# Questions tagged [energy-conservation]

The law of conservation of energy, which states that the amount of energy in a system is constant. For questions about Earth's environment, see the climate-science tag instead.

1,966 questions
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
14k views

### Does light loses its energy when it passes through denser medium?

I know it does not because it emerges out of denser medium at 300,000 KM per second, but according to $E=mc^2$ and given that speed of light decreases inside denser medium with refractive index ...
6k views

### Gentle slope vs steep slope

Take for example a slide of 3m tall. Would an object (starting from rest) sliding down a gentle slope have a lower speed than a steep slope? (Note: Height of slide is the same,disregard friction.) ...
32k views

### 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 ...
5k views

### Why does a ball bounce forever?

In short: Do bouncing balls keep bouncing forever? If not, does it have to do more with energy than velocity? Learner.org: Energy If energy is conserved, why do bouncing balls, pendulums, ...
3k views

### Nuclear reactions and energy conservation

How are nuclear fission and fusion compatible with the law of conservation of energy? During fission $He$ splits into 2 hydrogen atoms along with enormous amount of heat energy and hydrogen also ...
15k views

### What prevents this magnetic perpetuum mobile from working?

As a child, I imagined this device, which may seem to rotate indefinitely. I have two questions. Is this perpetual motion machine already known? If it is, could you please give some references? What ...
2k views

### Is it possible to deduce the conservation of angular momentum from the conservation of energy?

Is it possible to deduce the law of conservation of angular momentum from the law of conservation of energy? If possible, by what sense the conservation of angular momentum has the status of law, if ...
2k views

### Speed of a falling pencil [closed]

If you balance a pencil of length $d$ on its tip, and let it fall, how do you compute the final velocity of its other end just before it touches the ground? (Assume the pencil is a uniform one ...
515 views

### Conservation of Energy and CP violation

In classical mechanics there is Noether's theorem: If a system has a certain symmetry there is a related conserved quantity. Energy conservation is a result of a system being time invariant. This is ...
1k views

### If I replace all my lights with LEDs will my heating costs increase?

A number of nations are passing bills to phase out incandescent light bulbs. The thinking is that the tungsten filament is an inefficient method of turning electricity into light, the rest of the ...
1k views

### Life and Death, and Energy Conservation

Humans are born and they die. When we are born, is energy created? Or is it just some amount of energy that our mother gives us? Doesnt she take this energy from the surroundings? If so, then when we ...
6k views

### How to transform mechanical work into electrical energy without using piezoelectricity?

can someone help me with the following issue. I need a method for transforming mechanical work into electrical energy without using piezoelectricity. I have such kind of mechanical forces (like on the ...
674 views

### Which direction does the electron move?

If my phone is charging that means it's mass increasing by this Youtube video. Now if an current is flowing from the power station to home, does it mean that electron is flowing from house to the ...
92 views

### Nuclear Fission and Fusion [duplicate]

I've read several other answers on here, but I still don't understand. Why do both fission and fusion release energy? I know the masses drop, but then why do the masses drop on both? Fusion is taking ...
119 views

### Do cosmologically redshifted photons violate energy conservation? [duplicate]

I understand that, due to the Doppler effect, different frames of reference moving at different velocities relative to each other will measure different photon frequencies and hence energy. The ...
125 views

### An electron emits a photon and the core is pushed (recoiled) back!

I have come across a problem which is a homework indeed, but i tried to pack this question up so that it is more theoretical. What I want to know is: If I am allowed to write energy conservation for ...
7k views

### Lagrangian and conservation of energy

If Lagrangian of the motion is $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}m\left(a^2\dot\phi^2+a^2\dot\theta^2\sin^2\phi\right)+mga\cos\phi,$$ how can I show that total mechanical energy is conserved? I've read ...
5k views

### Compressed Spring Dissolving in Acid

This is just an interesting question a friend's uncle asked me that I was somewhat annoyed I couldn't answer. When a material dissolves in acid there is a chemical process that causes the changes in ...
4k views

### Conditions for Conservation of energy law

In two-dimensional motion, which conditions are needed to be satisfied so the conservation of energy law holds? (for example, simple pendulum motion)
329 views

### Motion on a smooth surface

A particle of mass $m$ is moving on the inner side of smooth circular cylinder of radius $R$ whose $Oz$-axis is vertical and directed downwards. The particle started its motion from the $x$-axis with ...
3k views

### Dominos vs. Conservation of Energy

In this video a single flick of a finger tips 116000 dominos. Domino video I understand the work that needs to be done to move 116000 pieces (at least 100 kilos) of plastic is greater then that ...
163 views

### Conservation of energy of a rotating body [duplicate]

The famous example of acrobats shrinking their bodies to increase their rotation speed is well known. Where does the energy to increase the speed of their rotation comes from?
558 views

### Stimulated Emission

In the case of stimulated emission we always see that one photon goes into the gain medium and two photons come out. How can this conserve energy?
2k views

### Energy of electron spinning in a magnetic field

When an electron travels in circles in a uniform magnetic field, it must lose energy because all accelerated charges radiate, and must therefore spiral down to the center. Is this energy compensated ...
66 views

### Conservation of energy constant

A particle $P$ of mass $m$ moves under the repulsive inverse cube field $\vec{F}=\frac{m\gamma}{r^3}\vec{e_r}$ ($\vec{e_r}$ is a unit vector along a position vector $\vec{r}$). Initially $P$ is at a ...
2k views

### overall energy transformation as a diver moves downwards through water [closed]

What is the answer to the following MCQ? A swimmer dives into a very deep pool at high speed. He slows down as he moves towards the bottom of the pool. What is the overall energy ...
2k views

### SMBC ball bouncing problem

This comes from a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) comic with a joke answer. The problem states: A 5 kilogram ball is shot directly right at 20 meters per second from a height of 10 meters. ...
240 views

### Theoretical considerations on the conservation of energy and the conservation of linear momentum

I report to you an interesting excerpt from my Physics book. It is an Italian version, so I apologize in advance, as I'm sure I won't give proper justice to its beauty in the translation as the ...
13k views

### Work done by tension

The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Consider the following arrangement: Calculate the work done by tension on $2\,\rm kg$ block during its motion on circular track ...
286 views

### Conservation of energy

I have given one-dimensional motion of the particle directed horizontally. A problem says: "...Show that for this given motion Conservation of Energy Law holds.". Since Energy can intuitively be ...
560 views

### Potential and Kinetic Energy

In engineering school you learn the basic swing problem. Essentially that there is a transfer of kinetic energy (as seen in the velocity at the bottom of as swing) to potential energy at the top of ...
1k views

### Collision of 2 particles - calculating the mass and a speed after the collision

Lets say we have a particle of mass $m_1$ which has a kinetic energy $W_{k1}$. This particle collides with another same particle. How can i calculate mass $m_2$ and the speed $v_2$ of the particle ...
13k views

### Relation between work, kinetic energy and potential energy

We derived two equations in class. The work done between two points $A$, $B$ is equal to the difference between the kinetic energy at the last point and the one at the first point. The work done ...
2k views

### Are there any other mechanisms that can make virtual particles 'real' other than Hawking Radiation and Universe Births?

As I understand it, if virtual particles do not recombine within the plank time they become 'real'. This is proposed to happen in Hawking Radiation, where one virtual particle crosses the black hole'...
21k views

### Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a frictionless vacuum?

I am attempting to settle a friendly bet. Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a hypothetical vacuum (i.e. no air resistance) having a hypothetical frictionless bearing (i.e. no energy lost due to ...
3k views

### Having trouble understanding the work-energy principle intuitively

I'm having trouble understanding the work energy principle intuitively. This is what I'm solid on so far: If you have a ball rolling down a hill, it loses potential energy and gains kinetic energy. ...
387 views

### Is there a difference between, static loading and fast loading of a polymer (non linear elastic material) in terms of elastic potential generated?

Imagine a non-linear elastic material such as a rubber band, nylon webbing or polyester webbing tensioned between two points. Scenario 1: A large mass is statically (no acceleration) loaded onto the ...
1k views

### Conservation of Energy and Quantum Fluctuations

Regarding conservation of mass-energy Wikipedia says: "this is an exact law, or more precisely, has never been shown to be violated." However, regarding quantum fluctuations, Wikipedia says here: "...
281 views

### What can be known about the formulas for energy only from the fact that it is conserved?

The question is to figure out how the energy can be derived knowing just one thing: There is a quantity called Energy that is conserved over time. The goal is to get an equation that somehow ...
8k views

### Intuitive meaning of factor 2 in formula of vertical throw max height $h=v^2/2g$

This is a question about a simple thing. The simplified expression for maximum height in vertical throw is $h=\frac{v^2}{2g}$ , could anyone explain intuitively (analogies are welcome) why there is a ...
5k views

### force applied not on the center of mass

When applying a force outside of the center of mass of the body, the body will get both linear and angular momentum. Right? Does the linear velocity from this force equal to the linear velocity from ...
2k views

### Can a hybrid vehicle ever be more efficient than a hydrocarbon-only vehicle built with the same parts?

Based on the laws of thermodynamics, shouldn't it be theoretically impossible for a non plug-in hybrid vehicle to ever be more fuel-efficient than a vehicle that connects the same engine directly to ...
207 views

### Is a particle subject to dissipation proportional to its velocity a Hamiltonian system?

Why or why not? I'm pretty sure that this isn't a Hamiltonian system because it involves a dissipation term, but using the Hamiltonian flow it gives me that the system is Hamiltonian.
401 views

### Short-duration forces

In circular motion, it is said that the centripetal force acts only for a very very short period of time, hence is able to only change the direction but not magnitude of the velocity. Similarly in a ...
291 views

### Conservation of energy issue with pair creation/annihilation

Question: what is the energy balance in this situation? (Fig A) Two gamma rays collided and produced an electron/positron pair $(e-/e+)$. (Fig B) 1. because all particles are accelerating ...
124 views

### Salisbury Screens and Energy Conservation

From Wikipedia on how a Salisbury Screen works: 1. When the radar wave strikes the front surface of the dielectric, it is split into two waves. 2. One wave is reflected from the glossy ...
119 views

### Why doesn't this equation for orbital motion change with position in the orbit?

The question and answer are on pg.8-10 of this PDF: At first, I went through it, thinking nothing of it. But then, I wondered: "What if we picked a final state in which the space junk was NOT at ...
1k views

### Kinetic energy of two charged balls at infinite distance between them

If I have two balls with masses and charges $m_1, q_1^{+}$, $m_2, q_2^{+}$, initially held at distance $d$, and then released, how can I know the kinetic energies of each of the balls at infinite ...
I am confused. Could someone kindly explain what's going on in this question? A particle of mass $m$ and charge $e$ moves in the $x,y-$ plane. There is a constant magnetic field $B$ that points in ...