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Largest mass of rock that wont sink the boat

  1. Oct 4, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    You begin by measuring one of the hemispheres, finding that it has a mass of 21 g and a diameter of 8.6 cm

    Basically you have a hemisphere shaped boat with mass 21g and diamter 8.6cm you have to find the heaviest mass of rock that u can put in the boat that wont sink it.

    What is the mass of the heaviest rock that, in perfectly still water, won't sink the plastic boat?

    2. Relevant equations

    I equated the densities of the boat and water and solved for m

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I got 3.85kg as an answer
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  3. Oct 4, 2008 #2
    I assume that this answer is wrong, that's why you're posting here. Am I right?
    It would help if you posted your method to aquire your answer, aswell as all the relevant values ie. densities.
  4. May 5, 2009 #3
    I'm on a similar problem. The text book appears to say that I should try to set the average density of the sphere equal to the density of the water. So, I tried:
    rou(ave)=[mass(sphere)+mass(rock)+mass(air in sphere)]/volume
    Then I set the two equal to each other and solved for the mass of the rock. I've gone through it several times and can't come up with the correct answer.
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