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I went to my teacher numerous times. I'm still not using the right formulas or equations. Please help.

A commonly used rule of thumb is that average velocity in a pipe should be about 1 m/s or less for "thin" (viscosity about water). If a pipe needs to deliver 6,000m^3 of water a day, what diameter is required. My teacher added flow area multiplied by the velocity equals the volumetric flow rate. The answer should be in cm.

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    if the diameter is d meters, the cross-section of the pipe has area pi/4 d^2 m^2

    In one second, at 1 m/s, then, pi/4 d^2 m^3/s of water will flow through the pipe

    now just plug in the numbers:

    6000m^3/day * 1day/86400s = pi/4 d^2 m^3/s
    d = 1/3 √(5/2pi) = 0.297m

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    When I calculate what you did, I don't get the same answer.

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    well, I may have botched it. What calculations do you have?

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    you did not read carefully above: if you solve for d in the equation

    6000m^3/day * 1day/86400s = pi/4 d^2 m^3/s

    you get (ignoring the units)

    6000/86400 = pi/4 d^2
    d^2 = 5/(18pi)
    Hmmm. I did have a typo above, but I still get
    d = .297m = 29.7cm

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    Where does the 5 come from?

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    6000/86400 = 60/864 = 5/72

    5/72 = pi/4 d^2
    d^2 = 5/72 * 4/pi = 5/(18pi)

    forget your algebra skills?

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