AP: Air Pressure

Listen to the story that we used to launch our unit on Air Pressure!
A Bra's Tale: Detour on a Daughter's Trip Abroad

AP 00: Core Vocabulary
  • Force: a push or a pull exerted on an object in a particular direction and at a particular magnitude.
  • Opposing Forces: forces that are pushing or pulling an object in opposite directions
  • Pressure: force per unit of area
  • Equilibrium: a state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces
  • Newton's First Law: an object at rest remains at rest, and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force

Video: 55 Gallon Steel Drum Crushed by Air Pressure

Question E: Explain how the steel drum implodes, and what would happen if you did this experiment on the top of a high mountain.

Image of Bag of Potato Chips at a High Altitude in an Airplane: