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Why does saliva on the finger give correct direction of wind?

When we lick a finger and put it up in the air, the side that is cooled is the one facing the direction from which the wind is blowing. But consider this, if we take a cross section of the finger, ie ...
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Oscillations in U-tube [duplicate]

U-tube, of uniform cross section $S$ and opened at both ends, is filled with a liquid column of length $L$ and density $\rho$. In equilibrium the water levels in both arms are at same height. What ...
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How does atmospheric pressure affect the speed of object?

I was reading things about the Hyperloop One start-up project ( https://hyperloop-one.com/what-is-hyperloop) and I couldn't get any details on how the process works. This is a new transportation type ...
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Wind Flow Simuation Equation

I have a data that contains pressure measurements in difference locations. Now i want to do wind flow simulation based on the pressure difference between these places. The problem is i want to do this ...
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Why pressure standing waves have different nodes location with respect to the corresponding displacement waves?

In acoustics the pressure wave has a $\pi/2$ phase difference with the displacement wave. But I do not understand how this leads to a different position of nodes of pressure inside a tube with ...
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How can a vacuum implode a metal tank?

An interesting video: youtube video - Railroad tank car vacuum implosion But how is it possible for a metal tank to implode? Even if one can vacuum it, it is subject to 1 external atmospheric ...
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Can a decompressed airplane cargo hold cause packaging air pads to burst / deflate?

I received a parcel from Germany to Chile recently. The contents were severely bruised due to a lack of packaging material. On second inspection I found a bunch of deflated air pads. It was a ...
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Reason for fluid pressure

What is the physical reason that high pressure regions (say, of air or water), want to expand into low pressure regions? What force is causing them to "equilibrate" the pressure? The only thing I can ...
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What does “ambient atmosphere of 20 mu” mean?

I've read through a publication from 1960 which discusses oxygen annealing. It shows a the following graph. What does the "ambient atmosphere of XY mu" mean? What is a mu atmosphere? taken from: ...
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Behaviour of Altimeter at different temperatures

I have realized that the Altimeter of my bike computer (it uses Air Pressure to determine altitude and needs to be calibrated every start) is not consistent at different temperatures. At the Start ...
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Concentration change due to different pumping efficiency

I send a mixture of two gases (5% (v/v) initial concentration) into a chamber. The chamber is pumped to a low pressure, but the efficiency of the pumping for both gases is not the same (because of ...
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Force of water hitting a wall [closed]

If you had a 8" pipe with 500psi stream of water exiting it and hitting a wall at 90 degrees 8 feet away, what would the force of the water on the wall be? Thank you all. Non-mathematician.
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Bernoulli equation and pumps [closed]

I have a doubt on the use of Bernoulli equation for pumps. Consider the situation in the picture. I marked different points: $1$ on the surface of first tank, $2$ in the exit from first tank, $3$ ...
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Static vs Dynamic pressure

According to Bernoulli's law, the narrower the tube where the fluid is flowing the lower its static pressure and the higher its dynamic pressure. Does this make any difference? If the dynamic pressure ...
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A fan is connected to a pipe, what happens to the airflow after the pressure drop?

Overview I am trying to find out what happens to the air flow within a pipe if a fan cannot generate the required pressure to overcome the friction within the pipe. After much research I am aware ...
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Using the ideal gas law to figure final pressure [closed]

I'm studying for the GRE and I'm happy with Charles', Boyle's and Gay-Lussac's laws. I'm doing some questions on the ideal gas law. Please hear me out. This may come across as a homework style ...
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How can matter be squeezed extremely dense [duplicate]

I'm fairly new to physics and currently reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Hawking is talking about black holes being the size of a few miles containing the mass of multiple times the ...
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Matching Bernoulli equation and Hagen Poiseuille law for viscous fluid motion

I thought that Bernoulli equation could be used only in the case of non viscous fluid. But doing exercises on 2500 Solved Problems In Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (Schaum's Solved Problems Series) ...
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Reversible processes in which mechanical or thermal equilibrium is not reached

The definition of a reversible thermodynamic process requires in any instant the mechanical equilibrium (equal pressures) and thermal equilibrium (equal temperatures) of the system in a quasi-static ...
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What is the difference between real value and abs value? [closed]

I am confused here, though I have been reading about it for years. What is the difference between a real value and an absolute value? For example, when do we take the absolute value of pressure or the ...
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Pressure just before the hole in a draining tank

I get extremely confused in fluid dynamics problem where the pressure in some points is required. Consider the ideal fluid in the tank in the following picture. I would like to understand what is the ...
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Weight Distribution of granular piles

I was recently at a farm watching piles of grain being formed in the shape of enormous cones. Each of these grain stacks weighs in excess of 50 tonnes. I am not a physicist but I am very curious as to ...
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Work done on gas problem with movable set

I found two different version of an exercise where the work is considered in a different way. Consider a gas in a tank divided in two parts by a movable set. The set in $B$ is also movable. If a ...
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Is it possible to make iron shavings to be dust? [closed]

I'm considering how to separate iron shavings from iron. In the picture, there are some iron chunk and iron shavings. The problem is iron shavings are not dust. I want to make the iron shavings to be ...
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A dead body floats with its head immersing in water . Why?

I found this question in my practice book . I want to know about it .
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How does it come that a soda still sparkles out of the bottle, even after I can squeeze it allready?

Just noticed this right now. I have known for long time that of course, shaking a sparkled soda causes it to harden and build up pressure. When one now carefully opens the bottle it starts to ...
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Space vacuum power

How strong is the vacuum in space? If possible in mph, or other easy to understand measurements...as someone else asked, "if you took a bottle of air into space and opened it, where would it go?" I'm ...