Revision topics1. Elements, compounds and mixturesA mixture refers to two or more substances that can be separated by phys...
Something that is soluble can be split up by a solvent into its smallest parts and distributedthroughout the solution.Solv...
When we leave the saturated solution to cool, crystals will form. This is because when thetemperature is lower, the maximu...
Golden syrup is a type of sugar syrup while food colouring is used to give alcohol somecolour. When the syrup is mixed wit...
Next, look at what happens when the different liquids are added on top of each other carefullywithout stirringTada!To sepa...
Student Kevin Nguyen (age 10):Using the same amount of cooking oil and water, which liquid will boil first?Why is one liqu...
If you are asked to draw the distillation set up, make sure you draw the 1) bunsen burner 2)distilling flask 3) retort sta...
When the gas rises up till a certain height such that it has lost enough heat and thesurrounding temperature is equal to t...
An element refers to a substance that cannot be broken down by chemical meansMore resourcesThe exciting liquids experiment...
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Chem separation techniques

  1. 1. Revision topics1. Elements, compounds and mixturesA mixture refers to two or more substances that can be separated by physical meansOne important method is filtrationFiltration is used to separate insoluble solids from liquids because solid particles are too largeto pass through the filter.Can you separate sand and water using filtration?How about separating sugar and water using filtration?Did you know that…Sand can be used for filtration?And that the teabag work by using a filter?An insoluble substance cannot dissolve in waterWhat does dissolving mean?
  2. 2. Something that is soluble can be split up by a solvent into its smallest parts and distributedthroughout the solution.Solvent is a substance that can dissolve other substancesWhen you see the word “solution of something”, it means that that substance is the solute andis actually dissolved in the solvent! (usually the solvent is water)Did you know that stirring a soluble substance helps it to dissolve faster?To separate something that has dissolved in water, we have to use the method ofcrystallisation.Crystallisation works because the first step is to heat the solution to obtain a saturatedsolution.Notice that such a solution is holding the maximum amount of the substance it can dissolve.
  3. 3. When we leave the saturated solution to cool, crystals will form. This is because when thetemperature is lower, the maximum amount of solute a solvent can dissolve is lower.Therefore, some of the solute would have to be crystallised out.Next we will need to rinse the crystals with cold distilled water. (remember that warm watercan dissolve some of the crystals we purified)Finally, the last step in purifying our crystals is to dry the crystals using filter paper.If you dissolve sugar crystals in water, can you get back sugar crystals?What if you have two different liquids mixed together?Here we have 5 different liquids
  4. 4. Golden syrup is a type of sugar syrup while food colouring is used to give alcohol somecolour. When the syrup is mixed with the dishwashing liquid, look at what happens! 
  5. 5. Next, look at what happens when the different liquids are added on top of each other carefullywithout stirringTada!To separate liquids, we can make use of distillation because liquidshave different boilingpoints.
  6. 6. Student Kevin Nguyen (age 10):Using the same amount of cooking oil and water, which liquid will boil first?Why is one liquid boiled before the other?Answer by someone from the University of Illinois Physics DepartmentThe boiling point for oil is roughly 300 degree Celsius while that of water is 100 degreeCelsius.The boiling point of a liquid is the temperature where the liquid changes into a gas.The reason why different liquids boil at different temperatures is because of the chemicalbonds that hold them together.So when we say that oil has a higher boiling point than water, what we are saying is that thechemical bonds that hold oil molecules together are stronger than the ones holding watermolecules together. Hence, more heat is required to break the stronger bonds in oil.The distillation processDuring distillation, the mixture of liquids is heated and the liquid with the lowest boilingpoint boil first.The gas formed passes through the condenser and condenses back into a liquidand is collectedin a container.
  7. 7. If you are asked to draw the distillation set up, make sure you draw the 1) bunsen burner 2)distilling flask 3) retort stand 4) thermometer 5) condenser 5) conical flask to collectthe distillateWe also use a similar type of distillation called fractional distillation to separate liquidswhich have very close boiling points.The fractional distillation processDuring fractional distillation, the ABACADABRA (could be crude oil or liquefied air) isheated and the liquid with the lowest boiling point boil first.The gas formed rises up the fractionating column andas it rises up the column, it starts to cooldown.
  8. 8. When the gas rises up till a certain height such that it has lost enough heat and thesurrounding temperature is equal to the boiling point of the gas, it willcondenses back into aliquidand is collected in a tray.The substance with the lowest boiling point will condense at the highest point in thefractionating column because it turns into a liquid at a very low temperature whereas it washeated up to a very high temperature and has a lot of heat to lose.Crude oil is basically a mixture of all the different members of the alkane hydrocarbonfamily. We separate them because of their different properties. The first 4 members are gasesat room temperature and can be used in gas burners and lighters. The next few are liquid andcan be used as vehicle fuel as they provide more energy than the gaseous members.
  9. 9. An element refers to a substance that cannot be broken down by chemical meansMore resourcesThe exciting liquids experimenthttp://orbitingfrog.com/post/3424287163/exploring-liquids-an-experimentFiltration:http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFCAAC/displayafficher.do?id=1189706528512&lang=eng

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