Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (3rd Edition)

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Chapter 16 - A Macroscopic Description of Matter - Conceptual Questions: 4

Answer

The pressure on the left side is equal to the pressure on the right side.

Work Step by Step

Since the piston is in equilibrium, the net force on the piston is zero. Therefore, the force exerted on the piston from the left is equal in magnitude to the force exerted on the piston from the right. Since the area of the piston is the same on both sides, the pressure on both sides of the piston must be equal. The pressure on the left side is equal to the pressure on the right side.
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