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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conversion of units

I have two quantities thst I need to convert to different units. First, I need to note that these values are in the natural units system. Both of these quantities are in cm^-1 (or, to be accurate, ...
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How much energy does lowering an object into a black hole generate?

An object of mass m is slowly lowered into a black hole of mass 1000 m. Is the amount of braking energy larger than $0.6 mc^2$? Now what if, after lowering the mass close to the event horizon, we ...
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How to solve this energy problem using trends related to impulse and momentum? [on hold]

The question runs a 1kg block moves with a speed of 10 m/s. It strikes a spring that has a spring constant of 25 N/m. Determine the maximum compression of spring. The energy way of solving ...
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How is the kinetic energy of an object in collision converted to work done in deforming itself?

Usually, in a perfectly inelastic collision, maximum amount of KE is lost. I guess it depends on the rigidity of that object collision if any KE at all will be converted to work done to deform. ...
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What's Wrong With This Quantum Analogy?

"Sometimes the idea of the quantum is compared to the units we use for money. A dollar can be divided into smaller units, where the cent is the smallest possible unit." A question I came ...
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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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Is average kinetic energy equal to the total thermal energy of a gas?

"Average KE" as in this equation: $$K_{average} = \frac{3}{2} kT$$ Since potential energy in ideal gas model is eliminated, I guess this equation is also for the total thermal energy of a gas/a ...
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Why we can't define energy in accelerating frame?

In my old unanswered question about accelerating frame, I have found (later after editing that question), that one of the keys is that energy is not defined in accelerating frame. What I do not ...
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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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Proof of relativistic kinetic energy [on hold]

In the picture there is a proof of what the difference in kinetic energy is for a particle under a force $\vec{F}$ in relativistic mechanics. The derivation is given in terms of seven steps. 1)The ...
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The correspondence of potential energy with reality

I'm a bit in doubt about whether the concept of potential energy has any correspondence to the real world. Real world entities can't change their magnitude in an instant, nor without being affected ...
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Does a mass falling towards the earth obey conservation of energy?

I'm trying to grasp basic concepts of energy and I have a question regarding conservation of energy. According to Feynman's book and Wikipedia, the law of conservation of energy states that ...
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How is finite energy spread wholly in the infinite universe

We all know that energy is never lost, but it transforms into another form. Doesn't that mean that energy is not unlimited? I mean, why is it that way if it was infinite? However, if energy is spread ...
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What is “pure energy” in matter-antimatter annihilation made of?

I used to read the term "pure energy" in the context of matter-antimatter annihilation. Is the "pure energy" spoken of photons? Is it some form of heat? Some kind of particles with mass? ...
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Is it possible to calculate the energy of a spark?

I am not a physicist, but this question came to me and I need to answer it, and I think that you guys can help me. Actually my question is just like in the title. Is it possible to calculate the ...
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Concerning infinite energy and the speed of light [on hold]

From Wikipedia: "Under the special theory of relativity, a particle (that has rest mass) with subluminal velocity needs infinite energy to accelerate to the speed of light, to accelerate beyond the ...
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Is there a formula/relationship between $q$, $m$, $c$, $\Delta T$ and $t$ (time)?

I am currently doing an experiment where I am burning methanol to test for the heat of combustion. To test this, I am heating 100g of water and raising it by 20 degrees Celsius before extinguishing ...
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How much energy is released per unit mass from depressurizing degenerate matter?

A neutron star remnant consists mostly of neutron degenerate matter. If you happened to suddenly have 1 kg of it in your lap without the pressure necessary to keep it degenerate, I suppose it would ...
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Is Dark Energy and or Dark Matter directly proportional to EMR? [on hold]

Is Dark Energy directly proportional to Electromagnetic radiation (EM radiation or EMR)?
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Energy and Matter Interchangeability [closed]

Einstein is regarded to be one of the most brilliant minds partly for the equation E = mc^2. In addition to quantifying the relationship between the two, he was the first to introduce the idea that ...
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Why do almost all nuclear reactions release energy?

I'm just wondering why almost all nuclear reactions release energy, in a typical way, the mass defect is transformed into energy ? Is there a nuclear reaction that gains mass (resp. energy)? or most ...
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Dynamics of a Vertical Mass-Spring Simple Harmonic Oscillator with Gravity

I am having some trouble obtaining the elastic potential energy and gravitational potential energy of a simple mass spring system. In this experiment, masses attached to a spring were dropped from a ...
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seperate engines working vs single engine

What is more fuel efficient: Two identical cars running at 50mph or one being tied to the other and only the first dragging both at 50mph? Or what requires less fuel: Two cars to start from stop and ...
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Black holes – Irrotational vortex or Rigid-body-like vortex

As light enters a Black hole – does the light enter as “Irrotational vortex” or as “Rigid-body-like vortex”? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorticity Thank You
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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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Explanation of force amplification inside a solenoid

For a system being actuated by a motor, the force can be amplified by gearing. The energy is being used for force instead of distance, so it produces more torque but moves slower. For a system being ...
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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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Why are force, momentum, and kinetic energy derivatives of each other [closed]

Force $ma$ is the rate of change of momentum, or the derivative of momentum with respect to time $$\frac{d}{dt} mv = ma = F$$. Kinetic energy is the integral of momentum with respect to velocity: ...
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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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Having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively

I'm having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively. This is what I'm solid on so far: If you have a ball rolling down a hill, it loses potential energy and gains kinetic energy. ...
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Why do particles in a medium have different speeds?

If thermal conduction occurs because of particles colliding with each other and imparting kinetic energy to each other, won’t the particles of an isolated medium collide with each other until the ...
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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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Proportionality constant in crater equations

I have searched for equations regarding craters and I came across two of them. The first one is from this NOAO website in the level two section. There, it says that, $$ D^3\propto E $$ where $E$ is ...
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What exactly is work?

What exactly is work? My book confuses me: a force can lift an object to a height h, or it can accelerate an object through gravity. In all these cases, a force displaces an object and change the ...
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A block sliding down a ramp lab (with friction), I keep getting a higher final energy than initial

A block of 55 g is sliding down a ramp of 35 degrees of inclination. The hypotenuse of the ramp is 63 cm and the height is 36 cm. vi = 0 as the block starts at rest. I did 3 trials of letting the ...
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How do electrons get the energy to jump from one orbital to the next when in stationary orbits the electron does not radiate energy

My Question is how do electrons get energy/lose energy to jump up or down an orbital as in a stationary orbit they do not gain energy and their energy is finite?
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How is energy dissipated in a travelling em wave

How is energy dissipated in a travelling em wave. Will there be any dissipation if it were to travel trough vaccum ?
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Work-energy theorem? [duplicate]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How ...
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Work energy theorem problems [duplicate]

The initial kinetic energy of an object moving on a horizontal surface is K.Friction between the object and the surface causes the velocity of the object to decrease uniformly to zero in time,t.How do ...
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What is the work done?

A painter uses 1.93kJ of mechanical energy to pull on the rope and lift a 20kg paint barrel at constant speed to a height of 7.5m above the ground. How much work was done lifting the paint barrel? ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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Is Information a potential or kinetic kind of energy?

It is said that the law of least action is that nature tries to convert potential energy into kinetic one as fast as possible. Information can't be thought without a physical realisation, see here. ...
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Electric Potential Between Two Like Charges

At the point horizontally across and equidistant from the centers of the two charges (also oriented horizontally), what is the electric potential? At that point, the electric field of the first charge ...
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Lennard Jones Total system energy [closed]

i am trying to implement/extend an implementation of Lennard-Jones potential simulation regarding Xenon molecules (for curious ones, the code can be found here functions (force_naive->lj_force)). ...
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Energy spent climbing a flight of stairs

I would like to know whether there is any difference in the energy consumed in climbing a flight of stairs, if the steps are taken one at a time vs taking them 2 at a time
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Sufficient conditions for the energy to be not conserved?

I'm almost embarrased to ask this question because I thought I was by now very confident with classical mechanics. Someone has stated that given a mechanical system with a Lagrangian $L$ s.t. ...
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Work done by friction on a ball flying through air [closed]

A baseball of mass 145 g leaves a pitcher’s hand at 150km/hr, but due to constant air resistance, it arrives at home plate 20.0m away traveling at 145km/hr Assume that the magnitude of the ball’s ...
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Mutual capacitance upper limit

I am having trouble making an analog for mutual capacitance from mutual inductance. In circuits with magnetic coupling, there is an upper limit established on mutual inductance due to energy ...
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Proof of conservation of energy?

How is it proved to be always true? It's a fundamental principle in Physics, that is based on all of our currents observations of multiple systems in the universe, is it always true to all systems? ...
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Conservation of energy in a moving frame

I know a similar question has been asked but i'm still kind of stumped. Imagine the earth on the left and a small mass to it's right separated by some distance h. You are in the frame of reference ...