- What was the role of the ring of rubber material?
(It acted as a gasket to produce a waterproof seal between
the adjoining metal surfaces)
- Although the lids were metal, both setups were very buoyant.
(The paired lids trapped a volume of air that produced sufficient
buoyancy to float each system)
- What was the role of the fishing sinkers?
(Their added weight was needed to keep the lids at the bottom
of the water-filled tank)
- Predict the buoyancy of each lid system over time.
(The system that lacked the gasket would be first to fill with
water. Therefore, it would sink first. Although the gasket fitted
system would resist water, eventually, the rubber bands or gasket
itself would fail, allowing water to spill inside the system resulting
in a loss of buoyancy.)
activities in this guide were contributed by Michael DiSpezio, a
Massachusetts-based science writer and author of "Critical Thinking
Puzzles" and "Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound" (Sterling Publishing
Academic Advisors for this Guide:
Corrine Lowen, Science Department, Wayland Public Schools, Wayland,
Suzanne Panico, Science Teacher Mentor, Cambridge Public Schools,
Anne E. Jones, Science Department, Wayland Middle School, Wayland,
Gary Pinkall, Middle School Science Teacher, Great Bend Public Schools,
Great Bend, KS