1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I've attached the problem I'm kind of lost as to how to even start this problem. For part ) I think my first approach is to sum up forces in the vertical direction. Which would yield F-W1-W2=ma=0 Where: F=buoyancy force W1=weight of submerged volume of oak W2=weight of the steel thing. W1=(Specific weight of oak)*(L-h)*A (L-h)*A is essentially the volume of the submerged oak or the volume of the displaced fluid. Can someone verify if this is the right approach? Also, how do I find the specific weight of oak & steel given the specific gravity?