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

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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 ...
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Model of scattering in wet things

You know that clothes and some surfaces become darker when wet (covered in an earlier question: why wet is dark?), because of the disordered reflections or of the refractive index of water or ...
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The Egg Smashing Tournament

My cousins and I have a annual egg breaking tournament. First, each of us gets a hard boiled egg. Then, in a bracket tournament style, a pair of us face off in an egg breaking round: one person holds ...
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Understanding equation for force acting on stones skipping over water

I think I have a decent conceptual understanding of the forces at work when stones are skipped over water. My question pertains to this equation, $$ F = C_L\rho U^2S\sin({\alpha + \beta}) $$ which ...
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Why most of physics is somehow related to light? [closed]

It seems that for the past 200 years, every physicist is concerned about light. For example : Newton's particle model, Young experiment, Photo-Electrict effect and Einstein's formula, Special ...
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Hula-hoop physics

What are the important parameters to consider when trying to keep a hula-hoop in the air by spinning it around the waist? For instance, when shopping for hula-hoops, one can commonly find its ...
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Why are stars white?

That is may be a easy question, but I am not a professional. The sun is a star and when I look at the sun is usually yellow. Why stars in the night are white? I suppose is for the distance. What is ...
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What is happening when a jenga block tower wobbles?

Imagine I am 3/4's of the way through a Jenga wooden block game. I have a tower and it is starting to wobble. To me it seems there are two possible causes for this: the wood is compressing and ...
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During a turn, do the rear wheels necessarily trace out the same arcs as the front wheels?

When a vehicle makes a turn, the two front wheels trace out two arcs as shown in the figure below. The wheel facing towards the inside of the turn has a steering angle that is greater than that of the ...
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How does water-soluble packaging work?

Recently, I have been using detergent tablets in a water-soluble package for my dishwasher. How does the packaging get dissolved in water?
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Does placing a lid on a pot affect the rate of boiling?

On the subject of cooking, someone once told me "If you have too much water in your pot after cooking a dish, just turn up the heat and let it boil without a lid for a few minutes". Now I've thought ...
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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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Is it possible to use hot cloudy water as a cloud chamber?

This morning I got some warm water from the shower head to a dark plastic basin to wash some sensitive clothes. During the process lots of tiny bubbles got into the water so it had a cloudy ...
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Static electricity experiment

My teacher always asks me to do the experiments on static electricity in winter. I don't know why? What will happen if I conduct the experiment in monsoon?
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Why do bowlers rub the ball before bowling in a cricket match

Why do bowlers rub the ball before bowling in a cricket match? What is the science behind it? Is it because of friction?
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Everyday phenomena for physicists

I am a physicist by training and like to learn more about everyday phenomena, i.e. how things work. All books on this rather general topic go in the direction of introducing physics, they want to ...
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Can I manually speed up convection?

Let's say, I have half bucket of boiling water and I have added equal amount of freeze cold water to it. I want to have equilibrium temperature reached as quick as possible. Can I speed up the ...
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Why does an aeroplane appear to be moving slowly? [duplicate]

Why does it seem that an aeroplane, even while travelling at 500 kmph at a height of $1.5\text{ km}$ (above sea level), is moving slowly?
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Work power and energy

When you push your bicycle up on an inclined the potential energy of the bicycle and yourself increases. Where does this energy come from?
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How can a droplet of liquid float on the surface of the same liquid?

This can happen during the rain, or when pouring water. Sometimes small (1-2 mm) droplets of water float on the surface for some time (a few seconds) before coalescing with the big body of water. A ...
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How does mud from cycling across a puddle cling onto my back?

While off-roading on a bicycle during a rainy season, it seems inevitable that blotches of mud would stain the back of my shirt at the end of the day. I am not sure the physics behind this. I am ...
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Is the moment of inertia of the bicycle wheel relevant for keeping bicycle in the upright position? [duplicate]

When we were taught physics at school and the topic was the Inertia and Flywheel, they used as an example that the moment of inertia of the bicycle wheel is the reason why we are able to keep the ...
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Center of mass of a Soda Can [closed]

I have the following problem and can't seem to get my head around it: The mass of the beverage in a full soda can is $m$. The empty can's height is $H$ and mass $M$. A small hole will be drilled ...
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Why don't fluorescent lights produce shadows?

I have watched light sources such as incandescent lamps and other lamp sources; they have always made shadows. But a fluorescent lamp doesn't make any shadow. What is the reason behind the ...
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How to make the mixed water warmer?

Freezing cold. Nastily I still have to do the laundry by hand. And to keep my hands from being frozen I have to add some hot water to the freezing tap water. Let's just suppose that I have the same ...
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How does “pushing-start” a dead-battery manual car work? [closed]

A few days ago the battery of my car went (almost) dead. As it is a manual car, my father once told me that the way to get it going without jumper cables was to push it or let it roll down a hill, ...
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Why do objects seem to move faster (relatively) when they move tangential to the observer?

I've observed this loads of times while travelling, in cars, trains,etc.I can't quite put it in words and therefore I've roughly made a diagram to assist my question. Assume an observer is travelling ...
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Rainbow reflected on TV screen? (pic attached)

According to wikipedia, A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets... Given that we require ...
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Can a liquid boil in a closed container?

The title says it all. When one fills a container (with water for example) and closes it so no air can escape from it, then heats the container continuously, can the liquid boil or completely ...
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Why do I hear a deep rumble when I cover my ears?

Probably a trivial thing but a simple google search didn't show anything relevant about it. If I cover both of my ears with my hands, I hear a very deep rumble. If I slowly move my hands away the ...
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Why doesn't a glass french press shatter when boiling water is poured in?

When I was little, I accidentally shattered a glass cooking instrument due to applying far too drastic a temperature change to it. Since then, I've been a bit afraid of doing it again. Of late, I've ...
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Foam patterns on espresso

When just prepared, an espresso has a thin layer of foam, known as crema, on its surface. As I move my drink from the bar to a table, the motion destroys the homogeneity of the layer, but I've noticed ...
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Why are charging times so long for Lithium-ion batteries?

Why do rechargeable batteries (e.g., mobile phone batteries) need sometimes several hours to be fully charged? In other words, what are the physical constraints that don't allow me to charge my iPhone ...
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How do the ice particles interact to produce these magnificent halos?

I googled it and read the Wiki article,but they didn't give any details of its formation. So, I really want to know how these ice halos,that is recently seen near the Arctic, are formed.
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Ripples of flowing water on a smooth road surface [duplicate]

Yesterday some friends and I were walking in the rain. We noticed that, on a smooth tarmac road surface, the sheet of water flowing down the road was forming ripples as it went. Why was it doing ...
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How can we describe or model the spread of ice during the freezing of the surface of a still lake?

Premise: I live in a place where it is unquestionably wintertime in every aspect of the phrase. I was driving down the street and I drove by a lake. There was a recent and sudden temperature drop ...
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How does a faucet work? [closed]

Well I mean how exactly water flows to the sink. How is it pulled through the faucet?
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Can kicking a falling phone save it from shattering?

So I saw this tip but I don't think this is true, it would be that your leg or shoe is more flexible than a hard floor so the momentum change would be slower right?
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Flakes of Ice in Frozen Milk and Orange Juice

When I was a kid, my family used to put our gallon jugs of milk and orange juice into the freezer when we'd go away on vacation so that they would keep longer. As I remember it, if we were gone for a ...
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How can I estimate the cooking time of a roast?

I never remember what worked before, or to write it down someplace. In any case the size and starting temperature will vary. The instructions I learned from refuse to give a time at all, and the ...
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What is the fastest way to heat my car?

During the winter months I often have to drive in a cold car and I want to warm up as fast as possible. What is the best setting to put the air on in order to warm up the entire cabin in the least ...
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Weird phenomenon on aluminum laptop casing [duplicate]

A couple of days ago I observed a phenomenon which I'm not sure I understand correctly. My brother-in-law has recently bought an ASUS gaming laptop in an aluminum casing. When the power supply is ...
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Why does a pitcher with lemon juice have foam, while one with pure water does not?

Whenever I pour water into lemon juice (pouring directly from the tap into the pitcher, not quietly along its edge) I get a foam on top: The same pitcher with water (same water tap, pitcher, time ...
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What happens if you remove the polarization filter from a computer monitor?

Have a look at this youtube video (and some extra footage here). Here I will post a gif showing in short what it is about: It shows that if you remove the polarizing filter from a pc's monitor and ...
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Is there a commonly used unit of measure (other than temperature units) that is not absolute? [closed]

I live in a country where we use Degree-Celsius(°C) to measure the temperature. Sometimes from one day to the other, the temperature rises from 10°C to 20°C and I hear people say, "Wow! Today is twice ...
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Thermodynamics and ice cream

The outdoor temperature is about -30 -40 degree but it does not prevent me to eat ice cream. But I don't know what is the ice cream in thermodynamic point of view. It is not liquid.It is not solid. ...
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Why is concrete dry around cracks?

On a warm and partly cloudy day this summer, I was sitting in my office and suddenly heard rain on the roof. I went outside to shut my car windows. By the time I did that and was walking back into ...
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Why (and how) do foods stick to a pan?

We all (sooner or later) have noticed that foods relatively high in protein (especially those low in fat) are very prone to sticking to a pan, or in general to any non-specially-coated metal surface. ...
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Loud, low-frequency “booming” sound in car [duplicate]

I drive a Scion XD, and I've noticed that whenever I drive at about 40mi/hr or so with just the back windows rolled down, I get a loud "booming" effect at roughly 10Hz. What causes this? I assume it ...
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Why Do Clouds Precipitate Rather than Fall From the Sky?

After spending some time watching clouds, it occurred to me how interesting it is that clouds have more structure than just being homogenous, really humid layers in the sky. I see that a similar ...