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 prevents this magnetic perpetual motion device from working? [closed]

Two days ago, I thought of this device, which may seem to rotate indefinitely(in all 3 directions). I have two questions. Is this perpetual motion machine already known? If it is, could you please ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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When space containing an extended mass contracts, what delivers or absorbs energy?

As my understanding goes, general relativity and the many theories that have sprung from it allow for the contraction and expansion of space. When such expanding (or contracting) space contains a ...
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Relation between work, kinetic energy and potential energy

We derived two equations in class. The work done between two points $A$, $B$ is equal to the difference between the kinetic energy at the last point and the one at the first point. The work done ...
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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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Where else than Atoms do Photons Disappear and Reappear from? [closed]

Where does photons come from and disappear to? Can photons be destroyed and created? Without atoms would photons exist? What other ways then from atoms can photons be made?
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Energy density inside anisotropic materials

I'm taking some college courses on electromagnetism and there was some talk of energy stored by electromagnetic field and its density. The expression that we use to calculate energy density stored by ...
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AC Generator Output Calculations

I am currently doing a university project where we are designing a device that a car drives over it will engage a rack and pinion mechanism, that will change the force from linear to rotational. The ...
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relation between potential energy, kinetic energy and sound energy of water

When water flows its PE gets converted into KE so what causes its KE to get converted into sound energy and what the difference will occur in its sound if it is provided with a parallel surface?
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Energy inside a box of air with temperature variation

How to find the energy of a column of air enclosed in a box (assume adiabatic) with a temperature variation $T(z)$ in the vertical ($z$ direction) in a uniform gravitation field? I think the total ...
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Fuel usage at the same constant rpm at different gears

I've had a discussion with my father today, about the fuel usage of a vehicle at the same rpm, but a different gear. He claims that the following situations have the same fuel usage: ...
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I dropped my tissue box on a glass table, the box didn't bounce back, table didn't move nor break, what happened?

I have a box, it drops and thus by moving has Kinetic energy, It doesn't penetrate and impacts however the box doesn't rebound nor breaks the table. Its like when I slam my fist on a table but the ...
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Does the analogous saying: “matter is essentially 'condensed' energy” have any merit?

Einstein in his derivation of special relativity came upon the equivalence of energy and matter, and given the right circumstances, the relation can go either way - matter can become energy, and ...
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Does gravitational force attract bodies with mass or with energy?

On my textbook is written that gravitational force is the force that attracts bodies with mass. But I've seen on a book that It actually attracts bodies with energy. I'm having a class tomorrow and I ...
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Work done by friction on a conveyor belt [closed]

At a factory, a 300-kg crate is dropped vertically from a packing machine onto a conveyor belt (I apologize for not having a picture) moving at a speed of 1.2 m/s. The coefficient of kinetic friction ...
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How to calculate the amout of time for oil to get out from a pneumatic cylinder?

I have a system. You can assume it is just a 1" diameter steel pneumatic cylinder (1 foot long). Assume we ignore the bore size issue at this point. One chamber is filled up by oil (6" of volume), ...
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How does quadcopter's battery capacity relate to it's maximum flight time?

Suppose that we have a quadcopter weighing 3 kg (without a battery) and a battery (let it be Li-Ion type) weighing 2 kg. With this battery our quad can hover for 20 minutes until the battery runs ...
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Using thermal expansion for mechanical work

Assume I could heat up a bar with zero heat loss to the environment. I could then use the thermal expansion to do some work, for example compress a gas. Where does the energy needed for the ...
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Lower bound on energy is potential minimum

Suppose we have a particle of mass $m$ that is in an eigenstate $|\psi\rangle$ of the Hamiltonian $\hat{H}=\hat{T}+\hat{V}$, where $\hat{T}$ is the kinetic energy operator and $\hat{V}=V(\hat{r})$ is ...
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Hamiltonian and Energy of a charged particle in an Electromagnetic field

The Lagrangian of a charged particle of charge $e$ moving in an electromagnetic field is given by $$L=\frac{1}{2}m\dot{\textbf{r}}^2-e\phi-e\textbf{A}\cdot \textbf{v}$$ where $\phi(\textbf{r},t)$ is ...
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Gauge Invariance of the Hamiltonian of the electromagnetic field

The Hamiltonian for an electron of mass $m$ and charge $e$ in an exterior electromagnetic field is $$H=\frac{1}{2m}(p-(e/c)A)^2+e\varphi.$$ The corresponding (via canonical quantization) quantum ...
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Kinetic Energy in the Center of Mass Frame

Given two bodies moving along a line, I can find the velocity of the center of mass frame. Taking the time derivative of the Galilean transformation I get $v'=v-v_{cm}$ By definition, the total ...
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Why blasts/explosions hurt people

This seems a stupid question i know but can't really understand the physics behind it. Let's imagine i'm 5 meters away from a bomb and it explodes. Putting apart the high speed projectiles behaving as ...
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How was the concept of work-energy developed? [duplicate]

I doubt that the concept of work-energy was actually discovered this way. However in the algebra based physics book I am reading, work done by a constant net force is defined as $W = fcos \theta s$ ...
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what is the energy required to change only direction of a vector? [closed]

Does change in velocity vector change Kinetic energy of a system? Does any energy change when we change direction of a vector of a system?
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Sum of energy for 2 solids in rotation

I would like to compute the sum of energy of the following case: Two solids are turning (disks). Yellow solid is turning at $w_1$ radians per second around its center of gravity and blue solid is ...
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Calculate the height reached when 1/3 of original Kinetic Energy is lost [closed]

I am sorry for asking this low level question but there is a confusion, I am not overcoming from hours. My book asks me to solve the following problem: When an object is thrown upward, it rises ...
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What came before quantum theory?

My professor explained today that the idea behind quantum theory is that particles have quantized energy states. To an undergrad like me, this is kind of strange. Wouldn't it always make sense that a ...
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Heat capacity at constant volume and internal energy

I read that heat supplied at constant volume to a system containing ideal gas changes the internal energy of system, i.e $q=nC_v\Delta T=\delta U$ But what happens if I heat a system and change its ...
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Rydberg and electrical energy

I am a high school student. This year I learned the Rydberg constant and its use of finding energy of an electron in chemistry, besides in physics I learned to calculate the energies of two loaded ...
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Meaning of $\frac{1}{\beta} \frac{\partial \ln{Z}}{\partial X}$ in arbitrary ensembles with X being a sharp Observable of the System

I often find the statement, that for an arbitrary ensemble with Observables $O_i$ of which only the mean value is known, and $\tilde{O}_j$ that are known exactly, the partition function ...
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What is the sign of the energy exerted by a man sitting in the back of a boat pulling a canoe?

A man sits on the back of a boat pulling a canoe while the boat travels at a constant velocity a certain distance in the positive X direction. The man feels a constant tension in the rope during this ...
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Particle in infinite square well with $\langle E \rangle = (1/4) E_1 + (3/4) E_4$

Suppose we have a particle in an infinite square well with $\langle E \rangle = (1/4) E_1 + (3/4) E_4$. I know that I can calculate the uncertainty in the particle's position by $\sqrt{\langle E^2 ...
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What is more important, energy or entropy? [closed]

What decides if something will change or remain the same? Energy or entropy considerations?
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Why is this specific definition of acceleration used in deriving a general equation for kinetic energy?

$$\sum_{i=0}^n m_i v_i$$ as well as $$\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^n m_i v^2_i$$ Have been proved to be conserved by Newton & Leibniz, respectively. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis_viva) I don't ...
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Direct comparison of energy measurements for kids

I am planning a few physics & science sessions in the woods with 14 year-olds. The theme for one of the sessions is Energy, and my aim is to show them how gravity, solar radiation, wind (air ...
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Kinetic Energy: Difference in energy for observers [duplicate]

Consider a stationary 10kg bike; if I apply a force of 10J then $KE=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ so $v=\sqrt\frac{2KE}{m}=1m/s$. If we consider the same example again, but from the point of view of a stationary ...
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What is the deBroglie Wavelength in a region with potential energy?

This question was on a physics GRE: A free particle with initial kinetic energy $T$ and deBroglie wavelength $\lambda$ enters a region in which it has potential energy $V$. what is the particle's new ...
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How much more “work” (or energy) is required for short people to hike uphill?

Let's assume Short Person is 5 feet tall and the Normal Person is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Let's assume the uphill hike has steps with 1 foot height. How much more work or energy does this require ...
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How Do Low Kinetic Energy and High Kinetic Energy Atoms Attraction differ?

Will atoms of 2 difrent energy levels electron and/or Kinetic attract more than 2 Atoms at he same energy level? Do 2 high energy level atoms attract more than 2 low energy atoms?
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Calculating the energy of a particle using the Time Independent Schrodinger Equation [closed]

If we have a wave function $\Psi(x,t=0)$ which is a solution to the TISE for a zero potential in an infinite square well, would calculating the energy at $t = 0$ at a position be as easy as ...
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The temperature of photon and its energy

Do photons have temperature? If not, does it mean that photon lose energy while travelling through space? As the planets farther away from the sun are comparatively cooler than the one that are ...
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How are probe liquids selected for Surface Energy measurements?

Why are water, ethylene glycol and diiodomethane generally used for surface energy measurement?
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A star starts at rest at infinity, how do you calculate the kinetic energy of the star when it crosses the event horizon of a black hole? [duplicate]

A star that begins very, very far away from a black hole (infinity) is brought in by the black hole's gravitational pull. How do you calculate the kinetic energy of the star as it passes the point ...
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What energy is transformed to heat when a candle is burned?

What energy is being transformed to heat when you burn a candle?
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Inelastic collisions

During inelastic collision the kinetic energy does not remain constant. In many texts, I have seen it is because there is loss in energy from the system. If there is loss in energy, then how can mass ...
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How much energy is released by an evaporating black hole in the last second of its life?

From what I understand, due to Hawking radiation, black holes lose mass in the form of energy (electromagnetic radiation), with these characteristics: The larger the black hole, the less energy it ...
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Why has a molecule less energy than the uncombined atoms?

My book says, A molecule as compared to the atoms from which it is formed is more stable because it possesses energy lower than the energy of the uncombined atoms. This difference in energy is due ...
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Could we pump up (or deplete) the Earth's magnetic field?

This text calculates the energy in the Earth's field as about 10^17 Joules, and adds: A typical power station is a giga watt, and the number of seconds in a year is about 3 × 10^7 so a power ...
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What is the relation between power and photocurrent? [closed]

Question: A clean lithium surface is illuminated by 1.0 mW of light of wavelength 400 nm. The ejected photoelectrons, which have a maximum kinetic energy of 0.70eV, produce a photocurrent of 30 µA. ...