Chapter 10 Fluid Statics – Floating and Sinking

10.0 Introduction

A swimmer in a pool doing the backstroke.
Figure 1. The fluid essential to all life has a beauty of its own. It also helps support the weight of this swimmer. (credit: Terren, Wikimedia Commons)

Much of what we value in life is fluid: a breath of fresh winter air; the hot blue flame in our gas cooker; the water we drink, swim in, and bathe in; the blood in our veins. What exactly is a fluid? Can we understand fluids with the laws already presented, or will new laws emerge from their study? The physical characteristics of static or stationary fluids and some of the laws that govern their behavior are the topics of this chapter.  The original Open Stax book has a chapter on Fluid Dynamics and its Biology and Medial Application which explores aspects of fluid flow.

The original Open Stax College Physics textbook can be downloaded for free at http://cnx.org/contents/031da8d3-b525-429c-80cf-6c8ed997733a@9.103 .