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Homework Help: physics

Posted by bobby on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 11:28pm.

a)Estimate how long it takes for the cold air to fall out when you open the door of your refrigerator. For simplicity, assume your fridge is a cube of height 1 meter, and that the cold air inside is 5% denser than the warm air outside. Imagine that you remove the top and bottom of this cube and that the cold air just falls out as a solid block, without mixing with the warm air it moves through.
b)The ideal gas law P V = N k T, relates the pressure P and the (absolute!) temperature T of an idealized gas consisting of N particles in a box of volume V (here k is a constant which will not matter for us). If air was an ideal gas, and the density difference between the air inside and outside the refrigerator is 5% (but the pressure is the same), what is the temperature difference between inside and outside?

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