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#### Forrest Newton

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« on: 23/10/2010 09:30:14 »
Forrest Newton  asked the Naked Scientists:

Here is a puzzling question,

Put a bowling ball in a large bucket of water, the weight of the bucket would be bucket + water + bowling ball

Next put the bowling ball in the bucket in a boat in the water.

There are no difference in forces as in water pressure under the boat or around the sides of the boat.

How can you explain there is a difference in weight in bucket with or without bowling ball?

Forrest D. Newton

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 23/10/2010 09:30:14 by _system »

#### donchiragjain10036

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #1 on: 23/10/2010 10:23:53 »
I think I can answer that !

The principles behind the phenomenon are the laws of flotations.

The weight of the water that is expelled by the bowling ball is equal to the weight of the bowling ball.

#### imatfaal

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #2 on: 23/10/2010 14:50:22 »
The boat will ride slightly lower in the water if you add the extra few kilograms of a bucket and bowling ball.  As Donch said it will displace more water than before - the volume of water displaced will have a mass the same as the additional cargo (the b-ball and bucket).

#### Bill S

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #3 on: 23/10/2010 15:47:01 »
F N, Lets take your points one at a time.

“Put a bowling ball in a large bucket of water, the weight of the bucket would be bucket + water + bowling ball.”

If the bucket was full, the weight would remain the same because the displaced water will be lost; otherwise the overall weight will increase.

“Next put the bowling ball in the bucket in a boat in the water.”

Weight of the boat will increase by bucket + water + ball.

“There are no difference in forces as in water pressure under the boat or around the sides of the boat.”

The increased weight causes the boat to displace more water, so there is a slight change in pressure under/around the boat.

How can you explain there is a difference in weight in bucket with or without bowling ball?

The only difference will depend on whether or not the bucket was full, as in the first point above.

I am not a scientist, these are only my thoughts, so could be wrong.

#### maffsolo

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #4 on: 23/10/2010 22:43:26 »

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Put a bowling ball in a large bucket of water, the weight of the bucket would be bucket + water + bowling ball

I interpret, No loss of displacement of water, all the water is still in the bucket with the ball.

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Next put the bowling ball in the bucket in a boat in the water.

Is this the same bucket water and ball?

If so I will state my interpretation: by rewriting this:

Next we have a boat, large enough to hold the bucket afloat, in a separate body of water!
Place the bucket we have , bucket water and bowling ball, in the boat.
Is this fair game?

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There is no difference in forces as in water pressure under the boat or around the sides of the boat.
Are we neglecting the buoyancy of the boat?
If so we need not introduce the boat into the problem.

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How can you explain there is a difference in weight in bucket with or without bowling ball?

First let’s do it without the bowling ball to get a baseline reference.
Place the empty bucket into a reasonably deep portion of water.
Mark the outside wall of the bucket, as  its buoyancy level (A).
It may be easier to read if you mark it in 3 adjacent locations around the wall of the bucket.

This is where the water level is reaching at the side of the bucket.
This will distinguish the weight of the bucket by itself.

Before continuing, above this point,  arbitrarily mark a label (B), closest to the top would be also better placement the same way (A) is labeled.

Now as the bucket floats, without holding the bucket, place the bowling ball in the bucket.
This level (B) will designate the ball in the bucket is to darn heavy. Need a taller bucket
The (3) “B’s”  will designate for Bye Bucket and ball.
I’ll go to my room and sit in the corner now .
« Last Edit: 23/10/2010 22:45:35 by maffsolo »

#### maffsolo

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #5 on: 23/10/2010 22:56:05 »
I think I can answer that !

The principles behind the phenomenon are the laws of flotations.

The weight of the water that is expelled by the bowling ball is equal to the weight of the bowling ball.

I think that the volume of water displaced by the bowling ball, is equal to the volume of the bowling ball.
Not the weight!
Unless the bowling ball was made of water.

#### maffsolo

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #6 on: 23/10/2010 23:45:47 »
As Donch said it will displace more water than before - the volume of water displaced will have a mass the same as the additional cargo (the b-ball and bucket).

Am I correctly interpreting this as seperate items?

"the volume of water displaced will have a mass...

the same as the additional cargo (the b-ball and bucket)..."

each of them having the same mass as before?
or
they have the same mass as each other?
« Last Edit: 23/10/2010 23:47:39 by maffsolo »

#### Joe L. Ogan

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #7 on: 24/10/2010 00:31:09 »
I believe what he is trying to say is that the bowling ball is heavier than water.  If this is true, when placed in the boat, the extra weight of the bowling ball will cause the boat to displace a greater amount of water.  thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan

#### maffsolo

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #8 on: 24/10/2010 03:21:14 »
I believe what he is trying to say is that the bowling ball is heavier than water.  If this is true, when placed in the boat, the extra weight of the bowling ball will cause the boat to displace a greater amount of water.  thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan

Oh ok I see.

Forrest Newton  asked the Naked Scientists:

There are no difference in forces as in water pressure under the boat or around the sides of the boat.

This is what is confusing to me???
I looked at this as being dismissed

If the weight of the boat is then increased to displace the water, wouldn't there be a pressure?

#### Geezer

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #9 on: 24/10/2010 06:36:33 »
I suspect the boat is unable to to get out of the seabed because it's a nervous wreck.

#### donchiragjain10036

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #10 on: 24/10/2010 12:00:52 »
I think I can answer that !

The principles behind the phenomenon are the laws of flotations.

The weight of the water that is expelled by the bowling ball is equal to the weight of the bowling ball.

I think that the volume of water displaced by the bowling ball, is equal to the volume of the bowling ball.
Not the weight!
Unless the bowling ball was made of water.

The amount of weight lost by the bowling bowl is equal to the weight of the volume of water that the bowling ball displaces.

#### Bill S

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #11 on: 24/10/2010 15:40:22 »
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The increased weight causes the boat to displace more water, so there is a slight change in pressure under/around the boat.
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If the weight of the boat is then increased to displace the water, wouldn't there be a pressure?
Are we going round in circles?

Maffsolo, your post(328044)covered the subject well, but it was so pedantic that I was surprised you didn't mention that placing "the empty bucket into a reasonably deep portion of water" would almost certainly result in a capsized bucket.

Perhaps Geezer's comment should be the last word!

#### Geezer

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
« Reply #12 on: 24/10/2010 17:22:10 »
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The increased weight causes the boat to displace more water, so there is a slight change in pressure under/around the boat.
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If the weight of the boat is then increased to displace the water, wouldn't there be a pressure?
Are we going round in circles?

Maffsolo, your post(328044)covered the subject well, but it was so pedantic that I was surprised you didn't mention that placing "the empty bucket into a reasonably deep portion of water" would almost certainly result in a capsized bucket.

Perhaps Geezer's comment should be the last word!

It was only slightly tongue in cheek. There is no mention of whether the boat is afloat or aanchor.

EDIT: Woops, I'll have to take that back. I see afloat is mentioned in the title  [:I]
« Last Edit: 24/10/2010 17:34:04 by Geezer »

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##### How does being afloat in a boat affect the weight of a bowling ball?
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