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James Petersen
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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Atmospheric pressure decreases at the rate of 0.036 millibar per foot as one ascends through the lower portion of the atmosphere.

  1. a. The Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the world’s tallest buildings at 1,450 feet. If the street-level pressure is 1,020.4 millibars, what is the pressure at the top of the Sears Tower?
  2. b. If the difference in atmospheric pressure between the top and ground floor of an office building is 13.5 millibars, how tall is the building?

a)

To determine

The pressure at the top of the Sears Tower.

Explanation

The pressure decreases 0.036 mb for 1foot of height. Therefore, for 1,450 foot, the pressure decreases about ((0.0036mb)(1,450))=52

b)

To determine

The height of the building if the difference in the atmospheric pressure between the top and ground floor is 13.5 mb.

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