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• #### Density of Apple? Laire

Did anyone get the density of apple question? It was number 8

1. #### maria17752

the expiriment?

Yea

3. #### MysticManiac

Yeah. It was like, you get the mass (weight) by putting it on an electric balance. You get the volume by putting water in a graduated cylinder, putting the apple in and calculating the difference. Then, you get the Density by using the formula Mass/Volume

4. #### Laire

That's what I had done but some people were saying the whole point of the passage above was stating that apples floated in water

5. #### studyclix

Apples do float in water but if you gently push the apple down into the water so that it is fully submerged then you can find the volume of water displaced (apples's volume). You get the mass on a mass balance and then as Mystic Maniac described you get density by Mass/Volume.

6. #### MysticManiac

Would you lose marks for not stating that you push the apple down?

7. #### studyclix

It's difficult to say. It depends if they expect you to know that apples float. If so you would lose marks for not saying you must submerge the apple (otherwise you would not be measuring the apple's volume correctly)

It would likely only be 3 marks lost so do not worry about it.

8. #### MysticManiac

well the question beforehand was "Why do the apples float in the water?" so they'd expect you to know that apples float.

9. #### class3a1

They float because they have a smaller density than water.