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Purpose and Products of Centrifugation

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Learn the purpose of a centrifuge and key terms associated with the process of centrifugation. Practise setting a centrifuge up to separate particles of differing sizes and densities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be introduced to the terms suspension, pellet and supernatant
  • Work through 3 exercises where you need to separate particles of different size and density
  • Understand that speed and time both affect which particles are found in the pellet
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Concepts Principles and Theories

  • What centrifugation is used to achieve 
  • How varying the speed and time affects the separation of particles

Designing and Planning Experiments

  • How to select the appropriate speed and time to separate different sized particles

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