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This is an interactive homework problem for introductory physics students on fluids and buoyant force.  It involves two differently shaped cylinders with the same mass density  floating in a container of non-moving water.  The student must determine the ratio of the height of Cylinder #2 above the water to the height of Cylinder #1.  A user-activated "help" sequence is provided for each step of the problem-solving, from conceptual analysis through quantitative calculation.  Immediate feedback is received for both correct and incorrect responses.

This item is part of a larger collection of interactive homework problems for introductory physics.  See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.
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Fluid Mechanics
- Statics of Fluids
= Density and Buoyancy
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Archimedes Principle, buoyant force, density, fluids, homework problem, interactive problem
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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/11/397-2).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Floating Cylinders (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/11/397-2>.
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Gladding, G. (2006, June 16). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Floating Cylinders. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/11/397-2
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Floating Cylinders. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, June 16, 2006. https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/11/397-2 (accessed 22 July 2024).
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Floating Cylinders. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 16 June 2006. 22 July 2024 <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/11/397-2>.
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