Pascal's Principle - Example 3


Figure above shows a hydraulic system. The area of surface X is 5 cm² and the area of surface Y is 100 cm². Piston X has been pushed down 10cm. what is the change of liquid level, h, at Piston Y?


Distance move by the piston-X, h1 = 10cm
Distance move by the piston-Y, h2 = h
Area of piston-X, A1 = 5 cm²
Area of Piston-Y, A2 = 100 cm²
h 1 A 1 = h 2 A 2 (10)(5)=h(100) h= 50 100 =0.5cm