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Is refraction of light a thermodynamic process?

Is refraction of light a thermodynamic process? Can it be explained by conservation of energy? If so, does temperature has an effect on refraction of light?
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work and energy with air rifle [on hold]

A $4 \text{ g}$ air-rifle pellet is fired into a target block attached to a glider. The total mass of the block and glider is $0.5 \text{ kg}$. The target slides along the track $1.455 \text{ m}$. The ...
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If a bell is rung in a perfect vacuum and is suspended by opposing magnets will it ever stop ringing?

As far as I am aware a bell rung in a perfect vacuum would only lose energy and stop ringing due to friction between the bell and the hanging mechanism (due to the lack of air resistance). Therefore ...
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Bernoulli problem [on hold]

water is pumped from a to b. the velocity of the water pumped is V. can you write please the energy conservation equation? and then the bernoulli equation?
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Drawbacks of passive energy utilization [closed]

Solar plants utilize free energy coming from the Sun. Is that possible that on some significant levels of solar energy utilization we may encounter a negative side effect? Cause energy will avoid from ...
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Weightless person in a cart on a rail [closed]

In a problem I'm trying to solve I'm having a conflict between my understanding and the proposed solution of the problem. In the problem, a cart of mass $m$ is put at rest in the start of a ...
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Dropping a weight onto a spring scale

Say I drop a 5kg weight from a height of 1 meters onto a spring scale like many people have in their bathrooms. On impact the scale will show a higher weight than 5kg. Question: Which quantities ...
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Where did energy come from?

So it is my understanding that before the big bang there was a very small point that held all of the matter in the universe. My question is what form did energy of the universe take on when it was in ...
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Why can't I do this to get infinite energy?

I know that I cannot do this because of conservation of energy, so I am looking for an answer as to why this will not work. So by my understanding of Einstein's whole famous $E=mc^2$ thing it is ...
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How does mechanical energy conservation work? [closed]

I am a little confused about how mechanical energy conservation operates when it comes to things like predicting velocity. I know that if conservative forces are the only forces acting on a body, then ...
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Finding the equation of motion

I am currently working on a problem where a particle of mass $m$ can move along the x-axis with no friction. The particle is moving in a gravitational field and the potential energy is given by: ...
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Why is it necessary to supply constant electricity to make a laser work?

As we know that in lasers there are excited atoms. When energy is provided in the form of light, heat or electricity to these atoms, these excited atoms after sometime go to a lower state of energy ...
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Different kinds of energies in the form of $\frac{a_1a_2^2}{2}$

It seems to me that the energy of some kind frequently takes the form $$\frac{a_1a_2^2}{2}$$ Where $a_1$ and $a_2$ are some variables. So, for example, kinetic energy has $m$ and $v$; rotational ...
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When moving from one position to another at a constant velocity, how does the conservation of energy hold?

I know that this might be a duplicate question, but I have not found any satisfactory answers that clear up my lack of understanding. Here is my question. Say a sloth hangs on a tree in the middle of ...
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Velocity of mass colliding with another mass under the influence of gravity

If two spherical objects of mass $m$ and mass $4m$ are in outer space with no other forces other than the gravitational attraction between them and they're separated by distance $d$, what velocity ...
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Pendulum problem where it hits a peg swings around and lands on top of it

Using energy equation from when it is released to when it reaches its highest point after hitting the peg I get change in kinetic energy = 0 and change in potential due to gravity = 0 Does the string ...
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Work and energy

when a ball of mass m is brought with uniform velocity from infinity into the g field of the earth at a distance r from it, the potential energy of the ball earth system decreases from 0 to -GMm/r. ...
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Energy conversion (conceptual) question

Suppose I have a electronic car. It runs by electrical energy. So when wheels rotate, mechanical energy is produced. Then why can't we convert it back to electric energy and produce somewhat unlimited ...
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Approximating energy loss caused by drag force

We know the usual aerodynamic drag equation is given by: $$F_d = -bv^2$$ Where $b$ here is just some constants combination related to the property of the fluid and the material passing through. My ...
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In an elastic collision, can we choose between cons. of energy and cons. of momentum?

Suppose we have two solid spheres with masses $m$ and $M$, respectively, and that $m$ is significantly less than $M$. The lighter sphere is placed directly on top of the heavier one, and the two are ...
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Fluid approximation for inflaton?

In cosmology there is a widely used fluid approximation which applies when the mean free path is very small compared to the scale of observation and then all the properties of stress energy tensor can ...
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Energy conservation $\iff \frac{dE}{dt} = 0\ $?

If I'm asked to prove that a system is/ isn't conservative and compare it to whether or not the Hamiltonian is conserved, does that mean I need to compute the time derivative of energy $(T+U)$? Doing ...
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Difference between speed of light and of bullet after passing through a barrier [duplicate]

I just read that, when a ray of light traveling in vacuum at $c$ strikes a glass slab, its speed decreases and then when it re-emerges it gets back to its original speed i.e $c$. If I draw a ...
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Is potential energy an energy exists or potentiality of energy? [closed]

I want to ask whether Potential Energy is truly existing Energy - though i know the energy concept is abstract and we do not know what is energy truly as Feynman said - or it is the potentiality that ...
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Doesn't the Big Bang negate the law of conservation of matter? [duplicate]

I was watching Hawking (2004 film) and in the movie, Hawking has a sudden insight that all the matter and energy observed in the known universe may, in fact, have sprung out from nothing (singularity) ...
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Ideally black plates

Let's consider $m$ ideally black, thin, infinite plates. Let $T_i$ be the temperature of the $i$-th plate. For given $T_1 > T_m$, why is the radiant flux between any two adjacent plates the same ...
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How does energy get transfered from destructive interference point to constructive one?

If there are two pressure waves (like sound waves) that travel in opposite directions and have the same amplitude then destructive interference occurs: one wave will compress the air particle (here ...
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Blackbody radiation and emissive power

According to blackbody radiation theory, and thanks to Planck, we now know that there is a energy density, $u(\lambda,T)$ [$J/m^3$], associated with a certain wavelength at a particular temperature. ...
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How can electron move and yet have zero total energy?

Imagine an electron positioned at a zero electric potential plate with zero kinetic energy. The zero electric potential plate is combined in series with another plate with positive electric potential ...
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Why is the total energy of current universe conserved? [duplicate]

I began to think about this problem a long time ago and also asked some classmates as well, but none of them can give me a creative solution. I actually developed an original theory that our ...
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Find max height [closed]

I have stucked with finding max height of an $m$, given only $m, M$ and initial velocity of $m$ - $\vec{V}$. There is no friction in the system. As I understood I need to find $\vec{V_0}$ - velocity ...
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How does Ohm's law relate to transferring energy?

Potential difference = Current x Resistance where Resistance is a constant. Walking through a circuit I have 1 battery, a wire and 2 components. I start of with 6 volts at the battery and after the ...
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What is the source of energy in this system? (resonance realated)

This is curiosity question, sorry if description is too vague. Suppose we have a string attached to some small frame on both sides Then we apply a force by plucking it with a finger, lets say 5.0 N ...
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Do photons lose energy due to gravitational redshift? If so, where does the lost energy go? [duplicate]

In the gravitational redshift, the frequency of photons radiated from some source is reduced. As the energy of a photon is given by $\hbar\omega$, if the frequency is reduced where is the lost energy? ...
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Ball rolling on half-pipe

It is well-known that a ball rolling down a half-pipe where the side it starts on has enough friction for the ball to roll without slipping and on the side other to be frictionless, that the ball will ...
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beta minus decay: expression for maximum electron energy

I'm having some trouble finding an expression for the maximum electron energy in beta minus decay. In the frame where the neutron is initially at rest, conservation of momentum reads: ...
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Why must the deviations from equilibrium be small for zero difference in energy in this solenoid?

A long solenoid with a square cross-section is partially immersed in a magnetic, non-conductive liquid of permeability $\mu$. The solenoid's axis is parallel to the liquid's surface. ...
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Where does mass go when energy is converted in to photons?

If matter and anti-matter annihilate each other they emit a photon with the energy that corresponds to the mass, right? This is the best example I could think of matter/energy being converted directly ...
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Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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Comparing Brachistochrone curve with a Hypocycloid curve

I want to compare the time that it takes to slide a particle in a frictionless hypocycloid curve, so time would be given by the arclength divided by the velocity So I need first compute the ...
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Energy lost is a percentage or flat rate?

If I drop a ball onto the floor, there are a few possible outcomes. Firstly, that the collision is perfectly elastic, and no energy is lost from the ball into the surroundings (ie it bounces to the ...
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Showing time-invariance of Lagrangian with time-displacement operator

I am trying to show that the time-invariance of the Lagrangian of a simple one-particle system implies energy conservation for that system. The first step is, well, to show that the Lagrangian is ...
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Insight into Torricelli's Equation ($v^2=u^2+2as$) [closed]

Torricelli's Equation ($v^2=u^2+2as$) is usually presented as the particular formulation of the SUVAT system which doesn't involve t. It is derived from the others using some (perhaps well-motivated) ...
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Does the additivity property of Integrals of motion and Lagrangians valid in all situations?

I would like to know if the additivity property of an integral (constant) of motion valid in all situations ? It works for energy but does it work for all other integrals of motion in all kinds of ...
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Auto spinning turbine generator

This might be dumb question but I'm so curious to know if this actually works or is impossible. I was researching how you could generate electricity from magnets and copper wire and also have read how ...
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Finding the angular velocity of a rod hit at a distance from its pivot [closed]

A 1m long, 2kg stick is nailed to the wall with a single nail, allowing it to pivot and freely rotate at the end. A 1kg ball, with speed 3m/s makes contact with the stick at some distance x (unknown) ...
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Why 'Force x displacement', and not momentum to measure energy? [closed]

[I have changed the title and also edited the question in other ways to make it clearer what I am asking. I hope it no more reads like a duplicate. Nor it remains any more a history question.] I have ...
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Falling rope problem (disagreement with solution found at Problem Set)

On a frictionless table there is a homogeneous rope of length $L$ and mass. We push the rope such that it immediately starts falling due to gravity. Find the velocity when the rope has fallen of ...
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Rest masses, binding energy - mechanism for negative mass

Let us have an two objects (in a box) both of mass $m_0$ far from each other. They attract each other and at some moment their distance is close and they have substantial kinetic energy. Something ...
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Paradox of wave energy

Imagine that a wave with energy $E$ is given. as we know $E$ is relevant to the $A^2$($A$ is amplitude) now consider another wave (as same as the first one) and these two wave having a constructive ...