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What starts the conversion between GPE and KE?

When researching GPE and KE conversion, lots of websites say that as an object with GPE (Gravitational Potential Energy) falls, that GPE is converted into KE (Kinetic Energy), so there is less GPE and ...
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Can orbital energy be a source of perpetual power?

A thought just came to me, and I want to comfirm it here: If we figured out a way to harvest the energy from the orbit of the Moon, would that be perpetual? The Moon has been orbiting the earth for ...
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How gently could a comet/asteroid/meteorite “hit” Earth?

Could an object from outer-space with the right velocity and orbit come into contact with the surface of our planet in a manner that wouldn't cause it to burn in our atmosphere?
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Falling charged objects: energy conservation paradox?

Imagine that we start with two oppositely charged objects on the ground, separated by a distance $d$, with charges $+q$, $-q$ and masses $m$. We raise them both up to a height $h$. In doing so we ...
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Apparent Violation of Energy Conservation in an Electromagnetic system

As shown in the figure a beam of EMW pulse is propagating towards a nearly point charge.Here if we calculate the total energy of the system by the equation mentioned in photo - we get that the total ...
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What happens to KE when lowering a raised book?

I understand the conservation of energy theorem and mechanical energy, but there is this question that confused me a bit, so I hope someone explains it. If you had a book and you raised it, you gave ...
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Plastic loading of a cylinder

I am trying to model a solid cylinder being loaded in the axial direction. At the upper limit of the elastic loading the cylinder has been compressed to a height h and cross-sectional area A. It is ...
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Brownian Ratchet Plausibility

Alright I'm going to throw whatever reputation I have on the line here. And yes this is a serious question. Apologies for the shoddy imagery. I had a couple ideas to get the Brownian Ratchet to ...
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Where does energy goes if I jump down from a balloon?

Suppose you are in a hot air balloon of mass $M$ which is floating in the air, and you get out and start climbing down a rope at constant velocity $v$. By conservation of momentum we can show that the ...
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Where does energy goes when I work out?

Let's say I am using a machine to lift weight by pulling a bar. When I do that, the state of the machine is exactly the same at the beginning and the end of the workout; no heat has been generated ...
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What specifically is incorrect about the Dirac Sea interpretation?

So taking the square root of $E^2 = (m_oc^2)^2 + p^2c^2$ yields two solutions. The Dirac Sea treats the negative solution as an infinite space of electrons with negative energy. All the observable ...
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Why does this ball have potential energy at its lowest point?

A ball of radius $r_0$ starts from rest at point $A$ on the inside of a track of radius $R_0$. The question is what will its speed be when it reaches the lowest point of the track, point $B$, ...
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What are the necessary/sufficient conditions for a system to be Hamiltonian/non-Hamiltonian?

I searched for a definition of Hamiltonian system on Huang and Tuckerman text but have not found anything precise. So intuitively I suppose: Hamiltonian system= a system which admits a complete ...
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What happens to kinetic energy of an object when i stop its motion? [duplicate]

Assume an object is moving and it is stopped at a point . Now kinetic energy will transform into some other energy . what can be those energies and on which cases these will happen respectively ? ...
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If an object falls - regarding air resistance - does the Potential or Kinetic energy get converted into thermal energy as it is falling?

I read a paragraph on the transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy and heat from this website: Even if air resistance slows down the ball, the potential energy is the same (Mb x g x H). ...
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How is energy conserved in a series of magnets, progressively moving another magnet upwards?

Imagine a tall building with windows allinged one above the other, and a railway going from the bottom of the building to the top of the building (vertically), right where the windows are. Imagine ...
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Gravity and its energy

Where does gravity get its energy from? So, I'm taking a high school environmental science class and we just started a unit on energy. We were talking about different types of energy and one was ...
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Conservation of energy when the Lagrangian includes a potential function

When proving that the homogeneity of time leads to the conservation of energy, (This is the proof from Landau for the case when there is no field present.) (Uses the Einstein's summation ...
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How does friction help the car to move forward? [duplicate]

Below is the extract from my book. There is a car with four wheel drive system and during acceleration, the engine causes the tires to push backward on the road surface. This push produces ...
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Why speed of block/box reduce when force is acted?

In my physic book there is a question which is as follows;- A food shopper pushes a wood crate of cabbage heads of mass $m$ =14kg across a concrete floor with a constant horizontal force $\vec{F}$ ...
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Why do we need to know the shape of the slide to find the time to slide down it?

In my physics book after this solved example: A child of mass $m$ is initially at rest on top of a water slide at height h = 8.5m above the bottom of the slide. Assuming that the slide is ...
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How is mass reduced in a normal chemical reaction which releases energy like heat, sound or light?

I was reading this link. Just above the paragraph titled "OTHER CONSERVATION LAWS", it says that "This conversion of mass to energy happens well below the speed of light, in a very small way, when a ...
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Does time invariance conclude conservation of energy? [closed]

I find it hard to understand that time-translation invariance necessarily implies conservation of energy. As I understand it, Noether's theorem says that there is an energy conservation because the ...
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Conservation of energy in a multiverse

When I was studying about classical mechanics, I learned about Hamiltonian mechanics. In a example problem, we saw that in a system of just one capacitor, energy seemed to flow in and out and the ...
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Law of Conservation of Energy

I find it hard to comprehend the law of conservation of energy. Allow me to explain my confusion. I understand that the law of conservation of energy states that energy is neither created nor ...
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Which formula is correct for the velocity of a mathematical pendulum?

Suppose I have a mathematical pendulum swinging in a plane, and the angle between the vertical direction and the pendulum is $\phi(t) = \phi_0 \cos\omega_0t$. The length of the pendulum is $l$, its ...
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Superposition of electromagnetic waves and energy localization

Sorry for the long question. I didn't know how to make it shorter. I'm trying to understand how energy is spatially localized in an electromagnetic wave. My premises are: Electromagnetic energy is ...
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Example of law of conservation of energy

Law of conservation of energy states that "Energy of the universe remains constant. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, but it can be transformed from one form to another". So I ...
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Is conservation of energy a set of principles that is inevitable in any 'possible world'? [duplicate]

It is usually stated in various books or stories 'Energy can't be created or destroyed , but is conserved'. I guess this is within a closed system. Are there any axioms or principles in physics that ...
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I can make the mechanical energy 0 or in fact anything. Is this normal?

We let the rope fall with $\alpha = \pi/2$ (no initial velocity). if I choose the original of potential energy as the picture indicates there, this means that: $$E_m = E_{pe} + E_c = \frac12mv^2 ...
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An unwinding cable problem [closed]

Suppose a light cable is wrapped around a solid cylinder with mass $M$ and radius $R$. The cylinder rotates with no friction about a stationary horizontal axis. The free end of the cable is attached ...
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Conservation of generalized energies in Newtonian and Relativistic Systems

I was considering the following problem: In a closed system, it is assumed that mass, momentum and energy is conserved. If we label the total mass of the System $M(i)$ at a time i, the total Momentum ...
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The work-energy theorem

Well here's the question. From some previous excercises we know that from \begin{align} A&=\int F\;ds,\\ &=\int ma\;ds, &&(F=ma)\\ &=\int m \frac{dv}{dt}\;ds, ...
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When we catch a falling object, where does its kinetic energy go?

Some of it is transformed into heat and noise, but where does the rest go? Further details: The object does not bounce off (e.g. a sack of rice marble ball). The hand remains completely static ...
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Projectile at an angle. Finding the angle using conservation of energy [closed]

Ball is thrown at an angle α and at the highest point it's potential and kinetic energy are the same. Find the angle. Use the law of energy conservation. What the professor wanted $mV^2/2 = 2* ...
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How does light speed up after coming out of a glass slab?

As I learned today in School, my teacher told me that when light enters a Glass Slab it slows down due to the change in density and it speeds up as it goes out of the Glass Slab. This causes a lateral ...
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Whats the point in conserving electricity if the AC current produced cannot be stored?

If we cannot save the ac current produced in a battery or some device like the DC current there is no point in conserving it because current once produced should be consumed somehow!!
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Relationship between momentum and energy for rocket-powered aircraft

I'm trying to write a problem for my students in an algebra-based physics class. We have a flight simulator and I've got a glider in the simulator that has a couple rocket boosters attached. Students ...
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Classical Mechanics contradicts Conservation of energy?

Imagine a Stanford torus rotating with 1 rpm so that centripetal/reactive centrifugal acceleration provides about 1.0g of artificial gravitational acceleration inside the ring. The picture below shows ...
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Conservation of kinetic energy in collision

Why is kinetic energy conserved in collision between glass balls while it is not conserved in collision between a ball and floor?
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Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision?

Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision? What would be the difference that lead to conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not ...
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How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision

How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision as collision is said to occur between two bodies if they physically collide against each other or if the path of one of then is affected by ...
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Finding the energy lost due to nonconservative forces

I stomped across this question and would very much appreciate any form of clarification. A otter 75kg slides down a hill starting from rest. Hyp = 8.8, height = 6.5, final speed of otter = 9.2 m/s. ...
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How is energy conserved in magnet?

When an object (i.e.magnetic) is attracted towards the magnet, work is done so that the energy is used but from where this energy comes from?
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Energy loss through gravity and the law of conservation of energy

Since every object exerts a force of gravity on all objects around it, how can it lose so much energy at all times without ever stopping? If an object always loses energy from gravity, how does it ...
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Calculating the force required to lift a weight with a screw

I am trying to learn physics by myself as I do not have a good teacher at school. I've been reading Feynman Lectures on Physics and I can't figure out how he found out this number. Here is an excerpt ...
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A student of mine wants to build a Gyroscopic Inertial Thruster

I work as a tutor with students in their first three semesters. One of my more eager students is obsessed with this thing: A Gyroscopic Inertial Thruster Here is a Wikipedia Article on that. I was ...
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frequency shift in background radiation, where is the missing energy? [duplicate]

It is known that the dilatation of the universe cause a shift in frequency in the background radiation toward lower frequencies. It is also known that photons with lower frequency have lower energy ...
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Why is the Carnot engine the most efficient?

It seems that the only condition used in proving that the Carnot engine is the most efficient is that it is reversible. More specifically, the Carnot engine can be run in reverse as a refrigerator. ...
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Understanding a graph of energy conservation with bounded and unbounded motions?

This graph is from the physics undergraduate text "Classical Mechanics by Douglas Gregory". Above this graph was the statement: What I didn't understand is- as stated in the under [*paragraph], ...