Mineral Density & Specific Gravity: Definition and Properties


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Which of the following units are used in expressions of mineral density?

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1. Why does gold have a specific gravity greater than that of galena?

2. Consider a sample with a mass of 250 grams. Calculate the density of the sample if it displaces 100 cc of water.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the properties of mineral density and specific gravity. It will mainly focus on how to identify minerals. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the units used in mineral density as well as knowing the substance that has a specific gravity greater than galena.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will need to review the following:

  • Units used in mineral density
  • What has a specific gravity greater than galena
  • Calculating density
  • Calculating specific gravity
  • Mineral having the greatest density

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the units used in mineral density and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what has a specific gravity greater than galena
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve density and specific gravity problems

Additional Learning

Read the lesson called Mineral Density & Specific Gravity: Definition and Properties for more information. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand how to identify minerals
  • Identify the mass of a certain volume of a sample
  • Explain what the specific gravity of a substance involves
  • Describe how to calculate the density of an object
  • Appreciate how to measure the specific gravity of elements