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The two identical beakers in FIGURE Q14.9 are filled to the same height with water. Beaker B has a plastic sphere floating in it. Which beaker, with all its contents, weighs more? Or are they equal? Explain.

Both beakers will weigh the same.

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Step 1 : Given information

Two identical beakers in are filled to the same height with water.

Beaker B has a plastic sphere floating in it.

Step 2 : Explanation

Weight is defined as total force acting downwards towards earth's center.

In this case the force due to weight of the ball is balanced by the buoyant force as the ball is floating.

So the net weight is the same as without ball.

So both will have same weight.

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