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At 20 degrees C ethanol has a density of 0.789 g/ml and H2O has a density of 1.0 g/ml. What is the % by volume of ethanol of a solution made by adding 50g of ethanol with 50g of H2O?

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    Use density = mass x volume to convert 50 g ethanol to volume and to convert 50.0 g H2O to volume.
    %ethanol v/v = (volume ethanol/total volume)*100 = ?

  • Chemistry - ,

    i thought that density = m/v?

    i've done the math and i think you are right because based on the above formula my answer is 126.74%
    However, i don't understand why if the density formula is as you stated?

    1/50 = .02, 1/.789 = .01578

    (0.01578/0.02) x 100 = 78.9%

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