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Giancoli's Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Edition
Temperature and Kinetic Theory
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13-1: Atomic Theory
13-2: Temperature and Thermometers
13-4: Thermal Expansion
13-5: Gas Laws; Absolute Temperature
13-6 and 13-7: Ideal Gas Law
13-8: Ideal Gas Law in Terms of Molecules; Avogadro's Number
13-9: Molecular Interpretation of Temperature
13-11: Real Gases; Phase Changes
13-12: Vapor Pressure and Humidity
13-13: Diffusion

Question by Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th Ed., ©2014, Reprinted by permission of Pearson Education Inc., New York.
Problem 64

A pressure cooker is a sealed pot designed to cook food with the steam produced by boiling water somewhat above 100C100 ^\circ \textrm{C}. The pressure cooker in Fig. 13–32 uses a weight of mass mm to allow steam to escape at a certain pressure through a small hole (diameter dd) in the cooker’s lid. If d = 3.0 mm, what should mm be in order to cook food at 120C120 ^\circ \textrm{C}? Assume that atmospheric pressure outside the cooker is 1.10×105 Pa1.10 \times 10^5 \textrm{ Pa}.

Problem 64.
Figure 13-32.
71 g71 \textrm{ g}
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This is Giancoli Answers with Mr. Dychko. So, we want the water in this pressure cooker to boil at 12 degrees Celsius and that'll happen when the pressure inside equals the saturated vapor pressure of water at 120 degrees Celsius. And we can look that up in the table 13-3 and it's 1.99 times 10 to the 5 pascals. So, that's going to be the pressure inside this pressure cooker. Now, the forces that are on this weight that's here upwards, there is the force due to the pressure inside and it's going to be p subscript i for inside pressure inside times the area of the opening. And that's the pressure, that's the force upwards. And then the force downwards is going to be the weight plus the force due to the air pressure outside, the atmospheric air pressure. And normally when we have a Freebody diagram, we have a force arrow downwards for weight, we don't often add this pressure force because usually the underside of the object has the same air pressure which is going upwards and then it cancels out anyway. But this scenario is slightly different because the pressure below this thing is different, is the pressure inside the pressure cooker. So, we have the force up has to equal to force down and if this weight to stay there. So, Pi A equals Fg plus Pa A, that's atmospheric pressure times A. And rearrange that slightly take this term to the left hand side and you get, and then switch the sides around, you get force of gravity is the pressure inside times the area minus the pressure outside times the area. And Fg is mass times gravitational field strength, g. And that's going to be A times factored out Pi minus Pa. And the area is going to be π times the radius squared which is diameter over 2 squared times Pi minus Pa and divide both sides by g and you solve for m. So, the mass is going to be π times 3 millimeters which is times 10 to the minus 3 meters over 2 squared times the pressure inside, 1.99 times 10 to the 5 pascals, minus the pressure outside, 1.01 times 10 to the 5 pascals, divided by 9.8 newtons per kilogram which gives us this many kilograms which is about 71 grams.

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