buoy by MarlonJabon


									The average human body has a density of 1.01 g/cm^3, and a weight of 178 pounds. What's the
buoyant force of a person fully submerged in water? How about in the Dead Sea which has a density
of 1.24 kg/L?

Answer: 176 poundforce in water, 218 poundforce in Dead Sea

Solver Input: rho_obj=1.01g/cm^3,Fw_obj=178poundforce,Fb=?poundforce,rho_fluid=1.24kg/L

You are interrogating Pinocchio in the Dead Sea. Pinocchio has a density of 1.01 g/cm^3. The Dead Sea
has a density of 1.24 kg/L. What fraction of Pinocchio is floating above water?

Pinocchio's nose grows by 1/10 of his body size every time he lies. How many lies can he afford to

Answer: Xa = 0.185

Solver Input: rho_obj=1.01g/cm^3,rho_fluid=1.24kg/L,Xa=?

Pressure and Buoyancy Problems

Let's state the two working equations we have so far.

                     Pressure and Depth: P = Po + rgh

                     Buoyancy:             Fbuoyancy = Weight displaced = rgVdisplaced

The solutions to the problems below can be found at the end of this page. As always, try all the
problems before looking at the solutions. It's much easier to understand a solution put before you than
to come up with the solution yourself. To develop the skills necessary to solve the problems yourself,
you must spend the time doing it.


    1. What is the absolute pressure at the bottom of the Virgin Islands Basin (located between St.
       Thomas and St. Croix), at a depth of 4000 meters? Express your answer in atmospheres of
       pressure. What is the gauge pressure? If there are fish at this depth, how would they deal with
       this pressure? The density of sea water is 1.03 x 103 kg/m3
    2. A water hose is connected to a spigot located at the bottom of a cistern. The cistern is half full
       with 5 ft of water. The nozzle at the other end of the hose is turned off but is left down by the
       papaya tree, which is 20 ft below the bottom of the cistern. If the spigot is left open, what is the
       pressure at the nozzle? Why would it be a good idea to turn off the spigot when you are finished
       watering the tree?

    3. A large part of Holland is below sea level. Earthen dikes keep the sea at bay. There's a Holland
       legend of a boy who uses his finger to plug a hole in the dike and saves the country side. Assume
       the hole is located 3.0 meters below the sea level. The hole is the same size as the childs finger,
       a diameter of about 1 cm. How much force would the child have to exert against the sea
       pressure in order to keep the sea at bay? Do you think a child could do this?

    4. A 10 lb box falls overboard and is floating. The box has the shape of a cube, 1 ft on a side. What
       is the buoyancy force on the box?

    5. The float in a toilet tank is a sphere of diameter 10 cm.

1) What is the buoyancy force on the float when it is completely submerged? You might need a
reminder that the volume of a sphere is V = 4/3p(r)3

2) Here's a slightly tougher one. If the float must have an upward buoyancy force of 3.0 N to shut off the
ballcock valve, what percentage of the float will be submerged?

    6. Here's an interesting puzzle to see if you really understand buoyancy and displacement. You are
       floating in a small dingy in your pool. There's a brick in the boat. You toss the brick out of the
       boat and into the pool. The brick sinks to the bottom of the pool. Does the water level at the
       side of the pool rise, stay the same, or decrease?


Don't look at the answers until you've tried the problems on your own!!

    1. Using the SI system of units, P = Po + rgh = 1.01 x 105 + 1.03 x 103 x 9.8 x 4000 = 4.0 x 107 Pa. In
       terms of atmospheres, that would be 3.9 x 107 Pa / 1.01 x 105 Pa/atm = 400 atmospheres! The
       gauge pressure is P - Po which is just the rgh term. That would be about 399 atm. If fish lived at
       that depth, they would not notice the pressure anymore than we notice the 15 psi pressure
       pushing on us. Organism generally adapt to the pressure around them. The fish take water into
       their bodies at the ambient pressure so there is no net or gauge pressure difference. However,
       changing depth can present problems. Many sea mammals, such as sea lions, have developed
       systems that allow them to dive to extraordinary depths.

   2. The nozzle end is 5 + 20 = 25 ft below the water level. We can convert this to meters and apply
      the static pressure equation in the SI units. But we could also use the fact that 34 ft of fresh
      water produces a pressure of 1 atmosphere = 14.7 psi. So 25 ft corresponds to 14.7 x 25/34 = 11
      psi. Note that this is the gauge pressure, which is appropriate since atmospheric pressure act
      both on the surface of the water and on the hose. This means there will be a net force of 11 lb
      pushing outward on every square inch of the hose. It's probably best to turn the spigot off.

   3. The gauge pressure would be 1.03 x 103 x 9.8 x 3.0 = 3.1 x 104 Pa. The force exerted by his
      "round" finger would be F = PA = 3.1 x 104(p(.01/2)2 = 2.4 N. This is about .53 lb ... no problem!

   4. The info on the size of the box is not relevant. If the box is floating, then the buoyancy force
      must be equal to the weight of the box ... = 10 lb! Here's another problem to try. A cubic foot of
      water weighs about 64 lb. Can you see why the box would float with 10/64 th of its volume
      submerged? This would mean about 1.9 inches below the water.

   5. The volume of the float is V = 4/3p(.05)3 = 5.2 x 10-4 m3. Assuming there is freshwater in your
      toilet tank, then Fbuoyancy = 103 x 9.8 x 5.2 x 10-4 = 5.1 N.

If you need 3.0 N of upward force to shut off the valve and there's 5.1 N of buoyancy force when
completely submerged, then you would need 3.0 / 5.1 x 100% = 59% of the float to be submerged.

   6. Did you figure this one out? The water level in the pool goes down! Some of our physics major
      get fooled by this one. While in the boat, the entire weight of the brick is being supported ...
      ultimately by water displaced by the dingy. Since the brick sinks when out of the boat, it must be
      more dense than water. Hence, the volume of water displaced is greater than the volume of the
      brick. But when the brick is tossed into the pool, it displaces only its own volume. OK, try again.
      What if the object tossed overboard floated?

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