Archimedes and The Golden Crown

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  • make me a wreath from this gold in respect to the Gods.
  • Yes Sir!
  • Beautiful! Thank you, you can leave now.
  • Here is your gold crown sir!
  • Archimedes, can you please check if this crown is made of pure gold and not mixed with silver?
  • Yes, of course sir!
  • A young king called Hiero (270-215BC) asked a blacksmith if he could make a crown of only pure gold in which he can vow to the Gods.
  • Eureka! Eureka!
  • The king had received his crown from the blacksmith!
  • Eureka! Eureka! Eureka!...
  • Hiero had suspected that the blacksmith was cheating. He summoned Archimedes (287-212BC) to work out if the crown is pure gold or not.
  • Oh, thank you we shall get the blacksmith immediately!
  • Hiero, as you can see.. the volume of the crown is more than the volume of the gold. I declare this crown as non pure gold!
  • While taking his bath, Archimedes realised that how much amount of water was displaced depended on his body submergence. He applied this method to check if the crown was pure gold or not.
  • This made him exceptionally happy that he jumped out of his bath and ran through the streets naked. Shouting Eureka! (I found it!)
  • When an object is placed in water, the volume of water submerged is equal to the volume of the object. He found a piece of pure gold which has the same mass as the crown. The crown displace more water than the piece of gold . So, it's density was less than the pure gold. THEREFORE, I DECLARE THIS CROWN AS NON PURE GOLD!
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