Each body has a certain mass and a volume also. The volume occupied by increases, if its mass is increased. it is found that for:
Equal masses of different substances have different volumes. For example, the volume of cotton is much larger than the volume of an equal mass of lead. This is because the particles of lead are closely packed while those of the cotton are very loosely packed. In other words, lead is denser than the cotton.
Equal volumes of different substances have different masses. For example, the mass of iron is much more than the mass of an equal volume of wood. This is because the particles of iron are more closely packed than those of the wood. to other words, iron is denser than wood.
Thus to explain that equal volumes of (different substances have different masses or equal masses of different substances have different volumes, we use a term called density. It is defined as follows
The density of a substance is its represented by the symbol d.
If mass of a substance is M and its volume is V, its density will be d = M/V.
Unit of Density
In the S.I. system, unit of mass is kg and unit of volume is m3, so S.I. unit of density is kg m-3.
In C.G.S. system unit of mass is g and unit of volume is cm3, so CGS unit of density is g cm-3 (gram per cubic centimetre).
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