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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
22 views

Dipoles and Potential Energy

I was pondering about electrostatics, particularly dipoles. How would one go about calculating the difference in potential energy of a dipole an arbitrary distance away from an arrangement of another ...
0
votes
2answers
115 views

Is it feasible to transfer energy from power stations to communities via photons instead of electrons?

Electrical wires are relatively inefficient in transferring energy--especially when the place of production is quite far from communities. Would it be possible to transfer that energy via photons? I ...
0
votes
3answers
59 views

What triggers a nuclear chain reaction?

A nuclear fission works by spliting atom's neutrons by neutrons which release energy but how is the chain reaction triggered because at first the nucleus is bond by a strong nuclear force so what ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Creation of energy [duplicate]

When I'm learning about energy. There is a sentence leave me hang. Energy cannot be created nor be destroyed So, if energy cannot be created, so how can we have energy in this world in the first ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

2nd law of thermodynamics - thought experiment

I have designed this simple thought experiment that seems to contradict 2nd law of thermodynamics. Could you please find a mistake in my reasoning? ...
1
vote
0answers
6 views

Vertical wall at 3 different temperatures - do the same natural convection coefficient correlations apply?

I have an vertical enclosure that consists of 3 shelves, each with its own temperature and are thermally isolated from each other. We will call the shelves A, B, and C with A being the base shelf. The ...
2
votes
3answers
88 views

Kinetic energy and Potential of a photon

How does the potential and kinetic energy of a photon relate? Do they mean the same thing? Also how does De broglie wavelength and Potential relate?
2
votes
1answer
83 views

How can I set up an equation for distance traveled for a rubber band powered car?

I am to make a rubber band powered car, and I have to maximize it's distance traveled. The time taken to reach said distance, top speed of the car, acceleration of the car, is not relevant. I just ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Graph of energy stored in capacitor?

Question: In an experiment a capacitor is discharged through a constant current. Draw a graph of how the energy stored in the capacitor varies with time. The answer given is: But I seemed to get a ...
3
votes
0answers
64 views

Is refraction of light a thermodynamic process?

Is refraction of light a thermodynamic process? Can it be explained by conservation of energy? If so, does temperature has an effect on refraction of light?
0
votes
2answers
63 views

What observations would be needed to falsify the law of conservation of energy? [duplicate]

I've been doing some thinking, and began to wonder: What observations have led us to the conclusion that ‘energy can neither be created nor destroyed’? Essentially, this means that the big bang ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

If an electron tunnels and loses amplitude, but maintains energy; where does the rest of the amplitude go?

I'm assuming the 'amplitude' is kind of like the MeV it has on it, so could be seen as a product of the voltage applied to that electron in a field. But how can it 'lose' volts when passing the ...
1
vote
6answers
767 views

Why is momentum conserved (or rather what makes an object carry on moving infinitely)?

I know this is an incredibly simple question, but I am trying to find a very simple explanation to this other than the simple logic that energy is conserved when two items impact and bounce off each ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Why does kinetic energy quadruple when speed doubles? [duplicate]

Why does kinetic energy quadruple when speed doubles? Please explain (in simple terms) with examples if possible.
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Evaporate water using compressed air [closed]

I want to evaporate water by forming air bubbles which are formed by flow of compresses air through perforations. What is the energy (in KWh) input to compress 1 cubic meter volume of atmospheric ...
4
votes
1answer
61 views

Optimal size for a bike tire

While I was riding my bike funnily enough I wondered if there was an optimal size for a bike wheel. So I suppose that is my question, What is the optimal size for a bike wheel? If the bike accelarates ...
29
votes
4answers
2k views

Are there any theoretical limits on the energy of a photon?

Is there any lower or upper limit on the energy of a photon? i.e. does the mathematical framework we currently use for Quantum Mechanics blow up when a photon surpasses a certain upper limit of ...
2
votes
4answers
236 views

If a bell is rung in a perfect vacuum and is suspended by opposing magnets will it ever stop ringing?

As far as I am aware a bell rung in a perfect vacuum would only lose energy and stop ringing due to friction between the bell and the hanging mechanism (due to the lack of air resistance). Therefore ...
-6
votes
2answers
88 views

A different interpretation of $E=mc^2$ but no idea what it might mean [closed]

I wanted $E=mc^2$ to look like an 'inverse square' sort of a formula. So this is what I derived: $E=mc^2$, so; $m=E/c^2$, assuming $E=E_1E_2$ (I am aware that when you decompose energy into two ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Does a closed system with fixed entropy imply an isolated system?

Just first to clarify, my university notation is $$\text{change in entropy} = \text{entropy flow} + \text{internal production of entropy}$$ I am confused with the term fixed entropy. Does that mean ...
0
votes
2answers
87 views

can kinetic energy be independent of mass.?

Why is it said that the kinetic energy acquired by a body of after traveling a fixed distance from rest under the action of constant force is independent of mass? Nd yeah the mass of the body is ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

How to determine if a potential admits bound states?

According to Griffith's Quantum Mechanics, "$E$ must exceed the minimum value of $V(x)$, for every normalizable solution to the time independent Schroedinger equation" As an example, there is no ...
3
votes
2answers
64 views

What is precisely the energy scale of a process?

Coupling constants run with the energy scale $\mu$. But what is exactly this energy scale. My question is, if I have a physical process, how do I compute $\mu$?
2
votes
0answers
55 views

How to relate internal energy to atomic motion?

I am trying to conceptualize how atomic motion leads to the thermodynamically-defined internal energy (denoted as $U$ below) through some broad mathematical relationships. I get that the internal ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

How complex is an energy balance for this problem?

Let's say I have an enclosed room in the shape of a box with forced airflow on the outer walls at an ambient temperature. Each end of the room (forward and rear) has a vent that ducts in warm air to ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

What is the connection between Bragg's condition with reduced EK diagram?

In my course notes the professor mentioned that there was some relationship between the Bragg's condition and the first Bernoulli zone of the reduced EK diagram. Specifically, the boundary before ...
3
votes
1answer
45 views

Why is energy in a system typically able to be described using quadratic expressions?

This might be more of an applied math question. Why is the energy of a system typically able to be described using quadratic expressions. Is there an underlying mechanic that drives this?
1
vote
1answer
59 views

Where should five charges be placed inside a hollow sphere so as the system has the lowest potential energy? [duplicate]

I want to know the configuration where the system would be most stable.I only know basic Physics & Maths and cannot start solving the problem.I can understand it for 4 charges and 6 charges as a ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Is it possible to make use of the gluon field's energy to use is applications?

As we know most of the mass of the proton comes from the energy caused due to the interactions of the quarks with the gluon fields (reference link of this statement ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Finding maximum speed in a work-energy problem [closed]

I have the following problem: The Royal Gorge bridge over the Arkansas River is $310\text{ m}$ above the river. A $57\text{ kg}$ bungee jumper has an elastic cord with an unstressed length of ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

Do Waves have mass? [duplicate]

Do any form of electromagnetic waves like visible light have mass? It is known that all electromagnetic waves have energy. According to Einstein's $$ E^2=p^2c^2 + m^2c^4 $$ formula, the energy of a ...
3
votes
4answers
458 views

Is it possible to generate energy by the moon orbit?

My question could be a little bit surreal, but I was thinking about this: A hydroeletric plant transform the energy from the water passing through the turbines into electricity. Correct? If the ...
2
votes
1answer
90 views

Massless particle that have momentum not equal to 0

I saw some problems in special relativity that use conservation of total energy and momentum and the conclusions are spectacular. My problem is the following: how can a massless particle like neutrino ...
0
votes
4answers
8k views

How do you determine the heat transfer from a P-V diagram?

I doubt this question has been addressed properly before, but if there are similar answers, do direct them to me. I am currently studying the First Law of Thermodynamics, which includes the p-V ...
0
votes
3answers
87 views

Work-Energy conservation with friction

I didn't go to the lesson of work-energy theorem, so I miss something about this subject. I know the formulas, but I can't figure it out. This question has many quantities. Here is the problem, ...
3
votes
2answers
274 views

$E=kT$ or $\frac32kT$?

Basically, which is the correct formula for thermal energy, and is this the same as kinetic energy? My notes are pretty conflicting on this topic, and I'm getting pretty confused.
1
vote
1answer
41 views

How do you define the total rotational energy of an object?

This problem arose when I was applying a conservation of energy argument to a mechanics problem, (a spinning coin on a table) and wasn't sure how to define the total rotational energy of the coin. At ...
0
votes
2answers
62 views

Calculate required power output for a laser

How to calculate power rating required for a laser in order to produce a dot at a specific distance after reflection? For example, the laser is 10cm from the mirror, at an angel of 30 degrees it ...
3
votes
2answers
215 views

What would happen to a star if a Dyson sphere lined with mirrors reflected a significant portion of the stars light back to the star

I have looked for similar questions here on stack exchange. The closest example to this that I found is Could a Dyson sphere destroy a star. That question assumed less than perfect absorption of ...
2
votes
0answers
44 views

Particle moving under force $F=-cx^3$ [closed]

A particle with mass $m$ moves under influence of a force $F=-cx^3$, with $c$ a constant. What is the potential energy function $V(x)$? And if it starts to move from rest from position $x=-a$, what ...
2
votes
2answers
77 views

Car motor heat to drive a steam engine

Why wouldn't be able to place a car motor inside a water tank or another liquid to be heated by the motor, instead of wasting the heat and then use the steam generated, to drive a steam engine, which ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Does gravity (and all other fundamental forces, for that matter) have infinite energy as they seemingly last forever? [duplicate]

If I put a brick onto an steel platform, that platform can hold the brick A LONG TIME, if not FOREVER. Does the platform exert force? If so, then shouldn't it have infinite energy to resist the pull ...
4
votes
4answers
89 views

Different kinds of energies in the form of $\frac{a_1a_2^2}{2}$

It seems to me that the energy of some kind frequently takes the form $$\frac{a_1a_2^2}{2}$$ Where $a_1$ and $a_2$ are some variables. So, for example, kinetic energy has $m$ and $v$; rotational ...
28
votes
4answers
5k views

Why does moving through time not require energy?

Moving through the other three dimensions necessitates energy. But why doesn't moving through time necessitate energy?
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Polarized Filtering Frequency Shift?

A polarized filter is exposed to a unpolarized light source. The output of the filter should be of lower intensity, hence lower energy. Should not the filtered light be of a lower frequency to ...
0
votes
2answers
30 views

How does matter get the energy to repel the gravitational effects of itself to to other matter

This has always puzzled me. As i stand on the earth i require energy to exert a force over gravity to enable me to keep standing. The net force between me and the the earth is zero and thus i remain ...
0
votes
4answers
167 views

Why aren't we affected by radium?

1)We have radium clocks, watches, wrist bands and many things which glow because of radium but we know that radium is radioactive so why isn't it harmfull for us when in bands, watches etc. 2)Does it ...
0
votes
3answers
47 views

When moving from one position to another at a constant velocity, how does the conservation of energy hold?

I know that this might be a duplicate question, but I have not found any satisfactory answers that clear up my lack of understanding. Here is my question. Say a sloth hangs on a tree in the middle of ...
2
votes
1answer
45 views

Can the Cosmic Neutrino Background be detected from a lab moving near the speed of light?

If I've understood it correctly, the energy of an object depends on the reference frame, so when you accelerate, the CMB and CNB appear to gain energy (relative to your rest frame). So if you are ...
2
votes
2answers
19k views

What is the relationship between Force and Kinetic Energy?

I am an Middle-School (Grade 8) student, who is self-learning classical mechanics. I saw this equation from Classical Mechanics: $\vec F=m \vec a$, the following equation is pretty straight forward ...