THE INTERNET PLASMA PHYSICS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

The Vast Scale of Energy

Calories
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 a 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

Note that 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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