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Which is denser,cotton or gold?Which is heavier:1 cm^3 of cotton or 1 cm^3 of...

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sexymama1267 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM via web

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Which is denser,cotton or gold?Which is heavier:1 cm^3 of cotton or 1 cm^3 of gold?

tells which one is denser cotton or gold?


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techie4ever | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM (Answer #1)

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The density of cotton is 1.540 g/cm^3.  This means that each cubic centimeter of cotton weighs 1.540 g.

The density of gold is 19.650 g/cm^3.  This means that every cubic centimeter of gold weighs 19.650 g.

Conclusion:  Gold is denser than cotton and a cubic centimeter of gold is 13 times heavier than the same volume of cotton.

note: links show physical property charts for gold and cotton.


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jerichorayel | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM (Answer #2)

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Density can be described as the amount in mass of a substance that can occupy acertain volume. Which means that the more compact an object is the denser it is. 

If you observe the structures of cotton and gold, you can see that cotton is loose while gold is compact. With this we can conclude that gold is denser than cotton.

We can conclude that the denser it is the more substance it contains on a specific volume. 1cm^3 of gold is heavier than 1cm^3 of cotton because there more gold that can be placed in a 1cm^3 comtainer than cotton.

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