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Make air reflect light

Is there any way in which air can be made to reflect light? By making air denser or by any other way? The task is to project images in air...
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Velocity change of air down a cone?

Does the velocity of fluids(specifically gasses) change when traveling down a cone from the wide opening to the narrow opening? If so, is there an equation used to calculate the acceleration or ...
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Visible wavelengths of air fluorescence data - needed for school demo laser telephone design

I'm seeking information about fluorescence in visible wavelengths (390-700nm) of any of the main constituents of air ( $ N_2, O_2, CO_2, H_2O, CO, etc. $) that can be excited with a (hopefully ...
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Why does the vortex form in the von Karman Vortex Street?

Why does the vortex form in the von Karman Vortex Street? So far I have this for the reasoning: 'It occurs when a fluid flows around a cylindrical object. The pressure on a fluid particle rises to ...
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What is the critical diameter ratio of a cone shaped reducer before air overflows

Let's assume we have a cone shaped cylindrical reducer with $D_1$ inlet and $D_2$ outlet diameter (funnel). Air flows through it with velocity $v_1$ at inlet and $v_2$ at outlet. With the velocity ...
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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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If you compress air to a large enough pressure do new molecules form that have a large activation energy?

If you compress air to a large enough pressure do new molecules form that have a large activation energy?
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If you brought a hollow one-inch cube of steel filled with air into space, would the air exert a pressure of 14.7 psi on the cube?

In my thought experiment, since air exerts $14.7$ psi at sea level, the air within the cube of steel should exert the same pressure outward, $14.7$ psi. Right? The whole thing about balanced air ...
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What happens if you blow at a paper wad sitting at the doorway of an airtight room?

Sounds like a hilarious scenario, but this is why it got me thinking: A common experiment demonstrating air pressure is to put a paper wad at the mouth of a bottle, and then blow into the bottle. The ...
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Could a vacuum airship be possible? [duplicate]

According to Wikipedia, a vacuum airship is a hypothetical airship that is evacuated instead of using a lighter gas. Really, once I first saw this, I thought, "Why did I never think about this ...
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what is the pressure that a sonic wave actually creates?

We know that sonic waves across atmosphere are basically areas of high and low pressure. But I couldn't find how much is that pressure. There are online calculators to calculate the sound pressure, ...
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can I move air masses with sound waves?

I know I can move air with a fan. Could I move air with sound waves. If yes, how exactly? would it be more efficient? What setup do I need?
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Graph of Electrical Resistivity of Air vs Air Pressure

I've search many place ( Google, forums etc ) but can't seem to find anything that explains the Relationship between: Electrical Resistivity of Air vs Air Pressure Constant Variable: ...
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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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How does a hollow-point bullet move smoothly through the air, presenting a 'cup-shaped' nose instead of an actual sharp-point to the fluid?

Hollow-point rounds move smoothly through the air when presenting a 'hollow cup-shape' instead of a traditional 'sharp point' to the fluid air. Does this mean the air trapped, and at some assumed ...
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Pressure vs Volume Calculation for air

I have 1 litre of air in a sealed container at atmosphere pressure (approx 15 psi absolute). I want to reduce pressure in the container by 1 psi ( 14 psi absolute or -1 psig). If I understand ...
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How did Enrico Fermi calculate the classical Fermi Problem?

From Wikipedia: Fermi was known for his ability to make good approximate calculations with little or no actual data, hence the name. One example is his estimate of the strength of the atomic bomb ...
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How to calculate air velocity in a fan?

How to calculate air velocity in a fan and what data should I know ? So if I have a fan motor, fan blade and a battery, what data should I get from these items ? I think I will need to know the ...
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Why doesn't atmospheric pressure crush thick walled structures?

There is one thing that puzzles me: common explanation of why don't structures collapse under the enormous atmospheric pressure (~101300N/m^2) is that the force pushing from inside balances out the ...
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Determining the final state of the gas in the tank

Suppose there is air of mass m1 in an insulated tank at temperature T1 and pressure P1. 0.25m1 of air is released through a valve attached to the tank. Find the final temperature, T2 and pressure ...
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Forced convection: temperature gradient in conical pipe

My situation involves a conical pipe of known dimensions and material composition. Warmer-than-ambient air is added to the small end at a steady, known flow rate. I'm hoping for a way to estimate ...
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Does a ceiling fan sound louder when humidity is higher?

It seemed to me the ceiling fan is making louder noise(of cutting through the air) when the day is a bit damp/humid, especially after a rainy day/hour. Is this a valid observation? Can the increased ...
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What happens to the air in a water bottle when it falls?

(ignoring the air resistance that causes the bottle to take positions in mid air. Let's say it is dropped in a vacuum with earth's gravity accelerating it downwards) I just cannot catch what happens ...
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Heat transfer between river and air

There is a temperature sensor about 200 feet back from a large river, at about the same height as the river. A sewage pipe continuously dumps water of about 12 degrees C in the river directly in front ...
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Why did they used to make the mill chimneys so tall?

Why did they used to make the mill chimneys so tall? This question was asked in an Engineering Interview at Cambridge University.
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When one blows up a latex balloon, why does it get easier to blow once it has a little air in it (after 1 or 2 breaths)? [duplicate]

When one blows up a latex balloon, why does it get easier to blow once it has a little air in it (after 1 or 2 breaths)?
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What is the difference between air pressure and atmospheric pressure?

I know that air pressure and temperature are inversely proportional. Now I saw in a book that "Atmospheric pressure decreases as we go higher and higher." But at greater heights the temperature ...
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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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Fan Speed Formula

Is there any formula for computing fan speed by using air mass,air flux, air density or specific heat? I have computed air mass and air flux, and found the values for air density and specific heat, ...
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/HVAC/ Air speed and influence on human body

I was wondering about three things: Wind chill effect. Human body perceives surrounding temperature as colder, with increasing air flow (chart). This is understandable, as thermal transfer "consists" ...
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Mathematics of simplified air resistance

I recently encountered a problem in which when throwing a ball upwards one has to determine whether it goes up or comes down faster when not only was gravity to be considered, but also air resistance ...
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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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The speed of air rising through a heated tube

I would like to get an explanations of an observed physical phenomena. When a metal tube is placed vertically and heated and the air inside rises, the speed of the air moving through the tube ...
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Why don't things get destroyed by gas molecules flying around?

Gas molecules go at an insane velocity, and though they are miniscule, yet there is a LOT of them. Of course, because of all these molecules hurtling around, there is air pressure; yet if you envision ...
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How air humidity affects how much time is needed for heating the air?

In cold weathers it is suggested to put a humidifier since the air gets too dry. I wonder how the humidity affects how much time is needed to get the air at a temperature of 20 Celsius degrees? I mean ...
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Hot air particles

I have a question- albeit random one!. I recently visited a friends place who used a standard shovel from the shed as a tool for moving hot charcoals around a pizza oven. Unfortunately the shovel was ...
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Is fuelless aviation possible?

I've read the article Gravity powered aircraft flies with no fuel. This is making me confusion, as I can not discern if it is credible. Is it an hoax?
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Is it possible to send modulated ultrasound wave from underwater to air?

Is it possible to send modulated ultrasound wave from underwater to air? In case of radio frequency it is refraction loss at the surface between water and air. Is it something similar for ultrasound ...
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Drying clothes with the sun's heat, without any air

Will my wet clothes dry if I hang them under the sun, and if there is no air around the clothes? In other words, do I need both air and heat to dry wet clothes, or is heat alone (in the imagined ...
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Self-made air pump - What does it take to pump up a balloon?

We are building a simple altitude-controlled balloon (idea borrowed from Google Loons). As part of that, we need an air pump to inflate a balloon acting as ballast (which is called a Ballonet in ...
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Why is the pressure inside a soap bubble higher than outside?

Apparently, the air inside a soap bubble is under higher pressure than the surrounding air. This is for instance apparent in the sound bubbles make when they burst. Why is the pressure inside the ...
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Can sound frequency create more ideal conditions for fire?

You may have seen the recent story of a device that engineers claim can extinguish flames using sound frequency. An older article loosely explains the theory behind how this works: Sound travels ...
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How to relate speed of sound with relative humidity?

I am exploring the idea of measuring the humidity of a space using sound waves, however I am having trouble finding a mathematical relationship between the speed of sound and the humidity level. ...
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Air nozzle outlet profile efficiency, concave/convex

I need to design a contracting nozzle for air. The application is quite simple, consider it like an hair dryer but the flow speed is even lower. So the Mach number is very low and the flow laminar. If ...
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What exactly is wind?

What is wind? I think it is kind of a vibration of air particles. If so, is it a longitudinal or a transverse wave? Or is it just a bunch of air particles being pushed? Smells disperse in wind so ...
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What could be added to tap water to reduce air bubble formation on a submerged object?

Submerge your hand in a bucket of water. Some air bubbles appear immediately and others add to the surface of the hand over time. Is there anything that could be added to the water to reduce the ...
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How would a huge ball of air look in space from outside and from inside?

If you replaced the Earth (except the atmosphere) with air and kept the pressure linear to the center (of the now non-existing Earth) while ignoring the effects this would have on gravity and leaving ...
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How can Denver offer Hot Air Balloon rides?

So the air density in Denver is 1.0 kg/m^3. And heated air has the density of 0.95 kg/m^3. So adding the weight of the basket and balloon I don't understand how a hot air balloon could get off the ...
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Why the breath sometimes warm and sometimes cold? (2 different explanations!)

If you blow air against your hand with your mouth open, you feel warm breath. If you do with with your lips closed except for a small opening, you feel cold breath. One explanation from here says ...
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Why is my breath hot when i open my mouth all the way, but cold if I blow like a whistle? [duplicate]

I observed this as when I want to cool my soup I blow like a whistle and when I want to warm my hands I open my mouth more as my breath is warmer now.