Physics barometer help

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Two barometers are made with water and mercury. If the mercury column is 32 in. tall, how tall is the water column?

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Not sure where to begin with this question. Someone please help!

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Well, do mercury and water have the same density? Which column do you expect would be taller?
 
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Homework Statement



Two barometers are made with water and mercury. If the mercury column is 32 in. tall, how tall is the water column?

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Not sure where to begin with this question. Someone please help!

The Attempt at a Solution


Need help really bad.
Ask yourself these questions, it will give you ideas about this question:
What are barometers used for?........what do mercury and water have in different in relevance to this question?
 
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Mercury has a higher density so the water column will be higher. This doesn't really help me much though
 
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Usually barometers are used to measure the atm. so if you know it,then you can use the equation to calculate the height of water if you know the density of water. Not so difficult. :)

EDIT:Do you know the equation relating height density and all that.If you have studied barometers you should know it.
 
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Mercury has a higher density so the water column will be higher. This doesn't really help me much though
Are you sure about that? What is the density of mercury relative to the density of water?
If a constant pressure P supports a mercury column 32 in. tall, don't you think that the height of the mercury column is somehow related to how dense mercury is?
 

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