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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Homework guidance

I don't know where else to place this comment because I think I deleted my earlier question. This afternoon I asked a question about whether or not it was feasible for a gust of wind to alter the ...
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Are mechanical energy of an element of a rope and energy density constant in the case of mechanical waves?

I'm confused about energy driven by a wave. Consider a sinousoidal wave moving in a rope. In my view each element $dm$ of the rope follows a simple harmonic motion in time. That means that the ...
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Double Integrals of Force

I took AP Physics C and Multivariable Calculus last year, and noticed something interesting. For non-relativistic particles in one dimension:$$F=\frac{\partial p}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial ...
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What gives a mass the ability to do work?

What gives a mass on the fundamental level the ability to do work? If you push an electrically charged mass against a mass with is charged with much more electricity (of the same charge) how is the ...
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Confusion in understanding of quantum fluctuations and vacuum energy

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding what exactly is meant by a quantum fluctuation of a quantum field and its relation to the vacuum energy attributed to such a field. Is the point, that due ...
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Do we mean with 'pure energy' the force-carrying particles? [on hold]

I often read, hear and talk about pure energy. What is meant by this? Does pure energy consists of the forces between matter, or the force mediating particles, like the massless photons and gluon? I ...
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Energy Transferred to a Spring by a Time Dependent Force (using Fourier Transformations)

I found an excersice in Byron-Fuller's: "Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics", about the energy which is transferred to a spring by a time depended force of the form: $F(t)=\left\{ ...
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Why can't energy be created or destroyed?

My physics instructor told the class, when lecturing about energy, that it can't be created or destroyed. Why is that? Is there a theory or scientific evidence that proves his statement true or ...
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Do solids have translational energy?

Along with having vibrational energy, do both crystalline and amorphous solids also have translational energy? I ask because I've always understood solids to have just vibrational motion/energy. But ...
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Calculating mechanical motion/velocity of a pendulum/swing? [on hold]

I am a bit new to this so sorry if I mess anything up. Just needed some help with this question. A mom puts her 20kg son into a swing seat and pulls him back so he is 3.00m vertically to the lowest ...
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How much heat can ULF RF waves can generate? [on hold]

How much heat can ULF RF waves can generate? Can the heat generated from RF waves burn of insects wings which are in flying state?
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Energon: is it possible?

I'm always quite curious about the "Energy cube" in Transformers, or namely Energon. Is it really possible to store energy, such as electricity, into such a compact form? safe to distribution, and ...
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Blocks releasing heat energy [on hold]

If you had two blocks, two different sizes yet the same temperature. Which one would release the most energy in the shortest amount of time and why?
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Why does light bend?

I have just read about dispersion of light by a prism and the thing which i donnot understand is that WHY does the light bend at all? Through prisms and slabs? I came to know that red light has the ...
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Difference between energy loss at high voltage and high current

When reading about power transmission one very common statement is that power is transmitted at high voltage to minimize loss in the form of heat. What confuses me is the governing equation. Aren't ...
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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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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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Is the concept of work only defined in mechanics?

I'm studying energy and work, so far it looks like work only makes sense in kinematics (objects that move), but energy makes sense in many other ways (electric, thermodynamic, mechanic). Is work a ...
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Finding the stored potential energy in a uniformly charged solid sphere

my question is finding the energy stored in a charged solid sphere. I believe I have the correct answer with: E=(4π/3)ρR^3 A uniformly charged solid sphere has a charge density ρ and radius R. Find ...
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surface charge on a resistive wire in dc circuit

I want to understand how does the energy transfered from battery to the resistor in a simple dc circuit . I readed that it is due to the surface charge the battery creats on the wire . So why this ...
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Energy in a sound wave possible error?

In a certain text discussing longitudinal waves it stated that for a sound wave, both the kinetic energy and potential energy are maximum at the same time. I always thought that the potential energy ...
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Finding the max height of a ball launched as a projectile using work-energy

A ball is launched as a projectile with initial speed $v$ at an angle $\theta$ above the horizontal. Using conservation of energy, find the maximum height $h_\text{max}$ of the ball's flight. Express ...
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Ground state energy of spin 1 particle

So I have this Hamiltonian for a particle with spin 1: $$ H=aS_{z}^2+\frac{\hbar\omega}{\sqrt2}S_{x}$$ where ($a$ and $\omega$ both real constants): $$ S_{z}=\hbar\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 ...
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Why can't we destroy energy?

From a wikipedia article: In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system cannot change—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither ...
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What is the relation between Force, Physical Strength,Enery and Work?

I am sorry ,but, I am not much of science or a physics guy, if this question sounds stupid. Anyways, what is the relation between all of them. Like for example, does applying more force means more ...
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Model/formula for bouncing ball

I'm programming an animation of a bouncing ball, and I want it to be as realistic as possible. I fully understand the physics while the ball is rising and falling: It accelerates downward at 9.8 ...
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Conduction bands and Valence Bands, so do electrons really exist in Conduction bands?

My understanding is that conduction bands are energy bands created from the electrons in the valence shells/bands absorbing energy to jump to the next level (is this true)? Now, do the conduction ...
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The velocity of the charged particle in the magnetic field [duplicate]

Enrico Fermi considered that moving charged particle gains energy in the magnetic field, so its velocity increases. According to the Lorentz Law $\vec F=q\vec v\times\vec B$. Work is $A=\vec ...
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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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How do I describe and calculate the effect of an impacting object?

My lab studies the physiology of impact injury on biological tissues. I use a pneumatic cylinder to impart injury into a biological sample and then assess the molecular and physiological changes in ...
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Do human bodies give off a consistent but unique radiation/electromagnetic/energy signature?

Is there any facet of the energy emitted by a human body that is consistent and unique - like a fingerprint, but a signal that could be detected by a remote device?
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Conservation of energy in a sound wave

I have two ultrasonic transducers, an emitter and a receiver, and I'd like to know how the energy of the spherical wave is conserved. I guess the energy is proportional to its amplitude and it ...
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Regarding (regular) kinetic energy and rotational kinetic energy

In my physics class we saw this problem: A disc of mass $M$ and radius $r$ is standing vertically and can rotate freely through an axis thats goes through its center of mass. A small particle of ...
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What is the cause of discrete or quantized energy levels in an atom? [duplicate]

I understand how it is that electrons move from one energy state to another, however I've not been able to find anywhere that describes why an atom has any particular states. Why should an atom of ...
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Is flow energy the same as work?

Studying thermodynamics I face this following text from Cengel's book. Throttling valves are usually small devices, and the flow through them may be assumed to be adiabatic (q = 0) since there is ...
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Why does an electron shell further away from nucleus has higher energy level?

Using electrical potential energy $V=\frac{1}{4\pi \varepsilon_0} \frac{Q_1 Q_2}{r}$ , a particle further away from nucleus has lower magnitude of energy. Using Coulomb's law, a particle further away ...
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Energy of a particle as measured by an observer at infinity

I'm wondering if it is possible to make a definition for the energy of a particle as measured by an observer at infinity. I've looked through Wald for this but wasn't able to find anything - I may be ...
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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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What happens if a cylinder filled with propane gas is connected to an empty one of the same size

Lets say I have 2 100lb propane cylinders. One of the cylinders is filled to its maximum capacity while the other is empty. If I connect them to each other via a high pressure hose in an upright ...
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Basic Classification of Energy [closed]

When I was still in school, I learnt that there are 2 types of energy: Potential & Kinetic Energy. When I searched Wikipedia and other sources, there were many forms of energy. There are some ...
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Why did Trebuchet have so long throwing arms?

Have a look at such an historical Trebuchet: As you can see, the throwing arm (left) is much longer than the weight arm (right). Law of conservation of energy says, potential energy from the ...
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How high does a slide need to be if the person at the bottom grabs a pole and rotates the pole 72 degrees?

My attempt: $mgh = \frac{1}{2}I \omega^2$ $\omega^2 = 2 \alpha\Delta \theta$, so $mgh = \frac{1}{2}I 2 \alpha \Delta \theta$ $mgh = I \alpha \Delta \theta = \tau \Delta\theta$ $\tau = rF\sin ...
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Why is light redshifted?

I heard that very distant stars can be seen as red. Why does light become more 'redder' when travelling long distances? My guess would be it loses some sort of energy, but can't seem to figure it out ...
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Wind turbine impact on cars fuel consumption [closed]

I'm struggling with one physics question. I would like to know approximately how much cars fuel consumption rises(liters per 100km) besides normal driving if I attach wind turbine to cars body. I ...
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Intelligence and Entropy [closed]

Is intelligence an entropy transformer? and the difference between a lower and higher intelligence is the efficiency?
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How energy would be consumed for bending spacetime?

If we could assume that relativity theory is correct about spacetime bending. Can we calculate energy used for moving 1 kg of object in 1 meter by changing the shape of spacetime (simulate gravity)? ...
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Does an object's kinetic energy increase, decrease, or stay constant when it reaches terminal velocity while falling?

Does an object's kinetic energy increase, decrease, or stay constant when it reaches terminal velocity while falling?
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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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What is the highest energy position for a double pendulum? And for which energy positions is it chaotic?

Math/physics teachers love to break out the double pendulum as an example of chaotic motion that is very sensitive to initial conditions. I have some questions about specific properties: For a ...