For a homogeneous object, Density = Mass Divided By Volume. The higher the density, the tighter the particles are packed inside the substance. The Specific Gravity is the ratio of Density of the material to the Density of water at a specified temperature. It is common to use the density of water at 4°C as reference - at this point the density of water is at the highest i.e. 1 g/cm3. So Specific Gravity of less than “1” means that the material will float in water.