Hey! Sign in to get help with your study questionsNew here? Join for free to post

insulation / sound - general interest

    • Thread Starter


    I'm a biologist, I know nothing about physics but I think it's really interesting - I come in peace!
    Every now and then I come up with weird questions that I think a physicist can answer so:

    Body insulation: if I were to apply moisturizer to my entire body would that act as an extra bit of insulation to keep me warm?

    Sound: If say something fell over in a room, would you hear it louder if the windows were shut than if the windows were open? So if the windows were open would the show waves escape and make it quieter when you heard it?

    If you applied moisturiser to your skin then there would be a transfer of thermal energy from your body to the liquid, which would make your skin feel colder than if you hadn't used moisturiser.

    I agree with you on the second point, sound waves reflect at boundaries between different types of materials so you would have more reflecting towards you if the windows were shut, the significance of this effect may be quite small and dependent on where you're standing relative to the window.
Write a reply… Reply
Submit reply


Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: July 3, 2012
TSR Support Team
How many mugs of tea do you drink a day?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.