Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 13 - Think and Explain: 87

Answer

Both gondolas start absolutely full to the top with water. When a boat of weight w enters one of them, it floats and displaces an amount of water whose weight is w. The water spills over the side. The gondola ends up weighing the same as before, no matter the size of the boat that enters. This is similar to question 2 in the checkpoint on page 254.
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