Rates of Reaction Coursework
To find out how different concentrations of sodium thiosulphate (Na S2 O3) affects the speed of its reaction with Hydrochloric acid (HCL).
When Sodium Thiosulphate and Hydrochloric acid react they produce a cloudy precipitate. Both of the chemicals are clear solutions and they react together to form a yellow precipitate of sulphur, the equation for this reaction is:
Na2 S2 O3 + HCL, H2 O + NaCL + SO2 + S
Sodium Thiosulphate + Hydrochloric acid, Water + Sodium chloride + Sulphur dioxide
Because the solution turns cloudy we observe the rate of reaction by putting a black cross under the flask and watch and time the reaction until the cross disappears. Factors that can affect this experiment are temperature, concentration and time. I will change the concentration of the Sodium Thiosulphate because this is easily varied.
For my preliminary work I tried doing the experiment with 40cm3 of Hydrochloric acid and I used the same concentration of Sodium Thiosulphate. I was given 0.1m of Sodium Thiosulphate and required to change the concentration I had. I had to dilute the solution and make different concentrations on my own. I added the Hydrochloric acid to the Sodium Thiosulphate and watched it until the solution turned cloudy and I couldn't see the black cross at the bottom of the flask anymore. I timed how long it took for that to happen.
Measure 30cm3 of Hydrochloric acid
Measure 30cm3 of Sodium Thiosulphate and out and x' mat under the flask.
Add the 30cm3 of Hydrochloric acid to a flask and then add the Sodium Thiosulphate and start the stop watch.
Keep watching the solution until it goes cloudy enough that you can't see the black cross on the mat anymore, which you placed under the flask, then stop the stop watch.
Keep repeating and adding 5cm3 less Sodium Thiosulphate and 5cm3 more water each time to make different concentrations.
The concentrations I will use are :
To make it a fair test I will do the experiment three times. I will keep the same flask, same black cross, same measuring cylinders, same volume and concentration of Hydrochloric acid and I am just going to change the concentration of the Sodium Thiosulphate. The concentrations I will use are: 30cm3 of Hydrochloric acid and for the Sodium Thiosulphate I will keep repeating but adding 5cm3 less Sodium Thiosulphate and 5cm3 more water each time to make my different concentrations.
My prediction is that the lower the concentration the slower the reaction
I think that the lower the concentration the slower the reaction will be, I think this because I know that before two particles can react they have to meet. In a low concentration there will be very few particles and they will be spread. This means that the number of reactions will be less because fewer particles will meet. When there is a high concentration there are more particles and so there is more chance of them coming into contact with other particles.
If the two molecules collide and go off as new substances that means that it is a successful reaction. It produces new substances. A chemical reaction can only occur if the reacting particles collide with enough energy (activation energy) to react. If they collide and do not have enough energy they become apart and do not react.
Two measuring cylinders
One conical flask
A black cross mat
Measure 30cm3 of Hydrochloric acid and 25cm3 of Sodium Thiosulphate and 5cm3 of distilled water.
Place the flask on top of the black cross (x'mat)
Pour in the Hydrochloric acid and Sodium Thiosulphate and start the timer
Time the amount of time it takes...
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