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The Analysis of Alum

Figure from experiment 15B from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier


After a compound has been synthesized, tests should be carried out to verify that the compound formed is indeed the compound desired. There are a number of tests that can be performed to verify that the compound is the one desired. In Experiment 15A, you prepared alum crystals, KAl(SO4)2•12H2O. In Experiment 15B, you will conduct a series of tests to determine if your crystals are really alum.

The first test is to find the melting temperature of the compound and compare this value with the accepted (published) value for alum (92.5°C). The second test determines the water of hydration present in the alum crystals. The third test is a chemical test to determine the percent sulfate in your sample of alum.


In this experiment, you will

  • Determine the melting temperature of a sample of alum.
  • Determine the water of hydration of a sample of alum.
  • Determine the percent sulfate of a sample of alum.
  • Verify the chemical formula of a sample of alum.

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3The Molar Mass of a Volatile Liquid
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5The Molar Volume of a Gas
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7Acid-Base Titration
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9Determining the Mole Ratios in a Chemical Reaction
10The Determination of an Equilibrium Constant
11Investigating Indicators
12The Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide
13Determining the Enthalpy of a Chemical Reaction
14ASeparation and Qualitative Analysis of Cations
14BSeparation and Qualitative Analysis of Anions
15AThe Synthesis of Alum
15BThe Analysis of Alum
16Conductimetric Titration and Gravimetric Determination of a Precipitate
17Determining the Concentration of a Solution: Beer's Law
18Liquid Chromatography
20Electrochemistry: Voltaic Cells
22The Synthesis and Analysis of Aspirin
23Determining the Ksp of Calcium Hydroxide
24Determining Ka by the Half-Titration of a Weak Acid
25The Rate and Order of a Chemical Reaction
26The Enthalpy of Neutralization of Phosphoric Acid
27α, β, and γ
28Radiation Shielding
29The Base Hydrolysis of Ethyl Acetate
30Exploring the Properties of Gases
31Determining Avogadro's Number
32Potentiometric Titration of Hydrogen Peroxide
33Determining the Half-Life of an Isotope
34Vapor Pressure and Heat of Vaporization
35Rate Determination and Activation Energy

Experiment 15B from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier Lab Book

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