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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Time to decrease water temperature by 5F from different initial temperatures

Is the time to (naturally) decrease temperature of water by 5 degrees the same, regardless of the initial temperature? Imagine 3 glasses of water (a, b c) in a room temperature of 70F. There are 3 ...
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How does pressure increase underwater?

How it is that when we go deeper in water(seas or oceans) the pressure increases, while water(generally liquids) are incompressible?
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Is there an way water can burn or cause fire?

Water known as the fire extinguisher.What is the possibility watere being the fuel to fire. "Pure water"
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Water's Specific Heat Capacity as an Outlier

Can the specific heat capacity of water being ridiculously high as compared to other substances be explained at a molecular scale?
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Finding an equation for the cooling curve of water with respect to surrounding temperature

I would like to find a general equation that describes the cooling curve of water from 100 degrees Celsius to the surrounding temperature $T_s$ against time (say, in seconds). As far as I know and ...
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Viscosity of Muddy Water

How do I calculate the viscosity of muddy water at 25 deg C and knowing the weight of undissolved solids either SiO2 or Al2SiO5 in H2O, grain size < 150 microns? Do I have enough information to get ...
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What are the physics principles behind “amphibious” camera lens windows?

Underwater camera housings have a window through which the lens looks. When the camera surfaces, a couple of things can happen, and I've seen both captured in the camera footage. In one case, water ...
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Why is modelling water so difficult?

There are several models of water that have come into existence so far. Nevertheless, there is no one particular model which effectively gives all the properties of water correctly. A model like TIP3P ...
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Why does soaking something soften it up [duplicate]

Apologies if this is duplicate, I've dug around and can't find it. If you leave a sponge/cloth out to dry for a while it eventually becomes slightly stiff. Upon wetting again, however, it softens up ...
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Why do hot tubs dehydrate you? [closed]

I was just sitting in a hot tub for a few hours with friends, and we all noticed we really wanted to drink some water. We felt dehydrated. I tried looking up why hot tubs dehydrate you and all I got ...
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Does water follow the path of least resistance

I am having hard time proving this either right or wrong. Let's take for example a river, does the water flowing down follow the least resistant path?
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Water bombing - risks and possibilities

I just saw a video on youtube, where an excavator drops a load of water on a car, destroying it completely. I also saw a video with a fire-fighting plane dropping even more water on a burning truck. I ...
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Is pure water electrically conductive? [closed]

I know that water with some ions dissolved is a good conductor. I wonder whether it is true for pure water?
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Paper Napkin Folded

Why folded napkins are better absorbing water than ordinary napkin. I think there must be related to cohesion of water element. Water are captivated between layers because they appeals each other or ...
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What do water stains make things appear dark? [duplicate]

If a piece of grey tarmac is damp after the rain, it appears darker. If I spill water on my carpet, the damp patch is darker than the rest of the carpet. Generally speaking, a lot of things appear ...
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Why does water reflect light?

Why does water reflect light? What is actually happening when light is reflected by water? We know why metals reflect light; water, however, is not metal, but it still reflects light and we can see ...
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How long can water hold elevated pressure and energy after opening pressure cooker lid?

I noticed today that the water warmed up in pressure cooker (1.5 ATM) dissolves sugar much faster and much more than water cooked in 1 ATM. I am interested in how long can water hold the high ...
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Is it possible to mix a drink with a non-standard phase of ice?

Would it be possible to safely cool and drink a glass of water with anything else than the Ih form of ice? Here and here you can see that some alternative forms of ice have a higher density than ...
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Why does water boil differently in a microwave than over a flame?

Over a flame, small bubbles will start to form on the bottom of the pot, and as the average temperature rises, the bubbles will become larger until they start rise to the top. As it gets even hotter, ...
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movement of water in plants

Books say that water moves from places with a high water potential to places with a low water potential. The movement of water in plants are explained because water potential is lowest in leaves and ...
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Suction from flowing water

My memory from physics says yes but I want to check. Our pool is dirty and our vacuum is broken. If I were to stick the vacuum hose into the pool drain, would the flow of water going into the drain ...
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How does a water-steam mixture behave?

Namely, if I mix a flow of steam that has density $\rho_s$, velocity $v_s$, and pressure $P_s$ with a flow of water that has pressure $P_w$, velocity $v_w$, and density $\rho_w$, how can I find the ...
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Why does water remain as a “hemispherical bubble” when it falls on a page?

Today while drinking water, a drop of it accidentally felt on a page of my book, and I was thinking that, "Oh my god! The water will spread instantly, making the part of page wet". But, I observed, ...
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When I boil a kettle, what stops all the water from turning (exploding!) in to steam in one go once it reaches 100°C?

While making a cup of tea in the office kitchen, a colleague asked me this question and neither of us could answer with any certainty. We're guessing it has something to do with the pressure of the ...
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Why is boiling not just a surface phenomenon?

The boiling point of a liquid is defined as The temperature at which the vapor pressure of the liquid is equal to the external atmospheric pressure. That being the case, why, in a pot of boiling ...
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Crown shape in water waves?

Watching this slow motion video of waves caused by a droplet falling on water, I am puzzled by the first wave shape. The first wave rises with circular symmetry as I expected, but is not even in ...
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Calculation of long-range forces in Molecular Dynamics - Ewald summation

I am trying to write a code to calculate the potential and forces, for the same using ewald summation.For this purpose, the formula for potential and force I have used is : $$ U = U^{(r)} + U^{(k)} +...
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Breathe Air from a source without any pressure compensation?

I just thought about what I'd do if I was on a sinking ship and of course breathing was the first thing that came into my consideration. Now imagine the ship's front going up and the room you are in ...
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What wavelength of light is the least absorbed by water?

As I understand it, an infrared laser range finder will not work underwater because the infrared rays are heavily absorbed by water. What wavelength (optical, ultraviolet, microwave, etc.) of light ...
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Why is it that not the entire surface of Earth is covered by water? [closed]

Isn't it a coincidence that our planet is mostly but not completely covered by water? Is there a reason why less water or more water is not compatible with intelligent life? Also, isn't it a ...
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Does ice made out of salt water melt slower than ice made of pure water?

I'm trying to make this whole bunch of ice bottles to cool down my little aquarium. What I want in the ice bottles is that, fter freezing the whole bottle full water into ice, I need the ice to melt ...
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Water evaporation problem. Exercise from Feynman's lectures

I read lectures of Richard Feynman and try to solve problems and I have some trouble with a problem on water evaporation. A glass full of water is left standing on an average outdoor window in ...
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Why does water get significantly colder while falling through the air?

I think we've all experienced this effect. You turn on the shower and the stream of water at the shower head is a fair bit hotter than the water towards the bottom of the stream. Alternatively, if you ...
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Can capilliary action move liquid against gravity?

I was wondering if it was at all possible to very slowly suck up water from a cup with a rope, and then deposit the water into another cup on a 3cm thick book or similar object. Here is an example ...
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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 does surface tension of water-ethanol binary mixture decrease with increasing concentration of ethanol?

I was thinking that it must be due to weaker hydrogen bonding in ethanol than in water. But then I learnt that Raman Spectroscopy and viscosity measurements suggest that upto a certain ethanol ...
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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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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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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 ...