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

  1. Apr 30, 2009 #1
    Can one swim in petrol? What would happen? Would one float?sink?
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  3. Apr 30, 2009 #2


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    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
  4. Apr 30, 2009 #3
    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.
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
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