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Density of Liquids

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students in small groups will determine the density of liquids.

Main Curriculum Tie:
SEEd - Grade 8 (2017)
Strand 8.1: Matter and energy interact in the physical world 8.1.2

Obtain information about various properties of matter, evaluate how different materialsí properties allow them to be used for particular functions in society and communicate your findings. Emphasize general properties of matter. Examples could include color, density, flammability, hardness, malleability, odor, ability to rust, solubility, state, or the ability to react with water.


  • salt water
  • corn syrup
  • alcohol
  • water
  • oil
  • graduate
  • balance
  • calculator
  • worksheet


Student Prior Knowledge:
Density, averaging, experimental and measuring procedures.

Instructional Procedures:
Special teacher procedures, safety notes, and suggestions:

  1. Mass your graduate. (empty)
  2. Add 25 ml of the liquid. You could use smaller or larger amounts depending upon the size of your graduated cylinders.
  3. Mass again. Subtract. Clean out the graduated cylinders between each liquid.
  4. Repeat for all liquids.

Assessment Plan:
Check for understanding of the idea of density for liquids. Check for other variables that may have entered into the experiment

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Sep 30 2014 08:48 AM