Flow speed

MAPgirl23

The horizontal pipe has a cross-sectional area of 40.0 cm^2 at the wider portions and at the constriction. Water is flowing in the pipe, and the discharge from the pipe is 6.0 x 10^-3 m^3/s (6.0 L/s).

a) Find the flow speed at the wide portion.
b) Find the flow speed at the narrow portion.

c) What is the pressure difference between these portions? 1.69×104 Pa
d) What is the difference in height between the mercury columns in the U-shaped tube? 12.7 cm

How do I find a and b knowing c and d?

** So far I now:
v1A1 = v2A2
v2 = A1/A2 x v1
By applying the principle of conservation of energy:
p +(0.5*rho*v1^2) + rho*g*y1 = p + (0.5*rho*v2^2) + rho*g*y2

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FredGarvin

MAPgirl23 said:
The horizontal pipe has a cross-sectional area of 40.0 cm^2 at the wider portions and at the constriction.
How can the pipe have the same cross sectional area at the constriction and the wide portions? Where is the constriction? In the middle of the pipe? At the end of the pipe?

MAPgirl23

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Doc Al

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MAPgirl23 said:
How do I find a and b knowing c and d?

** So far I now:
v1A1 = v2A2
v2 = A1/A2 x v1
You find a and b before knowing c and d. The volume flow rate is given, as well as the areas of the two pipe sections (at least they are given in your diagram).

MAPgirl23

for part a) v2 = 6.0x10^-3 * (10 cm^3 / 40 cm^3) = 1.50x10^-3 which was wrong

Doc Al

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MAPgirl23 said:
for part a) v2 = 6.0x10^-3 * (10 cm^3 / 40 cm^3) = 1.50x10^-3 which was wrong
I'm not sure what you are doing.

Try this: The flow rate (which is given) = V x Area. So, V = (flow rate)/Area. (Be sure to use proper units.)

MAPgirl23

I converted 10 cm^3 = 1.0 x 10^-5 m^3 and 40 cm^3 = 4.0 x 10^-5 m^3

v = 6.0 x 10^-3 * (1.0x10^-5/4.0x10^-5) = 1.50x10^-3 m/s ?

Doc Al

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MAPgirl23 said:
I converted 10 cm^3 = 1.0 x 10^-5 m^3 and 40 cm^3 = 4.0 x 10^-5 m^3
Good.

v = 6.0 x 10^-3 * (1.0x10^-5/4.0x10^-5) = 1.50x10^-3 m/s ?
Not good.

Why are you taking the ratio of the two areas? Realize that the flow rate has units of volume/sec, while speed has units of distance/sec. So, if you checked your units (always a good idea) you would see that this equation cannot hold.

See my last post for an equation for speed (V) in terms of flow rate and area.

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