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### Physics For Scientists & Engineers

Book edition 9th Edition
Author(s) Raymond A. Serway, John W. Jewett
Pages 1624 pages
ISBN 9781133947271

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# How would you determine the density of an irregularly shaped rock?

The buoyant force can be thought of as the weight of so many grams of water, which is that number of cubic centimeters of water, which is the volume of the submerged rock. This volume with the actual rock mass tells us its density.

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## Archimedes’ principle

When an object is partially or fully submerged in a fluid, the fluid exerts on the object an upward force called the buoyant force. According to Archimedes’s principle, the magnitude of the buoyant force is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object:

$B={\rho }_{Fluid}g{V}_{disp}$

WhereV${V}_{disp}$ the volume of fluid is displaced and ${\rho }_{Fluid}$ is the density of the fluid.

## Determine the density of an irregularly shaped rock

• Use a balance to determine its mass. Then partially fill a graduated cylinder with water. Immerse the rock in the water and determine the volume of water displaced.
• Divide the mass by the volume and you have the density. It may be more precise to hang the rock from a string, measure the force required to support it under water, and subtract to find the buoyant force.
• The buoyant force can be thought of as the weight of so many grams of water, which is that number of cubic centimeters of water, which is the volume of the submerged rock. This volume with the actual rock mass tells us its density.

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