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Separating Funnel & Drying Agents

Separating Funnel

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Practise using a separatory funnel, including how to properly measure and add the appropriate volume of liquid, how to adjust the stopcock, and how to properly pour the liquid from the funnel.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarise yourself with the basic principles of separating funnel
  • Understand how to safely and effectively use a separating funnel
  • Learn how to invert, shake, vent and collect desired solvent layer
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • How to use a separating funnel to extract a product from one solvent to another 
  • How to carefully operate the tap to release only the lower solvent layer

Working in a Safe Manner

  • Why the separating funnel must be stoppered prior to inverting 
  • How to tilt the funnel to safely shake the contents
  • Why and how the separating funnel should be vented after shaking 

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