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LESSON 3.2 Understanding pressure in liquids
Introduction Liquids have pressure because of their weights. For example, if you try to put your finger over the end of a tap when it is turned on, you can feel the pressure of the water in the pipe. This is just caused by the weight of water in the pipes all the way back up to the cold water in the loft. The force of gravity acts on liquids, pulling them downwards into the container. Calculating pressure in a liquid Say that a vertical column of liquid with a density ρ and a horizontal area A. Consider an object is placed at point X at a depth h below the surface area of the liquid.

V = Ah) = ρ Ah g A = ρhg From the final expression, we can say that the pressure at any point in a liquid at rest is directly proportional to the density of liquid and the depth. The pressure in the liquid is not dependent on the surface area and the shape of a container. (because V

Example 1 If the density of sea water is 1150 kg m-3, calculate the pressure below 40m of sea water due to the water alone. Solution Example 2 The figure shows a cylinder containing liquid mercury.

The pressure P due the liquid exerted on the object at point X can be written as: P=F A =W A = mg (because W = mg) A = ρVg ρ = m) What is the pressure caused by the liquid mercury at the point P? [Density of liquid mercury is 1.36 x 105 kg m-3] Solution (because Example 3

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The pressure of hot water emerging from a tap is 1 x 105 Pa. What is the force exerted by the water on a person’s thumb ,if the person places his thumb over the outlet of the tap and stops the hot water flowing. [ The area of the tap is 10-4 m2 ] Solution

Applications of pressure in liquids 1 Water tank Normally a water tank is placed at higher level so as to supply water at greater pressure. Dam The wall of a dam is much thicker at the bottom than at the top because it must withstand the increased lateral pressure in depths of the water. Submarine Submarine is built with thick wall so as to withstand enormous pressure at greater depth.

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A 4.0 x 101 N m-2 -2 10 N m C 1.6 x 103 N m-2 103 N m-2 E 1.6 x 104 N m-2
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The figure shows a high tin with a length of 100 cm is filled to the full with water.

If the pressure caused by the water at point P is 8000 Pa, What is the value of L? (Density of water = 1000 kg m - 3 ) A C E 4 10 cm 40 cm 80 cm B D 20 cm 60 cm

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1 An air bubble is at a depth of 5 m below the surface of a lake . What is the pressure of water on the bubble if the density of the water is 1 000 kg m-3? A C Pa E 5 x 10-4 Pa 2 x 10 2 Pa 5 x 104 Pa B 5 x 10-3 Pa D 5 x 10 3

The figures show liquids in containers. Which column of liquid exerts the greatest pressure on the base of its container?

2 The figure shows a cylinder containing oil with a density of 800 kg m-3. 5 What is the pressure caused by the oil at point X? Which one of the following is not true? A The pressure in a liquid increases with depth

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The pressure in a liquid increases with density of the water The pressure in a liquid increases with area of contact The pressure in a liquid increases with the gravitational acceleration

Which comparison is correct? A B C 8 P1 > P2 > P3 P1 < P2 < P3 P1=P2 = P3

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The figure shows a polystyrene block being pushed to a depth of h cm from the water surface. P is the water pressure acting on surface Q.

Equal masses of water are poured into four jars as shown. In which jar is the pressure exerted by the water on the base the greatest?

Which graph shows the relationship between P and h when the block is pushed deeper into the water?

9 The figure shows three wooden blocks J,K and L are pressed into the water until the base of its reach at level P. The pressure caused by the water at base of the wooden blocks J , K and L are X1 , X2 and X3 respectively. 7 The figure shows three containers with different shapes filled with water with the same level. The pressure caused by the water at point P , Q and R are P1 , P2 and P3 respectively.

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pressure of water at the upper level is higher than pressure of water at the deeper level pressure of water at the upper level is lower than pressure of water at the deeper level pressure of water at the upper level is the same as than pressure of water at the deeper level

Which comparison is correct? A B C X1 > X2 > X3 X1 < X2 < X3 X1=X2 = X3

12 Figure shows the surface of the water in a domestic cold water tank is 5 m above the downstairs cold water tap. [ Atmospheric pressure = 100000 Pa ] [ Density of water = 1000 kgm-3]

10 The figure shows a siphon system.

Which of the following is true? A Water in beaker A flows into beaker B until the volume of water in beaker A is the same as the volume of water in beaker B Water in beaker A flows into beaker B until the level of water in beaker A is the same as the level of water in beaker B Water in beaker A flows into beaker B until beaker B is full Water in beaker A flows into beaker B until beaker B is empty

(a) State the principle is used causes the water shoots out from the tap. .................................................. ................. .................................................. .................. (b) What is the pressure caused by the water in the tank only?

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(c) What is the pressure of the hot water emerging from the tap?

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(d) The area of water tap where water emerges is 0.04 m2. A man places his thumb over the outlet of the tap and stops the hot flowing. Calculate the force exerted by the water on his thumb. 13 Figure(a) shows an apparatus is used to remove water from a beaker to a cylinder. The volume of the water in the beaker is same as the volume of water in the cylinder.

(b) The water in the beaker stops to flow when the level of the water at P as shown in Figure (b)

Figure (b) (i) Mark the water level in the cylinder in Figure(b) when the water stops to flow. (ii) Why does the water stop to flow? ………………………………………. Figure (a) (a) (i) Name the system for removing the water. …….. ………………………………… (ii) Explain how the water flows from the beaker to the cylinder. ………………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ………………………………………….. ……………………………………… 14 Figure (a) and Figure (b) shows two positions of a diver in the sea. ……………………………………….. (iii) By using the same apparatus, suggest one method to remove all the water into the cylinder. ………………………………………

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method of measuring the responding variable. (vi) Way you would tabulate the data (vii) Way you would analysis the data

Figure(a) Figure(b) Observe the positions of the diver and the pain in his ear. Based on the observations: (a) State one suitable inference that can be made. (b) State one appropriate hypothesis for an investigation. (c) With the use of apparatus such as a high tin, rubber stoppers, and other apparatus , describe an experimental framework to test your hypothesis. In your description , state clearly the following: (i) Aim of the experiment (ii) Variables in the experiment (iii) List of apparatus and materials (iv) Arrangement of the apparatus (v) The procedure of the experiment which include the method of controlling the manipulated variable and the

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