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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Relation between entropy and internal energy

I am confused as to what is the relation between entropy and internal energy. Entropy is always presented as a measure of the randomness in a system. So when we supply heat to a well insulated system ...
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Horizontal rolling without slipping

I'm trying to find the friction coefficient that makes the body roll without slipping but I just can't reach a value. The force is applied on a small central disk of radius $r=0,03\, m$ and mass $m=0,...
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When water turns to steam at 100 degrees Celsius why does both the internal and potential energy increase?

I thought during this transition only the potential energy increases as energy is used to weaken the van Der Waal forces between the molecules. And that the internal energy is only dependent on the ...
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Work and energy example [duplicate]

The normal definition of Work, as far as I have read, is: Energy is transferred through work. But I just heard an educationist state this example, where there is a weightlifter who keeps up a huge ...
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Force applies to sphere not on center of mass?

Is this true: When force is applied to a sphere NOT on center of mass (COM) then the sphere will move the same way as when force is ON center of mass, because the sphere is symmetric in every ...
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How much realistically usable energy can be obtained from matter/antimatter interaction?

The high energy density of a matter/antimatter system is well known. However, depending on the nature of the material, most of the energy from the interaction is released in the form of photons (...
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Is it possible in this Universe to communicate a bit of information with energy that scales sub-linearly with distance?

If we look at all the ways that people do communicate information, they all seem to have a cost "at least linear in distance." For example, communicating over a wire has attenutation, so the energy ...
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Mechanical energy in an harmonic wave and in normal modes

I think I miss something about energy of a mechanical wave. In absence of dissipation the mechanical energy transported by an harmonic wave is constant. $$E=\frac{1}{2} A^2 \omega^2 m$$ But, while ...
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Fermi Dirac distribution and degenerate energy states

In Quantum Mechanics and in semiconductor materials, the number of electrons $N$ in conduction band is usually computed as follows: $$N = \int_{E_c}^{+\infty} g_c(E)f(E)dE$$ where $g_c(E)$ is the ...
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Physical interpretation of distances

Suppose we have a universe with only two distinguishable particles, neglecting gravitation. These particles start off next to each-other, ostensibly "touching" each-other and at rest. If it takes ...
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How to calculate the heat transfer rate between the liquid and the gas?

Let water (liquid) be in a chamber (with no heat transfer to the walls). The gas is the residual space above the liquid, meaning that the contact surface is the surface of the water. Given the gas ...
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Work energy theorem explanation

So there is this problem in my head, it may seem very simple, but I need an answer. The problem is, we have some object, and we apply a force by our hands with a constant speed from a position (1) to ...
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Density of states from $k$ to $E$

Speaking about Quantum mechanics, considering the "particle in a box" condition as an approximation of the electrons condition in a semiconductor, let the material be represented by a volume $V$ with ...
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Do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values in semiconductors?

In energy band diagram of a semiconductor, do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values? Also, why electrons in semiconductor have energy? What is the formula for energy of an ...
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Why can't we harness gravity? [closed]

We harness solar energy with constant supply of light but not with gravity. Why? What are the latest developments that can harness gravity? Why do Perpetual machines fail?
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How does the nature of bonding between individual atoms in a molecule affect the van der Waal interactions between molecules?

I am currently studying certain materials. Some of these materials have ionic bonds, while some others have covalent bonds. Moreover, each unit of these materials interacts with the adjacent unit via ...
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Why a positive voltage raises the potential energy of a positive charge and lowers the energy of a negative charge?

I am reading the relation between energy diagram and V, E (electric filed) in a semiconductor from the site (page 47-48). However, I don't quite understand this sentence below. Could anyone explain ...
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How to apply conservation of energy to active noise-cancelling headphones?

Active noise-cancelling headphones add the opposite waveforms of the ambient sound in order to cancel out this ambient sound by destructive interference. I do not understand why adding more power in ...
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Explain confinement energy for a particle in a box

What is a "particle in a box"? How does confinement energy equal kinetic energy? How does confinement energy relate to the spectrum energy (the absortion/emission between energy)?
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Dissipation and first law of thermodynamics

Consider the following situation: a certain gas is contained in a well-insulated cylinder with a well-insulated piston head. Now, in this case the piston is not frictionless. In order for the piston ...
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Explanation for the spectrum of the sun?

My Question is, why exactely does the intensity vanish below 240 nm ? If i look at the plank's law, obviously the intensity for $\lambda \rightarrow 0$ and $\lambda \rightarrow \infty$ will vanish, ...
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How much energy was consumed when we turn on/off light?

My parents told me to turn off the light when I am not using it. But I remember my physics teacher told me that the action of turning on/off a light can cause huge energy. I am wondering how much is ...
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Where does energy go in the death of the Universe?

So I thought that energy can't be destroyed or created but can only be transformed into another kind of energy. I read something about the Universe dying because all the stars will burn out and the ...
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Joule's “Work-Heat Equivalent” Experiment

I have been reading about the Joule's experiment that is supposed to have shown that work is the equivalent of heat. I can't really find the original paper and I am finding trouble understanding how ...
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what happened finally to the photons emitted by the atoms cooled in laser cooling process?

I mean, do these emitted photons go out of the system without any other happening. Because they are in higher frequency and so more energy, can they be used as a source of energy?
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Why do particles moving in circular motion emit em radiation? [duplicate]

For example particles moving in a synchrotron . Which energy of the particle is converted to the energy of the radiation ? What is the relation between this energy and the change in direction of the ...
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Relation between field and Potential energy of a body

I have read that if a body is in a field and is 1. moved in a direction opposite to the direction of a field, its potential energy increases.But why does it increase? 2.Also, if we move the body in a ...
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Work done relation to potential energy

I know work done is negative of change in potential energy, I.e., $W=-(∆U)$. It means that Work done against a force (or work done on a system) increases its potential energy. And Work done by a ...
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Nuclear bomb power - myth?

I'm not experienced in physics yet (if it helps I've covered as much as acceleration, momentum and energy transfer/chemistry ionic and covalent bonding) but I've heard that the way people compare ...
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If a flywheel is spinning at say 1,000 rpm, would an input of 500 rpm would actually slow it down? [closed]

When a flywheel is stationery, an input of 500 rpm would translate to less than 500 rpm in the flywheel considering entropy, but what happens if the flywheel is already running at 1000 rpm, wouldn't ...
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Could ions emitted by an ion thruster represent any realistic danger?

As ion thurster designs improve, the ions emitted could have a velocity (relative to the spacecraft) of well above 10^5 or even 10^6 m/s. It the likelihood of any such ions ever hitting a human ...
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Calculating the work done by friction on a rigid body due to the piston

I have a uniform rod of length 0.5m and mass 0.1kg, and on this rod are two balls of mass 0.03kg both at a distance of 9.997cm away from the center of the rod. There is a pin about the center of the ...
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Negative work leading us to negative energy [closed]

We know that energy is the ability to do work and we know that the work can be negative as cos theta of the angle in which force is applied can be negative. Moreover we take the units of work and ...
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Scanning Electron Microscopy on a smaller scale

Is it possible to sufficiently focus a ~1nm beam of electrons into a sample chamber in less than 10cm of vertical space, therefore reducing the volume of the entire vacuum chamber, and subsequently ...
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How can there be heat in a vacuum?

I keep reading in the Physics World focus issue on vacuum technology about scientists creating high temperatures in the vacuums etc. If heat is caused by thermal energy being radiated from particles ...
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Should entropy define order rather than disorder? [closed]

Disorder, as I understand it, is basically a measure of entropy. This does not seem correct to me, and appears to be a result of our macroscopic bias. Not only does the beginning of the universe ...
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Would a laser with four possible energy levels be better than three?

I'm wondering about achieving population inversion for a laser. I learned that without an active medium, it's not possible to create a laser with only two energy levels, but it would be possible with ...
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Is there an actual proof for the energy-time Uncertainty Principle?

As I understand, the energy-time uncertainty principle can't be derived from the generalized uncertainty relation. This is because time is a dynamical variable and not an observable in the same sense ...
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The possibility of free electrical energy?

Please excuse my lack of knowledge/understanding. Question: Why Nikola Tesla's Free Energy concept was never worked upon? Even today. Context: Now that we know Nikola Tesla was a genius and did ...
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Energy Quantization

Why a free particle gives rise to Continuous Spectrum energy eigenvalues where particle in the Bound States provide the quantization?
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Why the Lagrangian $L$ is KE - PE? Why not KE + PE!

With Lagrangian, is there any way to intuitively grasp why total energy equals the difference between the kinetic and potential energy? Seems counter-intuitive - whereas Hamiltonian calculation (sum ...
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Can We “Tune” The Radiation Output Of a Nuclear Device.?

After reading "Project Orion", the 1950's plan to launch a large mass spaceship using small nuclear devices, (and also from common sense), I realise that a lot of nuclear research is classified. The ...
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Energy of an accelerated charge?

Thought experiment: Let's take a positively charged particle and place it in a vacuum with no electric field. It just sits there. Now, we instantaneously introduce an electric field. The moment ...
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Physics Chain Problem

A chain of length d lies on a table, $d/4$ of it hangs loose on the side of it. Friction coefficient is 0.2. It is released and begins to slide. What is the final velocity with which it falls of the ...
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Why Boltzmann Entropy's formula is $k_B\log\ W$ and not $0.5\ k_B\log\ W$?

This question is probably wrong - however, I wish to understand even why it's wrong.. Let's take the monatomic gas situation. By the Equipartition theorem, we have that for every degree of freedom ...
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Where Does the Energy Come From in this Example?

I can't figure out where the energy comes from for the work in a video I found about how the pyramids could have been made. (I do not have enough rep to post the link of it as well as the picture but ...
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I'm learning Work-energy theorem, this question popped into my mind about Force applied and displacement [closed]

I know a lot but I'm not sure, I'm guessing if 400 J of work done on a 800 Newton object, if I'm correct, 400 N to 800 N... that is 0.5 m displacement, so by $W = \Delta \ KE$ why do I get 200 J? I ...
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How to guarantee that a kilogram of antimatter will quickly annihilate another kilogram of matter?

What I mean is, suppose we could somehow get a kilogram of antimatter and contain it safely. Now lets say we want to make a bomb using this kilogram, now, we have two ways, either store another ...
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Energy of central potential in QM

A hydrogen atom (Coulomb potential) has energy that only depends on $n$ (if we ignore other effects like spin-orbit coupling). In general (not necessarily Coulomb, can be any V), does $E$ depend on ...
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What is the effect of volume on liquid temperature during evaporative cooling?

Imagine two evaporative cooling experiments: In the first, a beaker contains a known volume of liquid. The liquid starts at ambient temperature. The temperatue of the body of liquid remaining in the ...