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In a fluid there is gravity exerted so we know that the lower layers have higher pressure. Does that prove that Pascal's law is wrong?
No, it says that at each point pressure is the same in all directions.physea said:Pascal's principle says that an incompressible liquid in a container exerts the same pressure at all its points.
A.T. said:No, it says that at each point pressure is the same in all directions.
Not really. A better expression of Pascal's principle would be: Any externally applied pressure will be transmitted equally to all parts of the fluid.physea said:Pascal's principle says that an incompressible liquid in a container exerts the same pressure at all its points.
If you exert a pressure at the top of the tube, the pressure at the bottom of the tube will increase by the same amount. (This is in addition to the hydrostatic pressure that varies with height.)physea said:If I exert a pressure at the top of a tube, the pressure at the bottom of the tube will not be the same. It will be larger due to hydrostatic pressure (ie. the weight of the liquid itself)
Doc Al said:Not really. A better expression of Pascal's principle would be: Any externally applied pressure will be transmitted equally to all parts of the fluid.
No.physea said:I can accept this only in zero gravity. Isn't that correct?
So at any point in the liquid the pressure is the same in all directions. Emphasize "at any point". It does not say that the pressure is the same at all points in the liquid.A.T. said:No, it says that at each point pressure is the same in all directions.
No, Pascal's Law is not completely wrong. It is a fundamental principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure applied to an enclosed fluid is transmitted equally in all directions. However, there are some misconceptions and misunderstandings about this law that need to be addressed.
One common misconception is that the pressure is always equal at all points in a fluid. This is not necessarily true, as pressure can vary depending on factors such as gravity and the shape of the container. Another misconception is that Pascal's Law only applies to liquids, when in fact it also applies to gases.
The myth of equal pressure in fluids comes from a misunderstanding of Pascal's Law. While the pressure may be equal at all points in a container, this does not mean that the pressure is always the same throughout the fluid. Pressure can vary depending on factors such as depth and density.
Pascal's Law states that pressure applied to an enclosed fluid is transmitted equally in all directions. This means that if a force is applied to a fluid in a closed container, the pressure will increase equally in all directions, regardless of the shape or size of the container. This is why hydraulic systems, which utilize Pascal's Law, are able to transmit force and motion through liquids.
While Pascal's Law is a fundamental principle in fluid mechanics, there are some cases where it may not apply. For example, when dealing with compressible fluids, such as gases, the volume of the fluid can change with changes in pressure. In these cases, the pressure may not be transmitted equally in all directions. Additionally, external factors such as friction and viscosity can also affect the transmission of pressure in fluids.