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Analysis of unknown aqueous solutions.

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SECTION A - analysis of unknown aqueous solutions BIBLIOGRAPHY: 1. Cambridge Advances Sciences (endorsed by OCR) Chemistry 1 (pg 129) 2. Acids, Bases and Salts - Chemlab (pg 24/25) 3. Chemistry in Context (3rd edition) by Graham Hill & John Holman (pg 101) 4. http://www.cs.moravian.edu/~langhus/courses/quant/problems/abtitn/abtitn.html 5. http://www.wpbschoolhouse.btinternet.co.uk/page13/ChemicalTests.htm Aqueous Calcium Hydroxide Carbon dioxide is easily identified using a solution of calcium hydroxide (limewater). When carbon dioxide is bubbled through limewater, it turns cloudy (formation of calcium carbonate precipitate). Ca(OH) (aq) + CO2 (g) --> CaCO3 (s) + H2O (l) EQUIPMENT: 1. 5 straws 2. 5 solutions (each in a test tube) METHOD: 1. Carefully blow into each solution 2. The one that turns cloudy will be calcium hydroxide Ethanoic Acid When ethanoic acid is warmed with ethanol (in presence of a strong acid catalyst) ethyl ethanoate is formed. During this reaction, the O-H bond in ethanol is broken. ...read more.

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The fumes produced contain ammonia. Now test for ammonia using hydrochloric acid. When a strip of filter paper is soaked in concentrated hydrochloric acid and exposed to ammonia gas, a white smoke made of fine ammonium chloride particles is produced. Aluminium powder (a reducing agent) converts the nitrate ion (NO3-) into ammonia gas (NH3). concentrated hydrochloric acid + ammonia --> ammonium chloride HCl (conc) + NH3 (g) --> NH4Cl (s) EQUIPMENT: 1. Sodium hydroxide solution 2. Fine aluminium powder 3. Hydrochloric acid 4. Filter paper 5. 5 beakers (one with each solution in it) 6. Heating equipment (including Bunsen, splints and heatproof mat) METHOD: 1. To each solution add aluminium powder and sodium hydroxide solution 2. Boil. Meanwhile soak filter paper in hydrochloric acid 3. Expose piece filter paper to gas 4. If nitric acid (and ammonia gas is present) ...read more.

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Safety goggles METHOD: 1. Set up the clamp stand and burette 2. Making sure tap is closed, pour acid into burette 3. Place beaker underneath and expel some of the liquid (to remove air bubbles) 4. Refill with acid until reading reaches 0cm3 5. Remove funnel 6. Measure 25cm3 of sodium carbonate and put into conical flask 7. Add 3 drops of methyl orange indicator and mix 8. Place conical flask on white tile and begin titration 9. Slowly add small amounts of the titrant from the burette, swirling the mixture between additions 10. As soon as the solution turns pink (end-point of reaction) stop the flow of acid from the burette and measure how much has been used 11. Repeat the experiment 3 times for more accurate results and use the average in calculations Chemical tests & Titration Shahida Jaffer Centre number - 52303 Candidate number - 8125 Chemical Practical Plan Page 1 of 3 Chemical tests & Titration Shahida Jaffer Centre number - 52303 Candidate number - 8125 Chemical Practical Plan Page 3 of 3 ...read more.

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