Concerns the application of the laws of physics to analyze common situations encountered in everyday life.

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Should the weaker of two air conditions be switched off?

We have two airconditioning systems in the office. For the sake of this question, let us assume the following current conditions: AC1 (old) outputs air of 26°C AC2 (new) outputs air of 18°C Office ...
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Why does hitting a cold bag of water freeze?

About 24 hours ago, I bought a box of 30 pieces water ice. I put them in the freezing compartment and when I came from work I was expecting a nice chilling ice. But when I opened the freezer, I saw ...
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Cleaning a dirty jar [duplicate]

I would like to wash the inside of an almost empty cylindric jar on whose walls there are remains of a sticky substance such as peanut butter. I do this by filling it up with water and then shaking ...
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How can I measure the ability of sunglasses to block UV radiation?

The most important function of sunglasses is to protect the eye against UV radiation. When they don't adequately filter ultraviolet (UV) light, it may even be worse to wear them than not to, because ...
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How much sunlight would 'fit' through a fibre optic cable?

Say a parabolic mirror were used to focus the full sunlight spectrum into a single strand of optical fibre. Assuming ideal conditions (perfect reflecting surface, focal point smaller than diameter of ...
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Radioactive objects in a student's room [closed]

Contrary to common believe, radioactive materials are everywhere, including inside our bodies, our food, the air we breathe and so on. From Wiki (emphasis mine): The decay of a 14C atom inside ...
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How do candles and wicks work?

The wick of my tea candle was buried in wax. So I lit a piece of paper and stuck it in the wax. Now the wax is burning off the paper, as if that were the wick. The wax itself wouldn't light on ...
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Do electrons move easier depending on the way a TIG tungsten head is grinded?

I'm in a TIG welding course, and during the course we (inevitably) messed up a few (suicidal) tungsten heads by grazing/suicide dive into the molten puddle during operation. Standard procedure is to ...
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Is there any physics arguments behind NASA pen joke

I am just wondering are there any reasonable physics arguments behind difficulty making pen for no gravity conditions. My thoughts are that there are many ways to make it working as: Pressurized ...
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Why does glue stretch straighter than string?

So I have some bottles of lemonade and I peeled the labels off both of them, revealing the glue underneath. When these bottles were next to each other the glue stuck. I pulled them apart and it forms ...
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What is the physics of traffic speed limit? [closed]

In my highschool class the teacher said that the speed limit is designed to prevent drivers from crashing. Does anyone know how they are able to determine the speed limit?
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Is it possible to remove the last block from a the lowest layer of a Jenga tower?

A while back, my brother and I had a discussion about the possibility of removing the last block from the lowest layer of a Jenga tower with the layer immediately above it having only one block in it ...
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Possible to make full loop on a swing only by “pumping legs”?

Is it possible to make a full $360^{\circ}$ loop on the type of swing in a children's playground if I power the swing only by "pumping" my legs? i.e. nobody pushes me?
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How much harder an aluminum bat will hit a ball as compared to a wooden bat?

I was thinking like what's the major difference between using aluminum bat and wooden bat means how much harder will an aluminum bat will hit a ball as compared to wooden bat ?
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Is it better to walk or run when there is rain? [duplicate]

When I was coming from school to my house, there was heavy rain. Then one of my friends said "Don't simply walk, run fast". Then the question came to my mind: how should I go so as to avoid wetting: ...
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The physics of tripping on a stone [closed]

You know, you are walking or running at a certain velocity, your foot gets stuck on an obstacle and you end up flat-faced to the ground. What is the physics behind it? How does the linear motion ...
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Is there any quantum experiments or effects that you can do at home? [duplicate]

I have heard that you can do the double slit experiment, but is there any other experiments like particle entanglement or observer-induced state collapse?
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Will an object with a higher temperature lose its heat faster than a cooler, yet warm object

I'm after the math, which I don't understand yet and can't find elsewhere. The variables are: Two identical cups, A and B The same volume of fluid is contained in each cup, test fluid is water. ...
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Does frequently switching a compact fluorescent lamp on and off reduce its lifespan?

What's the physical reason that makes compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) burn out earlier if we frequently switch them on and off? CFLs typically have a rated service life of 6,000–15,000 hours, ...
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Why do dead batteries bounce?

It seems like you can test if an Alkaline battery is empty by just dropping it on the floor. If it's empty, it will bounce and fall down. Why is that? Here is a video of it:
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Why does a match go out if you hold it so the flame is up?

I have noticed something which may have been noticed already: take a match, and light it, then hold it so that the flame is directly above your hand. The flame will eventually go out. My guess as to ...
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Two people are holding either end of a couch, is one person exerting more force than the other?

I was carrying a couch with my flatmate yesterday, and I started thinking about this. Often when carrying objects like this, one person will be taller and has thus lifted his end of the couch higher ...
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Explain why quantum behavior is not observed in daily life

People always ask: How come we don't see any "Wave" attached to a classical object such as a car? You always see the object in the same place without any uncertainty. I am sure there are answers, ...
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How much is if my internet provider says “we have increased your WiFi connection by 2 decibels”?

I understand the definition of decibel as a logarithmic unit for intensity of anything. I just cannot imagine its "actual size" when comes to the wireless connection. Can you provide something ...
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Why Does Moving a Cup of Coffee Up and Down whilst carrying it Make it less Likely to Spill?

Sometimes I have a Very Full Mug of Coffee and I am trying to carry it without it spilling. I noticed that if I moved the Mug up and down when carrying it, it seemed to settle the coffee and make it ...
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Why is the shadow of a wind turbine a bit slow at first then very quickly, etc. and not equivalent to the wings?

When I stand at a wind turbine and look at the shadow on the ground, the shadow is a bit slow at first then very quickly, etc. Very strange.
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Can a microwave oven induce an accumulation of static charge in food?

I often "touch test" microwaved food to see if it is heated up enough to my preference. In doing so, I sometimes notice the characteristic tingle of a static discharge between the food and my finger ...
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How do we “cancel out” the torque from running?

Running certainly causes a torque on our body, as we are propelled forward via our feet; why doesn't this torque cause our bodies to spin about their center of mass?
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Why do I hear a squeak in my pipes when my neighbour runs his water?

I just installed a new water-heater in my apartment. Now, I hear a distinct squeak from some rooms some times when I or some neighbour run the water. Could not hear this before, and the pipes are all ...
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Long, blurry reflections in wet road [duplicate]

When driving on a wet highway at night, any surface emitting or reflecting light will have a reflection right under it that is blurry and seems to stretch to infinity. This is not exactly what I am ...
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Twisted earphones-wires [duplicate]

Just the other day I kept aside my earphones after listening to music for a long time, only to find it get twisted, well and good! This happens every time. I feel it is a really strange phenomenon - ...
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Real life physics problem: Why is my desktop computer affected by my plasma ball?

Note: this is strictly a physics question, not meant to be an advertisement I was running my desktop with a plasma ball on the side. The desktop has a touch screen enabled. I started to notice that ...
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Why does a diver changes his body positions before and after diving?

Before a diver dives in a pool, he changes his body positions several times. When he is about to jump from board he extends his arms and legs but sometime after jumping he closes his body in a ...
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Why do flat cords tangle less in my pocket?

We've all experienced this: put a pair of earbuds in your pocket, and when they come out, they're a tangled, knotted mess. However, you can also buy versions with flat, ribbon style cables rather ...
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3D movie optics mathematics

I get the idea that we use two polarized light sources and a parallax rendered film such that the objects seem to resemble true parallax in our eyes once it passes through the polarized glasses, but ...
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How is the efficiency of an electric motor affected? [closed]

Consider that I'm having a motor (AC/DC) and the power switch is on and it's being supplied power and of course the motor is rotating. Now, I continuously start switching off and on the power. For 1 ...
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Why can I turn light red or blue by holding my finger up to it?

This is a difficult phenomenon to explain. Imagine you have an opaque object partially covering a very bright light source, for example, an object held up against the sky. The left hand diagram is ...
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Viewing computer screen through 3D glasses, why the asymmetry?

I have 3D glasses made up of plastic. First case: When I hold front side of the 3D glasses (by this I mean that side on which light falls) in front of a computer screen, light coming from screen is ...
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Why covering our nose with a cloth or nose mask reduces stale smell?

Whenever there is a stale smell in air, we tend to use a cloth(maybe a handkerchief) instantly to get away with it. Why does a cloth or a mask reduce the intensity of a stale smell? Are the "smell" ...
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why does the temperature of spray cans always feel cooler than the temperature of the environment? [duplicate]

I know why sprayed gas is cooler due to evaporation thru different pressures, but I can't understand why is the can temperature always lower than environment?
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The behaviour that saves more energy/ petrol when driving down-up-hill [closed]

This question is in a way a follow-up of this one: Can a car get better mileage driving over hills?, it is similar to that, is no engineering question and is in no way a homework problem, I'd like you ...
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AC is more dangerous or DC? [duplicate]

If, though not possible DC also works on specified frequency or follows sine wave form then which one would be more dangerous AC or DC?
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Why does paper become uneven when soaked and dried?

Pouring water on a small part of sheet of paper and then drying it makes it uneven, it gets a wave like appearance and seems to have become larger in size. Why?
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Why pouring milk from a height makes a chain shape? [duplicate]

I have noticed a chain-like shape when milk is poured from a height into a cup. Actually the chain pattern repeats itself after some distance and again till it reaches the milk in the cup. Any ...
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Is, in terms of sound, pouring water in a bottle the analogous of blowing into it?

When we pour some liquid in a closed container, for instance a jar or a bottle, we usually hear two (acoustical) noises: one is the classical turbulent (I guess white) noise, that in my view is ...
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What happens when both of Polarizing filter in LCD screen are Horizontal

What would be the result if we replace the vertical polarizing filter in LCD device (screen) with a horizontal filter, what could we see exactly? Would we see the same if we use only one horizontal ...
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How can humidity change in a closed room?

I know a closed (not perfectly insulated) space (like a house) can change in temperature if the outside has a different temperature (by diffusion, unless I'm much mistaken). From observation and ...
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Why some material is waterproof while breathable?

I am an outdoor lover. Sometimes I am addicted to the jackets made of high-tech materials. There are some materials waterproof while breathable, I wonder how this is possible. They(Liquid water and ...
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Why does it seem as if big vehicles “attract” mine when I drive close to them?

When I drive a car at high speed and when I am near to another big car (like a van, or transport vehicle) I feel an attraction to or something push me toward the other big car. What's the physics in ...
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What's up with my whipped cream? [closed]

I got a latte with whipped cream this morning, and towards the end of the drink I noticed a peculiar effect. Regardless of how I turned the cup and thereby the coffee, the whipped cream pieces ...