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## When an object floats the buoyant force is equal to?

Archimedes’ principle is the statement that the buoyant force on an object is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.

**What happens when buoyant force is less than the weight of an object?**

If the buoyant force is less than the object’s weight, the object will sink. If the buoyant force equals the object’s weight, the object will remain suspended at that depth. The buoyant force is always present in a fluid, whether an object floats, sinks or remains suspended.

### When floating which force is greater the gravitational force or the buoyant force?

If the buoyant force is greater than the force of gravity, then the object will keep going up! By using the simulator above, you can see that when buoyant force and gravity are equal, the block floats.

**How is buoyant force related to density?**

Buoyant force is directly proportional to the density of the fluid in which an object is immersed. Buoyancy is the tendency to rise or float in a fluid. The upward force exerted on objects submerged in fluids is called the buoyant force.

#### Why do things float density?

Objects with tightly packed molecules are more dense than those where the molecules are spread out. Density plays a part in why some things float and some sink. Objects that are more dense than water sink and those less dense float. That’s because your body displaces ( moves ) the water.

**How does the density of an object floating on a fluid compare to the density of the fluid?**

The density of an object determines whether it will float or sink in another substance. An object will float if it is less dense than the liquid it is placed in. An object will sink if it is more dense than the liquid it is placed in.

## What happens when the weight of an object is greater than the buoyant force?

“If the buoyant force is greater than the object’s weight, the object will rise to the surface and float. If the buoyant force is less than the object’s weight, the object will sink. If the buoyant force equals the object’s weight, the object will remain suspended at that depth.”

**Why does an object float if its density is less than the surrounding fluid?**

If an object’s average density is less than that of the surrounding fluid, it will float. The reason is that the fluid, having a higher density, contains more mass and hence more weight in the same volume. The buoyant force, which equals the weight of the fluid displaced, is thus greater than the weight of the object.

### Which is the correct formula for the buoyant force?

So remarkably, we can rewrite the formula for the buoyant force as, This equation, when stated in words, is called Archimedes’ principle. Archimedes’ principle is the statement that the buoyant force on an object is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.

**When does an object float according to the Archimedes principle?**

An object will float if the buoyancy force exerted on it by the fluid balances its weight, i.e. if FB = mg F B = mg. But the Archimedes principle states that the buoyant force is the weight of the fluid displaced. So, for a floating object on a liquid, the weight of the displaced liquid is the weight of the object.