Buoyancy: Interactive Simulation

This simulation runs in your browser. Try to predict the behavior when a parameter changes before using a slider to change that parameter. 

Simulation: Buoyancy of a Floating Cube

Using the concept of buoyancy, determine how changing the specific weight of a cube, the fluid, or the dimensions of the cube change the cube height that is submerged.

Try to answer these questions before determining the answer with the simulation. We suggest that you write down the reasons for your answers.

  1. When the specific weight of the cube decreases, does the height of the cube that is submerged increase, decrease, or stay the same?
  2. When the specific weight of the fluid decreases, does the height of the cylinder that is submerged increase, decrease, or stay the same?