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Earth's atmosphere is a layer of gases that surround it, permitting life and protecting life by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warming the surface by retaining the heat and mitigating the temperature difference between day and night.

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How to find weight of compressed air?

Lets say I have an aluminum canister with an interior volume of $V$ cubic feet (under normal circumstances and pressure, that's how much air it can hold). If I pressurize the canister to $x$ psi, the ...
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Why do individual clouds not diffuse into a single less dense cloud?

On a partly cloudy day, many individual clouds can be observed in the sky. I would expect that the moisture in the clouds would want to diffuse out into the other less dense non-clouded areas. ...
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Light scattering: Why is the natural frequency in air higher than the light frequencies?

In the Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. I Ch. 32 (Radiation Damping. Light Scattering) it says: On the other hand, if we take the case of light in the air, we remember that for air the natural ...
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Why does saliva on the finger give correct direction of wind?

When we lick a finger and put it up in the air, the side that is cooled is the one facing the direction from which the wind is blowing. But consider this, if we take a cross section of the finger, ie ...
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How to account for lower tropospheric horizontal refraction

With regards to the lowest 5kms of the troposphere, the International Standard Atmosphere models don't support a notion of a linear increase in air density along Horizontal axes. Yet, the path of ...
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Behaviour of Altimeter at different temperatures

I have realized that the Altimeter of my bike computer (it uses Air Pressure to determine altitude and needs to be calibrated every start) is not consistent at different temperatures. At the Start ...
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Does a scale weigh a bee flying inside a box?

This question is very similar to this one or even this one except some minor differences. The box is much larger than the bee. The box has no top cover. The bee is flying still in the middle of the ...
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Static vs Dynamic pressure

According to Bernoulli's law, the narrower the tube where the fluid is flowing the lower its static pressure and the higher its dynamic pressure. Does this make any difference? If the dynamic pressure ...
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A fan is connected to a pipe, what happens to the airflow after the pressure drop?

Overview I am trying to find out what happens to the air flow within a pipe if a fan cannot generate the required pressure to overcome the friction within the pipe. After much research I am aware ...
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Effect of atmospheric drag on earth's rotation

Okay, so I had a question answered regarding the earth rotating and planes flying east and west but one part of the answer talked about how the atmosphere is moving along with the earth (same angular ...
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Can we have air flow without air noise?

I want to have air flow in my room, but I don't want a fan to move the air because of the air noise. I think the noise comes from all air molecules going to the same direction. If I can move the air ...
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How does hot air act in zero gravity?

In an environment with gravity, hot air is less dense than cool air, so it rises. How does hot air interact with cold air in a zero gravity environment, in terms of movement? Does it just stay where ...
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Why hair dryer can heat up the air (kinetic and internal energies)?

The energy of an object is the sum of the kinetic and internal energies. When a hair dryer heat up its coils, it transfer energy to air molecule via radiation. My understand is that Kinetic Energy ...
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Air pressure equalisation

I'm programming a physics simulation and have the air pressure impact the movement of rigid bodies in the system. I know how to (approximately, both for simplicity and performance) specify bodies' ...
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How does the Eco-Cooler air conditioner really work?

This article describes a device for developing countries which apparently cools the air by 5 °C without electricity. According to its YouTube video, it works by lowering the pressure to drag in the ...
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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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Gas permeation through solid metal?

If I make a box from aluminum (0.5 mm thickness) and put air in it (about 2 bar or 3 bar), would the box lose the air over time (10 years period) or not? Assuming the temperature will change ...
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Can air be considered incompressible as long flow velocities are less than 100 m/s (Ma = 0.3)?

Multiple sources state that steady air flow (in open systems) can be considered incompressible at velocities less than 100 m/s (Ma = 0.3). Example: Deborah A. Kaminski, Michael K. Jensen, "...
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Effect of motion of medium on frequency

Will the frequency observed by a stationary observer will remain same if only the medium between the source and observer is moving?(ie. both source and observer are at rest and wind is blowing from ...
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Amount of Breathable Air in a Depressurized Scuba Tank

The question: How long could a person survive in an airless chamber using only the oxygen released from a 100ft^3 tank containing 32% oxygen? Long version: I'm doing a story on a man who allegedly ...
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If an unsealed water bottle has three holes at a different heights, why would the lower hole give out the most water? Is it because of air pressure?

If an unsealed water bottle has three holes at a different heights, why would the lower hole give out the most water? Is it because of air pressure? I am guessing it's because air pressure pushed on ...
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Density of air using ideal gas law

I need to find the density of air using (I think) the ideal gas law. I have calculated $V$ of an ideal gas at s.t.p. to be $.0224m^3$. I am asked to find the density of air knowing it's temperature ($...
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What is the temperature of compress air entering the atmosphere?

Hi to all of you enthusiasts, I have a 1 liter compressed air tank with around 207 bar of air pressure inside. It has been sitting out for a while and I am assuming its temperature has almost reached ...
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What amount of force could be created by a person “swimming” in air?

Had a question on a physics test, a person is at rest on a frictionless surface and can not throw anything, can they move? I said yes, by "swimming" against the air and got docked because "it wouldn'...
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What exactly is breakdown voltage of air?

Most of the online sources say that the breakdown voltage of air is 30kV/cm. I've made a Cockcroft Walton multiplier and I can see the air breaking in between 17-18kV/cm. Only in a discussion at one ...
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Wind restistance as function of temperature

Is temperature-dependent wind resistance the reason there's a significant increase in fuel consumption in my Prius car when air temperature drops by 30 degrees K from 300 degrees K? I think I see a ...
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Why does the composition of the air does not change with altitude?

Air contains about 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen independent of altitude (up to 100 km). Why is this? Shouldn't the concentration of nitrogen increase with higher altitudes since nitrogen has a lower ...
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Calculating optimal heat dissipation/air-flow out-of/into an enclosure - hole size vs number of holes

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I figured it would be a physics question. Essentially I have an enclosure that I will be using to house the components to build a computer. I am ...
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Rising glass in xkcd what if

In http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/, Around this time, the glass on the left starts to visibly lift into the air. The air pressure is trying to squeeze the glass and water together. This is the ...
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Water vs. Air : Heat Absorption/Capacity

I am not a physicist by any means and not even a current student, but nonetheless I am looking for an answer. Here is what I have gotten so far from university websites and other various resources on ...
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How fitting is the sound wave (transverse wave) propagation model? (for the layman)

Air is a gas, then how is sound wave propagation possible? I mean, gas particles have a tendency to travel in a straight line, so how does a sound wave occur via compression and rarefaction? Most ...
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If my windows are open on a windy day, the curtains sway and the doors slam shut. Why don't I feel this wind?

I am standing indoors, right in front of my open window, as I see my curtains moving back and forth and I can hear my closed doors shaking. I can also hear the wind howling loudly. Why don't I feel ...
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Parachute Model

Can you tell me if this model is correct or not? [assuming drag is linearly proportional to the velocity] Considering y-axis vertical and x-axis horizontal,with y positive upwards: 1) $F_y=-mg-kv_y=...
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Force felt by parachutist when opening the parachute [closed]

When falling down with air resistance, y-axis vertical (positive is up), x-axis is horizontal, we have that: $F_y=-mg-kv=ma_y$, where $k$ is the drag coefficient. Now if the man opens the parachute, ...
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Can wind be defined as momentum/mass of air molecules?

In the past I thought a breeze of wind was "made" from a large amount of air molecules going all the same direction in the same speed. But it's not like that, actually this voted answer, this site, ...
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Forces in a body falling with air resistance

I would like to know why when a body falls with air resistance, we have that the drag caused by the air is $-kv$ and the acceleration is $-mg$. What I don't understand is how they both have the same ...
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Free Fall with Air Resistance

Can somebody help me understanding why when free falling the force on the vertical axis is F= -mg-kv, where k is the constant of air resistance and v the velocity? Suppose the vertical axis is ...
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Kitchen physics question I should know.

I don't know anything about physics so this may sound dumb. I punctured a hole on the top of a condensed milk can to drizzle on my snow cone, but when I tried to poor it it barely came out. I randomly ...
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If I Blow smoke out my window, will any come inside my room?

My girlfriend and I have got into a lively debate about whether or not my flatmates can smell the smoke I blow out my window. Can you help us? Here is the scenario. The smoker, places himself perched ...
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When I open a window to air out the room, how does the smell disperse?

Let's say I'm in a room with some kind of noxious stink, possibly of flatulent nature. The quickest way to right the world that comes to mind is to open a window. When I open a window, how do the ...
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Is it easier or harder to move moist air with a fan?

From what I understand, the molecular weight of water is lower than the molecular weight of nitrogen and oxygen. So, shouldn't it be easier for a fan to move moist air than dry air of the same ...
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Does moving air suck in air from left and right of its path? [closed]

When air is made to move (e.g. by a fan) it has a lower pressure than when it is still. Essentially, this moving air should become a low pressure zone relative to the static air around it and the ...
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How do buoyancy control devices (BCD) work?

I get that having more air decreases density and increases buoyancy. However, we can take the diver-BCD-oxygen-tank to be a single system. How can the pumping of air from the tank into a vest around ...
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volume of the air bubble in the water

How does the depth affect the volume (the radius) of an air bubble in the water, if the temperature and density of the water are constant. Is there any relation combining this? Can I say that $dh/dt=...
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Is liquid “air” (nitrogen, oxygen, aragon mixture) flammable?

I was wondering if liquid "air" (nitrogen, oxygen, and argon mixture) was flammable. Imagine you have a container. This container contains liquid air. The air is in liquid form, and is in direct ...
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Objects and forces: air resistance

A force always works between two objects. When we are talking about air resistance acting on a skydiver for example, would air be considered the second objects besides the skydiver?
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How does the pressure inside car tyre change once the car is lifted/ put back on the ground? [duplicate]

Imagine a car on a jack; how does the pressure change once the car is lifted (all wheels in air - not touching the ground). I'd be interested in knowing whether the pressure will increase or decrease ...
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Are raindrops actually “shaped like tears” when they fall?

Raindrops are always pictured like this, people imagine they have this shape when they fall, but is this true? Doesn't this shape create too much drag? What shape do they really have? It would also be ...
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What is the effect of constant wind on a hot air balloon?

If a hot air balloon is being carried by a continuous wind current in a particular direction, in which direction will the flags on its basket wave?
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Is single tree shadow locally affecting air temperature?

In other words, is the air temperature under a single tree different from a couple meters away, in a hot day and under the sun? There are several effects potentially interacting: Tree transpiration ...