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Arjun Sharma 1D
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Postby Arjun Sharma 1D » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:49 pm

I was wondering how we visualize energy? Like between the different types (work energy, heat energy, etc.) is there any common thread that makes energy energy?

Suchita 2I
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Re: Energy

Postby Suchita 2I » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:07 am

Energy is generally hard to define, and its definition as the ability to do work is slightly vague and difficult to visualize. I guess one common link is that all forms of energy can be transferred and thus, they all have an association with movement.

Kyle Sheu 1C
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Re: Energy

Postby Kyle Sheu 1C » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:06 am

An interesting question!

The best way I can put it is that energy isn't something that physically "exists" in nature and can't be visualized--I remember reading somewhere that energy is a convenient concept we created as a means of documenting changes in a substance's state. In terms of common linkages, I'd say it comes down the the units. In Newtonian physics, kinetic energy, potential energy, spring potential energy, elastic potential energy, etc. all have units of J (kg*m^2/s^2).

I'm sure someone can provide a much better elaborated answer, but hope this proved helpful!

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