(II) If the base of an insect's leg has a radius of about 3.0 X10-5 m and the insect's mass is 0.016 g, would you expect the six-legged insect to remain on top of the water? Why or why not?
We have to determine whether the surface tension of water would be able to balance the weight of the insect’s or not.
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For a body to be in equilibrium, the net force acting on the body should be zero.
Surface tension is the force acting per unit length on the water surface, such that water surface behaves as an elastic membrane.
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Figure below shows the free body diagram of the insect.
Radius of the leg of insect
Surface tension of water
Mass of the insect
is the angle between the vertical and surface tension of water.