Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    07 Jul '07 15:19
    What is the minimum amount of water needed to float a battleship? Lets say with a displacement of 10,000 tons.
  2. B is for bye bye
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    07 Jul '07 18:51
    None. You could float it in Cesium.
  3. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    08 Jul '07 10:35
    OK
    What is the minimum amount of water needed to float a battleship in water? Lets say with a displacement of 10,000 tons.
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    08 Jul '07 11:43
    this is going to be horrible, but I just can't resist:
    10,001 tonnes.
  5. SubscriberMarinkatomb
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    08 Jul '07 13:53
    Originally posted by doodinthemood
    this is going to be horrible, but I just can't resist:
    10,001 tonnes.
    Doesn't it depend on the size of the container? By this i mean, take a sea that is 100 miles in diameter, the amount of water would be massively greater that if the sea was 50 miles in diameter...
  6. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    08 Jul '07 14:50
    You're getting there ...

    I did not specify the size of the container (so it can be as small as you like). Just want to know the minimum amount of water required.
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    08 Jul '07 15:19
    a drop of water. If your thing is very VERY small and there's no way for that water to get out.
  8. Subscribercoquette
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    08 Jul '07 15:31
    Originally posted by doodinthemood
    a drop of water. If your thing is very VERY small and there's no way for that water to get out.
    precisely correct. Calculate the area of 1 molecular layer of water and put the battleship into a container of the exact shape as the battleship that is 1 water molecule breadth larger. the exact dimensions aren't the point, the point is that it's the container that counts.
  9. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    08 Jul '07 16:05
    10/10 :-)

    The usually quoted answer is an egg-cup's worth but I suspect it could be less than that.

    Be cool to see it demonstrated!
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