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Teaching Demonstration

  1. May 4, 2004 #1
    Explain why pressure increaseds beneath a vertical column of water and how to calculate water pressure ate the base of the column. Include the effect of varying heights and column diameters.

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  3. May 4, 2004 #2

    chroot

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    This sounds suspiciously like a homework assignment.

    It also sounds suspiciously as though you haven't even attempted it -- the answer is simple and should be easy to find in any first-year physics textbook.

    - Warren
     
  4. May 5, 2004 #3

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    The pressure is based on the weight that must be supported at the given depth. The volume of a the cylinder is just area * height

    [tex]v =ah[/tex]

    Now you find the mass of the water which is just density * volume. I don't remember the symbol for density so I'll just use D.

    [tex]m = vD[/tex]

    [tex]m = ahD[/tex]

    Now add gravity

    [tex]F = ahDg[/tex]

    Now find the pressure on the bottom of the cylinder by dividing by the area

    [tex]P = hDg[/tex]

    There you have it, the pressure at a given depth is height * density * gravity.
     
  5. May 5, 2004 #4

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    The normal symbol for mass density is [itex]\rho[/itex] :smile:

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