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Q:
What is the density of Flour? How would I Find it?
- Anonymous
Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge La Us
A:
The density of flour would depend on what type of flour it is and how tightly it's been packed. To find out the density, you need to take a bunch of flour and figure out how much it weighs and how much space it takes up (the volume). (It might be easiest measure how many liters it fills - 1 liter = 1000 cubic centimeters.) Take the weight and divide it by the volume and you'll have the density.

-Tamara

(republished on 07/18/06)

Follow-Up #1: density of flour

Q:
the answer is wrong as flour will contain air in it so with this method you are calculating the density of a mixture of flour and air so you need to press the flour to remove the air and then do the steps mentione in the first answer
- mh (age 30)
germany
A:
You don't really disagree with Tamara, who already pointed out that the density depends on how tightly the flour is packed. You can either define the density to include the whole air-flour mixture (as Tamara does) or to include only the compressed flour (as you do.)

Mike W.

(published on 08/22/08)

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