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Buoyant force on balloon

  1. Mar 3, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    An empty rubber balloon has a mass of .0111 kg. The balloon is filled with helium at 0degrees C, 1atm pressure, and a density of .179 kg/m^3. The filled balloon has a radius of .154 m.
    What is the magnitude of the buoyant force acting on the balloon? Answer in units of N.
    What is the magnitude of the net force acting on the balloon? Answer in uts of N.

    2. Relevant equations

    Buoyant Force= (density of fluid)(g)(A)(change in h)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    don't know what Area to use, is it the area of the circle? and how do I integrate the mass of the empty balloon?

  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 3, 2007 #2
    First you need to find the boyant force when the balloon is full of helium. Then factor in the weight of the balloon and the weight of the helium (ideal gas law) to get the net force
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