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A pressure cooker is a sealed pot designed to cook food with the steam produced by boiling water somewhat above 100 C. Consider a pressure cooker with a weight of mass m covering the only hole (which has a diameter d = 0.003 m) on top of it. What should m be in order to cook food at 120 C. Assume the atmospheric pressure outside the cooker is 1 atm.

2. Relevant equations

Pressure = Force/Area

Saturated vapor pressure of water at 120 C = 1.99 x 10^5 Pa

3. The attempt at a solution

Since P = F/A, F = AP. F must then at least equal the weight mg of the weight at the top of the pressure cooker in order to lift it and let steam escape. So m = AP/g. The result I get from this approach is incorrect. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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# Homework Help: Pressure Cooker Problem

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