Focus Questions for Lab 2 – Density is a Property of Matter

1. Gold has a density of 19.3 g/cm3. Silver has a density of 10.5 g/cm3. Explain what this difference in densities means in relationship to mass.

2. Juan has the same density as his father. Your friend knows that Juan is much smaller than his father. Your friend does not understand how Juan’s density could be equal to his father’s density when Juan’s father is so much larger than Juan. How would you explain this puzzle to your friend?

3. Examine the table below. Imagine that you had a 500g block of each metal. If you placed each block of metal into a displacement vessel, which metal would displace the most water? Explain your answer.

Metal Density in g/cm3
Copper 8.96
Magnesium 1.74
Tin 7.3
Zinc 7.14
Nickel 8.9

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