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Buoyant Force

Students use the Smart Cart 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.

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Standards Correlations

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

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Buoyant Force - Distance Learning Lab

Buoyant Force - Distance Learning Lab

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...

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Overflow Can

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

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Smart Cart Rod Stand Adapter

Smart Cart Rod Stand Adapter

This accessory allows the Smart Cart to be suspended from a rod stand.

Smart Cart (Red)

Smart Cart (Red)

The Smart Cart is the ultimate tool for your physics lab and includes built-in sensors for measuring force, position, velocity, three axes of acceleration, and three axes of rotational velocity. Patent No. 10481173

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Advanced Physics 2 Lab Manual

Buoyant Force