# Homework Help: Help needed for this question - Air pressure in a bike tire

1. Jul 6, 2012

### andyb1990

Help needed for this question -- Air pressure in a bike tire

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The Pressure gauge on a bike pump reads 8 bar at sea level on a day when the temperature is 21°C. Assume that the gas constant for air is 286.9 J/Kg K

a) What is the density of the air in the tyre?

b) What is the weight of the air in the tyre, if the diameter of the wheel is 0.66m and the diameter of the inner tube is 4cm

Help would be greatly appreciated

also in SI units please :)

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
pv=mRT

p= 8bar
R= 286.9
T= 273+21 294

m=???

equation V=mRT/P?

2. Jul 6, 2012

### Simon Bridge

Re: Help needed for this question

Some notes:
The pressure in the tire is the gauge pressure ... what is the actual pressure?
You can construct the state equation for the gas in the tire OK?
Density is mass-per-unit-volume, though you can have a molar density as the number of moles per unit volume ... that would be (m/V) right?
... that should take care of part (a) ... having got the density, you should be able to get the mass from the volume for part (b).

3. Jul 6, 2012

### andyb1990

Re: Help needed for this question

so the pressure will be....

(Pgage = ρgh??) + (pressure of atmosphere 101325pa * temp 21°)

4. Jul 6, 2012

### rude man

Re: Help needed for this question

1. p ~ 8 + 1 = 9 bar. What's with "ρgh"??

I suppose you can be more precise & include T effect.

2. You said pV = mRT, so rewrite this substituting density ρ. I would not mess with moles, no need and no point.

3. Rest is straightforward.

5. Jul 7, 2012

### Simon Bridge

Re: Help needed for this question -- Air pressure in a bike tire

The rude man is correct - a tire gauge compares the pressure of the atmosphere outside the tire with the pressure of the air inside it.... reading out the difference. So:$$P_{gauge}=P_{actual}-P_{atmos}$$

Keep going... :)

6. Jul 7, 2012

### andyb1990

Re: Help needed for this question -- Air pressure in a bike tire

so the equation including density would look like

P=ρ(R/M)T

sorry I just cant get my head around it! :(

and the actual pressure would be 7bar?

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