Stir the water gently and record the maximum temperature reached. Place the can in the clamp on the retort stand. Stress the dangers of this. Measure mL of water and pour it carefully into the can. What process converts sugar into alcohol - and carbon dioxide? Incomplete combustion occurred as seen by the presence of black soot on the bottom of the can.
Which alcohol produces the most energy per mole? Weigh the aluminium can and record its mass. Do not be surprised if groups get different answers for a given alcohol. Light the burner and heat the water until the temperature rises by 20oC Extinguish the flame and cap the burner.
Failure the keep the thermometer in the middle of the can. Since alkanols are being burned there is exposure of a naked flame and a flammable hazard. This collection of over practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes.
Propanol and propanol are isomers same molecular formula, different structures Do they produce the same amount of heat on combustion? Is it possible that combustion may be incomplete, giving carbon monoxide amongst the products?
A fire extinguisher should also be kept close by for emergencies. Repeat the process for propanol and butanol Discussion: This could have been improved by using a better insulated calorimeter or a wind break to minimise heat. Care must be taken to ensure that any spills are being cleaned up immediately and safety goggles are to be worn.
Alcohols can be used as a substitute for hydrocarbon fuels, and so methods of producing alcohols are very important. It is important that the wick fits tightly in the wick holder and that the wick holder fits tightly in the burner.
If capacity is more than 50 cm3, reduce it, for instance by packing with mineral wool, or partially filling with epoxy.
Spirit burner experiment One possible source is: Insert a thermometer into the can and record its initial temperature in the water.
The main source of error on this experiment was the calorimeter as much of the heat was lost to the surroundings. Butanol is volatile and has a low flash point. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures.
Does all the heat produced by combustion go into raising the temperature of the water? Teaching notes Get the class to record and share the results.
Reweigh the spirit burner and determine the mass difference. Which alcohol produces the most energy per gram? We successfully measured the heat of combustion of a series of alkanols. To perform an experiment to determine and compare heats of combustion of least three liquid alkanols per gram and per mole.
Heat absorption by the aluminium can, would not necessarily have been completely transferred to the water. Student questions Here are some possible questions to ask students.
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Bug out Bag / Stanley 24oz Adventure Camp Cook Set / Folding Firebox Nano / Trangia Spirit Burner -. How much energy comes from burning fuels? In this experiment you are going to find out how much energy comes from one burning fuel and compare this with other fuels.
You should work in pairs. Equipment Spirit burner containing an alcohol Splints Calorimeter Heat shield Nov 01, · IB Practical: Measuring heat energy of fuels (spirit burner experiment how are you intending to calculate the calorimeter's heat capacity and the heat content of the spirit burner's wick?
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The spirit burner containing the fuel is usually weighed before and after the experiment. In this way, the mass of the fuel burned can be found. The alcohols should be provided in labelled spirit burners ready to use.
If each group investigates one alcohol, the experiment can be done in around 20 mins. It is better if each spirit burner is used by more than one group of students.Download