• Question: What is the condition needed for a solid to float in a liquid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol

    Asked by niamh to Enda, Jean, Tim on 22 Nov 2012.
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      Jean Bourke answered on 22 Nov 2012:

      Something will float on a liquid if it is less dense than the liquid. That is why wood floats on water. Mercury is a very heavy element and is liquid at room temperature. Steel will float on mercury.

      Density is weight per area, and that is what matters not the absolute weight