# Question on Temperature/Kinetic Theory in AP Physics B

#### xopenx

1. Homework Statement

A Cubic Box of volume 3.9*10^-2 meters cubed is filled with air at atmospheric pressure at 20 degrees C. The box is closed and heated to 180 degrees C. What is the net force on each side of the box?

atmospheric pressure = 1 atm or 1.0*10^5 N/msquared

2. Homework Equations

Temperature K = C +273
P/T = P/T
P= F/A

3. The Attempt at a Solution

Okay i have no idea why i am getting this wrong. What i did was use P/T = P/T using the right temperatures and atm pressure in N/msquared for the pressure on the left side of the equation. on the right i am solving for P and used the 180+273 as the new temperature.

i got 154607.5 N/msquared

I then plugged that into P = F/A and cubed rooted the Volume given and squared that value to get area of one side of the box. and for the final answer got 17780 N. Related Introductory Physics Homework Help News on Phys.org

#### OlderDan

Homework Helper
You forgot the air outside of the box.

#### xopenx

am i supposed to add 1 atm to the answer i got? before plugging it into P=F/A

#### cristo

Staff Emeritus
No, you use the formula P=F/A twice; once to calculate for the force from the inside (which you have done), then again to calculate the force from the outside (due to the air outside). Taking the difference of these will give the net force.