How to determine if a liquid is water?

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gsenviro eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We can use the physical properties of water such as density, melting point and boiling point, etc to determine if a liquid is water. Water has a density of 1 gm/cm^3 or 1000 kg/m^3. We can measure the mass of one cm^3 or 1 m^3 of the unknown liquid and check against the mass of equivalent volume of water. Water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius and converts back to liquid state, when the temperature increases from 0 degree Celsius. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius and converts to gas phase (water vapors). If the unknown liquid freezes at 0 degrees Celsius and boils at 100 degrees Celsius and converts to gas phase, then we can check it for further similarities with water (such as ability to extinguish fire, etc.).

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