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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, etc....
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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 ...
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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: http://...
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Where Potential increase gets it's energy from?

Imagine there are two particles: A,B; of which, we observe A to be stationary, while B is moving towards A at velocity v. A,B has same mass; and they are charged both positive. B has a potential wrt ...
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Conservation of energy in vertical circular motion

Books usually use conservation of energy to solve problems in vertical circular motion. But, principle of conservation of energy for one particle is, If all the $n$ forces $\vec F_i (i=1,2,3,..,n)$...
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“Carbon capture into fuel” - where does the energy come from?

I recently found an article titled "Scientists find a way to convert Carbon Dioxide from air into fuel" (here), and my immediate reaction was "surely not - the energy balance would kill you right away"...
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Conservation of momentum and conservation of energy

I had the impression that conservation of momentum is valid only when we consider no loss of kinetic energy into heat etc. My tutor says that even if we have loss of kinetic energy as heat in a ...
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Relationship $v_A^2-v_B^2=2a_t\Delta s $ for motion with constant tangential acceleration [closed]

I can not understand a relationship in the general motion in the plane. I am considering a point, which follows a curved trajectory. Indicate A and B two different position of the trajectory and $v_A$ ...
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Has the spontaneous forming of matter been observed?

If I understood the accepted answer here correctly,then matter can spontaneously form. But has this ever been observed?
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Clarification on conservation of energy for (or internal potential energy of) $N$ particle system

In Goldstein's Classical Mechanics, it says: Consider now the right-hand side of Eq. (1.29). In the special case that the external forces are derivable in terms of the gradient of a potential, the ...
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Need help with this physics problem on Conservation of Energy [closed]

A basketball player makes a jump shot. The 0.570-kg ball is released at a height of 1.90 m above the floor with a speed of 7.10 m/s. The ball goes through the net 3.03 m above the floor at a speed of ...
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Aircraft Thrust to weight ratio contradiction with energy conservation

Usually, airliners have (Thrust/Weight) T/W ratio in the range of 0.2 to 0.8 and for steady flight W = lift My question is, for example, that Antonov 225 has Thrust/weight: 0.234 for max takeoff ...
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How is energy conserved in resonance?

According to Wikipedia, [...] resonance is a phenomenon that occurs when a vibrating system or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at a specific preferential ...
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Where does all the energy in the universe come from? [duplicate]

The principle of conservation of energy says that all energy in a system will remain the same. It can just be transformed. The universe contains a huge amount of energy, but where did it come from? ...
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Many-worlds interpretation (MWI) and conservation of energy [duplicate]

I am not an expert of many-worlds interpretation (MWI), and what I say may be stated incorrectly. In that case i welcome corrections. If the MWI is true and it explains quantum theory and it splits ...
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Where does the energy go if a ball hits the ground WITHOUT bouncing? [duplicate]

so if a very un-bouncy object hits the floor and crashes into it rather than bouncing, where does most of the energy go? Does it simply turn into heat from friction? Or does it go into the Earth's ...
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Energy expressions [closed]

How did people come up with various expressions for energy? By this I mean the expression or formulas for kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy etc. and the intuitive guiding principles to ...
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Portal 2 physics - one moving portal [closed]

A problem is posted and solved so many times on 9gag - till yet no good answer. The problem: you have two portals (one moving and one still standing). The one moving reach a still standing cube: what ...
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How does potential energy relate to kinetic energy on a rollercoaster?

This is appearantly how the potential and kinetic energy are in the different positions of the rollercoaster, if I am not mistaking. However I don't understand why the total energy is energy and ...
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Which system's mechanical energy is conserved?

As the figure shows, $m$ starts falling down from its current position at the original speed of zero. And $M$ is a curved side trapezoid. All friction can be ignored. |# <- This hash stands for ...
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Energy equation in Quantum Mechanics

We know that total energy of the system is classically continuous, but in quantum mecanics (QM) it is quantised. My question is: How can we use the conservation of energy equation to derive ...
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How come kinetic energy is conserved in an elastic collision between 2 balls, when sound also comes into play?

I was reading about elastic collisions and energy changes, and I found in a book that suppose, when 2 balls collide and bounce off of each other, the total kinetic energy of the system is same before ...
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Application of Mean Value Theorem to Law of Universal Gravitation

I'm not terribly well-versed in physics, so forgive me if this is trivial. Supposing an object hovers $6*10^5$ metres above Earth's surface, calculate its impact speed after falling to earth's ...
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Redshift due to a static gravitational field and the conservation of energy [duplicate]

I am standing on the surface of some planet. Gravity is described via General Relativity with some static metric (e.g. the Schwarzschild metric, so static means no time dependence, but the metric may ...
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two object connected by a spring : momentum/energy topic [closed]

Here is my question below: Question Two objects A and B, connected by a light elastic spring with elastic constant 5.0 N/m, are initially at rest. The mass A is 2.0 kg and the mass B is 1.0 kg. ...
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The sound energy when two or more objects collide

When two objects collide in an inelastic collision, some kinetic energy is converted to sound energy and heat. How do I determine how much of the kinetic energy is converted to sound energy? Provided ...
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Extract energy from the atmosphere? [closed]

Let's say we would fill a long tube with water. Let's say the tube is 1km in height. At the bottom of this tube, the pressure should be much higher than the top. Also, the tube would lead into a ...