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Solutions & Dilutions

Serial Dilutions

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Practise calculations involving serial dilutions using a mix of C1V1 = C2V2 and dilution factor formulae, while handling concentrations and volumes in a variety of units.

Learning Outcomes

  • Calculate the concentration of each step in a dilution series
  • Determine the volumes of solution and diluent needed for a dilution series
  • Calculate the dilution factor based on information about concentrations or volumes
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Concepts Principles and Theories

  • What is meant by a serial dilution and 10-fold dilution

Manipulating and Presenting Data

  • How to calculate the dilution factor when given the concentrations of solutions in the series
  • How to rearrange the dilution factor equation to calculate the successive concentrations in a serial dilution 
  • How to rearrange the dilution factor equation to calculate the volume of solution and diluent required for each step in a dilution series

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