# Tag Archives: Topic Pressure

## Another P1V1 = P2V2 question

Solution: Option C

## When to use the concept PV = constant and P1V1 = P2V2 to solve?

When **temperature is constant** (for o-level), when a __fixed mass of gas (fixed number of air molecules)__ is __compressed__ in a closed system (e.g. piston), the __volume V decreases__ and __pressure P increases__, and vice versa.

But when you multiply pressure and volume, PV, it is always a constant.

**PV = constant**

Hence we can always equate the PV of the first scenario = to the PV of the second scenario, provided there is no addition or removal of air molecules from the system.

Hence, you have **P1V1 = P2V2**

The followings are 4 different questions which require this concept to solve. Do revise them.

**Solutions: Option D** (refer to the worked solutions below)

**Solutions: Option D**

**Solutions: A**

4)

**Solutions:**

5)

**Solution: Option C**

## Examples of a hydraulic system

## Boiling water at 60 °C in lab!

Water boils at 100°C. In the view below, the water is initially at around 60°C.

How is this possible?

**Explanation:**

At sea level, where the pressure is atmospheric pressure (approx 105 000 Pa), the boiling point of water is 100°C.

In the video as air is sucked from the sealed container, the pressure in the container decreases. This lowers the boiling point of the water to around 60°C, hence water will boil and bubbles are formed.

It is similar to boiling water at high altitude, like on top of Mount Everest (about 8 km high). Water will boil around 70°C to to lower atmospheric pressure at high altitude.

## Physics of Construction Lifting Truck

**1) Why are the 4 extended legs necessary?**

This is to **increase the area of base **of the truck to **increase the stability**. From our theory, as long as the weight acting vertically downward from the centre of gravity is within the area of base, there will be a restoring moment to bring the truck back to its original position, hence increases its stability.

* 2) In what situation will the truck topple? *(note the the centre of gravity (CG) of the truck is in general very low due to mass concentration at the base)

Basically, there are 2 situdation:

– if the load that is lifted is too heavy, the overall new CG of the truck and load might shift outside the area of base, hence causing the truck to topple. i.e. the clockwise moment created by the load is created than the anticlockwise moment created the weight of truck.

– If the angle of tilt is too much which increases the perpendicular distance from load to pivot. Likewise, the overall CG might be outside the area of base and there is a net clockwise moment.

*3) What is the purpose of the metal plate underneath the legs?*

The purpose is to increase the area of base. The whole weight of the truck is spread over the 4 legs. Since P = F/A, with a bigger base area, the pressure acting on the ground will be reduced. This is to minimise any damages done to the ground.

## N2004 P1 Q15 – Pressure P1V1 = P2V2

^{3}.

^{3 }B) 3 cm

^{3 }C) 12 cm

^{3 }D) 18 cm

^{3}

**Solutions: Option A**

P_{A}V_{A} = P_{B}V_{B}

(P_{atm} + P_{water}) V_{A} = (P_{atm}) V_{B}

(10 + 20) V_{A} = 10 x 6

V_{A} = 60 / 30

= 2 cm^{3}