# An Astronomer's Discovery: Calculating the Density of a Meteorite

## Calculating the Density of a Meteorite

An astronomer finds that a meteorite sample has a mass of **15.6 g** along with an apparent mass of **9.2 g** when submerged in water. To find the density of the meteorite, we can use the formula for density:

**Density = Mass / Volume**

## Answer:

**Density of meteorite = 2.44 g/cm³**

**Explanation:**

Apparent mass = Mass of solid - Mass of water displaced

Mass of water displaced = Mass of solid - Apparent mass

= 15.6 - 9.2 = 6.4 g

Density of water = 1 g/cm³

Volume of water displaced = 1 x 6.4 = 6.4 cm³

Volume of meteorite = Volume of water displaced = 6.4 cm³

*Density of meteorite = Mass of meteorite / Volume of meteorite*

= 15.6 / 6.4 = 2.44 g/cm³

Density of meteorite = 2.44 g/cm³

What is the density of the meteorite sample found by the astronomer? The density of the meteorite sample found by the astronomer is 2.44 g/cm³.