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 ...

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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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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 ...
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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

Im doing a project on school. I want to re-use energy. I know that it will not run forever (but i hope it runs very long). So i wanted to ask if the image below is right and i could use it at school. ...
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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 ...
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Thought experiment about fluid mechanics (reductio ad absurdum)

In an interview a philosopher said: "Suppose I cut the handle off your coffee mug leaving two holes. Would the coffee flow out of one hole faster than the other? If we tried to figure this out by ...
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What prevents this rotational perpetuum mobile from working? [closed]

As a newbie in physics I imagine this device and I would like to know why it can't increase its energy. Note I study the sum of energy during one second (or less) after set friction ON. The device: ...
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I need help figuring out what is wrong in this aspiring perpetuum mobile

Credits: My question is motivated from a question from another user (One disk/ring in double rotation and sum of energy), I just reformulated what I think he tried to ask into, what seem to me, ...
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Violation of the second law of thermodynamics? [closed]

Here is a machine which seems to violate the second law of thermodynamics: $A$ and $B$ are point black bodies of the same temperature (initially). everything is rotationally symmetric around the ...
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Why doesn't this perpetual motion machine work?

Imagine a non-magnetic tube bent into the shape of a triangle, with two sides forming downhill ramps, and the third side connecting the two ramps. Through this tube travels a metal ball, which is ...
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Does Newton's first law apply also to non-newtonian physics?

I think I understand than an example of Newton's first law (intertial frames) would be a single asteroid in vaccum with no other bodies around, a comet in such free space or likewise. Then I think the ...
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Picturing Feynman's argument about perpetual motion

So, there is a certain paragraph in Fenyman's book that I'm struggling with for quite some time. It says: We imagine that there are two classes of machines, those that are not reversible, which ...
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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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The Spinning Log “Perpetual Motion” problem, and my attempt at a solution

So I was introduced to this "perpetual motion" riddle a few weeks ago. The problem goes like this: we all know perpetual motion machines are not possible, but this riddle seems like it should work as ...
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“Troll physics”: What is wrong with this perpetual machine? [closed]

I think this will not work because the water can't flow out of the tube. (But what if we make the other end a little wider, will the water stop right before that part? What confuses me is that even ...
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Thought experiment regarding perpetual motion machines and paradoxes [closed]

A paradox (Ex.: if someone goes back in time to kill their own grandfather, then they won't exist, but then they wouldn't be able to go in time to kill their grandfather, but then they WOULD exist, ...
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Extracting heat energy without a heat engine

Is it possible to extract the molecular kinetic energy from a system directly (without the use of a heat engine / temperature gradient) and convert that to another form of energy, such as electricity, ...
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Please explain the flaw in this picture [duplicate]

So I saw this picture on my google+ feed and I immediately know why it wont work. But I'm having trouble explaining to myself and others exactly why. Without using anything overly complex, can anyone ...
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Magnet motor free energy generator [duplicate]

Is it possible to run a fan without electricity? like the one show on this website? http://free-energi.com/index.php?a=2
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Curious about this perpetuum concept

I know it's not possible to build a perpetual motion machine, but I still got this concept running in my mind. If you take a (longer)copper coil, and insert an axis through it(right-angled) with a ...
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Why isn't a pendulum clock considered a perpetual machine?

Why do people say that a perpetual machine is one that runs for eternity? Wouldn't a machine that runs taking no energy from outside but sometimes needs to be restarted, such as pendulum clock, be ...