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i am wondering if you change the density of water what objects buoyancy will effect it the most
- Connor (age 12)
stockdale christian school, bakersfield ca usa
Archimedes' principle states that the bouyant force on an object
is equal to the weight of the water the object displaces, or pushes
aside. It doesn't matter what the object is made out of, the bouyant
force on it only depends on the volume of that part of the object
Some objects don't weigh much but take up lots of space (like
styrofoam and beach balls). These float with most of their volume
sticking up above the water. Denser objects have larger portions of
them under water.
I'm not sure how to assign a numerical value to "buoyancy", but an
object that sinks in pure water you might expect to have no "bouyancy"
in pure water. If you change the density of the water, say, by adding
salt, so the water becomes more dense than the object, the object will
then float to the surface. Objects that float anyway in pure water will
rise up a little more when salt is added. You can figure out how much
the change is by setting the buoyant force (equal to the weight of
displaced saltwater) equal to the weight of the object.
(republished on 07/31/06)
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