Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 15 - Think and Solve: 41


The equation given in the textbook says that the change in length $\Delta L$ of a material is given by $\Delta L = \alpha \Delta T$. This is incorrect. The correct equation is $\Delta L = L \cdot \alpha \cdot \Delta T$. Here, the length L is the length of the pipe circling the Earth, given as 40,000,000 m. $$\Delta L = L \cdot \alpha \cdot \Delta T = (40,000,000 m)(\frac{11 \times 10^{-6}}{^{\circ}C})(1^{\circ} C) = 440 m$$ The snugly fitting steel pipe lengthens by 440 m when heated. The length L = $2 \pi r$, so the change in L results in a change in R of $\frac{440 m}{2 \pi} = 70 m$.
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