I am a newbie to fluid mechanics, and I am confused about the "hydrostatic paradox". To begin with, consider three containers. All three have the same base area (all circular), but the angle between the base and the "wall" are all different:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Container 1: obtuse angle

Container 2: right angle

Container 3: acute angle

And the textbook says that the FORCES on the base of the three containers are identical. Why should container 3 have the same as the rest?

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# Easy Question about Fluid Statics

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