Laboratory Techniques & Measurements

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Laboratory Techniques & Measurements

Observations from Procedures

Data Table 1 – Length measurements
Object|Length (cm)|Length (mm)|
Band-Aid Canister|10.3 cm|103 mm|
Fragrance Oil Bottle |7.3 cm|73 mm|
Pill Bottle|7.1 cm|71 mm|

Data Table 2 – Temperature measurements
Hot water from tap(ºC )|Boiling water(ºC)|Boiling water – 5 minutes(ºC)| 52 ºC|99 ºC|100 ºC|
Cold water from tap(ºC)|Ice water (ºC)|Ice water – 5 minutes (ºC)| 23 ºC|10 ºC|10 ºC|

Data Table 3 – Volume measurements
Test tube volume (mL)|Number of drops in 1 mL|Pipet volume (mL)| 10 mL|30 drops|4.5 mL|

Data Table 4 – Mass measurements
Object|Estimated Mass (g)|Actual Mass (g)|
¼ Tsp Sugar|.4 g|1.2 g|
¼ Tsp Salt|.3 g|1.9 g|
¼ Tsp Flour|.5 g|.8 g|
1 Aspirin|1 g|.8 g|
1 Allegra Pill|1 g|.7 g|
1 Mentos Gum|2 g|2.2 g|
1 Rimadyl Pill|2 g|2.1 g|

Data Table 5 – Density measurements
|Mass A|Mass B|Mass A - B|||
Object|GraduatedCylinder + Substance|GraduatedCylinder|Substance|Substance Volume|DensityM/V| Water|21.7 g|16 g|5.7 g|5 mL|1.14 g/mL|
Isopropyl alcohol|21 g|16 g|5.0 g|5 mL|1 g/mL|
Saturated salt solution|22.6|16 g|6.6 g|5 mL|1.32 g/mL|

The salt solution should be of greater density than that of pure water.

Data Table 6 – Densities of irregular objects
|A|B|B - A|||
Object|GraduatedCylinder Volume|Graduated Cylinder + Object|Object Volume|Object Mass|DensityM/V| Metal bolt Water displacement method|12.5 mL|13.5 mL|1 mL|8.0 g|8 g/mL| Metal boltArchimedes’ Method|NA|NA|1.1 mL|8 g|7.27 g/mL|

MagnetWater displacement method|12.5 mL|13.5 mL|1 mL|4.8 g|4.8 g/mL| MagnetArchimedes’ Method|NA|NA|.9 mL|4.8 g|5.33 g/mL|
MagnetMath calculation Method|NA|NA|.78 cm3|4.8 g|6.15 g/ cm3|

7. Dilution of an Aqueous Solution:

a.Observe and note the colour and intensity of the drink (solution). I used Cherry Limeade drink for my experiment. The color of the liquid is a medium cherry red. The intensity of the color on a scale of 1 to 10 is an 8.

b. Observe and note the color and intensity.

The color after I diluted the drink was a pale pink. The intensity of the color on a scale of 1 to 10 is about a 2.


A.Water is supposed to boil at 100°C. If the water in this experiment did not boil at 100°C, what could be the reason?

I am at a high altitude and that would lower the boil temperature.

B.While heating two different samples of water at sea level, one boils at 102oC and one boils at 99.2oC. Calculate the percent error for each sample from the theoretical 100.0o C.

The error rate at 102oC is 2%. The error rate at 99.2oC is .8%.

C.An unknown, rectangular substance measures 3.6 cm high, 4.21 cm long and 1.17 cm wide. If the mass is 21.3g, what is this substance’s density? D= 1.2 g/ cm3

D.A sample of gold (Au) has a mass of 26.15 g. Given that the theoretical density is 19.30 g/mL, what is the volume of the gold sample? V=1.355 mL

E.Which method for determining density is more accurate, the water displacement method or the Archimedes’ principle method? Why? Using water displacement or the Archimedes’ principle method produces about the same result. The Archimedes’ principle method uses buoyancy and states that a body immersed in water will be buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid that it displaces. Water displacement is similar by dropping the item to the bottom and calculating the amount of water displaced.

F.What would happen if you dropped the object into the beaker while using the Archimedes’ Principle method? Essentially, it would become the water displacement method.

G.How did the magnet’s density measurement using the Archimedes’ Principle compare to the density measurement using the calculated volume? Which method might be more accurate? Why?

The density measurement using the Archimedes’ Principle and the density using calculated volume differed more than 1 g/mL. I consider the calculated volume to be more accurate than the Archimedes’...
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