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Experiment 7 – Eureka! – Pre-lab Worksheet


(To be turned in at the start of Experiment 7)

Read the background material in the lab manual. After you’ve completed the reading, complete this
worksheet. For this worksheet, assume the following to be true:

kg
The density of steel is: steel  7800
m3
kg
The density of water is:  water  1000
m3
m
The free-fall acceleration near the surface of earth: g  9.8
s2

1. How many cubic centimeters are there in a cubic meter?

2. Determine the mass of 8 cm3 of steel.

3. Determine the mass of 8 cm3 of water.

4. The 8 cm3 of steel is suspended by a string in air. The other end of the string is attached to a force
probe. Determine the tension in the string as measured by the probe.
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5. The 8 cm3 of steel (still suspended by the string) is lowered into a beaker of water until it is
completely submerged in the water.
a. Determine the buoyant force.

b. Determine the tension in the string.

6. A different object (a solid cylinder) is suspended by a string from the force probe as shown in the lab
write up. The tension in the string is measured as the object is lowered into the water. The data is
plotted in the figure on the next page. Hint: determine intersection point of lines.
a. From the figure, determine the mass of the cylinder

b. From the figure, determine the length of the cylinder


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Variation in Weight as Cylinder is Lowered into Water


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y=0.0x+27.5
27.5

27

26.5
y=19.6x+18.6
Weight (N)

26

25.5

25

24.5

y=0.0x+24.0
24

23.5
0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7
Length of string above tube (m)