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Bernoulli's principle problem

  1. Nov 30, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Examine the schematic of the tower. Water flows in at the top to balance the water flowing out through the holes, so the height of the water in the tower stays fixed.

    Take state 1 at the top of the water in the tower and state 2 in the water just as it flows out of the hole.

    for this part there is a picture that shows a water tower there are three holes one on the top one in the middle and one at the bottom.

    a. What is the pressure at states 1 and 2?Explain.

    c. If the holes are at heights of 3.0 cm, 13cm and 23 cm above the surface of the water in the lower basin and the top hole is 3.0 cm below the top of the water in the tower, predict which one you believe will go farthest (top, middle or bottom). Explain your reasoning.

    2. Relevant equations


    density = m/V

    3. The attempt at a solution

    a) I would say that the pressure is the same as the atmospheric pressure because that is the only pressure that i found it could affect in this problem in this case then pressure at both states are the same

    b) If P1 and P2 then somehow i can manipulate the bernoulli equation to get a velocity but i dont know how

    please help me
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  3. Nov 30, 2008 #2
    You can get rid of the 1/2(m/V)v's in your Bernoulli's principle equation since that is irrelevant. You need to use the equation without 1/2(m/V)v's to figure out the pressure of the water at each height and then add the air pressure to get the absolute pressure at each height.
  4. Nov 30, 2008 #3
    So i would use this

    P1 +m/V)gy1= P2 +(m/V)gy2

    use water's density and g=10 and then for y1 would I use zero and for y2 I would use what height???? what about P1???
  5. Nov 30, 2008 #4
    P1 +m/V)gy1= P2 +(m/V)gy2

    Then move things around so it's


    Then that changes to

    Delta P = (m/V)g(y2-y1)

    Delta P = (m/V)*g*Delta h

    Delta P is the pressure of the water aka what you are looking for, and Delta h is the different heights of the holes 3cm,13cm,23cm or .03m, .13m, .23m (in SI units)

    After you get the three different answers to Delta P add the pressure of the atmosphere to get the absolute pressures.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2008
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