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The solution manual solves the problem by calculating the hydrostatic force halfway down the car door,


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Isn't this incorrect? My idea was to calculate the force by using pressure prisms/trapezoid, as demonstrated in this video:


Thanks in advance!

  • $\begingroup$ You can do that. But since the area you are considering is a rectangle, will your answer differ? Remember the pressure gradient is assumed to be linear. $\endgroup$ – BowlOfRed May 3 '18 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, my answer differs quite a bit. Is the proposed solution actually the correct way of doing it? $\endgroup$ – Jmei May 3 '18 at 21:37
  • $\begingroup$ Your formula gives the pressure, not the force. Pressure is force divided by surface. $\endgroup$ – my2cts May 3 '18 at 21:44
  • $\begingroup$ Inside the car there still the air pressure of 1 bar. It should subtracted, but cancels the athmispheric pressure on the water surface. $\endgroup$ – my2cts May 3 '18 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I should have mentioned that. After looking at the solution manual I believe that the author has just mixed up the definition of Pressure. By multiplying and not dividing the area on the hydrostatic force halfway down the car door I get the same answer as mine. I get 122kN by the way. I assume that is the correct answer? :-) $\endgroup$ – Jmei May 3 '18 at 22:03

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