# Problem: A 10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm wood block with a density of 700 kg/m3 floats in water. What is the distance from the top of the block to the water in cm...(a) if the water is fresh?(b) What if it is sea water?

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Buoyant force on block in water given by:

$\overline{){{\mathbit{F}}}_{{\mathbit{b}}}{\mathbf{=}}{{\mathbit{\rho }}}_{{\mathbit{w}}}{\mathbit{g}}{{\mathbit{V}}}_{\mathbit{u}\mathbit{n}\mathbit{d}\mathbit{e}\mathbit{r}}}$

Gravitational force on block:

$\overline{){{\mathbit{F}}}_{{\mathbit{g}}}{\mathbf{=}}{{\mathbit{m}}}_{\mathbit{b}\mathbit{l}\mathbit{o}\mathbit{c}\mathbit{k}}{\mathbit{g}}}$

Height of block above water:

$\overline{){{\mathbit{h}}}_{{\mathbit{a}}{\mathbit{b}}{\mathbit{o}}{\mathbit{v}}{\mathbit{e}}}{\mathbf{=}}{{\mathbit{h}}}_{\mathbit{b}\mathbit{l}\mathbit{o}\mathbit{c}\mathbit{k}}{\mathbf{-}}{{\mathbit{h}}}_{{\mathbit{u}}{\mathbit{n}}{\mathbit{d}}{\mathbit{e}}{\mathbit{r}}}}$

Assume block is at rest—in equilibrium.

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A 10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm wood block with a density of 700 kg/m3 floats in water. What is the distance from the top of the block to the water in cm...

(a) if the water is fresh?

(b) What if it is sea water?