Mercury Compared to Water

Mercury Compared to Water

This is going to be a short post because I’ll be comparing Mercury to Water. I’ll be trying to find out why mercury is 14 times denser than water:

I poured all of my mercury into a petri dish and I have 22.70 grams of it. So I added the same weight of water into a petri dish and weighed it.

And after that, I pour the mercury and water into beakers to measure them.

There are 1.6 ml of mercury and 22 ml of water. That explains why mercury is 14 times denser than water (22 ÷ 1.6 = 13.75 ≈ 14).

Here are some more comparisons:

 Mercury  Water
Color  Metalic Silver  Clear/Transparent
Density  13.534 g/cm3  1 g/cm3
Conductivity  High  Medium
Toxicity  High  None

 

9 Replies to “Mercury Compared to Water”

  1. You’re welcome. 🙂
    Sorry I missed it earlier – I don’t Blog every day.

  2. This may be a simple experiment but it clearly demonstrates the different densities. Well done. 🙂

  3. Thank you Dan!

  4. Fascinating it is so nice to have you back to blogging! I love your posts!

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