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Is it theoretically possible to have a larger inside volume than the outside exterior?

The question is a little hard to define because, as pointed out in the comments, it's not clear what the "outside volume" is, or how to define it in curved space to compare it to regular space. Still, ...
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Does curved spacetime change the volume of the space?

In a question like this you need to ask what does the volume change relative to. So it's a little bit ambiguous. However, the answer to your question is "yes" in the following restricted sense. ...
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How much pressure would it take to compress a block of solid steel into one-tenth the original volume?

The basic answer is "Perfectly achievable pressures, but not for very long (with lasers, it's even legal)" Metal is perfectly happy to shrink if you squeeze it hard enough. This is in fact ...
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Is it theoretically possible to have a larger inside volume than the outside exterior?

Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Or at least, yes, if you rephrase the question a little bit. As you might know, gravity can deform spacetime. (actually this is not completely true, it is actually ...
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How much pressure would it take to compress a block of solid steel into one-tenth the original volume?

The basic answer is "no, you cannot." Consider that if you have enough pressure to compress an "incompressible" steel to one tenth its volume, the surfaces doing the pressing ...
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Why is the ratio of two extensive quantities always intensive?

It is mainly a mathematical reason. Extensive quantities grow with system size. If two quantities scale in the same way with a variable (in this case system size), it cancels out in the division. ...
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How much pressure would it take to compress a block of solid steel into one-tenth the original volume?

The bulk modulus of steel is 160 GPa, meaning that if it were linear, it would take 160 GPa to compress it twice. The pressure at the center of Jupiter is up to 7 TPa, which would be sufficient to ...
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Is a canonical transformation equivalent to a transformation that preserves volume and orientation?

In dimension $2n>2$ they are not equivalent since (for time-independent transformations) canonical is equivalent to $$\sum_{k=1}^n dq^k\wedge dp_k = \sum_{k=1}^n dQ^k\wedge dP_k\tag{1}$$ whereas ...
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Is it theoretically possible to have a larger inside volume than the outside exterior?

The physical concept most closely mimicking the experience of fantasy items like bag of holding is a traversable wormhole. Essentially, it is a connection between two different regions of space, a ...
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Is it theoretically possible to have a larger inside volume than the outside exterior?

I'd like to add another option to the answers provided by Javier and Crimson. There is a spacetime geometry popularised by Wheeler (I'm not sure it originated with him) called the bag of gold ...
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Tip of the Iceberg

The upward buoyancy force on the iceberg is equal to $$F_{b}=g\rho_{{\rm water}}V_{{\rm under}},$$ in terms of the acceleration of gravity, the density of the liquid phase of water and the volume of ...
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Am I making a fatal error with this simplification?

That's not right, unfortunately. The principle governing this situation is the continuity equation, which says that the total flow rate past any given point is constant. Since the flow rate is given ...
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Why do quantum objects slow down when volume increases?

This is a loosely-phrased consequence of the uncertainty principle, which says that the product of the position uncertainty and the momentum uncertainty is larger than some minimum value that you can ...
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Can we change the volume of a wire by applying force on it in order to stretch it, if yes is there any way to calculate it?

The volume will change while tension force is still being applied. You can calculate the change using Poisson's ratio for the material. But when you release the tension the wire will return to its ...
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Is it a coincidence that 1 liter water has a mass of 1 kg while 1 cubic meter has 1000 liters of water?

It is not a coincidence. As the Wikipedia article on the Litre says: One litre of water has a mass of almost exactly one kilogram when measured at its maximal density, which occurs at about 4 °C. ...
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The actual proof of $\delta W = P dV$

$$\delta W=F\delta x=F\frac{\delta V}A=\frac FA\delta V=P\delta V$$
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Is a canonical transformation equivalent to a transformation that preserves volume and orientation?

Counterexample: The transformation $$Q^1~=~2q^1 ,\qquad P_1~=~p_1,\qquad Q^2~=~\frac{1}{2}q^2 ,\qquad P_2~=~p_2 $$ preserves phase space volume & orientation, but is not a symplectomorphism.$^1$ ...
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Am I making a fatal error with this simplification?

The tip cannot come to a point - otherwise the water cannot escape from its end - so actually its shape is a truncated cone also known as a conical frustrum. You say If water is flowing through the ...
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Volume of a Photon?

In the quantum regime the answer to such questions really depends on what you mean by "volume". A photon has no volume in the sense that it can theoretically be confined in an arbitrarily small ...
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How to measure the volume of a fish pond?

For a fairly exact measurement, I would take some harmless chemical that's easy to detect, and pour a certain volume in and let it dissolve/diffuse completely. Then, measure it in ppm, do the ...
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Expansion coefficient for an ideal gas at constant pressure is $α = 1/Τ$. Explain this relation

The thermal coefficient of expansion of a substance is the proportional increase in volume for a $1$ Kelvin rise in temperature. For an ideal gas we know that $PV = nRT$ so if pressure $P$ is constant ...
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Why is there a volumetric dimension to pressure-volume work?

Note that the volume is not the system volume but the displaced volume, or the volume exchanged by moving an interface against a pressure resistance. With this in mind, yes, if the resistance is a ...
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Intuition about conservation of volume in phase space (Liouville's theorem)

Not a demonstration, but maybe something more visual than the other correct answers. Instead of being in 2D like you suggest, let's try to see what happens in 1D when the particles move "radially&...
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Why is entropy an extensive property?

There is some ambiguity in how entropy is defined in thermodynamics/stat. physics, as, e.g., discussed in this answer. To take the two most common definitions: In thermodynamics entropy is defined ...
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The actual proof of $\delta W = P dV$

For a general material volume $V$, you can write the power of surface force acting on its contour $\partial V$ can be written as $\dot{W} = \displaystyle \oint_{\partial V} \mathbf{t}_n \cdot \mathbf{...
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What happens to the temperature when an ideal gas is compressed?

Consider two devices: A gas law demonstration apparatus measures temperature and pressure during compression. This device slowly lowers a piston in a thin walled container, resulting in mostly ...
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Is it possible for two gases to have different internal energy but equal pressure and temperature?

The equation of state does not tell everything about a thermodynamic system. Moreover, the specific heat is not related to the value of the internal energy but to the variation of internal energy when ...
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What is the "volume of the gauge group"?

Weinberg apparently means that the global Lie group $G$ is a finite-dimensional Lie group, typically $G=SU(N)$, while the gauge group ${\cal G}$ is the set of maps from spacetime $M$ to $G$. If $M$ is ...
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How to derive that $\delta w = - PdV$?

It seems to me that you've gone round in a circle. What's wrong with this simple argument? Suppose that the fluid exerts a force $F_n$ on a small area $A$ of the container wall, in a direction normal ...
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