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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Nuclear to Electricity Energy Conversion

Currently nuclear power generates heat, which heats water into steam that turns conventional turbines. The energy conversion is as follows: photonic->heat->kinetic->electric This would result in low ...
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Is there a theorem which specifies the state (with energy $E$) with maximum entanglement?

Does there exist any theorem in quantum information which states that the particular state with energy $E$ is the state with maximum entanglement (or discord) among all possible state with the same ...
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Curious about headphones [on hold]

So I'm trying to learn more about headphones. I have a small piston that is in a small sealed volume (the earcup, say it is $25\, cc$). And there is a front volume between the piston and the ear (...
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Efficiency of engine in the case non-boundary work done on the system

The engine efficiency is defined as $$\eta = \frac{W_{\mathrm{produced}}}{Q_{\mathrm{absorbed}}}\tag{1}$$ But suppose that, in one of the processes that takes place in the cycle of an engine that ...
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Kinetic energy of a Tesla model S discrepancy

According to Tesla, the model S weighs 1961 kg and uses 237.5 watt hours (855000 Joules) to drive one km. However, when I plug this amount of energy and 1000 meters into the formula W=FD, I get the ...
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Energy conservation of permanent magnets engine

How to explain the fact that magnet can attract an object (apply a work W) without losing a (significant) part of its internal energy? How to apply the energy conservation principle? Please think to ...
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Number of electrons in conduction band

As mentioned in a previous question, the number of electrons in conduction band in a semiconductor can be computed as follows: $$N = \int_{E_c}^{+\infty} g_c(E)f(E)dE$$ where $g_c(E)$ is the density ...
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How is the energy efficiency in bicycles accounted for? [duplicate]

Bikes are more efficient than walking, but that's only because roads are flat so wheels make sense, right? Does it make sense to say that this fact is simply gained by putting a lot of energy into ...
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Can two different objects or system of molecules have different temperatures, but having same internal kinetic energy?

If I take an extreme case, where a body has only an internal potential energy with zero internal kinetic energy, does this body have a temperature? Another question related to it: if two objects A and ...
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Where is the flaw in this machine that decreases the entropy of a closed system?

I was thinking about a completely unrelated problem (Quantum Field Theory Peskin & Schroeder kind of unrelated!) when the diagram below sprang into my mind for no apparent reason. After some ...
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Electric vs permanent magnets for alternator (turbine generator) [on hold]

Here's what I know about rotating electric generators (alternators?): they spin permanent magnets on rotor alongside stationary wire coils or vice versa (sync vs async designs) produce 1 or 3 phase ...
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Energy needed for Superman to take off and fly at the speed of sound

I just watched "Man of Steel", and I'm wondering if my logic is correct. Let's assume Superman is 80 kg. The energy required to take off from the rest to reach the speed of sound in air (if I neglect ...
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The ADM Energy of Gravitational Waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of Gravitational Waves.And they said the result ...
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What happens to the energy of fermions when a degenerate gas forms?

For example, when an electron degenerate gas forms, two electrons (of opposite spins) occupy each of the lowest possible energy states up to the Fermi energy. This is because of the Pauli exclusion ...
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Is the energy needed for a current through a straight and a coiled wire different?

When you add current to a straight piece of wire does it use less electricity than if it was coiled? Does the curve of the wire and proximity to itself make a difference in energy consumption?
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General expression of internal energy change in a closed system

let's say we have a classical closed system. What I've understood is that during a reversibile process the internal energy $E$ undergoes a change which could be expressed (as generally as possible) as ...
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Equivalent beam rigidity for a 1D lattice structure

To model the behavior of continua, often discrete lattice models with nodes joined by 2-point spring elements (which resist tensile forces) and 3-point beam elements (which resist bending moments) are ...
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If you lift something does the internal energy increase or remain unchanged?

So change in internal energy $\Delta U = q + w$; so in lifting an object you do work on it, thus increasing its internal energy. Is this correct? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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Relation between entropy and internal energy

I am confused as to what is the relation between entropy and internal energy. Entropy is always presented as a measure of the randomness in a system. So when we supply heat to a well insulated system ...
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Horizontal rolling without slipping

I'm trying to find the friction coefficient that makes the body roll without slipping but I just can't reach a value. The force is applied on a small central disk of radius $r=0,03\, m$ and mass $m=0,...
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When water turns to steam at 100 degrees Celsius why does both the internal and potential energy increase?

I thought during this transition only the potential energy increases as energy is used to weaken the van Der Waal forces between the molecules. And that the internal energy is only dependent on the ...
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Why does positive work done by internal conservative forces $\implies$ decrease of potential energy?

Potential energy can be thought as the amount of work that the force can potentially do on the point because of its position. $$W=-\Delta U=U_{initial}-U_{final}$$ A positive work done by a force ...
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Are electrons packets of energies made up of strings? [closed]

I always wondered that if electron was a packet of energy it would hold true for most of the experiments and we won't need to deal with wave particle duality anymore,but then matter came in.what if ...
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Work and energy example [duplicate]

The normal definition of Work, as far as I have read, is: Energy is transferred through work. But I just heard an educationist state this example, where there is a weightlifter who keeps up a huge ...
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Force applies to sphere not on center of mass?

Is this true: When force is applied to a sphere NOT on center of mass (COM) then the sphere will move the same way as when force is ON center of mass, because the sphere is symmetric in every ...
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How much realistically usable energy can be obtained from matter/antimatter interaction?

The high energy density of a matter/antimatter system is well known. However, depending on the nature of the material, most of the energy from the interaction is released in the form of photons (...
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Is it possible in this Universe to communicate a bit of information with energy that scales sub-linearly with distance?

If we look at all the ways that people do communicate information, they all seem to have a cost "at least linear in distance." For example, communicating over a wire has attenutation, so the energy ...
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Mechanical energy in an harmonic wave and in normal modes

I think I miss something about energy of a mechanical wave. In absence of dissipation the mechanical energy transported by an harmonic wave is constant. $$E=\frac{1}{2} A^2 \omega^2 m$$ But, while ...
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Fermi Dirac distribution and degenerate energy states

In Quantum Mechanics and in semiconductor materials, the number of electrons $N$ in conduction band is usually computed as follows: $$N = \int_{E_c}^{+\infty} g_c(E)f(E)dE$$ where $g_c(E)$ is the ...
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Physical interpretation of distances

Suppose we have a universe with only two distinguishable particles, neglecting gravitation. These particles start off next to each-other, ostensibly "touching" each-other and at rest. If it takes ...
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How to calculate the heat transfer rate between the liquid and the gas?

Let water (liquid) be in a chamber (with no heat transfer to the walls). The gas is the residual space above the liquid, meaning that the contact surface is the surface of the water. Given the gas ...
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Work energy theorem explanation

So there is this problem in my head, it may seem very simple, but I need an answer. The problem is, we have some object, and we apply a force by our hands with a constant speed from a position (1) to ...
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Density of states from $k$ to $E$

Speaking about Quantum mechanics, considering the "particle in a box" condition as an approximation of the electrons condition in a semiconductor, let the material be represented by a volume $V$ with ...
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Do we have a better understanding of what energy is since Feynman's time?

When lecturing about conservation of energy in the 1960s, Richard Feynman remarked: It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is. We do not have a ...
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Do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values in semiconductors?

In energy band diagram of a semiconductor, do energy levels such as $E_c$, $E_v$ have negative values? Also, why electrons in semiconductor have energy? What is the formula for energy of an ...
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Why can't we harness gravity? [closed]

We harness solar energy with constant supply of light but not with gravity. Why? What are the latest developments that can harness gravity? Why do Perpetual machines fail?
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How does the nature of bonding between individual atoms in a molecule affect the van der Waal interactions between molecules?

I am currently studying certain materials. Some of these materials have ionic bonds, while some others have covalent bonds. Moreover, each unit of these materials interacts with the adjacent unit via ...
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Why a positive voltage raises the potential energy of a positive charge and lowers the energy of a negative charge?

I am reading the relation between energy diagram and V, E (electric filed) in a semiconductor from the site (page 47-48). However, I don't quite understand this sentence below. Could anyone explain ...
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How to compute this change of Gibbs energy for a Van der Waals gas?

The change of Gibbs energy at constant temperature and species numbers, $\Delta G$, is given by an integral $\int_{p_1}^{p_2}V\,{\mathrm d}p$. For the ideal gas law $$p\,V=n\,RT,$$ this comes down to ...
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Does a measurement always require the exchange of energy?

Can you measure something about something without adding or removing energy from it? This comment has got me wondering if there is a way to measure a property or a quantity of something without some ...
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How to apply conservation of energy to active noise-cancelling headphones?

Active noise-cancelling headphones add the opposite waveforms of the ambient sound in order to cancel out this ambient sound by destructive interference. I do not understand why adding more power in ...
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Explain confinement energy for a particle in a box

What is a "particle in a box"? How does confinement energy equal kinetic energy? How does confinement energy relate to the spectrum energy (the absortion/emission between energy)?
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Dissipation and first law of thermodynamics

Consider the following situation: a certain gas is contained in a well-insulated cylinder with a well-insulated piston head. Now, in this case the piston is not frictionless. In order for the piston ...
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Energy density with complex permittivity?

Question What is the correct form of the energy density when we have a complex permittivity (such as in a dielectric)? Additional information A complex permittivity means that we have: $$\vec ...
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Explanation for the spectrum of the sun?

My Question is, why exactely does the intensity vanish below 240 nm ? If i look at the plank's law, obviously the intensity for $\lambda \rightarrow 0$ and $\lambda \rightarrow \infty$ will vanish, ...
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Ignoring constant potential energy

The reason why constant potential energy terms are dropped is because the derivative of a constant is zero. And since force is the gradient of potential energy, constant terms won't change what the ...
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How much energy was consumed when we turn on/off light?

My parents told me to turn off the light when I am not using it. But I remember my physics teacher told me that the action of turning on/off a light can cause huge energy. I am wondering how much is ...
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Where does energy go in the death of the Universe?

So I thought that energy can't be destroyed or created but can only be transformed into another kind of energy. I read something about the Universe dying because all the stars will burn out and the ...
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Joule's “Work-Heat Equivalent” Experiment

I have been reading about the Joule's experiment that is supposed to have shown that work is the equivalent of heat. I can't really find the original paper and I am finding trouble understanding how ...
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how do electrons in 2 separate atoms change its energy level when atoms come close together to form molecule?

The question is just as the title. It's said that electron must receive a specific amount of energy in order to go or drop to another energy level. So how can electrons of separate atoms which have ...