Pascal's Syringe

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Pascal’s principle states that the pressure applied to a static fluid is transmitted uniformly to every point of the fluid. To demonstrate this principle, Pascal invented this syringe in 1653. It consists of a piston plunger connected to a sphere with holes, filled with water. When the plunger is depressed, the water squirts out with equal force in all directions. The hydraulic press works on the same principle.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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