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Homework Help: Physics - Aristotle and his theory

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8:03pm.

Aristotle beleived that wood was a combination of fire, water, and earth. Use his 4 element theory to explain why a wooden boat floats on water.

His theory is hard for me to understand. The only thing I know is that the boat floats on the water because the water is more dense than the wood piece. If the wood had a hole in it, then it would sink. The other way I was thinking about this was that the earth is above the water, that means that the trees/wood are on earth, they don't belong in water, therefore they rise up.

I dont know this is confusing.

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