density of metals

What Is The Density Of Metals? 

You all know that metals are really dense but can you tell me the actual figure for the density of metals? Don’t worry, we will tell you all the possible densities of different metals in detail. First of all, you must know what metals are and why they are called metals. So, metal is any of a class of substances characterized by a high electrical and thermal conductivity as well as by malleability, ductility, and high reflectivity of light. Metals are separated from non-metals according to their properties such as high melting points, good conductors of heat and electricity, high density, malleable, and ductile. The interesting thing about metals is that they all are solid in-state at room temperature but the only exception is Mercury, which is liquid at room temperature. Let’s know the density of metals.   

What Is The Density Of Metals?

The density of metals is not fixed and it varies as per the metal. For example, the density of iron is 7.874 g/cc, the density of tin is 7.31 g/cc, the density of Manganese is 7.43 g/cc, the density of Samarium is 7.52 g/cc, etc. so, you can say that different metals have different densities, and the density difference between some metals is huge. There are a total of 94 metals listed on the periodic table, but none of them has the same density. The metal density can be calculated in several units. Due to there being so many metals, to know their densities you need to go through the density of metals chart. In this chart, the density of metals g/cm3 is given. So, here is the density of metals chart g/cm3.  

Name Of Metal Density of Metal in g/cm3 
Actinium 10
Aluminium 2.7
Antimony 6.68
Barium 3.62
Beryllium 1.85
Bismuth 9.79 
Cadmium 8.69 
Calcium 1.54
Cerium 6.77

By this density table of metals given above you can also prepare the density of metals chart lb/in3  as well as the density of metals g/mL chart by unit conversion. 

So, you now have the list of metals by density. Let’s learn the definition of metal density. 

Definition Of Density Of Metals

The density of metals is defined as the mass of metal per unit volume or the distribution of a quantity per unit usually of space. If you know the density of metals ib/in3 then you easily convert them to the density of metals in kg/m3 just by converting units. The density of metals and non-metals has a huge difference because metals and non-metals have different properties including mass and volume. Metals are elements that are easily recognized by their physical properties of solidity and because they have what we logically think of like a metallic luster. 

The density of metals = mass of metals/volume of metals g/cc 


                                 ⍴ = m v g/cc 

Where ⍴ is the density of metals 

            m is the mass of metals, and 

            v is the volume of metals 

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How To Calculate Density Of Metals?

Calculation of density of metals is very easy because all metals are in their solid form at room temperature except Mercury. Therefore, you can easily measure their weight and volume. So, calculate metals density as  

  • Firstly select the metals which you want to calculate density. 
  • Determine the weight of that selected block of metal. 
  • Determine the volume of that block. 
  • There are two methods to determine the volume, the first is determined by using a formula and another is the water displacement method. 
  • If a selected piece of metal is irregularly shaped then use the water displacement method. 
  • Now, dividing mass by the volume, you will get metal density. 

Let’s find the density of metals Iron. 

A square-shaped piece of iron of 57 kg. Its side is 2 m, then find its density. 

First of all, find the volume of the block, 

Volume of a piece of metal = side x side x side 

                                        = 2 x 2 x 2 

                                        = 8 cm3 

Now, by using the formula, 

The density of metals = mass of metals/volume of metals  

                                   = 57/8 

                                   = 7.12 kg/m3 

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What Metals Have The Most Density?

The densest metal found naturally on earth is Osmium. It is a very rare element that is usually found in trace amounts within platinum ores. According to the experimental calculations of density using the x-ray crystallography (X-ray diffraction data) Osmium is the densest stable element with a density of 22.59 g/cm³.

Does Each Metal Have A Different Density?

The difference in density between different metals is usually bsed on the size and the mass of the atoms but the arrangement of the atoms in most metals is mostly the same. Most plastics are less dense than metal but can have similar density to wood.

What Is The Lowest Density Metal?


Under standard conditions, lithium is the lightest metal and the least dense solid element. It is a soft, silver-white metal belonging to the alkali metal group of chemical elements.

Which Is Denser Gold Or Steel?

The problem with making good-quality fake gold is that gold is remarkably dense. It’s almost twice the density of lead, and two-and-a-half times more dense than steel.

Is Metals Low Density Or High Density?

high density

Metals have high density.

How Do You Compare The Density Of Metals?

We calculate the density of metal by dividing the mass of the object by its volume. Suppose the mass of the object is 7.952 pounds and its volume is 28 cubic inches then its density would be 0.284 per cubic inch.

What Determines The Density Of A Metal?

The density of an object is the object’s mass divided by its volume. The density is characteristic of the material that the object is made of, and its value can help to identify the material.


Above, I have given the densities of different metals collaborated in one table. The metals are strong, tough, and ductile, it is also true that they are malleable. Their melting points are high, therefore, all metals except mercury are solid at room temperature. As you increase the temperature metals start to melt. Now, you have understood everything about the metals and their properties, especially the density of metals


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