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Two cargo ships (Fluid Mechanics)

  1. May 7, 2007 #1
    Problem: Consider two identical ships, one loaded with a cargo of cork (which floats), and the other empty. Which ship displaces more water?

    My answer:
    V=V
    m_1>m_2

    and,
    \rho_1=\frac{m_1}{V}
    \rho_2=\frac{m_2}{V}

    so,
    \rho_1>\rho_2

    \rho_1 displaces more water because the mass added to the ship raises the density.

    Conclusion: Is my approach to answering this question correct?
     
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  3. May 7, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    I don't quite understand your reasoning. Hint: What does Archimedes's principle tell you?
     
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