A mercury barometer has a column height of 76 cm. What will be the height of the column if the mercury is replaced with an oil having a density of 760 kg m−3? (Density of mercury is 13600 kg m−3)
Liquid in barometer exert pressure on its base equal to the atmospheric pressure.
If the density of the liquid is low, more height will be required to maintain the same pressure.
So, from the formula h=Pρg (from P=ρgh) we can find height ‘h’ if density ‘ρ’ is changed, for given atmospheric pressure P.