Density is defined as the mass per unit volume of a substance.

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What would happen to a teaspoon of neutron star material if released on Earth?

I've read on NASA's page on neutron star that one teaspoonful of that star would weigh over 20 billion tonnes on Earth. If it was somehow possible to bring it to earth would it: Burn and disappear ...
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How can black holes be so dense?

It is said that if the Earth were a black hole, it would be the size of a peanut!? How is this density possible, are atoms really that sparse that they can be compressed so tightly? Is there some ...
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Do we hear sounds differently on the highest mountains?

Some searching gives that above 6,000 meter altitude the air density is less than half of that at sea level. Speed of sound is about 15-20% slower and "acoustic impedance" seems to change too. Do ...
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Is there some special cutoff density after which spacetime “collapses” and forms a black hole?

With crude calculations following densities can be approximated: Given that radius of proton is $1.75×10^{−15} m$ and it's mass is $1.67 × 10^{-27}kg$, this gives density of proton to be $\dfrac ...
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What is the principle behind centrifugation?

What is the principle behind centrifugation? I understand the idea that you spin something around the centripetal force will cause an apparent force on the spinning system. However I don't quite ...
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Density of a planet

I was wondering, how would you find out about the mass and the density of a planet and what the planet is made of? Finding out about the mass might be possible, because you can observe the movements ...
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Relativity and volume of black hole

Does Einstein's theory of special or general relativity incorporate volume? In a particle accelerator two particles smash together at relativistic speeds and "create" new particles (quarks etc) due ...
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Does salt $NaCl$ as a solid float in molten salt?

I know ice floats in water because it's crystalline structure causes $H_20$ solid to be less dense than $H_20$ liquid. Is the same true for salt because it is crystalline? If not why?
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When can a surface charge density exist?

In my syllabus about electromagnetism, they state: "This surface charge density will not always be present, e.g. when considering two non-conducting dielectrics such surface charge density remains ...
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Besides water, which substances are less dense as solids than as liquids?

You can read everywhere about water's extraordinary property of expanding when frozen, thus the reason ice floats on liquid water. What other substances do this? There are claims of mercury, silica, ...
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Computing a density of states of Hamiltonian $ H=xp$

How could I compute the integral $$ N(E)~=~ \int dx \int dp~ H(E-xp) $$ the 'Area' inside the Phase space is taken for $ x \ge 0 $ and $ p\ge 0 $? The result should be $$ N(E)~=~ ...
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In a column of fluid does density vary?

In a column of fluid does density vary?
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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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Can a star with a constant density profile be possible?

The equation of states for a star is given by a polytropic equation, where density depends on the $n$th power of $\theta$. Please refer to the literature First, what is this $\theta$? It can't be a ...
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floating human on gas experiment

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DzLX96VWTkc&feature=youtu.be I saw this and now I' m wonder is it possible to make this gas to lift human . I read thread about making air dense as water and it is ...
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Why won't a block less dense than water fully submerge?

Suppose we have an object of volume $1\: \mathrm{m^3}$. Mass of that object is $500\: \mathrm{kg}$, which means that the density of the object is $500\: \mathrm{kg/m^3}$. If the object is in water it ...
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Calculating air density lapse with altitude (specifically, pressures)

This might be a bit more of an engineering question, but I'm calculating air density drop-off with altitude, and I'm having some problems calculating the pressure (I'll run through my method). This ...
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How did Lord Rayleigh find the volume fraction of argon to air?

In order to isolate for pure nitrogen, Lord Rayleigh and his colleagues took some air and removed oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapour, leaving behind what he believed to be pure nitrogen. In ...
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Modelling gravitational potential of a galaxy

I am interested in modelling the gravitational potential of a disc-shaped galaxy with radius $R$, i.e. solving the 2D Poisson equation numerically by Gauss-Seidel relaxation: $$\nabla^2 \phi = 4\pi G ...
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Should the answer to Einstein & Quantum gravity be found in conditions of our local observable universe? [duplicate]

It seems like the discourse over a unified Einstein and Quantum Gravity disregards the phenomena encountered in our local observable universe, such as we find throughout the Intergalactic Medium. One ...
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What are the physical limitations on energy density for a useful, safe battery, and are we anywhere near them?

Energy storage seems to be a fairly major bottle neck in technological development at the moment, especially for important things like clean-energy powered transport, but also for consumer goods. Are ...
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Water vs Milkshake being sucked through a straw

Consider water in a glass being sucked through a straw. The water rises up in the straw because of a pressure gradient introduced by the sucking action. Now, change the liquid from water to something ...
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How come squeezing a water bottle makes the water come out?

This seems natural, but I can't wrap my head around it when I think about it. When I squeeze an open bottle filled with water, the water will spill out. When I squeeze a bottle, the material ...
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Why does iron sink in molten iron instead of floating?

Why does iron sink in molten iron whereas ice floats on water? Both are solid states of their own form, so why is one floating and the other sinking?
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Is there a physically motivated “trick” to evaluate this convolution?

I'm working on adapting some of the formalism in this paper to a system I'm working with. The part I'm interested in amounts to convolving a density profile $\rho(r)$ with a smoothing kernel ...
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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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why exactly is ice less dense then water?

The answers to this question explain that ice is less dense than water because it has a "crystal structure", but they dont explain what exactly that is and why this happens, also I saw this answer ...
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Why does a metal boat float?

I was in class learning about density and stuff. Our teacher told us that things that are denser than water sink in water, and less dense things float. Then, our teacher asked us why metal boats ...
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Is it possible for an object to stop sinking after a while?

Suppose you drop an object into a body of fluid (on a planet with constant gravity). Suppose the fluid is pure (as in, there are no solid granulates or bubbles present in it), and finally suppose that ...
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speed of sound relative to density of medium through which sound travels

I know that sound travels faster in water compared to air and say faster in steel than in what're so What would the density have to be to cause sound to approach the speed of light
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The inverse square law of sound through solids?

We all know about the inverse square law of sound. In short the power of the wave will get evenly spread on an ever increasing spherical expansion and this will dissipate the power of the wave at a ...
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Confusion about the probability cloud

What is the meaning of the electron probability cloud? I understood it to mean that the electron has a probability to be found in a certain postion before measurement, but now after reading ...
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Help with buoyant forces and liquids (high school physics)

I am stuck on this problem. Here is the scenario Suppose you send a balloon (filled with air) from your submersible craft to the surface of the ocean, $10.8 \text{ km}$ above, with the ...
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Would Oscars made of pure gold bend? [duplicate]

Since gold is often considered "soft": If the Oscars were made of pure gold (instead of gold-plated britannium), would they bend (deform) over time?
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Gaussian integration and dimension argument

I made a mistake recently regarding the Gaussian density, by putting the determinant of the variance to the power $\frac{d}{2}$. Would the following argumentation be valid to highlight it should be to ...
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What is the definition of density as a function?

(Before I start, I don't know which tag is suitable for this post. Please retag my post if it bothers you.) Let's say there is a string on $[0,1]$ with a mass given by $m(x)$. ($m(x)$ means the mass ...
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How to find out the compress happen when some force act on water/oil/air?

I need to do some calculation to find out whether my design works. I may use oil/water/air in my pneumatic cylinder (or you can call it hydraulic cylinder). Assume I have just a cylinder and I put oil ...
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How does water pressure manifest itself on the molecular level?

Second, related question: does water density relate to, or cause, water pressure? Everyone I talk to dismisses the idea that water density substantially affects pressure, and emphasizes that water is ...
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Two superimposed sounds traveling through low- and high-density matter: is separation possible?

Two superimposed sounds (at source: $s(t) = s_1(t) + s_2(t)$; the two sound components overlap completely in time, partially in spectra) travel through low- and high-density matter and are recorded ...
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What is the definition of density in a relativistic context?

In this question, there seems to be a clear presence of ambiguity, which raises the question: what is density in relativity? First of all, the question asks for the relativistic mass, "the apparent ...
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What does the absence of hydrodynamic entrance effects do to the momentum conservation Equation?

I am trying to do a homework problem where we re-write the mass, momentum and energy conservation formulas for downward flow in a vertical pipe and it says "where all hydrodynamic entrance effects ...
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How can I model a two dimensional and three dimensional equivalents of one dimensional delta dirac (impulse) function?

I just started to read the book 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking. Actually When he was talking of the idea of infinite density 'thing' before big bang suddenly the mathematical function ...
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Possibility of determining the mass of the water without a scale?

Possibility of determining the mass of the water by knowing water volume, water temperature and atmospheric pressure. I want to know if I can determine the mass of $V=0.01\,m^3$ of water in ...
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What happens when I increase the density of a stellar object so that its mass surpasses the Schwarzschild limit?

We know that every object that has mass, also has a Schwarzschild radius $r_s$: $$r_s = \frac{2Gm}{c^2}$$ With $G$ being Newton's gravitational constant, $m$ the mass of the object and $c$ the speed ...
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Is there anything special about the Sun's photosphere in terms of density?

The Earth has a definite boundary between rocky/ watery surface and gaseous atmosphere. The same cannot be said of the sun. Even though the photosphere gives an apparent "edge" to the sun via the ...
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Does the Relative density of water change based on the state it is in

Will Relative density of water change based on the state it is in? Ie solid, liquid, gas. What causes this change(if any) in Rd?
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How do you calculate density if you also account for gravity?

Consider this. I have an Earth-sized quantity of water that I throw into space. Naturally, it will assume the shape of a ball. Now hear me out. Density's definition generally assumes that it will ...
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What should density of water be to keep box afloat?

I'm writing a platformer game and my physics engine is Box2D. I have successfully implemented buoyancy, but have a question about mass and density. My player is 80kg, a box has a density of 0.5 and ...
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Why is density an intensive property?

I am still trying to understand what are intensive and extensive properties. Possibly someone can give a pointer to a decent text (preferably on the web), as I am not too happy (to say the least) with ...
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Proton gas density

As far as I know the lightest gas is hydrogen due to low mass of its nucleus, but what if we were to somehow strip hydrogen atoms of electrons and enclose protons in a container made of teflon (high ...