We are asked to determine if the pennies are made of pure copper by comparing the density with that of pure copper which is 8.96 g/cm3.
Density represents the mass of an object or compound within a given volume. When calculating for density, we use the following equation:
An experiment is performed to determine if pennies are made of pure copper. The mass of 11 pennies was measured on a balance and found to be 26.951 g. The volume was found by dropping the 11 pennies into a graduated cylinder initially containing 10.00 mL of water. The volume after the pennies were added was 12.90 mL.
If the density of pure copper at the same temperature is 8.96 g/cm3, are the pennies made of pure copper?
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