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SECONDARY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY Lab report: DETERMINATION OF EMPIRICAL FORMULA Done by: X IB1 November 13, 2008 I. Data Collection and Processing: 1- Data Collection: a) Quantitative Data: Table 1: Masses of material used or produced in the experiment Weighed Material Mass (� 0.001 g) Empty crucible + lid 15.313 Crucible + lid + magnesium before heating 15.336 Crucible + lid + combustion product 15.351 b) Qualitative Data: * At the beginning of the experiment, the magnesium ribbon appeared a silver one-piece thin ribbon. * During the course of heating, the ribbon was transforming gradually into a white/gray product. Moreover, the heating process was attended by ignition of the crucible content and formation of smoke. ...read more.


= m (MgxOy) - m (Mg) = 0.038 - 0.023 = 0.015 � 0.004 g d. Calculation of the Moles of Oxygen and Magnesium: n (Mg) = m (Mg) � M(Mg) = 0.023 g � 24.31 g.mol-1 = 0.00095 mol (uncertainty to be found in the next question) n (O) = m (O) � M (O) = 0.015 g � 16.00 g.mol-1 = 0.0009 mol (uncertainty to be found in the next question) e. Determination of Uncertainties In Moles: Since the molar mass is a definitional quantity, its uncertainty is zero, thus: ?n (Mg) = 1/24.31 (� 0.002) = � 0.00008 mol ?n (O) = 1/16.00 (� 0.004) ...read more.


2) Evaluating the Procedure: * The Percentage of Purity of Initial Mg: The initial reactant is not 100% pure Mg, otherwise the number of moles of both Mg and O would have been exactly equal, which is not the case. * Side Reactions That Might Have Occurred: * End of the Reaction: After heating the crucible, its lid and the magnesium for almost 10-13 minutes, I noticed that gray powder was no longer forming so I decided that the reaction was over. 3) Improving the Investigation: * The Bunsen Burner was not well functioning so it took us a lot of time to get to the perfect flame. * When the magnesium began to bum, we didn't remove the burner; we kept it until the end of the experiment which we shouldn't have done. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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