Advanced Placement / Physics

Buoyant Force

In this lab, students use a high-resolution force sensor to measure the buoyant force on a metal cylinder lowered into a fluid and then determine the relationship between the buoyant force on a submerged object and a) its volume and b) the weight of the fluid displaced by the submerged object.


Student Files

02_Buoyant_Force_013-14879A-CS.cap 14.08 KB
02_AP2_Buoyant_Force_S.docx 296.13 KB
02_AP2_Buoyant_Force_S.pdf 616.02 KB
02_Buoyant_Force_013-14879A-SV.spk2 15.51 KB

Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
B.3 1.E.1.2; 3.A.3.1; 3.C.4.2

Featured Equipment

Overflow Can

Overflow Can

Provides direct volume measurements for materials that displace the liquid for buoyancy experiments.

Force Acceleration Sensor

Wireless Force Acceleration Sensor

The Wireless Force Acceleration Sensor simultaneously measures force, acceleration, and rotational velocity without the inconvenience of wires.

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Source: Lab #02

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 2

Buoyant Force