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Why are airplane engines so big?

MinutePhysics reveals why airplane engines are so big

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Source | MinutePhysics / Henry Reich / YouTube | 06 April 2024 1 minute
Are airplane engines bigger because planes are bigger? And can engines become even bigger in the future? And what about efficiency? Is efficiency a decisive factor? And what’s this thing about thrust? “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. MinutePhysics, the creator of this lovely video, gives its audience an entertaining background of old and new problems in physics, and, even better, in just a minute! When asked how he got all the lovely ideas for his videos, Henry Reich, the talent behind these highly entertaining clips, responded as follows: “All over the place! Sometimes things I learned when I was actively studying physics, sometimes from books or articles or papers I read or questions people ask me (friends or viewers), or sometimes I’ll see something interesting and it’ll be the seed for a video. The real trick, in fact, isn’t coming up with ideas – it’s figuring out which ideas are actually interesting enough to make into a video, and then picking between those which to make next.” Highly enjoyable and educating! For more please check out