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In this lesson, students will investigate density. Students will:

  • describe the relationship between mass, volume, and density.
  • calculate mass, volume, and density using the equation density = mass/volume.
  • conduct an experiment to compare the densities of unknown liquids.
  • identify common substances based on their densities.


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Density: Mass per unit of volume. Density = mass/volume.

Mass: The amount of matter in an object.

Volume: The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object.


Duration

90 minutes/2 class periods


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Materials

o   cooking oil

o   water

o   food coloring

o   corn syrup

o   three graduated cylinders (10- or 25-mL)

o   three funnels

o   beaker or other clear container


Related Unit and Lesson Plans

• Mass
• Volume


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  • What is density?

http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/120Adensity.html

  • Density

http://www.edinformatics.com/math_science/density.htm



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