Materials List: Buoyant Boats

Each group needs

  • balance, accurate to at least 0.1 g (such as a triple beam balance)
  • 500-ml beaker
  • 50- or 100-ml graduated cylinder
  • modeling clay, one-half stick (50-60 grams)
  • pan or tray to catch water that overflows from the beaker during the displacement process
  • (optional) funnel, helps to limit the amount of spilled water
  • 1-2 sponges and/or dishrags for wiping up drips and spills
  • fine-point permanent marker or grease pencil, to write on the beaker; alternative: transparent tape that can be written on with a pencil
  • several paper towels
  • access to water and a sink