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

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Why would the reflection of a lamp by a bowl look like a heart?

I have this bowl roughly the shape of a circular truncated cone, and the lamp shines on the bowl at an angle. The reflected lamp light hit the bottom of the bowl and created a light ring that looks ...
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Gravitation law paradox for very close objects?

We all know that gravitation force between two small (not heavenly) bodies is negligible. We give a reason that their mass is VERY small. But according to inverse square law, as $r\to 0$, then $F\to ...
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How can steel shavings get magnetized while hole tapping?

I was tapping a hole yesterday with my uncle into a piece of soft steel. (A tap cuts threads on the inside of a hole, to accept a machine screw or bolt.) The tap was NOT magnetic! As I finished boring ...
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Proof that the ground pushes you up [duplicate]

It has been said that when you try to jump you are exerting your force on the ground and the ground pushes you up. I was wondering if this was an over-simplification or not. If so, what's the full ...
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Why are there usually grids in front of sound speakers?

Usually, the sound speakers have this metal grid. However, not all of them have this. Is there any purpose, maybe related to the sound quality, that justifies this? Or is it only for physically ...
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Perceived sway difference between double-decked vs. single-decked buses?

Why is that when I'm standing in a moving double deck bus, my body doesn't move a lot; whereas, in a moving single deck bus, my body moves quite a bit? It seems like I swing a lot in single deck ...
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Why can movies get away with 24 frames per second, but games can't? [closed]

Movies look reasonably smooth at 24 frames per second; unless the screen is huge and you use your peripheral vision, you usually can't see each frame individually. This has lead to a large amount of ...
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Will the “Vacuum Wine Saver” suck the bubbles out of Champagne?

The "Vacuum Wine Saver" comes with the following "warning": Not for sparkling wines Intuitively and naively, I imagine that the bubbles (or the "bubble-potential"—my made-up terminology) will be ...
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Milky Way Voyeurism

When and where on earth do we get the best view of the Milky Way? I believe it helps if it is night if it is winter to look in the direction of the galaxy center I think that this information ...
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Why is it easier to walk diagonally upstairs

Try it yourself on a set of wide steps! Work is given by $$\int_C \mathbf{F} \cdot d\mathbf{x}$$ where $C$ is a path integral. In this case I think $\mathbf{F}$ is a rotational vector field because ...
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Do low frequency sounds really carry longer distances?

It is a common belief that low frequencies travel longer distances. Indeed, the bass is really what you hear when the neighbor plays his HiFi loud (Woom Woom). Try asking people around, a lot of them ...
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Why are radiators always placed under windows?

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this but in most buildings and most rooms, radiators are predominantly placed under a window. Now, in my eyes, that is the worst place to put them; hot air ...
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Experiment regarding myopic correction by a manipulation of fingers?

Here is a small experiment my tutor once told us for just amusement. It works for myopic people at least, and can be a good check to see if you have myopia. With your naked eye, ("remove the ...
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How do you keep a fridge full of food cooler?

I just graduated and a mate moved into a flat (none of us are physicists by the way). So, were graduates, we got a new flat, and were broke. So, were now having a debate on how to keep a fridge ...
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Are there anti entropic agents [duplicate]

The entropy of an isolated system always increases, Considering an intelligent actor in the system who can organise different objects in the system, doesnt the measure of disorder reduce albeit for ...
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Why can we see the dust particles in a narrow beam of light (and not in an all lighted area)?

Let us say that I am sitting in a room with all the drapes open. Bright sunlight is coming through the window. The whole room is brilliantly lighted. I will not be able to see the dust particles ...
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The Soda Can and air pressure experiment

Yesterday, I made an experiment. I filled an empty (but contains air) soda can with a little bit of water. Then I turn on fire at the sides of the soda can so that the water starts boiling. Next, I ...
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Boiling noodles

Last week I did an expermient which goes as follows, I boiled some amount of water, and then put in a small piece from an uncooked thread of noodle, first of all it went right down to the bottom of ...
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The physics of the deodorant spray bottle volume

I noticed that deodorant (or anti-transpirant) spray bottles (pressurized?) usually contain $150~\text{ml}$, max $200~\text{ml}$ (that I've seen; although I think I spotted some $300~\text{ml}$ on the ...
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Why do clouds appear black?

I have noticed clouds appearing black during rain. But I don't know what makes clouds to acquire that colour. This phenomenon doesn't appear every rainfall. There has to be distinction to white ...
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Why is gas(oline) in gas stations sold by volume (as opposed to mass)?

Fluids (including natural gasoline/petroleum) have variable volume based on the ambient temperature for the same mass of fluid. So, really, the amount of gas that you're filling your car with depends ...
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Where does the energy of a light bulb come from?

Where does the energy of a light bulb come from? Is it from the coil of wire, magnet in the generator, mechanical input to the generator or plug where the generator is connected to the wall?
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Punching - Force or Momentum?

If I want to punch a person inflicting maximum damage, what do I need to care about? My force of punching, i.e, do I need more acceleration? Or do I need momentum, i.e my velocity for punching?
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Surface Water Drainage - Grate Inlet Capcity

The situation is a grated drain across a driveway entrance (so a thin long drain) if I know the roughness of the upstream surface (ie mannings roughness), the slope of the surface upstream (which is ...
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How big an egg can be? [closed]

Please hold on to flag as off-topic. Few days ago I received a question - how big an egg can possibly big? Can it be as big as 1 meter, as a human? (Imagining that there could be really huge animals ...
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Working of a vertical axis wind turbine

Conventional horizontal axis wind turbines use lift force generated in the blades to turn a turbine. But what is the mechanics of vertical axis wind turbine? What would be the free body diagram of ...
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How does a roof top ventilator work?

I have spotted this on the rooftops of industries, workshops, etc. I guess this is used for providing ventilation. This is not electrically powered. But then how does this work??
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Why does deodorant always feel cold?

We all use deodorant and they always feel cold, why is that? Is it because it is liquid inside the bottle and a gas when it is released?
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How big should a lens of a telescope be so we can see the American flag on the Moon from the Earth's surface? [duplicate]

How big in diameter should the lens of the imaginary telescope to be so we can see the American flag from e.g. some observatory in Hawaii?
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Is it possible to trap smoke or a smoke like gas inside a glass bubble?

I am a glassblower, and I would like to trap smoke in a glass bubble, my hope is to create an infinitely lingering smoke inside. Is this possible?
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Tsunami : power of destruction [closed]

I'm not sure this is the good place to ask those questions. Sorry if it isn't. Are there studies that evaluated the resistance of buildings against tsunami ? What kind of buildings could manage a ...
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How to make the bubbles in my soda drink last longer?

I would like to make the bubbles in my soda drink last longer. For example, one good thing to do is to keep the bottle shut when you don't drink. But what else I can do? Should I try to minimize the ...
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Does the weight of a car frame has any effect on its horsepower?

I want to know whether decreasing the weight of the frame of a car will increase its horsepower. From what I understand horsepower is a measure of the car's ability to transport load, and decreasing ...
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Why does the light at the bottom of the pool form this awesome pattern?

Take a look at the following picture: Why does the light at the bottom of the water form this pattern? I have also seen the same phenomenon in all the swimming pools I've ever visited, of whatever ...
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Why are so many different types of objects white, yet appear gray when they are wet?

There are many things with different textures that appear white – salt, beer foam, paper, shaving cream, snow, talcum powder, white paint, etc. The most common answer is all of the frequencies must be ...
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Is wearing 3D glasses from the cinema as sunglasses hurtful to the eyes?

I heard a few times that using them as sunglasses is hurting the eye since UV light is not filtered, but the pupil is wider than it would be w/o wearing them because the visible light is dimmed. I ...
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Why does shorting two cells in series heat them up?

I tried this with two 9V batteries that you can interlock easily and they heat up a lot. Why does this happen? The internal resistance of the batteries would be quite small so why would they still ...
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The irreducible observer

This question probably verges on pseudo-science and probably sounds like gibberish, so please pardon me. But I'll ask it anyway. In an ideal lab experiment there is generally a separation between the ...
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Why does blowing on a candle put it out but sucking doesn't?

Alternatively, why does the force created by blowing out air feel so much stronger than the force created by sucking in air? Ok, so forget the human factor involved in blowing out candles. Consider a ...
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Comparing LED light with fluorescence light, which one is better in terms of energy conservation?

Comparing LED light with fluorescence light, which one is better in terms of energy conservation and why? I want to switch to one of the choice for above for home lighting, so any advise would be ...
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Why does a mirage disappear as you approach it?

Related: why do mirages only appear on hot day? The title says it all: why does a mirage disappear as you approach it? The related question does not answer this.
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How much more energy would I spend if my bicycle was 2 kilos heavier? [closed]

I have a bicycle weighing 8 kilos. An 10 kilometer ride averaging 20 km/h requires z kWh's of energy. How much more energy would I spend if I added 2 kilos to my ...
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Which color of an umbrella is more effective against sunlight?

It's usually said that black umbrellas are best against sun, since black absorbs most of the radiation . The common umbrellas in market(atleast in India) are painted black outside and silvery inside. ...
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Weather forecasting with coffee bubbles

The other day I saw this life-hack: And I was wondering how true it is. First of all, I always thought(listening to weather forecasts) that low-pressure atmosphere is what correlates with rain; ...
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Train construction-need of suspension

Suspension generally used to make ride comfortable. But rail tracks are smooth and even; intution says trains no need suspension. But they have it. Why do railway wagon/coach require suspension when ...
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Time travel, is it possible? [duplicate]

I see there are many questions with this title, but this one is different, so please give it due thought: Is time travel possible? If so, Can we go both forwards and backwards in time? Paradox: I ...
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Life and Death, and Energy Conservation

Humans are born and they die. When we are born, is energy created? Or is it just some amount of energy that our mother gives us? Doesnt she take this energy from the surroundings? If so, then when we ...
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Why does a stack of transparencies appear white when a single sheet is clear?

My daughter and I found a box of old transparencies (clear plastic sheets) and something struck me as odd: even though each transparency is clear, the whole stack of transparencies looks whitish - why ...
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Why do ice cubes stick together or to the edges of a drinking glass?

I was drinking iced-water from a drinking glass (made of glass) at a restaurant yesterday when I was taking a drink, I noticed that there is very little ice water coming out and then suddenly, the ice ...
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Suntan: UV absorption vs daytime

I guess that these questions were being asked by many people on the Northern Hemisphere during this summer (and other summers) and someone may give a nice, coherent answer. The general question is how ...