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Electric Hotplate and Magnetic Stirrer

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Practise safely using a stirrer hotplate, including how to properly ensure the apparatus is clean, assembled securely, and how to make adjustments to the heat and stirring speed settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to safely and effectively operate a stirrer hotplate
  • Learn how to make adjustments to the heat and stirring speed settings
  • Understand the consequences of your choices
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Working in a Safe Manner

  • Why it is important to ensure the hotplate is clean before use 
  • Why it is important to inspect the safety of the electrical wires prior to use

Using Instruments and Equipment

  • How to position the flask to facilitate the heating and stirring of the solution 
  • What settings should be used to effectively heat and mix the solution

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