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# Why more air can be pumped or pushed into bicycle tire or basketball?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Shcrappy

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13y ago

Because - the skin of the Basketball 'locks' the air inside so it can't dissipate. The more air you pump into it - the higher the pressure gets.... until it bursts.

Haylie Corkery

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2y ago

Wiki User

9y ago

If you force more stuff(=air)into an enclosed space, whatever that's in there becomes more closely packed. The more closely packed it becomes the higher the pressure gets.

The pressure in a bicycle tire goes up as you pump air into it because the air is confined to a fixed volume. Therefore, as more air enters the air density increases, and at fixed temperatures, this will result in an increase in air pressure in the tire.

Wiki User

11y ago

Because air molecules have much empty space between them, they can be forced closer together (i.e. compressed). When they are forced into a container (e.g. into a tire or ball), they exert pressure against the inner lining of the tire/ball.

Over time, both the tire and the ball will lose some of the pressure because air molecules will seep through the tire/ball materials.

Wiki User

13y ago

because both bicycle tire and Basketball are made of rubber which is known for its high elasticity, or the ability to be expanded and be back to its original phase.

Wiki User

6y ago

Because - the skin of the basketball 'locks' the air inside so it can't dissipate. The more air you pump into it - the higher the pressure gets.... until it bursts.

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### Are you agree or disagree to more aircan be pumped or pushed into a bicycle tire or basketball?

Before that can be assessed you need to determine what size of bicycle tire you're thinking of. A really narrow tire for a road bike has a very small internal volume while a 2.3-2.4 wide MTB tire will take plenty. The really nice mathematical way of approacing it would be by approximating the tire as a torus, calculating the volume of a few different sizes and then comparing it to the volume of a sphere the size of a basketball. The less elegant (but simpler) way is to approximate the tire size as if the tire is a long cylindrical bar instead, with the length the same as the circumference of the wheel. And of course this is all assuming the same pressure in both ball and tire.

### Tom plumped air into his bicycle tire until the tire is fullhe is still able to pump some air what does this show?

This shows air can be compressed so more air could be pumped in.

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You are forcing more air into the same size space. The oxygen molecules get closer and closer as you continue to push air in. Eventually the tire will give way and release the pressure.

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Bicycle Victoria's motto is 'More People Cycling More Often'.

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The pressure increases, and the molecules collide with the tire's inner surface.

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