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Name: Chu Ka Ki Student No.: 50555542 Group: 1 Date: 17-02-2005 Experiment: 2 BCH 2004 Principle of Analytical Chemistry Lab Report (Report One) Title: UV-Visible Spectrophotometry Aim: To determine phosphate composition in cola beverages by UV-Visible spectrophotometry and pH titrimetry. Introduction: UV-Visible spectrophotometry is one of the most important methods for the chemical analyze. Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy or Ultraviolet-Visible spectrophotometry (UV/VIS) involves the spectroscopy of photons (spectrophotometry). It uses light in the visible and adjacent near ultraviolet (UV) and near infrared (NIR) ranges. In this region of energy space molecules undergo electronic transitions. The method is used in a quantitative way to determine concentrations of an absorbing species in solution, using the Beer-Lambert law: where A is the measured absorbance, I0 is the intensity of the incident light at a given wavelength, I is the transmitted intensity, L the length of the cell, and c the concentration of the absorbing species. For each species and wavelength, ? is a constant known as the extinction coefficient. The absorbance A and extinction ? ...read more.


9.23 8.5 4.21 16.7 6.66 29 9.27 8.8 4.27 17 6.7 29.5 9.31 9.1 4.43 17.3 6.75 30 9.34 9.4 4.8 17.6 6.8 30.5 9.38 9.7 5.04 17.9 6.84 31 9.41 10 5.27 18.1 6.88 31.5 9.44 10.3 5.41 18.4 6.94 32 9.47 10.6 5.51 18.7 6.98 32.5 9.49 10.9 5.66 19 7.02 33 9.52 11.2 5.74 19.5 7.06 33.5 9.54 11.5 5.83 20 7.18 34 9.57 Questions and Calculations: 1) The calibration curve: Absorbance at 400nm vs. [H3PO4] in mM was plotted. 2) From the calibration curve, the sample has 0.440 absorbance at 400nm. The concentration of the sample was found to be 0.164 mM (0.164 � 10-3 M) from the graph. However, the sample was diluted 50 times as the finally. Thus the concentration of phosphoric acid in the original sample should be: 0.164 � 10-3 M � 50 = 8.2 � 10-3 M 3) The pH titration curve (the titration of 25cm3 of cola with 0.0200M KOH) was plotted. 4) From the titration curve, the equivalent point was found at pH 6.98 5) ...read more.


However, the colorimeter analysis does not have such reading problem. 8) The device can only detect the absorbance of the solution between 0 to 2 A. Since the absorbance is proportional to the concentration of the sample. If the concentration of the solution is so high, then the absorbance of the sample will be out of the range between 0 to 2 A. Thus, the sample should be diluted in the colorimetric analysis so the concentration of the diluted sample can be found in the range. Discussion: The linearity of the Beer-Lambert law is limited by chemical and instrumental factors. Causes of nonlinearity include deviations in absorptivity coefficients at high concentrations due to electrostatic interactions between molecules in close proximity, scattering of light due to particulates in the sample, fluoresecence or phosphorescence of the sample, changes in refractive index at high analyte concentration, shifts in chemical equilibria as a function of concentration, non-monochromatic radiation, deviations can be minimized by using a relatively flat part of the absorption spectrum such as the maximum of an absorption band and stray light. Conclusion: By colorimetric method, the concentration of phosphoric acid is 8.2 � 10-3 M. By titration method, the concentration of phosphoric acid is 4.99 � 10-3 M. ...read more.

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