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Since there is a speed of light and a speed of sound, is there a speed of smell?

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Posted by 1 Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:29PM

No, it is not a constant. It is based on the speed at which the molecules from the object are traveling to you.

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1. Reply by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:37PM

Is the speed of sound a constant? Won't sound travel faster through a solid than a gas or a liquid? Or even at different rates through an atmosphere depending on that atmospheres density? even light moves at different speeds through different mediums right? Light only moves at "light speed" through a vacuum right?

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2. Reply by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:44PM

But sound is still a constant. I can calculate the other factors to determine the resistance each of these have on sound. But smell is dictated by motion of a physical object the molecules of scent. It would be like say defining the speed of a car. Also another point is smell is something in our mind so it is also influenced by how fast our nose can convert the scent into a smell which would different from species and from human to human.

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12 Answers to "Since there is a speed of light and a speed of sound, is there a speed of smell?"

1. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:31PM

Yes. But it varies. The speed of smell is the rate of diffusion of 1 gas into the mix of gases that make up our atmosphere.

This rate would change according to air pressure, and temperature, and initial gas pressure.

That is the speed of smell.

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2. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:29PM

each individual has a different response time. so no.

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3. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:28PM

so you gonna copy/paste all the jokes from Yahoo Answers?

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4. Reply by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:29PM

lol

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5. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 7:05PM

What an interesting thought. I would think not since the smell traveling to you is dependent on so many variable (where it comes from, the strength of the person's sense of smell, if there is wind)

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6. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:37PM

The worse it smells the faster it travels.

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7. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:31PM

That travels at a dependant speed which is dependant of various variables.

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8. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:31PM

You can work it out for yourself.
Fart, then time how long it takes to get the first reaction. Remember to measure the distance between you both.

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9. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:29PM

Well...smell depends on the spread of small particles so it wouldn't have a set speed

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10. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:29PM

Yes, and a grizzly onto bacon cooking will prove this.

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11. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:29PM

It's called farts speed....lol

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12. Posted by Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:28PM

that would depend if there's a breeze in the air

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