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Unformatted text preview: A floating body has a square crosssection of side w and a length L into the paper (not shown in the
figure). The center of gravity (G) of the floating body is at the centroid of the crosssection. (a) Determine
the ratio h/w for which the body is neutrally stable. (b) If the body is floating in water, what would be the
specific gravity of the body material? w h Solution: (a) For neutral stability GM = 0, or where or, Thus, (b) The weight of the body is equal to the weight of water displaced. Therefore ...
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 Fall '10
 FredrickStern
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