Learning Exercise

Archimedes Principle

Goes along with floating/sinking exploration; foil boats & aluminum can demonstration.
Course: 8th grade Physical Science

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Technical Notes

Teacher will demonstrate the floating and sinking of the aluminum cans (one diet and one regular) prior to students reading about Archimedes. This will be followed by the students building their aluminum boats to float with 50 pennies.


Understanding of Scientific Method, math skills for formula development and understanding, basic reading skills.


Standard 8 - Density/Buoyancy

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

The student shall work with the formula for mass and density, with the information tied to the historical facts of Archimedes discovery of the gold crown's weight.