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ERIC Number: EJ1103981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
A Simple Explanation of the Classic Hydrostatic Paradox
Kontomaris, Stylianos-Vasileios; Malamou, Anna
Physics Education, v51 n4 Article 045010 Jul 2016
An interesting problem in fluid mechanics, with significant educational importance, is the classic hydrostatic paradox. The hydrostatic paradox states the fact that in different shaped containers, with the same base area, which are filled with a liquid of the same height, the applied force by the liquid on the base of each container is exactly the same. However, if the shape of the container is different, the amount of the liquid (and as a consequence the weight) can greatly vary. In this paper, a simple explanation of the hydrostatic paradox, specifically designed and implemented for educational purposes regarding secondary education, is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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