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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Why does holding an object cost energy while no work is being done? [duplicate]

I was reading the discussion here: Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done? I feel as though the question is being avoided. Suppose instead of holding an object by hand ...
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How do electromagnetic waves carry energy?

Its said that electromagnetic waves carry energy. Is this because these waves are made up of electric and magnetic fields which can cause changes to the stuff that falls with in their range? Is that ...
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Gravitational collapse (conservation of energy)

During gravitational collapse, gravitational potential energy of the gas is converted to its internal kinetic energy so the internal energy of the clous of gas is said to be increased But isn't ...
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Interaction of atoms of the same material

So I've been reading a section about energy levels and came across this statement: "As the atoms of a material are brought closer together to form the crystal lattice structure, there is an ...
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Rugged Energy Landcapes (Free Energy vs Potential Energy Questions)

A spin glass has what is called a "rugged energy landscape." That is, when you cool down below a certain temperature, the system divides into many wells, all corresponding to slightly different ...
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Why is the energy operator special?

Only the energy operator controls the time dependence of a quantum system, but not the others, why is that?
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Why is the energy shift due to a 'sagging' potential negative and independent of box size?

Consider a box of width $L$ and the composed of the following potential $$V(x)=\frac{V_0x(x-L)}{L^2}, x\in[0,L]$$ and $V(x)=\infty$ elsewhere. Using perturbation theory - with a square box as the ...
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Can we have $E=0$ in Schrödinger's Equation?

I've read a little bit about zero-energy states, but I just don't get it. I'm just starting to study quantum mechanics and, at least for all the potentials I've seen until now (the most popular ones, ...
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How do Calories (kcal) relate to watts?

In thinking about exercise and "burning calories" it occurred to me that there should be some fairly intuitive correlation between the biological energy conversion going on in a person's body with the ...
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Zeroth component of 4-momentum and relativistic energy-momentum relation

As I understand it one is forced to use 4-vectors since we require objects that transform as vectors under application of Lorentz transformations and 3-vectors do not (technically they do under ...
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The energy of de-excitation

I am 10th class student and what i dont get is when electron dexcites it produces energy but what is main phenomenon which produces energy is it the motion of electron or something like disturbing ...
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Variation of Veritasium bullet block experiment

I'm new here. this is in reference to the video posted by veritasium on the bullet block experiment. i realise there is already a thread on this but i want to ask a variation of the question. so ...
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Particle in a box, quantization of energy

I'm learning about how the energy of matter is quantized like how the energy of light is. My textbook illustrates the concept of quantization with the particle in a box: "A particle of mass $m$ ...
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How is 6W equivalent to 40W, as claimed by adverts for LED light bulbs?

Every advert I come across for LED bulbs advertise them as the equivalent of a higher W incandescent bulbs. This makes no sense to me, if the room requires 40W to lighten it up then it'll always ...
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Is Phone-Charging Plant Product Even Possible?

Bioo, a new company making the rounds in the press, claims to produce "electricity from plants' photosynthesis." Specifically, their website claims that a single potted plant with their integrated ...
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Is gravity the current limitation to laser cooling?

This is something I've been wondering for a while. I've read about the experiment with NASA to reach unprecedented cold temperatures in space because of the microgravity environment not being such a ...
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Calculating kinetic energy without Mass [closed]

Is it possible to calculate the kinetic energy of a body if its velocity is given its direction is vertical and its hight is 0 at moment t=0
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how can energy conservation equation be different in different situations?

Neglecting potential and kinetic energy: energy conservation equation in a closed system is dU=Q-W and in an open system with steady flow is dU+d(PressureEnergyPV)=Q-W or in other words dH=Q-W. How ...
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How does an object with gravitational energy exhaust that energy as work?

To my understanding (which is pretty basic) energy is the ability to do work. The higher objects are above a point - more gravitational energy they have relatively to that point, which means that they ...
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What is happening to energy that is not used as work? [duplicate]

To my understanding (which is pretty basic), energy is the ability to do work. But if for example, I push a wall, I do exhaust my energy, but no work is done since the wall is not moving. So what is ...
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Thermal de Broglie wavelength - definition

The thermal de Broglie wavelenght is often defined by the formula $\lambda=\frac{h}{\sqrt{2\pi mkT}}$ but equally frequently is it defined as de Broglie wavelength for a free ideal gas of massive ...
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How does the energy of a supernova compare to that of its parent star?

How can the energy produced in a supernova be quantified? And, if the energy of the supernova is not equal to the energy of the parent star, how do we account for this difference?
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How does kinetic energy do work? [closed]

To my understanding, work is done on object A when object B is applying a force on object A, causing object A to displace. Since energy is the ability to do work, what work does a moving object do, ...
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Hourglass fluid mechanics issue with Bernoulli's equation

I know that I'm thinking about this problem wrong, but I've been pondering it for a while and can't understand something. On my fluid mech. exam I had a problem that asked to determine the radius of ...
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Energy efficiency in modern houses [closed]

What is an energy efficient way of heating modern houses in a winter scenario and how could we experiment it? For example, my group tried heating a beaker of water with a hot plate, microwave,and an ...
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What are the assumptions behind the Lagrangian derivation of energy?

What are the assumptions behind the Lagrangian derivation of energy? I understand that we're searching for a function $L$ that describes a set of physics so that solving the energy minimization ...
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Utilising Black Holes as a potential energy source

I'm aware of the Penrose process and the basic physics behind that. Also, I know that the Blandford-Zjanek process (That is potentially responsible for the relativistic jets). Aside from these two, ...
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Is the energy change $\delta Q$ form 16C-15C the same as 72C to 73C?

As the tempreature change is the same. so the amount of energy change should also be same. According to the foumula $$\Delta Q=m s \Delta T$$ So no matter form what temperature to temperature change ...
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Is expectation value of the Hamiltonian always the energy? [duplicate]

There are time dependent & space dependent systems (magnetic fields) and time independent (particle in a box or harmonic oscillator). In the latter the expectation value is the 'average' energy ...
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Finding Intensity of light incident on a photodiode

Given a halogen lamp(9500lumen,500W) at a distance d from a photodiode. How can I find the intensity of light incident on the photodiode?
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Energy density of a transverse

I'm finding it hard to understand the concept of energy density of a transverse wave. I know the formula, but I can't quite get my head around it. I know energy density is energy over volume, but ...
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How did gravity exist before mass?

I'm brushing up on my Big Bang, and I noticed that, apparently, although gravity is the first force to split from the original "superforce", mass does not appear on the scene until after the second ...
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The difference between Gibbs and grand canonical potentials

To my understanding, Helmholtz free energy is a measure of the amount of work a thermodynamical system can perform. Following the same reasoning Gibbs and Grand-canonical free energies measure the the ...
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How can I get 100% fuel efficiency from an IC Engine in a car?

I understand that the current technology of internal combustion (IC) engines gives about 20% for a normal car. I want to understand what I can do to achieve 100% or near 100% efficiency in the same ...
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Trouble understanding non-conservative force and work

I am having some trouble defining whether a force is conservative or not. In the example that we are working on a mass on a pulley system is used to cause a slender bar to rotate from rest to a ...
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Light bulbs Flashing on when disconnected

For the 2nd time I've had a lightbulb flash on in my hand after removing from the power socket. The first time the overhead light in my hallway was out for a couple of days before I got around to ...
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Is fire more harmful than a phone?

I have read somewhere that the higher the frequency of electromagnetic radiation, the higher the damage it causes to your body, and visible light has a very high frequency in comparison to microwave ...
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Two identical disks pulled differently question (Kinetic Energy)

I am currently taking a basic physics course in college and I am having a bit of trouble on this problem that deals with rotational and translational kinetic energy. Let's begin: The question: The ...
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What is the physical meaning of potential energy in a band diagram of a semiconductor?

According to this slide (from this website), the potential energy of an electron in a semiconductor is defined by the difference between the Energy level of the conduction band and the fermi level. ...
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Since a dipole has some potential energy,it should be able to do some work !? What is it?

We say a dipole has potential energy.What work can a dipole do ?.For eg : A ball on a shelf has a PE because it has the potential to fall down and do some work on the ground if shelf wasnt there.What ...
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How are negative energy orbits around a Black Hole defined?

I have read several times that within the ergosphere or a Kerr Black Hole, it is possible to have particles that have an orbital energy value of less than 0. However, I do not understand the concept ...
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Conservation of energy in a sound wave

I have two ultrasonic transducers, an emitter and a receiver, and I'd like to know how the energy of the spherical wave is conserved. I guess the energy is proportional to its amplitude and it ...
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Why does the kinetic energy of a particle moving in circular motion increase when the turn radius decreases and no torque is acting?

Why does the kinetic energy of a particle moving in circular motion increase when the turn radius decreases and there is no torque acting? E.g. if a planet is rotating about its axis and it shrinks to ...
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Why is Kinetic Energy = (-) Total Energy and Potential Energy = 2 $\times$ Total Energy?

I came across this relation while reading on the Bohr atomic model. Are there any other forces for which these relations hold good?
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When a liquid solidifies why does internal energy fall? [closed]

Is it because the potential energy falls or is it because the kinetic energy falls .
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Energy diagram of a planet with fixed mechanical energy

Consider the following energy diagram for the motion of a planet about a star. The centrifugal potential curve can be represented once I fixed the angular momentum $\vec{L}$ of the planet. To fix the ...
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Inconsistency in solving energy in free space given electric potential

So we have the equation $$ W= \frac{1}{2} \int_{volume} \rho_v V\,dv$$ and then after applying a vector identity which is $$\nabla \cdot (V\vec{D})=V(\nabla\cdot \vec{D})+\vec{D}\cdot (\nabla V)$$...
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ionizing radiation and energy

At the website "How Stuff Works" an article (radiation sickness) states that when radiation knocks an electron from an atom, energy (specifically 33 electron volts) is released which heats up the ...
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Why does positive work done by internal conservative forces $\implies$ decrease of potential energy?

Potential energy can be thought as the amount of work that the force can potentially do on the point because of its position. $$W=-\Delta U=U_{initial}-U_{final}$$ A positive work done by a force ...
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Wavefunction of a system of particles

A three-dimensional volume $V$ contains a certain number $N$ of electrons and they can't escape the volume $V$. Assume for simplicity that the potential $\mathcal{V}(\mathbf{r})$ is zero in all the ...