# Reactions Lab Essay

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Reactions Lab David Vaghari INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Chernovitz Monday, July 23, 2012 Oxygen Production Introduction In this lab, potassium chlorate will be decomposed producing oxygen gas and potassium chloride. The hypothesis is that the reaction will yield 3.916 grams of oxygen gas. Materials Test tube 10 grams potassium chlorate Bunsen burner Procedure Step 1. Obtain a test tube, place a 10 gm of potassium chlorate. Step 2. Heat test tube until all of the O2 has evolved Step 3. Record the amount of O2 produced Observations Mass of O2 produced: 3.915576 grams or .1224 moles Mass of KCl produced: 6.083363 grams or .0816 moles Calculations Chemical Reaction 2KClO3-> 2KCl + 3O2 Theoretical Yield (96/245.1)*10 grams= 3.916 grams of O2 Percent Yield 3.915576/3.916= .99989 *100= 99.998 percent Data Actual amount of Oxygen Produced |3.915576 grams | |Theoretical amount of oxygen Produced |3.916 grams of O2 | |The Percent Yield |99.998 percent | | Results The amount of oxygen produced was almost exactly what was expected with a percent yield of 99.998 percent. The Law of conservation of mass was also up held with there being a combined mass of 10 grams from the resulting O2 and KCl. Conclusion 10 Grams of Potassium chlorate when decomposed produces 3.915576 grams oxygen gas and 6.083363 grams potassium chloride Atomic Weight of Magnesium Introduction In this lab we will determine the atomic weight of magnesium by measuring the amount of hydrogen gas evolved when hydrochloric acid reacts with magnesium. The reaction is as follows: Mg + 2HCl -> H2 + Mg2+ (aq) + 2Cl- (aq) There is a one to one relationship between the number of moles of hydrogen gas evolved and the