Density Calculations
Problems 26-45

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Problem #26: A graduated cylinder is filled to the 40.00 mL mark with mineral oil. The masses of the cylinder before and after the addition of mineral oil are 124.966 g and 159.446 g. In a separate experiment, a metal ball bearing of mass 18.713 g is placed in the cylinder and the cylinder is again filled to the 40.00 mL mark with the mineral oil. The combined mass of the ball bearing and mineral oil is 50.952 g. Calculate the density of the ball bearing.

Solution:

a) Determine the density of the mineral oil:

159.446 g minus 124.966 g = 34.480 g

34.480 g / 40.00 mL = 0.8620 g/mL

b) Determine the volume of the ball bearing:

50.952 g minus 18.713 = 32.239 g (this is the mass of mineral oil)

32.239 g divided by 0.8620 g/mL = 37.40 mL (this is the volume of mineral oil)

40.00 mL - 37.40 mL = 2.60 mL

c) The density of the ball bearing is 7.197 g/mL. This came from 18.713 g divided by 2.60 mL.


Problem #27: A calibrated flask was filled to the 25.00 mark with ethyl alcohol. By weighing the flask before and after adding the alcohol, it was determined that the flask contained 19.7325 g of alcohol. In a second experiment, 25.9880 g of metal beads were added to the flask, and the flask was again filled to the 25.00 ml mark with ethyl alcohol. The total mass of the metal plus alcohol in the flask was determined to be 38.5644 g. What is the density of the metal in g/mL?

Solution:

1) Determine density of alcohol:

19.7325 g / 25.00 mL = 0.7893 g/mL

2) Determine volume of metal beads:

38.5644 g - 25.9880 g = 12.5764 g (this is the mass of alcohol)

12.5764 g / 0.7893 g/mL = 15.9336 mL (this is the volume of alcohol)

25.00 mL - 15.9336 mL = 9.0664 mL (this is the volume of the metal beads)

3) Density of the metal:

25.9880 g / 9.0664 mL = 2.8664 g/mL

Problem #28: A bar of magnesium metal attached to a balance by a fine thread weighed 31.13 g in air and 19.35 g when completely immersed in hexane (density = 0.659 g/cm3). Calculate the density of this sample of magnesium.

Solution:

1) Calculate the apparent loss of mass due to immersion:

31.13 g - 19.35 g = 11.78 g

2) Calculate the volume of hexane displaced:

11.78 g / 0.659 g/cm3 = 17.876 cm3

3) Calculate the density of magnesium:

31.13 g / 17.876 cm3 = 1.74 g/cm3 (to three sig figs)

Problem #29: Brass is a zinc and copper alloy. What is the mass of brass in a brass cylinder that is 1.2 in long and a diameter of 1.5 in if the brass is made of 67% copper by mass and 33% zinc by mass? The density of copper is 8.94 g/cm3 and 7.14 g/cm3 of zinc? Assume brass varies linearly with composition.

Solution:

a) Convert inches to centimeters

1.2 in x 2.54 cm/in = 3.048 cm
1.5 in x 2.54 cm/in = 3.81 cm

b) Determine volume of cylinder:

V = πr2h = (3.14159) (1.905 cm)2 (3.048 cm)
V = 34.75 cm3

c) Determine mass of copper and mass of zinc in cylinder as if each were 100%:

Cu: x / 34.75 cm3 = 8.94 g/cm3
x = 310.665 g

Zn: y/ 34.75 cm3 = 7.14 g/cm3
y = 248.115 g

d) However, Cu is 67% of the mass and Zn is 33%:

Cu: 310.665 g x 0.67 = 208.14555
Zn: 248.115 g x 0.33 = 81.878 g

e) The mass of the brass cylinder is:

208.14555 + 81.878 = 290.02 g; to two sig figs (which seems reasonable) the answer is 290 g

Problem #30: The density of osmium is 22.57 g/cm3. If a 1.00 kg rectangular block of osmium has two dimensions of 4.00 cm x 4.00 cm, calculate the third dimension of the block.

The solution is provided via video:

Find the Missing Dimension of a Block of Osmium

Problem #31: A 15.8 g object was placed into an open container that was full of ethanol. The object caused some ethanol to spill, then it was found that the container and its contents weighed 10.5 grams more than the container full of ethanol only. What is the density of the object?

Solution:

a) Let x = the mass of ethanol in the full, open container. Therefore:

x + 15.8 = the mass of the full container plus the object before any spilling.
x + 10.5 = the mass of the full container plus the object after it was dropped in.

Please note that the x + 10.5 is not the mass after some ethanol has spilled out. Notice that the problem says "10.5 grams more than the container full of ethanol only."

b) The difference is the mass of ethanol that spilled out:

(x + 15.8) - (x + 10.5) = 5.3 g

c) Determine the volume of 5.3 g of ethanol:

5.3 g / 0.789 g/mL = 6.72 mL

0.789 g/mL is the density of ethanol.

d) Determine the density of the object:

15.8 g / 6.72 mL = 2.35 g/mL

Since we will assume the object is solid, let us write the answer as 2.35 g/cm3


Problem #32: A sheet of aluminum foil measures 30.5 cm by 75.0 cm and has a mass of 9.94 g. What is the thickness of the foil?

Determine the thickness of aluminum foil. This is a similar problem done on video.

Problem #33: The mass of a gold nugget is 84.0 oz. What is its volume in cubic inches? (Density of gold: 19.31 g/cm3; 435.6 g = 1.00 pound; 16.0 oz = 1.00 pound; 16.387 cm3 = 1.00 in3)

Solution:

a) Convert 84.0 oz to grams:

84.0 oz times (1.00 pound/16.0 oz) = 5.25 pound

5.25 lb times (453.6 g/1.00 pound) = 2381.4 g

b) Determine volume of 2381.4 g of gold in cm3:

volume = 2381.4 g ÷ 19.31 g/cm3 = 123.3247 cm3 (kept some guard digits)

c) Convert cm3 to in3:

123.3247 cm3 times (1.00 in3/16.387 cm3) = 7.52 in3

This is the answer to the problem.

The 16.387 cm3 = 1.00 in3 is found as follows:

1) The cube to the right is 1.00 inch in each dimension,
making it one cubic inch (from 1.00 in x 1.00 in x 1.00 in).

2) One inch equals 2.54 cm.

3) The volume of the cube is therefore 2.54 cm x 2.54 cm x 2.54 cm,
which give a value only slightly larger than 16.387 cm3.


Problem #34: Gold can be hammered into extremely thin sheets called gold leaf. If a 204 mg piece of gold (density = 19.32 g/cm3) is hammered into a sheet measuring 2.4 feet by 1.0 feet, what is the average thickness of the sheet in meters?

Solution:

1) Determine the volume of gold present:

0.204 g / 19.32 g/cm3 = 0.010559 cm3

2) Convert cm3 to m3:

We know that 1 cm3 = 10¯6 m3, so:

0.010559 cm3 = 0.010559 x 10¯6 m3 = 1.0559 x 10¯8 m3

3) Convert 1.0 foot and 2.4 feet to meters:

1 foot = 0.3048 m; 2.4 feet = 0.73152 m

4) Solve for the missing dimension:

(0.3048 m) (0.73152 m) (x) = 1.0559 x 10¯8 m3

x = 4.73 x 10¯8 m

I used Google to make my conversions (type "convert 1 cubic centimeter to cubic meters" in the search box in Google and see what happens.)

Bonus question: How might the thickness be expressed without exponential notation, using an appropriate metric prefix?

This question does not seek this for an answer:

4.73 x 10¯8 m = 0.0000000473 m

What is means is to convert the meter value to a different named metric prefix, so that the numeric part is somewhere between 1 and 1000:

We see that the prefix nano- means 10¯9 m, so

4.73 x 10¯8 m = 47.3 nm


Problem #35: How long is a 22.0 gram piece of copper wire with a diameter of 0.250 millimeters? Density = 8.96 g/cm3

Solution:

1) Determine volume of wire:

22.0 g / 8.96 g/cm3 = 2.45536 cm3

2) Use the formula for volume of a cylinder:

V = πr2h

2.45536 cm3 = (3.14159) (0.0125 cm)2h

h = 5.00 x 103 cm

Note the radius in cm is used, not the diameter in mm.


Problem #36: How long is a copper wire with a diameter of 0.250 millimeters? The density of copper is 8.96 g/cm3 and the mass of the wire is 22.0 g.

Solution:

1) We know the following two equations:

D = m /V ---> where D is density, m is mass, V is volume

V = πr2L ---> V is volume, r is the radius, and L is the length of the wire.

2) Put them together:

  m
D = –––
  πr2L

3) Solve for L:

  m
L = –––
  πr2D

4) Since density uses cm, the radius must be in cm:

0.250 mm = 0.0250 cm, and the radius is 0.0125 cm

5) Solve for L:

  22.0 g
L = ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
  (3.14159) (0.0125 cm)2 (8.96 g/cm3)

L = 5002.0 cm

To three sig figs (and converted to meters), 50.0 m


Problem #37: A 12.0 cm long cylindrical glass tube, sealed at one end is filled with ethanol. The mass of ethanol needed to fill the tube is found to be 9.60 g. The density of ethanol is 0.789 g/mL. What is the inner diameter of the tube in centimeters?

Solution:

1) Determine the volume of ethanol:

9.60 g / 0.789 g/mL = 12.1673 mL

2) Use the formula for volume of a cylinder:

V = πr2h

12.1673 cm3 = (3.14159) (r2) (12.0 cm)

r2 = 0.322748

r = 0.568 cm

Note the change from mL to cm3


Problem #38: A 23.200 g sample of copper is hammered to make a uniform sheet of copper with a thickness of 0.100 mm. What is the area of this sheet in cm2 given the density of copper to be 8.96 g/cm3?

Solution:

1) Determine volume of Cu foil:

23.200 g / 8.96 g/cm3 = 2.5893 cm3

2) Determine area:

(area) times 0.0100 cm = 2.5893 cm3

area = 259 cm2 (to 3 sig figs)


Problem #39: A piece of copper foil has a mass of 4.924 g, a length of 3.62 cm, and a width of 3.02 cm Calculate the thickness in mm, assuming the foil has uniform thickness.

Solution:

1) Let us look up the density of copper on the Intertubes:

8.96 g/cm3

2) Calculate volume of copper foil:

4.924 g divided by 8.96 g/cm3 = 0.550 cm3

3) Calculate the missing dimension:

(3.62 cm) (3.02 cm) (x) = 0.550 cm3

x = 0.0503 cm

4) Convert cm to mm:

0.503 mm

Problem #40: A 50.00 g block of wood shows an apparent mass of 5.60 g when suspended in water at 20.0 °C water (the density of water at 20.0 °C is 0.99821 g/mL). What is the density of the block?

Solution:

1) calculate the apparent loss of mass:

50.00 g - 5.60 g = 44.40 g

2) Using Archimedes Principle:

"the buoyant force on a submerged object is equal to the weight of the fluid that is displaced by the object." Source

We determine that 44.40 g of water have been displaced.

3) Determine the volume of 44.40 g of water at 20.0 °C:

44.40 g divided by 0.99821 g/mL = 44.48 mL

4) Determine the density of the block:

50.00 g / 44.48 mL = 1.124 g/mL

Since densities of solid are generally reported in g/cm3 (amd 1 mL = 1 cm3), we report the final answer as:

1.124 g/cm3

Problem #41: What is the mass of a flask filled with acetone (d = 0.792 g/cm3) if the same flask filled with water (d = 1.000 g/cm3) weighs 75.20 gram? The empty flask weighs 49.74 g.

Solution:

1) Determine mass of water:

75.20 g - 49.74 g = 25.46 g

2) Determine volume of water:

25.46 g divided by 1.000 g/cm3 = 25.46 cm3

3) Determine mass of acetone:

25.46 cm3 times 0.792 g/cm3 = 20.16432 g

4) Determine mass of flask + acetone:

20.16432 g + 49.74 g = 69.90 g (to four sig figs)

Problem #42: A container is filled with water at 20.0 °C, just to an overflow spout. A cube of wood with edges of 1.00 in. is submerged so its upper face is just at the level of water in the container. When this is done, 10.8 mL of water is collected through the overflow spout. Calculate the density of the wood.

Solution:

1) By Archimedes Principle:

the wood block weighs 10.8 g

2) One cubic inch equals:

16.387 cm3

3) Calculate the density of the wood:

10.8 g / 16.387 cm3 = 0.659 g/cm3

Problem #43: A pycnometer is a device used to determine density. It weighs 20.578 g empty and 31.609 g when filled with water (density = 1.000 g/cm3). Some pieces of a metal are placed in the empty, dry pycnometer and the total mass is 44.184 g. Water is then added to exactly fill the pycnometer and the total mass is determined to be 54.115 g. What is the density of the metal?

Solution:

1) Determine mass of metal:

44.184 - 20.578 = 23.606 g

2) Determine mass, then volume of water to fill up pycnometer:

54.115 g - 44.184 g = 9.931 g

This mass of water is equal to 9.931 cm3

3) Determine volume of pycnometer:

31.609 g - 20.578 g = 11.031 g

The volume of the pycnometer is 11.031 cm3

4) Determine volume of metal:

11.031 cm3 - 9.931 cm3 = 1.100 cm3

5) Determine density of metal:

23.606 g / 1.100 cm3 = 21.460 g/cm3

Although the problem does not ask for the identity of the metal, the value determined is the density of platinum.


Problem #44: Vinaigrette salad dressing consists mainly of oil and vinegar. The density of olive oil is 0.918 g/mL, the density of vinegar is 1.006 g/mL, and the two do not mix. If a certain mixture of olive oil and vinegar has a total mass of 402.3 g and a total volume of 421.0 mL, what is the volume of oil and what is the volume of vinegar in the mixture?

Solution:

a1) first equation concerns the olive oil:

x/y = 0.918 g/mL

a2) second equation concerns the vinegar:

(402.3 - x) / (421.0 - y) = 1.006 g/mL

b) rearrange the olive oil equation:

x = 0.918y

c) substitute into the vinegar equation and solve for y:

(402.3 - 0.918y) / (421.0 - y) = 1.006

423.526 - 1.006y = 402.3 - 0.918y

21.226 = 0.088y

y = 241.2 mL (this is the volume of the olive oil)

d) solve for the volume of vinegar:

421.0 - 241.2 = 179.8 mL

This type of problem (with slightly different numbers), done as a video.


Problem #45: What is the radius of 0.663 g of copper wire (density = 8.96 g/cm3) that is 22.6 cm in length?

Solution:

1) Determine the volume of the wire:

Density = mass / volume

rearranging:

Volume = mass / density

V = 0.663 g / 8.96 g/cm3 = 0.0739955 cm3

2) Use the formula for volume of a cylinder to determine the radius:

V = πr2h

Rearranging:

  V
r2 = –––
  πh

  0.0739955 cm3
r2 = ––––––––––––––––––
  (3.14159) (22.6 cm)

r2 = 0.00104219 cm2

r = 0.0323 cm (to three sig figs)


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