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Underwater Balloon

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Puzzle ID:#13531
Fun:*** (2.81)
Difficulty:** (1.89)
Submitted By:Bobbrt*****




You have a rubber balloon with a string attached to it, and a weight attached to the other end of the string. You put just the right amount of air in the balloon such that if you submerge the balloon and weight under water to a depth of 30 feet, the balloon will not rise or sink (its buoyancy force is exactly balanced by gravity).

You then pull the balloon and weight down another 30 feet. If you let the balloon go at this depth, will it rise or sink?
Assume that the water temperature is the same at both depths.


The overall density of the water/weight system at 30 feet is exactly the same as the density of water. How does the density of the system change at 60 feet?

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Jul 15, 2003

Whoa. That was harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!
Nov 28, 2003

Excellent teaser. I first thought that the additional pressure would push it up but then I thought about what would happen to the balloon. BTW keep up your informative explanations on some of the other peoples teasers. They are often much better than the original answers.
Dec 24, 2003

This is a good teaser.
Jun 17, 2005

I am trying to understand this teaser, but I am having difficulty. Sounds a bit in-depth.
Dec 13, 2005

Great problem
Dec 27, 2005

I got this one!
Aug 22, 2006

Thought so!

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