If element A floats when placed in element B what can you deduce about the elements?

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Dec 29, 2016

Answer:

#"(i) that element A is less dense than element B"#.............and given room temperature and pressure.........

Explanation:

#"(ii) that element B is probably mercury."#

There are not that many elemental liquids; there is mercury, and there is also bromine, #Br_2#. Since bromine is one of the most corrosive substances you can find in a lab, I doubt you would be doing experiments with this noxious substance. You really wouldn't do experiments with mercury either, but it's just possible. Most elements placed in a dish of mercury would float.

Mercury metal has all but disappeared from teaching laboratories. Bromine would be kept under lock and key in a fumehood.