# Sci6 C3 L1 Student Page Mass versus Volume

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Name ______________________________

Mass versus Volume Data Sheet                                       Date _______________________________
Essential Questions                            Vocabulary                       Objectives
1. How can we use physical properties to       density, matter, volume, mass,   1. Compare and contrast the density of five objects.
identify matter?                           g/ml, molecules
2. How does the density of different objects
compare?

1. Prediction:
Rank the five containers of substances from greatest to least in density:

_________ _________ _________ _________ _________
(Greatest)                                (Least)

2. Data Table

RED        YELLOW                GREEN                 BLUE               BLANK

Mass (g)

Volume (mL)

3. Rank the five containers again based on your data, from greatest to least in density.

_________ _________ _________ _________ _________
(Greatest)                                (Least)

4. Was your prediction correct? Explain.

5. How do the containers compare in volume?

6. Explain how containers with equal volumes can have different masses.

7. How does this relate to the box of feathers versus the box of lead?

8. If the volumes of the objects were different, could you still rank their density by looking at the mass?
Explain why or why not.
Mass versus Volume Rules and Procedures

RULES:
 You MAY NOT open up any of the containers
 You MUST stay in your seat and with your group during the activity
 Handle the triple beam balance CAREFULLY and NEVER grab it by the pan or the riders.
 Make sure the triple beam balance is at 0 before measuring. Move the knob under the
pan to calibrate it. (away from you moves the line up, towards you moves the line
down)
 CLEAN UP after yourself. Be careful when measuring, and if you spill, clean it up!

PROCEDURES:
1. Without opening them, observe the five containers. You may lift them up and feel their
weight.
2. Rank the five containers from greatest to least in density in the “Prediction” section of
3. Measure the mass of the empty container using the triple beam balance and record on
4. Measure the masses of the other five containers and record on your data sheet.
5. Pour water into the empty container until it is full. Pour that amount into a graduated
cylinder. Measure the volume of the water and record for all of the containers in your
chart.
6. Density is the amount of mass in a given volume. If the volume is the same for all of the
objects, the more mass the object has, the greater the density.
7. Rank the density of the five containers again under your data table.
8. Completely clean up your area, hand your tray to the teacher and begin working on the
conclusion questions. Finish for homework if necessary.

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