Questions tagged [perpetual-motion]

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". There is a scientific consensus that perpetual motion in an isolated system would violate the first and/or the second law of thermodynamics.

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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: (source: cabinetmagazine.org) The ...
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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 of 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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Capillary action and perpetual motion

From Wikipedia Capillary Action Thus for a 4 m diameter glass tube in lab conditions given above (radius 2 m), the water would rise an unnoticeable 0.007 mm. However, for a 4 cm diameter tube (radius ...
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Why doesn't this capillary action generator work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently 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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Ed Leedskalnin's “Perpetual Motion Holder” (PMH)

Edward Leedskalnin (Coral Castle) describes a perpetual motion holder in his writings. I've built one and pretty much know how it works (I think). It is NOT a perpetual motion device by any means, ...
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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 work. ...
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Can we make a “Gravity Mill” based on principle(s) of Newton's cradle?

DISCLAIMER: Newbie/Wannabe Physicist. What's to stop us from making a "Gravity Mill" which is a bar/rod attached with weights on both ends and pivoted at the ...
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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....
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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 (https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/143377/), I just reformulated what I think he tried to ask into, what seem to me, simpler terms....
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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 axis ...
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Why doesn't this perpetual motion machine work? [duplicate]

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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If you spin a magnet in space, far from any magnet field, would it spin forever, being able to produce electricity forever?

This is of course a purely theoretical question and it would take energy to get the magnet moving in the first place but once it's moving in the vacuum of space, with no gravity or magnetic field ...
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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 a ...
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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 ...
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A potential perpetual motion machine?

If I were to freeze a superconductor, the ones made up of yttrium barium copper oxide, with liquid nitrogen and placed it on one of those strong neodymium magnets, it should float right? Now what ...
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Does perpetual motion machine really exist?

I recently saw a video on Youtube about a perpetual motion machine. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS1KXMsE2qk It's on Robert Boyle's flask. Where does the energy come from?
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What physical conditions would allow for this kind of perpetual seesaw

I'm working with a simulator(Box2D) and need to create these conditions. I have a perpetual seesaw with two objects on either side. I'd like for the following conditions to be met. The first ...
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Do Quantum Energy Generators really produce more energy than they consume? [closed]

I'm not a science expert, just someone whose interested. I was taught that you cannot produce more energy than the amount put in. I received a thing on facebook asserting that a Quantum Energy ...
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Free energy device - QEG. Is this for real?

I'm not a physicist but I ran across reports on the web of a so called over unity or free energy device that has been created that supposedly works. It's called the QEG. Does this seem legit or is it ...
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Is magnetic wheel possible?

I once tried to make a magnetic wheel using different shaped magnets and placing them in different orientations and of different shapes.But it did rotate making a small angle ie it didnt rotate even a ...
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Magnetic Attraction in Space [closed]

If I were to attach a 1 inch diameter magnet to lets say a half pipe, that it fits perfectly in, and attach a 1 in diameter piece of iron close enough for the magnet to assert its attractive pull, ...
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Is the universe a perpetual motion machine? [closed]

Is the universe a perpetual motion machine?
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Generating unlimited electricity through magnets

Well i had seen a toy, which i till date don't know was it battery powered or not? and also could it be used to actually create energy (I know that it is not possible but whats the problem?) ...
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Would a beam of light moving through a vacuum be considered an example of perpetual motion? [closed]

I have a very limited understanding of Physics but if the beam of light was moving through a vacuum like space and had saw no obstuctions during its path, would that be perpetual motion in action?
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Perpetual motion in spaces of different gravity?

Imagine two locations with different amounts of gravity. I carry up a weight in low gravity, move it on this height over to the other place, and let it fall down there with higher gravity. Wouldn't ...
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Pendulum water pump - apparent free energy

I've seen plans for a pendulum oscillator water pump that is claimed to pump a large volume of water (100 gallons) from a well of 100 feet deep. The pendulum consists of a 100 pound weight raised 6 ...
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Why does this perpetuum mobile not work?(Gases and Densities) [duplicate]

I recently came up with the following concept. It is very simple, and may have been thought of before. A picture says more than a thousand words, so here is it explained in a picture: Note that ...