How does a photon carry energy in itself?

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  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Hoe does photon carry energy in itself?
    By vibration?
     
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  3. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    What do you mean by 'carry'? A photon is its own energy.
     
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  5. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Energy isn't "stuff" that can be "carried". It's just a number.
     
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  7. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    That's right; if photons actually carried energy, they would have to carry numbers around.

    Tip from the lab guys: don't start to assume that what you can observe means a transport of something material has occurred. Energy is, in some sense, just the stage that has to still be there when the actors have left.
     
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  9. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    James is, as usual, muddying the waters. My little joke about photons carrying numbers around isn't actually a joke; it's a clever little dig at computing with photons. In order to compute you need a computational basis, a thing that can actually carry numbers from place to place.

    I guess you all missed it. Big surprise. I feel so proud.
    James has a problem with the word energy. He doesn't really understand it and has to resort to something vague that Richard Feynman said a long time ago; the physics world has moved on, but not James. Oh no.
    If energy was in fact just a number, all information would be too; there wouldn't be any logic but there would be a lot of numbers.
     
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  10. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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  11. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    I have no problem with the word energy - or, more importantly, with the concept. What I observe, however, is that many non-specialists - and even some specialists - carry a persistent misconception with them about what energy actually is. That misconception is endlessly reinforced by popular culture and even popular science in many instances.

    Feynman was right. The passage of time alone can't make him wrong. You'll need to do much better than that if you actually want to argue that energy is "stuff" of some kind, rather than just a number as I and the Nobel Prize winner claim.
    That reads like a complete non sequitur to me. Perhaps you can explain?
     
  12. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    So you're in a special group of people?
    It must be quite a difficult misconception to explain, I guess, since you haven't offered one.
    He was. But what was he right about? I'm nowhere near convinced that you understood him.
    What about work? Is work "just a number"? If it is, why do so many, presumably educated people say it's a quantitative property that has to be transferred to a system? Can you explain how this "just a number" is transferred to a system? or is the system also "just a number"?

    Also, if energy is a number ("just"), are different forms of energy an illusion? Heat and electricity are the same kind of number? Or are you saying heat and electricity aren't forms of energy; or should I say energy in the form of heat, and energy in the form of electricity, are just numbers?
     
  13. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps. Perhaps not.

    What I'll say is there is an equivalence between energy and information; information is a physical thing, a physical thing is not "just a number". My car is not "just a number"; the air I breathe isn't either. You aren't a number, are you James?
     
  14. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    You said it; "educated people say it's a quantative property", i.e. a number!
     
  15. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    People are a collection of 200 different cells arranged in very specific patterns with emergent qualities.

    How many cells are in a human body?
    How many cells are in a human body? – Newsbasis.com

    Interestingly what gives all cells their specific properties is organized by their cytoskeleton
     
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  16. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    Why do these "educated people" say the number in question has physical units?
    How many numbers are there with physical units? how many are there with no physical units?

    Which ones are "just numbers"?

    Again, if energy is "just a number", can it be any number? can I decide which number or if the number has physical units?

    And I know how hard it is to stick to a topic, or a particular question at this site. I'm not expecting any definitive answers anytime soon. I already know it's a much better idea to hit the books, in that regard.
     
  17. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    No wait; it's probably "just" as easy to assume James is right. He's understood what Feynman said.

    Energy is just a number; 3 is also just a number. Therefore 3 is energy !! So is 1 and 2. It's easy when you understand it, eh.
     
  18. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Because that is the emergent quality from the specific patterns these numbers were arranged in.

    I think you may have this backwards. I believe it should read all physical units consist of specific numbers (values) arranged in specific patterns.
     
  19. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Assuming a dynamic quality to the universe;
    1 + 1 = 2 + an emergent energetic quality. 1 + 2 = 3 + an emergent energetic quality. The greater the complexity of the numerical value and pattern, the greater it's emergent energetic qualities.
    The mind has no physical properties, it is an emergent quality of the number and arrangement of quantitative values arranged in a specific pattern.
    (4) Which organs in the human body consume the most energy on average for a healthy person while awake and resting? - Quora

    It's not an perfect equation as in pure mathematics. In physics the number 3 has both a quantitative and an emergent qualitative value, i.e. it's a fractal (see Causal Dynamical Triangulation).
     
  20. arfa brane call me arf Valued Senior Member

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    So one kilogram is a number not a unit of mass? Likewise one metre isn't a distance, since a number is a value?

    It all seems so clear now.
     
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    This next is going to seem a little ridiculous:
    Assume information is just a number, and so is energy.

    So the number 3 has an information content but so does the number 4. Both are just numbers, so their information content is anything you choose it to be.

    But without the symbols there is no information. Numbers don't have any information in them when they're just numbers. Energy can't have any information either for the same reason.

    So what does that power or gas bill you pay, actually represent . . .
    That money you hand over, is just a number, right? Although I guess you could say it has . . . an emergent property.

    Yeah . . .
     
  22. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    1 KG of mass is the value of the mass with an additional emergent value in energy. (E = Mc^2).

    Is distance of space a physical thing or a relational value?

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    Distance here will be = 4m + 3m + 5m = 12 m

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  23. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    There are not "just" numbers. Numbers represent specific relational values.
    Oh, information of relational values exist without human symbols.
    Of course there is information without human symbolized numbers.
    Same answer.
    a quantified amount of energy?
    Is money not defined as a "means of exchange" or "quid pro quo"?
    Yes, SCOTUS has given it an emergent quality of "speech"!
     
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