Density Cubes - Six Metals

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Students identify each metal cube by determining its density.

Description

Students identify each metal cube by determining its density. This classic lab is now available with extra large (easy-to-measure) 2.5 cm cubes of six different metals. Each set includes one cube each: aluminum, brass, copper, iron, lead, and zinc. Plus, students can use the density of the samples to calculate the purity!

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5 reviews
A must when teaching density!
Feb 9, 2019
I absolutely love the density cubes for teaching both density and metals on the periodic table. Students can determine densities by geometric measurement and also compare the different masses. I like to have students estimate lightest to heaviest with the cubes. After they determine densities we compare their locations on the periodic table. It brings great discussion on atomic size and atomic heaviness..
Chemical Kim

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Metal Cubes
Jul 16, 2014
I am looking forward using them in class when we discuss density, conduction, and specific heat.
sc greene

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More than density Cubes
May 29, 2012
These blocks are great for density labs but they can also be used when teaching moles. Students can mass the blocks and determine the number of moles. This is a good visual to relate molar mass to number of moles as there are seceral cubes identical in size but varying in number of moles. I have three sets and wish I had more. It will work with three sets split and set up in stations.
Victoria Hornik-Rosinski

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Use this set first
May 22, 2012
I bought sets of these metal cubes for each of the campuses that I provide science staff development. They are a fabulous way to introduce density because students (and some adults) equate density with size or mass, not the relationship between them. I use these to create a discrepant event by showing students that they are all the same size and made of metal, and then ask them to predict the mass - all cubes the same or different. The discussions around density are fabulous. Now if Educational Innovations would sell a set of the same metals with all the same mass...
Claire Hodgin

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Love IT
May 16, 2012
I absolutely loved these for my 6th grade science class. It takes the concept of mass and volume and how they relate to density to a whole new level! It's a great visual for the students to see that it's all about the amount of matter in an object that can be a determination of the density of an object.
C. Davis

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NGSS

This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.

 Elementary Middle School High School 2-PS1-1 Students can use the Density Cubes in an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. 2-PS1-2 Students can analyze data obtained from testing the Density Cubes to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. 5-PS1-1 Students can use the Density Cubes in an investigation to develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. 5-PS1-3 Students can make observations and measurements of the Density Cubes to identify materials based on their properties. MS-PS1-1 Students can use the Density Cubes in an investigation to develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. HS-PS1-1 Students can use the Density Cubes in an investigation to predict properties of elements. Students can use the Periodic Table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms. HS-PS2-6 Students can use the Density Cubes in an investigation to communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.

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Students can use the Density Cubes in a variety of investigations to make sense of the subatomic structure of matter (metals) and how that relates to its properties. Secondary students can do the math (detailed lesson plan on website) to determine the density of each of the six different samples.

* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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