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# How does a steel ship float?

Question #120940. Asked by star_gazer. (Mar 31 11 11:23 PM)

skatharaki

Archimedes principle states: "Any floating object displaces its own weight of fluid". This psychics law is called "buoyancy"

Buoyancy is an upward acting force exerted by a fluid, that opposes an object's weight. In a column of fluid, pressure increases with depth as a result of the weight of the over lying fluid.

The average density of a boat -- the combination of the steel and the air -- is very light compared to the average density of water

http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/question254.htm

 Apr 01 11, 3:50 AM
Watchkeeper

Ummm ... "psychics law"? That should be "physics law", of course. You should have foreseen that ...

McGruff! Zbeckabee!! Help!!!

 Apr 01 11, 4:32 AM

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