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/cm**^{3}.

**Density** represents the mass of an object or compound within a given volume. When** **calculating for density, we use the following *equation*:

$\overline{){\mathbf{density}}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{\mathbf{mass}}{\mathbf{volume}}}$

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/cm^{3}, are the pennies made of pure copper?