Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Matter and Measurement - Exercises: 1.31a


density= .856 g/mL The substance is toulene

Work Step by Step

This question is basically a density problem. We are given the mass (38.5 grams) and the volume (45 mL) and told to find the density. To do this, we use the density formula, which is density=mass/volume. When we solve, we get a density of .856 g/mL. Now we have to identify whether the substance is toulene (which has a density of .866 g/mL) or isopropyl alcohol (with a density of .785 g/mL). Since our experimental density is closer to that of toulene, we can assume our substance is toulene.
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