Energy is the conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance and represents the work a system is capable of doing. Use this tag for questions about energy, and consider adding [tag:energy-conservation] if it is specifically about its conservation.

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What are high energy photons?

I have often read the term High Energy photons, does this mean that there do exist photons with low energy? Aren't they supposed to have constant energy according to $E= h\nu$?
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Why can't we destroy energy?

From a wikipedia article: In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system cannot change—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither ...
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Energy of electromagnetic wave

Its given here that energy density of an electromagnetic wave is $$\vec S=\frac{1}{\mu}(\vec E\times\vec B)$$ How is the above expression derived? And when did energy become a vector? I though work ...
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Where are the electron exchanges happening in solar cell physics when considering the photon?

When considering solar panel physics, are we taking an electron from Light(photon), or is the energy of Light causing an electron to jump in said solar cells through excitation? Is the photon even ...
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Why does energy flow between a high voltage transmission line and linemen approaching it on a helicopter?

The video High power line workers shows linemen servicing a live high voltage transmission line. As the helicopter approaches the line, the lineman reaches out with a metallic wand that is ...
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Can the internal energy of an ideal gas system increase as temperature decreases?

If $\Delta U = Q + W $ Then adding $x$ moles of an ideal gas of lower temperature into a system of internal energy $U$ would increase $U$ as the kinetic energies of the molecules of the colder gas ...
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How do I describe and calculate the effect of an impacting object?

My lab studies the physiology of impact injury on biological tissues. I use a pneumatic cylinder to impart injury into a biological sample and then assess the molecular and physiological changes in ...
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How would you calculate consecutive bounces on a trampoline to find how much energy is lost each time or what percentage is lost each time? [on hold]

How would you calculate consecutive bounces on a trampoline to find how much energy is lost each time or what percentage is lost each time?
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Calculating the data rate for a baud signal [on hold]

I have been working on these questions for the past few hours. I am working on calculating the data rate of baud signals, where each symbol can take on one of two levels. I wanted to know if I have ...
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Can sound produce electricity?

Energies of wind and water can produce electricity. But, can sound energy also be used to produce electricity?
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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 the potential energy of a black hole infinity

It appears like black holes posses an escape velocity greater than the velocity of light. It takes an atom infinity energy to travel at speed of light.Do black holes posses that energy to retain ...
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Can the linear momentum of a system be constant, even though its centre accelerates?

My instructor says if the velocity of center or mass is constant, it means that the linear momentum of a body is conserved. So if no external force acts on a body, there is no change in the linear ...
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Will an object with a higher temperature lose its heat faster than a cooler, yet warm object

I'm after the math, which I don't understand yet and can't find elsewhere. The variables are: Two identical cups, A and B The same volume of fluid is contained in each cup, test fluid is water. ...
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Physical interpretation of distances

Suppose we have a universe with only two distinguishable particles, neglecting gravitation. These particles start off next to each-other, ostensibly "touching" each-other and at rest. If it takes ...
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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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Why am I not shocked when I touch a tree, and the tree touches a power line? [on hold]

Why am I not shocked when I touch a tree, and the tree touches a power line?
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How could the BOE (barrel of oil equivalent) be measured?

The barrel of oil equivalent was given as an example of gigajoule scale energy. "The barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) is a unit of energy based on the approximate energy released by burning one barrel ...
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If a system has an internal energy equal to 0, does this mean it doesn't exist?

Enthalpy is a measure of energy in a thermodynamic system: It includes the internal energy, which is the energy required to create > a system, and the amount of energy required to make room for it ...
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Why is salt so hard to remove from water?

Water molecules and various salt molecules are very different. However, it seems very difficult to separate the two. Once a salt is dissolved in water, an energy or chemical intensive method (like ...
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If increasing applying energy to an atom excites electrons, why does electrical conductivity decrease as temperature increases?

Applying energy to an atom makes the electrons jump up to higher energy levels. This is known as excitation. Electrons on higher energy levels are easier to remove from an atom than those on lower ...
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Calculate required power output for a laser

How to calculate power rating required for a laser in order to produce a dot at a specific distance after reflection? For example, the laser is 10cm from the mirror, at an angel of 30 degrees it ...
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What makes cart with a moving object in it gain speed (no friction anywhere)?

I would like to understand what makes the cart below the moving object move. There is no friction between any of the objects. The cart is moving therefore there is force applied to it. The only force ...
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Microwaving two products based on individual instructions

Suppose I have a cake, which has instructions to heat it for 60 seconds in the microwave. I also have some custard, which has instructions to heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave. For convenience, ...
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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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Actual electricity usage to maintain a constant water temperature

How can I easily measure (or determine) the actual electrical usage necessary to keep a constant temperature for my water heater?
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Which ball travels further, one that is thrown up a frictionless ramp or one that is thrown in the air? [on hold]

They are thrown at the same angle, and their masses are equal. Please explain using basic physics, if you can. We only learned: Kinetic, potential energy Work Velocity
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How to compute this change of Gibbs energy for a Van der Waals gas?

The change of Gibbs energy at constant temperature and species numbers, $\Delta G$, is given by an integral $\int_{p_1}^{p_2}V\,{\mathrm d}p$. For the ideal gas law $$p\,V=n\,RT,$$ this comes down to ...
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Does this count as a proper derivation of the formula for work and kinetic energy? [on hold]

$v_{av}$ = average velocity, $d$= distance, $a$ = acceleration, $m$ = mass Given: $$v_{av}*t=d$$ $$t=\frac{v_f-v_i}{a}$$ $$v_{av}=\frac{v_f+v_i}{2}$$ Then: $$\frac{v_f+v_i}{2}*\frac{v_f-v_i}{a}=d$$ ...
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How likely is negative energy to exist?

Negative Energy is the exact opposite of ordinary energy as it would move in the opposite direction from its momentum and accelerate in the opposite direction of an applied force. It would also warp ...
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Photons Disappear and Reappear from Atoms?

Where does photons come from and disappear to? Can photons be destroyed and created? Without atoms would photons exist?
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Historical and philosophical reflexions about the concept of energy? [closed]

Perhaps you know the books: Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics by Max Jammer, which discusses mass and force from 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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How to calculate the work of the electrostatic forces in a parallel-plate capacitor?

The expression of the energy stored in a parallel-plate capacitor is: $$U = \frac{e_0\cdot A \cdot V^2}{2d}$$ with $e_0$ the vacuum permittivity, $A$ the surface of the capacitor, $V$ the applied ...
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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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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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Why do we hear the square of the wave?

Assume we superpose two waves of frequencies $\omega_1, \omega_2$. Then what we get are beats. Adding the two sines gives us $$\psi = A\sin(\omega_1 t) + A\sin(\omega_2 t) = 2 \sin ...
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Calculating potential energy per ion of an one dimensional ionic crystal

The problem states to calculate "the potential energy, per ion, for an infinite 1D ionic crystal with separation $a$"; the crystal is a 1D lattice of alternating charges, likes so: ...
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How to efficiently cool down simulated gas by time-dependent potential?

I'm trying to simulate condensation of a highly diluted gas (a model gas, not any real one). For simplicity I restrict the simulation to 2 dimensions. To setup the simulation I take some interparticle ...
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What is meant by positive and negative gravity/energy/spacetime-curvature?

I have recently come across some cosmological assertions (based on empirical data) about the universe being self contained in the sense that it is entirely capable of coming into existence from a ...
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Will the energy of gravitational collision be the same?

If you put two small stationary spherical objects (say 1 meter wide weighting 1kg) 1 light year across and let them collide after some time. Will the energy of collision be the same as if you put ...
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Why does kinetic energy increase quadratically, not linearly, with speed?

As Wikipedia says: [...] the kinetic energy of a non-rotating object of mass $m$ traveling at a speed $v$ is $mv^2/2$. Why does this not increase linearly with speed? Why does it take so much ...
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Efficiency of resonant inductive coupling as a function of distance

What is the relationship between the efficiency of energy transfer between resonant inductive coupling between two coils, and the distance between the coils?
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Question about Kinetic Energy and Force acting on a body

Below is the graph of a body that rests on a friction-less flat surface. On this body force F is applied and it's value is being depicted in the graph below. We can see that the body moves from point ...
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Can the kinetic energy be a function of the position vector?

,I got one confusion when reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics (page 20, third edition). After getting the equation $$ \sum \left\{\left[\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}t}{\left(\frac{\partial ...
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Energy density with complex permittivity?

Question What is the correct form of the energy density when we have a complex permittivity (such as in a dielectric)? Additional information A complex permittivity means that we have: $$\vec ...
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Is $E = p^0$ in non-inertial frames?

In special relativity the energy of a particle is the 0-component of the 4-momentum. However, is this still true in non-inertial frames, and in particular in non-freely-falling frames in general ...
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Is there a base or fundamental state of energy? [closed]

Is there a base state of energy? By base state, I mean if a certain amount is in no other state like heat, light, magnetism it just stays in the base state. If not, why not? Also, is there a list of ...