Originally posted by eamon oAll molecules are moving constantly (Brownian motion I think its called). That is how heat in a gas works. The result of this random motion is that in a room with no apparent wind or air movement, an molecules of anything including and air molecule or a smell molecule may get from one side of the room to the other quite quickly.
i once had a brief debate with my brother in law, who is an over-the-top know-all chemical engineer, about how smell works. never got to the bottom of it, and my wife has made me promise never to raise science related issues with him because he just goes into a very boring lecture mode.
the question is, does smell travel along with normal air circulation within a room, or can it somehow move fasted/ deeeper by some other mysterious medium?
Originally posted by darkbishop28Thanks everyone for contributing to the topic.
Process of diffusion: "particles will move from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration until the concentrations are equal"
So no, it has nothing to do with air currents etc. - the molecules which cause the smell are compelled to move by this process, which occurs in virtually all fluid media.
Originally posted by eamon oExactly. You have the diffusion super-imposed on top of a translation at the wind velocity. Some particles might make it upstream, but far more will go downstream.
Thanks everyone for contributing to the topic.
I guess that indoors is one situation, but outdoors the wind direction is paramount, otherwise all those animals using smell as an alarm system would be wiped out. Presumably the wind causes a direction-ality to the dispersion?
Originally posted by mtthwso how long before we have smellavision then? im guessing that a device can be created to fool the nose into sending smell-related messages to the brain, just think of the possibilities.............
Exactly. You have the diffusion super-imposed on top of a translation at the wind velocity. Some particles might make it upstream, but far more will go downstream.
Originally posted by eamon oWell, I can think of three methods:
so how long before we have smellavision then? im guessing that a device can be created to fool the nose into sending smell-related messages to the brain, just think of the possibilities.............
Originally posted by sonhousesmell and taste are closely connected, the chances are that you smelled the banana with your nose and at the same time tasted the banana vapour being given off due to its advanced age. sounds like some of those stinky french cheeses. next time you have a bad cold, try it out again, this time without your nose being involved. just taste that lovely banana gas
I was thinking about something that may be related to smell.
I work midnight to 8 shift, just started. Anyway I had this banana and it was getting on towards not rotton but at the end of its edible time.
So I take a bite, and I get this sensation in my mouth like it was a smell, a definite banana kind of thing but a cross between an actual smell and a sor smell, half feeling kind of thing. Maybe some of the vapor going into my nose from the inside?