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Suppose that a plate is immersed vertically in a fluid with density $ \rho $ and the width of the plate is $ w(x) $ at a depth of $ x $ meters beneath the surface of the fluid. If the top of the plate is at depth $ a $ and the bottom is at depth $ b $, show that the hydrostatic force on one side of the plate is

$$ F = \int_a^b \rho gxw(x)\ dx $$

$F=\int_{a}^{b} \rho g x w(x) d x$

Applications of Integration

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