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Use a force sensor to explore the relationship between the volume of fluid displaced by a submerged object and the buoyant force experienced by that submerged object.
Students explore the relationship between the volume of fluid that a submerged object displaces and the buoyant force experienced by that submerged object. Through this process, students discover:
- The sum of the forces equals zero if the object is not accelerating.
- Water provides an upward buoyant force on submerged objects.
- That forces are responsible for some objects sinking and other objects floating.
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Using a force sensor to measure the net downward force on the object submerged in air and submerged in water.
- Measuring the volume of water displaced by the object by using a spill-can.
- Calculating the weight of the displaced water using a scale or knowledge of the density of water.
Sensors / Equipment Used:
Designed to measure both pulling and pushing forces. Uses range from collisions to tug-of-war.
String ~ 25 cm
Cup or beaker to catch water from overflow can
Graduated cylinder ~ 25 mL
Objects to submerge
Small cup to add water to the overflow-can
Water ~ 500 mL
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