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ERIC Number: EJ1050765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Designing, Constructing, and Using an Inexpensive Electronic Buret
Cao, Tingting; Zhang, Qing; Thompson, Jonathan E.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n1 p106-109 Jan 2015
A syringe-based, electronic fluid dispenser is described. The device mechanically connects a syringe plunger to a linear slide potentiometer. As the syringe plunger moves, the electrical resistance between terminals of the potentiometer varies. Application and subsequent measurement of a DC voltage between the potentiometer pins is used to track the syringe plunger position and meter the volume dispensed. The syringe's plunger is actuated manually by the device's user. The dispensing device offers volumetric accuracy of better than 1% when the dispensed volumes were >10 mL. The device has been used for a traditional acid-base titration experiment and produced quantitative results indistinguishable from the conventional approach using a buret. The device is inexpensive, easy for students to understand, and simple to construct.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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