Quote by Skyler0114
Im not really interested in a simple formula as much as trying to piece together information to come up with more information and more formulas. I'm interested in the journey for this calculation, not so much the end product.
As more variables are introduced I want to see what you have to consider and what doesnt matter.

If you're thinking about meteorites hitting the earth....
You could start by assuming that the entire kinetic energy of the projectile is converted into heat. That's a pretty good approximation for the total energy released.