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Homework Help: What is the specific gravity?

  1. Sep 15, 2010 #1
    1. A Cube of lengths 5cm each. The cube weighs .54kg. What is its specific weight?

    2. Answers: A)6 g cm3 B)3 g cm3 C) 2.5 g cm3 D) 2 g cm3

    3. 5x5x5 = 125cm3 540g/125= 4.32 g cm3 which is none of the above. Could someone verify that I'm correct before I make an idiot of myself when I challenge the question setter?
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  3. Sep 15, 2010 #2
    I've found out by a process of deduction that the answer is supposed to be 2.5 gcm3.
    Is this wrong?
  4. Sep 15, 2010 #3


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    Specific gravity or specific weight?

    If sg - I would say your approach (giving 4.32) is correct. There are possible problems here, like sg being relative to something, not necessarily water - so it doesn't have to be identical to density.

    Answers given are strange, as units don't fit neither sg nor sw. Specific gravity should be unitles, specific weight units are N/m3 (more generally force/volume). g/cm3 is wrong - unless it is so called gram-force (9.8 mN) per cm3.
  5. Sep 15, 2010 #4
    In this case I believe it supposed to be water

    Thanks for the answer. It has confirmed my own conclusions...
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