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Re: Are there any liquids that are less dense but weigh more?

Date: Mon Feb 16 06:34:48 2009
Posted By: Michael Lawliss, Faculty, Science Dept , Clinton Community College
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1232857074.Ch


If I'm understanding your question correctly, the simple answer is no.

When you find the desnity of a liquid the equation is D = mass/volume as you stated.

When we compare densities typically it's represented as (# of grams / 1 ml of vol.) or (g/ml)

In order for a substance to be less dense than water, 1 ml of that substance must have a mass of less than 1g.

So mathematically this is impossible.

I hope this is enough to answer your question.

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