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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Is the energy of a photon continuous/discrete?

I was struggling today with this question: does a free photon have a continuous energy spectra? Free means in no context of any energy system (eg. an atom, em field). Although I'm asking myself if ...
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How much work will a human do to lift a weight?

I saw a pretty simple homework question here that asked how much work it takes to lift a 200 kg weight, and while the math for a basic answer is simple the weightlifter in me instead wanted to ...
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Is there a fundamental particle that gives rise to energy?

I was wondering if there exist a particle analogous to the Higgs boson that gives rise to energy, I´m sorry it´s not the big question but I feel confused about how the universe works, also I have been ...
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Intuitive reasoning for why short wavelength photons pack more energy?

The energy equation is straight forward, yes, but is there an intuitive reason for this?
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Where do flying gas molecules get their energy from?

If you heat up water in a tank to boiling point, some of the water will turn to steam. Gas bubbles are created in the water. According to Archimedes principle, the gas bubbles will have a force equal ...
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Work and Kinetic energy rely on each other which came first?

In all the places I've looked kinetic energy is derived from the definition of work, but I don't understand how the definition of work was developed with out the concept of kinetic energy. My question ...
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Amplitude decrease during geometrical spreading of a seismic pulse

I'm looking at amplitude decrease of a seismic pulse as a result of geometrical spreading. Starting with the energy contained in a unit area, $I = E / (4 \pi r^2)$, where $E$ is the original energy ...
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Energon: is it possible?

I'm always quite curious about the "Energy cube" in Transformers, or namely Energon. Is it really possible to store energy, such as electricity, into such a compact form? safe to distribution, and ...
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Why does absorption cause seismic pulses to increase in length over distance?

The specific question I'm trying to answer is "How does the progressive loss of higher frequencies in a propagating seismic pulse lead to an increase in pulse length?" I understand how the higher ...
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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 ...
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Bloch theorem, Energy, Free electron

I'm trying to learn on my own a bit of solid physics to tackle semiconductors afterwards. I'm struggling with the Energy versus $k$ diagrams for a free electron which shows that for a single value of $...
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Kinetic energy and potential energy variation over distance in SHM

When you compute the average potential energy of a horizontal spring mass system from the mean position to the positive amplitude A, the value comes out to be $\frac{1}{6}kA^2$. For the average ...
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How do you calculate the power needed to keep something stationary? [duplicate]

1) If I place an object on a table, it will sit there forever. There's no change in potential or kinetic energy. If I hold the object at the end of my outstretched arm, eventually I can't do it ...
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Why is the D+T fuel inside a pellet in two distintic regions in fusion after compression

Could anyone explain why the D+T inside the pellet is in two distinct regions? And why the center is a lot less dense than the outside region? I have been trying to find answers online but i cant seem ...
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The formation of shockwave inside pellets in inertial confinement fusion

In the explanations i have read on the internet about ICF they all explain that the top layer of the pellet or the ablator is heated till it explodes and this produces a reaction force which compress ...
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Time Energy symmetry in General Relativity (not asking about energy conservation)

In General Relativity is there a TE symmetry similar to CPT symmetry in the Standard Model ? It's pretty easy to understand that by flipping charge and parity you merely get a time reversed equivalent ...
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Faraday Effect does light bend or lose energy?

I was reading upon Faraday effect when it said Faraday effect causes a rotation of the plane of polarization That in mind, does this mean the light can be bent around or does the light loose ...
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Sufficient conditions for the energy to be not conserved?

I'm almost embarrased to ask this question because I thought I was by now very confident with classical mechanics. Someone has stated that given a mechanical system with a Lagrangian $L$ s.t. $\frac{...
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Is work done by how much velocity is changed or how much displacement is done?

A sailboat is moving at a constant velocity. Is work being done by a net external force acting on the boat? The answer key is "No" according to the work energy theorem about work is done when there ...
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Energy comparison, evaporate water vs compress air, same mass

I would like to compare the energy requirements of the 2 following tasks: Total energy to evaporate 1 litre of water at normal atmospheric pressure at normal temperature? Total energy to compress ...
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Intuitively proof that intensity of a wave is proportional to the square of its amplitude [duplicate]

Firstly I would like to know if this is valid for every kind of wave, or are there any conditions/exceptions where this is not valid. But the main question is, is it possible to prove this fact for a ...
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What is “Energy” of a vacuum in the context of quantum theory?

I'm not a physicist or cosmologist, so I hope I am asking the right question with the right words here. My question regards the word "energy" as it pertains to quantum vacuum states, and to concepts ...
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Where is the potential energy due to internal interactions in total energy?

In thermodynamics the total energy of a system consists of kinetic energy of motion of the system as a whole, potential energy of the system as a whole due to external force fields, and energy ...
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Why does blowing on hot coffee cool it down?

And will it cool off faster if you blow across the top of the cup or directly into the coffee? Does it have to do with the fact that when you blow across the top of the cup the velocity of the air ...
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Polarizable molecule in E-field

If we have a linear molecule with a dipole moment $\mu$ in a static electric field $E$, the potential is given by $V = - \langle \mu,E \rangle$. What is the appropriate equation for the potential if ...
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Is Red-Shift experiment correct?

I been reading: http://www.mth.uct.ac.za/omei/gr/chap5/node2.html. The website seems credible with its contact details & location being extremely accurate and easily verified, and its mathematics ...
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How do I describe the energy an electron gains (and loses) in a circuit?

I am looking at the simple circumstance of an electron traveling through a long wire by a potential. I see how one would be motivated to use the usual formula, W=F*d, to describe the electron's net ...
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Magnet motor free energy generator [duplicate]

Is it possible to run a fan without electricity? like the one show on this website? http://free-energi.com/index.php?a=2
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Changing from potential to kinetic energy

During a conversation with a friend, I began to wonder if there's is a term for the transformation of potential energy to kinetic energy, and vice versa.Is there a term for the process of converting ...
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How to calculate energy to start movement?

So let me try to explain a little bit. Lets say I have a robot on wheels. I want this robot to push a block. Lets say the force to produce in order to move that block is 100N. How much energy will I ...
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Conservation of energy and momentum via the continuity equation in asymmetric time and space translation

I am confused about energy and momentum conservation, time and space translation symmetry, and the continuity equation. Suppose we have a mass $m$ in inertial space far from any gravitational ...
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Turbine like device in space spinning with KE and converting to Watts. Acceleration is constant?

I have a question that I can't seem to get my head around. I'm really rusty on my physics, but I'm sitting here trying to think this out, but I'm missing a really big part of the equation. So lets ...
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Radius dependence of Energy levels of spherical Quantum dots

I have frequently read in articles that the energy level of spherical quantum dots depends on radius. We simply match the wave functions inside and outside the particle and find the intersection of ...
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Does a rotating plank only acquire rotational kinetic energy?

I have another doubt with a Kleppner problem :(. A thin plank of mass M and length l is pivoted at one end. The plank is released at 60$^{\circ}$ from the vertical. What is the magnitude and ...
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Calculate amount of energy based on height of object

How can you calculate the amount of energy an object produces that falls from a particular height? Or water. In an eg i would like to know how can you calculate the amount of electricity water can ...
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Can matter be created from energy? [duplicate]

The small, hot, dense early universe the size of an atom was made up entirely of energy, it wasn't until after the expansion began and the universe cooled down some of that energy began converting ...
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Classical vs. quantum energy of the hydrogen atom

If I have an electron and a proton and calculate the classical energy which I get by bringing the electron from infinity to the distance of a Bohr radius to the proton, I get 27.2 eV, but the electron ...
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Why do almost all nuclear reactions release energy?

I'm just wondering why almost all nuclear reactions release energy, in a typical way, the mass defect is transformed into energy ? Is there a nuclear reaction that gains mass (resp. energy)? or most ...
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Does distance traveled by a vehicle after its engine has been switched off depend on its mass at all?

A vehicle moving with some velocity on a rough horizontal road finally comes to rest after its engine has been turned off. Intuitively, it seems a vehicle with greater mass would stop first because it ...
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How to calculate required energy to displace a pendulum?

How can one calculate the amount of energy needed to displace pendulum with given mass m and string length L to $\alpha$ degrees from resting position when acceleration due to gravity is known?
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Analogues of mass, space, or time? [closed]

I began wondering about this when working through this question: is there anything analogous to spacetime or matter? Both spacetime (note: most of what I know of about the concept of spacetime comes ...
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Kinetic energy relationships with momentum and mass [closed]

If I have some arbitrary particle, we will call particle 1 and another particle 2 that have the same momentum, yet particle 1 has half the mass of particle 2, how does the kinetic energy compare ...
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Is acceleration quadratic or linear outside of a gravity field? [duplicate]

So as I understand it: If you hit a wall at twice the speed you hit four times as hard? I often ask people this and everyone says "at twice the speed you hit twice as hard". $K=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ is ...
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Why should energy have a lower bound but not an upper bound?

This question seems to be naive, but I really want some intuitive way of understanding the reason. Neglecting some trivial explanations, I have only one idea about this: the vacua state. Consider ...
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Kinetic energy in Lagrangian formalism

In reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics (2nd edition) I came across a confusing derivation. Goldstein (Eq. 1-71) derives the total kinetic energy of a system of (classical) particles as: $$ T = \...
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Kinetic energy of a body rotating on another rotating body

Consider a body which can freely rotate with respect to the inertial frame, and a rotating disk whose axis is fixed in body frame. When applying the lagrangian method (does that make a difference?), ...
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If the energy of an ant is smaller than an elephant, does that mean the ant is more stable than the elephant?

I know that when a system is in its lowest level of energy, it is most stable. However, what if system 1 has lower energy than system 2, does it keep meaning so? Or do we need to examine their binding ...
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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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Non-additivity of energy (thermodynamics)

In page 15, Chapter 1 (Laws of Thermodynamics) of the book "An Introduction to the Study of Stellar Structure" by Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar, it is mentioned (in context of total energy of two ...
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Energy definition in special relativity

I'm going through the early homework assignments for my special relativity course and I've got myself a little confused about energy. I've got a basic understanding of what the 4-momentum is, having ...