The law of conservation of energy, which states that the amount of energy in a system is constant. For questions about Earth's environment, see the climate-science tag instead.

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What is the kinetic energy of a proton as it is falling towards the core of the star?

Given: Star's mass = $1.99e10^{30}kg$ Type II supernova occurs (in a simple form: the outer layers of the star fall into the now inactive core at speeds of 126000km/s) $10^{44}$ joules of energy is ...
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Can the Betz limit be overcome?

The Betz Limit states that the energy extracted from a turbine can be no more than $\frac{16}{27}^{th}$ of the energy present in the wind flowing through it. Extracting more energy would make make the ...
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How does a Venturi Injector comply with energy conservation?

How does a Venturi Injector comply with energy conservation? When the water flow enters the narrower cross section its velocity increases and its pressure decreases. When the pressure gets lower ...
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Work done by friction on a body?

I know that when a body slides over a surface, the work done by friction is not stored as potential energy in the body. It is dissipated in the form of heat. But why is it not stored as potential ...
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Would momentum be conserved in teleportation? [closed]

Defining teleporation loosely as at least quantum tunneling all of your particles and preserving the arrangement. If that doesn't work, assume the mechanisms of the most basic definition of ...
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Spinning rubber ball with equatorial ridge

I have this rubber ball with something like a very slight equatorial ridge (sort of like Saturn's moon Iapetus) which I often spin around on my desk. I keep noticing that no matter the inclination of ...
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A confusion regarding a paragraph in The Feynman Lectures

Under the chapter entitled Conservation of energy, under the section of Gravitational potential energy, there is this following paragraph : A very simple weight-lifting machine is shown in Fig. ...
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Classical Mechanics — Sign of work done

It seems that work has two possible ways to decide it's sign: Whether you take the perspective of the system or the surrounding (whether you consider work done on the system as positive, or work done ...
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Definition for potential energy

I came across this definition for potential energy: If we let $T$ be the Kinetic energy, we have that: $$T = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 \implies T = \frac{1}{2}m{x'}^2$$ $$T'= mx'x'' = F(x)x' \implies \\T = ...
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Non-local gravitational energy tensor

The well-known derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz gravitational energy pseudotensor, relies on several requirements: 1) that it be constructed entirely from the metric tensor 2) that it be index ...
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What is the mechanism of particle anti-particle annihilation

My question is loaded with assumptions so to minimize them, I would like to ask it with respect to an electron and anti-electron annihilating. When I think of annihilation, I think of electron and ...
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Loss in energy while charging a capacitor

Suppose a capacitor having capacitance $C$ is being charged using a cell of emf $E$. By the time the capacitor is fully charged, the cell has supplied $QV$ energy while the potential energy of the ...
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What forms does the energy of a photon get converted to after absorption

Assume an object which has a high absorption rate of light. Now my question is, if you shine light on the object, what all forms of energy does the object acquire? I know there will be an increase in ...
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How the mass is conserved during continuous expansion?

If universe is continuously expanding doesn't it contradict the fact that mass is conserved? Because if mass is conserved so how is universe expanding?
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Does mixing violate conservation of energy?

If two fluids in an isolated system mix, the entropy of the system increases. The volume and the number of particles in the system, however, are constant. Thus $$dU=TdS+PdV-\mu dN=TdS>0$$ which ...
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Kinetic energy dissipation in braking a vehicle

Let's say a vehicle that weighs 20t is hauling along at 50m/s and we want to brake it down to a full stop. The kinetic energy we need to dissipate into heating up the brakes is ...
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How is energy conserved in this scenario?

There are two objects A and B of equal mass (m). They are laying in close proximity to each other. Object A is then moved further from object B, to a distance r. Since there is gravity between these ...
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How may one calculate the escape velocity of a binary system at a given radius from the COM?

Apologies if this is a bit general, even some pointers in the right direction would be great (reading material etc.) Given an object of mass $m_3$ travelling outward at speed $v$ from the centre of ...
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Proof of conservation of energy with the relativistic definition of force

Professor Susskind proved conservation of energy in one of his lectures by taking the classical definition of force ($F = ma$) and by showing that its time derivative is zero. How can we do that with ...
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Can lift contradict conservation of energy?

In cruise flight of an aircraft lift does no work, it just holds the aircraft aloft. In order to climb aircraft pitch up and need excess energy because the thrust vector now has a vertical component ...
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In what form is the energy stored in this situation?

Consider a hypothetical situation, A person is pushing a block of some arbitrary mass in vacuum (no external forces are involved) and due to this, if I am not mistaken, the person is doing work and ...
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Energy conservation without action principle?

The normal tagline for energy conservation is that it's a conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance. I understand how this works for theories coming from a Lagrangian, and that this ...
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Bead on a rotating wire - Conservation of angular momentum, fix points

Lets consider a wire in the x-y plane which rotates with constant angular velocity $\omega$. The coordinates of a bead, which is forced to stay on this wire, can then be expressed as $$x=r \cos(\phi) ...
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Do transformers lose energy?

EDIT: The title should rather be how/why transformers lose energy My idea of a transformer is that it is composed of two separate wire windings around some metal core. The purpose is to ...
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If energy can't be created and can't destroyed [duplicate]

Then wouldn't be logical that all the energy in the big-bang-created-universe will equal to the energy that was released by the Big Bang? The sum is zero? Edit The cited dup is asking "Did the law ...
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Does an Inductor maintain it's energy?

Consider a simple LCR ac circuit; generally I (might) understand that the charge exchange between capacitor and inductor would induce a harmonic current flow, but I remain confused for two reasons: ...
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If I make a object enter a planet's gravity it hits the surface with huge velocity, where is it gaining k.e. from?

If I make a object enter a planet's gravity range,it hits the surface with huge velocity,where is it gaining k.e. from? If i keep sending more and more heavy things like above and some how harness the ...
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Calculating time from energy [closed]

I am trying to calculate the time of a movement using the energy of the system. If $$E=\frac{m}{2}\dot{x}^2 + V(x)$$ where $V(x)$ is the potential energy (assuming the potential is time-independent) ...
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How does impulse lose energy in rotation, forward and striking earth?

I have this kind of empirical signal in Electronics. where the electronics simulate events signal in rotation signal going forward and signal hitting the earth. The area of the signal is ...
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Impact on car without energy dissipation

This must be a relative simple question, but the answer I am obtaining doesn't appear to be logical. Say a vehicle has a velocity of 15 m/s and an effective mass of 1000 kg including occupants. 1) ...
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What happens to half of the energy in a circuit with a capacitor?

For a simple circuit with a battery supplying a voltage V to a capacitor, let us assume that the charge on the capacitor is Q. Now, the work done by the battery or the energy supplied is given by the ...
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Energy of black hole

If a black hole attracts and engulfs light, then why doesn't the energy of the black hole increase to form a star once again? Black holes form when a star burns off its energy and collapses, so it ...
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Block slides down a movable ramp, 2 approaches yields different answer

My Question is exactly as this Phys.SE post: block slides on smooth triangular wedge kept on smooth floor.Find velocity of wedge when block reaches bottom The Problem is I used 2 methods ...
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Proof that oscillations in 1d potential well occur between certain points

In >>this<< situation, a particle with energy $E$ will oscillate between the positions $x_1$ and $x_2$ indicated on the diagram. This simple fact is taught in many introductory courses however I ...
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Using energy conservation for equation of motion

I am trying to get $\phi(t)$ out of this equation: $$\frac12 J \dot\phi^2 + mgl ( 1- \cos\phi) = E_0.$$ I know it's a common method to say $\sin(\phi) \approx \phi $ and $\cos(\phi) \approx 1 $, but ...
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Coupling fission and fusion and disappear all mass. Why doesn't this happen?

I'm confused about the fact that in a fission process the masses of the "products" are less than the mass of the "reactants". And in a fusion process the masses of the "products" are less than the ...
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Are photon energies conserved in general relativity?

As I understand it, both Maxwell's wave equation and the null geodesics of general relativity are scale invariant. Thus an electromagnetic wave can be shifted along a null geodesic without changing ...
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Conceptual question regarding work

Here is a problem I am having some trouble with: The solution is below, my question is, why is conservation of energy valid in this situation. From my understanding, just before the box hits the ...
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Greater momentum than initial?

The question is : Heavier object A, initially at rest, is struck by lighter object B. Is it possible for object A to have a larger final momentum than the initial momentum of object B? The ...
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Finding the initial velocity of projectile [closed]

What is the formula for calculating initial velocity of projectile using the conservation of energy given the mass, height, angle ?
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Why does this not make infinite energy?

Here's an idea I had for infinite energy: Get into a spaceship, and fly to a star or other large body and get into orbit. Then just harvest your kinetic energy somehow and keep going indefinitely. My ...
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Violation of conservation of energy?

Imagine a perfectly spherical mirror with 100% reflection. Imagine a point source of light in the center. The point source keeps radiating light. Will the light undergo destructive interference ...
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Why doesn't Beta Decay violate the laws of physics?

In Beta decay, a neutron decays into a proton, and "throws out" an electron at high speed. However, this, to me, suggests that the law of conservation of mass is not being kept here. Neutrons have a ...
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Why did the electric potential energy fall in this situation?

Suppose you have two capacitors configured as shown in the image below. One of them has charge $q$ and the other one is uncharged. Then, you close the switch, allowing charges to flow. After ...
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Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance to experts for the naivety of the question. It should be a duplicate but I didn't find any satifying question or answer about that. The proton is composed by two up quarks ...
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Do virtual particles actually physically exist?

I have heard virtual particles pop in and out of existence all the time, most notable being the pairs that pop out beside black holes and while one gets pulled away. But wouldn't this actually violate ...
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Velocity and transfer of energy for a body in free fall

I just need to check if my understanding of the transfer of gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy is correct. Is anything wrong below? Say if a body were suspended at a height h above the ...
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a question about work needed to move a charge towards another one [duplicate]

Consider two charges $q_1>0$ & $q_2>0$ separated by a distance $d_1$, and we want to move charge $q_2$ to a distance $d_2$ from $d_1$ where $d_1-d_2>0$. I need to calculate the work ...
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A captious work problem: same paths but same forces?

A man jumps onto a chair. A man climbs onto a chair by putting a leg first and then the other. In both cases, the work has been the same. TRUE or FALSE...? Spoiler!: The path is the same, so the ...
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Ball on a slope with hollow

The experiment shown in the image suggests that ball B will reach the goal faster than ball A although the balls have identical properties and they start from the same height. The authors even ...