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Answer check Volume, velocity

  1. Nov 20, 2003 #1
    A 5/8 inch diameter (inside) garden hose is used to fill a round swimming pool 7.2m in diameter. How long will it take to fill the pool to a depth of 1.5m if water issues from the hose at a speed of 0.28m/s?

    5/8in = 0.0159m
    A = pi(3.6m)^2 = 40.7 m^2
    V = (40.7m^2)(1.5m) = 61.07 m^3
    v = 0.28m/s
    t = ?

    t = V/(vA) = (61.07m^3)/(0.28m/s)(40.7m^2) = 5.36s

    That seems like a pretty short time to fill the pool...
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  3. Nov 20, 2003 #2


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    I think you just mixed up your areas. Your volume to be filled, V, is correct, but the time to fill should be [itex] t = \frac{V}{vA_h} [/itex], where Ah = the inside area of the hose = πr2 (r = 5/16 in.)

    Your calculated time would be correct if you were using a hose with the same cross sectional area as the pool.
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