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Homework Help: Period of Oscillation of Steel Ball Help Please!

  1. Mar 17, 2010 #1

    I already did the first part, and the equation for the period becomes: T=2[tex]\pi[/tex](ml/[tex]\gamma[/tex]PA)(1/2)

    I know 12 litres = 0.012 m3, and the the mass of the ball is the volume of a sphere of radius 0.01m x the density = 0.0318 Kg, for pressure I am not sure whether I am suppose to use 1 atm or 101.3 kPa, that's the least of my problems though. The area of the a cross section of the tube, assuming the ball is fitted, is [tex]\pi[/tex](0.01)2=0.000314m3...So assuming all those are right, now I need the length. I thought that maybe the flask also had the same radius as the ball, and so the length would just be 0.012m3/0.0000314m3=38.2m, but when I plug all there numbers in to the equation for period I don't get 1 second or anything close as the answer.

    Can someone help please?

    Edit: Hm...if I use 101 325 Pa as my pressure it works....can someone confirm if what I've done is right? 38.2 m seems awfully long for a flask.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2010
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  3. Mar 18, 2010 #2


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    The glass tube is mounted on a flask. The diameter of the tube is 2 cm. The volume of the flask is 12 l. You don't even know the shape of the flask, but its diameter definitely is not 2 cm.

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