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This applet experiments with a helium balloon, a hot air balloon, or a rigid sphere filled with different gases. The user can discover what makes some balloons float and others sink. Teaching ideas and activities are included. The direct link to the simulation is given as a mirror URL.

This is part of a larger collection developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Fluid Mechanics
- General
- Statics of Fluids
= Density and Buoyancy
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Gas law, buoyancy, fluids, gas , pressure, temperature, thermodynamics
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Metadata instance created November 15, 2007 by Alea Smith
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August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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November 15, 2007
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AIP Format
(PhET, Boulder, 2007), WWW Document, (
PhET Simulation: Balloons & Buoyancy, (PhET, Boulder, 2007), <>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Balloons & Buoyancy. (2007, November 15). Retrieved October 29, 2020, from PhET:
Chicago Format
PhET. PhET Simulation: Balloons & Buoyancy. Boulder: PhET, November 15, 2007. (accessed 29 October 2020).
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PhET Simulation: Balloons & Buoyancy. Boulder: PhET, 2007. 15 Nov. 2007. 29 Oct. 2020 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Balloons & Buoyancy}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2020}, Number = {29 October 2020}, Month = {November 15, 2007}, Year = {2007} }
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