Water Density & Altitude

  1. water has a density of 62.4lbm/ft^3 .How much does 2ft^3 of water weight at sea level and in Colorado where the altitude is 5374ft and the gravitational acceleration is 32.139ft/s^2?
    Solution :

    density=mass/volume
    62.4lbm/ft^3=mass/2ft^3
    mass=124.8lbm

    w=mg
    =124.8lbm*32.174ft/s^2
    =4.015*10^3lbf (sea level)

    w=mg
    =124.8lbm*32.139ft/s^2
    =4.011*10^3lbf (Colorado)

    is that correct???
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Yes it is.
     
  4. SteamKing

    SteamKing 9,399
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    Sorry, you are both wrong. According to your calculation, yenting, one cubic foot of water weighs about two tons.

    One lbm is equivalent to about 0.454 kg. One lbm also has a weight of one pound force when g = 32.174 ft/s^2.
     
  5. Thanks for checking SteamKing.

    I'll stick to metric, it's so much easier.

    So its the ratio 32.139:32.174 that gives the value of g. That makes much more sense.
     
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