Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074



Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Carbon tetrachloride, CCI4, a common liquid compound, has a density of 1.58 g/cm3. If you place a piece of a plastic soda bottle (d = 1.37 g/cm3) and a piece ofaluminum (d= 2.70 g/cm3) in liquid CCI4, will the plastic and aluminum float or sink?

Interpretation Introduction


The density difference between the CCl4, plastic and aluminum has to be given.

Concept introduction:


Density can be defined as property that links mass of an object to its volume.  It derived quantity and its unit is gml-1 for liquids and gcm-3 for solid.  The density of material can be calculated with the help of formula,



General principle is that the substance with less dense floats over the denser liquid.  Here, the increasing order of density is, Plastic soda bottle < CCl4< Aluminum.

The density of aluminum is denser than CCl

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