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# Separation of a Salt and Sand mixture based on selective solubility

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Separation of a Salt and Sand mixture based on selective solubility

Experiment-4: Separation of a Salt and Sand mixture

; Solubility

; Decantation

; Evaporation

; % Calculations

Matter is anything that has certain mass and occupies space. Chemistry is scientific

study of composition, characteristics, transformations, and interactions of matter. Three stable physical sates of matter are: solids, liquid, and gas. Solids have a definite shape

and define volume. Liquids have an indefinite shape but a definite volume. Gases have no definite shape or volume. A set of physical and chemical properties is used to identify,

describe, and characterize a chemical. Physical properties can be observed without changing the chemical composition of the substance. Color, odor, size, boiling point, melting point, density, solubility, and taste are examples of physical properties. A chemical property is a unique characteristic of a chemical that describes the way the chemical interacts with other chemicals to form new chemical(s). The properties of a chemical can be classified in a second manner- as intensive or extensive properties.

Intensive properties are independent of the amount of substance, for example temperature, density, color, melting point and boiling point. Whereas, extensive properties do depend on the amount of substance (sample size); for example mass, length, and volume. Solubility is defined as maximum amount of solute that will dissolve in a given amount

of solvent at a given temperature. It is expressed as grams of solute per 100 g of solvent.

An aqueous solution is a solution in which water is solvent. Solubility is a temperature dependent parameter. Solubility of solids and liquids increases with increasing temperatures in most cases. A mixture is a physical combination of two or more pure

chemicals in which each chemical retains its own chemical identity. In this experiment, you are given a mixture, which has two components: salt (NaCl) and sand (SiO). NaCl is 2

water-soluble but SiO is not. You will separate the components based on this selective 2

solubility feature, and then find their respective weights to calculate the % composition.

% of salt = (grams of salt recovered / grams of mixture) x 100

% of sand = (grams of sand recovered / grams of mixture) x 100

Theoretically, % of salt plus % of sand should be equal to 100 %.

Procedure:

1. Record your unknown sample number__________.

2. Find the mass of a clean 100 or 150-mL beaker. Record all the digits throughout

the experiment. Label this as beaker#1.

3. Carefully transfer approximately 2 grams of your unknown sample into beaker#1.

Find the mass on beaker#1 plus the unknown sample.

4. Transfer 20 mL water to beaker#1. Stir the mixture using a glass rod. Let it stand

for a minute or two so that the sand settles.

5. Find the mass of a clean 250-mL beaker. Label this as beaker#2.

6. Carefully decant the top liquid from beaker#1 into beaker#2.

7. Transfer 10 mL water to beaker#1. Stir the mixture using a glass rod. Let it stand

for a minute or two so that the sand settles.

8. Carefully decant the top liquid from beaker#1 into beaker#2.

9. Transfer 10 mL water to beaker#1. Stir the mixture using a glass rod. Let it stand

for a minute or two so that the sand settles.

10. Carefully decant the top liquid from beaker#1 into beaker#2.

11. At this stage, beaker#1 is left with wet sand and beaker#2 contains 40 mL

(20+10+10) of aqueous salt solution.

12. Using a hot plate, heat beaker#1, gently at first, and then more vigorously to get

rid of all the water from the sand. When it is completely dry you will see granular

sand powder. Remove the beaker from the hot plate and let it cool. Now, find the

mass of beaker#1 and dry sand recovered.

13. Using a hot plate, heat beaker#2, gently at first, and then more vigorously to

evaporate all the water from the salt solution. Beaker#2 should be covered with a

watch glass to avoid spattering especially when you see white salt crystals

appearing. When it is completely dry you will see granular salt powder. Remove

the beaker from the hot plate and let it cool. Now, find the mass of beaker#2 and

dry salt recovered.

14. Calculate % of salt and % of sand.

15. Discard sand into regular waste bin. Do not throw sand into the sink. 16. Discard salt into regular sink.

Laboratory Report#4:

Separation of a Salt and Sand mixture based on selective solubility

Last Name_____________________________, first name________________ Date of Experiment______________ Instructorâ€™s Initials__________

Data and Calculations

2. Mass of empty and dry beaker#1 =_____________________g 3. Mass of beaker#1 with Unknown sample =_____________________g 4. Mass unknown sample used = #3-#2 =_____________________g 5. Mass of empty and dry beaker#2 =_____________________g

After separation, drying, and cooling

6. Mass of beaker#1 containing dry sand =_____________________g 7. Mass sand recovered = #6-#2 =_____________________g 8. % Sand = (#7/#4) x100 =_____________%

9. Mass of beaker#2 containing dry salt =_____________________g 10. Mass of salt recovered = #9-#5 =_____________________g 11. % Salt = (#10/#4) x100 =_____________%

12. % of the unknown sample recovered = #8+#11 =_____________%

Show all your work! Use proper units and significant figures !!

1. A salt and sand mixture weighs 44.867 g. This sample contains 12.547 g of salt.

Calculate % of salt and % of sand.

2. How would you separate a mixture of iron nails, salt and sand?

3. Explain if #12 is different from 100%. List possible sources of error.

4. Explain the effect of temperature on the solubility of CO in water. 2

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