Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 13 - Think and Discuss: 109

Answer

The balloon will sink to the bottom because its density increases as it sinks.

Work Step by Step

The buoyant force equals the weight of the displaced fluid. If the balloon is pushed deeper into the water, it becomes smaller due to the increased pressure, and displaces less fluid. The buoyant force on it decreases. Since the weighted balloon was barely able to float before, it will now sink, and continue to sink.
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