A rectangular wooden block of weight W floats with exactly one-half of its volume below the waterline.? Part a. What is the buoyant force acting on the block? a. 2W b. W c. 1/2 *(W) d. The buoyant force cannot be determined. Part b. The density of water is 1.00 {g/cm^3}. What is the density of the block? a. 2.00 {g/cm^3} b. between 1.00 and 2.00 {g/cm^3} c. 1.00 {g/cm^3} d. between 0.50 and 1.00 {g/cm^3} E. 0.50 {g/cm^3} F. The density cannot be determined.

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For part a: Archimedes' principle states that the buoyancy force acting on an immersed object is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced. Because half of W displaces the water, the force must also equal half of W. So the answer is c] (1/2) ×W. For part b: For an object to float entirely above water, the density of that object has to be greater or equal to the density of the water (1.00 g/cm³). So for half of it to lie below the waterline, it must be half as dense (0.5 g/cm³). So the answer is e] 0.5 g/cm³. Hope this helps!

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