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Dynamics of a Vertical Mass-Spring Simple Harmonic Oscillator with Gravity

I am having some trouble obtaining the elastic potential energy and gravitational potential energy of a simple mass spring system. In this experiment, masses attached to a spring were dropped from a ...
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seperate engines working vs single engine

What is more fuel efficient: Two identical cars running at 50mph or one being tied to the other and only the first dragging both at 50mph? Or what requires less fuel: Two cars to start from stop and ...
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Black holes – Irrotational vortex or Rigid-body-like vortex

As light enters a Black hole – does the light enter as “Irrotational vortex” or as “Rigid-body-like vortex”? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorticity Thank You
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Producing energy with entanglement

If we entangle two electrons for example and move one of the electron to Mars for instance. Are we able to somehow transfer the kinetic force of Mars from its movement (spinning and orbitting) to ...
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Explanation of force amplification inside a solenoid

For a system being actuated by a motor, the force can be amplified by gearing. The energy is being used for force instead of distance, so it produces more torque but moves slower. For a system being ...
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Water Electrolysis Calculations

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_electrolysis#Efficiency): The electrolysis of water requires a minimum of 237.13 kJ of electrical energy input to dissociate each mole. Each ...
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Why are force, momentum, and kinetic energy derivatives of each other [on hold]

Force $ma$ is the rate of change of momentum, or the derivative of momentum with respect to time $$\frac{d}{dt} mv = ma = F$$. Kinetic energy is the integral of momentum with respect to velocity: ...
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What is the free energy of an ideal chain under stress?

this question is related to potential energy of a segment of an ideal chain under external force. I calculated the canonical partition function for an ideal chain ($i$ stands for a single segment ...
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Having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively

I'm having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively. This is what I'm solid on so far: If you have a ball rolling down a hill, it loses potential energy and gains kinetic energy. ...
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Why do particles in a medium have different speeds?

If thermal conduction occurs because of particles colliding with each other and imparting kinetic energy to each other, won’t the particles of an isolated medium collide with each other until the ...
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Would sea water moderate a nuclear submarine meltdown?

My son asked me: If nuclear submarines get sunk or blown up, what is to stop them going into nuclear meltdown? I thought about it and came to the conclusion that because they're in the sea the ...
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Proportionality constant in crater equations

I have searched for equations regarding craters and I came across two of them. The first one is from this NOAO website in the level two section. There, it says that, $$ D^3\propto E $$ where $E$ is ...
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What exactly is work?

What exactly is work? My book confuses me: a force can lift an object to a height h, or it can accelerate an object through gravity. In all these cases, a force displaces an object and change the ...
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A block sliding down a ramp lab (with friction), I keep getting a higher final energy than initial

A block of 55 g is sliding down a ramp of 35 degrees of inclination. The hypotenuse of the ramp is 63 cm and the height is 36 cm. vi = 0 as the block starts at rest. I did 3 trials of letting the ...
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How do electrons get the energy to jump from one orbital to the next when in stationary orbits the electron does not radiate energy

My Question is how do electrons get energy/lose energy to jump up or down an orbital as in a stationary orbit they do not gain energy and their energy is finite?
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How is energy dissipated in a travelling em wave

How is energy dissipated in a travelling em wave. Will there be any dissipation if it were to travel trough vaccum ?
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Integers, energy levels, and wavenumbers for a particle in a 2D box [closed]

I have written a program that allows the user to plot the energy vs the wave number of particle in a 2D box, depending on what values for the integers $p$ and $q$ they desire. The energy $E_{p q}$ ...
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Work-energy theorem? [duplicate]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How ...
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Work energy theorem problems [duplicate]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How do ...
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Solving kinetic energy without numbers [closed]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How ...
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What is the work done?

A painter uses 1.93kJ of mechanical energy to pull on the rope and lift a 20kg paint barrel at constant speed to a height of 7.5m above the ground. How much work was done lifting the paint barrel? ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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Is Information a potential or kinetic kind of energy?

It is said that the law of least action is that nature tries to convert potential energy into kinetic one as fast as possible. Information can't be thought without a physical realisation, see here. ...
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Electric Potential Between Two Like Charges

At the point horizontally across and equidistant from the centers of the two charges (also oriented horizontally), what is the electric potential? At that point, the electric field of the first charge ...
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Lennard Jones Total system energy [closed]

i am trying to implement/extend an implementation of Lennard-Jones potential simulation regarding Xenon molecules (for curious ones, the code can be found here functions (force_naive->lj_force)). ...
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Energy spent climbing a flight of stairs

I would like to know whether there is any difference in the energy consumed in climbing a flight of stairs, if the steps are taken one at a time vs taking them 2 at a time
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Sufficient conditions for the energy to be not conserved?

I'm almost embarrased to ask this question because I thought I was by now very confident with classical mechanics. Someone has stated that given a mechanical system with a Lagrangian $L$ s.t. ...
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Work done by friction on a ball flying through air [closed]

A baseball of mass 145 g leaves a pitcher’s hand at 150km/hr, but due to constant air resistance, it arrives at home plate 20.0m away traveling at 145km/hr Assume that the magnitude of the ball’s ...
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Physics Question [closed]

A horizontal spring with spring constant 150 N/m is compressed 18cm and used to launch a 2.9kg box across a frictionless, horizontal surface. After the box travels some distance, the surface ...
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Mutual capacitance upper limit

I am having trouble making an analog for mutual capacitance from mutual inductance. In circuits with magnetic coupling, there is an upper limit established on mutual inductance due to energy ...
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Proof of conservation of energy?

How is it proved to be always true? It's a fundamental principle in Physics, that is based on all of our currents observations of multiple systems in the universe, is it always true to all systems? ...
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Conservation of energy in a moving frame

I know a similar question has been asked but i'm still kind of stumped. Imagine the earth on the left and a small mass to it's right separated by some distance h. You are in the frame of reference ...
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Fictious forces and calculation of energy + c.o.m. question

I am aware that in order for energy to be conserved the reference frame that you are using must be inertial. However, consider the situation where you are using the reference frame of the earth and ...
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How efficient is an electric heater?

How efficient is an electric heater? My guess: greater than 95%. Possibly even 99%. I say this because most energy is converted into heat; some is converted into light and kinetic energy, and ...
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Gas Cooled Fast Reactor Coolants

I know that helium and CO2 are used as fast reactor coolants, but how about other inert gasses with low neutron absorption, like argon, why do I see no papers on that? Oh and bonus question. Why is ...
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Why it is colder in mountains, at high altitudes?

The conventional answer is to say that "lower temperature follows from lower pressure because temperature is average molecular energy (average speed)". For instance "Temperature is a measure of ...
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How to calculate the potential energy of an $H_2$ molecule

From left to right, electron $e_1$, $e_2$ and proton $p_1$, $p_2$. $r_0=0.529nm$ The total energy is sum of energy require to bring each particle to its place. Take the place of $e_1$ is zero ...
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Where does the energy go when light is redshifted? [duplicate]

Imagine a galaxy millions of lightyears away and, obeying Hubble's law, moving very quickly away from us. Now imagine the same galaxy emitted a green photon in our direction (a photon with a ...
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Why does higher acceleration minimize a car's fuel consumption?

I generally try to optimize my car's fuel consumption when driving, using my car's real-time MPG gauge and average-trip MPG indicator. Until recently, I believed the slower the acceleration, the ...
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The ADM Energy of Gravitational Waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of Gravitational Waves.And they said the result ...
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Do human bodies give off a consistent but unique radiation/electromagnetic/energy signature?

Is there any facet of the energy emitted by a human body that is consistent and unique - like a fingerprint, but a signal that could be detected by a remote device?
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What happens to gas molecules after ionization?

I know that gas molecules conduct electricity after they get ionized but what will happen if we keep increasing the voltage even after ionization? Will it explode? If it will then how much energy ...
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Cancelling waves and preservation of energy

In quantum physics, a particle is "defined" by a wavefunction. If you would take 2 particles with the same wavefunction, and negate one of them. They would cancel each other other out. Take for ...
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Would impact angle matter on relativistic impactor?

I'm trying to calculate (for fun) a comparison between a kinetic impactor and an H-bomb. I would assume this to be a fairly straight forward problem involving kinetic energy and a table of various ...
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What is the Proper way to determine overall velocity in a pipe?

I am running a simulation of fluid in a pipe. The fluid in this pipe is "swirling" (instead of just moving in one direction, it's rotating as well. Like the Helix below. The fluid is faster on the ...
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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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How does The work done in going around any path in a gravitational field is zero implies conservation of energy?

In The Feynman Lectures, Feynman states: The work done in going around any path in a gravitational field is zero. This is a very remarkable result. It tells us something we did not previously ...
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Does the speed of electrons depend on energy?

I would like to know whether the speed of an electron depends on energy. If yes then in a circuit when electrons flow out of a resistor the energy decreases by a considerable amount, leading to the ...
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does $Q_AV_{AB}=Q_BV_{BA}$ in this case

Sorry fo unclear title but I can't find any suitable on for this question. Here is what my text book says about how to find out the energy of a system of charge of n particle. What I don't know is ...
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what are entropy and enthalpy?

whilst exploring the second law of thermodynamics, I have come across the terms enthalpy and entropy. I have seen these terms before and thought that I knew what they meant, but I have seen them used ...