Here are 7 Fascinating Ways That Physics Seems to Defy Logic

Subtle physical phenomena that are often counterintuitive

Here are 7 Fascinating Ways That Physics Seems to Defy Logic
Here are 7 Fascinating Ways That Physics Seems to Defy Logic
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Coriolis Effect
Coriolis Effect
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Coriolis Effect

The Coriolis Effect is a powerful force of nature that affects the ocean’s currents, weather patterns, and even affects air travel¹. As much influence as the Coriolis Effect has on our daily lives, and not many people have even heard about this phenomenon.

wind chill
wind chill
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Wind Chill

The way our society measures temperature and the environment can be both complex and subjective. Our perception of outside temperatures can be influenced by factors like our mood, our physiology, and the humidity.

Objects in Earth’s Orbit are Actually Free-falling
Objects in Earth’s Orbit are Actually Free-falling
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Objects in Earth’s Orbit are actually free-falling

Most people don’t think very much about the concept of objects in orbit — and why should they? It’s not something they see or even concerns them in most cases.

Atmospheric air pressure
Atmospheric air pressure
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Atmospheric air pressure

As residents of the planet Earth, we are living daily under the pressure of 1,000 kilograms of air, which about the weight of a small compact car⁴. This is because our atmosphere is quite heavy, and the volume of air above us is applying around 14.7 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure.

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Doppler Effect

While we might think of sound as an isolated phenomenon, we often miss the fact that sound waves are greatly affected by speed. An Austrian physicist named Christian Doppler was the first to identify that moving objects like sirens and train whistles create sound waves. As they all move, the sound waves actually accumulate in front of the object and then disperse behind them.

Sublimation
Sublimation
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Sublimation

Whenever we change substances from one state to the next, we typically think of them moving from a solid to a liquid and then to a gas — or vice versa. Sublimation is where a substance skips a step and goes from a solid directly to a gas⁶.

Heat accelerates freezing
Heat accelerates freezing
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Heat accelerates freezing

We all know how water is the most vital liquid in the world. It also happens to be one of the more mysterious of nature’s compounds.

Sources

[1]: Christopher Dewdney. (October 28, 2019). The Paradox of the Coriolis Effect, Hurricane Alley and Radio Thunder. https://www.sciencefocus.com/planet-earth/the-paradox-of-the-coriolis-effect-hurricane-alley-and-radio-thunder/.

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