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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Climbing Stairs and Calories Burnt

I climb stairs to work (20 floors) every day . The least amount of work my body is doing by gaining potential energy (P.E) = mgh where m is mass , g is acc. due to gravity and h is height . Assuming ...
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The highest photon energy ever measured and transplanckian energies

What is the highest energy of we have measured of a photon by any physical experiment? Has a transplanckian energy photon been measured? Can we study them -if they exist- with special relativity?
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Statistical Physics: How do we derive this equation?

I'm reading through Statistical Physics by F. Mandl and there is a step in arriving at an equation that I don't follow. He uses $$P = \sum_r p_r \left(-\frac{\mathrm dE_r}{\mathrm dV} \right) ...
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What is Phase Transition in Cosmology and where does the energy of it comes from?

There are different theories on how our universe will end. The Big Crunch, The Big Rip, The Big Freeze but I also heard about Phase Transition on a space science program on a science channel, what ...
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How can work be done during collisions? [closed]

Consider a collision between two material points, with no external forces acting on the system. Linear and angular momentum of the system are always conserved, while the kinetic energy of the system ...
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Work energy theorem: variation of kinetic energy as sum of terms given by the work of single forces

Work-energy theorem states that $$W_{\sum F_i}=\Delta K,$$ where I expressed with $W_{\sum F_i}$ the work done by the resultant of forces ${\sum F_i}$ and with $K$ the kinetic energy. In general it ...
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What is the abstract idea behind energy? [duplicate]

Many theories use something called energy to explain reason behind certain phenomenon, but I have not been able to grasp the idea of energy. Maybe it is because I have grown in a society where the ...
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Accelerating voltage relationship to energy

if I have the accelerating voltage, how can I obtain the energy in eV? Basically, I asked someone for the energy, but instead they gave me the accelerating voltage. What more data would I need to ...
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Lifting and putting down a weight

A man in a gym lifts a weight and then puts it down where it was before. 1) What can be say about the work done by the man to the weight? 2) Can it be equal in absolute value to the work made by ...
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Does energy produce a gravitational force [duplicate]

$E=mc^2$. From this, I would assume that any form of energy (not just rest-mass energy, but kinetic energy as well) would produce a gravitational force. Am I being too naive in my application of ...
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Turning Work into Thermal Energy in Joule’s Experiment

In Joule’s famous experiment where he determined the specific heat capacity of water, he used a paddle to increase the temperature of the water. That is, the kinetic energy of the paddle went into the ...
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Dissipation and first law of thermodynamics

Consider the following situation: a certain gas is contained in a well-insulated cylinder with a well-insulated piston head. Now, in this case the piston is not frictionless. In order for the piston ...
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Put energy into void [closed]

what happens when you drop matter or energy of any type into the void , by void I mean a space of absolute emptiness with nothing more than darkness and total absence of every kind of energy , ...
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Could Something Infinitely Heat Up?

If there was a perfect environment, and something was able to continue to heat up indefinitely, what would happen?.. What would be the outcome of something continuously heating up?
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Would High Explosive helped free Shackleton's ship, trapped in pack ice?

This question is based on physical concepts regarding presssure waves and crystallography, but I thought it might be helpful to include a brief historical context first. From Wikipedia: Loss of Polar ...
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Work-energy theorem for a system

While studying energy conservation on Morin I found this explanation about the work-energy theorem for a system. The work–energy theorem stated before is relevant to one particle. What if we are ...
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Physical meanings of kinetic energy

While studying energy on Sears & Zemansky's University Physics, I came up with a doubt on the meaning of kinetic energy. The book gives two possible physical interpretations of this quantity. ...
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How would you get the velocity in this problem? (and what did I do wrong) [closed]

This problem is supposed to be solved by using the conservation of energy but I do not really know how to solve it that way.
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Reason behind the heat capacity of water

Water has a high specific capacity. Why can water release a large amount of energy without a great change in temperature?
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Microscopic Definition of Heat and Work

If I am given a statistical System, then I can define state-variables like Energy, Entropy or other Observables, and then I can (at least for equilibrium states) give the Change of Energy as: ...
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How to derive kinetic energy from the Lagrange equations? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble deriving the kinetic energy from the Lagrange equations. For reference, I'm following Landau and Lifshitz book, "Mechanics," which can be found for free at Archive. In any case, ...
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When space containing an extended mass contracts, what delivers or absorbs energy?

As my understanding goes, general relativity and the many theories that have sprung from it allow for the contraction and expansion of space. When such expanding (or contracting) space contains a ...
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AC Generator Output Calculations

I am currently doing a university project where we are designing a device that a car drives over it will engage a rack and pinion mechanism, that will change the force from linear to rotational. The ...
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Energy inside a box of air with temperature variation

How to find the energy of a column of air enclosed in a box (assume adiabatic) with a temperature variation $T(z)$ in the vertical ($z$ direction) in a uniform gravitation field? I think the total ...
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Energy density inside anisotropic materials

I'm taking some college courses on electromagnetism and there was some talk of energy stored by electromagnetic field and its density. The expression that we use to calculate energy density stored by ...
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Does the analogous saying: “matter is essentially 'condensed' energy” have any merit?

Einstein in his derivation of special relativity came upon the equivalence of energy and matter, and given the right circumstances, the relation can go either way - matter can become energy, and ...
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Work done by friction on a conveyor belt [closed]

At a factory, a 300-kg crate is dropped vertically from a packing machine onto a conveyor belt (I apologize for not having a picture) moving at a speed of 1.2 m/s. The coefficient of kinetic friction ...
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What prevents this magnetic perpetual motion device from working? [closed]

Two days ago, I thought of this device, which may seem to rotate indefinitely(in all 3 directions). I have two questions. Is this perpetual motion machine already known? If it is, could you please ...
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How does quadcopter's battery capacity relate to it's maximum flight time?

Suppose that we have a quadcopter weighing 3 kg (without a battery) and a battery (let it be Li-Ion type) weighing 2 kg. With this battery our quad can hover for 20 minutes until the battery runs ...
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Hamiltonian and Energy of a charged particle in an Electromagnetic field

The Lagrangian of a charged particle of charge $e$ moving in an electromagnetic field is given by $$L=\frac{1}{2}m\dot{\textbf{r}}^2-e\phi-e\textbf{A}\cdot \textbf{v}$$ where $\phi(\textbf{r},t)$ is ...
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Using thermal expansion for mechanical work

Assume I could heat up a bar with zero heat loss to the environment. I could then use the thermal expansion to do some work, for example compress a gas. Where does the energy needed for the ...
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Lower bound on energy is potential minimum

Suppose we have a particle of mass $m$ that is in an eigenstate $|\psi\rangle$ of the Hamiltonian $\hat{H}=\hat{T}+\hat{V}$, where $\hat{T}$ is the kinetic energy operator and $\hat{V}=V(\hat{r})$ is ...
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Kinetic Energy in the Center of Mass Frame

Given two bodies moving along a line, I can find the velocity of the center of mass frame. Taking the time derivative of the Galilean transformation I get $v'=v-v_{cm}$ By definition, the total ...
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Why blasts/explosions hurt people

This seems a stupid question i know but can't really understand the physics behind it. Let's imagine i'm 5 meters away from a bomb and it explodes. Putting apart the high speed projectiles behaving as ...
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Do all forms of energy fall under kinetic and potential energy?

I know that energy is recognized through motion. Even in the mass-energy equivalence a velocity is present even though it is a rest-energy (Not really sure if this would count as a potential energy ...
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How was the concept of work-energy developed? [duplicate]

I doubt that the concept of work-energy was actually discovered this way. However in the algebra based physics book I am reading, work done by a constant net force is defined as $W = fcos \theta s$ ...
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what is the energy required to change only direction of a vector? [closed]

Does change in velocity vector change Kinetic energy of a system? Does any energy change when we change direction of a vector of a system?
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Calculate the height reached when 1/3 of original Kinetic Energy is lost [closed]

I am sorry for asking this low level question but there is a confusion, I am not overcoming from hours. My book asks me to solve the following problem: When an object is thrown upward, it rises ...
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What came before quantum theory?

My professor explained today that the idea behind quantum theory is that particles have quantized energy states. To an undergrad like me, this is kind of strange. Wouldn't it always make sense that a ...
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Heat capacity at constant volume and internal energy

I read that heat supplied at constant volume to a system containing ideal gas changes the internal energy of system, i.e $q=nC_v\Delta T=\delta U$ But what happens if I heat a system and change its ...
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Rydberg and electrical energy

I am a high school student. This year I learned the Rydberg constant and its use of finding energy of an electron in chemistry, besides in physics I learned to calculate the energies of two loaded ...
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What is more important, energy or entropy? [closed]

What decides if something will change or remain the same? Energy or entropy considerations?
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Particle in infinite square well with $\langle E \rangle = (1/4) E_1 + (3/4) E_4$

Suppose we have a particle in an infinite square well with $\langle E \rangle = (1/4) E_1 + (3/4) E_4$. I know that I can calculate the uncertainty in the particle's position by $\sqrt{\langle E^2 ...
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What is the sign of the energy exerted by a man sitting in the back of a boat pulling a canoe?

A man sits on the back of a boat pulling a canoe while the boat travels at a constant velocity a certain distance in the positive X direction. The man feels a constant tension in the rope during this ...
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Direct comparison of energy measurements for kids

I am planning a few physics & science sessions in the woods with 14 year-olds. The theme for one of the sessions is Energy, and my aim is to show them how gravity, solar radiation, wind (air ...
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Meaning of $\frac{1}{\beta} \frac{\partial \ln{Z}}{\partial X}$ in arbitrary ensembles with X being a sharp Observable of the System

I often find the statement, that for an arbitrary ensemble with Observables $O_i$ of which only the mean value is known, and $\tilde{O}_j$ that are known exactly, the partition function ...
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Kinetic Energy: Difference in energy for observers [duplicate]

Consider a stationary 10kg bike; if I apply a force of 10J then $KE=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ so $v=\sqrt\frac{2KE}{m}=1m/s$. If we consider the same example again, but from the point of view of a stationary ...
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How much more “work” (or energy) is required for short people to hike uphill?

Let's assume Short Person is 5 feet tall and the Normal Person is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Let's assume the uphill hike has steps with 1 foot height. How much more work or energy does this require ...
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What is the deBroglie Wavelength in a region with potential energy?

This question was on a physics GRE: A free particle with initial kinetic energy $T$ and deBroglie wavelength $\lambda$ enters a region in which it has potential energy $V$. what is the particle's new ...
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Calculating the energy of a particle using the Time Independent Schrodinger Equation [closed]

If we have a wave function $\Psi(x,t=0)$ which is a solution to the TISE for a zero potential in an infinite square well, would calculating the energy at $t = 0$ at a position be as easy as ...