Everyone Ever Tell You
are Dense?
Well, you all are…
Because you all have these two properties
You are made up of
MATTER…which means
you have mass
You all have
VOLUME…which means
you take up space
When You Combine Mass and Volume, you
A measure of the amount of matter that occupies a
given amount of space
Amount of Matter
Aim: How is density determined?
What is Density?
• Which one is more dense, a bowling ball or a soccer ball?
• Even though they are both approximately the same size and
shape, the bowling ball is much more dense.
• Therefore, density depends on the mass of particles and how
closely packed they are.
• Density = Mass
Let’s put it all together…
• DENSITY is the ratio of the mass of a substance to the volume of the
UNITS: commonly expressed as grams per cubic centimeter for solids and
liquids and grams per liter for gases
So now you’re going to say we need more
units, right?
Units for Density =
Grams per
cubic centimeter
What Do All Those Letters Mean?
Quick Visual Aid
Want to See An Example Question?
An unknown object has a mass of 15 grams and a volume
of 5 cm3. What is the density of this object?
Density = Mass ÷ Volume
Density = 15 grams ÷ 5 cm3
Density = 3.0 g/cm3
Your Turn!!!
An unknown liquid has a volume of 6 cm3 and a mass of
6 grams. What is the density of this liquid?
Density = Mass ÷ Volume
Density = 6 grams ÷ 6 cm3
Density = 1.0 g/cm3
Find the Density of the Cube
8 cm
Mass = 480 grams
480 g
2 g/cm3
240 cm3
3 cm
10 cm
Density Problems
• Calculate the density of a rock that has a mass of 40 grams and
a volume of 5 cm3.
• 40g/5 cm3 = 8 g/cm3
• An unknown sample has a density of 8 g/cm3. If the mass of
the sample is 16 grams, what is its volume?
• 8 g/cm3 = 16g/V = 2 cm3
• An unknown sample has a density of 10 g/cm3 and a volume of
2 ml. What is the mass of the sample?
• 10 = M/2 ml = 20 g
Density Facts
• The Density of a substance remains the same regardless of size,
shape, or mass of sample!!!
• Example: The density of a piece of aluminum is 2.7 g/cm3.
• If you cut the Al bar in half, the density of each piece is still 2.7
• Even if you roll the aluminum into a sheet the density will still
remain the same
Density of Aluminum
D = 2.7 g/cm3
D = 2.7 g/cm3
By simply cutting the bar in half, the density
remains the same!!!
What will change the density of an object?
• Temperature
• As the temperature of a substance INCREASES the
density DECREASES due to the expansion of the
Inverse Relationship
Most substances EXPAND when heated
and CONTRACT when cooled
• Warm air rises because it is LESS dense
• Cold air sinks because it is MORE dense
What will change the density of an object?
• As pressure on a substance INCREASES the density
• Material DENSER than water will SINK in water
• Material LESS DENSE than water will FLOAT
• Materials with a density EQUAL TO water may remain at ANY
• When several objects of different densities float on water,
the LEAST DENSE objects float HIGHEST.
1 g/ml
Object D:
2 g/cc
Object C:
1 g/cc
Object B:
Object A:
Mass (g)
Volume (cc)

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