# isaac Physics- An anchored buoy

i am stuck here with this very booky question:

An iron anchor of mass m=500kg and density ρ=8000kgm−3 is attached by a light, thin cable to a light spherical buoy of radius r intended to mark its position.

(Assume water has density ρ𝗐=1000kgm−3)

How large must the radius of the buoy be to prevent the anchor dragging it under the surface when the water is too deep for the cable to reach the bottom? Give your answer to 3 significant figures.

any help would be appreciated
add a g for expression for Ub I forgot it
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verily you have indeed been very helpful, except what would mg be?
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Original post by Arctic Kitten
add a g for expression for Ub I forgot it

verily you have indeed been very helpful, except what would mg be? becuase i keep finding mg as 4905, but when i put that in the equation, the radius comes out as 1.55 but that is incorrect
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Original post by Almavaligarous
verily you have indeed been very helpful, except what would mg be?

the LHS ( which needs a g on the first term as AK mentioned ) represents the weight of water displaced by the submerged items. this tells us the upwards force. in order to prevent the bouououy being pulled under this upwards force needs to balance the weight of the anchor ( = mg )
Original post by Almavaligarous
verily you have indeed been very helpful, except what would mg be? becuase i keep finding mg as 4905, but when i put that in the equation, the radius comes out as 1.55 but that is incorrect

Arranging and you will get

which should give 0.471 m.
They used to hide contraband anchored to the riverbed by blocks of salt. The salt would dissolve and two days later... up it pops! Clever or what?
thank you indeed
Original post by Almavaligarous
verily you have indeed been very helpful, except what would mg be? becuase i keep finding mg as 4905, but when i put that in the equation, the radius comes out as 1.55 but that is incorrect

what does the Fw stand for??