Concept #1: Pressure vs. Force

Concept #2: The different units for Pressure

Although the SI unit for pressure is the **Pascal**, most professors use **atm**, **mmHg** or **torrs** as the everyday units for pressure.

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Example #1: A geochemist heats a limestone (CaCO_{3}) sample and collects the CO_{2} released in an evacuated flask. The CO_{2} pressure is 283.7 mmHg. Calculate the CO_{2} pressure in torrs and atmospheres.

The conversion of units of pressure is simply a **dimensional analysis** question. Recall the dimensional analysis relationships been volume and length.

Practice: If the barometer in a laboratory reads 34.2 inHg what is the pressure in bars? (1 in = 2.54 cm)

Which of the following indicates the greatest pressure?
a. 1 atm
b. 777 torr
c. 5.5 mm Hg
d. 1000 Pa
e. 12 psi

The pressure in Denver. Colorado (elevation 5280 ft). averages about 24.9 in mmHg. Convert this pressure to
a. atm

The pressure on top of Mt. Everest averages about 235 mmHg. Convert this pressure to
a. torr

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12,1979, in the Western Pacifie Ocean. Convert this pressure to
a. torr

The pressure in Denver. Colorado (elevation 5280 ft). averages about 24.9 in Hg. Convert this pressure to
b. mmHg

The pressure in Denver. Colorado (elevation 5280 ft). averages about 24.9 in Hg. Convert this pressure to
c. psi

Which of the following is NOT a unit for pressure?
A) Pa
B) mmHg
C) atm
D) torr
E) liter

The pressure in Denver. Colorado (elevation 5280 ft). averages about 24.9 in Hg. Convert this pressure to
d. Pa

The pressure on top of Mt. Everest averages about 235 mmHg. Convert this pressure to
b. psi

The pressure on top of Mt. Everest averages about 235 mmHg. Convert this pressure to
c. in Hg

The pressure on top of Mt. Everest averages about 235 mmHg. Convert this pressure to
d. atm

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12,1979, in the Western Pacifie Ocean. Convert this pressure to
b. atm

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12,1979, in the Western Pacifie Ocean. Convert this pressure to
c. in Hg

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12,1979, in the Western Pacifie Ocean. Convert this pressure to
d. psi

Convert a pressure of 753 torr to a pressure inkPa

Convert a pressure of 753 torr to a pressure inbar

The pressure in Denver, Colorado (elevation 5280 ft), averages about 24.9 inHg.Convert this pressure to Pa.

The North American record for highest recorded barometric pressure is 31.85 inHg, set in 1989 in Northway, Alaska.Convert this pressure to kPa (kilopascals).

The pressure in Denver, Colorado (elevation 5280 ft), averages about 24.9 inHg.Convert this pressure to psi.

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12, 1979, in the Western Pacific Ocean.Convert this pressure to psi.

Convert a pressure of 753 torr to a pressure inatm

The pressure in Denver, Colorado (elevation 5280 ft), averages about 24.9 inHg.Convert this pressure to atm.

The North American record for highest recorded barometric pressure is 31.85 inHg, set in 1989 in Northway, Alaska.Convert this pressure to atm.

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12, 1979, in the Western Pacific Ocean.Convert this pressure to atm.

Hurricane Wilma of 2005 is the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin, with a low-pressure reading of 882 mbar (millibars).Convert this reading into atmospheres.

In the United States, barometric pressures are generally reported
in inches of mercury (in. ). On a beautiful summer day in
Chicago, the barometric pressure is 30.47 in. Hg .Convert this pressure to atm.

The North American record for highest recorded barometric pressure is 31.85 inHg, set in 1989 in Northway, Alaska.Convert this pressure to torr.

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12, 1979, in the Western Pacific Ocean.Convert this pressure to torr.

Hurricane Wilma of 2005 is the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin, with a low-pressure reading of 882 mbar (millibars).Convert this reading into torr.

In the United States, barometric pressures are generally reported
in inches of mercury (in. ). On a beautiful summer day in
Chicago, the barometric pressure is 30.47 in. Hg .Convert
this pressure to torr.

Convert a pressure of 753 torr to a pressure inmmHg

The pressure in Denver, Colorado (elevation 5280 ft), averages about 24.9 inHg.Convert this pressure to mmHg.

The North American record for highest recorded barometric pressure is 31.85 inHg, set in 1989 in Northway, Alaska.Convert this pressure to mmHg.

The world record for lowest pressure (at sea level) was 652.5 mmHg recorded inside Typhoon Tip on October 12, 1979, in the Western Pacific Ocean.Convert this pressure to inHg.

Hurricane Wilma of 2005 is the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin, with a low-pressure reading of 882 mbar (millibars).Convert this reading into inches of Hg.

Which units are appropriate
for expressing atmospheric pressures?

What is pressure?

What causes pressure?

What are some common units of pressure?

An ordinary gasoline can measuring 30.0 cm by 25.0 cm by 20.0 cm is evacuated with a vacuum pump.Assuming that virtually all of the air can be removed from inside the can, and that atmospheric pressure is 14.7 psi, what is the total force (in pounds) on the surface of the can?

Mars has an average atmospheric pressure of 0.007 atm.Would it be easier or harder to drink from a straw on Mars than on Earth?

Convert 1.50 atm to torr.
A) 760 torr
B) 875 torr
C) 1140 torr
D) 1000 torr
E) 1520 torr

The pressure on top of Mt. Everest averages about 235 mmHg.1.) Convert this pressure to torr.2.) Convert this pressure to psi.3.) Convert this pressure to inHg.4.) Convert this pressure to atm.

Convert 1.50 atm to torr.
A) 760 torr
B) 875 torr
C) 1140 torr
D) 1000 torr
E) 1520 torr

The atmospheric pressure is 700 mm Hg. What is the pressure in inches of Hg?A) 16.0 in HgB) 0.921 in HgC) 13.5 in HgD) 27.6 in HgE) 32.5 in Hg

A sample of N2O gas has a density of 2.85 g/L at 298 K. What is the pressure of the gas (in mmHg)?

Freon-12 (CF2Cl2) is commonly used as the refrigerant in central home air conditioners. The system is initially charged to a pressure of 4.8 atm. Express this pressure in each of the following units (1 atm = 14.7 psi).c. Pa

A gauge on a compressed gas cylinder reads 2200 psi (pounds per square inch; 1 atm = 14.7 psi). Express this pressure in each of the following units.b. megapascals (MPa)

Canadian tire pressure gauges are marked in units of kilopascals. What reading on such a gauge corresponds to 32 psi?

Consider this scenario and answer the following questions: On a mid-August day in the northeastern United States, the following information appeared in the local newspaper: atmospheric pressure at sea level 29.97 in. Hg, 1013.9 mbar.(a) What was the pressure in kPa?

Convert a pressure of 23.2 inHg to kilopascals.

The typical atmospheric pressure on top of Mt. Everest (29,028 ft) is about 265 torr. Convert this pressure to the following units.bars

Perform the following conversions of pressure.0.665 bar to kilopascals

Convert the following:(b) 992 torr to bar

Convert the following:(d) 804 mmHg to kPa

Convert the following:(b) 27.5 atm to kPa

Convert the following:(c) 6.50 atm to bar

Convert each of the pressures described below to atm:(c) The surface of Venus has an atmospheric pressure of 9.15×10 6 Pa.

Freon-12 (CF2Cl2) is commonly used as the refrigerant in central home air conditioners. The system is initially charged to a pressure of 4.8 atm. Express this pressure in each of the following units (1 atm = 14.7 psi).d. psi

The pressure on top of Mount Everest (29,029 ft) averages about 235 mmHg.Convert this pressure to psi.

The pressure of the atmosphere on the surface of the planet Venus is about 88.8 atm. Compare that pressure in psi to the normal pressure on earth at sea level in psi

The typical atmospheric pressure on top of Mt. Everest (29,028 ft) is about 265 torr. Convert this pressure to the following units.psi

Your local weather report announces that the barometric pressure is 29.56 inHg . Convert this pressure to psi.

Convert each of the pressures described below to atm:(b) A cyclist fills her bike tires to 86 psi.

A gauge on a compressed gas cylinder reads 2200 psi (pounds per square inch; 1 atm = 14.7 psi). Express this pressure in each of the following units.a. standard atmospheres

The pressure on top of Mount Everest (29,029 ft) averages about 235 mmHg.Convert this pressure to atm.

The typical atmospheric pressure on top of Mt. Everest (29,028 ft) is about 265 torr. Convert this pressure to the following units.atm

Perform the following conversions of pressure.660 mmHg to atmospheres

Perform the following conversions of pressure.1.326×105 Pa to atmospheres

Convert the following:(a) 0.745 atm to mmHg

Convert the following:(c) 365 kPa to atm

Convert the following:(a) 76.8 cmHg to atm

Freon-12 (CF2Cl2) is commonly used as the refrigerant in central home air conditioners. The system is initially charged to a pressure of 4.8 atm. Express this pressure in each of the following units (1 atm = 14.7 psi).b. torr

A gauge on a compressed gas cylinder reads 2200 psi (pounds per square inch; 1 atm = 14.7 psi). Express this pressure in each of the following units.c. torr

The pressure on top of Mount Everest (29,029 ft) averages about 235 mmHg.Convert this pressure to torr.

Consider this scenario and answer the following questions: On a mid-August day in the northeastern United States, the following information appeared in the local newspaper: atmospheric pressure at sea level 29.97 in. Hg, 1013.9 mbar.(b) The pressure near the seacoast in the northeastern United States is usually reported near 30.0 in. Hg. During a hurricane, the pressure may fall to near 28.0 in. Hg. Calculate the drop in pressure in torr

Perform the following conversions of pressure.0.932 atm to torr

Convert the following:(d) 0.937 kPa to torr

Convert each of the pressures described below to atm:(d) At 100 ft below sea level, a scuba diver experiences a pressure of 2.54×10 4 torr.

Freon-12 (CF2Cl2) is commonly used as the refrigerant in central home air conditioners. The system is initially charged to a pressure of 4.8 atm. Express this pressure in each of the following units (1 atm = 14.7 psi).a. mm Hg

The pressure on top of Mount Everest (29,029 ft) averages about 235 mmHg.Convert this pressure to inHg.

The typical atmospheric pressure on top of Mt. Everest (29,028 ft) is about 265 torr. Convert this pressure to the following units.mmHg

An “empty” gasoline can with dimensions 15.0 cm by 40.0 cm by 12.5 cm is attached to a vacuum pump and evacuated. If the atmospheric pressure is 14.7 lb/in2, what is the total force (in pounds) on the outside of the can?

Why are sharp knives more effective than dull knives (Hint: think about the definition of pressure)?

Why do some small bridges have weight limits that depend on how many wheels or axles the crossing vehicle has?

Why should you roll or belly-crawl rather than walk across a thinly-frozen pond?

Suppose that a woman weighing 140 lbs and wearing high-heeled shoes momentarily places all her weight on the heel of one foot.If the area of the heel is 0.55
in2, calculate the pressure exerted on the underlying surface in pounds per square inch.

Suppose that a woman weighing 140 lbs and wearing high-heeled shoes momentarily places all her weight on the heel of one foot.If the area of the heel is 0.55
in2, calculate the pressure exerted on the underlying surface in kilopascals.

Suppose that a woman weighing 140 lbs and wearing high-heeled shoes momentarily places all her weight on the heel of one foot.If the area of the heel is 0.55
in2, calculate the pressure exerted on the underlying surface in atmospheres.

The gravitational force exerted by an object is given by F = mg, where F is the force in newtons, m is the mass in kilograms, and g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.81 m/s 2).(a) Use the definition of the pascal to calculate the mass (in kg) of the atmosphere above 1 m 2 of ocean.(b) Osmium (Z = 76) is a transition metal in Group 8B(8) and has the highest density of any element (22.6 g/mL). If an osmium column is 1 m2 in area, how high must it be for its pressure to equal atmospheric pressure? [Use the answer from part (a) in your calculation.]

An ordinary gasoline can measuring 30.0 cm by 25.0 cm by 20.0 cm is evacuated with a vacuum pump. Assuming that virtually all of the air can be removed from inside the can and that atmospheric pressure is 14.7 psi, what is the total force (in pounds) on the surface of the can? Do you think that the can could withstand the force?

A typical barometric pressure in Kansas City is 740 torr. What is this pressure in atmospheres, in millimeters of mercury, and in kilopascals?

During the Viking landings on Mars, the atmospheric pressure was determined to be on the average about 6.50 millibars (1 bar = 0.987 atm). What is that pressure in torr and kPa?

A medical laboratory catalog describes the pressure in a cylinder of a gas as 14.82 MPa. What is the pressure of this gas in atmospheres and torr?

An oxygen tank contains oxygen (O2) at a pressure of 9 50 atm. Part AWhat is the pressure in the tank in torr? Part BWhat is the pressure in the tank in mmHg?

The pressure 70.0 meters under water is 788 kPa.What is this pressure in atm?What is this pressure in mmHg?

High-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a method used in chemistry and biochemistry to purify chemical substances. The pressures used in this procedure range from around 500 kilopascals (500,000 Pa) to about 60,000 kPa (60,000,000 Pa). It is often convenient to know the pressure in torr. If an HPLC procedure is running at a pressure of 2.90 x 10 8 Pa, what is its running pressure in torr? Express the pressure numerically in torr.

The atmospheric pressure in New York City on a certain day was 768 mm Hg. What was the pressure in kPa?a. 1.02 x 105 kPa b. 584 kPa c. 5.76 x 10-3 kPa d. 102 kPa e. none of the above

The pressure in car tires is often measured in pounds per square inch (lb/in.2), with the recommended pressure being in the range of 25 to 45 lb/in.2. Suppose a tire has a pressure of 37.5 lb/in.2. Convert 37.5 lb/in.2 to its equivalent in atmospheres. Express the pressure numerically in atmospheres.

The pressure 70.0 meters under water is 788 kPa. What is this pressure in bar? What is this pressure in torr?

On a climb up Mt. Whitney, the atmospheric pressure is 531 mmHg.Part A What is the pressure in atm? Part B What is the pressure in torr?

An airplane cabin is pressurized to 620 mmHg. What is the pressure inside the cabin in atmospheres?

The atmospheric pressure on the surface of Venus is 9120. kPa. Calculate the atmospheric pressure in atm. Be sure your answer has the right number of significant digits.

The density of mercury is 13.5 g/mL and the density of water is 1.00 g/mL. lf a mercury barometer reads 727 mmHg, what is the barometric pressure in cm H 2O?

An ordinary gasoline can measuring 30.0 cm by 15.0 cm by 10.0 cm is evacuated with a vacuum pump. Assuming that virtually all of the air can be removed from inside the can, and that atmospheric pressure is 14.7 psi, what is the total force (in pounds) on the surface of the can?

The typical atmospheric pressure on top of Mt. Everest (29,028 ft) is about 265 torr. Convert this pressure to the following units.pascals

Consider a planet where the pressure of the atmosphere at sea
level is 2500 mmHg. Will water behave in a way that can sustain
life on this planet?

Perform the following conversions of pressure.2.50 atm to bars

Convert each of the pressures described below to atm:(a) At the peak of Mt. Everest, atmospheric pressure is only 2.75×10 2 mmHg.

A typical barometric pressure in Denver, Colorado, is 615 mm Hg. What is this pressure in atmospheres and kilopascals?

A typical barometric pressure in Redding, California, is about 750 mm Hg. Calculate this pressure in atm and kPa.

Rank the common units of pressure in order of smallest to largest unit.

The gravitational force exerted by an object is given by F = mg, where F is the force in newtons, m is the mass in kilograms, and g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.81 m/s 2). (a) Use the definition of the pascal to calculate the mass (in kg) of the atmosphere above 1 m2 of ocean. (1 Pa = 1.01325x105 N/m2)