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This lesson covers the concept of apparent weight in relation to the buoyancy force. It has been aligned to AP Physics 2 standards. The lesson includes an inquiry activity and accompanying presentation. The presentation gives the pacing and structure for the lesson.
In the investigation students draw free body diagrams, compare the differences between floating and sinking objects, calculate buoyancy force and apparent weight. This is a hands on activity that requires the use of springs scales and graduated cylinders.