Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 13 - Think and Discuss: 102

Answer

This illustrates that water pressure depends on depth.

Work Step by Step

The small container of water added to the narrow tube raised the water level. This raised the average pressure on the walls of the barrel (because each point in the barrel was now deeper) above a critical threshold, and the barrel burst. See problem 40 for a numerical example.
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