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Buoyancy is an upward force that works against the force of gravity. It is the natural ability of an object to float in a fluid or gas. For example, if you drop a rock in a pool, it will sink to the bottom, but if you drop a piece of wood in the same pool, it will float. This is because the wood is less dense than the water and is therefore supported by the buoyant force. You can also use buoyancy to help you in everyday activities. Swimming is a great example. When your body is in the water, the buoyant force helps to keep you afloat. The denser parts of your body (like your bones) sink, but the less dense parts (like your muscles) are supported by the buoyancy of the water. An easy way to remember buoyancy is to think of a balloon. A balloon is filled with air, which is much less dense than the surrounding air. This causes the balloon to rise in the air and be supported by the buoyant force. Fun Fact: Humans use buoyancy to do a lot more than just swim. The game of pogo-sticking is also based on buoyancy. When you jump on a pogo stick, the air inside the stick compresses and pushes you back up into the air. This is buoyancy in action!