# Buoyancy of sphere in water

## Homework Statement

A hollow plastic sphere is held below the surface of a fresh water lake by a cord anchored to the bottom of the lake. The sphere has a volume of 0.65 m^3 and the tension in the cord is 842 N. What is the mass of the sphere, in kg? Enter your answer using 3 decimal places, don't enter the units

## Homework Equations

$$\rho *V*g=F$$
F=mg

## The Attempt at a Solution

because the system is in equilibrium
F tension + Force of gravity = Buoyant Force.
842N + (9.81m/s^2)m = (1000kg/m^3)(0.65m^3)(9.81m/s^2)
the answer turns out to be 564kg, unless i'm doing something really stupid.
but that seems to be really high for a hollow plastic sphere.

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Delphi51
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Your calc looks correct! And your physical intuition. I guess whoever made up the question estimated the mass rather high.

yeah i can't think of anything that i'm doing wrong, it just seems really weird that the mass would be so high.
when i worked out the density of the ball it was lower than that of water so it should float it just seems weird thinking about something that heavy floating.

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