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A 5.0 kg block of some unknown material is suspended from a spring scale and submerged in water.?
The spring scale reads 39.3 N. What is the specific gravity of the block?

I get 5051.5 kg/m^3 but its incorrect.

  • physics -

    Your answer is correct

    Weight = gravity – buoyancy force.
    W=mg - ρ(w)•V•g,
    V=(mg-W)/ ρ(w)•g =(5•9.8-39.3)/1000•9.8=9.9•10^-4 m³.
    ρ=m/V=5/9.9•10^-4 =5051.5 kg/m³

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