Earth's atmosphere is a layer of gases that surround it, permitting life and protecting life by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warming the surface by retaining the heat and mitigating the temperature difference between day and night.

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How much air needs to be displaced to generate an audible sound?

I'm reading a book where in one scene a wizard/alchemist teleports a scroll after reading. He folded the parchment carefully and muttered a single cantrip. The note vanished with a small plop of ...
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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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How would filling a milk canister with helium affect the reading it makes on a scale?

Let's say that if I put a milk canister on a scale it shows 10kg. If I fill it with Helium it must necessarily be less than this, right? Can someone explain this (probably trivial) thing to me? :) ...
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Sound - what happens with the particles when a wave passes

I'm having some problems in understanding the principles of sound propagation. The wave propagates though air (for example) exerts compression, which is followed by rarefaction. I think I got than ...
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Is it possible to make laser beams visible midair without smoke?

My question is: Is it possible to make laser beams viable midair without smoke? I thought it would be a great idea to have a (second) smartphone or pc screen without having a solid screen. The reason ...
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AIR PSI formula maybe

How would one figure out the maximum PSI (air only) a particular container may hold knowing only its dimensions? I understand the water formula. P=.434 x height I would like a formula for air ...
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air flow with line fans

I must vent air through an 8 inch duct from one area to another using an 8 inch line fan. One goal is to vent the maximum amount of air possible through the duct. Is there any different between ...
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Paper plane between two fans - is this possible?

The setup: two fans facing each other, distance around 1m. Both are turned on. In between them, place a simple paper plane and according to this video, it will fly. ...
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Could one make steel balloons? [duplicate]

Reading this question reminded me of an idea I once had, and I wonder whether it's feasible. Imagine a hollow ball made of something strong, like steel. Imagine there is nothing inside; only vacuum. ...
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Is it possible to create a parachute large enough to stop all velocity?

This idea came to me while playing Kerbal Space Program. I noticed that the larger my parachute was, the slower my rocket would fall back down to Kerbin. I would like to know if it is possible to ...
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HEPA vs. water filter in vacuum cleaning [closed]

What is the difference between air being filtered with HEPA or water? Which one performs better within a non-allergic home environment? Does water filter have a meaning still when common vacuum ...
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Calculate flow rate of air through a pressurized hole

I was wondering about this: If there is a pressurized container, like a tank of compressed air at some pressure that is greater than the ambient air pressure, and this tank of air has a hole in it, ...
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Is it possible to “cook” pasta at room temperature with low enough pressure?

It is known fact, that boiling point of water decreases by decreasing of pressure. So there is a pressure at which water boils at room temperature. Would it be possible to cook e.g. pasta at room ...
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how does air pressure affect the speed of sound

How does air pressure affect the speed of sound in relation to its kinetic theory etc? I have tried searching this but i have not found a suitable answer as other websites simply related to air ...
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Different density objects falling on Earth's atmosphere?

So I finally understood why 2 objects with different masses, free falling from the same distance reach Earth's surface at the same time (due to the objects Inertia). Now when the objects fall in the ...
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Ostwald gas solubility for air-sea gas exchange of O2

The bubble-mediated component of the air-sea gas exchange can be parameterized with Woolf's (1997) formula as: $$ K_{b} = W \frac{2450}{\beta_{0} \left( 1 + \frac{1}{\left( ...
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How could electromagnetic waves propagate through space although they have no electrons?

How could electric fields in these waves propagate through space although in space there's no electrons for the electric field to be formed? is there another type of charged particles that carry the ...
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Burning alcohol vapor

Let's imagine a plastic container, sealed closed. We fill half of it with alcohol, then we generate a spark. The question is: can the mixture of alcohol and air burn, or do we need a hole to let air ...
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Why do cold drinks get sweaty?

I drink a lot of iced tea and live in a very humid part of the country. My drink accumulates so much water, I had to purchase coasters to collect all the water dripping from the sides. Where does ...
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The physics behind Balloons lifting objects?

Apologies for the super basic question, but we all have to start somewhere right? Can somebody please explain exactly how you would calculate the number of helium balloons it would take to lift an ...
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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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Beryllium Vacuum Sphere Boat/Aircraft

Is it possible to make a solid rigid evacuated "balloon" out of Beryllium or other elements or alloys? The critical buckling pressure at which an evacuated sphere is given as $$ ...
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What will happen if a hairdryer is turned on in an air tight box?

I wanted to know what would happen if a hairdryer is turned on in an airtight box
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How to calculate how much air is leaking out of an object?

I have a pressurated pvc pipe. I am wondering how long it would take for it to leak out on a small tube. I really just want to know how to do the equation, so I could figure it out depending on the ...
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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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Does measuring the air temperature near a 21 lane asphalt highway impact measurements?

The official temperature in Sydney is measured at the Sydney Observatory. This is located near the city side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge - which is a major highway. My question is Does ...
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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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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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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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Relative humidity of an air parcel with decreasing temperature

I'm a bit confused while doing relative humidity calculations. To make the case simple: let's say I have my room temperature at 25 degrees with a 50% relative humidity (RH). If I take an air parcel ...
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Can pockets of air exist underwater?

If yes, why don't they fill up with water, and can you breathe the air there? Like, it's not exactly atmosphere there, but an underwater cave with higher ceiling. P.S. Possible that it has a ...
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If hot air expands in all directions why is the balloon moving up?

A balloon is moving up. The hot air inside the balloon is expanding in all directions and cold air outside the balloon acts with force on the balloon from all directions (higher pressure force). Why ...
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Why can I see my breath after I pop my ears?

I have this weird but reproducible thing that I can see my breath for less than a second even in hot/humid weather. The key to do that is to pop my ears - I have to do that often, it's like I'm on a ...
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Is the density of air in the mountains higher at the equator?

I have heard that at e.g. 5000 m altitude, the subjective feeling is better in the Himalayas than e.g. Tien Shan, because Himalayas are located near the equator, and due to Earth's rotation "air is ...
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When blowing air through a tube, why does it act differently if I press the tube against my mouth, or hold it an inch away?

So I have a tube of wrapping paper. It's at least a couple of feet long and maybe two inches wide. If I press one end of the tube firmly against my mouth and blow, I barely feel warm air come out ...
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What is the refractive index of air at high temperatures (> 200 °C)

Is there a method/formula to calculate the refractive index of air at high temperature (e.g. 400 °C - 800 °C)? I could only find formulas specified up to 100 °C and our physicist at university ...
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Paradox while Cooling & Heating in Air? [duplicate]

I was thinking about how asteroids get "burned" up in the upper atmosphere as they approach the earth surface due to the atmosphere of earth heating the asteroids immensely as a result of air ...
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Does it take significantly more fuel to fly a heavier airplane?

I was reading in the papers how some-airline-or-the-other increased their prices for extra luggage, citing increased fuel costs. Now I'm a bit skeptical. Using the (wrong) Bernoulli-effect ...
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If hydrogen and helium are lighter than air, why won't liquid hydrogen and liquid helium defy gravity?

Title says it all. If hydrogen and helium are lighter than air, why won't liquid hydrogen and liquid helium defy gravity?
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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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Is there an equivalent to wetness for air?

I was wondering if there was something equivalent to the property of being wet with water, but with air instead. For example, if I drop water on my shirt, I'll notice by its appearance and feel that ...
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Breathing Air Underwater From A Car Tyre

I've seen in many movies and programs the event where a car plummets off the road and in to a body of water, sinking rapidly. The car slowly fills with water as it sinks and the occupant(s) don't ...
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What does the wind speed have to be to blow away a person?

With the approaching hurricane, I am curious about what would happen if I go outside, in particular whether the wind gusts might be fast enough to blow me away. How fast would the wind have to be to ...
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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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Is it faster underwater to go down without air or up with air?

So I had a very interesting conversation between me and my friends about this topic, but we could not find the answer. The Situation Lets say you are in a pool and you want to touch the bottom and ...
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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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Which is the most accurate way to model the fundamental atmospheric parameters of the Earth?

I need to calculate the fundamental atmospheric parameters, I mean the actual ones, this is not an exercise but a model for a real world application so I need to take account of the humidity of air. I ...
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Why can I move through air?

Forgive me if this a simple question with an obvious answer I can't see. I was thinking about pressure and air pressure and how we have thousands of pounds of air pressing down on us. What I'm ...