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Quick Lab DATASHEET FOR QUICK LAB

Ship Shape
MATERIALS
For each student
bowl or pail, medium, one for every two or three students
clay, modeling, golf-ball-sized piece
water
SAFETY INFORMATION

PROCEDURE
1. Roll a piece of clay into a ball the size of a golf ball, and drop it into a
container of water. Record your observations.
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2. With your hands, flatten the ball of clay until it is a bit thinner than your little
finger, and press it into the shape of a bowl or canoe.
3. Place the clay boat gently in the water. How does the change of shape affect
the buoyant force on the clay? How is that change related to the overall density
of the clay boat? Record your answers.
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Holt Science and Technology 83 Forces in Fluids