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Balloon at reduced pressure

A partially inflated balloon is placed inside a sealed container as air is pumped out of the by syringe. As the pressure of the container is reduced, the volume of the balloon increases. The pressure inside the balloon decreases.

Note that the pressure inside the balloon is not equal to the pressure of the container. The number of air molecules in the balloon is fixed. As the pressure of the container decreases, this creates a pressure difference inside and outside the balloon. This causes the balloon to expand and its volume to increase. The number of air molecules per unit volume inside the balloon decreases, hence pressure inside the balloon decreases.

But as the balloon is elastic, the wall of the balloon is stretched. Hence the pressure of the balloon will be greater than the pressure of the container. Refer to the video below.

 


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Man Jumps Vertically Upwards, Pressure On Ground Is Greater During The Jump

This concept is similar to a 2016 O-Level Pure Physics Question P2 Q2, on why the pressure acting on the ground is greater during the jump, compared to when he is standing stationary on the ground.

During the jump, his leg will exert an upward force. This upward force (equivalent to normal force or force on the man by the ground) is greater than the weight of the man. Hence there is a net (resultant force) upwards, causing him to accelerate upwards.

That force on the man by the ground is equal and opposite to the force on the ground by the man. This is an action-reaction pair. Since the force exerted on the ground by the man is greater (greater than weight), the pressure exerted on the floor is greater.

(NOTE: Normal force and Weight is not an action-reaction pair)


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Marshmallow Hulk in Vacuum Jar

When the pump is switched on and the air in the jar is gradually removed, the pressure in the jar decreases. There will be fewer air molecules per unit volume in the far. Hence rate of collision of the air molecules with one another and with the wall and hulk will be reduced. As pressure P = F/A, the force acting per unit area decreases, the pressure decreases.

In the marshmallow, there are pockets of air at normal atmospheric pressure initially. As the pressure in the jar decreases, the pockets of air in the marshmallow expands due to this pressure difference. Hence the hulk expands and its volume increases.