Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 9 months ago

# if a solid is heavier than a liquid than why do turds float?

Update:

NOT TRYING TO SOUND LIKE A TROLL JUST CURIOUS.

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• 9 months ago

For an object to float in water, the object must be less dense than water. For a doctor to check the density of your solid waste the doctor may use a knife to slice it into smaller pieces. As the doctor looks at these pieces, the doctor will see many small empty spaces. These spaces are filled with air. This causes the mass of the turds to decrease.

Density = Mass ÷ Volume

The small spaces that filled air cause the density of the “turds” to be less dense than water. I hope this is helpful for you.

• John P
Lv 7
9 months ago

"Most" solids are denser than water, but have you never seen a cork floating? Note also "than water" - many liquids are denser than water (mercury at room temperature is an example), and many liquids are less dense than water, e.g. gasoline. Note also it is strictly "denser" rather than "heavier".

Did your physics lessons really not cover those points?

• 9 months ago

The "turds" who are actually trolls in disguise are so full of hot air that their net density decreases.

In fact some are so full of hot air that, like a hot air balloon, they simply float away and we are rid of them for good. ( accompanied by loud cheers )

• Zirp
Lv 7
9 months ago

Because you are wrong.

Anything will float as long as its DENSITY is lower than that of the liquid it's on

• Roger9 months agoReport

ROCKS DONT FLOAT

• Todd
Lv 7
9 months ago

That's like asking how do ships float. When displacing liquid, the liquid pushes back. The more the displacement, i.e. trying to move the liquid out of the way, the more the liquid pushes back.

• Lôn
Lv 7
9 months ago

Not all solids are heavier than water...plastic, polystyrene, wood are all solid but float.

Some turds sink!

• 9 months ago

ice floats

• 9 months ago

"If a solid is heavier than a liquid"

you started out with a false statement, or, one that is sometimes true, sometimes false.

Wood floats on water, as so many plastics. Most metals will float on liquid mercury, as two examples.