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Heat energy from alcohols

Description

This experiment compares the amounts of heat energy produced by burning various alcohols.

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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

Each group of students requires:

Retort stand and clamp

Conical flask (150 cm3 or larger)

Measuring cylinder (100 cm3)

Thermometer (-10 °C to +110 °C)

Access to balances, preferably several, to avoid queuing.

Access to spirit burners with wicks and caps, containing the alcohols listed. (Note 1)

Methanol (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, TOXIC)

Ethanol (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE)

Propan-1-ol (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, IRRITANT)

Propan-2-ol (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, IRRITANT)

Butan-1-ol (FLAMMABLE, IRRITANT, HARMFUL)

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

 







Page last updated October 2015

This experiment compares the amounts of heat energy produced by burning various alcohols.

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.