# Tagged Questions

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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### Why does the kinetic energy work theorem apply to inclined surfaces?

Work is supposed to be force x distance, how did we end up with work equaling the difference of hights x gravitational acceleration ? Sorry for my poor understanding :D
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### Confusion about Conservation of Mechanical Energy

I'm having a bit of difficulty understanding how to apply the idea of conservation of mechanical energy to a problem. One of the questions on my homework reads: A physics student shoves a 0.50-kg ...
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### Motion after a collision of objects not involved in it [closed]

I'm confused about collisions where there are parts of the objects not involved in it. How do these parts move after the collision? I'll make an example. Consider a cart with an incline attached ...
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### Change in energy during orbital decay

Suppose we have a planet orbiting a star and the planet radiates away some amount of energy $\Delta E$. I want to find by how much the orbit decays (i.e the change in orbital radius). One way to do ...
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### Kinetic Energy: Difference in energy for observers [duplicate]

Consider a stationary 10kg bike; if I apply a force of 10J then $KE=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ so $v=\sqrt\frac{2KE}{m}=1m/s$. If we consider the same example again, but from the point of view of a stationary ...
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### 1st Law of thermodynamics (conservation of energy) and quantum tunneling

Doesn't quantum tunneling contradict the 1st Law of thermodynamics? As far as I remember my school physics teacher told us that quantum tunneling is the reason why we can observe the alpha decay, as ...
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### How can I find the height for a looping pendulum? [closed]

I have a ball attached to a string, hanging on a rod placed $L$ meters above the floor. I release the ball and string at a 90 degree angle and let it loop around another horizontal bar after it ...
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### Why has a molecule less energy than the uncombined atoms?

My book says, A molecule as compared to the atoms from which it is formed is more stable because it possesses energy lower than the energy of the uncombined atoms. This difference in energy is due ...
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### What is the reason behind why energy must always be conserved, apart from observation? [duplicate]

I know that we see in experiments (physical and thought) that energy is always transformed into something else, but what propels our universe to behave this way? What is happening at small levels that ...
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### Equal kinetic energy in two bodies of different masses

Two bodies that are equal in their size rest in a table. There isn't friction between the bodies and the table. The mass of one of the bodies $(A)$ are $4$ times bigger than the mass of the second ...
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### What is the probability of two bullets to get clashed? [closed]

I was surfing on Instagram, and I found this amazing proto whose description is "the probability of such an event to happen is incredibly small, so this is a really curious finding". Well.. I'm ...
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### How can escape velocity and gravitational potential be higher in weaker gravitational fields?

on Earth we have an escape velocity of about 11180 m/s and a gravitational field of g=9.81 m/s^2. It would seem obvious that the escape velocity was higher for stronger gravitational fields. Often it ...
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### “Principle of least action” and “Principle of conservation of energy”: Which one is fundamental and which one is derived? [closed]

Suppose I throw a ball upwards. First it will rise under gravity and then fall under gravity. During the rising part the kinetic energy gradually decreases and the potential energy increases until ...
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### Perpetual motion machine with magnets [duplicate]

I have been recently made aware of the following motor, which uses two magnets and a wheel to generate motion, and the creator of this machine claims that this motion is perpetual. Here is a ...
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### Change of energy into friction?

If I am pushing a car and it does not move, I am doing no mechanical work. However, I am changing the energy that was stored in my cells into heat energy (maybe sound energy if my hand slips off the ...
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### How does the energy remain conserved in a transformer?

The induced voltage in the secondary coil of a transformer is given as $\frac { { N }_{ S } }{ { N }_{ P } } *{ V }_{ P }$ (where ${ N }_{ P}$ and ${ N }_{ S }$ are the number of turns in the primary ...
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### Does the kinetic energy change depending on the direction of the velocity? [closed]

The kinetic energy is calculated with the following formula: $$E_k = \frac 12 mv^2$$ Does $v$ represent the value of the velocity? I mean, if you have a specific direction of the velocity is the ...
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### Kinematics contradicting conservation of energy?

I was having some conceptual difficulty reconciling my intuitive understanding of kinematics with conservation of energy, so I made up a short problem that tested my intuitions: Suppose I define an ...
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Generally we equate change in potential energy to change in kinetic energy but in case of a charged particle like electron this is inconsistent. Consider a case: An electron(of charge e)from rest is ...
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### Where do the energy and momentum come from when light is perfectly reflected on a surface?

If you send a light beam to a surface which reflects the light perfectly I would say that on the surface is put a force of the light so the surface moves backwards. But where does that energy comes ...
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### How is energy conserved in this electromagnetic scattering?

I have been pondering over an energy conservation issue for a few weeks and would like to share it with the hope that its interesting and someone will be able to answer. Suppose I have two positive ...
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### How does an Atoms electric field overcome an electrons inertia?

An electron has mass, and therefore has inertia. How does an atoms electric field perpetually overcome an electrons inertia, necessary to hold it in its shell? Does this require continual work to be ...
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### A Solid sphere rolling down an incline - find its radius

A solid sphere ( I = 2⁄5mr2 ) with unknown radius and 3 kg mass is rolling at 8 m/s. It travels 4 meters distance on a 30 degree ramp. What is the radius? This was given as a "trick" question ...
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### Does the mass lost by merging black holes depend on how they merged?

We've all heard the news about the detection by gravitational waves of two black holes, one 29 solar masses and the other 36 solar masses, spiraling into each other to create a single black hole of 62 ...
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### Energy conservation in Hubble Expansion [duplicate]

So space expands due to Hubble Flow. Some light is observed, which is seen to be red-shifted due to the space expansion. It is less energetic. Where did the energy go?
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### What was the initial source of energy?

According to law of conservation of energy; "Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed but may change it's form" Where did the energy come from which led to the creation of universe by big bang?
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### Relating Poyntings theorem to Lenz and Faraday's law?

In system's similar to a motor, where the armature begins to accelerate simultaneously there is induced $-\epsilon$ to reduce the applied current(hence the applied power $P(t)$ is also reduced), or ...
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### Energy method to solving equations of motion? Why does this method work and what is it called?

Given the stated system in the photo we are suppose to prove simple harmonic motion when given an initial displacement $x$ I first considered the total energy of the system which we will call $H$ ...
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### Would superconducting mirrors in a superposition of spatial states make a difference related to the dynamical Casimir effect?

Related to the dynamical Casimir effect: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/424111/first-observation-of-the-dynamical-casimir-effect/ Related to superposition of macroscopic objects: ...