Use "buoyancy" for any question where an object is suspended or submerged in a fluid. Buoyant force is the force that acts upward on a partially or completely submerged object.

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How does potential energy work out for floating things?

Seeing a ship canal lift in TV spawned the following thought: "Oh my, this sure is a heavy ship and it can be lifted by simply adding water. What a marvellous machinery. After all, I could lift that ...
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Force Keeping Water Skier Afloat

A motionless water skier sinks because the upward buoyancy force on the skier is less than the downward force of gravity on the skier. A skier pulled by a boat does not sink into the water. Why?
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Why this is not a perpetuum mobile [duplicate]

If we imagine a device like one shown on the picture above, why can't we say that it would work? Here is a cylinder somehow placed in the fluid by one of his sides (one in the box). Due to ...
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If we dropped an object into the Pacific Ocean, would it completely sink to the bottom of the ocean floor or not?

Obviously if the density of the object is smaller than the density of water it would not sink at all. But I was thinking that, even if the density of the object is greater than the density of water, ...
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Calculating/estimating heat transfer losses for hot air balloon (lantern)

I'm trying to build a flying lantern / hot air balloon that flies as close to hovering as possible (as opposed to up-up and awaaay). To see if this is feasible I'm trying to simulate as much as I can ...
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How can Denver offer Hot Air Balloon rides?

So the air density in Denver is 1.0 kg/m^3. And heated air has the density of 0.95 kg/m^3. So adding the weight of the basket and balloon I don't understand how a hot air balloon could get off the ...
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How much do we float in atmosphere?

The atmosphere is a fluid and we have volume, therefore we displace some of it and some buoyancy force must exist. How strong is it? How much does it affect gravitational acceleration on the surface ...
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Buoyancy force on a hung object [closed]

If an object is hung with a cord and it have been embedded in a fluid, then the buoyancy force will reduce the cord tension.What is the formula that governs this reduction ?.
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Why does a metal boat float?

I was in class learning about density and stuff. Our teacher told us that things that are denser than water sink in water, and less dense things float. Then, our teacher asked us why metal boats ...
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Fundamental origin of buoyancy force?

Generally, one can think of many different forces in daily life (normal, weight, friction, EM force, buoyancy, etc.). I can think of classifying them fundamentally as in each of the 4 major ...
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Is the buoyant force on an object is the reaction force?

Is the buoyant force on an object is the reaction force for the force exerted by the objects on the fluid (newtons third law)? Or there are two sets of action reaction force? (objects force and ...
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Placing an object in a tub changes the weight of the tub?

Suppose you have a tub filled with water and it rests on a scale so you can measure the weight. If you place an object in the tub, will the reading on the scale change? Clearly if the object sinks ...
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Equilibrium using Center of Buoyancy and Gravity [Problem]

I don't understand a solution to a homework question. Specifically, I don't understand the logical sequence of each bolded statement in the answer. (b) To ensure that a ship is in stable ...
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Bowling Ball Sinking Rate - Variable or Constant?

In today's (Jan. 16, 2014) xkcd What If?, Randall Munroe discusses how fast a bowling ball will sink to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. He calculates the drag on the ball, and then plugging in the ...
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Why does a balloon filled with air weigh more than an empty balloon [duplicate]

A common experiment to demonstrate that air has weight is to weigh a deflated balloon and an inflated one. The deflated balloon gives a lower reading on the balance and hence we conclude that air has ...
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Problem regarding Archimedes Principle [closed]

A small amount of mercury is filled into massless cylindrical test tube with an even bottom and length $l=0,200m$. The test tube is put into a large swimming pool filled with water. a) How ...
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Buoyancy force in fluid dyanamics [closed]

How to calculate the force of buoyancy on a body which is placed at the bottom of the liquid container?
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Calculating buoyant force of air experimentally

I'm planning a physics project to submit at school and since it has to be something where we experimentally determine some value, previously known theoretically, I had this following idea but I want ...
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What will happen to a ball suspended in a liquid if we create air bubbles underneath it?

Suppose we have a cylinder half filled with water and a ping-pong ball, floating on the surface. We cut small holes in the bottom of the cylinder and proceed to blow air through it, resulting in air ...
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What is the motion of a balloon with a person climbing on a ladder?

Suppose you had a balloon of mass $M$ in the atmosphere at rest relative to the ground, with a ladder attached reaching towards the ground. A person (of mass less than $M$) begins climbing up the ...
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What should density of water be to keep box afloat?

I'm writing a platformer game and my physics engine is Box2D. I have successfully implemented buoyancy, but have a question about mass and density. My player is 80kg, a box has a density of 0.5 and ...
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Would a solid inside of a parcel moving due to buoyancy be affected by Bernoulli's Principle?

If a parcel (or column) of hot air were rising due to buoyancy and an extremely light solid were to be inside of this parcel (rising with it), would Bernoulli's effect cause the solid to stay inside ...
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What is the basic reason behind buoyancy?

Yesterday my friends and I were solving this easy-looking question: A metal cube is placed in an empty vessel. When water is filled in the vessel so that the cube is completely immersed in the ...
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Doesn't a box holding a vacuum weigh the same as a box full of air?

This was recently brought up, and I haven't been able to conclude a solid answer. Let's say we have two identical boxes (A and ...
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Floating objects and fluid statics

If an object is floating, I know about how buoyancy force (density of liquid* volume displaced* g) must equal gravitational force (density of object* volume of object* g). Can someone explain if it is ...
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Buoyant Force Issue

I don't understand why the buoyant force is equal to the weight of the displaced water for objects that are not "spheres of fluid." Why does the reasoning for fluid spheres hold for other objects?
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How would filling a milk canister with helium affect the reading it makes on a scale?

Let's say that if I put a milk canister on a scale it shows 10kg. If I fill it with Helium it must necessarily be less than this, right? Can someone explain this (probably trivial) thing to me? :) ...
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Metallic coin over wooden block in glass of water

So there is some water inside a container; the height of water inside the container is $l$. I placed a wooden block on the water and it's floating to some height $x$, on top of the block is a metallic ...
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Could one make steel balloons? [duplicate]

Reading this question reminded me of an idea I once had, and I wonder whether it's feasible. Imagine a hollow ball made of something strong, like steel. Imagine there is nothing inside; only vacuum. ...
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Force if a diver is lifting a pillar out of the water?(High school physics) [closed]

A diver is searching through the remains of an old shipwreck at a depth of 45 m below the surface of the ocean. The diver finds a marble pillar that is approximately 1.7 m x 0.15 m x 0.15 m in ...
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Buoyancy Dilemma

Can you give me an example where an object (less dense than liquid) is floating in liquid and buoyancy acting on that object is more than the weight of that object ? It is impossible , isn't it? ...
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Is it a misconception? [closed]

In our textbook it is said that if buoyant force is W and weight of an object is w then object will float when W > w object will be submerged and it wont float(it will sink) when W ...
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Why won't a block less dense than water fully submerge?

Suppose we have an object of volume $1\: \mathrm{m^3}$. Mass of that object is $500\: \mathrm{kg}$, which means that the density of the object is $500\: \mathrm{kg/m^3}$. If the object is in water it ...
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Bouyant force in air on hollow object

I understand that the buoyant force is equal to the weight of the air displaced by the volume of the object. I also know that if we had a perfectly solid cube or a hollow cube closed on all sides so ...
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Reaction force for buoyancy?

According to Newton's 3rd law each force (action) has a counter-force (reaction). What is the reaction (counter-force) of buoyancy?
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The physics behind Balloons lifting objects?

Apologies for the super basic question, but we all have to start somewhere right? Can somebody please explain exactly how you would calculate the number of helium balloons it would take to lift an ...
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Why do Oreo crumbs float to a single glob at the very center in a glass of milk? [duplicate]

I had Oreos and milk a while ago and left my half-full cup of milk out on the counter. Afterwards I noticed that the crumbs had surfaced in a circular coin-sized glob, and just now I looked again to ...
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Why doesn't a tied balloon behave like a pendulum?

It is well known that a tied weight will oscilate under the effect of gravity if left from aside, like a pendulum. However, if we tie a helium balloon to the ground from and left it form the floor ...
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If hot air expands in all directions why is the balloon moving up?

A balloon is moving up. The hot air inside the balloon is expanding in all directions and cold air outside the balloon acts with force on the balloon from all directions (higher pressure force). Why ...
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Buoyancy / Drag Problem

Buoyancy / Drag Problem Just a little bit of help would be nice. I have a spherical particle of radius $R$ and density $\rho$, surrounded in a fluid of density $\phi$ and viscosity $\eta$. I'm ...
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Why is Buoyant Force $V\rho g$?

For a submerged object, buoyant force ($F_b$) is defined as: $$F_b = V_{\text{submerged}} \times \rho \text{ (density)} \times g \text{ (gravitational constant)}$$ Conceptually, the buoyant force ...
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How to calculate the buoyant force on a balloon at different altitudes [duplicate]

For a project into balloon simulation I'd like to know how the force on a balloon changes with altitude: I know that the Buoyant force on a balloon is: $F = (\rho_{air} - \rho_{helium})gV$ Using ...
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Pressure and Buoyancy [closed]

It is well known that you can trap water in a drinking straw by placing the tip of your finger over the top while the straw is in the water, and then lifting it out. The inner diameter of the straw is ...
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Definition of buoyancy

Hi I'm trying to figure out the definition of buoyancy, is this correct? So say for example I have 1 cubic meter of water which weighs 1 ton, and I placed a cubic foot of a material that at a 1 ton ...
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The Spinning Log “Perpetual Motion” problem, and my attempt at a solution

So I was introduced to this "perpetual motion" riddle a few weeks ago. The problem goes like this: we all know perpetual motion machines are not possible, but this riddle seems like it should work as ...
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Finding the density of gold crown using archimedes principle [closed]

Question: As shown in diagram below the crown has a mass of 14.7kg when measured above water and 13.4kg when measured in water. Is the crown made of gold? I have this following solution provided: ...
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Which way does the scale tip?

I found the problem described in the attached picture on the internet. In the comment sections there were two opposing solutions. So it made me wonder which of those would be the actual solution. So ...
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When you breath in a helium balloon, do you lose weight?

We all know the trick of breathing in a helium balloon to get a funny squeaky voice! When you do this, would it be correct to say you lose weight? On the one hand, the helium should make you more ...
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Flying eggshells

This question was asked on Judaism.StackExchange a few days ago, but I think it has a better chance of being answered here. Disregarding the grammatical discussion in the comments on that ...
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Calculate the weight that a hot air balloon can carry [closed]

Given a hot air balloon of radius 10 meters and negligible mass, calculate the maximum weight it can carry if the density of outside air is 1.2 $\frac{kg}{m^3}$ and the density of inside air is 0.9 ...