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

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Using Optic Lens to Simulate Distance

I have an actual scenario, where I have to align a particular electronic optical device to two objects in the distance (2-3 km away), forming a right angle at the point where the optical device is. ...
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How much energy in form of heat does a human body emit?

How much energy in form of heat does a human body emit at rest level?
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Observer looking out through the window of a train [duplicate]

When travelling by a train, it seems that the nearby objects move in the opposite direction(which I can explain) but the distant objects appear stationary. I can't explain this. By the concept of ...
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Why does one get an illusion as moon following him?

When you run or ride bike at night if you observe the moon you feel like he moves along with you as the same speed you are going. Why?
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Why does hot water clean better than cold water?

I had a left over coffee cup this morning, and I tried to wash it out. I realized I always instinctively use hot water to clean things, as it seems to work better. A Google search showed that other ...
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How Sound of Mobile Vibration travels through wire of Earphones

This may sound dumb, but I have been observing that, If my mobile phone is placed on the wire of my hands free (earphones) and if my mobile vibrates, I could listen the vibration from the ear plugs. I ...
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Alternatives to electromagnetism for communication?

It seems, from my (weak) understanding of the standard model that the only field suitable for long range communication is the one we actually use, electromagnetism. (Gravity waves could be used as ...
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Wrapping plastic in aluminium foil to protect it from heat

Does it make any sense to wrap the plastic handle of a pan in aluminium foil to protect it from overheating when placing it to the hot oven?
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Wavy stream of liquid

When pouring a liquid into a glass some streams have a wavy shape, like the one in the following photo: (Couldn't find a better picture, sorry.) What causes the stream to be of such a shape?
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Tearing a piece paper along a crease

Why is it easier to tear paper along a crease? To word it differently: why does a "tear" progress along a crease, if one is present?
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Why are popcorn seeds soft after popping?

When a seed of popcorn is heated up in oil, it pops like this: You can take one of these popped pieces and eat it with little to no problem. However, if you get an un-popped seed and sink your ...
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What causes the 'tears' in yoghurt drinks?

Fluid dynamical instabilities are present in many different everyday things. The famous tears in wine for example are a classical example of a Marangoni effect, where surface tension gradients due to ...
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How to design a house to be cooled passively? [closed]

I live in Louisiana these days, in an area that is known for its numerous antebellum plantation homes (circa early 1800s). While touring one of these homes it was clear that almost everything about ...
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Earphones and electric guitars

I remember being in my college dorm, watching a film with a friend. His computer wasn't loud enough and we couldn't hear properly. So he took his earphones and put them on a electric guitar coil. He ...
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Why does sunset over a body of water cause a path of light stretching towards the horizon?

Have you ever notice the sunset's image in the sea? It's like long light path to the end of the horizon! I've attached a sample of this: How can we explain this? I know that it can happen even in ...
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Why does squeezing a water bottle make 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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Where does deleted information go?

I've heard that, in classical and quantum mechanics, the law of conservation of information holds. I always wonder where my deleted files and folders have gone on my computer. It must be somewhere I ...
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How hot does the upstairs need to be before it will heat the basement through convection?

During the winter we keep the basement door closed so that the cold air from upstairs won't flow into the basement. Then we heat the basement and the upstairs gets heated partially by conduction ...
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When we do pull-ups , does the bar takes more weight than when we hang down on the bar?

When I do pull-ups, I feel I push down to the bar. But does the bar really take more weight than just hang down? For people who don't know pull-ups and hang down, here is an illustration. Left: Hang ...
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How am I able to tell whether it is dark or not while eyes closed? [closed]

How am I able to tell whether there is a light on in front of me even with my eyes closed? The usual darkness whilst eyes closed transforms into a not so bright glow when my closed eyes are in front ...
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Why does my eardrum feel strange inside a car?

When I was riding a car (I was not the driver), my eardrum felt a little similar to the case when I was in a plane that was taking off, and little loss of hearing. Nothing was played inside. The ...
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How do projectors work?

So, objects are certain colors because they are absorbing every color except for that one. So why is it that if I take a projector and project a blue image on a red wall, the red wall still reflects ...
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Does wrapping a wet paper towel around a glass bottle really speed up the cooling process?

There are claims like this one that you can improve the cooling speed of beverages when you put them wrapped in a wet paper towel inside the refrigerator/freezer. I've just tried it by myself and ...
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Can doppler shift be used to find the MH370 black boxes?

The Australian ship Ocean Shield has detected multiple pings from the black boxes onboard the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, specifically on 4 lines of bearing according to this article. The ...
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Kicking a soccer ball

I wonder which type of kicking may cause the ball to go a larger distance? One way is kicking the ball when it is at rest and another is kicking a moving ball in the opposite direction. If the ball ...
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Sun: When its closest and when its farther away?

If the sun is closest to the North American Hemisphere in the winter than it is in the summer, why doesn't our faces and hands tan and/or blister quicker? Please provide two hyperlink sources with ...
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Does car have more kinetic energy when turning?

I asked this Phys.SE question Does car lose kinetic energy when turning? Assume a car turning without losing its speed by holding to a point by a rope. IMO, while the car is turning, its kinetic ...
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Can I detect/measure strength of a FM radio wave using a Electro magnetic field meter?

I understand that an alternating current produces an Electro magnetic field . The strength of this magnetic field can be measured by measuring devices. What I wanted to understand is Are the FM ...
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physics of wet hair

I'm curious about the physics behind the clumping of wet hair. More specifically, how the amount of water in hair and distance between hairs affect the clumping process. I know intuitively that when ...
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Why Do Sausages Always Split Lengthwise?

Sausages universally split parallel to the length of the sausage. Why is that?
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Camp Fire Crackle

I was sitting around the camp fire and there was a periodic sound of cracking and pieces of the burning wood flew off. My question is what is the mechanism for the cracking of the wood? I was thinking ...
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Can a thermometer really measure the temperature of a substance?

When we measure the temperature of a substance by using a thermometer and waiting until the two come into thermal equilibrium, the thermometer will not display the original temperature of the ...
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Why is water clear?

Water appears transparent to visible light, yet most other objects are opaque. Why is that? Is there an explanation why water appears transparent? Is water transparent at all wavelengths, or are ...
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Why does soda fizz when it meets ice?

I read that the soda's temperature allows it to contain its $\text{CO}_2$: colder means it can retain its bubbles better. So, why does soda fizz when it meets ice? If anything, because the soda is ...
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Electricity Flow and Ground Wire

Pre-face: My step-father and I were turning the heat down on the water heater. He demonstrated that touching the ground wire doesn't shock you. My understanding is that the ground wire doesn't have ...
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How do I see things of the bright room, being in the dark room?

Visible light emitted or reflected from the objects around us provides information about the world. If I sit in a dark room, and see the bright room outside, I am able to see all the objects of ...
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Where is the “event horizon” on a basketball hoop?

I'm watching a lot of basketball this month. A common event is the ball going part way into the hoop and then coming out again. Announcers sometimes claim that the ball was "halfway through" when it ...
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Can we detect whether food has previously been heated in a microwave oven?

An acquaintance told me that she refuses to eat microwaved food because she read that the microwave changes the molecules of the food somehow. Her statement is vague and her sources are dubious but I ...
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Squinting at light sources

I am sure it's just your eyelashes creating a filtering effects, but if you look a a bright(ish) light source such as a lightbulb while squinting, if looks like you are seeing straight light rays ...
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Accelerate the car by static friction

I asked this question about friction and slip ratio and now I still don't understand it Why friction is zero when wheel slip is zero? As the below graph of wheel friction vs slip ratio shows that in ...
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Why friction is zero when wheel slip is zero? [duplicate]

From most graph, when the tire doesn't slip, then the friction is zero, for example see the below image Why there is no friction when there is no slip? As the car stand still on slope, there is no ...
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Why does soap produce more foam when rubbed on a head with hair?

While bathing, if you rub soap on parts of your body like the chest or hand, it creates less foam. When you rub the soap for a longer time only then the foam produced will be more. But, when you rub ...
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When I stretch a rubber band, it breaks. When I hold the broken ends together, why doesn't it join again?

The question is simple. When we join the two broken surfaces, what is it that keeps the surfaces from connecting with each other, while earlier they were attached to each other? Also, would the two ...
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Red color has largest wavelenght and violet minimum (in the range of visible light). then why does violet light appears reddish? RED + BLUE = VIOLET [duplicate]

My question is simple. Green light is more similar to red light than violet, then why is violet reddish and green not? in the language of frequencies and wavelengths, red and violet should contrast ...
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Why does a candle blow out when we blow on it? Our breath is 16% oxygen and only 4% CO2

Don't say that a layer of carbon dioxide covers the flame, because our breath has more oxygen than carbon dioxide. Also, our breath does not cool the flame as it is itself warm. So what is happening ...
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Order of magnitude estimation for some intriguing questions

The physics TA showed us a few examples in which one can estimate many things from first principles, sound logic, and scaling arguments. This led usually to understanding of why some numbers have the ...
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Why do floating objects attract? [duplicate]

Objects floating on the surface of calm water seem to be attracted to one another and tend to come together in a drift. Is this attraction like gravity?
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Mirror Transportation

Why do people transport mirrors in inclined position? I frequently find people carrying mirrors in slant position on mini trucks.I guess it has some advantage of carrying them without breaking,and I ...
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Is preheating plates in microwave dangerous? If so, why?

My understanding of microwaves was that due to the high frequency they are easily absorbed into any material. The more "loose" the material, the easier the absorption. I know it's dangerous to let ...
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Refrigerator cooling power usage

I have a refrigerator, that makes a lot of noise, and we have therefore set a time on it will limit the run time to when we are not at the office. But this is where our discussion begins, should we ...