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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4 momentum in particle physics, collision of positron and electron

If I have a positron striking an electron at rest to create 2 pions( + and -) and I want to calculate the minimum kinnetic energy that the electrons can possess to create these pions, then the created ...
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Differentiating between standing waves (stationary waves) and progressive waves [closed]

The question is ''Differentiate between standing waves (stationary waves) and progressive waves?" I do not understand what exactly they would like to hear. Should we talk about the frequency, ...
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Along with electrons, do molecules also directly take in photon energy from a source?

Let's take a black object for example. When waves of light (whether from the sun or a lamp) come into contact with the object, is it just the electrons (not the molecules) of the object that directly ...
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Is it possible to harness energy from the exothermic reaction of changes of state of matter?

Since a substance emits heat as it transitions from a high energy state (gas) to a lower energy state (solid), is it possible to devise a method to capture this heat and convert it to usable energy? ...
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What's faulty in my reasoning about energy and momentum in this problem?

The question (from Sparknotes SAT Physics): An athlete of mass 70.0 kg applies a force of 500 N to a 30.0 kg luge, which is initially at rest, over a period of 5.00 s before jumping onto the ...
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Does energy exist? [closed]

None of this is going to be rigorous or have a right answer, so please don't take it as though I'm demanding one. I'm just interested in everyone's thoughts. It feels to me (and possibly you) that ...
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What happens to the energy when waves perfectly cancel each other?

What happens to the energy when waves perfectly cancel each other (destructive interference)? It appears that the energy "disappear" but the law of conservation of energy states that it can't be ...
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How can energy be useful when it is 'abstract'?

The topic which haunted me for two years until I gave up on it. But now I am doing engineering and this topic suddenly popped out of my textbook from nowhere. I seriously need to understand this topic ...
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What is the relationship between the velocity of an object and its Sound Intensity Level in an inelastic collision?

Assuming the mass, acceleration, and height of the dropped object are constant and the area of the measured sound wave is constant, would the relation be linear, exponential, logarithmic, square root ...
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Work - constant or zero speed

Say I'm riding a bicycle at speed $v$. There's air that causes drag force, let's suppose it's constant, equal $F$, and it doesn't change with speed (we know it does increase quadratically with speed, ...
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Forster rate dependence on temperature

In the Forster rate expression, what values are dependent on temperature?: Forster orientation factor, k^2 the refractive index of the solvent, n The spectral overlap, J the quantum yield of the ...
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Is $E^2=(mc^2)^2+(pc)^2$ correct, or is $E=mc^2$ the correct one?

I have been having trouble distinguishing these two equations and figuring out which one is correct. I have watched a video that says that $E^2=(mc^2)^2+(pc)^2$ is correct, but I do not know why. It ...
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How can I interpret $P(t) = \frac{1}{Q(t)} \frac{dW(t)}{dt}$ physically?

Generally speaking, one can calculate the work, $W$ (energy) required to compress a volume, $V$ of gas by integrating the pressure-volume 'loop' in a phase-space as $$W=\oint PdV$$ where $P$ is the ...
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Internal energy of an ideal gas as a function of volume

Okay so I've been reading a bit on Thermodynamics and I found something that I couldn't wrap around my head. For an ideal gas, the change in internal energy is equal to $$\Delta U = Q + W$$ And ...
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Energy in the Relativistic COM Frame

I have been taught that in Classical Mechanics, the total energy of a system of two particles in the Centre of Mass Frame is given by $$ E_\mathrm{total} = \frac{1}{2}MV^2 + \frac{1}{2}\mu v_r^2 $$ ...
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How to calculate the amout of time for oil to get out from a pneumatic cylinder?

I have a system. You can assume it is just a 1" diameter steel pneumatic cylinder (1 foot long). Assume we ignore the bore size issue at this point. One chamber is filled up by oil (6" of volume), ...
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What is an EM wave? [closed]

How does an EM wave carry energy? What is an EM wave? (Is it a collection of photons?) What are the mechanics behind it? I am an engineer and I've been taught to think of light (light is my area ...
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Conservation of Energy vs Conservation of Momentum in Rotational Dynamics

It is clear to me why angular momentum is always conserved, and how in some cases energy is not necessarily conserved within the system (in those cases where bodies deform, or friction is involved). ...
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How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum?

How did physicists arrive at conclusion that the product of mass and velocity is equal to momentum? What is the intuition behind $p=mv$? I had trouble finding any sources that state the actually ...
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How much of this 'Slow Death of the Universe' was predicted?

In short: the energy generated in today's universe, is "about half of the produced two billion years ago" and found that "this fading occurs at all wavelengths" as yesterday news: ESO - Charting the ...
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work and energy dilemma in an inclined [closed]

An example problem done in my book: A driver was driving a car of mass 1000 kg through an inclined plane which makes an angle of 30° with plane with a velocity of 25 m/s . Then he saw a boy 50 m ...
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Will drinking ice cold water and eating cold food cause weight loss (over a period of time)? [closed]

A friend of mine has the idea that drinking cold water and eating cold food will assist them in losing weight. The core temperature of a human body is 37$^{\circ}$ C. If they drink water, at a ...
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Could light be limiting towards a more fundamental speed limit? [closed]

Could it be possible (as in strictly speaking, no evidence going against this) that light could be limiting towards a more fundamental speed, and that light truly does slow down when a mass goes a ...
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General relativity without energy?

I am kind of new to GR but I have been familiar with the concepts for a long time, I am getting used to the mathematics just now. My question is, what would GR predict if we would have an empty ...
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Mass, Spin, Internal Energy and 1-Particle States in Galilean Quantum Mechanics

I have been reading an article discussing the unitary representation of Galilean group and non-relativistic quantum mechanics. The link to the article is given below. http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2442 ...
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conversion of units

I have a quantity that I need to convert to different units. First, I need to note that the value is in the natural units system. The quantity is in cm^-1 (or, to be accurate, $cm^{-1}\hbar c /k$, ...
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Energy source of electrons?

I am aware that electrons are moving in an empty space so basically there is no friction to slow it down and its velocity stays the same. However where did the electron get its energy from in the ...
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Energy for acceleration towards speed of light is relative?

This seems a very simple question - and I guess it will turn out to be so. It's a given that accelerating particles with mass towards the speed of light takes more and more energy (ultimately an an ...
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Why potential energy of external force on particle attached to spring is equal to full force multiplied by full displacement?

I am having quite difficult time to understand the meaning of total potential energy on spring. All references I read say that the total potential energy on particle attached to spring is: ...
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Reproducing electricity [closed]

We all know reproducing solar energy is possible. Same stands for mechanical energy (air, water, coals) - they are all reproducible. But what about other types of light ? A diode light for example ...
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Why can you turn on your bike without adding energy and still be moving?

There's a physical effect that I can't seem to figure out. When you are biking (on a bicycle), you have some speed. Then let's say you stop petaling and make a 90º turn to the right. You slow down, ...
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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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Why is there no formula for some energies? [closed]

There is no formula for solar energy, mechanical energy etc, so Why there is no formulas for some energies?
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Work functions of ceramics/insulators

Is anyone aware of or know of a good source or means of estimating the work function of a ceramic material? Typically, work functions are given for pure elemental metals, rather than for compounds, ...
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How is the Joule normalised acrpss various definitions?

Apologies if this question is a duplicate, I tried searching for this question both on Google and here, but was unable to find an answer. A Joule is defined in various ways, some of them being: ...
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Minimal possible energy to make calculation [duplicate]

Are there any restrictions to energy that must be consumed to make calculations? Can calculations theoretically be done without consuming it?
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How much energy will fall into the eye given luminosity of display

The smart-glasses have tiny display. The manufacturer says the display has luminosity of $2000 cd/m^2$. The area of display is around $0.0002 m^2$. The reference smartphone display has luminosity of ...
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The only Energy is Kinetic Energy, isn't it? [closed]

I'm really looking for a discussion on this and don't really have a specific question. But this seems to be the best forum for such a topic. I could try to phrase this in a question, but I think that ...
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Lightning Power?

What is the power source of a lightning? It doesn't consume fuel, nor an atomic fission/fusion, but it discharges a large amount of energy. Is it feasible to create an artificial lightning using the ...
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Kinetic energy (KE) in atomic orbital

Within an atomic orbital, electrons must obviously have relative differences between points in space due to potential gradient. But there is kinetic energy as well. If we choose a particular point as ...
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Shouldn't solar cells be nonreflective?

If solar cells take energy from light, then why do they reflect it? How come they can take energy without actually affecting the source? Shouldn't reflected light (as a minimum) have a lower ...
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Battery charging using a windmill?

i want to charge 4*(12V/100AH battery) using a 3*( 12V/5AMP GENERATOR ) which is drawing its power from a windmill. these battery have to heat 500 litre of water from 30 celcius to 50 celcius how ...
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Energy needed for Superman to take off and fly at the speed of sound

I just watched "Man of Steel", and I'm wondering if my logic is correct. Let's assume Superman is 80 kg. The energy required to take off from the rest to reach the speed of sound in air (if I neglect ...
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Positivity of Total Gravitational Energy in GR

I read the following statement in the introduction to an article: Over the last 30 years, one of the greatest achievements in classical general relativity has certainly been the proof of the ...
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How much energy does lowering an object into a black hole generate?

An object of mass m is slowly lowered into a black hole of mass 1000 m. Is the amount of braking energy larger than $0.6 mc^2$? Now what if, after lowering the mass close to the event horizon, we ...
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How to solve this energy problem using trends related to impulse and momentum? [closed]

The question runs a 1kg block moves with a speed of 10 m/s. It strikes a spring that has a spring constant of 25 N/m. Determine the maximum compression of spring. The energy way of solving ...
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How is the kinetic energy of an object in collision converted to work done in deforming itself?

Usually, in a perfectly inelastic collision, maximum amount of KE is lost. I guess it depends on the rigidity of that object collision if any KE at all will be converted to work done to deform. ...
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What's Wrong With This Quantum Analogy?

"Sometimes the idea of the quantum is compared to the units we use for money. A dollar can be divided into smaller units, where the cent is the smallest possible unit." A question I came ...
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Why does carbon help with electron transfer in a dye sensitized solar cell?

what property of carbon(soot) makes it easier for electron transfer within a dye sensitized solar cell?
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Is average kinetic energy equal to the total thermal energy of a gas?

"Average KE" as in this equation: $$K_{average} = \frac{3}{2} kT$$ Since potential energy in ideal gas model is eliminated, I guess this equation is also for the total thermal energy of a gas/a ...