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Physical interpretation of $Q^i = \partial _\nu T^{i \nu}$

I'm trouble with exercise 1.8 of Carroll's Space-Time and Geometry: If $\partial_\nu T^{\mu \nu} = Q^\mu$, what physically does the spatial vector $Q^i$ represent? Use the dust energy momentum ...
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What if the kinetic energy of a particle was some other function $f(v)$?

This is a "what if this was how the universe worked" kind of question. I don't know if those belong in Physics StackExchange, and I apologize if they don't. Suppose we have two reference frames ...
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Exertion from swinging on a playground swing

I've read about how by tilting one's body one changes one's center of mass while swinging on a playground swing, and thereby increases the energy of the swing. But I would like to get a better sense ...
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Transfered thermal energy to a gas with varying mass

In my physics book (and wikipedia) it states that the thermal energy transferred to an object is: $Q = c \ m \ dT$, where $Q$ is the transferred thermal energy, $c$ is the specific heat capcity of the ...
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Does gravity exert more “power” when an object is traveling faster?

So, this question arose when I was pondering the meaning of horsepower and torque in cars. I thought of the following question: There is a 1 kilogram weight on planet M. Planet M has no atmosphere ...
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How do I know if an object comes from the Solar System or not?

I'm told that if the total energy of an object near the Sun is negative, then it comes from the Solar System; if positive, it is extrasolar. I don't understand why. Can someone please explain this?
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What is the symmetry which is responsible for conservation of mass?

According to Noether's theorem, all conservation laws originate from invariance of a system to shifts in a certain space. For example conservation of energy stems from invariance to time translation. ...
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Mass in terms of energy

Given the relationships between mass and energy in relativity, and given that particles with mass can be created given energy over the threshold energy, and vice-versa, can we say that mass is simply ...
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Is the giant Newton's cradle in the Kit-Kat ad feasible?

Apologies in advance if this is too basic a question for Phys.SE. I don't want to dumb down this venerable institution. :) My wife and I just watched this TV ad for Kit-Kat where a crew of crane ...
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Question about energy [closed]

Tom, weighted 60kg, set a world record of bunjee jumping, he jumped off at 223m height, and reached the lowest point when he's 50m above ground. If 30% of mechanical energy was lost when the cord was ...
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Is it feasible to transfer energy from power stations to communities via photons instead of electrons?

Electrical wires are relatively inefficient in transferring energy--especially when the place of production is quite far from communities. Would it be possible to transfer that energy via photons? I ...
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Does thermal energy change within a chamber depending on what's in it, where it is, what it is?

I have noticed that some people will say that, when you put more mass in an oven, it takes longer for both to cook than if just were one. Some others will say that timings are the same. Assume we ...
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Pendulum water pump - apparent free energy

I've seen plans for a pendulum oscillator water pump that is claimed to pump a large volume of water (100 gallons) from a well of 100 feet deep. The pendulum consists of a 100 pound weight raised 6 ...
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Is a real life electric shield possible? [closed]

I got this question from playing games like Halo and Borderlands (I know kinda dumb but raised a good question) in which the primary protection is an electric shield. Now I'm wondering if it would be ...
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Is energy released during change of state?

When a substance changes state from solid to liquid, the temperature of the substance remains the same and the heat energy from the external source is converted to potential energy within the ...
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Probability of having energy $E$ when $E$ is bounded

For a canonical ensemble the probability of a system to have energy $E$ is $P(E)=e^{-\beta E}$. For that we consider the that the system can have any energy between $0$ to $\infty$. What will be the ...
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Calculate/estimate power of a fission bomb

I have some questions about the released energy and power of a nuclear fission bomb. What are the key dependencies of the power of a fission bomb? Is it true that the power of a fission bomb depends ...
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Energy difference in General Relativity

Why exactly are absolute energies important in General Relativity, unlike for example EM where only energy differences matter?
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Zero energy universe

Regarding this thread: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=506985 Why is the idea that the total energy in the universe "zero" so popular (re: Laurence Krauss) and why is the flatness of ...
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Physics of brushing your teeth and cleaning bottles [closed]

PHYSICS of Brushing your teeth: I spent a few weeks a few years ago, five minutes here and there, trying to figure out what is the optimal amount of water that you should put in your mouth to get the ...
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Simple harmonic oscillator: zero point energy?

Today we had a lecture on the simple harmonic oscillator and its quantum mechanical treatment. My teacher derived the equation for it and finally concluded it has some zero point energy. My ...
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Speed of three objects falling with different masses

The following is the problem that I am working on. Three different objects each with mass $m_1<m_2<m_3$ is launched from the same height $h$ with three different angles $\theta_1 < ...
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Explosion in space

I'm curious about what happens if an explosive substance detonates in space. On Earth, I guess a good chunk of the energy released is carried away by shock waves in the atmosphere. But in space, the ...
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Why are breeder reactors not more prevalent? [closed]

I recently learned about breeder reactors, which are able to create more fissile material than they consume. They seem to be superior to the types of nuclear reactors currently in use. What are the ...
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Does brightness of the light remains constant with the variation of the distance with respect to the source in vaccum?

I have this question going in my mind from many days, i.e why brightness of light emitted from any light source around us decreases with distance? The brightness of light from tube light, streetlight, ...
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Do you need energy to exert a force?

Is force dependent or independent of energy?
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force applied not on the center of mass

When applying a force outside of the center of mass of the body, the body will get both linear and angular momentum. Right? Does the linear velocity from this force equal to the linear velocity from ...
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Maxwell's Demon - laser cooling

There’s an interesting article on Scientific American that tells how to cool individual atoms to within a very tiny fraction of Absolute Zero. It uses two laser beams acting on a very cold rarified ...
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What is the most energy-efficient way to crush the hardest bedrock on earth? [closed]

What is the most energy-efficient way to crush the hardest bedrock on earth while assuming it is impossible to use the chain reaction energy from that bedrock? How many energy is needed?
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Do I need to take elastic potential energy into account? [closed]

Let's say I have a vertical spring with end points $A$ and $B$ and length $a$ and a mass attached to the endpoint $B$. The mass is dropped from the point $A$ and I need to find the kinetic ...
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Potential Energy of a Particle in One Dimension?

Since a particle in one dimension can only move in a straight line. Is it possible to have potential energy? And how would the kinetic energy and potential energy differ in higher dimensions?
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Do electrons collapse into nucleus, if electrons in the atom are constantly excited?

From the Bohr's atomic model, it is clear that electron can have only certain definite energy levels. When the electron is present as close to the nucleus as possible, the atom has the minimum ...
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Confused about unit of kilowatt hours

So I am a little confused on how to deal with the Kilowatt hours unit of power, I have only ever used Kilowatts and I have to design a residential fuel cell used as a backup generator for one day. ...
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Braking force required to allow bike to move down slope with an arbitrary constant velocity

Find the braking force required to allow a bike to move down a frictionless slope, inclined at $\theta$ radians above horizontal, with a constant velocity of v m/s. I'm confused because Newton's ...
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Question about heat engine efficiency

I would like to know how much thermal energy is converted to kinetic energy in a steam engine, or a more efficient means if available. I have done some research and found out that Carnot made some ...
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Change in Wavelength of a Photon Relation to Energy (specifically Compton Effect)

Given a photon dropping from $\lambda_1$ to $\lambda_2$, its energy will drop from $\frac{hc}{(\lambda_1)}$ to $\frac{hc}{(\lambda_2)}$. However, I was wondering if there is any significance in the ...
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when water falls to the ground and forms a puddle, where does most of the energy go?

When water falls from some height to the ground and forms a puddle, where does most of the initial potential energy go? Sound, heat, surface tension, or motion of the earth?
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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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Conservation of energy and continuity equation

When physicists say energy is conserved, do they mean that energy satisfies the continuity equation: $$\triangledown \cdot j+\dot{\rho}=0$$ On the internet there is plenty of talk of how the ...
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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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Yearly onshore wind turbine energy production [closed]

I am trying to work out the yearly energy production of an onshore Siemens SWT-3.0-101, hub height 94m, total height 144,5. Here is the power curve at each wind speed level worked out through a ...
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Power generator powered exclusively by gravity is possible? [closed]

According to this site, it seems so. Power generator powered exclusively by gravity:
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Hurdles in creating (close to) infinite images [duplicate]

Let's put an object (hypothetical superman) inside a "well sealed" box containing only mirrors. Is it possible to create number of images that will be close to infinity, assuming that resolution of ...
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How much is 1 electron-volt (eV)?

I am interested in knowing how much is one eV of energy. Everywhere I found are the technical definitions. Can anybody please tell me how much is this much energy. I need something which I can feel. I ...
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Conservation of Hamiltonian vs Conservation of Energy

What is the difference between conservation of the Hamiltonian and conservation of energy?
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Estimating minimum energy with uncertainty principle

I'm currently trying to solve a problem that involves estimating the minimum energy of a particle in the potential: $$ V(x) = \frac{-V_0a}{|{x}|} $$ I'm quite confused about how to handle the ...
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How does the energy in a standing wave travel beyond a node?

In a standing wave, how does energy travel past a node? It should just get reflected. Assume the case of first overtone and you strike the string at a place. How will energy distribute itself? If it ...
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Does our existence cost us energy?

Anything when it needs to inform its presense such as electromagnetic presense of charged particles and gravitational presense of particles due to their mass does so by sending information of its ...
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Calculating laser wavelength/power to cause emission of light in a gas?

I've become interested in volumetric displays. In particular I'm looking at a pair of lasers scanning a volume of gas such that the intersection of the lasers would supply enough energy to cause the ...
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Calories burned doing 1 squat [closed]

To calculate the calories burned doing 1 squat, wouldn't it simply involve the distance that your center of mass is moving and your weight? I read some other article that said your legs act as levers, ...