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Hurricane wind blowing across a flat roof

  1. Jun 30, 2009 #1
    1.A hurricane wind blows across a 7.8 m x 12 m flat roof at a speed of 180 km/hr.

    What is the pressure difference?

    How much force is exerted on the roof?

    2. Relevant equations

    P= p_atmos + pgd

    3. The attempt at a solution
    p = 101300Pa - (1.3)(9.8m/s^2)(93.6m^2)
    p = 100107.5Pa

    100107.5Pa = F/(93.6m^2)^2
    F = 8.8 * 10^8 N

    I know this is wrong, how do I go about solving this problem?
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2009
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  3. Jun 30, 2009 #2


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    That's not the right equation. Rather, it's not the entire equation.

    First of all, the numbers you used don't even turn out to have the right units. As in, d = 93.6 m^2 doesn't have the right units for d.

    And think about it, the speed is given for a reason. Get the full equation, and plug in the values, and easily get the answer.
  4. Jun 30, 2009 #3
    ok, I got the change in pressure to be 1625 Pa, which is correct.

    I plug that into F = pA and get F = 1625Pa * 93.6m^2 = 152100, this seems too big.

    I got it right, thank you!
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2009
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