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Being in a solid state, why is ice slippery? [duplicate]

Saying that ice is slippery is like saying that water is wet -- it's something we've known for as long as we can be said to have known anything. Presumably, humans as a species knew ice was slippery ...
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Why doesn't breath condense around poop of flies on the window's glass?

One day it was raining outside and I was breathing on the glass of my window. I noticed that around the spots of fly poop there is a circle where vapor does not condense. With time the circle becomes ...
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Why water vapour condense easier in contact with a solid?

Reading about cloud formation, I learned that to a droplet to form, the water vapour needs a Cloud Condensation Nuclei, which is an aerosol with a size in the order of 0.0001mm. And if no CCN is found ...
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Different anyon condensations that share the same phase

In Kitaev's notes, he reviewed the toric code model. Consider on square lattice the Hamiltonian $H=-J_e \sum_s A_s-J_m \sum_p B_p,\ A_s=\prod_{j\in vertices} \sigma_j^x,\ B_p=\prod_{j\in plaquettes} ...
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How to calculate the volume of water in a certain amount of air, given the relative humidity?

If, according to the weather forecast, the current humidity is 90%, how can I calculate the volume of water that could be extracted from a certain volume of that air?
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What happens to the $PV=nRT$ formula as the gas enters the liquid phase?

The formula $PV = nRT$ explains the relationship between pressure, volume and temperature in terms of the quantity of gas present in a container. I'm trying to understand how these are related once ...
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Difference between adsorption and condensation

So I just stumbled across the Wikipedia article on adsorption - and I asked myself, if there is a difference between (physical) adsorption and condensation on a surface? When I look at the water ...
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Cloud chamber temperature

I'm planning to build a small cloud chamber. The design is the usual: alcohol evaporates at the top by gently heating it with a thin wire and small current. The vapour sinks to the bottom of the ...
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How far we can see in the thickest possible fog?

There is quite foggy day today here, I cannot see end of the street. This made me think about how much worse can it be. So here is my question: how thick a fog can be? What's the smallest visibility ...
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How can I interpret negative values of potential evapotranspiration?

If I extract Potential Evaporation (PET, W/m$^2$) from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), climate reanalysis data (downloadable as netCDF files here), there are some negative ...
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How does a dehumidifier work?

I have read sites like this, but I am just not getting it yet. I'm looking to understand the variables involved, which I think are: air moisture content air flow (cfm?) condenser surface area? ...
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Will a cloud form in a depressurized room?

If a room is depressurized will a visible cloud or mist form? I would expect it would, but when I apply a vacuum to a flask I see no cloud form inside the flask. Would a room behave differently than ...
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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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Criticality in BCS Theory

Can someone provide me with a pedagogical introduction into the role of criticality in BCS theory? The QCD condensate is due to strong coupling. The BCS condensation involves only weak coupling - ...
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Is air in the refrigerator dry? how much?

I noticed that food gets dry in the refrigerator, so I would like to use this effect to dry some objects otherwise difficult to dry (more specifically: nylon filament for 3D printers, which would ...
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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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What caused a fluctuating cloud to form in a jet engine intake on a humid day?

I was on a commercial flight in a 737 stationary at idle on a taxiway. It had recently stopped raining so the relative humidity was likely near 100% and the air temperature was about "light jacket" ...
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How does a thin film of soap help defog bathroom mirrors?

We often find bathroom mirrors get fogged while hot water is used. Looking this up on the internet, we find several easy solutions: use a hot air blower use a heater behind the mirror vinegar + ...
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How do I determine when this object is about to get covered in dew? I can measure the environment parameters

There is a large disk of glass sitting outside, it is pretty thick and wide. Via different sensors hooked up to a controller, I can measure the air temperature, glass temperature (on the surface), and ...
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Cost vs. purity producing liquid oxygen [closed]

We are a group of rocket amatures who build rockets using LOX and ethanol as propellent. We normally buy the LOX from supplier. But lately we have been discussing if there is an easy way to produce it ...
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Can I use computer fans and tubes to lower the air temperature below dew point?

I suppose to build a small dehumidifier, but I am narrowing the question down into its logics. I have relatively powerful computer fans, water cooling radiator and some metal tubings. With the idea ...
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How can condensation be aided?

I was wondering if certain factors of water vapor condensation can be aided? For example, being able to increase the saturation of water vapor via a certain method, or another example would be having ...
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Solar stills with Wine [closed]

Is it possible to obtain more concentrated alcohol by using wine in a solar still instead of seawater? If yes, as I suspected, how does the concentration (of alcohol) of the distillate vary with ...
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Latent heat of condensation

Regarding atmospheric processes, I understand that energy is required to evaporate water by moving molecules further apart i.e. a phase change from liquid to gas. The air then ascends into the ...
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Why doesn't the fridge condense water like an air conditioner? [closed]

Simple question, why doesn't the fridge condense water like an air conditioner? I know that my ac condenses water (even in cool or heat) and don't know why the fridge doesn't. Aren't they both ...
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Thermodynamics: Are pressure and temperature enough to calculate enthalpy?

From the chart above, it looks like it is possible to calculate enthalpy from just pressure and temperature. After a few hours of Googling my question, I'm not able to find anything helpful. My ...
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Would a collection of entangled particles behave like a superfluid? [closed]

Superfluidity of a Bose-Einstein condensate comes from the fact that all the particles are found in the same quantum state. They are described by the same macroscopic wavefunction. They never collide ...
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Is there a name for a substance that is a gas at room temperature?

Is there a name for a substance that is a gas at room temperature, such as Hydrogen, Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Chlorine, Fluorine, Bromine, Nitrogen, and Oxygen. I am writing a paper where ...
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Liquid nitrogen condensing oxygen out of the air

In this video, a pool of liquid nitrogen in a metal bowl can cool it enough so that oxygen from the air condenses at the bottom: ...
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Would oxygen in a container condense automatically at night in the exosphere?

If a container filled with pure oxygen and fitted with leak-proof valves were to be dumped into the exosphere at night, would the contained oxygen condense?
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Majorana neutrino masses from left-handed neutrino condensate?

Let us consider a model with only left-handed neutrinos and with a new-physics interaction between these neutrinos, which leads to their condensation below a certain energy scale. Can we in principle ...
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Producing Condensation Trails by commercial aircraft engine

If the humidity decrease dramatically by altitude then how a commercial aircraft jet engine could produce condensation?
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Can there be net condensation into a pool of water?

I'm curious about the equilibrium of evaporation and condensation. Given that the surface area of a dehumidifier's evaporation coil at 4C is proportional to the rate of condensation, how would the ...
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Cloud chamber with normal ice

Is it possible to build a cloud chamber by using normal ice instead of the usual dry ice? The temperature for dry ice is about 200$K$ while it is about 270$K$ for normal ice.
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Compression and expansion of solids vs fluids

Why is it that solids on compression [As in striking a hammer etc.] heat up, but liquids and gases on compression [Pressurizing liquids causes them to freeze or gases to liquify] cool down? Can ...
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Can gas return back into a sparkling beverage on cooldown?

We all know that if a sparkling beverage (let's say, CocaCola) spends some time outside of the fridge and gets warm, the gas comes out of the liquid, rises the inner pressure and makes the bottle ...
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What is a good read about Manning condensation? [closed]

I was assign in a course to give half an hour talk about Manning condensation. I read Wikipedia article about it as a starter, but it's only two paragraphs long and only point to the original paper ...