Why iron floats on mercury?

In which liquid the iron can float ? In any shape.

Iron can also float in a liquid.

The biggest fear comes to my mind while traveling in a boat is that , if it sunk ?


A small hole in the boat can make it to sink. When ever we think about iron and a liquid, we simply think that it will easily sink.

When we come across iron bar or solid iron , we think it will easily sink.

Sinking and floating simply depends upon the density of the substance. The substances which are less dense , float .

And the substances that are more dense , they sink.

So if we see the iron is floating , it means the liquid has to be more dense than that of iron.

Mercury is the element whose density is higher than that of iron. So if we dip iron in mercury, the iron will float in it.


Published by Ankush Sharma

I am M.Sc (chemistry ) from Punjabi University Patiala. I am a science teacher with expertise in chemistry, with 8 years of experience in teaching. Writing and blogging is my hobby, I write whenever I am free. I am constantly working on creating a new and easy way of learning the tough things in an effective way. I am constantly working to make authentic and reliable information to be shared with my students and widen the horizons of knowledge.

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