The density of ice

Description

Ice cubes are floated on cooking oil and students observe what happens to the liquid water produced as the ice melts and the density changes.

Credits

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Apparatus Chemicals

Measuring cylinder (1 dm3) (Note 1)

Flexi-cam, webcam or similar to display magnified image of events on suitable screen, if available

Water, 400 cm3

Ice cubes (Note 2)

Cooking oil, 400 cm3, e.g. pure vegetable oil

Refer to Health & Safety and Technical notes section below for additional information.

 



 




Page last updated October 2015

Ice cubes are floated on cooking oil and students observe what happens to the liquid water produced as the ice melts and the density changes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology.