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How many pieces of paper to the length of the observable universe? [closed]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you fold a piece of paper to the point where it's a long stain of atoms, you would need 601 pieces of paper to get to a light-year. That would mean that you would need ...
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What is the best way to calculate impact time with collisions?

I've been teaching myself physics and I've been wondering about the impact time in collision calculations. The scenario I've been using to learn is an object with a mass of 4000 kilograms colliding ...
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Could a black hole maintain a stable orbit around the Earth?

Could a rotating Black Hole of mass $1.24\times 10^{10}$ kg maintain a stable orbit around Earth, without significantly altering the path of the Earth or Moon? In addition to this, would the presence ...
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How far has Earth moved from its birth orbit?

It says earth is almost as old as 1/3 of the universe's age which would mean 4.5 billion years . So how far has earth moved towards or away from the sun in these 4.5 billion years? Now perfect ...
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Rotational Torque Versus Thrust on a Screw

We all used screws and tightening them before, but here is my question. If a Thrust-like load behind the other side of the screw can move the screw out (example pushing), then how much force is it ...
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Can the Arcaboard fly?

Recently, BBC news had a video that claimed to show a "real" hoverboard: As far as I can tell, there are 36 small fans on this device, and it seems to be flying just a few inches off the ground. ...
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Energy needed for Superman to take off and fly at the speed of sound

I just watched "Man of Steel", and I'm wondering if my logic is correct. Let's assume Superman is 80 kg. The energy required to take off from the rest to reach the speed of sound in air (if I neglect ...
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How long time before all the water in a lake has been replaced? [closed]

Studying hydrology, and in that context we've seen some information about lakes and the times it takes for the water to renew completely in them. This got me interested in finding out how this is ...
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How much salt to dissolve in water for a noticeable change in volume?

I am reading through this High School science lab about how dissolving salt changes the volume of water: Place 300 to 400 g of salt in the flask (1L) Pour in enough water to cover the dry salt, and ...
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Simple estimation of the critical temperature of water

I'm trying to develop fermi estimation skills and I came up with a question for which I don't even know where to start from. Here goes: Is it possible to estimate the critical temperature (say in ...
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Grand Canyon Sound Problem Troubles

Yesterday, I got a question in class, this is the question: If you shout into the Grand Canyon, your voice travels at the speed of sound (340m/s) to the bottom of the canyon and back, and you hear an ...
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Can lasers lift objects?

I have been fascinated by a very intriguing question - Can lasers push objects up? I have done the below math to find out Lets say we have a $1000~\text{mW}$ laser and we would like to lift an ...
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How many atoms are there in our solar system?

Including all objects gravitationally bound to the Sun, how many atoms are there in our solar system?
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Force exerted on carseats?

Can anyone explain how force is exerted on car seats during a crash? I am being told in car seat safety forums that $force=mass \times acceleration$. So if a $2000 \;\text{lb}$ vehicle bumps you at ...
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Electro magnet strength to weight ratio

I was wondering. How would I work out how strong a magnet would have to be to support my weight.
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Why do flat sheets of paper twist more than paper cones as they fall?

If I cut a 10cm circle out of a piece of paper and drop it, it will twist as it falls, even if it's rigid. If I then cut out a one-quarter wedge of the circle and tape the remaining three-quarters ...
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Why can't space become fuel for spaceships? [closed]

I read somewhere that space is constitued mostly of hydrogen. So why can't space and its constituants (not only hydrogen) serve as fuel for future spaceships? The dreamer I am simply imagine a ...
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From how far away could Earth's telescopes detect Earth like radio signals?

The Earth has been broadcasting human generated radio signals for about 100 years now. If a nearby civilization were broadcasting similar radio signals, could we detect them with our own radio ...
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When did the universe become lighter than water at 1 g/cm3 [closed]

Did the universe become lighter than water before light could travel through it? What temperature was it at the time where matter was roughly 1g/cm3?
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If we increase the mass of a black hole by a factor of $k$, by what factor will the surface area of the event horizon change?

If we increase the mass of a black hole by a factor of $k$, by what factor will the surface area of the event horizon change? Given any number of identical black holes each with mass = $\mathrm{m_0}$ ...
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Small enough planet to notice rounding

This is my first question on Physics StackExchange, so bear with me. I am wondering. How dense would a planet need to be for a human to notice the fact that the planet is not flat, but round, by ...
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Does surface tension play a role in planet's shape?

I'm thinking that when the planets and stars were forming along with gravity surface tension also could have played a role in making them spherical. Am I correct?
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How can you calculate the thrust-to-weight ratio of a gun?

Is there some formula I can apply to the weight of a gun, along with the force of thrust it creates, and calculate if it will be able to lift itself off the ground or not? Without actually handling ...
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Can humans control rotation of the Earth?

I'm a class 12th student and this thought just struck me from nowhere. Assume a situation where every human on this planet turns towards west. All of them start walking simultaneously in west ...
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Spacetime Mercury vs Earth

What is the time dilatation of the planet Mercury compared to Earth? Can a person survive on the dark side of Mercury in the In the L2 position to Mercury and the Sun?
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How much energy is released by an evaporating black hole in the last second of its life?

From what I understand, due to Hawking radiation, black holes lose mass in the form of energy (electromagnetic radiation), with these characteristics: The larger the black hole, the less energy it ...
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Is it possible to 'push' a path to the Earth's core?

This may very well be a question for Earth Science SE, but as it is very hypothetical, maybe pure physics is more appropriate... Question: Imagine we have have a wedge that tapers down into an ...
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What is the safe distance to a supernova explosion?

In other words, what stars near the Sun may have an impact on the Solar system equilibrium or the Earth life if they become supernova ? Is SN 1987 A too far ?
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Does quantum mechanics play a role in the brain?

I'm interested in whether the scale of processes that occur in the brain is small enough to be affected by quantum mechanics. For instance, we ignore quantum mechanics when we analyze a game of tennis ...
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How would we estimate, ahead of time, “the chances” of LIGO spotting black holes colliding in the period that it has been operating? [duplicate]

Can anyone summarize calculations that have been done about the theoretical probability of a detectable black hole collision happening in the observable universe within the time that LIGO has been ...
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How much upward force due to ground vibrations does the Earth exert on you?

Say you're walking by the highway and you can feel the vibrations of cars moving along. How would you approximate the force that the ground is exerting on your feet due to these vibrations?
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How much energy does it take to simply run forward?

I'm interested in tracking as much data about my runs as I can in an effort to get faster, and while I can easily estimate energy expenditure during an uphill run due to the change in elevation, I ...
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What effect would GW150914 have had over a much shorter distance? [duplicate]

In the wake of the recent news of the confirmation of the existence on gravity waves, I was discussing gravitational waves with a friend, and he asked whether this could potentially lead to some kind ...
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Misunderstanding about Reynolds number

I am confused about Reynolds number. I am trying to use the formula to see if NASCAR cars have laminar or turbulent flow. But I am not sure how exactly to use the equation in order to do such ...
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Let's consider a sphere of radius $R$ at $T_0=100$ C in a far field of water with temperature $T_\infty=30$ C [closed]

Let's consider a sphere of radius $R$ at $T_0=100$ C in a far field of water with temperature $T_\infty=30$ C. How to calculate the sphere's temperature in each "layer" at any time? I really don't ...
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Reduction of Earth's rotation due to increase in humidity

I came to know that, moon is moving away from earth, resulting reduction of Earth's rotation. Similarly, if Earth's humidity increases, water vapor will be move up to the air from water sources, will ...
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If the Earth were a pool ball, could I feel mountains? [closed]

If the earth (12,742 km diameter) were scaled down to the size of a pool ball (61mm diameter), the mountain ranges would still exist, obviously. But would a typical human be able to feel those ...
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What's the formula for the speed of an accelerating car?

I am trying to find a formula that closely describes the speed of an accelerating car over time. I have found many graphs on the internet, but so far no formulae to generate them. For my purposes I ...
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Will this rope break due to the tidal forces or not?

While I was thinking about how tidal forces can make objects float at the surface of a planet orbiting a massive object like a black hole, the fact that any material on the Earth isn't held together ...
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Cesium-137 From Fukushima Meltdown

I've been reading up on the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and its effects it had on the environment. The iodine-131 initially released from the incident decayed after 8 days, but other isotopes such as ...
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What influence has the distance of the moon on the height of the tides?

As the Moon recedes from the Earth, are the tides getting taller or shorter? If the Moon is, someday, twice as far from the Earth, how many high tides will be there be each day?
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Would a neutrino bomb do anything? Or can weak force kill you?

In a disreputable animated cartoon (I accidentally watch every episode of religiously), a mad scientist plans on killing all humans with a Neutrino bomb. From context, this is a bomb that produces a ...
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How loud would a sound have to be to be heard around the world?

I'm reading the book Cosmos by Carl Sagan, and in it he states: Striking the Earth's atmosphere, a modest cometary fragment would produce a great radiant fireball and a mighty blast wave, which ...
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Nine Planets in the Solar System?

I just discovered that there is a Caltech team1 that suggests that there is "Evidence of a Ninth Planet": The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about $10$ times ...
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How much energy would it take to take down a 747 using vibrations? [closed]

Background Information: All materials have a resonant frequency, which is the frequency at which they are most easily excited (vibrated). That's how glass is shattered using high-pitched sounds. ...
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Fermi estimate for ice nucleation timescale

My friends in a Cryo-EM lab freeze their very samples quickly, a process they call vitrification. The timescale for this process is milliseconds (from wikipedia): The production of amorphous ice ...
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How much iron would result of fusing a human body?

While discussing nonsense plots, a friend and I ran into the question of what would happen to a human enclosed perfectly with an enormous amount of energy, Antimatter or fusion level energy. It was a ...
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How to calculate drag forces on an object

Previously, I theoretically calculated the velocity of a bb, accelerated by air pressure, when it exits a barrel. In short, I calculated my velocity to be about 150m/s. However, I wanted a more ...