# Homework Help: Physics word problems regarding basic concepts

1. Oct 17, 2007

### jon.physics

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Explain why a sharp knife cuts better than a dull knife

2. Relevant equations
None that i know of

3. The attempt at a solution
Not sure where to begin

1. The problem statement, all variable and given/known data
what happens to the density of air in a common rubber balloon when it is heated

2. Relevant equations
none that i know of

3. The attempt at a solution
not sure where to begin

1. The problem statement, all variable and given/known data
How does water pressure 1 meter beneath the suface of a lake compare with water pressure 1 meter below the surface of a swimming pool

2. Relevant equations
none that i know of

3. The attempt at a solution
not sure where to begin

1. The problem statement, all variable and given/known data
when an air bubble rises in water, what happens to its mass, volume, and density

2. Relevant equations
not sure

3. the attempt at a solution
not sure

I'm sorry but my professor has not been present for the past couple of weeks so I'm confused as to where to begin. This is my first semester taking physics ever and I'm having a difficult time understanding these word problems. any help would be great. thanks

2. Oct 17, 2007

### Bob Loblaw

Pressure=force/area.

A sharp knife has a finer edge which can be read as having less surface area. The force of the cutting is dispersed among a smaller surface. Cutting with a dull knife might not generate enough pressure to tear the molecules apart.

3. Oct 17, 2007

### jon.physics

Thanks I appreciate that. Can anyone help me with the other questions?

4. Oct 17, 2007