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Buoyancy homework help

  1. Oct 18, 2011 #1
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    Hello everyone,

    Suppose, we have a stone tied to one end of a rubber string. We suspend the stone by holding the balance or the string.Then, note the reading on the spring balance. Now, slowly dip the stone in water in a container. Our teacher told that the stone faces buoyancy as soon as it is dipped. When the stone is fully immersed in water, no further decrease in elongation is observed in the string. Please explain why does that happen.
     
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  3. Oct 18, 2011 #2

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    What have you tried? What determines the amount of buoyancy on an object?
     
  4. Oct 18, 2011 #3
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    Obviously, weight of an object = weight of water displaced by it = buoyant force.
     
  5. Oct 19, 2011 #4

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    Good. So how does the buoyant force change as the object is
    000% submerged
    001% submerged
    037% submerged
    084% submerged
    099% submerged
    100% submerged 1 mm under the surface
    100% submerged 10 km under the surface

    in particular when is the buoyant force maximal?
     
  6. Oct 19, 2011 #5
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    That's the problem. I don't know when it is maximum and minimum.
     
  7. Oct 19, 2011 #6

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    So you said "Obviously, ***weight of an object ***= weight of water displaced by it = buoyant force." Which was mostly right, as in general we do not have weight of an object = weight of water displaced by it. So we start lowering the object into water. For simplicity assume that we only lower it, and do not for example alternate raising with lowering. At each instant the buoyancy depends only upon the fraction of the object submerged. Try to write an equation for this. In particular that buoyancy does not change when the fraction submerged does not, including when the object is raised or lowed without changing the fraction submerged.
     
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