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How fast does water fall in the middle of a very very thick waterfall?

Let me create a very artificial experimental set up. Take a bathtub the size of Delaware and suspend it a mile above the ground. Fill it with water (though I'm not sure to what depth - and it might ...
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Difference in vertical stratification of partial pressure due to gravity

Say you have a mixture of two ideal gases in the presence of gravity. There is a vertical pressure gradient on the mixture due to the force balance. This condition is required to prevent the entire ...
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Air Regeneration in Closed Systems [closed]

I wonder what's the way to regenerate O2 in air without using consumable chemicals (where one can use electricity through electrolisis or using UV lamps)? We can dissolve water into O2 & H2, but ...
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Temperature rise in Thermosphere

Generally speaking, temperature decreases as altitude increases from the sea level. But at the ozone layer it increases because ozone absorbs UV radiation. Temperature increases again in Thermosphere. ...
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Should the weaker of two air conditions be switched off?

We have two airconditioning systems in the office. For the sake of this question, let us assume the following current conditions: AC1 (old) outputs air of 26°C AC2 (new) outputs air of 18°C Office ...
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Why does hot air rise?

Why does hot air rise? I did an experiment: I made a model of hot air and cool air with marshmallows and toothpicks. The hot air had more volume than the cold air. Then, I weighed it. They both ...
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Why does air feel cooler when blown through a small hole and warm through a big one? (for example from a mouth) [duplicate]

I hope the question is clear enough and I'm sure that you can try this thing quite easily yourself. When I blow air from my mouth to my palm through a small opening, I feel cool in my palm, but its ...
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Stability of planet-enclosing shell supported by atmosphere

I understand that a hollow spherical shell of uniform density gives net zero gravitational attraction to objects inside it. So in vacuum, a ball at the centre of a spherical shell would not be stable ...
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How to calculate differential pressure

A ventilator fan mounted on the wall of an air tight room(except for an air intake with a given cross sectional area) is blowing air out of the room. If air displacement rate of the fan is given(CFM ...
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Compressed air cans vs regular compressed air

I have recently learned that when spraying a can of compressed air (the ones you buy in the store) it is very cold and will freeze things especially if you hold it upside down. I know that these air ...
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Repel air by electrostatic charge

It is known that an electrostatically charged object can repel or attract a flow of water. Can this also apply to an air flow? And if so, would it happen only due to the humidity via water molecules, ...
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Can this RC boat work in thoery? [duplicate]

We're a bunch of friends building an RC boat, this may sound stupid but I had an argument with a friend where he insisted that his design will work. Basically, he's saying that by putting a ...
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Effect of gravity on large tower with reduced air pressure

Suppose I built a 5km high building. The pressure of the air at the top would be around 50% compared to the pressure at the ground (I assume that the exact values don't matter in my case). Now ...
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Calculating PSI generated by water entraining air as it flows down a pipe

This is the concept used in a trompe. Basically, the idea is that if we allow water to flow down a pipe and if that pipe has inclined air intake orifices near the top where the water enters, then the ...
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Why does the perforated tin foil on a shisha pipe rise when smoking?

Imagine this setup (just without the windguard): When applying negative pressure at the hose, I can observe the perforated tin foil separating the charcoal from the bowl rise a few millimeters, ...
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Mass of air inside air balloon

I have an exercise here with a solution. The basic outline of the problem is: Calculate the mass of air inside a hot air balloon, given the mass of the air balloon at rest is $m_b = ...
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Can a vacuum cleaner be used to purify the air in a small room? [closed]

A hepa vacuum cleaner will pick up fine dust from the floor, filter it and send the clean air out through the exhaust. However with movement in the room fine dust will also be goinng up in the air ...
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Air resistance of a general shape object

I'm trying to code a simple physics simulator in C++ but I'm stuck on the air resistance issue. Surfing the Internet I only find a drag coefficient for very basical area shapes when the air is ...
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How long would it take for a container in vacuum to leak half of its air? [closed]

Let's say I know the size of the container, size of the hole the air leaks through, pressure the air is under and temperature of the air if that helps anything. Is it possible to calculate this only ...
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Air pressure relative to a force on a bag?

Assume an airtight bag occupied by air such that the pressure inside the bag is equal to the atmospheric pressure. Assume the surface tension of the bag is negligible. What is the change in air ...
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What is the name for the whistling “musical” sounds that change stepwise in pitch when a hollow tube is spun like a lasso?

You have likely heard those sounds, science museums sometimes sell Flexible plastic tubes you can whirl like a lasso. The air rushing by the end of the tube causes these sounds, which are admitted in ...
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Which air will give more effective cooling ? Dry or Moist?

Yesterday, I had an innovative idea. I live in India, and in summer season, the temperature can reach up to 45 degree Celsius. We use Split 1.5 Ton AC in our small office. The idea is to put an ...
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What makes water heavier than air?

I apologize in advance if this is too basic for this site. Considering that hydrogen is lighter then oxygen, and water is 2/3 hydrogen, and only 1/3 oxygen, and our "air" is comprised mainly of ...
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Balloon, lighter than air and vacuum?

As I understand, in a balloon/air balloon, a gas burner is used to heat air or using some lighter atom like helium. Since helium or hot air is lighter and less dense than the cool air around the ...
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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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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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Why does moving air have low pressure?

According to Wikipedia lift in an aircraft is due to an area of low pressure formed above the wings of an aircraft due to the fast moving air there. So why exactly is an area of low pressure created ...
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Why Does Air Hold More Water When the Air is Warmer?

I know that when the temperature of the air rises, the maximum amount of Water it can hold before the water condenses to water droplets increases. But why is this - has it got something to do with ...
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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? [closed]

I got asked this question for my physics course at college, i'm not the best at airspeed velocities... What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? I still can't find anything to help ...
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High and low pressure area and raining

In the high-pressure area it is mostly likely that there is sun. In low pressure area it is mostly likely that rain will occur. Because of the law that ...
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Can smoke stay still in the air?

Can a small amount of smoke be dense enough to stay in the air keeping its shape for a minute or so? Or does it always dissipate quickly? If not smoke, can anything else stay in the air for a minute ...
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How does air escape from a pneumatic tire?

Obviously, it is caused by the difference in pressure between the inside of the tire and its surrounding environment; but how specifically is the air escaping?
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Why does letting air into a box of wine help the flow?

I've notied that when I get down to the last part of a box of wine, the flow slows to a trickle. If I open the nozzle, tilt the box back (letting air gurgle into the bladder) and then tilt it back ...
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Function of air conditioner

What i always thought that air conditioners blow the cool air without knowing that they actually take the warm air from indoor and from outdoor. But whats the point of taking air from indoor and ...
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How air humidity affects dry process of a washing?

I've noticed that during wet weather my washing does not want to dry. Is it because of lower temperature, or because of air humidity?
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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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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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How do buoyancy control devices (BCD) work?

I get that having more air decreases density and increases buoyancy. However, we can take the diver-BCD-oxygen-tank to be a single system. How can the pumping of air from the tank into a vest around ...
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How does the pressure inside car tyre change once the car is lifted/ put back on the ground? [duplicate]

Imagine a car on a jack; how does the pressure change once the car is lifted (all wheels in air - not touching the ground). I'd be interested in knowing whether the pressure will increase or decrease ...
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About the real reason why paper doesn't fall in HALF-FILLED inverted cup [duplicate]

I just happen to see a show about air pressure host by Brian Cox. As the link:http://imgur.com/EsRadFi shows, he flipped a half-filled water cup upside down then the paper on cup doesn't drop: It ...
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What laws of physics apply when a flow of air is divided?

The question is rather simple, but I'm not sure if there is a simple answer to it. Let`s say I've got a flow of air (5 bar, 25 l/min) running through a 6mm hose. Then this flow hits a branch dividing ...
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Atmospheric pressure on a flat object

Consider a 10 inch by 10 inch sheet of paper lying flat on the ground. If atmospheric pressure is 15 pounds per square inch (sea level), then there is 1500 pounds of force acting downwards on the ...
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Can the weight of a bird be measured, considering air friction? [duplicate]

Assume that a bird of mass 1.5 kg is held in a box at height 500m and this setup is placed on a weighing machine. Now, the bird starts to hover in the box pushing the air downwards, and is at a ...
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Would using a fan cause an air conditioning system to think it's cold?

Recently my office manager said this, after I requested a desk fan: ...using a fan causes a draught, which then leads the air conditioning to believe it’s cooler than it is and it then blows out ...
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Pressure at the front and back of a fan

I have a fan which is inside a duct. When the fan is off, the pressure at the front and back of the blade remains the same. Now when it is running, the velocity of the air below will be more because ...
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Hot Air Balloons: how is the Lift related to environmental conditions?

I'd like to build a small hot air balloon big enough to carry 0.8kg (a camera). The first thing I need to know is: once I have a big enough plastic bag and a big enough source of fire, how much will ...
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How do we describe the relationship of balloon size and related lift?

We know that hydrogen and helium are lighter that air. Therefore it is certain that they would create a lifting force when enclosed in a balloon. How do we describe the relationship of balloon size ...
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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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Is it easier or harder to move moist air with a fan?

From what I understand, the molecular weight of water is lower than the molecular weight of nitrogen and oxygen. So, shouldn't it be easier for a fan to move moist air than dry air of the same ...