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How Fast is Mach 1?

A Mach number is a common ratio unit of speed when one is talking about aircrafts. By definition, the Mach number is a ratio of the speed of a body (aircraft) to the speed of sound in the undisturbed ... Continue reading

Mach 1: Fast planes and Ernst Mach

Bizarre Boiling

The next time you're watching a pot of water boil, perhaps for coffee or a cup of soup, pause for a moment and consider: what would this look like in space? Would the turbulent bubbles rise or fall? ... Continue reading

Without buoyancy, the vapor produced by boiling simply floats as a bubble inside the liquid after the heating has stopped. Surface tension effects cause the many small bubbles produced to coalesce into one large sphere.

When Do We Encounter Ionizing Radiation In Our Daily Lives?

Everyone who lives on this planet is constantly exposed to naturally occurring ionizing radiation (background radiation). This has been true since the dawn of time. The average effective dose ... Continue reading

The Doppler Effect

As any object moves through the air, the air near the object is disturbed. The disturbances are transmitted through the air at a distinct speed called the speed of sound, because sound itself is just ... Continue reading

Sound is just a sensation created in the human brain in response to small pressure fluctuations in the air.

More Physics Facts


Atmospheric :

  1. Coming In Strong On Your AM Dial
  2. Does Earth Have Its Own Neon Sign?
  3. Somewhere Over Which Rainbow?
  4. Sonic Boom
  5. The Coriolis Effect
  6. The Doppler Effect
  7. The Sound of Turbulence
  8. Your Own Personal Rainbow?

Classical Mechanics:

  1. Can You Miss the Earth?
  2. Don't Make Waves
  3. What Makes a Frisbee Fly?
  4. Why Does A Golf Ball Have Dimples?
  5. Your Serve

Electricity:

Fundamentals:

  1. Bizarre Boiling
  2. Galileo Thermometers
  3. Get the Point?
  4. How Fast is Mach 1?
  5. How Lasers Work
  6. Kinetic Theory of Gases
  7. Many Happy Returns!
  8. Newton's First Law of Motion
  9. Newton's Three Laws of Motion
  10. The Fourth State of Matter
  11. The Physics of Sandcastles
  12. The Weakest Force
  13. Tick-Tock Atomic Clock
  14. Torque
  15. What Is An Atom?
  16. What Is Radiofrequency Energy (Rf)?
  17. X-Rays - Another Form of Light

Magnetism:

  1. Earth's Magnetism

Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos:

  1. Poincare's Chaos

Optics:

  1. Delivered by TIR
  2. Does Your Brain Do Flips?
  3. Quick Change Artist
  4. Single Molecule Electroluminescence
  5. Ultraviolet Light

Quantum Mechanics:

  1. Antimatter Discovery
  2. Neutrinos to the Rescue
  3. Quarks
  4. The Early Universe Soup
  5. The Equivalence Principle
  6. The World's Largest Laser

Radioactivity:

  1. Carbon Dating From The Skies
  2. Fission and Fusion
  3. Nuclides & Isotopes
  4. When Do We Encounter Ionizing Radiation In Our Daily Lives?

Solid State:

  1. Can Wint-O-Green Lifesavers® Light up Your Life?

Thermodynamics:

  1. Ultraviolet Light