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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Why am I not shocked when I touch a tree, and the tree touches a power line? [closed]

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? [closed]

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? [closed]

$v_{av}$ = 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 ...
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Will Energy and Work equal to each other between two closed systems linked by one shareable object?

Two closed systems are linked to each other. Both use same object. In one of this closed systems was spent energy to change physical property of shareable object. After this object transformation, ...
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Internal energy + energy of electron

Internal energy of a system composed of molecules or atoms is the mean energy of all these particles in the system (energy as kinetic energy, potential energy etc..). But what I am seeing that we are ...
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Is $\Delta H$ equal to $\Delta Q$?

I will use $\Delta$ to denote "change in something". $\Delta U = \Delta Q+\Delta W$, where the signs have been assumed to be positive (work is done on the system and heat is absorbed). But also ...
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How to calculate incident solar energy on earth in a given day with a spectral filter

The daily solar radiation irradiation is often quoted as being between $3.2 \text{ kW hours}/\text{m}^2$ and $7 \text{kW hours}/\text{m}^2$ per day . If you filter out a range of wavelengths, how can ...
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Frames of reference, energy and different observations (non-relativistic)

I have had trouble reconciling the quadratic form of kinetic energy and reference frames traveling at different velocities for some times now. I'll give an example that confuses me for some ...
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Do magnets redshift light?

Do magnets redshift light? Suppose we have an extremely powerful magnet (say the size of the Sun) and we have a smaller paramagnetic material above it (say. Titanium Brick which is ...
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Picturing Feynman's argument about perpetual motion

So, there is a certain paragraph in Fenyman's book that I'm struggling with for quite some time. It says: We imagine that there are two classes of machines, those that are not reversible, which ...
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Relation between Newtons and Kilograms

Work is expressed as $W=Fd$, where the $F$ is in Newton, $d$ is in meters and result $W$ is in Joules. For example, if I take $1N$ on earth and lift it $1m$ up in the air I have done $1J$ of work. ...
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Electron-Positron Annihilation in a Gravitational Field

When an electron and positron annihilate what happens to any gravitational energy they have? In a way the energy is 'shared' between these two particles and all the matter in space. It must take a ...
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Does an electron's energy decrease while performing its motion? [duplicate]

While revolving around the nucleus if the electron's energy decreases then will it hit the nucleus and if it does what will happen?
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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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What impact has air resistance beneath vehicles? [closed]

Let's say that a car travels 100km in one hour consuming 5 litters of gasoline. How much gasoline would consume this car if between the left and right wheels would be a deep hole, meaning that there ...
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Heat diffusion in a house

I was wondering about this problem (which is NOT homework, it's one of my mental problems due to what surrounds me): supposing I'm in a room, and it's winter. Heating is on, the boiler works and the ...
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Energy concept and calculuation

Could someone please explain how the concept of energy was conceived and how it evolved into our modern understanding of it ? Also, how did people come about various ways of mathematically ...
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Could sound be considered a kind of renewable energy? [closed]

Is sound energy useful as a source for generating electricity? If so, could it be a renewable resource?
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Why won't this Casimir effect perpetual motion machine work?

So the Casimir effect is caused by an imbalance in radiation pressure(caused by virtual particles) on two sides of a metal plate. This is typically shown with two close plates getting pushed towards ...
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Nuclear to Electricity Energy Conversion

Currently nuclear power generates heat, which heats water into steam that turns conventional turbines. The energy conversion is as follows: photonic->heat->kinetic->electric This would result in low ...