Today is
Expanding Science Labs into Science Projects

LAB II. MASS, VOLUME AND DENSITY OF A SOLID

Problem: What is the relationship between mass and volume of different geometric solids made of the same material?

Background and Inquiry: Density is defined as mass per unit of volume. The units for density are gm/cm3. The equation for density is D=M/V. To find mass use the triple beam balance. To find volume there are 3 methods, the first two are displacement methods,

1) you can drop the object directly into a graduated cylinder partially filled with water and see what the displacement or change in volume is (use this method only for the very small cube),
2) use an overflow bucket to measure the volume of displaced liquid, or;
3) Use the geometric method as shown in class.

Discuss with your group the various equations used to find the volume of different solids: cube, rectangular solid, cylinder and sphere.

Volume of a cube = (side) 3
Volume of a rectangular solid = length x width x height
Volume of a triangular prism = 1/2 bh (of triangle) x height of the prism
Volume of a cylinder = (3.14) (radius of cylinder) 2 x height of cylinder
Volume of a sphere = (3.14) (radius of sphere)3

Today you will observe what happens to the mass of an object when the the volume is increased if the density or material of each object remains the same. What do you expect will happen to the mass if the volume is increased? For example if the volume is doubled what would happen to the mass? What type of mathematical relationship do you expect to observe? Justify your statement!

Background Questions:

1) Define density. Give an example showing how to find the density of an object.
2) Describe 3 ways you could find the volume of a small sphere.
3) A cube has a side of 3 cm. And a mass of 56 gms. What is the density of the cube?
4) A sphere has a diameter of 5 cm. What is it's radius? What is it's volume?
5) Explain what the slope of a graph is. How do you find it?

Materials: triple beam balance, Plexiglas solids, graduated cylinder, overflow bucket, beakers

Procedure:

1) Copy Table I into your lab notebook.
2) Find the mass of each of the objects, from smallest to largest. Let each member of the group repeat this. Take an average if necessary.
3) Record your data in table I.
4) Find the volume of each object using both the geometric method and displacement method (using the overflow bucket as described in class or graduated cylinder for the smallest cubes). Again record only the average value in table I. Complete the last column in table I by dividing the mass by the volume of each sphere.

Results:

Complete the following table.

 Solid Name M, (Mass,g) Volume, cm3. (Geometric Method) Volume, cm3 (Displacement Method) Average Volume cm3 (using both methods) Density g/cm3 (Mass/Avg.Volume) A B C D E F G H I

Graphing: Draw a graph plotting mass on the y-axis and average volume on the x-axis. Make sure to label your graph. Find the slope of the graph.

Discussion:

Be sure to include the following:

1) What are the variables used in this experiment?
1) How are the variables changing with relationship to each other?
2) What were some factors or conditions that you held constant while doing this experiment?
3) What type of relationship does your graph demonstrate?
4) Make sure to discuss the meaning of the slope of the graph
5) Discuss why you average the two volume methods.