Simple school boy stuff .

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simple school boy stuff .......

I know matter cannot be created or destroyed but is the same true of energy

Ive tried searching but.........:frown:

I'm sure there is a definitive answer :wink: but I await your most knowledgeable replies

thanks in advance
 

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chroot
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No, energy cannot be created nor destroyed. It can be converted from one form to another, however.

In fact, you can (loosely) think of matter as simply being another form of energy.

- Warren
 
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chroot said:
In fact, you can (loosely) think of matter as simply being another form of energy.
Where E=mc2 comes from. E is for energy, and m, mass
 
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Many thanks
 
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I think conservation of mass is a purely a chemist's invention for chemical reactions, because in a manner mass can be destroyed (or at least become heat), through nuclear processes (as opposed to chemical processes). The resulting heat released from a nuclear fission is the loss of mass of its input components, and can be calculated using once again the famous equation (e= mc^2).

However, so far, there have not been any violation of the law of conservation of energy. I am unsure as to whether there is a rigorous explanation of this property, but i've heard that supersymmetry provides an answer. That is, the laws of conservation of energy MUST be preserved in order for all observers to share the same physical laws. However, I have not studied supersymmetry as of yet, so i cannot give a definitive answer.

However, in its original form, the law of conservation of energy is thought of as an axiom in physics, with its only proof being that of overwhelming empirical evidence.
 
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Mk said:
Where E=mc2 comes from. E is for energy, and m, mass

Ok So Say Im New At This .... (And Iv'e Always Wanted to know)

What the hell does the "C" stand for? i know the E and M iv'e come across them many times but the C? people u forget about the C, tell me the C
 
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C is the speed of light, which is approximatly [itex]3\times 10^8 m/s[/itex].

~H
 
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Yea I had a feeling; buit wasn't sure on it
 

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