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Homework Help: Force of the air on my head

  1. Oct 10, 2004 #1
    Ok I have the following question:

    If the top of your head has a surface area of 113 cm2, what is the weight of the air above your head?

    I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. I used the P = F/A. Solved for F to get F= P/A. I'm assuming the question is asking me for the force of the air on my head.

    I'm using a figure of 1.013X10^5 Pa for atmospheric pressure, and I coverted cm to meters then divide the P(101300 Pa) by A(1.13) meters, and webassign told me to go fish.

    I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, just not sure what.
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  3. Oct 10, 2004 #2
    Hmm. Try using kPa or keeping the area value in sq. cm. That might work.
  4. Oct 10, 2004 #3
    Hmm well I did make one stupid mistake when solving for F, F= P*A. Although I still can't seem it get it right. I'm sure its something to do with units, I have been having huge problems getting the units right lately, sometimes they just don't make sense.

    It wants the answer in N. So I would assume I have to convert cm to m since N is in meters. But I'm just not having any luck today with this question, the silly thing is this is the first question and I have answer most of the harder ones already, just can't get this one.
  5. Oct 10, 2004 #4
    still need help..
  6. Oct 11, 2004 #5
    1 m = 100 cm
    [tex] (1\ m)^2 = (100\ cm)^2[/tex]
    [tex]1\ m^2= 1X10^{4}\ cm^2[/tex]
    [tex] 113\ cm^2= \frac{113}{10^4} = 0.0113\ m^2[/tex]
    [tex]F=P*A=1.013X10^5*0.0113=1145\ N[/tex]
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