Buoyance - pressure on brick immersed in water

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Homework Statement



Consider a brick that is totally immersed in water. The long edge of the brick is vertical. The pressure on the brick is

A)greatest on the sides of the brick.
B)greatest on the bottom of the brick.
C)greatest on the face with largest area.
D)greatest on the top of the brick.
E)the same on all surfaces of the brick.


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The Attempt at a Solution



i am guessing that it would be the same on all surfaces of the brick.
 

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What determines the pressure at a given point under the water surface?
 
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depth
 
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depth
Exactly! Pressure depends on the depth beneath the surface. Use that to revise your answer.
 
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so it would be the bottom of the brick, because it has the most depth, thus the most pressure
 
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so it would be the bottom of the brick, because it has the most depth, thus the most pressure
Correct.
 

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