The Vast Scale of Energy

From: Amara Graps (
Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 04:57:19 MST

I don't know if any of you have seen a comparison of energies
with what we are familiar with on earth. I find such a scale
interesting and useful.


"The Vast Scale of Energy"

   Kinetic Energy per molecule
                per degrees C 0.000000000000000000000003

      Kinetic Energy of a slow
                      neutron 0.000000000000000000382

                  Fly push up 0.0000000238

    Boil away 1 gram of water 539

    1 gram of water at earth's
              escape velocity 15000

     Food energy in 1 twinkie 300000

       Food energy burned by a
              person in a day 2390000

 Average energy use per day by
                   US citizen 206000000

   Energy in 1 barrel of crude
                          oil 3410000000

   Fusion energy released by 1
                 gram of fuel 81200000000

        Energy uses by world's
          population in a day 206000000000000000

 Energy of strong earthquake 23900000000000000000

 Solar energy hitting earth in
                       a year 1300000000000000000000000

   Total energy put out by the
                sun in a year 71700000000000000000000000000000

    KE of translational of the
           Earth in its orbit 6140000000000000000000000000000000

   Total energy put out by our
             galaxy in a year 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

(These values are not meant to be accurate to more than 3
significant digits. The order of magnitude is more to the point.)

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