Cavendish's Density of the Earth Data

Torsion balance instrument for measuring the density of the earth
Torsion balance instrument

Description

The table below gives Henry Cavendish's measurements of the density of the earth relative to the density of water. The number of cases is 29 and the true value is 5.517.

Cavendish Data
Relative Density
5.5
5.61
4.88
5.07
5.26
5.55
5.36
5.29
5.58
5.65
5.57
5.53
5.62
5.29
5.44
5.34
5.79
5.1
5.27
5.39
5.42
5.47
5.63
5.34
5.46
5.3
5.75
5.68
5.85

Source

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