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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Does a reflecting object move faster than one that does not reflect?

Suppose you have two objects with the same mass and shape, such as a ball, and the only difference between the two is that one reflects light and the other does not. Would one object's velocity be ...
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Does radiating heat to outer space through the atmospheric transparency window have any impact on heat loss?

I was reading this article: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight The authors are improving upon the age-old idea of reflecting incoming sunlight while ...
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Elementary questions about where energy is stored in solids

I have the following question, I have no relation to the study of Physics in any way, but the question has been teasing me for some time. Please accept my poor physical terminology. Here we go... ...
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Do we really not know why atoms 'decide' to produce a photon?

I was watching the Cosmos documentary where Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how certain energy photons get absorbed by an atom, which causes the electrons of that atom to climb into a higher energy ...
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Flatness and Kinetic Energy

Why the curvature parameter can be interpreted as the difference between the average potential energy and the average kinetic energy of a region of space? Curvature ...
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Negative temperature thermodynamics

I asked this question about thermodynamics. I considered $$T=\frac{\partial U}{\partial S}$$ at constant $V$ and $N$ (number of particles), but now I can't figure out the change of $U$ with respect ...
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Lagrangian under time transformation

Given a Lagrangian $$L(q,\dot{q},t)=\sum_{ij}a_{ij}(q)\dot{q}_i\dot{q}_j-V(q_1,q_2,\cdots,q_f)$$show that under a time transformation $t=\lambda T$ ($\lambda$ = constant), the invariance of ...
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Gravity and its energy

Where does gravity get its energy from? So, I'm taking a high school environmental science class and we just started a unit on energy. We were talking about different types of energy and one was ...
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Is it true that a processor with a higher temperature uses inevitably more power in comparison with a processor with a lower temperature?

If a processor has a higher temperature, can you be sure it it consumes more power than a processor with a lower temperature? And is the reverse relationship true? A processorchip with a higher mean ...
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How does friction help the car to move forward? [duplicate]

Below is the extract from my book. There is a car with four wheel drive system and during acceleration, the engine causes the tires to push backward on the road surface. This push produces ...
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Thermodynamics - internal energy

What would the curve that describes the change of internal energy ($U$) with the volume ($V$) be like if the change in the temperature is negative? My try: For a ideal monoatomic gas, we have ...
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How is heat and temperature related? How will a thermometer react in the following conditions? [closed]

Consider the cooking stove and LPG fuel for example, all my questions will be related to it. Assume I have a frying pan made of steel which is kept on the the stove with the knob set to moderate. ...
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Why speed of block/box reduce when force is acted?

In my physic book there is a question which is as follows;- A food shopper pushes a wood crate of cabbage heads of mass $m$ =14kg across a concrete floor with a constant horizontal force $\vec{F}$ ...
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Why is it possible to choose an arbitrary zero energy level when dealing with frequencies of a wave function?

This is a followup of my previous Why don't the De Broglie dispersion relation contain a constant term? question. Answerers pointed out that only differences in energy matter I can understand ...
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Does the energy of ground and/or excited states have uncertainty?

In this question about absorption of continuous energies by discrete atom states, one of the reasons given to explain the width of spectral lines is the uncertainty principle (natural broadening): the ...
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Why do we need to know the shape of the slide to find the time to slide down it?

In my physics book after this solved example: A child of mass $m$ is initially at rest on top of a water slide at height h = 8.5m above the bottom of the slide. Assuming that the slide is ...
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What's the symbol behind Einstein's head? [closed]

What's the symbol called that's behind and to the right of Einstein's head in this picture? Bonus if you can tell me what the whole formula is!
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How is mass reduced in a normal chemical reaction which releases energy like heat, sound or light?

I was reading this link. Just above the paragraph titled "OTHER CONSERVATION LAWS", it says that "This conversion of mass to energy happens well below the speed of light, in a very small way, when a ...
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Using theater lamp for heating [duplicate]

I'm asking myself a question about how to warm my house up, and the efficiency of such a thing : I live in a theater, and we got plenty of 1000W lighting fixture, mostly Tungsten incandescence ...
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Changing Earth angle of revolution

As a follow-up to the two previous questions What is the scientific reason for the inclination of earth's rotation axis? and How much effort would be required to fix the Earth's rotation? ...
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Why is kinetic energy defined as $(1/2)m v^2$? [duplicate]

What is special about $(1/2)m v^2$ that makes physicists believe that it is a representation of kinetic energy?
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Transfer between translative KE and rotational KE in a rigid body

I have been inspired by some sci-fi cannons that seem to operate by initially spinning up a projectile inside the cannon, and then suddenly firing the projectile out at high speed. Now, I am wondering ...
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Kinetic energy (KE) in atomic orbital

Within an atomic orbital, electrons must obviously have relative differences between points in space due to potential gradient. But there is kinetic energy as well. If we choose a particular point as ...
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What is the equivalent of the “amount of fuel” for a battery?

I am trying to make a performance diagram of an electrical powered device vs range, speed, etc. I want to compare it using the equivalent of fuel for a battery? I am not sure if it is just voltage... ...
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Is the change in cochlear potentials dependent on perilymph velocity? [closed]

context: This question may appear to be off topic because it is about the biological particulars of the human ear. Physics can solve abstract models inspired by living organisms, but it is biology ...
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What is the interpretation of pressure times volume as energy?

I know that pressure times volume has units of energy, but is there an intuitive explanation of how the pressure contributes to the total energy? It seems clear for ideal gases using the $PV=nRT$ ...
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Energy stored in hard disk [closed]

What is the type of energy stored in hard disk when data is stored? And Can we use it for electric power production?
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Conservation of energy in a multiverse

When I was studying about classical mechanics, I learned about Hamiltonian mechanics. In a example problem, we saw that in a system of just one capacitor, energy seemed to flow in and out and the ...
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Is it possible for a moving body to have no kinetic energy? If yes, then how? [closed]

An object which is moving relative to your coordinate system has kinetic energy in that coordinate system; it does not have kinetic energy in a coordinate system which is stationary relative to the ...
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Example of law of conservation of energy

Law of conservation of energy states that "Energy of the universe remains constant. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, but it can be transformed from one form to another". So I ...
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Is conservation of energy a set of principles that is inevitable in any 'possible world'? [duplicate]

It is usually stated in various books or stories 'Energy can't be created or destroyed , but is conserved'. I guess this is within a closed system. Are there any axioms or principles in physics that ...
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does electron - positron pair annihilation occur when E is negative?

Suppose I release an electron-positron pair from rest at a distance of $r$. Then the particles attract each other and collide. The total energy $E$ is $$E = 2m_ec^2-\frac{e^2}{4\pi\varepsilon_0r},$$ ...
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Is energy content of a system different dependending on the observer?

For the sake of simplicity, let's imagine that the entire Universe is empty except for a single lump of (classical) matter with mass $m$. In its center of momentum frame, it is clear that the total ...
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Work performed by a stationary object in a gravitational field “on Earth”

I was thinking about this problem: How much work is required to hold an object stationary in a gravitational field? or: How much energy is required to keep an object stationary in a ...
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Why does heat lose its energy as we get further away?

Why does heat lose its energy dramatically as I move back? Say I have a fire around 0.5 meters in front of me, I can clearly feel the heat, however, as I move even very slightly back, say 1 meter ...
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What does the relation between mass and energy of a free particle mean?

What does the Hamiltonian for a free particle mean? Does it mean that the kinetic energy of the particle is in reverse relation with mass? $H$ or $E=\hbar^{2}k^{2}/2m$. Or better to ask: what's the ...
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Intuitive physical concept for squared velocity in the context of energy

Kinetic energy $E_{kin} = \frac{1}{ 2} m v^2 $ may be expressed in $kg \frac{ m^2 }{sec^2}$.The formula includes squared velocity. However, instead of squared velocity = v • v it seems to be easier ...
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Is nature quantized?

I was reading Planck's postulate the other day on Wikipedia and couldn't help but noticing the sentence: "...is the postulate that the energy of oscillators in a black body is quantized..." ...
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Dependence of kinetic friction on relative velocity

While I was reading my book I came across a line that tells that there is slight dependence of kinetic friction on velocity of relative motion of the bodies. Can anyone tell me how is this so?
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Highest background gamma ray energy?

What is the highest naturally occurring gamma ray energy that you would see in background? And what is it is source?
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Calculate the rise in temperature from directed radiation [closed]

For example I have a 1 watt laser and direct it to a sheet of metal (copper), if I were to direct it for say a time interval of 1 minute what would be the change in temperature? I can predict that it ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth? [duplicate]

Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth? According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 ...
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QFT and violation of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

In some QFT books is said that a free electron can emit a virtual photon as long as it reabsorbs the photon and returns to its original state within a time: $$\Delta t<\dfrac{\hbar}{2\Delta E}$$ ...
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Marvin the Martian vs. the Death Star: how much energy will they actually need to disintegrate the Earth?

According to a detailed analysis by Dave Typinski, Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator will require $1.711 \cdot 10^{32}~\text{J}$ to shatter the Earth into a gravitationally ...
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Relationship between momentum and energy for rocket-powered aircraft

I'm trying to write a problem for my students in an algebra-based physics class. We have a flight simulator and I've got a glider in the simulator that has a couple rocket boosters attached. Students ...
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Solar spectrum units

Why is intensity $I$ on a graph of the solar spectrum always showed in units of $[\mathrm{W/m^2/nm}]$ instead of simply $[\mathrm{W/m^2}]$? (The y-axis on the graph.) It is apparently shown as ...
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Domain of different types of collision?

Can anyone tell me why elastic collision occur between atomic particles? inelastic collision occur between ordinary objects? perfectly inelastic collision occur during shooting? ...
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Factors on which Coefficient of restitution depend

What are the factors on which coefficient of restitution depend? What is the reason for more coefficient of restitution of two glass balls (0.95) than for two lead balls (0.20)?
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Can antimatter-matter collisions generate heat?

We have a project at school to develop an idea about how we can generate electricity. My question is: do collisions between matter and antimatter particles generate heat, so that one could harvest it ...
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Conservation of kinetic energy in collision

Why is kinetic energy conserved in collision between glass balls while it is not conserved in collision between a ball and floor?