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Energy Storage in Fundamental Forces

  1. Mar 25, 2010 #1
    Does all energy storage occur in fundamental forces or bonds? I believe that a rubber band stores energy in the electrical bonds between the molecules. Same with a spring. In the atom, energy is stored and released from the electrical bonds between electrons and the nucleus during photon absorption and emission. In nuclear reactions, energy is released from the ?strong or ?weak nuclear forces (bonds) that hold the protons together. In gravitational potential, energy is stored in and/or released from the gravitational force or bond during pushing the wagon up the hill and letting it coast down. Electro-magnetic energy must be stored in the Electric force. A magnetic field must also store and release energy in some way, probably in an electric motor or a transformer core. Energy storage as heat in a substance is stored in ?What bond? I don't know, maybe the electric field. Energy stored as mass (according to e=mc2; think electron-positron annihilation) is stored in what bond or fundamental force? Is there some fundamental force keeping all that energy stored in such a small amount of mass? Just thinking out of the box here people, can someone tell me the answer? thanks, -John
     
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