Skip to content

Help Zone

Student Question

Secondary III • 9mo.

Hi, how come oil floats on the water? Thank you for explaining this to me 🙂

Science
avatar
avatar

{t c="richEditor.description.title"} {t c="richEditor.description.paragraphMenu"} {t c="richEditor.description.inlineMenu"} {t c="richEditor.description.embed"}

Explanations (1)

  • Explanation from Alloprof

    Explanation from Alloprof

    This Explanation was submitted by a member of the Alloprof team.

    Options
    Team Alloprof • 9mo.

    Hello Sweet Crocodile!

    This phenomenon can be explained by the difference in density between these two substances.

    Density is the ratio of the mass of a substance for a given volume. In this case, oil has a lower density than water. Since oil is lighter, it sticks to the surface, while water, which is more dense, will end up at the bottom.

    Don’t hesitate to ask other questions!