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Why there's a whirl when you drain the bathtub?

At first I thought it's because of Coriolis, but then someone told me that at the bathtub scale that's not the predominant force in this phenomenon.
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The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring?

This picture is from this YouTube video from "Physics Girl", which shows how you can generate vortices in a swimming pool by using a plate: And there she explains the creation of the shaded circle ...
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How to show that the Coriolis effect is irrelevant for the whirl/vortex in the sink/bathtub?

There is a common myth that water flowing out from a sink should rotate in direction governed by on which hemisphere we are; this is shown false in many household experiments, but how to show it ...
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Can magnetic fields be redirected and focused at one point?

I know that magnetic fields can be redirected, but... given a situation where you have static magnetic field over a large area, and you want to quickly change the magnetic field strength. Is it ...
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What is actually the characteristic length in fluid dynamics description?

In many fluid-dynamics models and quantities (Reynolds number, Strouhal number... generally various turbulent flow descriptions) there is a parameter (usually $L$ or $\ell$) descripted as ...
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How can I understand a Vortex Tube and its efficiency?

A Vortex Tube takes a pressurized input stream, most typically of a gas, and creates two output streams with a temperature differential. Apparently, it has been described as a Maxwell's Demon. Both ...
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The Optics of the Vortex (in Water): why there is a bright ring also in reversed flow?

This question is closely related to this one; The optics of vortex (in water): why there is a bright ring? In this case "physics girl" gives somehow an plausible explanation, and it's only debatable ...
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Why water in the sink follow a curved path?

When you fill the sink with water and then allow the water to be drained, the water forms a vortex.. And then it starts to follow a curved path downwards by effects of gravity.. Why this phenomena ...
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When is a flow vortex free?

To solve problems in fluid dynamics one states often the assumption that the flow is vortex free i.e. $rot(u) = 0$ It is a basic assumption which is needed for potential flow problems etc.. My ...
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Could galactic rotation be similar to an irrotational vortex?

Could black holes' near light speed rotation cause galaxies to move like an irrotational vortices?
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How deep can a whirlpool descend?

My question is based around comparing the physics of a tornado against, what I imagine/assume to be the marine equivalent of a tornado, that is a whirlpool located either at sea, in a tidal region or ...
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Why do chimneys have these spiral “wings”?

While walking around I noticed something very peculiar. Many chimneys had spiral "wings", while others didn't. I came up with two possibilities: The wind circles around the chimney upwards which ...
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Could the phenomenon of vortex bursting be exploited to reduce wake turbulence?

One of the classic stories in the annals of aerospace engineering is the development (and subsequent redesign) of the F-18 and its Leading Edge Extensions (LEX) due to fatigue problems, problems that ...
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Does a whirlpool(vortex in water) continue in air(vortex in air),and when does a vortex stop?

First part: The question is both about the continuity of the water vortex(whirlpool) to vortex in air in time and in space. About continuity in time,does the vortex of the water slowly produce a ...
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Numerical model for a Air core Vortex, why it's still so limited? [closed]

The Question can be Formally presented as follows; How is the Numerical Model (CFD, Navier Stokes) of fluid dynamics for Vortexes at in it's limits? At this Publication from 2013 at page 48 is ...
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What causes a whirlpool to form in a bathtub? [duplicate]

I mean, when you have a full bathtub and then let it empty, under what conditions does a whirlpool form? Could we devise an experiment and measure this effect? When it comes to fluids, I don't know ...
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Explanation for the next steps of chaplygin dipole

this post is the Chaplygin dipole, it's an interesting issue. Can someone explain me these steps in other words please? any Explanation of any step will help me, I hope that together I will ...
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Air core Vortex; Physical explanation of the “air Entrainment Hook” at $F_{co}=0.7$

This question was originally asked in the Outlook of this study (page 197)1 $F_{co}$ combined Froude number, [dimensionless], and can be calculated $F_{co}\thickapprox v_D/ \sqrt{gh}$ where $v_D$ is ...
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Lamb-Chaplygin dipole

There is an interesting issue of hydrodynamics: whirlpools. I want to learn about the Lamb-Chaplygin dipole. Lamb-Chaplygin dipole corresponds to a steady solution of the two dimensional Euler ...