# Instrinsic and Extrinsic Density Lab

```Intrinsic and Extrinsic Properties of Matter Lab
Background: Now that we have become experts of the phases of matter and density, we need to take it
one step further! Properties of matter fall into 2 categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. An intrinsic
property is a property that does NOT change when you change the amount of matter. A good example is
color. If you have a red piece of paper and cut the paper in half, it is still red. Intrinsic properties are
independent of the amount of matter. An Extrinsic property is a property that DOES change with the
amount of matter. A good example is mass. If you have a brick and cut it in half, the mass changes.
Objective: Today you will examine density and determine if density is an intrinsic or extrinsic property.
Materials:
Metal Shot (different metals Copper, Iron, Zinc)
Electronic Balance
Pre Lab Questions:
1. What is an intrinsic property—say it in your own words. List 3 examples.
2. What is an extrinsic property—say it in your own words. List 3 examples.
3. What 2 measurements are needed to determine density? What will you use to get these
measurements?
4. What is the density of a piece of metal that has a mass of 5 grams and a volume of 10 mls? Include
units.
5. Do you think that density is intrinsic or extrinsic? Explain.
6. If density is intrinsic, what should be true about different pieces of the same type of metal?
Directions: Take 3 pieces of each of the metals and figure out their densities. Use the densities to
determine if density is an intrinsic or extrinsic property.
Metal Type
Mass grams
Volume mls
Post Lab.
1. What did you determine about the densities of metal 1?
2. What did you determine about the densities of metal 2?
3. What did you determine about the densities of metal 3?