Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 15 - Think and Explain: 83

Answer

The overflow happens because the liquid gasoline expands more than the solid tank does, for the same temperature increase. This is similar to how an increase in temperature causes the liquid mercury in an old-style thermometer to rise inside the glass tube.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 293.
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