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What is the specific gravity of gasoline?

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Depending on the nature of its composition, the specific gravity of gasoline can vary between 0.71 and 0.77. The specific gravity of common vehicular gasoline is approximately 0.74.

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Gasoline, also known as petrol, is the most common fuel used in modern vehicles. It consists of several organic compounds, and is obtained from petroleum through a process called "fractional distillation."

Specific gravity is a dimensionless parameter that represents the ratio of the density a substance to the density of water at 4 degrees Celsius. The specific gravity of gasoline is less than 1, which means that it has a density less than water and is lighter than water.

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