A piece of cork has density less than water. It will:

Float partly submerged in water


According to Archimedes’ principle, the buoyant force on a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. Since the cork is lighter than water, the volume of water that must be displaced to supply the buoyant force on the cork is less than the volume of the cork. So the cork will only be partially submerged.

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