Energy is a quantity which gives an overview of the amount of work doable by the system.

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does electron - positron pair annihilation occur when E is negative?

Suppose I release an electron-positron pair from rest at a distance of $r$. Then the particles attract each other and collide. The total energy $E$ is $$E = 2m_ec^2-\frac{e^2}{4\pi\varepsilon_0r},$$ ...
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Work and energy problems [on hold]

Calculate the energy posses sedby a stone of mass 10kg kept at a height of 5m. If 196x102 J of energy were used to raise a 40kg boy above the ground, how high would he be raised? (50m) Calculate ...
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Velocity and energy of falling object [on hold]

A hammer of mass 1 kg falls freely from a height of 2 m. Calculate the velocity and the kinetic energy of the hammer just before it touches the ground. Does the velocity of the hammer depend on the ...
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Is energy content of a system different dependending on the observer?

For the sake of simplicity, let's imagine that the entire Universe is empty except for a single lump of (classical) matter with mass $m$. In its center of momentum frame, it is clear that the total ...
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Work performed by a stationary object in a gravitational field “on Earth”

I was thinking about this problem: How much work is required to hold an object stationary in a gravitational field? or: How much energy is required to keep an object stationary in a ...
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Why does heat lose its energy as we get further away?

Why does heat lose its energy dramatically as I move back? Say I have a fire around 0.5 meters in front of me, I can clearly feel the heat, however, as I move even very slightly back, say 1 meter ...
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What does the relation between mass and energy of a free particle mean?

What does the Hamiltonian for a free particle mean? Does it mean that the kinetic energy of the particle is in reverse relation with mass? $H$ or $E=\hbar^{2}k^{2}/2m$. Or better to ask: what's the ...
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Intuitive physical concept for squared velocity in the context of energy

Kinetic energy $E_{kin} = \frac{1}{ 2} m v^2 $ may be expressed in $kg \frac{ m^2 }{sec^2}$.The formula includes squared velocity. However, instead of squared velocity = v • v it seems to be easier ...
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Is nature quantized?

I was reading Planck's postulate the other day on Wikipedia and couldn't help but noticing the sentence: "...is the postulate that the energy of oscillators in a black body is quantized..." ...
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Dependence of kinetic friction on relative velocity

While I was reading my book I came across a line that tells that there is slight dependence of kinetic friction on velocity of relative motion of the bodies. Can anyone tell me how is this so?
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Highest background gamma ray energy?

What is the highest naturally occurring gamma ray energy that you would see in background? And what is it is source?
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Calculate the rise in temperature from directed radiation [closed]

For example I have a 1 watt laser and direct it to a sheet of metal (copper), if I were to direct it for say a time interval of 1 minute what would be the change in temperature? I can predict that it ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth? [duplicate]

Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth? According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 ...
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QFT and violation of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

In some QFT books is said that a free electron can emit a virtual photon as long as it reabsorbs the photon and returns to its original state within a time: $$\Delta t<\dfrac{\hbar}{2\Delta E}$$ ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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Relationship between momentum and energy for rocket-powered aircraft

I'm trying to write a problem for my students in an algebra-based physics class. We have a flight simulator and I've got a glider in the simulator that has a couple rocket boosters attached. Students ...
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Solar spectrum units

Why is intensity $I$ on a graph of the solar spectrum always showed in units of $[\mathrm{W/m^2/nm}]$ instead of simply $[\mathrm{W/m^2}]$? (The y-axis on the graph.) It is apparently shown as ...
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Domain of different types of collision?

Can anyone tell me why elastic collision occur between atomic particles? inelastic collision occur between ordinary objects? perfectly inelastic collision occur during shooting? ...
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Factors on which Coefficient of restitution depend

What are the factors on which coefficient of restitution depend? What is the reason for more coefficient of restitution of two glass balls (0.95) than for two lead balls (0.20)?
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Can antimatter-matter collisions generate heat?

We have a project at school to develop an idea about how we can generate electricity. My question is: do collisions between matter and antimatter particles generate heat, so that one could harvest it ...
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Conservation of kinetic energy in collision

Why is kinetic energy conserved in collision between glass balls while it is not conserved in collision between a ball and floor?
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Understanding relationship between work and energy

I've read over 10 books about work and energy, and I just simply can't understand it. First of all, they go ahead and randomly define that work is force times distance: $$W=F X \cos\theta$$ Okay, ...
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Is the kinetic energy of an electron always $1.6 \cdot 10^{-19}~\text{J}$?

I was doing the following problem. For $d$. They bizarrely added an extra step. They calculated the momentum of the electron to find the De Broglie wavelength using the kinetic energy relationship. ...
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Do I need to convert units to be compatible with constants?

I want to calculate the wavelength of radiation given its energy. I know I need to use $E=h f$ and $f = c / \lambda$. All I'm given is $E = 20 \text{ keV}$, now my true question is: Do I use $E = ...
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Why does the water rise upwards when the bottle fall down with accleretion $>>g$?

When a medium-sized bottle filled with water quarterly falls from a height with acceleration $g$, the water remains calm. But when it falls with acceleration $>>g$, the water abruptly rises up ...
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Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision?

Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision? What would be the difference that lead to conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not ...
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How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision

How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision as collision is said to occur between two bodies if they physically collide against each other or if the path of one of then is affected by ...
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Why are ripples formed in water round? [duplicate]

Despite whatever be the shape of object that you drop in water, it be 1D, 2D, 3D, they all produce ripples in a circular pattern, is this pattern followed under water as well (in terms of density ...
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Is time travel impossible because it implies total energy in the universe is non-constant over time?

I have always argued with my friends regarding Time Travel that it is impossible. My argument has been that it will destroy the theory that all the energy in the universe is constant since when one ...
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Ball flying towards me or me flying towards ball

Suppose a ball is flying towards me at a speed of 10m/s and that, on impact, I feel "x" amount of pain. If, instead, it was me flying towards the ball at the same speed, with all other conditions ...
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Change in energy ideal gas

I am supposed to calculate the change in energy upon changing both the temperature from $T_1$ to $T_2$ and the volume from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Now I was wondering whether this solution is correct: We ...
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Too many antennas around a single energy transmitting antenna?

I am not a physicist. So I am not even sure, if I am phrasing this question properly. Lets say there is a wireless transmitter transmitting energy. Let us say I place $N$ number of antennas around it ...
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Can energy be “subtracted” from vacuum?

It probably sounds absurd, but I heard such expressions as "subtracting a particle from vacuum", or from squeezed vacuum, in the context of quantum experiments, or quantum optics, (not black holes). ...
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what factors cause the “energy gap” to change between different materials?

To my understanding, every electron wants to be "excited" its next energy level. Depending on the material, the electron will need a different amount of energy to reach the next energy level. This ...
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Frequency of a photon

in classical physics frequency represents how many cycles in one unit time, but I do not know how we define a frequency for a particle? what does it mean for a particle to have a frequency, the book I ...
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Battery charging using a windmill?

i want to charge 4*(12V/100AH battery) using a 3*( 12V/5AMP GENERATOR ) which is drawing its power from a windmill. these battery have to heat 500 litre of water from 30 celcius to 50 celcius how ...
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How far can light go?

When a ray of light is projected, (say) from the surface of Earth to outside in space. The condition is that, there is no obstruction to it till infinity (it travels only in vaccum). My question is ...
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Different ways of converting solar energy to other forms of energy

Okay so after receiving our Physics papers today I decided to tell the teacher why I lost marks on the last question: "Mention the energy conversions undergone here Sun --> Coal-fired boiler --> ...
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temperature and velocity exchange

So there is a relation between total temperature and velocity of a fluid. In an adiabatic flow what determines how much one property (velocity or temperature will change)? I know the equation. But ...
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Is my representation of $\varphi$ Work function correct?

I am a middle-school so my understanding of physics may not be as solid as you professional physicists but never the less thought its worth a try to learn more. I read about photo-electric effect by ...
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Relationship between Energy and Time [closed]

Is there a relationship between energy and time? What is it?
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Evaporation as a Feedback

I've never thought of the process of heating water in a kettle as involving feedback (except in the sense of changes to the element resistance with water temperature or the action of the cut-off ...
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What is kinetic energy?

Kinetic energy of an object is the energy hat it possesses due to its motion. It is defined as the work needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity. Having gained ...
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Why Do Stark Manifold Graphs All Have Negative Energy?

I have been studying Rydberg-Stark State Atoms and their Stark Manifolds (like the one on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hfspec1.jpg) and I was wondering, Why does the y-axis (of Energy ...
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Why does a spring fixed to a wall have PE and not KE?

As many books,including mine (Principles of Physics by Resnick and Halliday) introduce, I also will present my example like this: Let there be a spring of negligible mass attached on one side ...
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Different between $\mu$ and $T_{00}$ in perfect fluid solutions?

In the perfect fluid solution for general relativity, you get $$T_{ab} = u_a u_b (\mu + p) - g_{ab} \, p$$ I've seen varying descriptions of what $\mu$ is, and some places describe it as the local ...
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Algorithm to determine impact result (on variety of materials) [closed]

There are two bodies. One is small and moving with a specified speed (projectile), second is several times larger (target). Then projectile hits the target. We know the projectile speed and material ...
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Where can I find a list of approximate excitation energies?

I would like to know the excitation energies for the known states of various nuclides. Is there a list somewhere that has this documented? I can't seem to find them easily for many nuclides. Maybe I ...
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How big would a Dyson swarm have to be to supply the whole earth's human population with power?

If human energy consumption per year is 150,000 Terrawatt-hours, and the energy output of the sun is about 380 Yottawatts, how much area would you need at a distance of 0.5 Astronomical unit, in order ...
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Can the vacuum energy be made finite with quantized space

From what I know the reason we have infinite vacuum energy is because according to Quantum Field Theory at every point in space we something analogous to a harmonic oscillator but since the Zero Point ...