# Pre-Lab 1: Measurement and Density

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1 Pre-Lab 1: Measurement and Density Name: Section: Answer the following questions after reading the background information on the next page. Be sure to use the correct number of significant figures in each answer. THIS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE LAB. 1. The length of a wooden cylinder is measured to be centimeters (cm). What is its length in inches (in)? 2. The volume of a 10 milliliter (ml) beaker is measured to be 15.3 ml. What is the volume in liters (L)? 3. The mass of a steel cylinder is grams (g). What is its mass in kilograms (kg)? 4. The length of a wooden cylinder is cm. The volume of a cylinder is = πr 2 h. If the length is equal to h and the radius of the cylinder is measured to be 1.00 cm. What is the volume of the wooden cylinder? 5. If the same wooden cylinder from question 4 has a mass of g. What is the density of the wooden cylinder? (Density = mass / volume) (units = g/ml) ~ 12 ~

3 Lab 1: Measurement and Density Objective: The objective of this experiment is to work on scientific math and proper use of conversion factors. Background Information: The important techniques that are presented in the lab will be understanding the difference between metric units and U.S. system, how to read scales on the measuring equipment, using conversion factors, using the correct number of significant figures in measurement and in calculations, and calculating density. Metric Units: The metric system is used in chemistry labs, in medicine, and in most of the world except in the U.S. The metric units for length are shown in the box below. Type of Measurement Metric Unit U.S system unit Length meter, m inch, feet, mile, etc. Volume liter, l cup, quart, gallon, etc. Mass grams, g ounce, pound Time Seconds, s seconds Temperature degrees Celsius, o C degrees Fahrenheit In order to show smaller or larger values in the metric system, prefixes are used. Some of the more common prefixes are shown in the table below. Prefix Symbol Meaning kilo k 1000 deci d 0.1 (1/10) centi c 0.01 (1/100) milli m (1/1000) The metric system is a decimal system in which measurements of each type are related by factors of 10. This is similar to the U.S. money system, in that you use the decimal system when you change U.S. dollars. 1 dime is the same as 10 cents or 1 cent is 1/10 of a dime. A dime and a cent are related by a factor of ten. If we used prefixes instead of dime and cents, a dime being 1/10 of a dollar or 0.1 dollar would be called a decidollar. A penny being 1/100 of a dollar or 0.01 dollar would be called a centidollar. This could work with larger bills as well. If you had a 1000 dollar bill, which is the same as having a 1000 one dollar bills, it would be called a kilodollar. ~ 14 ~

4 How to read scales on the measuring equipment: When using any measuring equipment in chemistry, there is always an uncertainty in the measured value. For example, you have the two rulers below in which you are measuring a stick of wood. a) b) In a), there are not as many divisions so you can only read the ones place, so in measuring the object you can say the object is between 5 and 6. You can estimate where the object is between 5 and 6, and you may say that it isn t quite half way so maybe 5.4. Another student may see it as halfway, so 5.5, both are acceptable estimates. Both of the measurements have 2 significant figures. In b), each number has ten divisions between them, giving a measurable tenths place. In measuring the object, you can see that it is still between 5 and 6, but now you can also use the smaller divisions to get a more accurate measure. Now you can see that the object is between 5.4 and 5.5, and you can estimate where between the lines it is. You may say this time that it is halfway, so the measurement will be Another student may get 5.44, both are good estimates. Both measurements have 3 significant figures. Make sure when doing your measurements in lab that you include this estimated value, since it affects how many significant figures you get. Conversion factors: In lab you will measure a wooden cylinder using a ruler that measures in centimeters (cm). In order to get to the American system unit of inches (in) you will need to use a conversion to change the cm units to in. This is done by first finding equality between inches and centimeters. In our textbook on page 24 in Table 1.11 we can see that under Metric-U.S cm is equal to 1 in. From that we can write two conversions cm or 1 in 1 in 2.54 cm ~ 15 ~

6 Metal Density (g/ml) Aluminum 2.70 Iron 7.86 Steel 7.80 Lead 11.3 Gold 19.3 Equipment List: Ruler 50 ml beaker 250 ml beaker 100 ml graduated cylinder Wooden cylinder Steel cylinder Unknown metal cylinder Procedure: Data: Have your report sheet handy to add answers as you do the lab. Obtain one of each of items in the equipment list. Measurement: length 1. Length of a Wooden cylinder. a. Use the ruler to measure the length of the wooden cylinder In centimeters (cm). b. Remember to include the uncertainty or estimated value. c. Record that value on the blank line. Include units. d. Record this value on your report sheet also. e. How many significant figures are in the measurement? f. Use the space below to convert your measurement from cm to inches (in). (Show all work) Record the final value on your report sheet. Include any observations you may have. ~ 17 ~

8 g. Use the space below to convert the mass from grams to kilograms (kg). (Show all work) Record the final value on your report sheet. Include any observations you may have. Density: 1. Wooden cylinder. a. Use the balance to get the mass of the wooden cylinder. b. Record the mass on the blank line. Include units. c. Record this value on your report sheet also. d. Rewrite the length of the wooden cylinder from procedure 1c above on the blank line. e. No need to rewrite this on the report sheet. f. This value for length will be the height in the volume calculation in the next step. g. Using the ruler, measure the diameter of the wooden cylinder in cm. h. Record this value on the blank line. Include units. i. Use the space below to calculate the volume of the wooden cylinder. (Show all work) Volume = πr 2 h Record the final value on the report sheet. ~ 19 ~

9 j. Use the space below to calculate the density of the wooden cylinder. (Show all work) Record the final value on the report sheet. Include any observations you may have. 2. Steel cylinder. a. Rewrite the mass of the steel cylinder from procedure 3d above on the blank line. b. Measure the length of the steel cylinder, in cm. c. Record this value on the blank line. Include units. d. Record this value on the report sheet also. e. Using the ruler, measure the diameter of the steel cylinder in cm. f. Record this value on the blank line. Include units. g. Use the space below to calculate the volume of the steel cylinder. (Show all work) Record the final value on the report sheet. h. Use the space below to calculate the density of the steel cylinder. (Show all work) Record the final value on the report sheet. Include any observations you may have. ~ 20 ~

10 3. Water a. Using a balance, weigh a dry 100 ml graduated cylinder. b. Record the value on the blank line. Include units. c. Place about ml of water in the graduated cylinder. d. Weigh the graduated cylinder and water. e. Record the mass on the blank line. Include units. f. To get the mass of the water. Take the mass of the graduated cylinder (3e) and water and subtract the mass of the dry graduated cylinder (3b). g. Record this value on the blank line. Include units. h. Record this value on the report sheet also. i. Place the graduated cylinder with water back on the table and measure the exact volume of water. j. Record this value on the blank line. Include units. k. Use the space below to calculate the density of water. (Show all work). Record the final value on the report sheet. Include any observations you may have. 4. Density of an Unknown metal. a. Use the balance to get the mass of the metal cylinder. b. Record the mass on the blank line. Include units. c. Record this value on your report sheet also. d. Measure the length of the metal cylinder in cm. e. Record the length on the blank line. Include units. f. Record this value on your report sheet also. g. Measure the diameter of the metal cylinder in cm. h. Record this value on the blank line. Include units. i. Use the space below to calculate the volume of the metal cylinder. (Show all work) Record the final value on the report sheet. ~ 21 ~

11 j. Use the space below to calculate the density of the metal cylinder. (Show all work) Record the final value on the report sheet. Record which metal the unknown is here and on your report sheet. Include any observations you may have. ~ 22 ~

13 Name: Partner(s): Measurement and Density Report Sheet Section: Measurement: 1. Length of Wooden cylinder (h): a) b) length (in): Show the calculation for b) here: 2. Volume of 50 ml beaker: a) b) volume (L): 3. Mass of a steel cylinder: a) a. mass (Kg): Density: 1. Wooden cylinder a ) mass: b) volume: Show the calculation for b) here: c) density: Show the Calculation for c) here: ~ 24 ~

14 2. Steel cylinder a ) mass: b) volume: c) density: 3. Water a ) mass: b) volume: c) density: 4. Unknown metal cylinder a ) mass: b) volume: c) density: d) unknown metal: ~ 25 ~

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