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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Capturing kinetic energy of air molecules

How small a hole we can make on a 1mm thick metal plate? Can we make a hole slightly bigger than the diameter of the air molecule? If possible, can we make a small one way 'turnstile' inside the hole ...
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Why does a wind turbine have only three blades?

Why not four or five or even more? Intuitively, the more leaves the more power. So, what is the reason?
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How does an inductor store magnetic energy?

I am trying to figure out what the potential energy of an inductor with a current really means. In a capacitor, the energy stored works like this: if you let the plates attract each other, before ...
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Understanding sine waveform [on hold]

I want to study the basics of propagating a periodic signal, i.e. sine waveform, which is a power signal. Let us consider an alternating current and write its expression as $$I(t) = I_m \sin(2\pi f ...
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Why is wave energy zero at maximum deviation?

The equation for the energy density of a longitudinal wave in a thin rod is $$w = \rho\cdot \left(\frac{\partial \xi}{\partial t}\right)^2$$ So the energy density seems to be 0 when the deviation ...
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What is all energy made of? [duplicate]

I know it sounds like a weird question to ask but I find it unusual nobody has actually told me. I know what it does but not what it is... I have some kind of idea that it's actually matter and matter ...
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What is the kinetic energy of a proton as it is falling towards the core of the star?

Given: Star's mass = $1.99e10^{30}kg$ Type II supernova occurs (in a simple form: the outer layers of the star fall into the now inactive core at speeds of 126000km/s) $10^{44}$ joules of energy is ...
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Gibbs free energy intuition

What is Gibbs free energy? As my book explains: Gibbs energy is the energy of a system available for work. So, what does it want to tell? Why is it free? Energy means ability to do work. What is ...
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Why do solar panels not have focusing mirrors?

Most of the solar panels that I have seen do not have any mirrors, etc., but usually solar cookers have mirrors. What is the reason for solar panels not having focusing mirrors?
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Can the Betz limit be overcome?

The Betz Limit states that the energy extracted from a turbine can be no more than $\frac{16}{27}^{th}$ of the energy present in the wind flowing through it. Extracting more energy would make make the ...
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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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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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Work done by friction on a body?

I know that when a body slides over a surface, the work done by friction is not stored as potential energy in the body. It is dissipated in the form of heat. But why is it not stored as potential ...
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Kinetic Energy and reference frame

Two space ships A and B moving through space in the same direction. Space ship A moves 2m/s faster than B, its weight is 1kg and it has a 2 Watt engine. It is accelerating with full power for one ...
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What fills the space between the galaxies, stars and planets? [duplicate]

What fills the space between the galaxies, stars and planets with the exception of gas clouds, dust, atoms, elementary particles and electromagnetic radiation? What the authoritative opinions exist on ...
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Will my induction hob be powerful enough? [on hold]

I'm looking to buy an induction hob to heat some water and I would like to know if its going to be powerful enough. If so, can it be done in, say, 1 hour? Additionally, what power rating could I go ...
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Energy and momentum of a relativistic electron

The question is to find the magnitude, $p$ of the electron's momentum in the unit of MeV/$c$, given that the kinetic energy of the electron is 2.53 MeV. The answer provided by the book says, ...
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Feynman Lectures: Why a non-reversible weight lifting machine cannot lift higher that a reversible one?

Consider weight-lifting machines—machines which have the property that they lift one weight by lowering another. Let us also make a hypothesis: that there is no such thing as perpetual motion ...
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Preventing Heat Escape

Is is possible to completely prevent heat from escaping from a closed container? Here is a diagram of vacuum flask, which tries to implement the design - Vacuum Flask prevents heat from escaping ...
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Can a photon have little to no energy and/or speed?

Can a photon move more slowly than the speed of light and behave 'non-relativistically,' so to speak. Perhaps another way to express my thought is: could we stop a photon from moving?
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Derivative of kinetic energy [closed]

I read that the derivative of kinetic energy=$F\cdot v$. I tried to differentiate (1/2) mv^2 with respect to time but each time I am getting $m*v$ and not $m*a*v$ which solves to $F*v$. My efforts are ...
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What time of day to run the air conditioner? [closed]

I live in the Rocky Mountain West, where the summer temperature fluctuation from low to high is typically 30-40 degree F. We have a seldom used house on the market. We would like the temperature 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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Why is work done $F$ applied over a distance energy? [closed]

Why is $E=(1/2)mv^2$ named energy? It doesn't seem intuitive to me to call it such.
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Relationship between Fermi Energy and Average Energy

Electrons are in a one dimensional box of length 2L. What is the relationship between Ef, the fermi energy and E, the average energy? The answer is Ef/3 I looked up the formula for the relationship: ...
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Is possible to synthesize diamond at relatively lower pressures (6 to 7 GPa vs 12 GPa)?

Pure binderless nanopolycrystalline diamond can be produced from graphite when the graphite is treated with more than 12 GPa pressure and at least 2100°C temperature . If we treated graphite or ...
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Positivity of Total Gravitational Energy in GR

I read the following statement in the introduction to an article: Over the last 30 years, one of the greatest achievements in classical general relativity has certainly been the proof of the ...
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Coin rolling, but not sliding. Kinetic energy

A homogeneous coin of mass M rolls, without sliding, along the x-axis with the axis of rotation being parallel to the z-axis. Let $\Theta$ be moment of inertia regarding that axis and $\vec{V}$ be ...
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Equipartition theorem and virial theorem differences?

The classical virial theorem and the classical equipartition theorem are clearly related. A version of the virial theorem is, \begin{equation} \bigg\langle \sum ^{3N}_{i=1} x_i\frac{\partial ...
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If you double the mass of a moving object - is its kinetic energy quadrupled?

My colleagues and I were having a layman conversation about fuel consumption of boats vs planes etc. I was pointing out that according to the formula $$ E_k = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 $$ if you double the ...
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Cylinder inside a cylinder - moment of inertia

A homogeneous cylinder with radius a and mass m rolls in a hollow cylinder with radius R. Determine the kinetic energy of the cylinder as function of $\dot{\theta}$. I'm sorry for ...
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Cylinder rotating inside another cylinder. [duplicate]

A homogeneous cylinder with radius a and mass m rolls in a hollow cylinder with radius R. Determine the kinetic energy of the cylinder as function of $\dot{\theta}$. I'm sorry for ...
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Isolation of a Physical System and Energy

I'm trying to grasp basic concepts of energy and i have a little doubt regarding conservation of energy. According to Feynman book and Wikipedia, the Law of Conservation of Energy states that ...
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Cylinderception. Rotation [duplicate]

A homogeneous cylinder with radius a and mass m rolls in a hollow cylinder with radius R. Determine the kinetic energy of the cylinder as function of $\dot{\theta}$. Alright, I found this ...
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Relationship between gravitational time dilation and energy?

The rate that a stationary clock slows down near a massive object, relative to one far away, can be read off from the Schwartzschild metric: ...
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Optimal size of a windmill for a given windspeed

Here is the problem: Assume that you have some constant wind speed. I want to run a windmill but I need to decide how big a windmill I want. The size is characterized by the length of the blades, $r$. ...
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Perpetual Mobile and Gravitation

I have fundamental question about what is called the “law of conservation of energy”. We all hear about the tidal power stations which using the tidal power. The source of the tidal power came from ...
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How does liquid convert to gas on getting thermal heat energy?

Say for example, when we heat, water converts to steam gas. How does it happen? What happens underneath giving rise to breaking of bond between molecules in liquid state and spreading them in gas ...
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Total energy of neutrons and protons

In a stable nucleus, are the total energies of neutrons and protons same?
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Question about kinetic energy

I have a question about kinetic energy: Imagine two vehicles with velocities $v_1$ going at $30 \frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$ and $v_2$ at $50\frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$. If they hit each other, will ...
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Mathematical expression of energy storage

I don't know if anyone can help out there, but I guess it won't hurt to ask!! I'm trying to develop an idea which is as follows. Put simply, imagine a flat sheet of material which, when distorted ...
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Plot of fusion energy output growth? [closed]

What would a chart of energy output of elements of mass X fused with hydrogen look like? What about X fused with X?
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Interaction Energy vs Force

I'm having a hard time determining the relationship/differences between interaction energy and forces. Say we have a system of two charged particles. Each particle will exert a force on each other ...
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Reactor for electrical energy design base assumption inefficient?

Im no physicist or engineer but as I observe our methods to obtain electrical energy I noticed a pattern where we cause a exothermic reaction, the resulting energy heats water, that turns into vapor, ...
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Is it possible for man to break Earth into 2 parts? [closed]

Many countries have extreme devastating nuclear weapons. Also they have weapons in very large numbers. I want to ask that Is it possible for man to break earth into 2 parts with the help ...
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question regarding work energy theorem [closed]

The question says A smooth track in the for of a quarter circle of radius 6 lies in the vertical plane. A ring of weight 4N moves from $P_1$ to $P_2$ under forces $F_1$,$F_2$ and $F_3$. $F_1$ is ...
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Integers, energy levels, and wavenumbers for a particle in a 2D box

I have written a program that allows the user to plot the energy vs the wave number of particle in a 2D box, depending on what values for the integers $p$ and $q$ they desire. The energy $E_{p q}$ ...
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What is the equation to calculate the strength and radius of an electromagnetic pulse?

With this interesting answer on the blast force of a uniformly charged electron sphere, came another interesting question. What would be the strength and blast radius of an EMP launched from such a ...
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relation between potential energy, kinetic energy and sound energy of water

When water flows its PE gets converted into KE so what causes its KE to get converted into sound energy and what the difference will occur in its sound if it is provided with a parallel surface?
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How much energy is saved when using luggage with wheels? [closed]

How much energy is saved when using luggage with wheels as opposed to carrying the luggage? Thanks.