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Atmospheric pressure exerts a large force (equal to the weight of the atmosphere above your body—about 10 tons) on the top of your body when you are lying on the beach sunbathing. Why are you able to get up?

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Why does atmospheric pressure decrease more rapidly than linearly with altitude?

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What are two reasons why mercury rather than water is used in barometers?

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[link] shows how sandbags placed around a leak outside a river levee can effectively stop the flow of water under the levee. Explain how the small amount of water inside the column formed by the sandbags is able to balance the much larger body of water behind the levee.

The figure shows a flooding river on the extreme right, with a levee set up on its left, and sandbags are stacked on the left of the levee. The height of the levee and that of the stacked sandbags is greater than the water level of the flooding river, so the water does not flow over their tops, but a leak under the levee allows some water to flow under it and reach the sandbags.
Because the river level is very high, it has started to leak under the levee. Sandbags are placed around the leak, and the water held by them rises until it is the same level as the river, at which point the water there stops rising.
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Why is it difficult to swim under water in the Great Salt Lake?

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Is there a net force on a dam due to atmospheric pressure? Explain your answer.

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Does atmospheric pressure add to the gas pressure in a rigid tank? In a toy balloon? When, in general, does atmospheric pressure not affect the total pressure in a fluid?

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You can break a strong wine bottle by pounding a cork into it with your fist, but the cork must press directly against the liquid filling the bottle—there can be no air between the cork and liquid. Explain why the bottle breaks, and why it will not if there is air between the cork and liquid.

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Problems&Exercises

What depth of mercury creates a pressure of 1.00 atm?

0.760 m

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The greatest ocean depths on the Earth are found in the Marianas Trench near the Philippines. Calculate the pressure due to the ocean at the bottom of this trench, given its depth is 11.0 km and assuming the density of seawater is constant all the way down.

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Verify that the SI unit of hρg size 12{hρg} {} is N/m 2 size 12{"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} .

h ρ g units = ( m ) kg/m 3 m/s 2 = kg m 2 / m 3 s 2 = kg m/s 2 1/m 2 = N/m 2
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Water towers store water above the level of consumers for times of heavy use, eliminating the need for high-speed pumps. How high above a user must the water level be to create a gauge pressure of 3 . 00 × 10 5 N/m 2 size 12{3 "." "00" times "10" rSup { size 8{5} } `"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} ?

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The aqueous humor in a person’s eye is exerting a force of 0.300 N on the 1 . 10 -cm 2 size 12{1 "." "10""-cm" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} area of the cornea. (a) What pressure is this in mm Hg? (b) Is this value within the normal range for pressures in the eye?

(a) 20.5 mm Hg

(b) The range of pressures in the eye is 12–24 mm Hg, so the result in part (a) is within that range

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How much force is exerted on one side of an 8.50 cm by 11.0 cm sheet of paper by the atmosphere? How can the paper withstand such a force?

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What pressure is exerted on the bottom of a 0.500-m-wide by 0.900-m-long gas tank that can hold 50.0 kg of gasoline by the weight of the gasoline in it when it is full?

1 . 09 × 10 3 N/m 2 size 12{1 "." "09" times "10" rSup { size 8{3} } `"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } } {}

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Calculate the average pressure exerted on the palm of a shot-putter’s hand by the shot if the area of contact is 50 . 0 cm 2 size 12{"50" "." 0`"cm" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} and he exerts a force of 800 N on it. Express the pressure in N/m 2 and compare it with the 1 . 00 × 10 6 Pa pressures sometimes encountered in the skeletal system.

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The left side of the heart creates a pressure of 120 mm Hg by exerting a force directly on the blood over an effective area of 15 . 0 cm 2 . size 12{"15" "." 0`"cm" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} What force does it exert to accomplish this?

24.0 N

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Show that the total force on a rectangular dam due to the water behind it increases with the square of the water depth. In particular, show that this force is given by F = ρ gh 2 L / 2 size 12{F=ρ ital "gh" rSup { size 8{2} } L/2} {} , where ρ size 12{ρ} {} is the density of water, h size 12{h} {} is its depth at the dam, and L size 12{L} {} is the length of the dam. You may assume the face of the dam is vertical. (Hint: Calculate the average pressure exerted and multiply this by the area in contact with the water. (See [link] .)

A two-dimensional view of a dam with dimensions L and h is shown. Force F at h is shown by a horizontal arrow. The force F exerted by water on the dam is F equals average pressure p bar into area A and pressure in turn is average height h bar into density rho into acceleration due to gravity g.
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Questions & Answers

what is thermodynamics
wana Reply
thermodynamic is a branch of physics that teaches on the relationship about heat and anyother form of energy
Emmanuel
if l cary box and stop is ther any work
Tamirat Reply
no that because u have moved no distance. for work to be performed a force needs to be applied and a distance needs to be moved
Emmanuel
Different between fundamental unit and derived unit
Alimi Reply
fundamental unit are independent quantities that do not depend on any other unit while derived unit are quantities that depend on two or more units for it definition
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what is nuclear fission
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vectors are quantities that have numerical value or magnitude and direction.
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what is regelation
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vector is any quantity that has magnitude and direction
Emmanuel
Physics is a physical science that deals with the study of matter in relation to energy
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what is physics
Rhema Reply
physics is a physical science that deals with the study of matter in relation to energy
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a15kg powerexerted by the foresafter 3second
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what is displacement
Xolani Reply
movement in a direction
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Explain why magnetic damping might not be effective on an object made of several thin conducting layers separated by insulation? can someone please explain this i need it for my final exam
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An object made of several thin conducting layers separated by insulation may not be affected by magnetic damping because the eddy current produced in each layer due to induction will be very small and the opposing magnetic flux produced by the eddy currents will be very small
Muhammad
What is thê principle behind movement of thê taps control
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while
Hosea
what is atomic mass
thomas Reply
this is the mass of an atom of an element in ratio with the mass of carbon-atom
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show me how to get the accuracies of the values of the resistors for the two circuits i.e for series and parallel sides
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Explain why it is difficult to have an ideal machine in real life situations.
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Promise
what's the s . i unit for couple?
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its s.i unit is Nm
Covenant
Force×perpendicular distance N×m=Nm
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İt iş diffucult to have idêal machine because of FRİCTİON definitely reduce thê efficiency
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It is difficult to have an ideal machine in real life situation because in ideal machines all the input energy should be converted to output energy . But , some part of energy is always lost in overcoming friction and input energy is always greater than output energy . Hence , no machine is ideal.
Muhammad
if the classica theory of specific heat is valid,what would be the thermal energy of one kmol of copper at the debye temperature (for copper is 340k)
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