Polar or Non-Polar Solutes Lab
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by Kathy Egbert
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2.2 Lab - Identifying Polar and Non-Polar Solutes
Do Not put any of the lab materials into your mouth!

Remember - Lab Rules Apply - No Goofing Around

Materials: plastic tray with sample wells, water, forceps, toothpicks, pipette

There are enough materials for everyone to do this lab. As partners you share the tub materials, however each of you uses a plate to evaluate the solutes.

Solutes to Test: Pick up the 4 color coded solute samples from the Teacher Demo Table. These have to be shared by you and your partner and students from other classes. Do not put water into the colored sample containers. You use the forceps to take just one granule out to place on your specimen plate. When finished with the samples they are to be returned to the Teacher Demo Table and placed in the correct location.

Question addressed in this lab: Are these unknown solute samples polar or non-polar?
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An example of a constant in this lab is...
A the specimen plate
B the water used as a solvent
C the toothpicks
D all of the above are constants
E none of the answers are a constant
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Complete the "then" portion of the Hypothesis:
If the unknown sample is polar, then the sample will ...
A not dissolve in the water.
B dissolve in the water.
Use your pipette to add water to the sample wells instead of a water bottle.
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Your results for #1 Unknown Solute (blue cap)
A polar
B non-polar
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Your results for #2 Unknown Solute (pink cap)
A polar
B non-polar
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Your results for #3 Unknown Solute (green cap)
A polar
B non-polar
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Your results for #4 Unknown Solute (yellow cap)
A polar
B non-polar
Cleaning specimen plate:
1st - use a paper towel to wipe the substance(s) off of the plate into the trash can - don't put them in the sink
2nd - dry the plate and return it to your tub ready for the next class

Improve the validity of your results by increasing the "Sample Size". One way to do this is to include your classmate's results. As instructed by the teacher, collect data from the whole class. Add your individual data to the table along with the class data.
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Complete the table with your results and the results from the class prior to graphing the data.
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How did your individual results compare with the majority of the class results for Unknown Solute #1?
A My result was the same as the majority of the class results.
B My result was different than the majority of the class results.
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How did your individual results compare with the majority of the class results for Unknown Solute #2?
A My result was the same as the majority of the class results.
B My result was different than the majority of the class results.
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How did your individual results compare with the majority of the class results for Unknown Solute #3?
A My result was the same as the majority of the class results.
B My result was different than the majority of the class results.
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How did your individual results compare with the majority of the class results for Unknown Solute #4?
A My result was the same as the majority of the class results.
B My result was different than the majority of the class results.

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Were the results determined by a quantitative or a qualitative procedure?
only quantitative
only qualitative
qualitative opinion of whether solute dissolved or not and quantitative the number of results from the class
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* Graph and Analyze the Class Data * Complete the graph by filling in the X axis label * Make a scatter plot graph using the data from the class google sheet
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The independent variable in this experiment is
A the number of samples tested
B the water used to test each of the samples
C the four unknown samples
D none of these answers are correct
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Explain whether the class results show the possibility of “experimenter error”. If yes, be sure to refer to the specific data.
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Rate your class (1 to 5 scale) on the accuracy of the class results.
A 1 Best - Very Accurate
B 2
C 3
D 4
E 5 Needs Improvement
Clean up
  • Everyone helps with cleaning up.
  • Be sure to wipe your table with a sanitary wipe.
  • Be sure all your materials in your tube have been wiped off and returned to the tub for the next class.
  • Do not use the wash station to clean your plates. You are to use paper towels to clean the plates.
  • Be sure you have returned your four unknown samples to the correct location.
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When water is the solvent in a solution we call it aqueous.
True
False
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Air is an example of an homogeneous mixture of gases.
True
False
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