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Positive Mass Theorem [duplicate]

I'm a third year maths undergrad doing a project on minimal surfaces. However I'm really struggling to understand what the PMT is trying to explain? Could anyone help explain this (as simply as ...
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Rolling disk in inclined plane and flat plane? [duplicate]

A disk is rolling (not sliding) in the inclined plane with initial velocity of zero. So there is friction between disk and plane. But when we use the energy conservation rule, we consider as: ...
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Questions on electron orbits

I have three questions to ask: Why do electrons (in an atom) specifically move in orbits and not some other type of motion? Where does the energy comes from, for the electron to move at much higher ...
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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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Relation between different quantum excitation energy, mass energy and kinetic energy

When a particle enters an excited state, the energy appears in its quantum wavefunction according to $E = h \nu$. Does the $E$ in this equation also include kinetic energy, and rest mass energy? ...
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How does electric current generate thermal energy?

How does free electrons moving through a wire cause random vibrational motion of the positive ions?
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How does a complex wavefunction “hold” energy?

Feynmann Lectures Vol 3 Ch 8 Sec 6 describes how an ammonia molecule can have two definite energy states. If the amplitudes of the base states are $ C_1(t) ...
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How much energy needed to push a volume of water?

I am trying to solve a situation, where I'd like to know how much energy would be needed to push a mass of water out of a container. Here's an image to help understand: The water tank has a height ...
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efficiency of electric cars vs gas? [closed]

I have been listening to my friends brag about electric cars and I can't seem to convince them that electricity is not some magic force that comes out of the wall outlet. It must be produced ...
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Total energy of a body following circular motion

I learned that when a body rotates, its total energy is, $$energy=\left(\frac12\right)mv^2 + \left(\frac12\right)I\omega^2 $$ However, if an astronomical object is orbiting around the earth, is ...
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Convective heat transfer coefficient for counter-current flow

This is not a counter-current heat exchanger. It is two phases, Gas and Water, flow in one flow path but in opposite direction. I have found many source doing analysis on flow pattern of 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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Finding internal energy using equation of state

I have an equation of state as a function of $p$ (pressure), $T$ (temperature) and $V$ (volume) for a real gas and need to find an expression for the internal energy $U$. I know this is given by the ...
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How to calculate how many can a stick hold?

I got two boxes, and one stick, two boxes are high enough for a human body. I put one stick between two boxes, like this: The boxes are yellow, and the stick is brown. So, I would like to put ...
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Generating unlimited electricity through magnets

Well i had seen a toy, which i till date don't know was it battery powered or not? and also could it be used to actually create energy (I know that it is not possible but whats the problem?) ...
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Creating Energy!

I have this doubt in my mind for a long time, see if we rotate a fan in space: it would keep on rotating forever and would never stop. Due to no air friction present in space. I could never really ...
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Practice AP Physics B Exam Question regarding Momentum

I am trying to review momentum for the AP exam coming up. I will be taking the AP Physics C exam for Mechanics, but I was just practicing on any free response questions I could find and I came across ...
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Relativistic fomulae for energy and momentum?

I know that the relativistic formulae for energy and momentum are: $E = \gamma mc^2$ and $\textbf{p} = \gamma m\textbf{v}$; Can we derive these formulae? If yes, where from?
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Different formulas for calculating power [duplicate]

$P=IV$, $P=I^2R$, $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$, what are the distinctions between these equations? How do you know which equation to use when?
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electrical potential energy stored in vacumm for a single point charge?

I have come to know the electrostatic potential energy in vacuum is given by $${\frac{1}{2}} \epsilon_0\int d^3x {E^2} $$ and this energy is due to the mutual electrostatic coulomb potential energy. ...
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Electric Power $P$

In my textbook there are 2 formulas for electric power: $$\begin{array}{cccr} P &=& E/t &\hspace{10pt} (1) \\ P &=& VI. &\hspace{10pt} (2) \end{array}$$ What is the ...
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How to find the speed of free tachyon after emission the light?

Let's have the model in which free tachyon emits the light. We have $$ E = E_{1} + E_{\omega}, \quad \mathbf p = \mathbf p_{1} + \frac{E_{\omega}}{c}\mathbf n , \quad cos(\mathbf p_{1} , \mathbf n ) = ...
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What happens to gas molecules after ionization?

I know that gas molecules conduct electricity after they get ionized but what will happen if we keep increasing the voltage even after ionization? Will it explode? If it will then how much energy ...
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Can walking provide electrical energy?

This is more of a theoretical question, but is it possible to convert the energy you use to walk into electrical energy to say, power a light bulb?
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Can I applicate the law of action and reaction on energy?

It is clear that if you push on some object, there is reaction of the same force. But is it the same energy? Thanks a lot.
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Molecules and electrons energy types

What are the types of energy that an atom or a molecule could have? For example they have kinetic energy, could they also have other types?
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The relationship between the energy and amplitude of a wave? Derivation?

From multiple online sources I read that $$E \propto A^2$$ but when I mentioned this in class, my teacher told me I was wrong and that it was directly proportional to amplitude instead. As far as I ...
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Composition of kinetic energy

As kinetic energy is the "energy of motion", it cannot exist without matter. However, the energy in an E/M wave can. I understand that E/M waves have been described in structure as electrical and ...
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Is the potential energy of molecules related to its temperature? [duplicate]

Do ideal gases have a certain potential energy at a certain temperature?
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Why do electrons and protons attract each other? [duplicate]

In the end, are they not a condensed form of energy? I want the 'Why' to go as far as it takes. Where it ends? What are the constituents of the electron and proton, that make them attract each ...
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Do ideal gases at zero Kelvin have potential energy?

Do ideal gases at zero Kelvin have potential energy?
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Classical disintegration of particles, Landau-Lifshitz series on Physics

i read Landau's book recently. In this book p.43 Landau says from (16.1) (16.2) can be write down $T_10$= $p_0^2$/2$m_1$=($M-m_1$)($E_i-E_1i-E_i'$)/$M$ For me, it is hard to understand the factor ...
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Where does energy in a field come from?

Let us consider for example Earth's gravitational field. If we put a ball somewhere in this field, the ball starts to accelerate due to the gravitational force exerted on it. I understand the ...
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Why aren't solar panels efficient?

Why can't solar panels produce 1 Kw per 1 square meter? This is the energy of the Sun's radiation per square meter on Earth but solar panels don't come close. Why can't we trap all that energy? ...
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Resource(s) for developing a good understanding of surface tension?

I have read through several junior undergraduate level explanations of surface tension. Here is a typical presentation at that level: Molecules at the surface of a fluid experience approximately ...
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Melting ice in a tray in space shuttle

We have an ice cube in a tray in a space shuttle. As the ice cube melts, the centre of mass shifts downward, so the tray should move downward to maintain the position of the centre of mass. Now, some ...
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What becomes of the massive clouds expelled from Quasars?

What becomes of the massive clouds expelled from Quasar jets? Do they simply disperse into intergalactic diffuse clouds? Or do they on occasion have enough gravity to hold together and or collapse? If ...
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Why doesn't the potential energy of any object equal 0

Consider a particle on the ground. This particle is raised by a force of magnitude $mg$ to a height $h$ above the ground. At this point, the work done on the particle by the force is $mgh$, which is ...
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The velocity of light changes from one medium to another, but does its energy change?

Does energy of light change when a light travels from a medium to another of different optical density?
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Where is the energy lost in a spring?

Thinking about springs, and their extensions, I recently came to a confusion which I hope this wonderful community can help me solve. The question is this. When the block is initially attached to ...
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Would sea water moderate a nuclear submarine meltdown?

My son asked me: If nuclear submarines get sunk or blown up, what is to stop them going into nuclear meltdown? I thought about it and came to the conclusion that because they're in the sea the ...
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Where does an object get kinetic energy?

Where does an object "obtain" kinetic energy? I understand that an object often gets kinetic energy from another object. Where does the first object get the energy?
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Potential energy of the human body if all its atoms were split

I am working on a sci-fi story in which a character has control over matter on the atomic level (think Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen). In thinking up potential tragedies for this character I thought, ...
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What is the nature of energy? [duplicate]

In science fiction adventures, spacecraft are sometime equipped with "energy beams", i.e. devices that can project pure energy unassociated with matter. Is this possible? Is energy a "thing" in the ...
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Is heat energy from electronics wasted in the winter? [duplicate]

In the winter, are not all electronics heating the house - thus no energy is wasted? Considering the energy I'm paying for: If I leave my computer running while I'm out, how much energy is actually ...
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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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Which electron gets which energy level?

Electrons sit in different energy levels of an atom, the farther the higher energy is. Every electrons have the same structure, they can gain energy from environment, electrons which gained energy ...
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How come weight doesn't affect the rebound height on a net?

According to my text book two unequal masses, (80kg and 50kg) fall on a net and the work done by that net is calculated by $\frac{1}{2}kx^2$. This work is then transformed into kinetic energy for both ...
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How does water falling down a waterfall gain energy?

I'm kind of a noob in the physics area. But I know that energy cannot be created, it can only be transferred. So how and what "type" of energy does water get when free-falling?
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Energy transfer in elastic collision [duplicate]

In a given reference frame where object 1 (with known mass and velocity) collides elastically with object 2 (with known mass and velocity), can we identify which object loses kinetic energy? Is it ...