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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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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What fills the space between the galaxies, stars and planets?

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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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 [on hold]

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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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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What time of day to run the air conditioner? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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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How much energy is contained in a human yell? [on hold]

How much energy is contained in the pressure wave caused by a human yell? Assume the yell lasts for one second.
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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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Transforming impulse formula [closed]

I'm in 11th grade high school and I really need some help with a physics assignment. Samarium decays into Neodymium and α: $$ {}^{147}_{\ \ 62}\mathrm{Sm} \to {}^{143}_{\ \ 60}\mathrm{Nd} + α (2.1 ...
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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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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.
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How do I express the interaction energy between two charged spheres?

Consider two identical insulating spheres each with radius $R$ and uniform charge $Q$ through their volume. They are separated from their centers by a distance of $d>2R$. Here is my general ...
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When do we see particles to be in a superposition of energy states?

I have two doubts: Exactly when does this happen? and If we are in a superposition of states (lets say E1 and E2) and the particle absorbs a photon, what will happen? If E3-E1 = hf, will it go to E3? ...
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Definition of internal energy

I have read some thermodynamical and statistical physics books but it feels like they always gloss over the definition of internal energy. In wikipedia they included terms like Kinetic energy. But ...
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Kinetic energy dissipation in braking a vehicle

Let's say a vehicle that weighs 20t is hauling along at 50m/s and we want to brake it down to a full stop. The kinetic energy we need to dissipate into heating up the brakes is ...
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How much energy is required to compress one engine cylinder full of air?

I was recently wondering how much energy would be required to start a car engine by manually cranking it. I was talking to someone who said the largest load you would have to deal with in the ideal ...
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Solving the quantum well gives you eigen energies gives $E_n$, are these energies in conduction band or valence band?

I wonder if the energies $E_n$ that is derived from solving the SWE for the quantum well can be considered as energies in the conduction band or the valence band. In other words is $E_1$ is lowest ...
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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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Question about energy moving through one object to another [closed]

I think this question is part physics, and maybe part chemistry. I'm making electronic drums. On the top of the drum there's a flat surface (the drum head) you hit with a stick anywhere on the head. ...
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Energy loss without work or heat?

Suppose we have a mass-spring system in equilibrium as in the above part of the picture(it's a frictionless surface). Then I attached a weightless rope to the mass from one end and a car from the ...
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Coefficient of friction on a loop-the-loop!

Here is a question that I thought of while doing a physics lab in class. We dropped a marble from a certain height down a ramp and around loop-the-loop and let it fly off of a table and then we were ...
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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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Do virtual photons have a frequency?

Real photons do have frequencies, which is directly related to its energy. So, can virtual photons that take part in EM interactions have frequencies too? When my hand is pressed up against a glass ...
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Example of law of conservation of energy

Law of conservation of energy states that "Energy of the universe remains constant. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, but it can be transformed from one form to another". So I ...