A thermometer containing 7.8 g of mercury has broken. If mercury a density of 13.6 g/mL, what volume spilled?

1 Answer
Jan 20, 2017

Answer:

Approx. #1/2*mL#......

Explanation:

#"Density,"# #rho# #=# #"Mass"/"Volume"#.

And thus, #"Volume"# #=# #"Mass"/rho=(7.6*g)/(13.6*g*mL^-1)#.

This is dimensionally consistent as #cancelg/(cancelg*mL^-1)#

#=1/(mL^-1)=1/(1/(mL))=mL#, and thus we get an answer with units of volume as required.