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Science Coursework:Methanol & Ethanol

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Aim: To observe temperature change in ethanol and methanol and predict which of the two fuels has the highest temperature while burning for 10mins. Introduction: I'm going to burn methanol and ethanol to find out which one of the fuels will have the highest temperature. Methanol and Ethanol are both types of alcohols. Methanol is a clear colourless liquid which is made from fossil fuels and natural gases. Ethanol is made from grains and is renewable. ...read more.


Equipment: The equipment we used were: beehive stands, tripod, gauze mat, timer, thermometer, beaker, goggles and heat proof mat Method: 50ml of water at room temperature was poured into the beaker. The beaker was placed on a tripod which was on a gauze mat. The fuel was then lit and we used a thermometer to measure the temperature every minute. The experiment was repeated three times. Both fuels were used. We recorded the data in two tables; one for ethanol and another for methanol. ...read more.


1 2 3 Average temperature 1 34�C 33�C 33�C 33.33�C 2 43�C 44�C 42�C 43�C 3 46�C 44�C 50�C 50.33�C 4 56�C 64�C 59�C 59.66�C 5 63�C 72�C 67�C 67.33�C 6 70�C 79�C 73�C 74�C 7 76�C 83�C 77�C 78.66�C 8 79�C 85�C 79�C 81�C 9 82�C 87�C 82�C 83.66�C 10 84�C 87�C 85�C 85.33�C Methanol Time (min) 1 2 3 Average temperature 1 33�C 38�C 31�C 34�C 2 41�C 51�C 37�C 43�C 3 53�C 61�C 39�C 51�C 4 61�C 70�C 42�C 57.66�C 5 68�C 76�C 50�C 64.66�C 6 73�C 81�C 57�C 70.33�C 7 77�C 84�C 61�C 74�C 8 79�C 85�C 65�C 76.33�C 9 82�C 86�C 72�C 80�C 10 85�C 86�C 77�C 82.66�C ...read more.

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