Sludge Lab Report

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Michael Ames
Ms. Martin
IPS Per. 1
Sludge Lab Report

A few weeks ago, I got a container full of “sludge”. I was asked to separate it into its four components and identify each one to help me better understand how to separate mixtures ad identify substances. My original sludge had a liquid on top and solid(s) on the bottom. The liquid was clear, and most of the solid was tan. There was a small layer of blackish/brownish particles in the middle of the tan solid. There were small yellow “rocks” visible on the surface of the tan solid. For the first physical observation, I tried smelling the mixture. It smelled like permanent marker. Next I tried sticking a spoon in it and stirring the tan solid lightly. It looked like it was an extremely smooth sand. Finally, I tried drinking the liquid. Nah, I’m kidding!

To start off, I will describe the liquid. I separated it simply by using the decanting technique. I carefully poured it off of the mixture of solids and into a separate plastic cup. Easy. The physical property of phase was used for separation. It was the only liquid in the mixture. Then I had to identify it. I smelled it and it had a permanent marker smell to it. That led me to believe it was an alcohol. Next, I tried measuring the density using a graduated cylinder and a balance. I measured the amount of alcohol I put in the graduated cylinder (volume) and how many grams it was on the balance (mass). The volume was 9.2cm3, the mass was 7.25g, and the overall density was .79cm3. That proved my liquid was not water. Finally, I tested the boiling point to determine what type of alcohol it was. I used a ring stand, thermometer, hot plate, test tube, and a beaker full of water. I placed the beaker full of water on the hot plate. I then filled the test tube with my liquid and attached it to the ring stand. Finally, I put the thermometer in the test tube and turned the hot plate on high. The liquid really started boiling around 78 degrees (Celsius), so...
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