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Looking At Density From Different Perspectives

by: Linda Peterson-Chin and Donna R. Sterling

All too often middle school students equate density with one object simply being "heavier" than another. Even if students are able to accurately calculate the density of an object, that doesn't necessarily mean that they fully understand the concept of density as the ratio of mass to volume. To help change this misconception and more fully develop the idea of density, students can explore the concept from five different perspectives, which are outlined in this article.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 4/1/2004Stock # ss04_027_07_16Volume 027Issue 07

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