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Helium gas is sold in steel tanks. If the helium is used to inflate a balloon, could the balloon lift the spherical tank the helium came in? Justify your answer. Steel will rupture if subjected to tensile stress greater than its yield strength of 5 X 108 N/m2. Suggestion: You may consider a steel shell of radius r and thickness t containing helium at high pressure and on the verge of breaking apart into two hemispheres.

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