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what does 'same energy as a ton of TNT' mean?

Very often the energy released in large-scale events (e.g., earthquakes, meteor impacts, etc) is described in terms of some number of 'tons of TNT'. This may be all well and good for those with an ...
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Internal Energy Terminology

I am interested in finding out whether the term 'Internal Energy' can be used in both of the following cases: In the case of a macroscopic body upon which light is incident, the internal energy ...
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Energy transfer to a driven oscillator

Why is the amount of energy transferred to a driven mechanical oscillator largest when the drive frequency is the same as the natural frequency of the oscillator? Why are they exactly out of phase by ...
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Is it possible to make use of the gluon field's energy to use is applications?

As we know most of the mass of the proton comes from the energy caused due to the interactions of the quarks with the gluon fields (reference link of this statement ...
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Polarized Filtering Frequency Shift?

A polarized filter is exposed to a unpolarized light source. The output of the filter should be of lower intensity, hence lower energy. Should not the filtered light be of a lower frequency to ...
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How does matter get the energy to repel the gravitational effects of itself to to other matter

This has always puzzled me. As i stand on the earth i require energy to exert a force over gravity to enable me to keep standing. The net force between me and the the earth is zero and thus i remain ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why doesn't fire flow back INTO the cylinder?

Let us take into a consideration a (pressurized) kerosene stove. The pressure drives fuel out of the nozzle, like or in a much simpler arrangement as in Question- Why doesn't fire flow back ...
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why activation energy of semiconductor changes as temperature changes

why activation energy of semiconductor thin films changes as temperature changes. I know that this is due to different conduction mechanisms. Intrinsic conduction mechanism which occurs at high ...
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Relation between number of photons and energy?

Please can anyone explain it. If number of photons are increased will it increase the providing energy. Suppose, we are sending a limited number of photons each carrying energy. We have a energy ...
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Kinetic energy on macro and micro situation

I just have this random question in my mind. If you drop something in deep space, and it falls due to a gravitational pull. As it's falling, its kinetic energy increases. I just wonder, is the average ...
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Energy density what volume?

In a derivation of energy density for an electric field (see here) We get rid of the $$\epsilon_0\oint(V \vec E \cdot d\vec a)$$ term by choosing a surface sufficiently far away so that this term ...
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If kinetic energy is equal to force x distance, does that mean a mass traveling in the vaccum of space keeps getting kenetic energy

This is something I don't understand about it because if the speed remains constant, nothing changes about the objects energy.
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permanent magnet energy field [duplicate]

Please explain to me this: What is the physical mechanism of the field and atraction force; in which way a force (electro, magnetic or gravity) is transmited between two objects? I will try to ...
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Flatness and Kinetic Energy

Why the curvature parameter can be interpreted as the difference between the average potential energy and the average kinetic energy of a region of space? Curvature ...
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Thermodynamics - internal energy

What would the curve that describes the change of internal energy ($U$) with the volume ($V$) be like if the change in the temperature is negative? My try: For a ideal monoatomic gas, we have ...
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Is conservation of energy a set of principles that is inevitable in any 'possible world'? [duplicate]

It is usually stated in various books or stories 'Energy can't be created or destroyed , but is conserved'. I guess this is within a closed system. Are there any axioms or principles in physics that ...
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Domain of different types of collision?

Can anyone tell me why elastic collision occur between atomic particles? inelastic collision occur between ordinary objects? perfectly inelastic collision occur during shooting? ...
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Frequency of a photon

in classical physics frequency represents how many cycles in one unit time, but I do not know how we define a frequency for a particle? what does it mean for a particle to have a frequency, the book I ...
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Where can I find a list of approximate excitation energies?

I would like to know the excitation energies for the known states of various nuclides. Is there a list somewhere that has this documented? I can't seem to find them easily for many nuclides. Maybe I ...
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If a propane torch is rated at 200,000 BTUs, what does this translate to in terms of joules/second?

If a propane torch is rated at 200,000 BTUs, what does this translate to in terms of joules/second? Not exactly a physics question per say, but it falls in the realm. How do I convert/understand ...
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Can the energy of the universe ever be infinite in qunatum physics? [closed]

Suppose that the universe runs under some variants of QFT, with universal wavefunction and Hamiltonian. Then would infinite energy of the universe ever be possible? According to what I am thinking, ...
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What would Negative Energy act like? [duplicate]

So I heard that if you want to make a wormhole you need negative energy. What is special about Negative Energy that allows it to do that? What are the properties of Negative Energy compared to normal ...
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Energy of an Analog Signal

I would like to know why we are not calculating the negative energy of a signal.For example for $sin$ wave there is both an positive and negative phase.But while we take the energy of the signal we ...
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Calculating estimated HP from velocity, auto weight, and constant acceleration

I am working on a simulation program that runs theoretical performances of different cars and was wondering if there is a way to estimate the HP at any running RPM? the problem is (and this may be me ...
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What (if any) state did energy exist in prior to the big bang? [duplicate]

I am comfortable with the idea that 'pure energy' cannot be observed, only different forms in which it manifests. I can also understand that matter-antimatter interactions result in fundamental ...
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Can all energetic photon excite an electron?

Consider a hydrogen atom, to excite the electron to a higher orbit, it should interact with photons of energy equal to that of the energy difference between the two states. If the energy of photon is ...
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A simple quantum mechanics question [closed]

Here is the problem: Find the energy of neutron, electron and electromagnetic waves of wavelength 0.1nm. English is my second language, so I am kind of confused about the meaning of problem ...
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translational energy levels

My textbook says translational energy level is so closed, and it basically covers the whole EMR spectrum, so any temperature beyond absolute zero is high enough for molecules to have translational ...
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Finding energy stored in a capacitor

i am given a voltage time graph for a capacitor circuit. How to find energy stored in that capacitor at various time instants? Can we just calculate by using $\frac{1}{2}CV^2$ We are given capacitance ...
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Ignoring constant potential energy

The reason why constant potential energy terms are dropped is because the derivative of a constant is zero. And since force is the gradient of potential energy, constant terms won't change what the ...
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What is matter made of in the light of Quantum Mechanics? [closed]

I've always wondered what matter (particles, force particles, etc.) was actually made of considering the fact that quantum mechanics has shown us that particles can actually act as a probabilistic ...
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The Hamiltonian and Energy

if anyone can give assistance on this question it is much appreciated! Suppose I have a Hamiltonian $$H=\frac{p^{2}}{2m}+V(r)+F(r,t) $$ where $$F(r,t) = Q(r)\Re{(e^{{iT(t)}})}:\quad Q(r), T(t),T'(t) ...
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Solving kinetic energy exercise through electrical work formula instead of voltage formula?

While studying electric potential, I run into an issue on exercise 43 of Chapter 24 of Fundamentals of Physics 8th ed. Vol. 3 (Halliday et al.). The exercise states the following, paraphrased: A ...
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Motivating the importance of energy [closed]

I'm working on a project right now and part of the introduction is about energy, and I'm trying to introduce the notion of energy in an unconventional way. Right now, I am looking for examples of ...
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How to convert translational energy to rotational energy [closed]

Suppose that I have a body moving at certain velocity in straight line. So it has translational energy. I want to convert this energy to rotational energy of another body, by making the velocity of ...
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Why isn't the electric field just a mathematical tool?

I'm limiting my question to this field because it is the only one I know of with a certain degree of knowledge. I doubt they really exist because of the following reasoning: Coulombs law was stated ...
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How to calculate the Impact of a meteor

I am trying to add a dose of realism to a story I'm writing: imagine an invulnerable superman-like being that won't disintegrate at any point, weighing in at 349lbs, travelling at 86,000mph through ...
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Maximum length stretch of vertical spring with a mass? [closed]

Having a vertical spring, if we hang a mass to it, what is the maximum stretch length of spring? and how big should be mass to break the spring?
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What is the change in energy of $ \Delta e = h \nu $ in respect to?

I saw this equation today when calculating energies of photons of different frequencies, and noticed that the change in energy is a product of plank's constant and frequency. $$\Delta e = h * \nu $$ ...
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Alignment of a system in equilibrium and its potential energy

Consider a flexible free conductor which is placed near a strong long bar magnet. How will the the conductor arrange itself if current is passed through it? I asked my professor: he gave me a hint ...
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Calories Burned While Hiking [closed]

I want to find out how many calories are burned on any particular hike by any particular by using a formula. I figure it's probably a simple physics question, but since I never took physics, I don't ...
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Transmission/Equilibrium Question

Suppose there are two wheels linked by some kind of apparatus with a transmission, in a vacuum. Wheel A is spinning, wheel B is not. Is it empirically possible for the transmission to transfer the ...