pressure inside a bubble of radius r and surface tension s is a)4s.r b)2s/r c)4s/r d)2s/r

Asked by  | 14th Dec, 2012, 09:24: PM

Expert Answer:




Consider the figure below 



we know that as the drop/bubble remains in an equilibrium condition

work done = increase in potential energy

If we consider the atmospheric pressure to be 'Ps' and the internal pressure to be 'Pi' then the net pressure would be written as


Pnet = Pi - Pa


Now, as the radius of the drop has increased, work has been done by the net internal pressure.

So, this work done will be


W = force x displacement


W = (pressure x area) x displacement


and in this case

W = (pressure x area) x increase in drop radius


so, the work done will be

W = (P net x 4?r 2 ) x dr (1)

but, the increase potential energy will be twice

dU = 16?r.dr x S (2)


this is because in case of a bubble there are two free surfaces, the outside surface and the inside surface. The potential energy will thus change accordingly.


so, as (1) equals (2), we have

(Pnet x 4?r2) x dr = 16?r.dr x S



the net pressure inside a bubble will be

Pnet = 4S / r [twice than the that inside the drop]


which is the required expression

Answered by  | 12th Jan, 2013, 10:04: PM

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