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I don't understand the idea of apparent weight (see example below). Can someone explain? Thanks a lot!

The spring scale's reading is related to the tension T in the spring.

The magniutde of tension T of the statue on the spring scale is equal to the magnitude of tension T of the spring scale on the statute (Newton's 3rd law)

I actually have no problem figuring out the answer for this problem, but there is something that is confusing me! Is the reading of 17.0N the so-called

I have been told numerous times that apparent weight means the

**1) You need to determine the density of a ceramic statue. If you suspend it from a spring scale, the scale reads 28.4N. If you then lower the statue into a tub of water, so that it is completely submerged, the scale reads 17.0N. What is the density?**The spring scale's reading is related to the tension T in the spring.

The magniutde of tension T of the statue on the spring scale is equal to the magnitude of tension T of the spring scale on the statute (Newton's 3rd law)

I actually have no problem figuring out the answer for this problem, but there is something that is confusing me! Is the reading of 17.0N the so-called

**apparent weight**of the statute?I have been told numerous times that apparent weight means the

**normal force**. But in this case the force is TENSION, not normal force, why would it still be called apparent weight? And even more confusing, as far as I know, tension isn't always apparent weight. For example, if you pull a box on the floor horizontally using a rope, that tension force is clearly NOT apparent weight. What is the actual definition of apparent weight? I am very confused...
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