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**1. Homework Statement**

A barrel contains a 0.110 m layer of oil and a density of 690 kg/m3 floating on water that is 0.300 m deep. What is the pressure at the bottom of the barrel?

**2. Homework Equations**

**3. The Attempt at a Solution**

Poil + Pwater = Ptotal

My question is why am I using this formula? I got the correct answer, but initially I wanted to treat the pressure of the water as a negation of the pressure of the oil, causing the barrel to float. So, Poil - Pwater. Is the reason for the addition because I am treating the bottom of the barrel as a point and the pressure acting on it in every direction equally and taking my gauge pressure from that exact point?

Thanks