Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 13 - Think and Rank: 47

Answer

C, B, A.

Work Step by Step

The buoyant force equals the weight of the basketball. The buoyant force equals the weight of the displaced fluid. Mercury has a higher density than saltwater, which has a higher density than fresh water. Of the three fluids, the least mercury will be displaced by the basketball, which means most of the basketball is above the surface.
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