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Homework Help: The amount of force on one trapezoidal side of a water vessel

  1. Apr 18, 2012 #1
    I need help understanding certain aspects of this problem...

    Problem statement
    Write an integral expressing the amoutn of force on one trapezoidal side of this water vessel when the height of the water is H meters. The density of water is 1000 kg/m3, and the force of gravity is 9.8 N/kg.

    Relevant Equations

    F = P * A
    P = ∂water*g*depth

    Attempt at solution

    From what I understand, the depth of the water is a height (1-h) from the top of the trapezoidal side. Thus, P = (1000)(9.8)(1-h).

    Now, I'm trying to solve for the area, and I know h is changing as the depth increases, but I'm unsure on how I can find a precise value. Any help on this one?
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  3. Apr 18, 2012 #2
    You can probably break that thing up into 3 integrals, two of which should be identical right?...

    Can you try writing the integral?
  4. Apr 18, 2012 #3
    [tex]\int_0^H (1000)(9.8)(1-h)(A)Δx[/tex]

    I don't know how to do the area, though...at least the part without Δx.
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