Determination of the Density of Liquids

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Do you know how to make liquids float or sink? Pupils find the density of three different liquids in the ninth lesson of an 11-part series. They must find the mass and volume first and then apply the formula. Once they master this, learners solve for relative density and explain why this is important.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups test different types of oil
  • Remind students of the proper way to read the meniscus
Classroom Considerations

  • Materials are flammable, so follow all safety procedures
  • Relies on basic algebra knowledge
Pros

  • Includes student instructions, the procedure, and a diagram to reduce errors 
  • Offers ideas to extend the experiment
Cons

  • None
Common Core