Bulk Density: Definition & Calculation


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A sample of dried soil weighs 160 lb and has a total volume of 2 ft3. What is the bulk density of the soil?

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1. A sample of soil weighs 18 lb with a 20% water content, and the total volume of the sample is 0.2 ft3. What is the wet bulk density of the sample?

2. A soil sample has a mass of solids equal to 387.5 kg and a water content of 12%. What is the bulk density of the soil given that the volume of the sample is 0.25 m3?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can quickly measure what you know about bulk density and how to calculate it by answering a few questions in this short quiz/worksheet. You must have a full understanding of the formula and how to apply it to successfully complete this assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is designed to test your ability to do the following:

  • Understand the bulk density formula
  • Apply the formula to given problems

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what bulk density is
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems that measure bulk density
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to apply the bulk density formula as needed

Additional Learning

Get more of the dirt on this subject by referring to the lesson titled Bulk Density: Definition & Calculation. Details provided in this lesson include:

  • The equation used to calculate bulk density
  • The effect of compaction on bulk density
  • What particle density is