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Homework Help: Conversion math confusion

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A research submarine has a 40.0cm -diameter window 8.70cm thick. The manufacturer says the window can withstand forces up to 1.20×10^6N . What is the submarine's maximum safe depth?

    2. Relevant equations

    P= atmosheric pressure + ρg(depth)
    Pressure = Force/crossectional area

    3. The attempt at a solution

    1.2*10^6N/∏(.4/2)^2= Safe pressure

    Psafe= 1atm+ρgd=101300N+1025kg/m^3*9.8m^2
    9.55*10^6kg/m^3/m^2=101300kg*m/s^2+ 1025kg/m^3*9.8m^2

    I really just don't even know how to proceed figuring out this moshpit of units or even if I'm doing this right in the first place?
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  3. Sep 13, 2012 #2
    What's the pressure inside the submarine and what is the difference with the total water pressure?
  4. Sep 13, 2012 #3
    Inside the sub is 1 atm. And what do you mean? Difference between which values?
  5. Sep 13, 2012 #4
    If the pressure inside is equal to the pressure outside - will there be any force on the window?
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