Well, the question is not weird, but the circumstances are. I am not a physicist, and I am not studying physics. I am a student at a university, and quite interested in physics, but I am intentionally keeping myself away from taking any more physics classes. I like to be able to imagine physics without the constraints of the math. I understand that the math has to add up in the end, but so far I have had an issue with it limiting my ability to think through it because I get caught up in numbers before I can see the end result. I've been able to come up with multiple theories so far that match up with currently accepted theories this way, without any previous knowledge that those theories exist. But, working through what I am currently on, which is a question that no theory has explained thus far, requires that I understand something. It is a simple question from basic chemistry \ physics, but I cannot remember the answer, nor can I find a simple solution online. When water separates from oil, does the rate of separation accelerate over time, or does it decelerate over time? Or does it accelerate\decelerate with certain concentrations of water vs oil, and finally reach an equilibrium?