Vat of Water with Wood Block


A large container rests on an antique scale.  A hose connected to the container drops into a second, smaller container

Concept Overview:

1. Buoyant Forces: The buoyant force (weight of water displaced) on the wood equals the weight of the wood, if it floats, so the total weight of both configurations is the same.

Lecturer Procedure

Step(s) to Follow Expected Result

1. Observe weight of the water in the container on the scale.

2. Place block of wood into water.

3. Observe weight on the scale.

The weight on the scale is equal before and after the insertion of the wooden block.


FL: HS - 017