Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change 7th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 007351117X
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-117-7

Chapter 5 - Problems: 5.5

Answer

See explanation below.

Work Step by Step

When the mercury level in the arm attached to the flask is higher than the level in the other arm, the pressure in the flask is less than the pressure exerted in the other arm. This is an impossible situation for a closed-end manometer as the flask pressure cannot be less than the vacuum in the other arm.
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