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CBSE - IX - Chemistry - Matter in Our Surroundings

why ice floats on water ?[as we know it has more density than water then it has to sink}

Asked by Aadya Ambastha 15th September 2013, 1:29 PM
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As the volume of a substance increases, its density decreases.

Though ice is a solid, it has large number of empty spaces between its particles. These spaces are larger as compared to the spaces present between the particles of water. Thus, the volume of ice is greater than that of water. Hence, the density of ice is less than that of water. A substance with lower density than water can float on water. Therefore, ice floats on water.

Answered by Expert 16th September 2013, 11:00 AM

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