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Old 10-04-05, 04:26 PM   #1
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Which is narrower?

A very distracted coworker just asked me, "What's narrower? Air or paper?" as she was walking off to the printer. Not sure what she was trying to say, exactly, but I thought I'd put it out there for your Foo input.

Air?

Or paper?

I'll let her know the concensus in a bit. Thanks.
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I'd say paper. It's width or narrowness is measuarable. Air does not have measurable dimensions--or does it? Heck, what the hell do I know.
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I'd say paper. It's width or narrowness is measuarable. Air does not have measurable dimensions--or does it? Heck, what the hell do I know.
Oddly enough, this is a perfect response, and since it's the only one, we have concensus. Thanks.
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HAVE YOU SEEN HOW HUGEMONGOUS AIR IS????????

Really, it covers the whole earth! Of course paper is narrower, silly.
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I say air because it has no "narrowness" on its own, but can be put into a container (in theory) narrower than paper (even if it has to be compressed).
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Air is thinner but not narrower.
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Well, this doesn't quite work, because the atomic radius changes when you form a bond, and I don't feel like converting volumes to moles without my trusty TI-86 by my side, but neglecting everything except nitrogen and oxygen and taking a volume weighted average* of the narrowest assumed dimension, I get that air's average "thickness" is 7.06 x 10E-11 meters. If a ream of paper is 2 inches thick and contains 500 sheets with no gaps in between each one, then a sheet is about 1.02 * 10E-4 meters.

That makes the paper 1.44 million times as thick.


* Sources: Wikipedia.org and chemicool.com state the atmosphere is 78.084% N2 and 20.946% O2 by volume. The radii of atomic nitrogen and oxygen are 70 pm and 73 pm respectively.
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A very distracted coworker just asked me, "What's narrower? Air or paper?" as she was walking off to the printer. Not sure what she was trying to say, exactly, but I thought I'd put it out there for your Foo input.

Air?

Or paper?

I'll let her know the concensus in a bit. Thanks.
Is this a blonde question ?!@# Obviously the traditional stuffing between the ears is air, but can lead to droning and humming in a cross-wind, like blowing across the top of an empty beer bottle. This noise can get annoying when you're walking and in stiff winds, and can actually lead to headaches. However, if you stuff something into that empty space, such as a crumpled piece of paper, then the harmonics of the chamber changes and you no longer have the tone. I think the "narrower" part is an inquiry on how easy it would be to stuff a wad of paper into the empty-space through the ears... So air is narrower, but you can probably get a sheet of paper through the ears if you roll and twist it into a narrow string first...

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