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U-tube manometer fluid mechanics

  1. Aug 17, 2011 #1
    Hi friends - I'm at a lost on this particular problem which reads:

    a manometer consists of a U-tube, 7mm internal diameter, with vertical limbs with an enlarged upper end of 44mm diameter. the left-hand limb and the bottom of the tube are filled with water and the top of the right hand limb is filled with oil of specific gravity 0.83. the free surfaces of the liquids are in the enlarged ends and the interface between the oil and water is in the tube below the enlarged end. what would be the difference in pressures applied to the free surfaces which would cause the oil/water interface to move 1cm?

    My attempt was to identify all the different pressures that need be accounted for so i ended up with the following equation,

    P(left) -P(right) = p(oil) g* 0.01 - p(water) g *0.01

    = 16.67 Pa, however answer in book is 21 Pa.

    any advice or help would be greatly appreciated,
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