Pressure, Formula, Pressure and depth, Pascal's law, Hydraulic devices
Topic 3.5 – Pressure in
Fluids – PASCAL’S LAW
Unit 2 – Mix and Flow of Matter
• Alright grade 8’s…
– Name me as many units as you can think
• Pressure is the amount of force applied
to a given area.
– Measured in pascals (Pa)
• A pascal equals the force of 1 N (newton) over
an area of 1 m2
• The MORE force you can apply to an
area, the GREATER the pressure
• The formula for calculating pressure is:
P = pressure (Pa)
F = force (N)
A = area (m2)
• You have a force of 10 N on an area of 2 m2. What
would the pressure be?
Area = 2 m2
Force = 10 N
Pressure = ?
P = 10 N
P = 5 Pa
• A pascal is a VERY SMALL amount of
– Most scientists will measure pressure in
• 1 kPa = 1000 Pa
• A ballet dancer standing on the toes of
ONE foot exerts 2500 kPa of pressure on
– How many pascals is this?
Pressure and Depth
• Water in a tin can is
exerting pressure on all
the walls of the tin can
• If we were to punch
TWO holes in this tin
can, how would the
water come out?
Tin can experiment
• The water is coming out almost in the exact
– Why is this?
• The weight of the water in the upper part of
the tin can is pressed down on the water in
the lower part.
– The more water above the hole, the more
• Meet Pascal --------
– Handsome man eh?
• Pascal developed a law
to explain how pressure
is equal in all directions
• Pascal’s Law states that an enclosed
fluid transmits pressure EQUALLY in all
• Let’s look at some examples to figure
out what the heck this handsome man
(haha) is trying to tell us
• Hydraulic systems use a liquid as the
– Just like we saw in Bill Nye with the cars.
Advantages to Hydraulic Systems
• In the lift we just saw, the output force is
16 TIMES greater than the input force.
• A benefit of this type of system is it can
• Pneumatic systems use air to do
– Examples of this would be
• Dentist drills, jack hammers, paint sprayers and
air brakes on trucks
• These cost less and are more safe than
• Study the diagram below. If the input
force is 100N, what is the output
• For a hydraulic and pneumatic system
to function properly, the entire system
must be SEALED
– The smallest hole or leak causes the
system to fail.