THE INTUITIVE LAW OF BUOYANCY

  • Sergio C. Masin
  • Stefano Rispoli

Abstract

The quantitative relations that a person tacitly assumes to exist between the variables govern- ing an ordinary physical phenomenon constitute the intuitive law of this phenomenon. Recent data suggest that intuitive laws match the respective physical laws when one can experience these quantitative relations. People typically have experience with only part of the quantita- tive relations between the variables that govern the phenomenon of buoyancy. The intuitive law of buoyancy was accordingly found to only partially match the respective physical law.

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