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Homework Help: Floating Shark

  1. Nov 26, 2007 #1
    1. Some sharks have a surprising float:their livers. The shark liver contains a lot of squalene with a density of 860 kg/m^3. Estimate the weight of the liver of a 2000kg shark so it is effective as a float



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    3. No clue! I spent like 20 minutes trying to use different equations.
     
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  3. Nov 28, 2007 #2

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    Total buoyant force upward must be equal to weight of shark...remember Archimedes' Principle?
     
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