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air pressure??

what is actually air pressure? can someone tell me bout it? what about the drinking straw, spray pump and all stuff that use air pressure? i mean, how did we actually apply air pressure in our life?

p/s: sorry. to many question..

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Pressure (symbol: 'p') is the force over an area applied to an object in a direction perpendicular to the surface. Gauge pressure is the pressure relative to the local atmospheric or ambient pressure.

    Pressure is an effect which occurs when a Force is applied on a surface.The symbol of Pressure is p which can also be written as P .

    The SI unit for pressure is the pascal (Pa), equal to one newton per square metre (N·m-2 or kg·m-1·s-2). This special name for the unit was added in 1971; before that, pressure in SI was expressed simply as N/m2.

    Non-SI measures such as pound per square inch (psi) and bar are used in parts of the world. The cgs unit of pressure is the barye (ba), equal to 1 dyn·cm-2. Pressure is sometimes expressed in grams-force/cm2, or as kg/cm2 and the like without properly identifying the force units. But using the names kilogram, gram, kilogram-force, or gram-force (or their symbols) as units of force is expressly forbidden in SI. The technical atmosphere (symbol: at) is 1 kgf/cm2. In US Customary units, it is 14.696 psi.

    Some meteorologists prefer the hectopascal (hPa) for atmospheric air pressure, which is equivalent to the older unit millibar (mbar). Similar pressures are given in kilopascals (kPa) in most other fields, where the hecto prefix is rarely used. The unit inch of mercury (inHg, see below) is still used in the United States. Oceanographers usually measure underwater pressure in decibars (dbar) because an increase in pressure of 1 dbar is approximately equal to an increase in depth of 1 meter. Scuba divers often use a manometric rule of thumb: the pressure exerted by ten metres depth of water is approximately equal to one atmosphere.

    The standard atmosphere (atm) is an established constant. It is approximately equal to typical air pressure at earth mean sea level and is defined as follows:

    standard atmosphere = 101325 Pa = 101.325 kPa = 1013.25 hPa.

    Because pressure is commonly measured by its ability to displace a column of liquid in a manometer, pressures are often expressed as a depth of a particular fluid (e.g., inches of water). The most common choices are mercury (Hg) and water; water is nontoxic and readily available, while mercury's high density allows for a shorter column (and so a smaller manometer) to measure a given pressure. The pressure exerted by a column of liquid of height h and density ρ is given by the hydrostatic pressure equation p = ρgh. Fluid density and local gravity can vary from one reading to another depending on local factors, so the height of a fluid column does not define pressure precisely. When millimeters of mercury or inches of mercury are quoted today, these units are not based on a physical column of mercury; rather, they have been given precise definitions that can be expressed in terms of SI units. The water-based units still depend on the density of water, a measured, rather than defined, quantity. These manometric units are still encountered in many fields. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury in most of the world, and lung pressures in centimeters of water are still common.

    Presently or formerly popular pressure units include the following:


    manometric units:

    centimeter, inch, and millimeter of mercury (torr)

    millimeter, centimeter, meter, inch, and foot of water

    imperial units:

    kip, ton-force (short), ton-force (long), pound-force, ounce-force, and poundal per square inch

    pound-force, ton-force (short), and ton-force (long)

    non-SI metric units:

    bar, decibar, millibar

    kilogram-force, or kilopond, per square centimetre (technical atmosphere)

    gram-force and tonne-force (metric ton-force) per square centimetre

    barye (dyne per square centimetre)

    kilogram-force and tonne-force per square metre

    sthene per square metre (pieze)

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    Hope I helped. :)

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    When temperature goes up, the molecules comprising the air become more agitated. These agitated molecules are moving around so they need more "elbow room", which takes up more space than molecules that are relatively stationary, so the volume of the air expands accordingly. Since the air molecules are forcing themselves further apart, the outward pressure increases, forcing that particular mass of air to expand and take up more space. If the expansion is restricted by a balloon, the balloon will expand accordingly in response to the extra pressure. This action makes that particular volume less dense than an equal volume of cool air in which the air molecules are moving less, so that volume will rise above a cooler air mass. This is how hot-air balloons rise. Hope that helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    Air pressure is the force exerted towards something. all those examples u gave are the examples of apps of air pressure.

    Example, a drinking straw, when u suck out your drink the atmospheric pressure outside is higher and it pushes the liquid and to come out thru the straw

    for more info.. folow this link

    Source(s): physics
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