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Atmospheric Pressure and altitude

From the companion website to several recent NOVA programs on Mt. Everest. This page looks at the effects of air pressure at high altitudes.

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Atmospheric pressure video

A short, funny film explaining the basics of air pressure and its influence on weather. Nominated for the SciCast competition.

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Pressure

An overview of pressure both with solids and fluids.

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How does pressure propel sailboats?

An activity about air pressure to explore what makes a good sail. You'll need some foil, styrofoam, paper, straws, a long pipe, tape, scissors, a stopwatch and water.

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The physics of diving - pressure and buoyancy

A site about diving, examining how pressure affects divers and how they can fall victim to the bends.

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Welcome to the Pressure Chamber

In this series of experiments, you will control the action of a piston in a pressure chamber which is filled with an ideal gas.

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Fluid Pressure Measurement

A description of how fluids are used for pressure measurement including details of a manometer.

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Bill Nye The Science Guy: Classic demonstration featuring fire and atmospheric pressure.

Bill Nye demonstrates what happens when a water balloon is placed on the mouth of a bottle after a flame is dropped inside. A good experiment about air pressure.

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Vapor Pressure

The process of evaporation in a closed container will proceed until there are as many molecules returning to the liquid as there are escaping. At this point the vapor is said to be saturated, and the ...

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Forces, Moments and Pressure

Revision pages for UK GCSE level covering forces, moments and pressure. Clear and well presented, includes animated diagrams and questions.

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