# Tagged Questions

Perpetual motion describes "Motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy; impossible in practice because of friction." It can also be described as "the motion of a hypothetical machine which, once activated, would run forever unless subject to an external force or to wear"...

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### Why can't rotating magnets in space or zero gravity be used to create infinite energy? [on hold]

I would like to know if a system like the one below will possibly work. I understand that the laws of physics forbid the "creation" of energy but despite my efforts I haven't been able to figure out ...
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### Vertical Motion Question [on hold]

Question: An object is projected vertically to to the ground in a 20 m/s velocity. After 3 seconds another object is projected from the same position in the same velocity to the same direction. ...
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### Could an infinite spinning windmill create endless electricity? [closed]

This is not so much a question about if this idea is physically possibly, but more a question of if it was possible. If a magnet could somehow push a windmill around at a constant speed continuously, ...
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### Feynman's argument on machine limits: how are the machines reset?

Feynman makes an argument in his Lectures that loses me on one point. His argument (abbreviated): We suppose that there is a reversible machine—which lowers one unit of weight by one unit of ...
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### Does a degassed magnet weigh less than one that is not?

I learned matter with an electric current weighs more than matter with no current. Does that apply to magnetic material in the same way but with it's magnetic fields instead of electric current? A ...
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### “Nearest” Perpetuum Mobile? [closed]

We all know the concept behind Perpetuum Mobile. Instead of trying to grasp the impossible, how near could we actually approach the general idea? By this I mean to look at the "apparent perpetual ...
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### Can Gravity be used as an energy source?

Let's say there is a planet that is in the middle of nowhere so it isn't moving all the time like a planet in a solar system. The pressure caused by gravity pulling down towards the centre of mass (...
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### If I spinned a fan in a vacuum it will keep spinning forever. Why can we not make energy out of it? [duplicate]

Suppose we created a vacuum and spinned a turbine inside it with some amount of force. According to newton's second law it will keep spinning as there is no air resistance, so why can we not make ...
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### Understanding Feynman's argument about Stevinus

In the Feynman lectures vol 1, chapter 4, he mentioned a "Brilliant, clever" way of solving a problem named: A simple example is a smooth inclined plane which is, happily, a three-four-five ...
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### What prevents this magnetic perpetual motion device from working? [closed]

Two days ago, I thought of this device, which may seem to rotate indefinitely(in all 3 directions). I have two questions. Is this perpetual motion machine already known? If it is, could you please ...
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### Energy Conservation in Kinetic Power Plants [duplicate]

Quite recently the company Rosch has developed a new kind of power plant that supposedly utilizes the buoyancy effect to generate electricity. The apparatus consists of a vertical conveyor belt with ...
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### Perpetual motion machine [duplicate]

I'm having trouble understanding why this machine doesn't work. Part of a ring, half of which is uniformly charged, is located between two oppositely charged plates, attracting to the negative one and ...
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### Perpetual motion machine with magnets [duplicate]

I have been recently made aware of the following motor, which uses two magnets and a wheel to generate motion, and the creator of this machine claims that this motion is perpetual. Here is a ...
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### Is Hydroelectric power plant a perpetual motion machine? [closed]

Is Hydroelectric power plant a perpetual motion machine of second kind from this classification https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_motion#Classification ??? or not? If not which kind of ...
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### Why won't this Casimir effect perpetual motion machine work?

So the Casimir effect is caused by an imbalance in radiation pressure(caused by virtual particles) on two sides of a metal plate. This is typically shown with two close plates getting pushed towards ...
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### Extract energy from the atmosphere? [closed]

Let's say we would fill a long tube with water. Let's say the tube is 1km in height. At the bottom of this tube, the pressure should be much higher than the top. Also, the tube would lead into a ...
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### Will spinning DC motor in space generate infinite energy?

If I take a DC motor far in space and spin it, will it continue to spin forever and generate infinite electrical energy? If so, then won't it violate law of conservation of energy?
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### Is it a law of physics that all machines will break?

The question sounds kinda dumb when I say it out loud but at the same time I'm very curious. When things break, is it solely due to an intrinsic design flaw or is it due to entropy? And is the ...
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### Why is it so hard to explain that the Brownian Ratchet doesn't work?

The Brownian Ratchet stood up to a lot of scrutiny before it was finally shown why it would not work as a perpetual motion machine, but it seems weird to me that all of that was necessary. If the ...
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### Can u explain below diagram is possible or not [closed]

If I takes 3 balloons with same size they r connected with same thred frist end have 2 balloons and second end have 1 balloon I put same manner as shown in diagram then frist end is gos up or not or ...
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### I m just try to make Free energy using buoyancy [duplicate]

Can I make power (electricity ) using buoyancy see diagram. if this diagram is possible then how much power i get . I just need formula for upwards speed.
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### Disregarding the claim of perpetual motion. Does this design have any merit at all?

I'm wondering, in reference to this youtube video Whether or not this design would actually make the wheel move. Any big brains out there wanting to help me out would be greatly appreciated
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### How does the second law of thermodynamics forbid the possibility of perpetual machine of the second kind?

Fermi in his lecture asserts: The second law of thermodynamics rules out the possibility of constructing a perpetuum mobile of the second kind. So, this means there can be no machine which just ...
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### Do Magnets ever lose their magnetism, and if so how long does it take? [duplicate]

I was talking with a friend about a design for a perpetual motion machine that used magnets, but he said that magnets eventually lose their magnetism. I don't want anyone to go into how Thermodynamics ...
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### Pseudo-Perpetual Motion Machine

Clearly, the Second Law of Thermodynamics precludes the existence of any theoretical device that would continue running throughout the lifetime of the universe. However, is it possible to construct a ...
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### Particles radiating energy when accelerating?

Let us say we have a charged particle moving in the positive $X$ direction with velocity $v$. If we give the particle a nudge in the $-X$ direction causing it to decelerate. Then from the saying '...
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### Why can't it work? Perpetual motion machine [duplicate]

Lets assume that the red ball is more dense than the white fluid and less dense than the blue fluid. The fluids are of very low viscosity and the machine can be of any height. The flaps open when ...
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### Is a convergent-divergent nozzle a perpetual motion machine of the second kind?

As answered in this question, a convergent-divergent nozzle (de Laval nozzle) accelerates a gas flow by converting its heat energy into kinetic energy. My intuition says that this violates the second ...
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### Was the impossibility of the second degree perpetuum mobile in the General Relativity ever proven?

Somewhere I've heard, that gravity often likes to work against the entropy. For example, the surprisingly low temperature of the black holes. Or see the gravitational separation of different elements ...
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### What is the secret of this perpetual motion machine with neodimimum magnets?

The following device is apparently based on magnetic forces only and has no visible energy source: Where is it's energy source? Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA0b-8pqUCk UPDATE One ...
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### How does this capillary-action setup not become a perpetual motion machine?

If you have a very thin glass tube and you place it into water, let's say the water in the tube rises to the height of $x$ mm from the surface of the water. What would happen if you poked a hole in ...
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### Why doesn't this magnetic perpetual motion machine work?

I know that this machine does not work, via thermodynamics. I am asking for an analysis in terms of mechanics and magnetism. Anyway, so here is the machine: The magnet (the red ball) pull the ball ...
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### NOT Perpetual Motion; Could It Work?

TL;DR The energy is not being created freely, so why shouldn't it work? We have all seen the YouTube "perpetual motion" machines. You know, the computer fans with magnets taped on them and hidden 9 ...
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### What's wrong with this idea for recover energy from pressure?

In this case : It's a theoretical study, just for find my error. No gravity. No buoyancy. All volumes are constant. I suppose no friction. Outside the pressure from air is constant at $P$ (atmospheric ...
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### Why is this not considered a perpetual motion machine?

You have to assume some wacky things for this scenario, but nothing that defies physics as far as I can tell. I'm going to describe this with a human being initially, because I think it makes the ...
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### Infinite energy with water and air balls [duplicate]

Question: Why wouldn't this work?
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### Why can't I do this to get infinite energy?

I know that I cannot do this because of conservation of energy, so I am looking for an answer as to why this will not work. So by my understanding of Einstein's whole famous $E=mc^2$ thing it is ...
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### Energy conversion (conceptual) question

Suppose I have a electronic car. It runs by electrical energy. So when wheels rotate, mechanical energy is produced. Then why can't we convert it back to electric energy and produce somewhat unlimited ...
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### Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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### Why this is not a perpetuum mobile [duplicate]

If we imagine a device like one shown on the picture above, why can't we say that it would work? Here is a cylinder somehow placed in the fluid by one of his sides (one in the box). Due to additional ...
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### Auto spinning turbine generator

This might be dumb question but I'm so curious to know if this actually works or is impossible. I was researching how you could generate electricity from magnets and copper wire and also have read how ...
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### Long life energy usage

I'm doing a project at school. I want to re-use energy. I know that it will not run forever (but I hope it will run very long). So I wanted to ask if the image below is right and I could use it at ...
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### Can energy be extracted indefinitely from a mass dipole/mass negative mass pair in perpetual motion?

Some days ago I have read this short piece of article by Hammond which caused me to revisit the theoretical properties of negative mass. It is known that a pair consists of ordinary mass and negative ...
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### Is it, and if so, why, impossible to build perpetual motion machines (PMMs) in GR?

I am wondering about this. I have heard that in General Relativity (GR), the energy in a space-time may not be well-defined. If that is the case, then it would seem "conservation of energy" would not ...
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### Can orbital energy be a source of perpetual power?

A thought just came to me, and I want to comfirm it here: If we figured out a way to harvest the energy from the orbit of the Moon, would that be perpetual? The Moon has been orbiting the earth for ...
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### Brownian Ratchet Plausibility

Alright I'm going to throw whatever reputation I have on the line here. And yes this is a serious question. Apologies for the shoddy imagery. I had a couple ideas to get the Brownian Ratchet to ...
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### Law of maintaining energy flow [closed]

Wouldn't machine that can create constant flows of energy be possible if we eliminate mechanically created energy losses? The time limitation of resources, the magnet half-life time duration isn't ...
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### Why will this plan for a perpetual motion device not work? [duplicate]

I have made a plan for a perpetual motion device, but I am sure that it won't work because otherwise the world would be relying on it right now. I know that perpetual motion defies the laws of physics....