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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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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Anchor of a boat

hope you can help I've been teaching my kids about pirates and when we were talking about pirate ships this morning I confused myself greatly. When carrying an anchor a pirate ship (or any vessel ...
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Force of water hitting a wall [on hold]

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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Calculate how much air will cool from an amount of ice? [closed]

So, there are $3kg$ of ice at $-18$ degrees Celsius and $50kg$ of air at $30$ degrees Celsius. I need to calculate how much the air will cool by the time the ice reaches its temperature. I thought I ...
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How was microscope-level zoom created by a lens and a water droplet?

It was a rainy night. My glasses were speckled with fresh water droplets. I looked at a distant street light and I was surprised to see cells - a single cell was zoomed in to the level where I could ...
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Riddle: can you swim faster upstream than downstream (with respect to the water)?

A friend of mine posed a riddle to me: A man swims upstream in a river, which is flowing at an unknown rate. He is wearing swimming goggles. At a certain point he loses his goggles. 10 minutes later ...
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Why does wet skin sunburn faster?

There is a popular belief that wet skin burns or tans faster. However, I've never heard a believable explanation of why this happens. The best explanation I've heard is that the water droplets on the ...
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Why is it easier to get sunburnt in the water? [duplicate]

I went today to the swimming pool and I remembered that when I was younger my mom used to tell me to be careful because you get sunburnt much more easily in the water than in the ground. I never gave ...
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Water Boiling Time Calculator

Is there a way to calculate out how quickly a body of water will boil? My primary concern is to measure in relationship to different temperatures. For example, heat at 100 degrees Fahrenheit versus ...
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Why are oxygen and hydrogen compressible, but water is barely compressible

What makes the two gases compressible, but does not apply to a liquid like water?
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Maintain Water Temperature with water [closed]

Ok, here we have thirty litres of water at 60c in a beer cooling box. This water is cooling down with 0.5c per hour. Now we gonna put 3 litres of water at 90c inside in 3 glass bottles of Coke. How ...
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Equilibrium between two water tanks

I've been reading about hydrostatic theory, however I couldn't find a similar case/exercise about my basic problem. I have two water tanks (same size) filled with different water heights, and ...
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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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Can vaporization heat added to the whole volume of liquid before vaporizing it?

It seems, for example a volume of water is heated to boiling point, then part of the water is vaporized, while the remainder need much more heat to vapor, which means that part doesn't receive latent ...
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Would water, given enough heat, instantly vaporize?

(Please excuse the wrong usage of words, I'm not a trained physicist. Please point out any misuse.) So far, my understanding of water evaporating is the following: Water always evaporates, whatever ...
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What is the nature of equilibrium between water and air in a sealed container that is heated above 100C?

In the case of a single substance (water), looking at the phase diagram is enough to conclude what happens upon heating: (source: WolframAlpha) But what if I have water and air (or some other gas) ...
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Why bigger stream of water in a metal sink is more silent than a smaller one?

I have a metal sink. I don't want to waste much water so I prefer smaller streams of water. But when the stream is small it makes a big noise. However, when I increase the flow, the tapping sound ...
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what is the mathematical expression of the water drop curve on the surface?

As a part of a high-school research about water drops on surfaces, I've been trying for a long time to find some theory that gives the expression of the curve, without any success. In fact, the ...
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Blueberries in water [closed]

I was washing blueberries recently and saw that some blueberries sank to the bottom of the bowl whereas others floated at the top. Then I poked some of the ones on top to push them fully underwater. ...
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Dynamic water pressure from flow and diameter

I have to test some fire hydrants and need to get the dynamic pressure. For that I know I can use a Pitot tube but, I don't have one. After Googling a lot, I found two formulas allowing to compute the ...
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Can I recirculate water from an open reservoir to the bottom of a bigger, closed one, without a pump?

A fountain head pumps water out of the main tank into a 'pond' reservoir. Can the water recirculate back into the main tank without the help of another pump? I'm sorry if this a dumb question. I'm ...
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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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Water pressure calculation for a volume of water at a given height

I'm looking to create a rain harvesting system. I have a 275 gallon IBC tote that is 48" x 40" x 46". I have an adapter for a 3/4 garden hose at the bottom of the IBC tote. I'm trying to figure out ...
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What is characteristic time in Fourier number exactly?

What is characteristic time in Fourier number? How can I calculate characteristic time? Suppose I started heating water in a closed container by immersion rod and temperature increases continuously....
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How does the levitating water illusion work?

After watching a movie in which levitating water was used as an illusion, I was curious to discover how it works. Unfortunately I cannot find any great explanations of the science behind the effect, ...
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global warming due to CO2 vs water

What is the physical reason for CO2 being a vital greenhouse gas when it is present at only approx 0.03% of atmospheric composition compared to water vapour, which is present at at least 100 times ...
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Why does the bulk modulus of water have a maximum at around 60-70ºC

So I'm doing some water hammer analysis and was calculating bulk modulus of water as a function of temperature. I took the speed of sound and density of water as functions of temperature and ...
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Would a small puddle of water evaporate faster if you spread a dry towel over it?

Let's say you spill 10ml of water on the kitchen counter. It forms a small puddle that would evaporate after a while (assuming room temperature and sane humidity). Would spreading a large, dry towel ...
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Does the termination point(level) influence water flow from a pipe

I get water to my home from a nearby Tank A at a certain height above ground level. I have a 1" pipe through which I get this water to my home.. I leave this water into my well by connecting a 1" tube ...
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Why is oil a better lubricant than water?

How come mineral oil is a better lubricant than water, even though water has a lower viscosity? When two surfaces slide over each other with a gap filled with a fluid, the different layers of the ...
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What actually makes boiling happen?

Boiling can be breezed over easily with a few rudimentary diagrams and a couple equations, but I seek a deeper explanation. The definition of boiling is that the vapor pressure in the liquid is ...
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Force field for calcium ions, potassium ions and water in molecular dynamics

I want to adapt my existing MD simulation so that it can handle these three species. For the interactions of the ions I thought that I would use the coulomb potential, but I don't know what sort of ...
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Why does blowing on someone who is wet feel colder than on someone who is dry?

The title says it all. If I'm standing in the wind and I'm wet, I feel much colder than when I'm dry. This is true no matter how warm or cold the water. Why is this?
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Does humidity affect passage of microwaves?

Does the humidity level in air affect the passage of microwaves? I've heard people say water is radio opaque, so could a high humidity level lead to faster signal degradation? As an example, would ...
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Why is water not considered a proper liquid in terms of thermometers?

We were just discussing about why liquids in general are used in glass thermometers. I was wondering why water isn't considered a proper liquid. Is it because of the way is expands differently to ...
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Fluid dynamics tsunami

I have been given a energy head (pressure) in meters for a given tsunami on land. If the tsunami hits a wall 1 meter by 1 meter, is it possible to calculate the height it will reach. I am thinking it ...
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find the density of water only by its pressure?

Is it possible to find the density or specific volume of water, by only knowing its pressure? Or we need to know its temperature as well? I can't find any relevant table, so can you advise me please? ...
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Why did my frozen water bottle explode when I opened it after it defrosted a bit?

Last night I filled a 20 fl oz bottle (http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/beverages/soft-drinks/boylans-mash.asp) with lukewarm water from my tap. I filled the bottle pretty much to the brim, ...
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Is the change in viscocity of water at 1C vs 99C discernable visually?

Waters viscosity varies from 1.7 at 0C to .3 at 100C. Is this visually confirmable?
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what causes water to be white in a river?

I know it is because of turbulance, causing air to enter the water. But neither air nor water are White, why does the combination of the two make White.
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Measuring tides in a swimming pool

The tidal range of a perfectly fluid inertialess ocean on the Earth (taking into account lunar tides only) is approximately half a metre: this is the range between "high" and "low" points of an ...
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Does water turn solid under deep ocean because of high pressure?

I know that we can make water solid with high pressure, so I think water will be solid in the deep ocean? If that is true, the depth of the ocean would be limited because water will become ice? ...
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Whenever we fill a bottle with cold water and close it, why is it that after a few seconds we notice cold water droplets outside the bottle?

Whenever we fill a bottle with cold water and place back the cap tightly closing it, why is it that after a few seconds we notice cold water droplets outside the bottle as if the water is coming out ...
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Which way the water evaporate faster?

-Hello everyone, Yesterday I was preparing some tomato sauce and, in order to remove some water from the sauce, I put it in a pot on the burner and waited until it started to evaporate. When I sow a ...
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Calculation of water bulk modulus using equation of state

I simply want to calculate the bulk modulus of water at 50C and increasing pressures. I think I am correctly calculating the new specific volume from the original conditions at (25C and 1atm) to 50C ...
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Pressure Drop in Water Fountains

In first grade, my class made a list of things that our school could improve on. One of the things on the list was to increase the water pressure in the drinking fountains because it was very poor and ...
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When Sugar Is Added to Water, How Does the Mass Change, and How does That Affect the Water's Density and Boiling Point?

I can't find a good answer anywhere. How does the amount of sugar added change the boiling point, mass, and density of water? Does it affect the mass or the volume? Or both?
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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 ...