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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What is Fermi energy and Fermi level? [duplicate]

What is meant by Fermi level and Fermi energy? And what is the difference between the two?
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The relation between the movement of electrons and energy

So, I've been enjoying reading a lot of helpful posts, but now, I found myself in the need of asking something. I have a hard time grasping the general concept of electricity / how the relation ...
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Energy Stored in a Capacitor with and without Dielectric

I have seen the equation $V = \frac {V_0}{K}$, but also the equation $V=\frac{1}{2}CV^2$. The values of C and V increase in the same linear ration with K (because $C=KC_0$). However, as the energy ...
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What happens to gravity after matter-antimatter annihilation?

Both matter and antimatter have mass and thus gravity, but since energy from annihilation has no mass what happens to the force of gravity that was previously present? What about conservation of ...
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How does someone move space?

I've heard that we've known components of the universe appear to be flying apart faster than $c$, and that this can happen because the space containing these materials are also moving apart. How does ...
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Reducing the Tsunami impact using Nuclear bombs [duplicate]

I am a novice on this topic. However, I wonder if we use nuclear bombs against the tsunami, will it reduce the speed and impact of the tsunami. Is it possible to break the massive wall of waves using ...
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Kinetic energy question

Thought experiment: I am starting to walk on a corridor. From the corridor's perspective I have a certain increase of kinetic energy. From my perspective the whole universe is gaining kinetic energy ...
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What's this about kinetic energy increasing with the fifth power of length?

I don't quite understand this quote from Stephen J. Gould's Ever since Darwin, where he talks about the compensating physical characteristics of organisms for their size. Other essential features ...
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Total energy of a quantum gas

I'm dealing with a quantum gas, thought as a system of N non-interacting particles. I would be tempted to say that the total energy of the system equals the sum of the energies of the single ...
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Enthalpy in thermodynamics!

What does enthalpy tell us about? According to definition; it is the total heat content of a system, if it is the total heat content of a system then what is Internal Energy? Since we know, ...
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anti-matter activation energy

In chemical reactions, there are usually energy barriers that must be overcome before a reaction can take place. It seems that such a phenomena also exists at the atomic level as well. For instance, ...
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How do collisions of fundamental particles produce different fundamental particles?

When considering fundamental particles as waves in fields, it seems like any collision of two particles of some fundamental type could only create energy within that type's field. Why do we expect ...
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What is the relationship between keV and kVp?

On X-ray topics we get used to talk about "energy", but what is keV? and what is the relationship between keV and kVp?
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What are the restrictions on the Hamiltonian in QM?

In quantum mechanics, we usually write the Hamiltonian as: $$\hat{H}=\hat{T}+\hat{V}$$ But in classical mechanics, there are several reasons why it would not have this form: We've chosen some ...
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Creating electricity from mains water pressure.

Could someone cleverer than me help me out? I had a crazy thought going through my head the other day and I can't lay my mind to rest until I get an answer. Q. How much energy could be produced by ...
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How rigorous can conservation of energy be made?

The principle conservation of energy is often taken as an obvious fact, or law of nature. But it seems to me the definition of energy is far from obvious, or natural: ...
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Conservation of Mass, Momentum and Energy - Airburst Rounds

I have a airburst round with set amount of fragments with a certain shape inside my bullet. After a certain distance has travelled, a charge explodes in the back of the round disintegrating the shell ...
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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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If energy is just a conserved quantity how can it have flux and density?

As I'm very well convinced for now, the better understanding of energy we have today in Physics is that of a conserved quantity, i.e, a numerical valued associated with a system that remains the same ...
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Work-Energy-Power Relations [closed]

A wind-powered generator converts wind energy into electrical energy. Assume that the generator converts a fixed fraction of the wind energy intercepted by its blades into electrical energy. ...
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What's the connection between being homogeneous in energy and having a proper time scale?

Towards the end of page 8 of this scientific paper, I have found the following sentence: ...given the fact that the system is homogeneous in energy, or equivalently, that it has no proper time ...
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Determine pipe outlet temperature without length?

Let's say I am flowing a fluid through a pipe that has a constant surface temperature. Is it possible to determine the heat flux on the inner surface without knowing the pipe's length when the only ...
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Is turquoise closer to blue or green?

I am having a discussion with my coworkers. Does anyone know what is the wavelength of turquoise color and whether it is closer to green or blue when comparing their wavelengths ?
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When do we see particles to be in a superposition of energy states?

I have two doubts: Exactly when does this happen? and If we are in a superposition of states (lets say E1 and E2) and the particle absorbs a photon, what will happen? If E3-E1 = hf, will it go to E3? ...
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Positive Mass Theorem [duplicate]

I'm a third year maths undergrad doing a project on minimal surfaces. However I'm really struggling to understand what the PMT is trying to explain? Could anyone help explain this (as simply as ...
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Rolling disk in inclined plane and flat plane? [duplicate]

A disk is rolling (not sliding) in the inclined plane with initial velocity of zero. So there is friction between disk and plane. But when we use the energy conservation rule, we consider as: ...
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Questions on electron orbits

I have three questions to ask: Why do electrons (in an atom) specifically move in orbits and not some other type of motion? Where does the energy comes from, for the electron to move at much higher ...
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Why not drop $\hbar\omega/2$ from the quantum harmonic oscillator energy?

Since energy can always be shifted by a constant value without changing anything, why do books on quantum mechanics bother carrying the term $\hbar\omega/2$ around? To be precise, why do we write $H ...
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Relation between different quantum excitation energy, mass energy and kinetic energy

When a particle enters an excited state, the energy appears in its quantum wavefunction according to $E = h \nu$. Does the $E$ in this equation also include kinetic energy, and rest mass energy? ...
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How does electric current generate thermal energy?

How does free electrons moving through a wire cause random vibrational motion of the positive ions?
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How does a complex wavefunction “hold” energy?

Feynmann Lectures Vol 3 Ch 8 Sec 6 describes how an ammonia molecule can have two definite energy states. If the amplitudes of the base states are $ C_1(t) ...
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How much energy needed to push a volume of water?

I am trying to solve a situation, where I'd like to know how much energy would be needed to push a mass of water out of a container. Here's an image to help understand: The water tank has a height ...
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efficiency of electric cars vs gas? [closed]

I have been listening to my friends brag about electric cars and I can't seem to convince them that electricity is not some magic force that comes out of the wall outlet. It must be produced ...
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Total energy of a body following circular motion

I learned that when a body rotates, its total energy is, $$energy=\left(\frac12\right)mv^2 + \left(\frac12\right)I\omega^2 $$ However, if an astronomical object is orbiting around the earth, is ...
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What do we mean when we talk about Gibbs Free Energy?

Before I start, I'm aware that this question may be better suited on the Chemistry or Biology site, but it's my belief that physicists are more likely to have a clear understanding on what certain ...
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Finding internal energy using equation of state

I have an equation of state as a function of $p$ (pressure), $T$ (temperature) and $V$ (volume) for a real gas and need to find an expression for the internal energy $U$. I know this is given by the ...
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How to calculate how many can a stick hold?

I got two boxes, and one stick, two boxes are high enough for a human body. I put one stick between two boxes, like this: The boxes are yellow, and the stick is brown. So, I would like to put ...
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Creating Energy!

I have this doubt in my mind for a long time, see if we rotate a fan in space: it would keep on rotating forever and would never stop. Due to no air friction present in space. I could never really ...
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Practice AP Physics B Exam Question regarding Momentum

I am trying to review momentum for the AP exam coming up. I will be taking the AP Physics C exam for Mechanics, but I was just practicing on any free response questions I could find and I came across ...
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Relativistic fomulae for energy and momentum?

I know that the relativistic formulae for energy and momentum are: $E = \gamma mc^2$ and $\textbf{p} = \gamma m\textbf{v}$; Can we derive these formulae? If yes, where from?
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Different formulas for calculating power [duplicate]

$P=IV$, $P=I^2R$, $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$, what are the distinctions between these equations? How do you know which equation to use when?
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electrical potential energy stored in vacumm for a single point charge?

I have come to know the electrostatic potential energy in vacuum is given by $${\frac{1}{2}} \epsilon_0\int d^3x {E^2} $$ and this energy is due to the mutual electrostatic coulomb potential energy. ...
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Electric Power $P$

In my textbook there are 2 formulas for electric power: $$\begin{array}{cccr} P &=& E/t &\hspace{10pt} (1) \\ P &=& VI. &\hspace{10pt} (2) \end{array}$$ What is the ...
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What happens to gas molecules after ionization?

I know that gas molecules conduct electricity after they get ionized but what will happen if we keep increasing the voltage even after ionization? Will it explode? If it will then how much energy ...
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Can walking provide electrical energy?

This is more of a theoretical question, but is it possible to convert the energy you use to walk into electrical energy to say, power a light bulb?
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Can I applicate the law of action and reaction on energy?

It is clear that if you push on some object, there is reaction of the same force. But is it the same energy? Thanks a lot.
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Molecules and electrons energy types

What are the types of energy that an atom or a molecule could have? For example they have kinetic energy, could they also have other types?
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The relationship between the energy and amplitude of a wave? Derivation?

From multiple online sources I read that $$E \propto A^2$$ but when I mentioned this in class, my teacher told me I was wrong and that it was directly proportional to amplitude instead. As far as I ...
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Composition of kinetic energy

As kinetic energy is the "energy of motion", it cannot exist without matter. However, the energy in an E/M wave can. I understand that E/M waves have been described in structure as electrical and ...
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Is the potential energy of molecules related to its temperature? [duplicate]

Do ideal gases have a certain potential energy at a certain temperature?