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C676
The Law of Buoyancy

Ruben A. Gomez, PE

Buoyancy is one of those fundamental laws of Nature that attracts our attention early in life. We become aware of it the moment we get into a body of water and experience the sub pressure acting on us. But one thing is to experience it and another is to explain it in a rational way, and further, how to use that reasoning in a way that ultimately enhances our knowledge and can be applied for practical purposes.

That is why, as in all the rest of the laws of Nature, it took several thousand of years for man to go from the unexplained awareness to the reasoned applicability. In this course we see how a simple life experience made Archimedes to realize the phenomenon at hand, after that incident; the brilliance of his mind did the rest.

By reading this short course material, you will follow the sequence of events conducive to the Law of Buoyancy first and the Principle of Pascal later, to become important steps in the making of hydraulics and shipbuilding what they are today.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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