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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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: ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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“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 ...
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How does a flywheel generate electricity at a constant voltage?

I believe I am missing something simple here. My question concerns flywheel energy storage. Say we have stored some amount of energy in a spinning flywheel. The flywheel is attached to a generator. ...
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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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Conservation of energy when focusing black body radiation on another black body

This question about whether or not it is possible to focus black-body radiation to make something hotter than the radiation's source was answered mostly negative: the second law of thermodynamics ...
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Changing momentum of moving trolley

Consider a trolley of mass $m$ moving at a velocity $v$ along a smooth horizontal plane. It is full of water, and water is leaking at a constant rate out of the bottom of the trolley, i.e ...
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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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Is the total energy of the universe constant?

If total energy is conserved just transformed and never newly created, is there a sum of all energies that is constant? Why is it probably not that easy?
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Is work done by a pseudo force?

If a body is viewed from the frame of another body which is itself accelerating, will work be done by the pseudo force acting on the first body in the frame of second body ( provided the first body ...
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Current on both sides of a capacitor

When a capacitor is connected to a DC circuit, what ensures that the current on both sides of the capacitor is the same? When charges arrive at one end of the capacitor they stop moving; presumably ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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first law of thermodynamics and conservation of energy

The first law of thermodynamics is referred to as a reformulation of the law of conservation of energy. I am not sure to fully understand this relationship. My way of picturing it is the following. ...
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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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Generating unlimited electricity through magnets

Well i had seen a toy, which i till date don't know was it battery powered or not? and also could it be used to actually create energy (I know that it is not possible but whats the problem?) ...
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Do magnets redshift light?

Do magnets redshift light? Suppose we have an extremely powerful magnet (say the size of the Sun) and we have a smaller paramagnetic material above it (say. Titanium Brick which is ...
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Picturing Feynman's argument about perpetual motion

So, there is a certain paragraph in Fenyman's book that I'm struggling with for quite some time. It says: We imagine that there are two classes of machines, those that are not reversible, which ...
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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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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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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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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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Conservation of Angular Momentum, as related to a flywheel

Trying to work out some pesky flywheel dynamics for a project I'm working on, would love some for your assistance to better understand the underlying concepts. For a given flywheel (thin-walled ...
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If heat is energy, then why does cooling take energy when it should actually give energy?

Since everything around us isn't absolute zero temperature, and it has heat/energy, then we should be able to use that energy (without temp' difference I mean) and by using that energy (for example ...
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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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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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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 is energy converted when massless spring is attached to a rigid support

Say a massless spring of length l is attached to a rigid support. It is extended to length l + x. Now at this position, the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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In a CMCS 2-body system, why does the speed of the particles after collision stay the same?

A particle $m_1$ is traveling with velocity $v$ toward a stationary particle $m_2$. The velocity of the center of mass is given as $v_c=\frac{m_1}{m_1+m_2}v$. Changing to a moving coordinate system, ...
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Optimal speed for the water wheel

The hydroelectricity plants extract the potential energy of highly deployed massive object (water) as it falls down. Without turbine, all that energy would be converted into speed (kinetic energy) at ...
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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 do momentum get transferred?

Simple Question , Consider two objects namely $A$ and $B$ where $B$ is stationary and $A$ is moving towards $B$ with velocity $v$. When the two objects touch each other what does actually happen ...
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What kind of conservation law is energy conservation in thermodynamics?

As I understand it, Noether's theorem is an important result that allows us to show when certain kinds of conservations arise. Is energy conservation in thermodynamics a result of Noether's theorem? ...
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Lorentz invariance, energy-momentum conservation & the locality of interactions

I have been reading these notes ("Minkowski Spacetime: A Hundred Years Later", by Vesselin Petkov) 1, in which the author states (in the middle of the text on page 137) that "The only Lorentz ...
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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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Does matter with negative mass exist?

Or does it exist mathematically? Is it really inconsistent with a common-sense, mathematics or known physical laws? As far as I understand, if it exists, it must be far away from the "positive" ...
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Reference frame and conservation of energy

Say spaceship $\alpha$ burns a portion of its fuel to leave planet A and is cruising through space at 10 m/s relative to the surface from which it launched. Spaceship $\alpha$ is being observed by ...
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A sphere rolling down a plank - an error in calculating its energy

Consider the following situation: A sphere with radius $r$ rolls down a plank which forms an angle $\theta$ with the horizontal axis. The starting hight of the centre of mass is $h$. We assume that ...