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Homework Help: Thermal Expansion HELP

  1. Jun 17, 2006 #1
    Hey guys, having some trouble on some thermodynamics this time.

    1) A glass flask whose volume is V_o at 0.0 degrees C is completely filled with mercury at this temperature. When flask and mercury are warmed to a temperature of T, a volume V of mercury overflow.

    If the coefficient of volume expansion of mercury is B_merc, compute the coefficient of volume expansion of the glass.

    I tried relating the two expansions with the formulas:
    deltaV=B*V_o*deltaT and V=V_o(1+B*deltaT)

    I tried to assume they both had the same V_o and tried subing an expression i got from the mercury expansion into my expression for glass expansion but i keep having V cancel out and its required int he final answer. Anyone know where im going wrong or have any ideas?
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  3. Jun 17, 2006 #2

    Doc Al

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    Write two equations: one for the volume of mercury in terms of V_o, B_merc, and T; the other for the volume of the flask in terms of V_o, B_glass, and T. Then use those two expressions to write an equation that says: The difference between the two volumes at temperature T equals V.
  4. Jun 17, 2006 #3
    ok thanks man it was the difference thing i didnt know i was trying substitution for soem reason...thanks truckloads again
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