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Homework Help: String constant and bouyant force question

  1. Sep 23, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a spring 15 cm long ,
    a aluminum cylinder of 70grams, 1 cm radius is given.

    attach cylinder to spring, the spring stretches to equilibrium of 16.1cm

    2cm of cylinder is submerged into water, the length of stretched spring is 15.8cm
    3cm of cylinder is submerged, length of spring is 15.7
    4 15.6
    5 15.5
    6 15.4
    7 15.3

    2. Relevant equations
    Fb = (mg) (fluid)
    bouyant force = mass times G

    Rho =m/v, so Fb = (pVg)

    Vcylinder = pie r*r (h)

    Fs= kx

    spring force = constant(stretched length? not sure)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    we are to come up with a equilibrium expression for the cylinder in water below a depth of x by inserting mass, volumn and force into the equations above

    im realyl stuck here, i dont know exactly what a equilibrium expressions is asking for, please help
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