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In the picture below we have a sphere (consider it massless) acting as a valve in a water tank. At the bottom, theres a hole (which magnitude is determined by the angle theta.

I am asked to calculate the total vertical force acting on the sphere. And after that, when theta is (3Pi/4) what must the height h be so that the water doesn't flow through the hole.

I can calculate the pressure on any point of the sphere but how do I calculate this vertical force? Is it archimedes i have to use?

Thanks for your help.

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# Homework Help: Sphere in a water tank

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