|If a smell is made of solid particles floating in
the air, if you smell something, does that mean
the object being smelled is losing volume and
|Question Date: 2013-03-08|
A smell could be solid particles floating in
the air, but it could also be a gas or a mist
(liquid particles floating in the air). However,
in any of these cases, the compound causing the
smell is definitely losing mass as it is whisked
away by the air and into your nose.
YES. Atoms in the perfume actually leave the
liquid state and become isolate gas molecules.
The process is evaporation; after a while the
perfume is "all gone".
I think smells are usually liquid rather than
solid, but yes, if you are smelling something,
then it is losing mass. Not a *lot* of mass,
mind you, but some.
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