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Q & A: Density of ice

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Most recent answer: 06/26/2013
Q:
I'm wondering. Why does an ice cube floating on the water even though they have the same density?
- suraya (age 16)
Sarawak, Malaysia
A:

Your premise is incorrect.   The density of water at 0o C is 0.9998 grams per cubic centimeter.

The density of ice at the same temperature is 0.9167 grams per cubic centimeter.  Ergo, it floats.

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(published on 06/26/2013)

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