Buoyancy: From A Bowling Ball To A Basketball

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I learned that buoyancy refers to something how well it floats or sinks. If something is able to float, it is buoyant. We can feel something can float by its weight, because usually when something is light, it floats and is considered buoyant. If something is heavy, it sinks and is not considered buoyant. But then we wonder, how can big, massive objects like cruise ships, float? To answer this, we have to understand the concept of density, which is the amount of mass something has, relative to its volume. For example, compare a bowling ball to a basketball.
The bowling ball is filled with a lot of stuff, whereas the basketball is full of air. The basketball will then be the one that floats, and the bowling ball will be the one that sinks. Next,
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