Review: The true weight of an object can be measured in a vacuum, where buoyant forces are absent. A measurement in air, however, is disturbed by buoyant forces. An object of volume V is weighed in air on an equal-arm balance with the use of counterweights of density . Representing the density of air as and the balance reading as , show that the true weight is
Hence it is proved that:
The given data can be listed below as,
⦁ The volume of object is, V.
⦁ The density of object is, .
⦁ The density of air is, .
⦁ The balance reading weight is, .
⦁ The true weight is, .
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:
When both weight and the body are in balance, the force relation by using a above concept of step (2) is given by:
The value is expressed as,
Substitute all the value in the above equation,
Hence the true weight is,
Question: Two thin-walled drinking glasses having equal base areas but different shapes, with very different cross sectional areas above the base, are filled to the same level with water. According to the expression , the pressure is the same at the bottom of both glasses. In view of this equality, why does one weigh more than the other?
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