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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Time to immerse in a fluid

Whenever you drop an object in water, it takes some time to get fully immersed. I was wondering if this depends upon the buoyant force of the water on the object, slowing it down. However, I was not ...
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Are the forces I'm using correct? (ball in air) [closed]

I have been working on a program which should simulate all the forces on a spherical object. Right now those are balls, but they can easily be changed to something else. These are the formulas I use ...
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Help with buoyant forces and liquids (high school physics)

I am stuck on this problem. Here is the scenario Suppose you send a balloon (filled with air) from your submersible craft to the surface of the ocean, $10.8 \text{ km}$ above, with the ...
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Buoyancy Problem - Cubes in water

I have a tank with water (10 m high) , with an ideal seal at the bottom (water can't fall down, but can enter bodies). I have a system of 6 cubes ( of polystyrene density= 20 Kg/m^3) with dimension ...
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What is the sensation by man carrying a water bucker with an object floating in it? [closed]

A man is carrying a bucket with water. If a object is kept in it which floats in water, man will feel 1) heavier 2) lighter 3) none I think when the body floats its weight is balanced by upthrust ...
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Lifting house with balloons [closed]

I have an assignment about the movie Up. Here is the question: Critique the brief floating scene. Did the animators use enough balloons during this scene? What important variables, (which affect ...
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Floating Objects and Weight

The Situation: A ball is placed in a beaker filled with water and floats. It is also attached to the bottom of the beaker via a string. The Question: The ball is attached to the beaker, thus ...
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Finding the work required to move an object under pressure without knowing volume

"What is the least amount work you must issue onto a silver ingot with a mass of 38 kg at 26 meters depth to bring it to the surface?" I'm not sure how to do this one. Surely it depends on the volume ...
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Application of Archimedes Principle

A candle is floating in a liquid placed in a container. The container is a cylinder of diameter $D$, and the candle is of width $d$. ($D>d$) The height of the liquid from the bottom of the ...
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how dense fluid affect the buoyancy force?

I read a story regarding the Archimedes' principle in a magazine of popular science and I am thinking of the following question: how does the density of the fluid change the buoyancy force for the ...
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How does the buoyant force on a cube at the bottom of a tank of water manifest itself?

Let's say a 10N cube (in air, on Earth) rests flat on a scale at the bottom of a tank of water, and the scale reads 8N, so there is 2N of buoyant force on the cube. How does the buoyant force ...
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Measure density with the help of buoyancy

I am trying to derive a formula to calculate the density of a irregulary shaped object. I can measure the (false) weight of the object in pure air (of known density), and the (false) weight of the ...
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Can a balloon be used as an anchor point for a pulley?

For a physics/ engineering contest, I want to use a large balloon as an anchor point for a pulley. This would allow me to raise and drop masses. However, in testing, when I pull on the pulley the ...
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When moving something by entrainment in a fluid stream, where does the energy come from?

The particular Something I had in mind here would be air bubbles that are pulled downwards against their buoyancy by a stream of water falling down a shaft. The work required to push those bubbles ...
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In a column of rising hot air, is the velocity higher at the top?

Since the movement of the air is induced by buoyancy, i. e. there's a constant force acting on the air, so I would expect the velocity to increase during ascent, much like an object falling down due ...
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How do I correctly express the work required to put an object with positive buoyancy down into a certain depth (of water)?

It seems to me that I can express the work required to put an object under water in the same way that I express lifting an object up against gravity. I. e., in both cases I increase the potential ...
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How do I calculate the energy balance of a trompe?

I was quite fascinated by the concept of an ancient type of air compressor, called a trompe. It entrains air bubbles into a falling stream of water via the Venturi effect, and extracts the air at a ...
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Displacement of a Rock Thrown Overboard [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Basic buoyancy question: Man in a boat with a stone If you have a large boulder on a boat, in a pond, and you throw the boulder overboard and into the pond, would the ...
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How do I correctly scale down a space capsule for testing its physical behaviour on splashdown?

Kristian von Bengtson (on twitter, on Wikipedia) of Copenhagen Suborbitals is building a downscaled test item to test the design for their space capsule. He notes that as volume and area scale down ...
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How much lift does the average latex helium filled party balloon produce?

How much lift does the average helium filled party balloon produce? (not including any extras like ribbon string)
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Boussinesq approximation for the Navier Stokes' equation - discrepancy

In the Navier Stokes' equation: $\rho_0 \left( \frac{\partial v}{\partial t} + v \cdot \nabla v\right) = -\nabla p + \mu \nabla^2 v + \hat{f}$ I included the temperature variation of density as ...
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Cause of buoyant force?

Can you explain to me what causes the buoyant force? Is this a result of a density gradient, or is it like a normal force with solid objects?
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Dropping an anchor from a boat

A yacht on a lake drops its anchor overboard. What happens to the water level in the lake? It rises very slightly. It falls very slightly. It stays exactly the same. It's impossible ...
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A man on a boat, with something in his hand [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Basic buoyancy question: Man in a boat with a stone A man is on a boat, in the middle of a quiet lake. He has something in his hands (anything you like) He throws the ...
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Calculate the stable height of a balloon

My son has asked me a question, and I'm afraid my high school maths are not up to the task: Is it possible to calculate the height that a given balloon (filled with a known quantity of helium) will ...
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Buoyancy in gases

If buoyancy is caused by pressure gradient and if the pressure of a gas is same everywhere in its container, which means there's no difference of pressures on surfaces of the lighter-than-air object, ...
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Infinite Energy from Bobbing

Could this device theoretically continue in motion forever? If not, why not? (click below for images): Device description. Device process. The device is less dense than air, so it rises. The ...
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In hydrostatics, is it possible for the bouancy to be greater than the weight of a body?

In the diagram we have two bodies, with density and volume $\delta$ and $V$, and a fluid $\ell$. $$\delta_1=0,7 \rm\frac{gr}{cm^3}$$ $$\delta_2=2 \rm\frac{gr}{cm^3}$$ $$V_1=100 \rm {cm^3}$$ $$V_2=10 ...
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Basic buoyancy question: Man in a boat with a stone

This comes from a brain teaser but I'm not sure I can solve it: You are in a rowing boat on a lake. A large heavy rock is also in the boat. You heave the rock overboard. It sinks to the bottom of ...
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How do we describe the relationship of balloon size and related lift?

We know that hydrogen and helium are lighter that air. Therefore it is certain that they would create a lifting force when enclosed in a balloon. How do we describe the relationship of balloon size ...
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Costa Concordia shipwreck: why can't they right the ship with pingpong balls?

So I guess I don't really understand the situation in question... I heard a radio piece about the Costa Concordia shipwreck in Italy taking 7-10 months to remove the vessel from its place of resting, ...
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How does placing objects in liquids affect the mass?

I was dazing off in my physics class when I came up with this question and I was wondering about it all day. I could not provide myself with an adequate solution, so here I am asking the forum about ...
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Does a Lorentz-contracted object float or sink?

Consider the following thought experiment: Imagine an object of a certain mass density which allows it to float in water. Now if this object is viewed from a moving frame with high speed, it will ...
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Buoyancy experiment with my child

I've read through a few other answers here on buoyancy and I was hoping to get some guidance on discussing it with at 5th grader. So, taking a ball of playdoh clay and dropping it into a container of ...
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Why does density decide whether something floats or sinks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Balloons and lifting gases I understand that density of an object dictates whether or not it will float, but what I don't get and can't get any satisfactory ...
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Why does an object when filled with water sink, but without water inside float (in a body of water)?

Why does an object sink when filled with water, even if the same object would float without water inside? For example, put an empty glass cup into water, and it floats. But if you put a plastic ...
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Would a submarine float in the atmosphere of Jupiter?

Would a submarine float in the atmosphere of Jupiter, or would it get crushed?
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Buoyancy: helium vs hydrogen balloons

Given I have two identical balloons on earth, how will the buoyancy compare between the one filled with helium and another filled with hydrogen? How can I calculate the ratio of buoyancy given two ...
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“Troll physics”: Buoyancy for infinite power [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the fallacy in this infinite motion machine? Most of the "troll physics" images I can figure out, but this one has me stumped. What is broken about the following ...
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The Galileo thermometer: why do the bubbles float in the middle of the tube?

If the water were uniform temperature, it would have uniform density, so a bubble should either be all the way at the top (if it's lighter than water) or all the way at the bottom (if heavier). But in ...
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Measuring the spring constant in a system with hydrostatic buoyancy

I have a physics lab tomorrow and I would appreciate it if you could give me your opinion on whether my reasoning is correct for this situation or not: http://i.stack.imgur.com/WMzA7.jpg The title ...
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Counteracting g-force

Is it possible to counter-act g-force for a jet-pilot, by him putting on a scuba-diving suit and filling the cockpit with water? On earth we are constantly pulled down, or accelerated with one g. In ...
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Why do helium filled balloons move away from the Earth?

From my understanding objects do not fall but are pulled to the earth from gravity. With this in mind, I can't understand why if helium filled balloons are not pulled by gravity then shouldn't they ...
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Balloons and lifting gases

Hydrogen is the lightest element, so it's cable of lifting the most weight in out atmosphere (probably not the best terminology there, but you get the picture) Would hot hydrogen (in the same sense ...
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What is the fallacy in this infinite motion machine?

I realize this isn't possible, but I can't see why not, especially if you change the model a little bit so that the balls simply travel through a tube of water on the way up, rather than exactly ...
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What property of objects allow them to float?

I used to think that the shape of an object determines its ability to float (boat-shaped objects are more likely to float, and spheres tend to sink). But my friend, who is fond of making me look ...