Problem IdeaJune 18, 2010
In the WCYDWT vein, I’m wondering what the net gain in water pressure is between the force required to pump the water into a water tower and the resulting water pressure created by the tower.
I’m thinking the problem would break down to:
- Force required to lift x gallons of water y feet
- Work = Force x Distance
- Force = Mass x Acceleration
- Gravity’s got to factor in here somewhere, because obviously it takes more work to pump water vertically than horizontally.
- Force produced by x gallons of water descending y feet
This may be too complex of a problem, but it’s certainly worth playing around with.