Saturday, September 18, 2010

Application of Atmospheric Pressure in Genting Highland

During the school holiday, I brought my family to Genting Highland to escape the heat from Penang island. Geographically, Genting highland is a mountain peak of Titiwangsa Mountains. It is situated at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. Therefore its air pressure is lower than at sea level.

At the hotel room, my son suddenly asked me one scientific question, " Why the potatoes chips pack so big? ". I replied, " It was due to difference of atmospheric pressure".

At sea level, the atmospheric pressure is the highest. Therefore, you will see a smaller pack of chips.

At the peak of Genting Highland, the atmospheric pressure decreases in tandem with higher altitude. At 1800 metres altitude, air pressure inside the chips pack is greater than the outside atmospheric pressure. Difference of pressure produces a resultant force to push chips pack outward. Hence, the chips pack expanded.

After I explained air pressure lesson to him, he puzzled.  I don't think he could understand what I taught him about atmospheric pressure concept. How about you, my dear students ?


Anonymous said...

thanks :} we do understand it very well with my teacher & your help :}

Anonymous said...

Thanks.. I understand it better now! :)

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BSoD0x0000007b said...

When a plastic water bottle is sealed at higher altitude location (for example Genting Highlands), it is crushed by the pressure at ground level after descent. The average air pressure at Genting Highlands is approximately 820-860 mbar, compared to approximately 1,000 mbar at ground level.