Two Hydrogen atoms covalently bonded to one Oxygen atom. One of the more common compounds on the surface of the earth.

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Kayaking against the wind is faster than with wind in my back? [closed]

Today I was kayaking on a lake. I noticed that there is not very strong, but noticeable wind. There were also currents, all going in one direction, probably caused by wind. One more thing I realized ...
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Why does a paper towel absorb water upwards?

When I touch a paper towel to a drop of water I can see the water move upwards into the paper towel. What force is responsible for this gravity defying phenomenon?
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Efficiency of a gravity feed hose

If I am trying to fill a large cylindrical container with a gravity feed hose, would it be more efficient, time-wise, to drill a hole in the bottom of the container for a greater initial pressure ...
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Why toilet paper is softer in moist air? [duplicate]

After a hot shower,the air from the bathroom is full of water steam,right? How does the air affect the texture of the toilet paper?I mean,the toilet paper it seems to be softer,but why? Can someone ...
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How long does it take for disturbed water to stop making sound?

Suppose I have a bowl with water or another liquid. The water from the bowl is perfectly quiet. Then I throw a stone in the water and I wait. How can I calculate the time after which the water is ...
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Greater pressure perceived when wearing waders

A few days ago I went for a hike in the waters of a river. I was wearing waders like the ones you see in the following picture: I don't understand why the pressure I perceived on my legs when the ...
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Can I disperse a droplet with electromagnetic fields?

If I have a droplet of water, can I apply an electromagnetic field in order to disperse the droplet into smaller subdroplets (tiny vapor) and fill a space with them? The same way that magnetic dust ...
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Is there a way to fill Tank 2 from Tank 1 through Gravity alone?

I am a newbie in water system design but I am currently faced with the exact situation below on my land, and I need to know whether gravity alone is sufficient in order to fill Tank 2 from Tank 1, as ...
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When drying paint brushes washed with water, which way is the best to orient them?

After washing my paint brushes with soap and water and rinsing them, in order to avoid damage to the bristles and the ferrules and the wooden handle, is it best to hang them bristles down and let ...
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How does sound make water flow in zig-zag patterns?

I saw this video where water is piped past a large speaker and weird shapes are formed. Later in the video the pipe actually moves from the sound so that's obviously why the patterns are forming, but ...
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Why doesn't water get 'increasingly thicker' as it gets colder?

It's my understanding that the colder liquids get (or anything else for that matter) the slower the constituting particles move. That being the case, why is H$_2$O either 'water' or 'ice'? Given that ...
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How to calculate the resistance (conductance) between two contacts embedded into a 3D object?

Pouillet's law, $R = \rho \frac{\ell}{A}$, is useful when dealing with a "column" (cylinder) of a conducting material, with cross section $A$ and height $\ell$. Using this equation has an underlying ...
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Why isn't steam/cloud blue like liquid and solid water?

Most of us here are aware as I think that pure water has a natural quest to absorb visible red colour wavelength slightly due do which liquid water and sometimes even ice appears to have a blue colour ...
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Is a turbine the same thing as a motor?

Is a turbine the same thing as a motor? We know that water, wind and nuclear power plants rotate a turbine so is this turbine like a motor? I think we can generate electricity by rotating a motor too. ...
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Boiling water function

i want to make a program that realistically boils water with all the variables but know near nothing about the math i got the energy transfer equation down but this seems to be giving me some ...
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Why can't people just pump water from ground and flood deserts to make them habitable? [closed]

I know this may be the wrong site, but I'm a curious man and I want to solve world's problems. One of big problems is deserts. They're so dry that nothing grows there. I was thinking about this and ...
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Does wax go through a sharp phase transition when it melts?

When ice melts, the system goes sharply from being solid to being liquid. There is no intermediate state where it is soft. This is a true phase transition. The thermodynamic potential is not an ...
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Difference between a tap and a hosepipe

When the flow of water through a tap is blocked by the fingers, the water does not increase in velocity whereas the velocity of water increases when the same is done tp a hosepipe. Both involve the ...
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Water Electrolysis Calculations

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_electrolysis#Efficiency): The electrolysis of water requires a minimum of 237.13 kJ of electrical energy input to dissociate each mole. Each ...
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Does an ice cube change its core temperature as it melts?

Let's say we have an ice water solution in an ambience with room temperature, i.e. there is a permanent exchange of energy. Let's suppose the ice cubes were from the freezer, which is at $-18°C$. The ...
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Would sea water moderate a nuclear submarine meltdown?

My son asked me: If nuclear submarines get sunk or blown up, what is to stop them going into nuclear meltdown? I thought about it and came to the conclusion that because they're in the sea the ...
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Why do I sink then float in a swimming pool?

Was swimming this morning and observed something strange: if I stop treading water, hold my legs together, arms pressed against my sides, then I sink to about 3m below the surface, and then rise again ...
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Why does a pitcher with lemon juice have foam, while one with pure water does not?

Whenever I pour water into lemon juice (pouring directly from the tap into the pitcher, not quietly along its edge) I get a foam on top: The same pitcher with water (same water tap, pitcher, time ...
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How does a canvas water bag cool water?

I was reading about this water bottle by Botl that behaves like a canvas water bags to keep water cool. I found out that this idea is an old idea and cars would drive with water bags in front as shown ...
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Why do we use Mie scattering to describe light scattering off large objects?

I'm an undergraduate student who has recently come across Rayleigh and Mie scattering and I'm trying to understand them a little better. As I understand it Rayligh scattering is used only when the ...
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Will the water go inside the moving water bottle?

Let's say that there is a empty bottle in the water moving at a high speed like this: My question is: Will the water go inside the the empty bottle when the bottle is moving at a high speed? If ...
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Does the density of water ice (any form of water ice) near 0K exceed the density of water at 277.15K?

In a question brought up by my chemistry class, the most we have determined is that the stability of most forms of ice decreases as the temperature decreases. What does this loss of stability do to ...
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What will be the affect of Global Warming if Polar Ice melts? [duplicate]

Due to global warming, all the polar ice melts & sea level increases, with increase in humidity. Angular momentum of ice at pole is, very low. Due to shift of water, from pole to equator, it's ...
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Why do the waters of the different oceans of the world have different ratios of their H and O isotopes?

I was reading about the Kelvin, then water, which defines it, so I ended up reading about the VSMOW. It's based on "average" ocean water. From ...
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If you charge water will the evaporation rate change?

If you take away electrons or add electrons to a body of water will the evaporation rate be changed? (Even if it's brief or the effect is small)
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Why is ice more reflective than liquid water?

Why is ice more reflective (has higher albedo) than liquid water? They're both the same substance (water). Is something quantum mechanical involved?
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What granular/colored material suspends itself in an enclosed container filled with water regardless of pressure, gravity and buoyancy?

i've been looking around for an answer but it turns out that google dsn't think it's an obvious question. Would really appreciate the help. Basically i'm wondering if there is any known material that ...
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What happens to charge during laser ablation in water?

One of my friends from lab makes gold nanoparticles in the following manner: He puts a gold plate in water (without surfactants or other additives) He fires laser at the plate After 5 minutes ...
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Dielectric constant of water

I need the dielectric constant of water from $10^{-2}$ Hz to $10^4$ Hz. As stupid as it may seem, I cannot find much info. I've googled for days. All I can find is close to GHz. And the only info ...
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Is there a depth at which a human body, with lungs full of air, will no longer float?

I was watching a special on divers who dove down hundreds of feet without tanks or gear. The show referred to a depth at which the diver was no longer buoyant and would actually sink, even with lungs ...
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Water enclosed in a vessel

Suppose I am taking water in a glass or metal or even something else. It s air tight and (so it is water tight). Now imagine, if I keep it heating and none of its molecule escapes from it, what am I ...
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Could submarine SONAR kill a diver?

Could a diver swimming next to a submarine be killed or seriously injured by its SONAR? What physical aspect of SONAR affects the human body in a potential harmful way?
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Calculating the coefficient of thermal expansion in liquid

I am trying to write a matlab function that calculates the coefficient of thermal expansion of water from a given temperature. From what I understand the thermal expansion coefficient is calculated as ...
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Ice cube left in water at 0 °C for a thousand years

Let's say we take an ideal calorimeter with a liter of water at +5 °C and throw a 5×5×5 cm cube of ice having temperature of –70 °C. I choose these initial parameters so that the stationary ...
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Hot water from a faucet

Why does hot water come out of a faucet cloudy white? The cold water comes out clear, but if you turn the hot water tap on, it'll be clear until it gets hot and then turns a cloudy white colour. ...
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What happens when water added to the ash?

I am pouring some water (using falling by gravity) from my water bottle into the ash. The ash is not in heat conditions. Now the small particles from the ash come out proportional to the water flow. ...
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How does liquid convert to gas on getting thermal heat energy?

Say for example, when we heat, water converts to steam gas. How does it happen? What happens underneath giving rise to breaking of bond between molecules in liquid state and spreading them in gas ...
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What is the status of Mpemba effect investigations?

There is this puzzling thing that is called Mpemba effect: paradoxically, warm (35°C) water freezes faster than cold (5°C) water. As a physisist, I've been asked about it several times already. And I ...
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Warship cannons influence on speed/direction [closed]

I've been looking at great warships like the Iowa or equivalent ww2 warships, and I raised question. This kind of war is pretty much only about strategic placements, accuracy and fire power. Hence ...
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Physics of the inverted bottle dispenser

When you invert a water-bottle in a container, the water rises and then stops at a particular level --- as soon as it touches the hole of the inverted bottle. This will happen no matter how long ...
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Why does the water in the toilet move around so much on stormy days?

On calm days, the water in the toilet looks completely still. But when it's rainy and windy out, the water looks like it moves and pulsates. Why is this?
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Electrolysis boat engine

Would it be possible to create a submersible boat engine using the combined principles of electrolysis of water, ramjet propulsion, and hydrogen-oxygen combustion similar to that used in rocket ...
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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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By what factor would you have to slow down time for water to feel like glass?

I have been told that though glass seems like a solid, it is somehow, in theory, a liquid -- but is just somehow a liquid that is so thick that it appears to be solid. (Of course --- if this premise ...
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Why do water ripples widen (in plain English)

In this YouTube video water ripples start out with a wavelength of, say, 10 cm at the outer edge and they end up with a wavelength of about 30-40 cm towards the end of the video. Why does this happen, ...