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Homework Help: Calculate the work to pump water out of tank

  1. Feb 17, 2010 #1
    An aquarium 2 m long, 1 m wide, and 1 m deep is full of water. Find the work needed
    to pump half the water out of the aquarium. (The density of water, p, is 1000 kg/m3,
    and acceleration due to gravity, g, is 9.8 m/s2.)

    So in order to truly understand how to do these kind of problems I decided to find different ways to solve this problem. Since you can integrate with respect to dx or dy, for dx i was wondering if you could integrate with respect to the 2m side like so

    *edit..ugh its not letting me post the pictures so i'll just give the link...http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/2024/boxid.gif [Broken]

    In order to get the answer i integrated F*D. F=p*g*volume=pg(1); D=1-x

    integral((1-x)(1)pgdx) from x=0 to x=1. But when i do, i get the wrong answer, 4900 J. The answer should be 2450 J =/
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
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  3. Feb 18, 2010 #2
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