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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Does a mass falling towards the earth obey conservation of energy?

I'm trying to grasp basic concepts of energy and I have a question regarding conservation of energy. According to Feynman's book and Wikipedia, the law of conservation of energy states that ...
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How is finite energy spread wholly in the infinite universe

We all know that energy is never lost, but it transforms into another form. Doesn't that mean that energy is not unlimited? I mean, why is it that way if it was infinite? However, if energy is spread ...
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How is Work by a System Interpretated in the First Law?

Good evening. I've happened to be sitting down today and just couldn't wrap my head around this question which seems rather simple at first. From reading about the first law and sign conventions as it ...
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What is “pure energy” in matter-antimatter annihilation made of?

I used to read the term "pure energy" in the context of matter-antimatter annihilation. Is the "pure energy" spoken of photons? Is it some form of heat? Some kind of particles with mass? ...
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Is there a formula/relationship between $q$, $m$, $c$, $\Delta T$ and $t$ (time)?

I am currently doing an experiment where I am burning methanol to test for the heat of combustion. To test this, I am heating 100g of water and raising it by 20 degrees Celsius before extinguishing ...
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Is Dark Energy and or Dark Matter directly proportional to EMR? [closed]

Is Dark Energy directly proportional to Electromagnetic radiation (EM radiation or EMR)?
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Why do almost all nuclear reactions release energy?

I'm just wondering why almost all nuclear reactions release energy, in a typical way, the mass defect is transformed into energy ? Is there a nuclear reaction that gains mass (resp. energy)? or most ...
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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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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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 $Q_AV_{AB}=Q_BV_{BA}$ 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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Factors on which Coefficient of restitution depend

What are the factors on which coefficient of restitution depend? What is the reason for more coefficient of restitution of two glass balls (0.95) than for two lead balls (0.20)?
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Are there other types of energy?

Objects possess potential and kinetic energies. The potential energy depends on the position of the object, while the kinetic energy is dependent on its velocity. My question: are there other types ...
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If conservation of energy was wrong, how would we know about it?

Suppose you just started learning physics and you've been introduced to conservation of energy and kinetic energy. Apart from those concepts you know next to nothing. Then you observe an inelastic ...
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Does an induction cooktop consume as much energy when it's heating something as it does when it isn't? [closed]

If you plug in an electrical charger or an adapter of an electronic device such as a mobile phone or a laptop into the power socket, but you don't actually attach the device into the charger, the ...
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Quantization vs. continuous energy levels

I still don't get what it means for atomic energy levels to be continuous or quantitized (incontinuous). Clearing this up will really help me. Also, can anyone tell me why energy levels in solids are ...
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Energy required to “glass” a given area of a temperate planet's surface

In some science fiction, orbital bombardment is portrayed as being able to vitrify the soil, or even the underlying bedrock, of a targeted area. While this is certainly not out of the question for ...
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What determines the point of energy spillover to higher modes of a standing wave resonator?

One of the better known physics demonstrations for standing wave resonance is the singing rod . By holding the rod exactly in the middle the demonstrator constrains the first mode of excitation - the ...
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How can magnetic fields have energy and yet be unable to do work with that energy? [duplicate]

Magnetic fields can't do work. However, we use the following equation to describe the energy density of a magnetic field. $u = \frac{B^2}{2\mu_0}$ The term energy density suggests that the magnetic ...
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How does an inductor store magnetic energy?

I am trying to figure out what the potential energy of an inductor with a current really means. In a capacitor, the energy stored works like this: if you let the plates attract each other, before ...
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Does stopping the same bike and rider at the same velocity with the front brake require less energy than the back brake?

It's the same body made by the rider and the bike moving at the same speed. So, even though braking on the front/back alters the normal forces on the opposite wheels thus creating more friction with ...
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Relativistic deceleration and energy

It's common knowledge that due to relativistic effects, accelerating from 0.8c to 0.9c takes a lot more energy than accelerating from 0.1c to 0.2c. However, what's the case with deceleration? Does it ...
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Why does a wind turbine have only three blades? [duplicate]

Why not four or five or even more? Intuitively, the more leaves the more power. So, what is the reason?