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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How much energy would it require to send Earth to Proxima Centauri?

Assuming 100% efficiency of energy usage, and given the current estimates about the mass of known objects in our solar system, including Earth itself, and assuming no other objects are affected by ...
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Is there a generalized notion of intrinsic charges which describes a general interaction?

Consider classical fields. Lots of parallels can be drawn between different kinds of fields because they are fundamentally similar. Mass can be viewed as a mass charge, [charge] can be viewed as an ...
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Calculation of energy deposit of photon beam

Let's say I shoot a 1 MeV photon beam onto a volume. I want to know the ratio of deposited dose per path length for different materials (water and air) at a certain position (e.g. x=0) in the volume. ...
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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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How much potential fusion energy is in Earth's ocean?

Assuming the most efficient manner for extraction, and a ready supply of other necessary materials not mentioned herein, and given the current estimates about the volume of Earth's ocean, how much ...
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What “is” energy in sub-atomic particles?

This question may be simple or not, I don't know but I can't find the answer anywhere. The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of light particles in different wavelengths and is supposed to be ...
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It's established that universal energy is not constant. But is the net change positive or negative?

Dark energy is density is constant and that's something like 75% of the universe, so I am pretty sure that the net change must be positive. But photons redshift and so loose energy. I assume other ...
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Is Energy attracted to Energy?

Newton taught us that bodies with mass attract each other according to the universal law of gravitation (mass-mass attraction) and Einstein taught us that mass and energy are equivalent though his ...
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Conceptually, what is negative work?

I'm having some trouble understanding the concept of negative work. For example, my book says that if I lower a box to the ground, the box does positive work on my hands and my hands do negative work ...
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Where does the energy within atoms come from?

Most kinds of energy I know about involve a finite measurement and are transferred. In other words, energy in the universe is finite and is not lost or gained but only transferred through space one ...
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Energy stored in a coaxial cable before reaching breakout field

Yesterday I had a (multiple choice) exam and the following was one of the questions. We have a coaxial cable (basically two coaxial conducting cylinders) with the inner radius of $a$ (variable) and ...
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Where does the energy of the electric cable come from?

I'm stuck on one really simple example, I can't figure out what's happening to energy here... (This is not homework) Let's consider an uncharged electric cable, we'll model it by an infinite ...
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“Where” does dissipated enstrophy go?

We are all familiar with the kinetic energy dissipation and how it is converted into heat which can either be radiated away or go into the internal energy of the system. In the enstrophy transport ...
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What can take kinetic energy, transform it into potential energy when pressed on, and put back out as kinetic energy when released (besides a spring)?

A spring can only hold so much of the kinetic energy. For example, a 1 cm spring can hold less than 5 J. Is there anything that can hold a large amount of energy but be fairly small?
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Big jump or small jumps?

To travel a certain distance s, is it more energy efficient to use one massive jump, or several small jumps? (First approach deleted, didn't make sense) This approach is probably a lot better. ...
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How much energy does it take to hold a bag? [duplicate]

I'm holding a bag with some mass $m$. The force required for not letting it fall is equal to its weight $m \cdot g_L$ (where $g_L$ is the local gravity, assuming Earth this is $\approx 9.8 \; \text{m} ...
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How can we define the energy stored in a (conservative) force field?

I have come to know from my textbook that energy is stored in the E-field of a capacitor, in the B-field of an inductor and so on. Take the example of an inductor. The derivation bewilders me ...
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Why reduced atoms are more energetic

For example, in glycolysis, NAD+ is reduced to NADH and then it's more energetic. Why adding electrons to an atom gives it more energy?
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Possible Lack of Invariance in Two Inertial Reference Frame Scenarios

Two objects are connected together via a ideal spring which is compressed initially. Then the spring is released, the two balls are no longer connected and go their separate ways. Assume no other ...
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Superimposed hydrogen electron states

I have been following an Edx.org course on Quantum Computing. The Prof. has started with a Hydrogen atom qubit, assuming that the electron can only be in the ground state and the first excited state. ...
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How can kinetic energy be proportional to the square of velocity, when velocity is relative?

Let's start with kinetic energy (from los Wikipedias) The kinetic energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion. It is defined as the work needed to accelerate a body of a ...
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The energy carried from one winding of a transformer to another, in quantum terms

I have read in wikipedia this statement "The energy carried from one winding of a transformer to another, in quantum terms is carried by virtual photons, not real photons" (wikipedia src: virtual ...
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Kinetic energy of the object, but Potential energy of the system: Why is it so?

Examples from Principles of Physics (by Walker,Resnick,Halliday) will say it better: Let us throw a tomato upward. . .as the tomato rises, the work $\mathbf{W_g}$ done on the tomato by the ...
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What are the calculations for Vacuum Energy?

In wiki the Vacuum Energy in a cubic meter of free space ranges from $10^{-9}$ from the cosmological constant to $10^{113}$ due to calculations in Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) and Stochastic ...
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Conservation of energy during rolling without slipping?

Say there's a cylinder laying on a flat surface, and the surface is rested on frictionless ice. Attached to the surface is an engine that is attached via a string to the center of the cylinder, and (...
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What is negative energy?

From what I've read negative energy is based on the Dirac sea concept of virtual particles. Negative energy is referenced by Casimir effects of virtual particle concentration differences between the ...
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A problem related to Work done by falling bodies : Expert's attention much needed! [closed]

I'm having a lot of trouble with this question, that I've found in my textbook. I've solved it in my own way and it's very simple! But the solution in the book is totally different. It doesn't make ...
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Heat capacity $C$ at low temperature

The internal energy, $U = Nk_bT$ where $N$ is particle number, $k_b$ is Boltzmann constant and $T$ is temperature. Therefore, the heat capacity $C$ is given by $C=\frac{dU}{dT}=k_b$. However, in ...
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The storage of kinetic energy in a flywhell?

I am reading a book on physics demonstrations and problems, and one of the problems deals with a flywheel which rotates at maximum angular speed. The density of the flywheel is uniform and the ...
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Solar plants and energy conservation

I'd like to apologise if this question is stupid or if it was asked ten thousand times - I haven't found an answer to it. Quite possibly due to mediocre English or abominable knowledge of physics. So,...
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Where do planets get energy to revolve around sun? [duplicate]

We know that every planet in our solar system revolve's around the sun in a particular orbit. But were to they get the energy to revolve around the sun. And why do they not drop into the sun there is ...
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Perspective and changes in kinetic energy

Say you have two planes flying next to each other at the same speed and one decides to pick up speed by burning a tank of rocket fuel. If someone on the ground wanted to know that plane's new speed ...
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Necessity of the Notion of Work and Kinetic Energy

I've worked through many example problems in my college physics text in the section on kinetic energy and work. I noticed that if the desired quantity is velocity or force, they can be solved entirely ...
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Does $E = mc^2$ apply to photons?

Photons are massless, but if $m = 0$ and $E=mc^2$, then $E = 0c^2 = 0$. This would say that photons have no energy, which is not true. However, given the formula $E = ℎf$, a photon does have 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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Why does a gold leaf appear blue if made very thin?

Is this to do with excitation of electrons and emission of photons? Or is it more to do with the structure of the gold I.e. Only small wavelengths being able to pass through gaps between atoms? EDIT: ...
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Does ABS shorten stopping distance of a car?

ABS, from German Antiblockiersystem, is a device put in almost every new automobile. The web has lots of explanations about the system, how it works, but I don't understand how it shortens the way of ...
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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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Are sound waves adiabatic or isothermal?

I am doing a presentation on sound waves and I need to know if they are adiabatic or isothermal. I know that they can generate heat, but is the amount of heat created so small that it can still be ...
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Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well?

Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well? Most places where I have read this seem to claim the latter. But an example I thought up has been troubling me. Consider ...
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How can I explicit the energy dependence of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution?

I'm having a bit of a problem figuring out the energy dependent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. According to my book (Ashcroft & Mermin) they write the velocity dependent distribution as: $${{f}...
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Why aren't the energies of two systems in thermal equilibrium fixed?

In the derivation of the Boltzmann distribution they consider a system $A$, enclosed by a diathermal wall in a heat reservoir $R$. Then they calculate the probability that the system $A$ is in an ...
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Is force the derivative of energy?

In my lecture today my professor briefly mentioned that force is the derivative of energy but I did not really get what he meant by that. I tried to express it mathematically: $$\frac{d}{dt}K_E=\frac{...
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How was the formula for kinetic energy found, and who found it?

My questions mostly concern the history of physics. Who found the formula for kinetic energy $E_k =\frac{1}{2}mv^{2}$ and how was this formula actually discovered? I've recently watched Leonard ...
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Kinetic energy for rotating round body having its COM not at the centre

Say I have a round object, whose center of mass is NOT in its center. This can be caused due to a hole or non uniform distribution of density. The object rolls on the ground with velocity of $\omega*...
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Where does energy goes when I work out?

Let's say I am using a machine to lift weight by pulling a bar. When I do that, the state of the machine is exactly the same at the beginning and the end of the workout; no heat has been generated ...
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Has $E=mc^2$ been experimentally verified for macroscopic objects with potential energy?

In relation to this question: What is potential energy truly?, I'm wondering if $E=mc^2$ has been experimentally verified to hold true for macroscopic objects with increased potential energy? I'm ...
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What happens to kinetic energy of an object when i stop its motion? [duplicate]

Assume an object is moving and it is stopped at a point . Now kinetic energy will transform into some other energy . what can be those energies and on which cases these will happen respectively ? ...
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How to compute minimum shallowness of quantum well to have at least one bound state?

Given a potential $V$, how does one compute how shallow the potential can be such that it allows at least one bound state?