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How does sap get to the tops of tall trees? (Recall that a column of water can only rise to a height of 10 m when there is a vacuum at the top—see [link] .) The question has not been completely resolved, but it appears that it is pulled up like a chain held together by cohesive forces. As each molecule of sap enters a leaf and evaporates (a process called transpiration), the entire chain is pulled up a notch. So a negative pressure created by water evaporation must be present to pull the sap up through the xylem vessels. In most situations, fluids can push but can exert only negligible pull , because the cohesive forces seem to be too small to hold the molecules tightly together. But in this case, the cohesive force of water molecules provides a very strong pull. [link] shows one device for studying negative pressure. Some experiments have demonstrated that negative pressures sufficient to pull sap to the tops of the tallest trees can be achieved.

When the piston is raised the liquid stretches somewhat, which results in negative pressure.
(a) When the piston is raised, it stretches the liquid slightly, putting it under tension and creating a negative absolute pressure P = F / A size 12{P= - F/A} {} . (b) The liquid eventually separates, giving an experimental limit to negative pressure in this liquid.

Section summary

  • Attractive forces between molecules of the same type are called cohesive forces.
  • Attractive forces between molecules of different types are called adhesive forces.
  • Cohesive forces between molecules cause the surface of a liquid to contract to the smallest possible surface area. This general effect is called surface tension.
  • Capillary action is the tendency of a fluid to be raised or suppressed in a narrow tube, or capillary tube which is due to the relative strength of cohesive and adhesive forces.

Conceptual questions

The density of oil is less than that of water, yet a loaded oil tanker sits lower in the water than an empty one. Why?

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Is surface tension due to cohesive or adhesive forces, or both?

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Is capillary action due to cohesive or adhesive forces, or both?

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Birds such as ducks, geese, and swans have greater densities than water, yet they are able to sit on its surface. Explain this ability, noting that water does not wet their feathers and that they cannot sit on soapy water.

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Water beads up on an oily sunbather, but not on her neighbor, whose skin is not oiled. Explain in terms of cohesive and adhesive forces.

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Could capillary action be used to move fluids in a “weightless” environment, such as in an orbiting space probe?

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What effect does capillary action have on the reading of a manometer with uniform diameter? Explain your answer.

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Pressure between the inside chest wall and the outside of the lungs normally remains negative. Explain how pressure inside the lungs can become positive (to cause exhalation) without muscle action.

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Problems&Exercises

What is the pressure inside an alveolus having a radius of 2 . 50 × 10 4 m size 12{2 "." "50" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - 4} } `m} {} if the surface tension of the fluid-lined wall is the same as for soapy water? You may assume the pressure is the same as that created by a spherical bubble.

592 N/m 2 size 12{"592"`"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } } {}

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(a) The pressure inside an alveolus with a 2 . 00 × 10 4 size 12{2 "." "00" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - 4} } } {} -m radius is 1 . 40 × 10 3 Pa size 12{1 "." "40" times "10" rSup { size 8{3} } `"Pa"} {} , due to its fluid-lined walls. Assuming the alveolus acts like a spherical bubble, what is the surface tension of the fluid? (b) Identify the likely fluid. (You may need to extrapolate between values in [link] .)

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What is the gauge pressure in millimeters of mercury inside a soap bubble 0.100 m in diameter?

2 . 23 × 10 2 mm Hg size 12{2 "." "23" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - 2} } `"mm"`"Hg"} {}

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Calculate the force on the slide wire in [link] if it is 3.50 cm long and the fluid is ethyl alcohol.

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[link] (a) shows the effect of tube radius on the height to which capillary action can raise a fluid. (a) Calculate the height h size 12{h} {} for water in a glass tube with a radius of 0.900 cm—a rather large tube like the one on the left. (b) What is the radius of the glass tube on the right if it raises water to 4.00 cm?

(a) 1 . 65 × 10 3 m size 12{1 "." "65" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - 3} } `m} {}

(b) 3 . 71 × 10 –4 m size 12{3 "." "71" times "10" rSup { size 8{4} } `m} {}

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We stated in [link] that a xylem tube is of radius 2 . 50 × 10 5 m . Verify that such a tube raises sap less than a meter by finding h for it, making the same assumptions that sap’s density is 1050 kg/m 3 size 12{"1050"`"kg/m" rSup { size 8{3} } } {} , its contact angle is zero, and its surface tension is the same as that of water at 20.0º C .

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What fluid is in the device shown in [link] if the force is 3 . 16 × 10 3 N size 12{3 "." "16" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - 3} } `N} {} and the length of the wire is 2.50 cm? Calculate the surface tension γ size 12{g} {} and find a likely match from [link] .

6 . 32 × 10 2 N/m size 12{6 "." "32" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - 2} } `"N/m"} {}

Based on the values in table, the fluid is probably glycerin.

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If the gauge pressure inside a rubber balloon with a 10.0-cm radius is 1.50 cm of water, what is the effective surface tension of the balloon?

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Calculate the gauge pressures inside 2.00-cm-radius bubbles of water, alcohol, and soapy water. Which liquid forms the most stable bubbles, neglecting any effects of evaporation?

P w = 14 . 6 N/m 2 , P a = 4.46 N/m 2 , P sw = 7.40 N/m 2 . alignl { stack { size 12{P rSub { size 8{w} } ="14" "." 6`"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } , } {} #p rSub { size 8{a} } =4 "." "46"`"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } , {} #P rSub { size 8{"sw"} } =7 "." "40"`"N/m" rSup { size 8{2} } "." {} } } {}

Alcohol forms the most stable bubble, since the absolute pressure inside is closest to atmospheric pressure.

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Suppose water is raised by capillary action to a height of 5.00 cm in a glass tube. (a) To what height will it be raised in a paraffin tube of the same radius? (b) In a silver tube of the same radius?

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Calculate the contact angle θ size 12{θ} {} for olive oil if capillary action raises it to a height of 7.07 cm in a glass tube with a radius of 0.100 mm. Is this value consistent with that for most organic liquids?

5.1º size 12{5 "." 1°} {}

This is near the value of θ = size 12{θ=0°} {} for most organic liquids.

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When two soap bubbles touch, the larger is inflated by the smaller until they form a single bubble. (a) What is the gauge pressure inside a soap bubble with a 1.50-cm radius? (b) Inside a 4.00-cm-radius soap bubble? (c) Inside the single bubble they form if no air is lost when they touch?

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Calculate the ratio of the heights to which water and mercury are raised by capillary action in the same glass tube.

2 . 78 size 12{ - 2 "." "78"} {}

The ratio is negative because water is raised whereas mercury is lowered.

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What is the ratio of heights to which ethyl alcohol and water are raised by capillary action in the same glass tube?

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Questions & Answers

Why is the sky blue...?
Star Reply
It's filtered light from the 2 forms of radiation emitted from the sun. It's mainly filtered UV rays. There's a theory titled Scatter Theory that covers this topic
Mike
A heating coil of resistance 30π is connected to a 240v supply for 5min to boil a quantity of water in a vessel of heat capacity 200jk. If the initial temperature of water is 20°c and it specific heat capacity is 4200jkgk calculate the mass of water in a vessel
fasawe Reply
A thin equi convex lens is placed on a horizontal plane mirror and a pin held 20 cm vertically above the lens concise in position with its own image the space between the undersurface of d lens and the mirror is filled with water (refractive index =1•33)and then to concise with d image d pin has to
Azummiri Reply
Be raised until its distance from d lens is 27cm find d radius of curvature
Azummiri
what happens when a nuclear bomb and atom bomb bomb explode add the same time near each other
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A monkey throws a coconut straight upwards from a coconut tree with a velocity of 10 ms-1. The coconut tree is 30 m high. Calculate the maximum height of the coconut from the top of the coconut tree? Can someone answer my question
Fatinizzah Reply
v2 =u2 - 2gh 02 =10x10 - 2x9.8xh h = 100 ÷ 19.6 answer = 30 - h.
Ramonyai
why is the north side is always referring to n side of magnetic
sam Reply
who is a nurse
Chilekwa Reply
A nurse is a person who takes care of the sick
Bukola
a nurse is also like an assistant to the doctor
Gadjawa
explain me wheatstone bridge
Malik Reply
good app
samuel
Wheatstone bridge is an instrument used to measure an unknown electrical resistance by balancing two legs of a bridge circuit, one leg of which includes the unknown component.
MUHD
Rockwell Software is Rockwell Automation’s "Retro Encabulator". Now, basically the only new principle involved is that instead of power being generated by the relative motion of conductors and fluxes, it’s produced by the modial interaction of magneto-reluctance and capacitive diractance. The origin
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write a comprehensive note on primary colours
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relationship between refractive index, angle of minimum deviation and angle of prism
Harrison
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1. A black thermocouple measures the temperature in the chamber with black walls.if the air around the thermocouple is 200 C,the walls are at 1000 C,and the heat transfer constant is 15.compute the temperature gradient
Tikiso Reply
what is the relationship between G and g
Olaiya Reply
G is the u. constant, as g stands for grav, accelerate at a discreet point
Mark
Is that all about it?
Olaiya
pls explain in details
Olaiya
G is a universal constant
Mark
g stands for the gravitational acceleration point. hope this helps you.
Mark
balloon TD is at a gravitational acceleration at a specific point
Mark
I'm sorry this doesn't take dictation very well.
Mark
Can anyone explain the Hooke's law of elasticity?
Olaiya Reply
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Amber
does this help?
Amber
Yes, thanks
Olaiya
so any solid can be compressed how compressed is dependent upon how much force is applied F=deltaL
Amber
sorry, the equation is F=KdeltaL delta is the triangle symbol and L is length so the change in length is proportional to amount of Force applied I believe that is what Hookes law means. anyone catch any mistakes here please correct me :)
Amber
I think it is used only for solids and not liquids, isn't it?
Olaiya
basically as long as you dont exceed the elastic limit the object should return to it original form but if you exceed this limit the object will not return to original shape as it will break
Amber
Thanks for the explanation
Olaiya
yh, liquids don't apply here, that should be viscosity
Chiamaka
hope it helps 😅
Amber
also, an object doesnt have to break necessarily, but it will have a new form :)
Amber
Yes
Olaiya
yeah, I think it is for solids but maybe there is a variation for liquids? that I am not sure of
Amber
ok
Olaiya
good luck!
Amber
Same
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aplease i need a help on spcific latent heat of vibrations
Bilgate
specific latent heat of vaporisation
Bilgate
how many kilometers makes a mile
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about 1.6 kilometres.
Faizyab
near about 1.67 kilometers
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equal to 1.609344 kilometers.
MUHD
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