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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Performing work on a box of gas by lifting it, and first law of thermodynamics

What happens if we lift a box of ideal gas? Work is done to the box but no heat is getting into it. So does it's internal energy increase by the amount of work done? Or is it that lifting is not ...
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How is there a connection between energy and information?

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2010/nov/19/information-converted-to-energy In the last part of the third paragraph of the above article it says: "In fact, Szilárd formulated an equivalence ...
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what to use for mass in a 2D FEM simulation

I am trying to find the energy of a wave travelling through a solid material in a 2D Finite Element Method (FEM) - Simulation. As a general approach I would try to use $E_{kin}=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ at ...
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Work on ideal gas by piston

Imagine a thermally insulated cylinder containing a ideal gas closed at one end by a piston. If the piston is moved rapidly, so the gas expands from $V_i$ to $V_f$. The expanding gas will do work ...
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Why are there two ways to solve for energy of a spring?

I can find the energy of a spring using $F = -kx$, or by using the formula $e = 1/2mv^2 + 1/2I\omega^2 + mgh + 1/2kx^2$. The first way, I get $mg/k = x$, but the second way, I get $2mg/k = x$. Which ...
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From where does the force/energy of action-reaction comes from? (Newton's Third Law of Motion)

I was wondering, from where does the opposite force and thus energy comes from when we apply force. For example, lets say there are two persons (P1 and P2) on the universe, and no force is applied to ...
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Which particle rolls faster? Is the speed of the particles which are rolling differs with their shape?

A solid disk and a solid sphere each of them has the same mass and same kinetic energies, which one is faster?
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Does using batteries in a series raise the overall Wh's of the batteries used? Why/Why Not?

If one has 2 batteries of 6 Volts each with 500 mAh each, then separately the batteries should provide 6 Volts * 500 mAh = 3 Wh each or 6 Wh total. However would it be the case that if someone where ...
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Water Electrolysis Calculations

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_electrolysis#Efficiency): The electrolysis of water requires a minimum of 237.13 kJ of electrical energy input to dissociate each mole. Each ...
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How did the inflaton field “add” energy to the universe?

How did inflation add energy to the universe? What mechanism did this occur by? In other words, where did that energy come from? Was it due to the quantum fluctuation (or that scalar field rolling ...
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At what point can we assume the tip of a fin is adiabatic?

Let's say there is a fin that is 1mm thick, extends 8mm from the surface, and is 10 mm wide. The fin is exposed to a moving fluid. Can we assume the adiabatic tip condition and use the characteristic, ...
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Tubelights+power lines pictures?

I've come across many pictures like these, sometimes in chain emails reporting the dangers of power lines. Another claim is that they run on "wasted" energy. The explanations given are that the ...
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Energy behind door knocking?

How do we estimate the energy released from knocking on a wooden table or a door?
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When to use Heat Diffusivity eqn and when to use Fourier's law to find temperature distribution?

Let's say that there is a circular conical section that has diameter $D=.25x$ without any heat generation and I need to find the temperature distribution. Originially I thought I could use the heat ...
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How much energy should I give into each particle in this equation:

I am trying to recreate the results of an article (membrane simulation) and I have the following line: Both particles have the same soft radius, $U_{rep} (r)/\epsilon = \text{exp}\left\{ -20 ...
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Kinetic energy absorbing in order to avoid damages?

is this possible? To absorb kinetic energy and disable inertia force? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnKPbAbJI0w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_5oseSVUc4
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calculating of g force in fun ride

we vistited yesterday a fun park and saw a ride which was a big centrifuge only in vertical. this one had a speed meter but it was broken and i also wanted to know how much g-force is on there... so ...
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Uses and interpretation of the 'Bowen Ratio' ($B_o=SH/LE$)

The Bowen Ratio is the ratio of sensible heat flux to latent heat flux, so presumably it gives some information about the relative importance of these processes. But it is not clear how this ...
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Derivation of relativistic energy

The concept of relativistic energy comes from it's conservation in relativistic mechanics for an elastic collision. It seems to me that another possible derivation could equate the energy of a single ...
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Mass into energy

The mass of a nucleus if less than the mass of the protons and nucleus. The difference is knows as binding energy of the nucleus. This nuclear binding energy is derived from the strong nuclear force. ...
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What does negative energy imply?

I know energy comes in a number of forms and every form of energy is defined uniquely. But if I had to give a broad definition of energy, I would define it as "ability of a system to perform work." ...
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Determining photon flux at a particular distance from a source, given frequency and transmitter wattage

I want to check my process and formulae for determining the observed number of photons per square meter per second, when the signal frequency is $f$, transmitter power is $P$ and the distance from the ...
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Storing ice for HVAC

Apologies if this question is outside of the scope of the site. Assume my home is a $20 \textrm{ ft} \times 40 \textrm{ ft} \times 10 \textrm{ ft}$ block. Further assume that it has continuous ...
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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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Change without Work [on hold]

Is it possible for the state of the universe to change without any work at all being done? Or, more specifically, is it possible for some physical change to occur without work being done? (Note that ...
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Question related to charged concentric conducting shells

There is a charged conducting spherical shell given a certain positive charge.Another larger spherical shell is given the same negative charge.The first shell is now placed inside the second shell so ...
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Open systems (Conservation of Energy): is a temperature change possible if a tube is thermally isolated?

Full question: consider an perfectly thermally isolated cylinder. Water is flowing through this cylinder from the entry to the exit. Is it possible for the water flowing through the exit to have a ...
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Work done by flow of a fluid

I'm looking at the power a flow of steam when used by a turbine. I originally assumed that the kinetic energy of a moving section of steam was equal to (let $V$ be volume, $\rho$ be density, and $v$ ...
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Why do systems with a fixed gear-ratio still use gears?

From my understanding, there are two uses of a gearing system: to change the speed of output rotation (trading it with torque), and to change the axis of rotation. Now, in a car, for example, it is ...
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Kinetic energy of a falling object in water

I am considering the impact energy of an object falling vertically downward with impact velocity $v$ in water. The mass of the object is $m$, and the hydrodynamic added mass from the displaced water ...
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Differentiating between standing waves (stationary waves) and progressive waves [closed]

The question is ''Differentiate between standing waves (stationary waves) and progressive waves?" I do not understand what exactly they would like to hear. Should we talk about the frequency, ...
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Along with electrons, do molecules also directly take in photon energy from a source?

Let's take a black object for example. When waves of light (whether from the sun or a lamp) come into contact with the object, is it just the electrons (not the molecules) of the object that directly ...
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Forster rate dependence on temperature

In the Forster rate expression, what values are dependent on temperature?: Forster orientation factor, k^2 the refractive index of the solvent, n The spectral overlap, J the quantum yield of the ...
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How much of this 'Slow Death of the Universe' was predicted?

In short: the energy generated in today's universe, is "about half of the produced two billion years ago" and found that "this fading occurs at all wavelengths" as yesterday news: ESO - Charting the ...
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Mass, Spin, Internal Energy and 1-Particle States in Galilean Quantum Mechanics

I have been reading an article discussing the unitary representation of Galilean group and non-relativistic quantum mechanics. The link to the article is given below. http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2442 ...
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Why can you turn on your bike without adding energy and still be moving?

There's a physical effect that I can't seem to figure out. When you are biking (on a bicycle), you have some speed. Then let's say you stop petaling and make a 90º turn to the right. You slow down, ...
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Energy in the Relativistic COM Frame

I have been taught that in Classical Mechanics, the total energy of a system of two particles in the Centre of Mass Frame is given by $$ E_\mathrm{total} = \frac{1}{2}MV^2 + \frac{1}{2}\mu v_r^2 $$ ...
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How much energy will fall into the eye given luminosity of display

The smart-glasses have tiny display. The manufacturer says the display has luminosity of $2000 cd/m^2$. The area of display is around $0.0002 m^2$. The reference smartphone display has luminosity of ...
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Why does carbon help with electron transfer in a dye sensitized solar cell?

what property of carbon(soot) makes it easier for electron transfer within a dye sensitized solar cell?
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What is the most energy efficient way to run an A/C unit?

I recently installed a 12,000 BTU Mini-Split A/C unit with an inverter - http://www.tempstar.com/products/dfac.html I was told that it uses approximately 0.6Kw/hour. What I am really curious about ...
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How is Work by a System Interpretated in the First Law?

Good evening. I've happened to be sitting down today and just couldn't wrap my head around this question which seems rather simple at first. From reading about the first law and sign conventions as it ...
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What is the free energy of an ideal chain under stress?

this question is related to potential energy of a segment of an ideal chain under external force. I calculated the canonical partition function for an ideal chain ($i$ stands for a single segment ...
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Producing energy with entanglement

If we entangle two electrons for example and move one of the electron to Mars for instance. Are we able to somehow transfer the kinetic force of Mars from its movement (spinning and orbitting) to ...
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Fictious forces and calculation of energy + c.o.m. question

I am aware that in order for energy to be conserved the reference frame that you are using must be inertial. However, consider the situation where you are using the reference frame of the earth and ...
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Cancelling waves and preservation of energy

In quantum physics, a particle is "defined" by a wavefunction. If you would take 2 particles with the same wavefunction, and negate one of them. They would cancel each other other out. Take for ...
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What is the Proper way to determine overall velocity in a pipe?

I am running a simulation of fluid in a pipe. The fluid in this pipe is "swirling" (instead of just moving in one direction, it's rotating as well. Like the Helix below. The fluid is faster on the ...
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does $Q_AV_{AB}=Q_BV_{BA}$ in this case

Sorry fo unclear title but I can't find any suitable on for this question. Here is what my text book says about how to find out the energy of a system of charge of n particle. What I don't know is ...
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Why do electrons occupy in discrete energy states?

Why can't there be any continuous energy band in an atom?
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Conduction bands and Valence Bands, so do electrons really exist in Conduction bands?

My understanding is that conduction bands are energy bands created from the electrons in the valence shells/bands absorbing energy to jump to the next level (is this true)? Now, do the conduction ...