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Actvity Summary: Students will be able to calculate the density of samples from a single core, determine the relationship between density and depth in a given core, and measure, calculate, and compare continental rock samples.

Certain properties of a substance are both distinctive and relatively easy to determine. Density, the ratio between a sample’s mass and volume at a specific temperature and pressure (like standard ambient temperature and pressure), is one such property. Regardless of the size of a sample, the density of a substance will always remain the same. The density of a rock sample can, therefore, be used in the identification process.


  • Standard B: Science as inquiry
  • Standard E: Earth and space science

  • Analyzing and interpreting data