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Gravity Filtration

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Practise setting up gravity filtration, considering the flask size and type of filter paper, and ensuring correct wetting and rinsing steps are carried out.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic principles of gravity filtration
  • Learn how to make decisions on appropriate flask size and type of filter paper
  • Understand the importance of correct wetting and rinsing step
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • How to set up the gravity filtration apparatus
  • Why it is important to consider the size of the flask and filter paper 
  • How pre-wetting the filter paper can help keep the paper in position
  • Why it is important to rinse the beaker to ensure all the sample is filtered

Working in a Safe Manner

  • Why the funnel should be clamped prior to use

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Dr. Vino Paideya
KwaZulu-Natal University

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