Icon SOIL CHEMISTRY Dealing With Data Can Get Rough!

Earth Science is used in this experiment where students learn how to identify and measure different properties of sand.

This printable education experiment contains a detailed teachers' guide, and three-page student worksheet for printing and distributing in the classroom.

Age Level

This experiment is designed for ages 12-14. It can be adapted for physical science orintroductory chemistry classes.


Rocks and Minerals; Weathering, Soil and Erosion; Science as Inquiry; and Data Analysis.


  1. 1. To gain experience in collecting mass readings and averaging a set of data.
  2. 2. To graph data and find the slope of the graph.
  3. 3. To understand the relationship between mass and volume. (density = mass/volume).
  4. 4. To compare the density of different sand samples