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ERIC Number: EJ1032427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Volumetric Titrations Using Electrolytically Generated Reagents for the Determination of Ascorbic Acid and Iron in Dietary Supplement Tablets: An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment
Scanlon, Christopher; Gebeyehu, Zewdu; Griffin, Kameron; Dabke, Rajeev B.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n6 p898-901 Jun 2014
An undergraduate laboratory experiment for the volumetric quantitative analysis of ascorbic acid and iron in dietary supplement tablets is presented. Powdered samples of the dietary supplement tablets were volumetrically titrated against electrolytically generated reagents, and the mass of dietary reagent in the tablet was determined from the volume of potassium hydrogen phthalate solution used as a primary standard. Proposed electrolysis cell was directly powered by a 9 V battery eliminating the requirement of a coulometer. Students use this method to quantify the active ingredient in dietary supplement tablets: iron and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The experiment is suitable for the undergraduate quantitative analysis laboratory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A