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Why Do Ships Float?

Why Do Ships Float?

If you think about it, sometimes it’s hard to understand how ships stay on top of the water because they look like they are too heavy to sit on top of it like they do. It’s not the simplest thing to understand, but it’s not that complex either. You really just have to know about the parts that make up a ship and a little bit about what makes up the water that it sits on.

The first reason why ships float on the water is because they are made to be a certain weight so that they can stay on top of the water instead of sinking down. You don’t see it on the surface, but the ships out in the ocean are actually below the water at a point, but the rest of it is being pushed up by lower levels of water in the sea.

The model shape that is used for ships is another key reason why they float because they are made to balance on the water. The bottoms of the ships that you see are very narrow on the bottom, but become wider and wider the higher the boat gets. If you look at a toy ship that is made to be played with by kids in the bath tub, you will notice that they are made this exact same way. Not all boats are built in this same fashion, but they are all pretty similar with the v-shaped bottoms to push the water away as they move.

It took humans a long time to come up with the correct way to get boats and ships to stay afloat, so it makes sense why so many people these days don’t know for sure how it works. Boats and water have a very unique type of relationship that depends on physics to work out properly. It is quite a site to see a well made ship sailing along out in the middle of the ocean.

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