# Pascals Law

Proof of Pascal's law

**Blaise Pascal**(1623-1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher.

## Overview

**Pascal's**Law states,

" The intensity of pressure at any point in a fluid at rest, is the same in all direction."

## Theorem Proof

Consider a very small right angled triangular element**ABC**of a liquid as shown in figure. Let:

- = Intensity of horizontal pressure on the element of the liquid
- = Intensity of vertical pressure on the element of the liquid
- = Intensity of pressure on the diagonal of the triangular element of the liquid
- = Angle of the triangular element of the liquid

**AC**of the liquid, Similarly,total pressure on the horizontal side

**BC**of the liquid, and total pressure on the diagonal side

**AB**of the liquid, Since the element of the liquid is at rest, therefore sum of the horizontal and vertical components of the liquid pressure must be equal to zero. Now using eqilibrium condition for horizontal pressure, From the geometry of the figure, we find that, Now using equilibrium condition for vertical pressure, i.e., (where

*W*= Weight of the liquid) As the triangular element is very small, the weight of the liquid

*W*is neglected, so, From the geometry of the figure, we find that Now from equation

*(4*) and

*(5*), we find that Thus the intensity of pressure at any point in a fluid, at rest, is the same in all direction.