Density of solids & liquids Honors Chemistry

background [prelab assignment (10 points) due at the begining of lab]

design / describe how to determine the density of a solid / liquid using a least-squares regression analysis, i.e. graphical data analysis

sketch a data table for your experimental measurements (i.e. review the purpose & content of your lab report)

msds on isopropanol (or isopropyl alcohol)


is there a difference in the density among the different coins ?

is there a difference in the density among the different liquids ?


new & old pennies (1982 "divides" old & new pennies), dimes

isopropyl alcohol, water;

graduated cylinder; balance; pipet


student design

data analysis

determine the density using least-squares analysis


Content of the lab report (30 points)

introduction (10 points)

how to determine density using graphical analysis

basis of least-squares analysis

data analysis (10 points)

determination of density of coins / liquids using least-squares analysis

discussion (10 points) 

statistics (include interpretation of p-value) to compare density among solids; denisty among liquids

does your results support / refute the known relative composition of new versus old pennies ?  elaborate.


lab activity source (examples):  site 1  &  site 2  [access 4 / 2009]