September 28, 2005

Category: Physics

Question: What is energy?

[I'm not just being flippant here. I'm working on a post that, I fear, is impossible to finish the way I want to finish it. So, in the name of getting to the bottom of this whole "intelligent design" thang, any thoughtful comments will be greatly appreciated!]

Posted by Tuning Spork at September 28, 2005 09:33 PM | TrackBack

Trying to think back to my physics, there are two types of energy talked about, kinetic energy, where something is changing state, and potential energy, like a sled that has been dragged to the top of the hill now has built up the potential energy to go sailing down.

Is this what you want? Or an explanation of how electrical energy works? Or how we harness explosive energy in engines?

Posted by: Edith at September 29, 2005 12:34 PM

Energy is the potential to do work.

Posted by: Ted at September 29, 2005 06:21 PM

Actually, I was thinking more of electro-magnetic radiation; the energy that makes up matter and that is released as energy (photon waves) after, say, a nuclear fusion. I suppose that energy is a lot like kinetic energy in that it has, nay, is the potential to do work. We can measure it not as what it is, but only as a consequence of what it does. Hmmmm....

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 29, 2005 07:21 PM

Garden variety radiation consists of particles that are smaller than electrons: alpha, beta and gamma particles. Radiation from space is gamma radiation for instance. The effect of these particles on your body for instance is to destabilize the molecules that make you up. Radiation burn is an external symptom.

I don't know all that much about this field, so I can't authoritatively state that what you said above was a bunch of hooey. But I think you threw a bunch of terms in the blender and turned it on puree.

Posted by: Edith at September 30, 2005 11:28 AM

Between the lines, your search for an insight to energy probably comes with the hope to be able to someday travel from planet to planet in a more modern and efficient way than our present science that requires depressing numbers of lifespans to get anywhere interesting.

We are stepping in that direction but the steps are small and few. However, there's the Kyoto Killer in winnipeg. It's been developed by a Multi- MacDonalds frachise holder who invested 7.2 million in developing an Hydrogen making module that fits under the vechicle hood. No heavy tanks to carry and fill. H2N Gen on the fly. It's charged with a powder chem like baking soda filled like a fire extinguisher I guess.

The unit is a little larger than a VCR and draws 10 -20 amps from the auto elecrtical system

It feeds hydrogen to the fuel intake and raises normal gas engine efficiency from 35% to 97%. Because all the hydrocarbons are burned, there is nothing left to pollute the air.

That's why it's the Kyoto Killer. No need to build any more 3 billion dollar refineries.

No more black plumes of exhaust from tractor trailers going uphill.

The owner/ inventor calls it the H2NGen and I read about it in the Sept 17th Montreal Gazette online.

There is a similar, but crackpot idea for sale on the net for $139, you can install in your car.
It's called Hydro-Gen [tm] at:

Energy a tantalizing topic. 73s TG

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Posted by: TonyGuitar at September 30, 2005 01:02 PM
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