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Homework Help: Mercury barometers

  1. Sep 29, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Hi guys, I'm new here and I hope you can help me with this question that's been puzzling me for a good week now.

    Mercury barometer of 1m with mercury column height of 760cm is equivalent to 1.0x10^5 Pa.
    School experiment to find atmospheric pressure was as follows. Length of air trapped in capillary tube sealed at one end by thread of mercury. When horizontal, the length of trapped air column was 82mm and length of thread of mercury was 39mm. When tube held vertically with open end upwards, air column was squashed to 78mm.

    Find value of atmospheric pressure in mm of mercury mmHg

    2. Relevant equations

    Not sure if there is one
    Does P=F/A help?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    To be honest I really haven't had much to go in, but I can only think that gravity must be playing a part in it squashing the mercury down when it is vertical?

    Any help appreciated!
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  3. Sep 29, 2013 #2

    rude man

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    Hint: consider using Boyle's law.
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