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What 2 factors determine which item will sink or float?
The relative densities of an object and the liquid it is placed in determine whether that object will sink or float. An object that has a higher density than the liquid it’s in will sink. An object that has a lower density than the liquid it’s in will float.
What variable determines if an object will sink or float?
The density of an object determines whether it will float or sink in another substance. An object will float if it is less dense than the liquid it is placed in. An object will sink if it is more dense than the liquid it is placed in.
How can you tell if an object will float or sink?
It turns out that density is really useful for figuring out if an object will sink or float. An object that is more dense than water will sink. And an object that is less dense than water will float. Water has a density of 1000 kilograms per meters cubed.
Why do objects float at different levels in water?
Scientific view. Different objects float at different levels in the water because as most regular objects are lowered into the surface of water, the upward push of the water steadily increases until it is in balance with the weight force of the object, and the object then continues floating at this level with the two forces in balance.
How is density measured in sink or float experiment?
Density is a measurement for how compact (close together) the molecules in the object are. In the first sink or float experiment, you’ll predict the density of common household objects. In the second oil in water experiment, you’ll analyze the density of common liquids. Sink or Float?
What makes a substance float or sink in water?
Below is a chart stating the density of some common substances: From the chart we can see that air, wood, ice and ethanol are less dense than water (1.0g/cm3), therefore these substances will float in water. From the chart we can see that aluminium, lead and gold are denser than water (1.0g/cm3), therefore these substances will sink in water.