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Posted by on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 9:49pm.

To suck water up a straw to a maximum height of 68 mm, what minimum gauge pressure must be produced in the lungs? Note that in order to be able to suck up water, the pressure in the lungs must be lower than the pressure outside by the exact amount of pressure created by the weight of the column of water in the straw.

  • Physics - , Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 11:53pm

    68 mm = 0.068 m

    P= pgd (where p=density)
    P= (1000 kg/m^3)g(0.068 m)
    P= 666 Pa

    and it's negative, I don't know why.

    Is this for UTSC? I have the same question, exact wording :D

  • Physics - , Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 12:00am

    It is negative because gauge pressures are measured relative to atmospheric pressure. It has to be negative to suck water up the straw.

    See
    http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1259197828
    for a similar response.

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