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Homework Statement
Block A in the figure hangs from a spring balance D and is submerged in a liquid C contained in a beaker B. The weight of beaker is 1 kg, and the weight of the liquid is 1.5kg. The balance D reads 2.5 kg and balance E reads 7.5 kg. The volume of the block is 0.003 m^3.
What is the density of the liquid?
Ans: 1667.7kg/m^3
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The Attempt at a Solution
I know how to do the problem, and I got the right answer, but I don't understand what's going on.
So here's what I did,
Reading of E = Weight of container + Weight of liquid + Force of Buoyancy
75 = 25 + (0.003)(10)P
P= 1667.7
I don't get why reading of E isn't just (Weight of container + Weight of liquid + Weight of block A)? Why are we considering the buoyancy? If you say that the liquid exerts a buoyant force on the block, and due to Newton's third law, the block also exerts a buoyant force on the liquid (and so we consider buoyancy), aren't both these forces internal (and action reaction pairs), so the net effect of buoyant force is zero?
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