Can one float on petrol?Mechanics: in relation to one Swimming in the Dead Sea

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Can one swim in petrol? What would happen? Would one float?sink?
 

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sylas
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Can one swim in petrol? What would happen? Would one float?sink?
You'd sink. (And there are other reasons not to try this at home.)

The density of petrol is less than 75% that of water. (Ref)

Cheers -- sylas
 
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Can one swim in petrol? What would happen? Would one float?sink?
Try it and report back your findings. Make sure not to fill the pool too high. You want to be able to bob up and down off the bottom to reach the edge, if swimming is too strenuous. And, ah, don't breath doing it.
 
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