# Tagged Questions

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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### “Definition” of internal energy

Conversation of energy implies that if we have a thermally insulated system which goes from state 1 to state 2: $$\Delta E_{12}=E(2)-E(1)=\Delta W_{12}$$ and the 1st law of thermodynamics requires ...
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### How does a photon drive out the electrons in a solar cell?

We know that solar cells work when a photon hits the n-type the photon's energy drives free the electrons in the n-type to generate a current. But we also know that when a photon hits the atoms it ...
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### Experiment validating existence of virtual particle

I'm curious about virtual particle whether do they really exists, therefore I dug out an experimental theory called lamb shift by measuring the difference between the two energy levels of a hydrogen ...
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### 4-momentum of massless photons

The time component of a particle's 4-momentum is $$E'=\frac{E-up}{\sqrt{1-u^2/c^2}}\tag{1}$$ Now suppose it is photons that you are observing from a system moving at $u$ on a line towards ...
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### Why doesn't the evening/morning sun feel much hotter on your face?

I understand that places on the Earth's surface get hotter in summer, and in the middle of the day rather than morning or evening, because the surface of the Earth is presented 'face-on' to the Sun at ...
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### Calculate energy-density of known plasma in microwave?

Let's assume I want to create a plasma in a regular household microwave similar to this home-made experiment. Although I am dealing with a small amount of mass, I assume that the addition of microwave ...
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### Maximum Extension of a Spring [closed]

In the given figure: m= 5kg, F = 30N, K = 700N/m In the figure shown above. the surfaces are friction-less. The blocks are initially at rest and the spring is initially in its natural length. What ...
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### Series of parallel thermal resistance connection for this enclosure?

Let's say that I have an 2D enclosure in the shape of a pyramid with unequal areas for the faces and I am looking to determine in the inside air temperature. The parameters I know are the outer and ...
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### Energy conservation $\iff \frac{dE}{dt} = 0\$?

If I'm asked to prove that a system is/ isn't conservative and compare it to whether or not the Hamiltonian is conserved, does that mean I need to compute the time derivative of energy $(T+U)$? Doing ...
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### If we hit an electron will it go to an excited state?

For example i have a block of silicon doped with phosphorous and i hit it hard with a hammer will the energy get transfered to the block and make the electrons excited?
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### How did Planck derive his formula $E=hf$?

Some time ago I asked my quantum physics lecturer the question: How did Planck derive his formula, the Planck–Einstein relation $$E=hf$$ with constant of proportionality $h$, the Planck ...
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### Potential and kinetic energy

If a ball stays on the ground, it has no height and no velocity. So what energy does it have kinetic or potential?
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### How much energy does a PV cell need to work?

How much energy does a $1m^2$ photovolatic/solar cell need to work? Can it work using a bunch of Laser lights? Edit: Ok so this PV cell is $1m^2$ is dimesions. The N-type has silicon doped with ...
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### Why can “slow” neutrons trigger fission?

My understanding of nuclear fission is that some massive isotopes such as uranium-235 are unstable and when split via fission there will be a "slow" neutron. This slow neutron will hit another ...
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### How do solar panels generate infinite electricity?

We know that solar cells generate electricity utilizing the energy of the photon, but how can they generate electricity forever? In a n-type terminal we have the bond of silicon and phosphorous so ...
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### Calculating average energy stored in Li-Po battery

I'm currently sourcing Li-Po batteries and need to find an average mAh per cm3 to implement it into my product. From what I read (wikipedia), the energy density of Li-Po ranges from 250 to 730 W.h/L ...
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### How can a photon have energy when its mass is zero? [duplicate]

How can a photon have energy when its mass is zero? According to Einstein's equation $E = mc^2$ energy depends on $mass*c^2$ Light has zero mass so the energy would be zero too but solar cells use ...
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### Internal energy according to the van der Waals equation

I am trying to derive the internal energy of a gas which obeys the van der Waals equation. I have however encountered some problems. I calculate the integral of $dU$ from $V=0,T=0$ to $V=V, T=\infty$ ...
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### Constant 2 in kinetic energy equation [duplicate]

Trying to understand where the constant 2 comes from in the kinetic energy equation, $mv^2/2$. Why 2 and not another number?
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### Stone vs. Atomic Bomb

What would do more damage, a B53, a 9 megaton uranium bomb, or a medium sized stone (2 kg) stone throw at 90% the speed of light. One thing that I know that will have to be considered is that fact ...
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### Is plant photosynthesis more efficient than solar panels?

Is photosynthesis more efficient than solar panels? If so, by how much?
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### How does energy get transfered from destructive interference point to constructive one?

If there are two pressure waves (like sound waves) that travel in opposite directions and have the same amplitude then destructive interference occurs: one wave will compress the air particle (here ...
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### Is Dyson Sphere a stable construction?

Suppose that a star is encompassed by a Dyson Sphere. Do we need a position control system for the Dyson Sphere to keep its origin always aligned with the center of the star? Will it stay aligned ...
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### How did the concept of energy evolve with the years?

The concept of energy is quite common today but this was not the case before. As far as I know, even Newton, for example, didn't use this concept and Liebnitz just noticed that $mv^2$ was conserved ...
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### Where does the energy of a light bulb come from?

Where does the energy of a light bulb come from? Is it from the coil of wire, magnet in the generator, mechanical input to the generator or plug where the generator is connected to the wall?
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### Pressure change in throttling & flow rate reduction in a water circulation

If the pressure in a water pipe line is reduced from 7kgf/cm2 to 4 kgf/cm2, what is the % reduction in flow rate?
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### Determining the force of a spring

How can I determine the maximum force a spring can release when it pops up? Is there even a formula for this?
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### Big knot in my head, please help. (Nuclear fission and binding energy)

Please look at these two links: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nucene/imgnuk/bcurv.gif http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2c/Kernspaltung.svg/2000px-Kernspaltung.svg....
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### Are black holes an infinite source of energy? [duplicate]

Black holes are considered particularities because in a determined point in time they are pointless, as consequence there are some mass in a null space so the density become infinite. Finally if ...
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### Are nuclear processes the only processes that release more energy than is input?

Are the nuclear processes of fission and fusion the only known processes or events that release more energy than is input to create those processes? I know I am being a little vague; I do not know the ...
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### What is $E$ in the Planck-Einstein relation?

The Planck-Einstein relation was first given for photons $$E = h\nu$$ But later, de Broglie extended it to matter waves, and showed that it would hold for all particles as well. The $E$ for a photon ...
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### The potential profile of two batteries in series

I would like to know the potential profile in two batteries in series, like the battery in the attached image.
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### Does radiating heat to outer space through the atmospheric transparency window have any impact on heat loss?

I was reading this article: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight The authors are improving upon the age-old idea of reflecting incoming sunlight while ...
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### What is the source of energy in this system? (resonance realated)

This is curiosity question, sorry if description is too vague. Suppose we have a string attached to some small frame on both sides Then we apply a force by plucking it with a finger, lets say 5.0 N (...
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### What is the physical basis behind burnt calories estimates?

we see on treadmills, bikes, fitness trackers, etc., estimations of calories burnt. These are clearly based on correlations to weight, age, hear rate. How were these values correlated? Is there a ...
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### How do particles in a wave make the next particles move?

i only know few things about waves,but this question just popped up in my mind. I already know that the particles transfer energy to each other,but i do not know HOW they do it! The truth is that i ...
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### When to use h = Cp∆T or u = Cv∆T

I'm getting myself confused on when to use h = cp∆T or u = cv∆T where cp is the specific ...
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### What will happen to this fan in this situation?

Lets say I have a pipe with a fan at the end of it and it is drawing ambient air from the other end of the pipe. Once I account for some blockages and looking at the fan curve, it was found the ...
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### How much power does it take to keep a massive particle suspended in a gravitational field?

For instance if I have a rocket of mass $m$ in a uniform gravitational field $g$, and I want to keep it floating in the air via thrust alone, then how much power in the form of (say) chemical energy ...
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### Why is electric potential 0 in this case?

On a test, we had a question where there are 4 point charges at the vertices of a square. The 2 charges at the upper vertices have charges of +q and the 2 charges ...
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### Is any energy required to deflect an asteroid, with force always perpendicular to its trajectory?

Let's assume there is an asteroid traveling on a straight line (far from any gravitational source), and we need to deflect it from its actual trajectory, so we build a rocket motor on the surface and ...
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### Energy lost is a percentage or flat rate?

If I drop a ball onto the floor, there are a few possible outcomes. Firstly, that the collision is perfectly elastic, and no energy is lost from the ball into the surroundings (ie it bounces to the ...
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### Is it possible to calculate the information content of matter? How?

I know the Bekestein bound is the upper bound for the information content of a region of space, but is it possible to actually calculate that information content (number of bits, not the bits ...
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### What observation(s)--if any--confirm that the types & concentrations of energy, which are influenced by gravity, are the same ones that cause gravity?

General relativity allows various forms of energy to participate in the gravitational force. What observation(s)--if any--confirm general relativity's notion that the various types & ...
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### To what does energy belong in an energy diagram?

I was reading this answer and I saw an energy diagram: Does the energy belong to the system or to the outside?
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### How reflective are typical mirrors in the visible part of the spectrum?

I was wanting to perhaps grow some plants using grow lights. For the sake of efficiency, however, I would like to use some mirrors to reflect this light, ie, keep less of it from uselessly ...
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### Dissipated Energy from Falling Object using Lagrangian [closed]

A plate of mass $M$ moves horizontally with initial speed $v$ on a frictionless table. An object of mass $m$ is dropped vertically onto it from the height $h$ and smashes. How much energy is ...
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### How to heat water to 80°C? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out an easy water to get 80°c to consistently make the perfect cup of coffee. Let's assume room temperature water is 22°c. What is the ratio of boiling water to room temp water ...