Pressure Definition and 416 Discussions

Pressure (symbol: p or P) is the force applied perpendicular to the surface of an object per unit area over which that force is distributed. Gauge pressure (also spelled gage pressure) is the pressure relative to the ambient pressure.
Various units are used to express pressure. Some of these derive from a unit of force divided by a unit of area; the SI unit of pressure, the pascal (Pa), for example, is one newton per square metre (N/m2); similarly, the pound-force per square inch (psi) is the traditional unit of pressure in the imperial and U.S. customary systems. Pressure may also be expressed in terms of standard atmospheric pressure; the atmosphere (atm) is equal to this pressure, and the torr is defined as 1⁄760 of this. Manometric units such as the centimetre of water, millimetre of mercury, and inch of mercury are used to express pressures in terms of the height of column of a particular fluid in a manometer.

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  1. samy4408

    Chemistry Confused by an exercise on the subject of chemical equilibrium

    Hello , i am a little confused about this exercise because we talk about gases reaction and we are asked about the concentrations P.S : i have other questions that depends on your answer . Thanks .
  2. A

    Fluid Heights in an Open U-Tube

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  3. curiousPep

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  4. Dario56

    I Bernoull's Equation Derivation From Work - Energy Principle

    Work - Energy principle states that work of resultant force or sum of work of all forces acting on some system equals change in kinetic energy of the system. For inviscid fluid flowing in a pipe such theorem can be used to derive Bernoulli's equation because as fluid flows it is subjected to...
  5. V

    B Air escaping out of can with hole

    In the first figure, air goes forward and the can goes backward. My question is why does the air exert the pressure gradient force on the can. Can I have a hint for why the can doesn't move when air is being sucked in in the second photo.
  6. E

    B How to determine force based on pressure

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  7. S

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  8. Istiak

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  9. L

    Pressure profile of a gas flow through an orifice

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  10. HoneyBee

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  11. Vermilion X

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  12. Seibtsantos

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  13. Johnnyallen

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  14. P

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  15. P

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  16. F

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  17. person123

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  18. F

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  19. person123

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  20. person123

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  21. K

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  22. K

    Velocity, barrel length and bore volume

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  23. E

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  24. P

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  25. R

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  26. brotherbobby

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  27. I

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  28. I

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  29. Adesh

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  30. Adesh

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  31. S

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  32. brotherbobby

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  33. Aletag

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    Since the assignment asks the work done by the gas, that should be equal to P1*(V2-V1) aka the area under the P1 line. Do I have to subtract the work done to the system or is this the solution already? If so, why do I need P2?
  34. X

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  35. C

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  36. EEristavi

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  37. H

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  38. Adesh

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  39. yash_it_is

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  40. E

    I Normal Stress

    What's really the difference between pressure and normal stress? Also I know pressure acts normal to a surface from the outside Do normal stress acts from inside? I'm reading bird transport phenomena and this is confusing
  41. R

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    what does it mean that fluid cannot sustain a force that is tangential to its surface.which surface fluids's surface or container? and what does it mean it cannot withstand shearing stress.what's shearing stress and what does it mean here.and why exert force only in direction perpendicular to...
  42. KrimsonTyger

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  43. P

    Estimating the damage to a material based on force or kinetic energy

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  44. L

    Thermodynamic Systems - Volume, Final Pressure and Final Temperature

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  45. G

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  46. J

    I Basic adiabatic expansion Question

    I have a compressed pure gas at a specific temperature and volume. (T1, V1) It suddenly (adiabatically) expands until it's at ambient pressure and a specific temperature. (P2, T2). Given: T1, V1, T2, and P2, I want to find P1 and V2. There's a great example in wikipedia which is almost...
  47. J

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  48. L

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  49. W

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  50. Andrea Vironda

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