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# Hydrostatic Force: Submerged Disk

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Hydrostatic Force

Submerged Disk

Copyright Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc., 2007

Introduction

This application is one of a collection of examples teaching Calculus with Maple. These applications use Clickable Calculus? methods to solve problems interactively. Steps are given at every stage of the solution, and many are illustrated using short video clips.  Click on the buttons to watch the videos.

This application is reusable. Modify the problem, then click the !!! button on the toolbar to re-execute the document to solve the new problem.

Problem Statement

Under heavy seas, the top of a circular porthole one foot in diameter is submerged under 20 ft of water. If sea water weighs /, find the total force on the port hole.

Solution

Figure 1: View of the submerged porthole.

From Figure 1, the area of a horizontal strip across the porthole is

where is 21 feet below the surface of the water.  This strip is at depth

The hydrostatic force on this strip is

 Step Result By integrating over the port hole, form the expression for the total force on the port hole.    Use the definite integral template in the  Expression palette for the integral needed in the expression for total hydrostatic force..        Evaluate the integral.    Right-click and select Simplifications>Assuming Positive.         Right-click, Evaluate at a Point.Enter into the field, click Ok..

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