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# Investigating the factors that affect the conductance of a solution

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Introduction

Investigating the factors that affect the conductance of different solutions

Introduction

Just as metallic conductors have a resistance when a current is passed through them so do ionic solutions. However, when dealing with solution it is more convenient to look at its conductance, G, rather than its resistance and is simply the reciprocal of the resistance, R. The unit of measurement is siemens,Ω-1 G=1/R. We can also work the conductance from knowing the current and the voltage G=I/V.

The ability of a solution to conduce electricity is due to the dissociation of the compounds presence into its constituent ions. Theses ions play the same role, in solutions, as electrons do in metallic conductors, they transport the electric charge from one electrode to the other.

Aim

To investigate how certain factors affect the conductance of a solution.

The factors I have considered investigating, that may have an affect on the conductances of a solution are:

• different concentrations of the solution (0.5M, 1M, 1.5M, 2M, 2.5M & 3M)
• the temperature of the solution (ranging between 20°C to 90°C)
• different solutions (Sodium Chloride& Sulphuric Acid)
• different electrodes (Carbon & Copper)

Summary

In this investigation I analysed certain factors that I thought might affect the conductance of a solution i.e. concentration, temperature, different solutions, different electrodes. Before carrying out my actual experiment I carried out a trial to see whether they’re any areas for improvement. After inputting the improvements I carried the actual experiment.

Middle

2.1

2.1

0.258

0.255

0.121

2.1

0.247

2.1

0.259

1M

2.1

2.1

0.361

0.365

0.174

2.1

0.370

2.0

0.365

1.5M

1.7

1.7

0.629

0.628

0.370

1.7

0.622

1.7

0.634

2M

1.5

1.5

1.034

1.048

0.699

1.5

1.050

1.5

1.059

2.5M

1.5

1.4

1.105

1.109

0.792

1.4

1.111

1.4

1.111

3M

1.4

1.3

1.200

1.205

0.927

1.3

1.214

1.3

1.200

## Temperature

1 M Sodium Chloride (Carbon electrode)

 Temperature °C Voltage(Volts) Average Voltage Current (Amps) AverageCurrent (3d.p) Conductance (S)(3s.f) 21.9 2.1 2.1 0.199 0.198 0.094 2.1 0.195 2.1 0.199 33.3 2.1 2.1 0.208 0.208 0.099 2.1 0.209 2.1 0.207 43.1 2.1 2.1 0.229 0.227 0.108 2.1 0.226 2.1 0.227 53.8 1.9 1.9 0.269 0.269 0.142 1.9 0.268 1.9 0.269 63.6 1.9 1.9 0.431 0.433 0.228 1.9 0.435 1.9 0.433 73.9 1.9 1.9 0.466 0.466 0.245 1.9 0.466 1.9 0.466 83.7 1.8 1.8 0.512 0.513 0.285 1.8 0.513 1.8 0.515

1 M Sulphuric acid (Carbon electrode)

 Temperature °C Voltage(Volts) Average Voltage Current (Amps) AverageCurrent (3d.p) Conductance (S)(3s.f) 21.9 1.7 1.7 0.697 0.697 0.410 1.7 0.697 1.7 0.698 33.3 1.7 1.7 0.745 0.745 0.438 1.7 0.747 1.7 0.744 43.1 1.7 1.7 0.793 0.794 0.467 1.7 0.793 1.7 0.795 53.8 1.7 1.7 0.841 0.842 0.495 1.7 0.843 1.7 0.843 63.6 1.7 1.7 0.877 0.880 0.518 1.7 0.879 1.7 0.883 73.9 1.6 1.6 0.909 0.909 0.568 1.6 0.909 1.6 0.909 83.4 1.6 1.6 0.932 0.934 0.584 1.6 0.935 1.6 0.934

1 M Sodium Chloride (Copper electrode)

 Temperature °C Voltage(Volts) Average Voltage Current (Amps) AverageCurrent (3d.p) Conductance (S)(3s.

Conclusion

Unlike the other graph this graph has a different line. Unlike the other slopes this one increases straight from the start. It has steeper gradient, which shows that it has a faster rate.

Temperatures

Graph Five (1 M Sodium Chloride (Carbon electrode))

This graph again has a similar slope. As the temperature increases the conductance is also increasing. In the graph until about 40°C we get a straight line with a very straight gradient. After that the line increases monotonically with an upward slope. I think the reason we get a curve like this is because the conductance   readings are very close together.

Graph Six, Seven and eight

The shape of curves these graphs are similar. As the concentration increases the conductance also increases. They are all increasing at a steady rate. They also have an upward slope. Conclusion:

What effect does different concentrations of the solution (0.5M, 1M, 1.5M, 2M, 2.5M & 3M) have on the conductance of a solution?

°° We started this coursework towards the start of July. I spent the first week doing research and gathering information that could help me with my coursework. I used the next few I lessons to write up my plan and decide what apparatus will needed. After that I spent the next week carrying out a trial experiment for all the variables concerned. It took me between 6-7 lessons. I spent the following two lessons to input my modifications and to alter my plan.

Once everything was finalised I spent the about 6-10 lessons carrying out the actual experiment. Finally I spent the rest of the time writing up the results.

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