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ERIC Number: EJ876125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
What Is Wrong with Water Barometers?
Sullivan, Dan M.; Smith, Robert W.; Kemnitz, E. J.; Barton, Kevin; Graham, Robert M.; Guenther, Raymond A.; Webber, Larry
Physics Teacher, v48 n3 p191-193 Mar 2010
Every student who studies atmospheric pressure in physics or chemistry learns the principles behind the construction of barometers. Cistern barometers, such as those found in most laboratories, consist of a long glass tube containing an inverted column of liquid having an open end in a cistern of the liquid. Students learn that the column of liquid is supported by air pressure and is equal in weight to a column of air of the same diameter.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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