base area $A$. The reservoir contains a mass $m$ of water (up to $h$) of density $\rho$. How much potential ...
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General expression of internal energy change in a closed system

let's say we have a classical closed system. What I've understood is that during a reversibile process the internal energy $E$ undergoes a change which could be expressed (as generally as possible) as ...
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Is the energy needed for a current through a straight and a coiled wire different?

When you add current to a straight piece of wire does it use less electricity than if it was coiled? Does the curve of the wire and proximity to itself make a difference in energy consumption?
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Equivalent beam rigidity for a 1D lattice structure

To model the behavior of continua, often discrete lattice models with nodes joined by 2-point spring elements (which resist tensile forces) and 3-point beam elements (which resist bending moments) are ...
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Relation between entropy and internal energy

I am confused as to what is the relation between entropy and internal energy. Entropy is always presented as a measure of the randomness in a system. So when we supply heat to a well insulated system ...
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When water turns to steam at 100 degrees Celsius why does both the internal and potential energy increase?

I thought during this transition only the potential energy increases as energy is used to weaken the van Der Waal forces between the molecules. And that the internal energy is only dependent on the ...
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Horizontal rolling without slipping

I'm trying to find the friction coefficient that makes the body roll without slipping but I just can't reach a value. The force is applied on a small central disk of radius $r=0,03\, m$ and mass $m=0,...
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Are electrons packets of energies made up of strings? [on hold]

I always wondered that if electron was a packet of energy it would hold true for most of the experiments and we won't need to deal with wave particle duality anymore,but then matter came in.what if ...
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Force applies to sphere not on center of mass?

Is this true: When force is applied to a sphere NOT on center of mass (COM) then the sphere will move the same way as when force is ON center of mass, because the sphere is symmetric in every ...
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How much realistically usable energy can be obtained from matter/antimatter interaction?

The high energy density of a matter/antimatter system is well known. However, depending on the nature of the material, most of the energy from the interaction is released in the form of photons (...
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Is it possible in this Universe to communicate a bit of information with energy that scales sub-linearly with distance?

If we look at all the ways that people do communicate information, they all seem to have a cost "at least linear in distance." For example, communicating over a wire has attenutation, so the energy ...
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Density of states from $k$ to $E$

Speaking about Quantum mechanics, considering the "particle in a box" condition as an approximation of the electrons condition in a semiconductor, let the material be represented by a volume $V$ with ...
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Fermi Dirac distribution and degenerate energy states

In Quantum Mechanics and in semiconductor materials, the number of electrons $N$ in conduction band is usually computed as follows: $$N = \int_{E_c}^{+\infty} g_c(E)f(E)dE$$ where $g_c(E)$ is the ...
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Kinetic energy of a suspended mass from an overhead crane [closed]

I am using Lagrange's method to formulate the equation of motion for a 3D overhead crane that is shown below: For the formulation of the kinetic energy for the payload (suspended) mass. I have seen ...
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How does the nature of bonding between individual atoms in a molecule affect the van der Waal interactions between molecules?

I am currently studying certain materials. Some of these materials have ionic bonds, while some others have covalent bonds. Moreover, each unit of these materials interacts with the adjacent unit via ...
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Why a positive voltage raises the potential energy of a positive charge and lowers the energy of a negative charge?

I am reading the relation between energy diagram and V, E (electric filed) in a semiconductor from the site (page 47-48). However, I don't quite understand this sentence below. Could anyone explain ...
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Do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values in semiconductors?

In energy band diagram of a semiconductor, do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values? Also, why electrons in semiconductor have energy? What is the formula for energy of an ...
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How to apply conservation of energy to active noise-cancelling headphones?

Active noise-cancelling headphones add the opposite waveforms of the ambient sound in order to cancel out this ambient sound by destructive interference. I do not understand why adding more power in ...
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Does a measurement always require the exchange of energy?

Can you measure something about something without adding or removing energy from it? This comment has got me wondering if there is a way to measure a property or a quantity of something without some ...
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Work and energy example [duplicate]

The normal definition of Work, as far as I have read, is: Energy is transferred through work. But I just heard an educationist state this example, where there is a weightlifter who keeps up a huge ...
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Where does energy go in the death of the Universe?

So I thought that energy can't be destroyed or created but can only be transformed into another kind of energy. I read something about the Universe dying because all the stars will burn out and the ...
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Joule's “Work-Heat Equivalent” Experiment

I have been reading about the Joule's experiment that is supposed to have shown that work is the equivalent of heat. I can't really find the original paper and I am finding trouble understanding how ...
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what happened finally to the photons emitted by the atoms cooled in laser cooling process?

I mean, do these emitted photons go out of the system without any other happening. Because they are in higher frequency and so more energy, can they be used as a source of energy?
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Relation between field and Potential energy of a body

I have read that if a body is in a field and is 1. moved in a direction opposite to the direction of a field, its potential energy increases.But why does it increase? 2.Also, if we move the body in a ...
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Work done relation to potential energy

I know work done is negative of change in potential energy, I.e., $W=-(∆U)$. It means that Work done against a force (or work done on a system) increases its potential energy. And Work done by a ...
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Why do particles moving in circular motion emit em radiation? [duplicate]

For example particles moving in a synchrotron . Which energy of the particle is converted to the energy of the radiation ? What is the relation between this energy and the change in direction of the ...
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Nuclear bomb power - myth?

I'm not experienced in physics yet (if it helps I've covered as much as acceleration, momentum and energy transfer/chemistry ionic and covalent bonding) but I've heard that the way people compare ...
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If a flywheel is spinning at say 1,000 rpm, would an input of 500 rpm would actually slow it down? [closed]

When a flywheel is stationery, an input of 500 rpm would translate to less than 500 rpm in the flywheel considering entropy, but what happens if the flywheel is already running at 1000 rpm, wouldn't ...
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Negative work leading us to negative energy [closed]

We know that energy is the ability to do work and we know that the work can be negative as cos theta of the angle in which force is applied can be negative. Moreover we take the units of work and ...
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Calculating the work done by friction on a rigid body due to the piston

I have a uniform rod of length 0.5m and mass 0.1kg, and on this rod are two balls of mass 0.03kg both at a distance of 9.997cm away from the center of the rod. There is a pin about the center of the ...
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Scanning Electron Microscopy on a smaller scale

Is it possible to sufficiently focus a ~1nm beam of electrons into a sample chamber in less than 10cm of vertical space, therefore reducing the volume of the entire vacuum chamber, and subsequently ...
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Should entropy define order rather than disorder? [closed]

Disorder, as I understand it, is basically a measure of entropy. This does not seem correct to me, and appears to be a result of our macroscopic bias. Not only does the beginning of the universe ...
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A Question on energy of electromagnetic wave

( I initially started to ask, "since according to Quantum-theory of light; the energy of a photon, depends only on the frequency of light-wave (E = h * nu), and no-mention of amplitude. So, does the ...
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Energy Quantization

Why a free particle gives rise to Continuous Spectrum energy eigenvalues where particle in the Bound States provide the quantization?
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Why the Lagrangian $L$ is KE - PE? Why not KE + PE!

With Lagrangian, is there any way to intuitively grasp why total energy equals the difference between the kinetic and potential energy? Seems counter-intuitive - whereas Hamiltonian calculation (sum ...
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Can We “Tune” The Radiation Output Of a Nuclear Device.?

After reading "Project Orion", the 1950's plan to launch a large mass spaceship using small nuclear devices, (and also from common sense), I realise that a lot of nuclear research is classified. The ...
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Energy of an accelerated charge?

Thought experiment: Let's take a positively charged particle and place it in a vacuum with no electric field. It just sits there. Now, we instantaneously introduce an electric field. The moment ...
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Why Boltzmann Entropy's formula is $k_B\log\ W$ and not $0.5\ k_B\log\ W$?

This question is probably wrong - however, I wish to understand even why it's wrong.. Let's take the monatomic gas situation. By the Equipartition theorem, we have that for every degree of freedom ...
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Physics Chain Problem

A chain of length d lies on a table, $d/4$ of it hangs loose on the side of it. Friction coefficient is 0.2. It is released and begins to slide. What is the final velocity with which it falls of the ...
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How does the speed of light affect energy? [duplicate]

According to Einstein's theorem E=mc2, energy equals to product of mass and speed of light. How does the speed of light affect energy? If it is so, then why is the specific value for the speed of ...
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Is there an actual proof for the energy-time Uncertainty Principle?

As I understand, the energy-time uncertainty principle can't be derived from the generalized uncertainty relation. This is because time is a dynamical variable and not an observable in the same sense ...
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Energy of central potential in QM

A hydrogen atom (Coulomb potential) has energy that only depends on $n$ (if we ignore other effects like spin-orbit coupling). In general (not necessarily Coulomb, can be any V), does $E$ depend on ...
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What is the effect of volume on liquid temperature during evaporative cooling?

Imagine two evaporative cooling experiments: In the first, a beaker contains a known volume of liquid. The liquid starts at ambient temperature. The temperatue of the body of liquid remaining in the ...
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Energy Transformation BLDC Motor

I would like to know what kind of Energy Transformation happens in a BLDC Motor. I googled it and read that the electric energy is transformed to magnetic energy, and then from magnetic energy to ...
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What is more basic thing to explain phenomenons : Energy or Force? [closed]

You know many physical happening are explained by considering forces or we can explain these phenomenon using energy (like energy conservation, etc.). so i was wondering that explaining the physical ...
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Why does paper explode when compressed?

Various videos online show paper/card suddenly releasing energy in an explosion like way and transforming into a brittle material when put under sufficient pressure from presses. Examples are shown ...
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Does a degassed magnet weigh less than one that is not?

I learned matter with an electric current weighs more than matter with no current. Does that apply to magnetic material in the same way but with it's magnetic fields instead of electric current? A ...