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A book sits on a table. What is the net force of air pressure?

An elementary problem asks, A book is at rest on a table top. In what direction is the net force of air pressure on the book? Is this a meaningful question, and if so, what's the answer? If ...
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Flow of momentum is pressure

In the diagonal terms of the energy-momentum tensor, the flow of $x$-momentum in the $x$-direction is the $x$-pressure. Why the flow of momentum is pressure?
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How can we stand up?

The atmosphere applies a large amount of pressure on us and if there is about 10 tons worth of atmospheric pressure on top of us, how can we get up from laying down?
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How to find the force of the compression at the core of a planet?

For example the core of the planet Jupiter, how to find out the magnitude of the force that compresses its core? and can that be thought of as the total force that holds the planet together?
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Question on the hydrostatic paradox

The hydrostatic paradox, states that the height of the water in any container is independent of the shape of the container. This does make sense since it is only the height of the fluid ...
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Why does the balloon pop?

When we pierce a balloon with a sharp needle, it pops and produce a great sound. But, It doesn't pop when we open the mouth of the balloon (through which we have blown air)... So, Why doesn't the gas ...
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How is formula for converting pressure from mmHg to Pa derived?

Today my younger brother asked me from where does the 1 Pa = 0.00750061683 mmHg formula for mercury barometer come. He needs a way to derive it, or an academic source which can be cited. After ...
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why is the force on the side of a very narrow tank independent of the volume of water?

I building a tank for water 2ft high, 2ft wide (front to back), 8 feet long (left to right) Common formulas dictate the total force on the long sides is approx 1000lbs (w x h x .43). Where .43 is psi ...
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Difference between weight of water and pressure of water

(I didn't even have a basic formal education in physics. I'm learning through the internet out of my own interest, so if there are any silly mistakes, kindly bear with and guide me through.) ...
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Why is the pressure on top of a slab of water greater than the pressure on the bottom?

In the image below, my book seems to be saying that if you have a cup of water in complete equilibrium, then if you have a small cube of water inside the cup given by $dm=ρAdy$ there is a downward ...
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Why the round trip instead collision time?

From Newton's second law, the $\Delta t$ is defined as the collision time, but why in this case, it can be assumed to be the value of time between successive collisions on 1 wall? If I have an ...
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Why do some pressure cookers initially leak

Why do some pressure cookers initially leak steam from the sides and after a while settle down and don't leak? Is it a positive feedback mechanism from the building steam which makes the sealing ...
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If 1 screw can support 120 lbs, how much weight can 25 screws support?

While this is mainly about my personal home improvement project, I figure this would be a good opportunity for some of you to apply your physics skills to a real-world situation. My situation is ...
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Why do some carbonated drinks fizz more than others?

Wired magazine ran an article this month on carbonation in soft drinks. If all soft drinks are manufactured effectively identically, why do some types fizz more than others? For example, root beer ...
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Physics behind the flow of gas coming out of a balloon

I'm working with stratospheric balloons (latex ones) and I want to put a valve on it so it can float for a longer time. I'm trying to define which valve I should use, which demands I estimate the flow ...
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Titanic Question

I was reading this question: Was Titanic's captain's decision correct? @oakad commented about a Russian vessel keeping itself afloat by going in reverse, using hydrodynamic pressure to keep ...
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Microscopic source of pressure in an incompressible fluid

The pressure of a fluid can be explained microscopically in terms of molecules bouncing off the walls of a container. The molecules have a certain mass and speed, so when they bounce they transfer a ...
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Why do tropical cyclones not tear themselves apart?

A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical storm. Tropical cyclones derive their energy from evaporation of water at the ocean surface which ultimately recondenses ...
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Inflating a balloon (expansion resistance)

I am doing a quick calculation on how to calculate the pressure needed to inflate a perfectly spherical balloon to a certain volume, however I have difficulties with the fact that the balloon (rubber) ...
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How deep in the ocean can a ping-pong ball go before it collapses due to pressure?

Stimulated by the calculation showing that a ping-pong ball does not pop in vacuum, I'm driven to ask how deep in the ocean a ping-pong ball can be brought before it collapses due to pressure. This ...
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How can the atmospheric pressure be different in distinct points at the same altitude?

From an hydrostatic point of view, the pressure in a fluid should be the same at the same depth/altitude. Obviously, in our atmosphere that does not happen. I am guessing that the main reason is the ...
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Why can I see my breath after I pop my ears?

I have this weird but reproducible thing that I can see my breath for less than a second even in hot/humid weather. The key to do that is to pop my ears - I have to do that often, it's like I'm on a ...
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Is there a phase transition for degenerate matter?

Does electron or neutron degenerate matter undergo a phase transition? Are there any thermodynamic quantities that are discontinuous?
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Can one pump water without providing an external source of energy? [closed]

I have a farm situated right beside a canal through which we use to get water for our crops. I am not financially sound to buy an electric motor. The water is 15ft below the ground level. So can ...
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Pressure of sealed in liquid nitrogen

If you take a container of great strength, fill it to the brim with liquid nitrogen, seal the container, and heat it to room temperature. What will the pressure be inside? Bonus: The same with ...
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What's the classical limit of the pressure of the ultrarelativistic Bose gas

The pressure for the ultrarelativistic Bose gas is $$p~=~U/(3V) ~\propto~ (kT)^4/(hc)^3.$$ It looks to me like it diverges for $h \to 0$. Looking at the derivation, it diverges because $h$ is the ...
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Gauge pressure vs. absolute pressure? [closed]

What are the key differences between Gauge pressure and absolute pressure? Are there any other forms of pressure?
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If I put a ping pong ball in a vacuum, would it pop?

If I put a ping pong ball in a vacuum, would it pop? If so, at what point would it happen? Any standard table ping pong ball is acceptable.
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How much pressure would be needed to contain a 1 gigaton nuclear bomb explosion within a sphere of one meter radius?

How much pressure would be needed to contain the largest human exploitable nuclear bomb within a sphere of one radius? Also would it be possible to create a magnetic field that controlled some ...
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Does the pressure increase under an upturned glass?

During my children's bath time we were playing with an upturned plastic jug filled with water and making some plastic divers float up inside the jug - see image. If one of the divers swam from A to ...
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Is it easier to pump water up or down?

I'm trying to gauge the strength of aquarium air pumps, for use in a vertical hydroponic farm. A curious question arose: is it easier to pump water upwards vertically, or is it easier to pump it ...
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Will an air-filled tire normally gravitate toward being nitrogen-filled just by refilling with air?

A big argument by the nitrogen-in-the-tire crowd is that: Nitrogen atoms are bigger and thus less likely to escape the tire, bringing stability to your tire pressure. If Earth's atmosphere is ...
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What is the pressure at the center of the Earth? (Or a neutron star)

The center of the Earth has microgravity and is thought to be solid and almost 6000 degrees hot. What is the pressure like there? The confusing thing, for the common man I suppose, is that there's no ...
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How can I keep a smaller water reservoir's water level at half available when being fed from a larger reservoir? [closed]

I'm trying to create my own ultrasonic humidifier. I ordered the misting part which works great but it only functions correctly in shallow water. So I'd like to feed from a large water reservoir to a ...
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Can pressure exist without a container?

I always hear pressure defined as the force exerted by particles on the walls of the container they're being held in. This makes sense since the mathematical definition of pressure is $ p = ...
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What exactly happens to an exposed human body in space?

I know that space is a vacuum, has no air, and is very, very cold. From what I have seen in movies and TV shows when a space suit is exposed the oxygen will escape like a visible gas and the person ...
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Does the weight of fluid in a conical container act entirely on the base?

Scenario description Lets assume both containers have a capacity of 300 litres. One is a vertical tube as shown in pic 1 Other one is more or less a V shaped containers as shown in pic 2 Both are ...
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Have negative pressures any physical meaning?

Some cubic thermodynamical equations of state predict negative pressures, have negative pressures any physical meaning? Could they be related to negative mass?
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Why does the air pressure at the surface of the earth exactly equal the weight of the entire air column above it

Why does the air pressure at the surface of the earth (resulting from collisions of molecules on the surface of the earth which has to do with the velocity of the particles) exactly equal the weight ...
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How do gas molecules constantly bounce without losing energy?

From a related question (How does pressurized gas constantly push?), i asked myself this: How do gas molecules constantly bounce off each other without losing energy? If you drop a ball, it bounces a ...
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Could Dust Equation of State have some negative pressure?

Traditionally the cosmological equation of state of cold matter (so-called dust) is simply: $$p = 0.$$ But, in Newtonian terms, each particle is gravitationally attracting every other particle. ...
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Electrostatic Pressure Concept

There was a Question bothering me. I tried solving it But couldn't So I finally went up to my teacher asked him for help . He told me that there was a formula for Electrostatic pressure ...
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How to move a bubble which is trapped by the capillary pressure?

I have a question about how to move a trapped bubble in a tube. If we assume to have a horizontal tube, with water on each side of the bubble. The point to the left of the bubble is point 1, while ...
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Dyson Air Blade as a propulsion system?

I've read from many sources that Dyson Air Multipliers are more efficient and quieter than normal fans. Now, with the proof of concept, is it possible to use its principles as a propulsion system for, ...
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What is the meaning of pressure of a solid?

Currently I'm taking an introductory course on thermodynamics. I've got a problem with understanding what is the meaning of pressure of a solid body. The question arose when I looked at phase diagram ...
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How does a pressure difference cause a force?

One more thing that's bothering me, could somebody clarify a little bit? I think it has something to do with being in the state of lowest energy state, what instigates that change? Perhaps even ...
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How to calculate the highest theoretical artificial hill?

The biggest peak in the world is Mount Everest. Imagine someone starting to make an artificial hill (like pyramide) from soil (earth). So, when starting with an 200x200 Km base area, with 45degree ...
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How much atmospheric pressure (CO2) is required to carry iron oxide dust in the wind?

It is common knowledge that there are dust devils and dust storms on Mars. But can we demonstrate that the atmospheric pressure on Mars, which is 0.6% of the pressure we experience on Earth, provides ...
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What is the minimum pressure difference for your ears to pop?

I'm assuming the answer to this largely varies from person to person. Assuming you could instantly change the pressure around your head by amount $\Delta p$, what is the minimum $\Delta p$ for your ...
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Why is there a 90˚ phase angle between particle velocity and sound pressure in spherical waves?

My text says that in a plane sound wave (or in the far field), particle velocity and pressure is in phase. As we move closer to the sound source (to near field and more spherical waves), the phase ...