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The properties of alcohols

Description

Ethanol and propan-1-ol are tested for pH, reaction with sodium, combustion and oxidation with acidified dichromate(VI) solution.

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Apparatus Chemicals

Eye protection: goggles

Each group of students will need:

Test tubes, 2

Boiling tubes, 2

Beakers (100 cm3), 2 (Note 2)

Tin lid

Wooden splint

Heat resistant mat

Bunsen burner

Boiling tube holder

Dropping pipette (for water)

Universal indicator paper (full range, pH 1-14)

Forceps for sodium

Filter paper for sodium

Ethanol (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE) or Industrial denatured alcohol, IDA (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, HARMFUL)

Propan-1-ol (IRRITANT, HIGHLY FLAMMABLE)

Sodium or potassium  dichromate(VI) solution, 0.1 M (TOXIC)

Sulfuric acid, 1 M (IRRITANT) (Note 3)

Sodium (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE), small pieces (Note 1)

Refer to Health & Safety and Technical notes section below for additional information.

 






Ethanol and propan-1-ol are tested for pH, reaction with sodium, combustion and oxidation with acidified dichromate(VI) solution.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology .