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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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A plastic "boat" with a 25cm2 square cross section floats in a liquid. One by one, you place 50g masses inside the boat and measure how far the boat extends below the surface. Your data are as follows:

Draw an appropriate graph of the data and, from the slope and intercept of the best-fit line, determine the mass of the boat and the density of the liquid.

Therefore, the length of bottle above the water is 5.2 cm

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Step by Step Solution

Step :1 Introduction 

The expression for Buoyancy force acting on a submerged object in a liquid is,


Here, ρf is density of the fluid, Vdis is displaced volume of the liquid due to object, and g is acceleration due to gravity.

Step :2 Explanation 

Convert the radius of the soda bottle from centimeter to meter.




Convert the volume of soda from mile-liters to liters.



Step :3 Archimedes principle 

Using Archimedes' Principle, the floating force equals to the weight of the liquid displaced. A half full soda can is floating because it displaces at least half can volume of water plus a bit more to support the can's own weight.

The volume of the soda can V is,


Here, / is the length of the soda can.

If we change the volume to Sl unit, 355mL is 0.355L. One liter is 103m3, the volume of soda can is 0.355×103m3, so we have calculated the length of the can from the above equation:



Step :4 Density of water

As the soda can is half full with water, it is immersed half-length / to support the half full of water and plus a bit more Δl as a result of the weight of the can itself.


Here, ρW the mass density of water and g is the gravitational acceleration. Solve the equation for Δl.



The length of the can above water is






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