Sink or Sail?
Computing Constitutions immersion factor
Use what you learned in the lesson to answer questions 1-3 below, and enter your answers in the appropriate place in the table. Then use the table to answer the rest of the questions.
|1. ||How much did the cannon balls shot from each size gun weigh? (answer entered on table) |
|2. ||Each gun averaged about 230 pounds per pound of cannon ball. How much did the different guns weigh? (answer entered on table) |
|3. ||How many guns of each size did Constitution have on board? (answer entered on table) |
|4. || Compute the total weight of all guns of each size and enter in table. (answer entered on table) |
|5. ||What was the grand total of long guns on board?54 |
|6. ||(a)What was the grand total of the weight of all cannon on board? 270,480 pounds |
| ||(b)How many tons is this? 120.705 tons |
|7. ||Constitutions immersion factor is one inch per 10 tons of weight aboard her. How many inches did she settle from the weight of her long guns? 7.54 inches |
Have on Hand- photocopies of blank worksheet and objects that weigh 12, 18 and 24 pounds (optional).
Blank Worksheet (pdf)
|Gundeck of USS Constitution with 24 pound long gun, 1931 |
Courtesy US Navy/USS Constitution Museum, Boston