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ERIC Number: EJ829096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Measuring the Density of a Sugar Solution: A General Chemistry Experiment Using a Student-Prepared Unknown
Peterson, Karen I.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n8 p1089-1090 Aug 2008
The experiment developed in this article addresses the concept of equipment calibration for reducing systematic error. It also suggests simple student-prepared sucrose solutions for which accurate densities are known, but not readily available to students. Densities are measured with simple glassware that has been calibrated using the density of water. By careful work, students can determine the density to within 0.5%. This allows accuracy to be a major component of the final grade. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A