I took an empty clear sphere with radius r, put some weight inside this sphere, and put in into the water. I calculate the buoyancy force as:
Volume of the sphere = Volume of the water displaced (Vdisplaced) = (4/3)pi(r^3); Weight of the displaced water = Buoyancy force (B) = Vdisplaced * density of water; Wtotal= Wsphere + Wweight;
Then, the sphere will float when Buoyancy (B) > Wtotal, otherwise it will sink. I assume that I am right so far?? So the air inside the sphere will affect sphere's ability to float. My confusion is that I assume that I have already considered this effect during the aforementioned calculations (since density of the sphere itself is low). Is that right? Please note that the sphere is not flexible.