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Learn about distillation equipment. Determine if distillation apparatus has been safely set-up and scexamine the conditions of the glassware, condenser, thermometer position and heat supply.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarise yourself with distillation apparatus
  • Understand the importance of safely setting up the appropriate glassware
  • Learn how to fit a condenser correctly
  • Learn appropriate placement of clamps and collection flask
  • Understand the correct positioning of the thermometer and type of heat supplied
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • What equipment is required to perform a distillation experiment 
  • Why a flow of water through the condenser is required for effective cooling 
  • How the direction of water flow affects the cooling process
  • Where the thermometer should be placed in order to measure the temperature of the condensing vapour

Working in a Safe Manner

  • Why the connections between components of the apparatus must be secured
  • Why plastic clips should only be used on cold apparatus 
  • Why it is important to not overfill the reaction flask or overheat the solution 
  • Why boiling chips are required

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