The question Effect of temperature and surrounding medium in the Cavendish experiment to measure the gravitational constant was closed as 'unclear what you're asking', probably because earlier versions had messy grammar which made it difficult to understand. After an edit by the OP (which was probably a response to the 2 comments which mentioned that several parts weren't clear), I think I managed to put together the meaning, but the question was subsequently closed, much to my surprise.

I'm kind of confused about what happened, because I'm reasonably sure that a while back, before I decided to try to save it, I had cast a VTC, along with a few others (I think I could see that there were existing VTCs when I cast mine), but right now it says that a moderator closed it with a single vote.

Anyways, it looks like it's in a decent shape now, so can it be reopened? I've cast a reopen vote, but I don't know if that works for questions which haven't been modified since they were closed.


I had downvoted it earlier because the grammar impeded my understanding, but now that I've edited it and removed my downvote, it has a positive score (+1).

  • The question IMO remains rather unclear. The OP asks for the effect of surface roughness, suggesting a connection between roughness and surface energy, which itself increases with temperature: I cannot understand how surface roughness or surface energy (of the sphere??) has anything to do with this. – ZeroTheHero Sep 13 at 5:53
  • @ZeroTheHero Exactly, so the answer for that part is a straightforward "No, the surface roughness doesn't make a difference." Yes, it's a somewhat strange/random question, but it's not unclear (to me). – Chair Sep 13 at 6:06

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