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Homework Help: Working out tension of string holding a ball underwater

  1. Apr 25, 2016 #1
    I have a physics homework question that i need help with;
    A submerged ball of negligible mass is attached to the bottom of a swimming pool by two strings as shown. The volume of the ball is 5000cm^3. Calculate the tension in each string. (hint you need to look up the density of water)

    How do i do this? Do i use the buoyancy of the ball or the tension formula?

    The Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 4.13.49 pm.png triangle with the base being the bottom of the pool and the ball being attached to the top vertex with a 60 degree angle
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  3. Apr 25, 2016 #2
    What you need to do is a force balance on the ball. :wink:

    So there is a gravitational force, a buoyancy force and tension forces all acting on the ball, which is not moving. What does that tell you?
  4. Apr 25, 2016 #3
    Thank you!! That is a really simple way of putting it. I did not even think about the fact that the forces must be equal!!!:wink:
  5. Apr 25, 2016 #4


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