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The mass density or density of a material is its mass per unit volume. The symbol most often used for density is ρ (the lower case Greek letter rho). Mathematically, density is defined as mass divided by volume:
where ρ is the density, m is the mass, and V is the volume. In some cases (for instance, in the United States oil and gas industry), density is also defined as its weight per unit volume,^{[1]} although this quantity is more properly called specific weight.
Different materials usually have different densities, so density is an important concept regarding buoyancy, purity and packaging. Osmium and iridium are the densest known elements at standard conditions for temperature and pressure but not the densest materials.^{[which?]}
Less dense fluids float on more dense fluids if they do not mix. This concept can be extended, with some care, to less dense solids floating on more dense fluids. If the average density (including any air below the waterline) of an object is less than water it will float in water and if it is more than water's it will sink in water.
In some cases density is expressed as the dimensionless quantities specific gravity or relative density, in which case it is expressed in multiples of the density of some other standard material, usually water or air/gas. (For example, a specific gravity less than one means that the substance floats in water.)
The mass density of a material varies with temperature and pressure. (The variance is typically small for solids and liquids and much greater for gasses.) Increasing the pressure on an object decreases the volume of the object and therefore increase its density. Increasing the temperature of a substance (with some exceptions) decreases its density by increasing the volume of that substance. In most materials, heating the bottom of a fluid results in convection of the heat from bottom to top of the fluid due to the decrease of the density of the heated fluid. This causes it to rise relative to more dense unheated material.
The reciprocal of the density of a substance is called its specific volume, a representation commonly used in thermodynamics. Density is an intensive property in that increasing the amount of a substance does not increase its density; rather it increases its mass.
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In a wellknown but probably apocryphal tale, Archimedes was given the task of determining whether King Hiero's goldsmith was embezzling gold during the manufacture of a golden wreath dedicated to the gods and replacing it with another, cheaper alloy.^{[2]} Archimedes knew that the irregularly shaped wreath could be crushed into a cube whose volume could be calculated easily and compared with the mass; but the king did not approve of this. Baffled, Archimedes took a relaxing immersion bath and observed from the rise of the water upon entering that he could calculate the volume of the gold wreath through the displacement of the water. Upon this discovery, he leaped from his bath and went running naked through the streets shouting, "Eureka! Eureka!" (Εύρηκα! Greek "I found it"). As a result, the term "eureka" entered common parlance and is used today to indicate a moment of enlightenment.
The story first appeared in written form in Vitruvius' books of architecture, two centuries after it supposedly took place.^{[3]} Some scholars have doubted the accuracy of this tale, saying among other things that the method would have required precise measurements that would have been difficult to make at the time.^{[4]}^{[5]}
From the equation for density (ρ = m / V), mass density must have units of a unit of mass per unit of volume. As there are many units of mass and volume covering many different magnitudes there are a large number of units for mass density in use. The SI unit of kilogram per cubic metre (kg/m^{3}) and the cgs unit of gram per cubic centimetre (g/cm^{3}) are probably the most common used units for density. (The cubic centimeter can be alternately called a millilitre or a cc.) 1,000 kg/m^{3} equals one g/cm^{3}. In industry, other larger or smaller units of mass and or volume are often more practical and US customary units may be used. See below for a list of some of the most common units of density. Further, density may be expressed in terms of weight density (the weight of the material per unit volume) or as a ratio of the density with the density of a common material such as air or water.
The density at any point of a homogeneous object equals its total mass divided by its total volume. The mass is normally measured with an appropriate scale or balance; the volume may be measured directly (from the geometry of the object) or by the displacement of a fluid. For determining the density of a liquid or a gas, a hydrometer or dasymeter may be used, respectively. Similarly, hydrostatic weighing uses the displacement of water due to a submerged object to determine the density of the object.
If the body is not homogeneous, then the density is a function of the position. In that case the density around any given location is determined by calculating the density of a small volume around that location. In the limit of an infinitesimal volume the density of an inhomogeneous object at a point becomes: ρ(r) = dm/dV, where dV is an elementary volume at position r. The mass of the body then can be expressed as
The density of granular material can be ambiguous, depending on exactly how its volume is defined, and this may cause confusion in measurement. A common example is sand: if it is gently poured into a container, the density will be low; if the same sand is then compacted, it will occupy less volume and consequently exhibit a greater density. This is because sand, like all powders and granular solids, contains a lot of air space in between individual grains. The density of the material including the air spaces is the bulk density, which differs significantly from the density of an individual grain of sand with no air included.
In general, density can be changed by changing either the pressure or the temperature. Increasing the pressure always increases the density of a material. Increasing the temperature generally decreases the density, but there are notable exceptions to this generalization. For example, the density of water increases between its melting point at 0 °C and 4 °C; similar behavior is observed in silicon at low temperatures.
The effect of pressure and temperature on the densities of liquids and solids is small. The compressibility for a typical liquid or solid is 10^{−6} bar^{−1} (1 bar = 0.1 MPa) and a typical thermal expansivity is 10^{−5} K^{−1}. This roughly translates into needing around ten thousand times atmospheric pressure to reduce the volume of a substance by one percent. (Although the pressures needed may be around a thousand times smaller for sandy soil and some clays.) A one percent expansion of volume typically requires a temperature increase on the order of thousands of degrees Celsius.
In contrast, the density of gases is strongly affected by pressure. The density of an ideal gas is
where M is the molar mass, P is the pressure, R is the universal gas constant, and T is the absolute temperature. This means that the density of an ideal gas can be doubled by doubling the pressure, or by halving the absolute temperature.
In the case of volumic thermal expansion at constant pressure and small intervals of temperature the dependence of temperature of density is :
where is the density at a reference temperature, is the thermal expansion coefficient of the material.
Temp (°C)  Density (kg/m^{3}) 

100  958.4 
80  971.8 
60  983.2 
40  992.2 
30  995.6502 
25  997.0479 
22  997.7735 
20  998.2071 
15  999.1026 
10  999.7026 
4  999.9720 
0  999.8395 
−10  998.117 
−20  993.547 
−30  983.854 
The values below 0 °C refer to supercooled water. 
T (°C)  ρ (kg/m^{3}) 

−25  1.423 
−20  1.395 
−15  1.368 
−10  1.342 
−5  1.316 
0  1.293 
5  1.269 
10  1.247 
15  1.225 
20  1.204 
25  1.184 
30  1.164 
35  1.146 
The density of a solution is the sum of mass (massic) concentrations of the components of that solution.
Mass (massic) concentration of each given component ρ_{i} in a solution sums to density of the solution.
Expressed as a function of the densities of pure components of the mixture and their volume participation, it reads:
Unless otherwise noted, all densities given are at standard conditions for temperature and pressure.
Material  ρ (kg/m^{3})  Notes 

Air  1.2  At sea level 
Aerographite  0.2  *^{[6]}^{[7]} 
Metallic microlattice  0.9  * 
Aerogel  1.0  * 
Styrofoam  75  Approx.^{[8]} 
liquid hydrogen  70  At ~ 255°C 
Cork  240  Approx.^{[8]} 
Lithium  535  
Wood  700  Seasoned, typical^{[9]}^{[10]} 
Potassium  860  ^{[11]} 
Sodium  970  
Ice  916.7  At temperature < 0°C 
Water (fresh)  1,000  
Water (salt)  1,030  
Plastics  1,175  Approx.; for polypropylene and PETE/PVC 
Tetrachloroethene  1,622  
Magnesium  1,740  
Beryllium  1,850  
Glycerol  1,261  ^{[12]} 
Silicon  2,330  
Aluminium  2,700  
Diiodomethane  3,325  liquid at room temperature 
Diamond  3,500  
Titanium  4,540  
Selenium  4,800  
Vanadium  6,100  
Antimony  6,690  
Zinc  7,000  
Chromium  7,200  
Manganese  7,325  Approx. 
Tin  7,310  
Iron  7,870  
Niobium  8,570  
Cadmium  8,650  
Cobalt  8,900  
Nickel  8,900  
Copper  8,940  
Bismuth  9,750  
Molybdenum  10,220  
Silver  10,500  
Lead  11,340  
Thorium  11,700  
Rhodium  12,410  
Mercury  13,546  
Tantalum  16,600  
Uranium  18,800  
Tungsten  19,300  
Gold  19,320  
Plutonium  19,840  
Platinum  21,450  
Iridium  22,420  
Osmium  22,570 
Entity  ρ (kg/m^{3})  Notes 

Interstellar medium  10E20  Assuming 90% H, 10% He; variable T 
The Earth  5,515.3  Mean density 
The Inner Core of the Earth  13,000  Approx.; as listed in Earth 
White dwarf star  10E+8  Approx.^{[13]} 
Neutron star  10E+17  
Atomic nuclei  2.3E+17  Does not depend strongly on size of nucleus^{[14]} 
Black hole  4E+17  Mean density inside the Schwarzschild radius of an Earthmass black hole (theoretical) 
The SI unit for density is:
Litres and metric tons are not part of the SI, but are acceptable for use with it, leading to the following units:
Densities using the following metric units all have exactly the same numerical value, one thousandth of the value in (kg/m^{3}). Liquid water has a density of about 1 kg/dm^{3}, making any of these SI units numerically convenient to use as most solids and liquids have densities between 0.1 and 20 kg/dm^{3}.
In US customary units density can be stated in:
Imperial units differing from the above (as the Imperial gallon and bushel differ from the US units) in practice are rarely used, though found in older documents. The density of precious metals could conceivably be based on Troy ounces and pounds, a possible cause of confusion.
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