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The Spinning Log “Perpetual Motion” problem, and my attempt at a solution

So I was introduced to this "perpetual motion" riddle a few weeks ago. The problem goes like this: we all know perpetual motion machines are not possible, but this riddle seems like it should work as ...
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Can a solid object float on a frictionless liquid?

Assuming the solid is less dense than the liquid, will a solid object float on a frictionless liquid? I can imagine that due to the pressure gradient the object will float, but I can also imagine ...
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If the MH370 black box did sink to 15000 ft, how long would it have taken?

I have been following MH370 on the news just as everyone and latest reports seem to indicate that the black-box could be found. A recent info-graphic http://t.co/lyBBE9C2hF shows the insurmountable ...
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Buoyancy of a positively charged object inside positively charged fluid

An object with a density of $x$ inside a liquid with a density greater than $x$ would float. If we assume that both of these are positively charged and the object is in the middle of the liquid: ...
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How to model a rising helium balloon?

I'm trying to model the ascent of a helium filled weather balloon from 0km to 25km altitude. The plan is to eventually use a python script to calculate the time taken to reach 25km. However, I don't ...
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Why does a helium filled ballon move forward in a car when the car is accelerating?

I noticed that when I had a helium filled, latex ballon inside of my car, it moved forward in the cabin as I accelerated forward. The faster I accelerated forward, the faster the ballon went from the ...
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Can air bubbles sink at extreme depths? [duplicate]

I was thinking earlier about air bubbles in water. if you had a bubble of air (say in a balloon) then as you take it down in water the bubble shrinks because of the pressure and because it is ...
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Definition of Buoyancy Flux

I've seen in some papers the definition of buoyancy flux as follows $$B = g \frac{\rho_a-\rho_0}{\rho_0}Q$$ where $g$ is the gravity acceleration, $\rho_a$ is the density of the ambient fluid, ...
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Buoyancy in muddy water

Consider the buoyancy force in water with very small but macroscopic particles in it. Such particles (suspension) will very slowly drift downwards and will eventually settle on the bottom. If one did ...
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When moving something by entrainment in a fluid stream, where does the energy come from?

The particular Something I had in mind here would be air bubbles that are pulled downwards against their buoyancy by a stream of water falling down a shaft. The work required to push those bubbles ...
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In a column of rising hot air, is the velocity higher at the top?

Since the movement of the air is induced by buoyancy, i. e. there's a constant force acting on the air, so I would expect the velocity to increase during ascent, much like an object falling down due ...
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Displacement of a Rock Thrown Overboard [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Basic buoyancy question: Man in a boat with a stone If you have a large boulder on a boat, in a pond, and you throw the boulder overboard and into the pond, would the ...
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Boussinesq approximation for the Navier Stokes' equation - discrepancy

In the Navier Stokes' equation: $\rho_0 \left( \frac{\partial v}{\partial t} + v \cdot \nabla v\right) = -\nabla p + \mu \nabla^2 v + \hat{f}$ I included the temperature variation of density as ...
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“Troll physics”: Buoyancy for infinite power [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the fallacy in this infinite motion machine? Most of the "troll physics" images I can figure out, but this one has me stumped. What is broken about the following ...
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The Galileo thermometer: why do the bubbles float in the middle of the tube?

If the water were uniform temperature, it would have uniform density, so a bubble should either be all the way at the top (if it's lighter than water) or all the way at the bottom (if heavier). But in ...
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What is the fallacy in this infinite motion machine?

I realize this isn't possible, but I can't see why not, especially if you change the model a little bit so that the balls simply travel through a tube of water on the way up, rather than exactly ...