Energy is a quantity which gives an overview of the amount of work doable by the system.

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Kinetic energy of a mass rotating about two axes

I'm working on a question where I have to find an equation for the kinetic energy of a mass being rotated by a fold-able arm. The equation for $m_1$ is obvious, however, the equation I derived for ...
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Infinite Energy from Bobbing

Could this device theoretically continue in motion forever? If not, why not? (click below for images): Device description. Device process. The device is less dense than air, so it rises. The ...
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Do ionisation of atoms release photons?

I was reading through my text book about Fluorescence. It said "inside a fluorescent bulb, the mecury atoms collide with each other and with electrons get excited and ionised. During de-excitation, ...
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Is it intuitive that the conserved quantity from time symmetry is what we know as energy?

Is there an easy (aka intuitive) way to understand that the conserved quantity from time translation symmetry is just what we call energy? In other words, we use two definitions of energy. One is ...
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Why does a $1/2$ appear in this simple capacitor equation?

The maximum energy stored by a capacitor is when it's (theoretically) fully charged or just before it reaches dielectric breakdown, if you will. It seems, then, that the maximum energy ($E$) $=QV$ ...
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What is energy? [duplicate]

What exactly is energy (in terms a non-physicist/non-mathematician can understand)? I've been researching this topic, and it seems that energy is not a real physical state, i.e. it is only a scalar ...
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$E=mc^2$ resembles kinetic energy formula?

The simplest equation expressing mass–energy equivalence is the famous $E=mc^2$ where $c$ represents the speed of light. Compare this with $E_K = \frac{1}{2}mv^2$. Since $E=mc^2$ can be applied to ...
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How to calculate the amount of energy in joules/s that gas oven uses?

I know there may be missing information, but my question is really simple and yet I haven't found an answer to it. To make things easy, let's assume we have a $40×40×40$ cm oven that we want to keep ...
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Why is there no upper-bound on power-efficiency of Hydro-turbines?

We have Betz's law, an upper bound on power efficiency, for wind-turbines. But there is no theoretical upper limit on hydro-turbines, Why this is so? Is it mainly due to the incompressibility of ...
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Why does kinetic energy increase quadratically, not linearly, with speed?

As Wikipedia says: [...] the kinetic energy of a non-rotating object of mass $m$ traveling at a speed $v$ is $mv^2/2$. Why does this not increase linearly with speed? Why does it take so much ...
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Energy in nuclear decays

After a nuclear decay is it a necessity that the total energy of the products is more than the energy of the original particle before decaying? (NB: by 'energy' I don't intend to include mass-energy ...
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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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Orbital angular momentum and multielectron atoms energies

Explain why states with different orbital angular momentum quantum number have different energies for multielectron atoms but are degenerate in energy for hydrogen Can anyone explain?
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Nonzero ground state energy of the quantum harmonic oscillator [duplicate]

Since $\frac{1}{2}\hbar \omega$ is the zero point energy of the ground state of the harmonic oscillator, then there is no way to extract this energy. Therefore, in what way is this value different ...
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Does the doppler shift have any effect on the energy that the atom absorbs?

Does an atom moving towards the light that is falling on it, absorb more energy than when it is stationary? The atom should a see blue shift due to Doppler effect so the atom will see a light of ...
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How to derive energy expressions thinking of it as a conserved quantity only?

By now I understand that "energy is a conserved quantity" and that's all we need to know. Then, the idea of work comes as the change in kinectic energy of a system and we realise that having energy is ...
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Atoms and their bonds in an explosion

I was watching a video and when the car did blow up I asked to me... what happens with the atoms and their bonds when an object blows up of this way? what is the behavior of the atoms and their bonds ...
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Is there a giant cloud of antimatter at centre of the Milky Way

Among others, this page says there is a giant cloud of antimatter at centre of the Milky Way, which was discovered in the 1970s. My brother doesn't believe there is any such cloud. I'm prepared to ...
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Extra energy in quantum tunneling

In quantum tunneling, the probability of finding an electron inside the potential barrier is non zero (http://i.stack.imgur.com/v8Kr1.gif). So we can actually find an electron which had an energy E in ...
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De-excitation and vibrational frequency

By utilising energetic beams of particles it is possible to set atomic nuclei into vibration. For a certain nucleus the subsequent de-excitation results in the emission of photons of energy $1$ $MeV$. ...
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Kinetic energy of a gas molecule

I am working through the derivation of the equation $$pV=\frac13mNC_{rms}^2,$$ but relating to this formula my textbook states that the kinetic energy of an average molecule of gas is given by ...
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modern physics :emission spectrum [closed]

If in a hydrogen atom all possible transactions take place. The ratio of maximum frequency to minimum frequency is 135/7.what is the principal quantum number of excited state. The max frequency case ...
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Trying to understand explosions

I’m trying to understand the nature and amount of energy/force generated in an explosion. Take, for example, the explosion that results from the complete annihilation of one gram of matter, releasing ...
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What kind of research will go in nuclear fusion power once the commercial power plant is designed and implemented? [closed]

once the commercial nuclear power plant is built for electricity production , after this what kind of research does scientists do in nuclear fusion power. Why I am asking this question is ITER is ...
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Relation between Force, Time, and Energy

Is energy involved independent of force applied over time? In other words, if I wish to apply a force for much more time would I require more energy?
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What exactly is ''electric energy''?

If the two fundamental types of energy are kinetic and potential energy, is electric energy simply the kinetic energy of charge carriers? Also, is the statement "A cell converts chemical potential ...
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Director field fluctuations in a liquid crystal in a magnetic field

If we consider the Frank elastic free energy in the equal constants limit (for more details, see here Chapter 4.1.) with an external magnetic field, we have $$ F = \frac{1}{2}\int \text{d}^3 r\left ( ...
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Whether nuclear physics or nuclear engineering is suitable for doing research in nuclear fusion? [closed]

I want to do research in making nuclear fusion sustainable for electrical energy production , which field I should choose? and it is worth doing research in fusion now, since many of them are saying ...
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How did Lyman discover his series?

How did Lyman discover his series in hydrogen atom? How did he know that the final energy level is the first level and not the second or the third or etc.? Or how did the other scientists know which ...
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Why electrons have less energy than photons with the same wavelength?

I am studying quantum physics and I have a question: what is the physical explanation for electrons having less energy than photons with the same wavelength? Energy of a photon : $E = h ...
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Nuclear waste reclamation

Is it possible to reclaim nuclear waste from commercial reactors for useful purposes, if not necessarily energy production?
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Snowmaking in the tropics - an estimate of water evaporation

If I set up a snowmaker in the tropics and sprayed water with it how much water would I evaporate? How would I calculate?
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Does time travel violate conservation of mass/energy? [closed]

Imagine I exist at time $t_1$ and my mass is $m$. At time $t_2$ I time travel back to $t_1$. At time $t_1$ there is now a net increase of mass/energy in the universe by $m$. At time $t_3 = t_2 - x$ ...
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How do the single photon energy and em-signal energy correlate? [duplicate]

If the photon (as a quantum of the electromagnetic field) has no defined(?) amplitude, how does (or where from?) the electromagnetic wave's amplitude appear? The formulation of the question is not ...
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What happens in a car crash?

My mom and I were in a car accident. We are ok, but I want to know how fast the car that hit us was going. We were stopped at a light. The car that hit us from behind was a big GMC SUV. Our car was a ...
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Is this how I find the rate of change of internal energy for filling a vessel?

If I am filling a tank with something (lets say air) and both its volume and pressure are changing with time (It's not rigid), it it safe for me to say: $$u=h-Pv$$ ...
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Escape velocity problem

I was given a problem at school: How much Energy do we need to make a rocket of mass $m$ faster than the escape velocity so that it can travel in outer space? Here's how I worked: I know that ...
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Why does hydrogen give up its electron to a platinum catalyst?

All descriptions of a Hydrogen fueled fuel cell (such as this one) Start with $H_2$ giving up its electrons to a platinum coated anode. Then the $H^+$ ions (protons really) travel through the ...
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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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Number of planks required to stop the bullet [closed]

A bullet looses (1/n)th of its velocity passing through one plank. The number of such planks that are required to stop the bullet can be? Logically, to me the answer seems to be infinity, as always a ...
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Can matter be converted to information?

I know that matter can be converted to energy through E=mc^2. I also know that engery can be and has been converted to information through Landauer's principle (with Maxwell's demons). Does this ...
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Impulse from absorbing a photon? Is there an increase in rest mass?

I'm going through A P French's special relativity. In one chapter (6) the following is set up: Suppose that a stationary particle of mass $M_0$ is struck by a photon of energy $Q$, which is ...
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What can cause a change in wave's shape - One dimensional wave

what can cause a change in wave's shape of one dimensional wave moving through a rope? It's velocity ? or the wave's length ? What can cause him change his shape.
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Work done or not in this case?

I have a very simple question. A motorboat directed upstream is seen to be at rest from the bank of a river. Is the engine doing any work? Is it right to say that since it is not causing any ...
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What happens to the acceleration of a body undergoing constant force?

Here's the problem I have, specifically relating to a rocket in deep space: A rocket burns fuel at a constant rate. Assuming its mass remains constant, what happens to its acceleration? I seem to get ...
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Is plant photosynthesis more efficient than solar panels?

Is photosynthesis more efficient than solar panels? If so, by how much?
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Why isn't perpetual motion possible, even though we are so technologically advanced?

Why perpetual motion wouldn't be possible if we are so technological advanced? It is just a thing that I was wondering for too long. I mean, we are able to create so powerful permanent magnets, like ...
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Difference between two equations

So again I have two equations: $$K= \frac{1}{2} m v^2 + \frac{1}{2} I \omega^2$$ And $$K_w = \frac{1}{2} I \omega^2 $$ What's the difference between these two? Thanks.
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Is it possible to extract energy from mass rotating in space?

Consider a single isolated rotating mass (for example planet), is it possible to extract energy out of its rotation? If yes, how could that theoretically be achieved?
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Could an orbiting mass generate power?

If an heavy object (e.g. 10 tons) orbiting around Earth at 370 miles high, is connected with a cable back to Earth, we assumed either Earth is going to pull the mass or vice versa (or it will fall ...