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Mechanical energy $E<0 \implies $ the system is in a bound state?

In a gravitational field if a body has negative mechanical energy, then the system body-planet (or star) is in a gravitationally bound state. The explanation that I have in mind for that is: since ...
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Why don't big bang photons conserve mass and energy? [duplicate]

A photon from the big bang has lost most of its momentum and energy. What does it push against? Does it break the 'laws' of conservation of energy and momentum? Is there any possibility that momentum ...
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Law of conservation of energy and time [closed]

Consider the following in a space (with out any external influences like gravitation) Let say i have two identical bodies b1,b2 and i applied a force F on them to make them accelerate a. After t time ...
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Finding speed of an object on an inclined spring [closed]

question posed here: http://puu.sh/nV7rw/504a7be88a.jpg method: Conservation of energy $E_{{mech}_i} = E_{{mech}_f}$ $U_i + KE_i = U_f + KE_f$ $\frac{1}{2}{k}{x^2} + {mgh_i} + 0 = ...
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Conditions for which conservation of energy works

I was solving the following problem, and the first idea I had was conservation of energy. 27.19. Fusion Reactor. If two deuterium nuclei (charge $+e$, mass $3.34 \times 10^{-27}$ kg) get close ...
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Conservation of Energy of two charged blocks connected by light spring

Two identical blocks resting on a frictionless, horizontal surface are connected by a light spring having a spring constant $k = 100 N/m$ and an unstretched length $L_i=0.400 m$. A charge $Q$ ...
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What prevents this magnetic perpetual motion device from working? [closed]

Two days ago, I thought of this device, which may seem to rotate indefinitely(in all 3 directions). I have two questions. Is this perpetual motion machine already known? If it is, could you please ...
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Swing: why does the body position modify the amplitude?

When a person swings, why does the amplitude of oscillations increase if the person changes the body position ? That is, when descending and approaching the vertical position, if the person extend his ...
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Interial Momentium Question

I had a question for my Physics 101 class and was wondering if anyone could share some insights. The question was stated as follows. A pottery wheel of radius 0.5 m and mass 15 kg rotates ...
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Do all forms of energy fall under kinetic and potential energy?

I know that energy is recognized through motion. Even in the mass-energy equivalence a velocity is present even though it is a rest-energy (Not really sure if this would count as a potential energy ...
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A magnetic spring generator with an induction coil conservation of energy?

I was thinking about a spring oscillator experiment where a mass is pulled down and it oscillates back and forth. I imagined that in a perfect vacuum the system would oscillate forever. Then I thought ...
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Energy Conservation in Kinetic Power Plants [duplicate]

Quite recently the company Rosch has developed a new kind of power plant that supposedly utilizes the buoyancy effect to generate electricity. The apparatus consists of a vertical conveyor belt with ...
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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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Is there conservation of momentum if there's conservation of energy? [closed]

The equation for conservation of momentum: $$m_1\vec{v}_1 + m_2\vec{v}_2 = m_1\vec{u}_1 + m_2\vec{u}_2$$ The equation for conservation of energy: $$\frac 12m_1v_1^2 + \frac 12m_2v^2_2 = \frac ...
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Can we in the far future have an energy source made from vacuum energy, antimatter, dark energy, Higgs boson? [closed]

Can we in the far future have an energy source made from vacuum energy, antimatter, dark energy, Higgs boson and all kind of these like stuffs?
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Where did all the photon energy go?

From the wikipedia page on dark energy, in reference to the total mass-energy of the universe: The mass–energy of dark matter and ordinary (baryonic) matter contribute 26.8% and 4.9%, ...
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How do I show that the total energy of a particle moving in an electrostatic field is constant?

Basically the Lorentz force says that: $$F=qE+qv × B$$ I am asked to show that if a particle moves in an electrostatic field $$E= - ∇V(x,y,z)$$ and ANY magnetic field, then the energy: ...
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Why does antimatter and matter fuse to release energy even though they will cancel each other perfectly?

I have seen many physics people talk about antimatter as a evil twin of matter and when they come in contact with each other leave massive amount of energy instead of only void. If antimatter and ...
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Energy and Momentum: Impact

Boat A has just lost another race to Boat B. In a fit of rage, the driver of Boat A (mass = 500 kg) turns his boat towards Boat B (mass = 450 kg) which is at rest as the driver gloats over yet ...
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Does a conservative form of the Chew-Goldberger-Low MHD equations exist?

I wonder if is it possible to bring Chew-Goldberger-Low MHD equations to a conservative form? Conservative form of the system of equations of ideal MHD with isotropic pressure is well known and can be ...
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Condition for looping the loop

Consider a ball tied to a string and it is imparted a velocity we have studied that condition for looping the loop is that tension at the uppermost point must be zero, but why is this condition ...
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Velocity of an object rolling down a spiral

Imagine a fiction less spring-like spiral, an object will roll down the wire path the spring creates. From conservation of energy, the initial PE will be equivalent to gravitational potential energy, ...
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Conservation of energy in the “ideal physics world”

Let us assume we are in the textbook ideal physics world, without any friction. Now, if I place a ball at the top of a parabola U and let it go under gravity, the ball should roll up and down forever ...
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Projectiles ability to do work to a box when connected by string? [closed]

I was wondering, the work-energy theorem states that KE can do work, as it is Mechanical energy. if the KE energy and thus Mechanical energy of a ball, if external...can do work on an object, ...
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Why does work done ultimately culminate as wasted heat?

Come to think of it, the work done on a body is converted into some form of energy.But why is it that it ultimately tends to produce heat? In physics we all talk about energy dissipation in the form ...
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Non-locality of gravitational energy

Gravitational energy is non-local which is essentially because of the equivalence principle. The equivalence principle says that you can always transform your frame so that you feel like in a ...
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Does the physical cross section of a projectile have an effect on the motion of a target? [closed]

Why can a baseball (moving with kinetic energy) move a baseball glove (or how a hammer displaces a nail),. yet a bullet can't move a person? I know the laws of conservation of energy, deformation, ...
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Where does the energy go when engine braking?

If you're in gear in a car and not accelerating, the car slows down faster than it would from just air resistance and tire deformation. In normal braking, the energy is turned into heat from the brake ...
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Harmonic oscillator: if $E=\frac{1}{2} q \dot{\theta}^2+\frac{1}{2} s \theta^2$ then $\omega=\sqrt{\frac{s}{q}}$?

Consider an harmonic oscillator. Suppose that I manage to write the mechanical energy as a function of a quantity, like the angle $\theta$ in this way $$E=\frac{1}{2} q \dot{\theta}^2+\frac{1}{2} s ...
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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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Radiation due to current

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 ...