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Bottles Leaking Due to Air Pressure [on hold]

Is it possible for essential oils to leak from bottles, that have been sealed, whilst in an airplane due to air pressure? Thank you kindly. SJ
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How to find weight of compressed air?

Lets say I have an aluminum canister with an interior volume of $V$ cubic feet (under normal circumstances and pressure, that's how much air it can hold). If I pressurize the canister to $x$ psi, the ...
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Why do individual clouds not diffuse into a single less dense cloud?

On a partly cloudy day, many individual clouds can be observed in the sky. I would expect that the moisture in the clouds would want to diffuse out into the other less dense non-clouded areas. ...
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Light scattering: Why is the natural frequency in air higher than the light frequencies?

In the Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. I Ch. 32 (Radiation Damping. Light Scattering) it says: On the other hand, if we take the case of light in the air, we remember that for air the natural ...
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Why does saliva on the finger give correct direction of wind?

When we lick a finger and put it up in the air, the side that is cooled is the one facing the direction from which the wind is blowing. But consider this, if we take a cross section of the finger, ie ...
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How to account for lower tropospheric horizontal refraction

With regards to the lowest 5kms of the troposphere, the International Standard Atmosphere models don't support a notion of a linear increase in air density along Horizontal axes. Yet, the path of ...
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Can a decompressed airplane cargo hold cause packaging air pads to burst / deflate?

I received a parcel from Germany to Chile recently. The contents were severely bruised due to a lack of packaging material. On second inspection I found a bunch of deflated air pads. It was a ...
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Behaviour of Altimeter at different temperatures

I have realized that the Altimeter of my bike computer (it uses Air Pressure to determine altitude and needs to be calibrated every start) is not consistent at different temperatures. At the Start ...
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Does a scale weigh a bee flying inside a box?

This question is very similar to this one or even this one except some minor differences. The box is much larger than the bee. The box has no top cover. The bee is flying still in the middle of the ...
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Static vs Dynamic pressure

According to Bernoulli's law, the narrower the tube where the fluid is flowing the lower its static pressure and the higher its dynamic pressure. Does this make any difference? If the dynamic pressure ...
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A fan is connected to a pipe, what happens to the airflow after the pressure drop?

Overview I am trying to find out what happens to the air flow within a pipe if a fan cannot generate the required pressure to overcome the friction within the pipe. After much research I am aware ...
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Effect of atmospheric drag on earth's rotation

Okay, so I had a question answered regarding the earth rotating and planes flying east and west but one part of the answer talked about how the atmosphere is moving along with the earth (same angular ...
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Can we have air flow without air noise?

I want to have air flow in my room, but I don't want a fan to move the air because of the air noise. I think the noise comes from all air molecules going to the same direction. If I can move the air ...
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Why do fans produce cold air currents when they spin? [duplicate]

This was basically an exam question on first year medical students in the Medical Physics class and I couldn't answer it based on my background and pertinent preparation. The topic asked the candidate ...
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How does hot air act in zero gravity?

In an environment with gravity, hot air is less dense than cool air, so it rises. How does hot air interact with cold air in a zero gravity environment, in terms of movement? Does it just stay where ...
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Why hair dryer can heat up the air (kinetic and internal energies)?

The energy of an object is the sum of the kinetic and internal energies. When a hair dryer heat up its coils, it transfer energy to air molecule via radiation. My understand is that Kinetic Energy ...
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“Simple” air resistance question

Two balls with exactly the same size and shape, but different mass, are launched at the same velocity 90 degrees to a flat plane. When air resistance is considered, the object with the larger mass ...
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Air pressure equalisation

I'm programming a physics simulation and have the air pressure impact the movement of rigid bodies in the system. I know how to (approximately, both for simplicity and performance) specify bodies' ...
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How does the Eco-Cooler air conditioner really work?

This article describes a device for developing countries which apparently cools the air by 5 °C without electricity. According to its YouTube video, it works by lowering the pressure to drag in the ...
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Thermodynamics: Apartment Airflow: What Am I doing wrong air

Our apartment is a sauna. But sometimes it's much much hotter inside the apartment than it should be (night time it's 68 degrees outside but thermometer still says 90 inside!). I have 2 fans, one ...
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what causes water to be white in a river?

I know it is because of turbulance, causing air to enter the water. But neither air nor water are White, why does the combination of the two make White.
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Gas permeation through solid metal?

if i make a box from aluminum ( 0,5 mm thickness ) and put air in it ( about 2 bar or 3 bar). would the box lose the air over time (10 years period) or not ? assuming the temperature will change ...
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Can air be considered incompressible as long flow velocities are less than 100 m/s (Ma = 0.3)?

Multiple sources state that steady air flow (in open systems) can be considered incompressible at velocities less than 100 m/s (Ma = 0.3). Example: Deborah A. Kaminski, Michael K. Jensen, "...
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Effect of motion of medium on frequency

Will the frequency observed by a stationary observer will remain same if only the medium between the source and observer is moving?(ie. both source and observer are at rest and wind is blowing from ...
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Amount of Breathable Air in a Depressurized Scuba Tank

The question: How long could a person survive in an airless chamber using only the oxygen released from a 100ft^3 tank containing 32% oxygen? Long version: I'm doing a story on a man who allegedly ...
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What liquid has the lowest known solubility of O2 at 20°C, 1 atm?

I have recently started a project on hydropneumatic devices, i.e. devices that use hydraulic fluids in conjunction with high pressure gases. In such systems, the most immediate thing you would want ...
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Excitation of air with the eigen-frequency

I was just wondering (as a layman) what the eigenfrequency of breathable air is? If it exists: what would be the effects of exciting air with its eigenfrequency (w/ regard to humans, matter nearby?)
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If an unsealed water bottle has three holes at a different heights, why would the lower hole give out the most water? Is it because of air pressure?

If an unsealed water bottle has three holes at a different heights, why would the lower hole give out the most water? Is it because of air pressure? I am guessing it's because air pressure pushed on ...
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Density of air using ideal gas law

I need to find the density of air using (I think) the ideal gas law. I have calculated $V$ of an ideal gas at s.t.p. to be $.0224m^3$. I am asked to find the density of air knowing it's temperature ($...
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What is the temperature of compress air entering the atmosphere?

Hi to all of you enthusiasts, I have a 1 liter compressed air tank with around 207 bar of air pressure inside. It has been sitting out for a while and I am assuming its temperature has almost reached ...
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What amount of force could be created by a person “swimming” in air?

Had a question on a physics test, a person is at rest on a frictionless surface and can not throw anything, can they move? I said yes, by "swimming" against the air and got docked because "it wouldn'...
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power of an engine with wind

I know the power of an engine to overcome air drag is $1/2 c_d ρAv^3$. If the speed of the car $25\ \mathrm{m s}^{-1}$ (relative to the ground) and it travels in opposite direction to a wind at a ...
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What exactly is Breakdown Voltage of Air?

Most of the online sources say that the breakdown voltage of air is 30kV/cm. I've made a Cockcroft Walton multiplier and I can see the air breaking in between 17-18kV/cm. Only in a discussion at one ...
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Wind restistance as function of temperature

Is temperature-dependent wind resistance the reason there's a significant increase in fuel consumption in my Prius car when air temperature drops by 30 degrees K from 300 degrees K? I think I see a ...
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Why does the composition of the air does not change with altitude?

Air contains about 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen independent of altitude (up to 100 km). Why is this? Shouldn't the concentration of nitrogen increase with higher altitudes since nitrogen has a lower ...
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How can air pollution contribute towards light pollution?

I was just wondering if air pollutants such as soot, could reflect light into the night sky, and thus be a potential source of light pollution. If that's true, can you please suggest any other air ...
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Calculating optimal heat dissipation/air-flow out-of/into an enclosure - hole size vs number of holes

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I figured it would be a physics question. Essentially I have an enclosure that I will be using to house the components to build a computer. I am ...
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Rising glass in xkcd what if

In http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/, Around this time, the glass on the left starts to visibly lift into the air. The air pressure is trying to squeeze the glass and water together. This is the ...
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Water vs. Air : Heat Absorption/Capacity

I am not a physicist by any means and not even a current student, but nonetheless I am looking for an answer. Here is what I have gotten so far from university websites and other various resources on ...
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Affect of temperature and pressure on humidity

If the temperature outside is 0°C and the air is fully saturated, when I heat the air to 21°C without adding any water the relative humidity inside the house would be a very dry 25%. The dewpoint does ...
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How fitting is the sound wave (transverse wave) propagation model? (for the layman)

Air is a gas, then how is sound wave propagation possible? I mean, gas particles have a tendency to travel in a straight line, so how does a sound wave occur via compression and rarefaction? Most ...
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If my windows are open on a windy day, the curtains sway and the doors slam shut. Why don't I feel this wind?

I am standing indoors, right in front of my open window, as I see my curtains moving back and forth and I can hear my closed doors shaking. I can also hear the wind howling loudly. Why don't I feel ...
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Parachute Model

Can you tell me if this model is correct or not? [assuming drag is linearly proportional to the velocity] Considering y-axis vertical and x-axis horizontal,with y positive upwards: 1) $F_y=-mg-kv_y=...
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Force felt by parachutist when opening the parachute [closed]

When falling down with air resistance, y-axis vertical (positive is up), x-axis is horizontal, we have that: $F_y=-mg-kv=ma_y$, where $k$ is the drag coefficient. Now if the man opens the parachute, ...
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Can wind be defined as momentum/mass of air molecules?

In the past I thought a breeze of wind was "made" from a large amount of air molecules going all the same direction in the same speed. But it's not like that, actually this voted answer, this site, ...
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Forces in a body falling with air resistance

I would like to know why when a body falls with air resistance, we have that the drag caused by the air is -kv and the acceleration is -mg. What I don't understand is how they both have the same sign ...
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Free Fall with Air Resistance

Can somebody help me understanding why when free falling the force on the vertical axis is F= -mg-kv, where k is the constant of air resistance and v the velocity? Suppose the vertical axis is ...
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Kitchen physics question I should know.

I don't know anything about physics so this may sound dumb. I punctured a hole on the top of a condensed milk can to drizzle on my snow cone, but when I tried to poor it it barely came out. I randomly ...
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If I Blow smoke out my window, will any come inside my room?

My girlfriend and I have got into a lively debate about whether or not my flatmates can smell the smoke I blow out my window. Can you help us? Here is the scenario. The smoker, places himself ...
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When I open a window to air out the room, how does the smell disperse?

Let's say I'm in a room with some kind of noxious stink, possibly of flatulent nature. The quickest way to right the world that comes to mind is to open a window. When I open a window, how do the ...