Penny And Dime Lab Report

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In this week’s lab we had to determine the density of a quarter, penny, and dime. My question was “How does is each coin?” Density is the amount of mass in an object. To find the density of each coin in this lab, we used a triple beam balance to find each coin’s mass and a graduated cylinder to find their volumes. With all this information, I can now form a hypothesis. My first hypothesis is if I put a quarter in a graduated cylinder and get the volume and weigh it, then it will have the greatest density. If I put a dime in a graduated cylinder and get the volume and weigh it, then it’s density will be between the quarter and the penny. And finally, if I put a penny in a graduated cylinder and get the volume and weigh it, then it will have the lowest density out of the three coins. In almost every experiment, there’s an independent and dependent variable, a constant, and a control group. The independent variable in this lab was the coins. The dependent variable was the density. The constant was the amount of water. In this lab, there was no control group .…show more content…
To find the density of the three coins, I followed a short and simple procedure. First, I used the triple beam balance to find the mass of each coin to the nearest tenth of a gram. Next, I filled the graduated cylinder with 50 mL of water. Then I put the quarter in the graduated cylinder. In my data table, I recorded the volume of the quarter and the the water in the graduated cylinder. Next, I removed the water and the quarter from the graduated cylinder and poured 50 mL of water again. I repeated this until I got results for all three coins. To find the volume of each coin, the formula I used was volume of water and coin - initial volume of water ( 50 mL ). To find the density, I divided the mass and the volume of each

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