• Question: what is the most powerful energy??????

    Asked by dragonfire to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 16 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by awesomeepicguy123456789.
    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      The type of source that gives you the most energy per bit of ‘stuff’ is nuclear energy … either fission or fusion. We can show this using the formula

      E=m times c squared.

      That means that the energy (E) given out when mass (m) is converted to energy, is equal to the mass (m) times the speed of light (c) squared (c times c). The speed of light is a HUGE number – 300,000 kilometers per second …

      So a little bit of mass gives you loads of energy.

      As Laurence said in a previous answer

      “Destroying a single gram of plutonium gives out as much energy as burning 2 tonnes of oil”

      Definitely powerful


    • Photo: Akram Alomainy

      Akram Alomainy answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Definitely nuclear based on physical law and the efficiency which s the amount of energy compared to time and reactions!

    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Jack can do the sums so I hope you can see that matter is effectively an incredibly intense store of energy.

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      The SUN has incredible energy. It burns at over 5000°C, and its power is about 386 billion billion mega Watts, produced by nuclear fusion. We have a power source which sustains life on earth and which has the potential to supply all our energy needs.