# Fluid statistics

## Homework Statement

A u-shaped tube open to air at both ends contains some mercury. A quantity of water is carefully poured into the left arm of the tube until the vertical height of water is 15 cm.

## Homework Equations

(a)What is the gauge pressure at the water-mercury interface?[ans 1.47*10^3Pa]

(b)calculate the vertical distance h from the top of the mercury in the right-hand arm of the tube to the top of the water in the left-arm.[ans 13.9 cm]

## The Attempt at a Solution

(a) p=p_0 +rho*g*h
p = 0 + 13.6*10^3 *9.8*0.15
p= 1.99*10^4
(b) 13-1.47=13.5

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Doc Al
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(a) p=p_0 +rho*g*h
p = 0 + 13.6*10^3 *9.8*0.15
p= 1.99*10^4
Check your value for the density of water.

The answers are already given in brackets so my problem is deriving them Doc Al
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The answers are already given in brackets so my problem is deriving them You gave an attempted solution and I stated why it was wrong. Did you look up the density of water?

Thanks a million realy appreaciate How do i then tickle (b) im totally clueless on that

Doc Al
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How do i then tickle (b) im totally clueless on that
Draw a picture. Hint: At the same vertical position (height), the pressure must be the same. Imagine a horizontal line that intersects the mercury/water boundary.

Thank you very much Pf mentor i got the solution to the question  