Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants: Sink or Float
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  • Science → Physics → Buoyancy
  • History → Renaissance → Cosimo de Medici
Water's density is 1 g/cm3. When an object with a lower density than this enters water, it floats because its downward force is weaker than the upward force exerted by the water.

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  1. What characteristics determine whether an object will sink or float according to Mr. Colombe?
  2. What does Cosimo de Medici claim about the principles of floating?

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