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1. 1. 3 Experiment 2: Determination of the Equilibrium Constant For Iron Thiocyanate The data for this lab will be taken as a class to get one data set for the entire class. I. Introduction The Spectrophotometer Substances are colored when they absorb a particular wavelength of light in the visible region and transmit the other wavelengths. Complex ions such as FeSCN2+ usually absorb light in the visible range; the color we see is the sum of the transmitted wavelengths. A spectrophotometer is an instrument that separates visible light into its component wavelengths and then measures the amount of light absorbed by the solution at a particular wavelength. The essential parts of a spectrophotometer are shown below: Figure 1: Schematic of the important parts of the spectrophotometer1 where the instrument has four main parts: 1. A light source that produces light with a range of visible wavelengths, 2. A diffraction grating and aperture that select one wavelength (λ = 447 nm) to pass through the sample, 3. The sample that is stored in a cuvette with a precisely known and reproducible path length, usually 1.00 cm and 4. A detector that measures the amount of light hitting its surface. So what is it that the Spectronic 20 is measuring? It is measuring the amount of light that is transmitted through your sample and hits the detector as a percentage of the light transmitted with a “blank” sample, % T = I Io ×100%
2. 2. 4 where %T is the percent transmittance, I is the amount of light that is transmitted through the sample and Io is the amount of light transmitted through the blank, a sample that doesn’t absorb at all. What we would like to know is slightly different: how much light is being absorbed by our sample? The absorbance is defined as, A = –log I Io The absorbance, A, of an ideal solution is directly proportional to the concentration of absorbing ions or molecules in that solution. The equation that relates absorbance to concentration is known as Beer’s Law, A = ε l c (2) where ε is called the extinction coefficient, an attribute that is specific to the absorbing species (at λ = 447 nm, ε is a constant), l is the width of the cuvette (another constant) which contains the solution that is being analyzed and c is the concentration of the absorbing species expressed as molarity, M. The absorbing species in this experiment is FeSCN2+ . Hence, the concentration, c, of FeSCN2+ is directly proportional to the absorbance of that solution with a y-intercept equal to zero, A = (constant) c (2) The constant is the slope of the calibration curve made from the data in Procedure 1. Once the constant is determined, you can measure the absorbance of any solution and then know its concentration of FeSCN2+ . Let me restate this with direct reference to the procedure for this lab: once the calibration curve has been constructed using Procedure 1, then any absorbance you measure in Procedure 3 can be used to calculate the concentration of FeSCN2+ . It is the concentration of FeSCN2+ that is needed to then determine Kc for reaction (1). In this experiment, each group will use different cuvettes. It is imperative that the path length l is constant for all of these cuvettes. Therefore, each of these cuvettes is made with a width that is precisely 1.00 cm. Each cuvette is marked with a white line near the lip. This white line must be aligned precisely with the black groove in the sample holder to ensure that the path length is 1.00 cm. Determining The Equilibrium Constant The main purpose of this lab is to determine the equilibrium constant for the complex ion formed by the reaction of Fe3+ with SCN– , Fe3+ (aq) + SCN– (aq) ↔ FeSCN2+ (aq) (1) In this experiment, we will be calculating Kc for reaction (1) five different times. Each of those five times, we will get a different number for Kc. While Kc for this reaction is constant, our attempts to experimentally measure and calculate Kc will not be constant. There is experimental error, both procedural and human- made, in this experiment. Therefore, we will take the average of the five experimentally determined values of Kc. As noted in lecture and the text, when Kc is >> 1, a reaction is product-favored, goes essentially to completion and the concentrations of products at equilibrium are much larger than the concentration of reactants (essentially, there are no reactants left). When Kc is <<1, a reaction is reactant-favored, does not go at all and the concentrations of reactants at equilibrium are much larger than the concentration of products (essentially, no products form). As a hint to the answer for this lab, the value of Kc for reaction (1) is somewhere close to 1 (0.0001 < Kc < 10,000), meaning that the reaction gets stuck somewhere in the middle. What we will see is that we can
3. 3. 5 manipulate the concentrations of reactants to make this reaction either go approximately 50% of the way to completion or as far as 99.5% to completion. This is the basis for this experiment. In Procedure 1, the above reaction will go essentially to completion. We will use LeChatelier’s Principle (the subject of experiment 3-we’re just using it here) to drive the reaction to the right. We will add a known concentration of Fe3+ . We will then add more than 100 times higher concentration of SCN– than Fe3+ to the reaction mixture. Using LeChatelier’s Principle, the excess SCN– will push the position of equilibrium far to the right and essentially to completion. The Fe3+ is the limiting reactant and all of the Fe3+ will be reacted to produce FeSCN2+ . Therefore, the concentration of Fe3+ initially, after accounting for dilution, will be the equilibrium or final concentration of FeSCN2+ . As mentioned above when discussing the Spec 20, FeSCN2+ absorbs light at λ = 447 nm. We will construct a “calibration” or “standard” curve that plots the known [FeSCN2+ ] on the x-axis and the absorbance A of FeCN2+ on the y-axis to establish a linear relationship between these two variables. The power of the calibration curve is that for any solution containing FeSCN2+ as the only absorbing species, we can measure the absorbance and use the linear relationship to calculate the [FeSCN2+ ]. This is exactly why we are preparing the calibration curve. For Procedure 3, we add approximately equal concentrations of Fe3+ and SCN– . Under these conditions, the reaction will not go to completion. In fact, we will not know how far the reaction went to completion because we don’t know the equilibrium constant Kc. However, if we measure the absorbance of the unknown solutions in Procedure 3, then we can use the calibration curve prepared from Procedure 1 to calculate what the equilibrium [FeSCN2+ ] is in that solution. Once we have the equilibrium [FeSCN2+ ], we can fill in the rest of an ICE table to determine Kc. To summarize, in this experiment we will: 1. Create a calibration curve by measuring the absorbance of a series of solutions of known [FeSCN2+ ]. For these solutions, reaction (1) will be essentially complete. The calibration should yield a straight line relationship between [FeSCN2+ ] and absorbance. 2. Measure the absorbance of a series of solutions for which [FeSCN2+ ] is unknown. For these solutions, reaction (1) will not be complete, but there is still the same relationship between absorbance and concentration. Use this relationship and the absorbance to calculate [FeSCN2+ ]. 3. Determine the value of the equilibrium constant Kc for reaction (1). II. Experimental A. Equipment Needed: From stock room: spectrophotometer cuvettes Equipment in lab: Spectronic 20-D spectrophotometer, burets, aluminum foil Chemicals in lab: 5.00×10–3 M KSCN in 0.500 M HCl, 2.00×10–3 M FeNO3 (or FeCl3) in 0.500 M HCl, 0.200 M KSCN in 0.500 M HCl and 0.500 M HCl B. Disposal: All chemicals used in this experiment should be disposed of in the proper waste container. C. Experimental considerations 1. The product formed in this experiment is light sensitive. Direct sunlight will slowly decompose the product, but room light will not. Use the aluminum foil to wrap around any flasks with FeSCN2+ solution if you will be waiting for more than an hour to use the spectrophotometer (which will most likely NOT happen).
4. 4. 6 2. All of the ions in this experiment are dissolved in 0.500 M HCl to prevent the side reactions that produce other complex ions. Henceforth, we will not mention this fact. 3. Please do not take any more of the standardized solutions than necessary. D. Procedure 1. Preparing Standard Solutions for Absorbance Measurements. The data for this procedure will be taken together as a class. For each volume of Fe(NO3)3, at least three absorbance measurements will be taken. More may be taken if the first three absorbance measurements are not approximately the same. 1. Turn on the spectrophotometer. It must warm up for 10–15 minutes. 2. Use the micropipette to deliver your assigned volume of 2.00×10–3 M Fe3+ into the 10 or 25 mL graduated cylinder. 3. Add 2.0 mL of 0.200 M SCN– to the graduated cylinder. Then dilute with 0.500 M HCl exactly to the 10.00 mL mark. Use a dropper to deliver the last few drops of HCl 4. Use a glass stir rod to mix the solution until a uniform color is obtained. This may take 1-2 minutes of stirring 5. Pour ≈ 1 mL of solution into a cuvette. Rinse the walls of the cuvette with the solution by tilting and rotating much like it was a 25 mL buret. Dispose of the 1 mL in a waste beaker. This is necessary if the cuvette is not dry so that the solution you are putting into the cuvette is not diluted by water left over in the cuvette from previous washings/measurements. 6. If the spectrophotometer has been warming up for 10-15 minutes, then begin testing the solutions using procedure 2. 7. Repeat steps 2–5 for as many volumes as requested by the instructor until the instructor is satisfied with the class’ data set. E. Procedure 2: Measuring The Absorbance of the Standard Solutions. 1. To standardize the Spectronic 20 meter: 2-step standardizing procedure. A. Set the wavelength dial to 447 nm. With the cell holder empty, adjust the left knob to zero transmittance. B. Fill a cuvette with 0.500 M HCl. Make sure you fill the cuvette more than halfway. Wipe any fingerprints from the cuvette with a Kim-Wipe (and not a paper towel–the paper towels scratch the cuvettes), and then place it in the cell holder. Ensure that the vertical white mark on the cuvette is aligned with the mark in the spectrophotometer. Close the cover for the sample holder. Adjust the lower right knob until the meter reads 100% transmittance. To scroll between %Transmittance and absorbance, press the “Mode” button. 2. Rinse the cuvette with the solution to be measured, then fill the cuvette more than halfway. 3. Wipe off fingerprints from the cuvette with a Kim-Wipe. Place the cuvette into the sample holder, replace the cap, and read and record in Table 1 (which should be taped in your notebook) the ABSORBANCE, A, (% transmittance may also be recorded but, for our purposes, A has a direct relationship to the quantity of interest, namely, concentration of iron thiocyanate). 4. Measure the absorbance A for each of the standard solutions.
5. 5. 7 5. Calculate the diluted [Fe3+ ] in each of the standard solutions using M1V1 = M2V2. Set this equal to [FeSCN2+ ] in the data table. 6. Once the instructor is satisfied that there will be no more measurements for this part of the lab, determine the average and standard deviation for each mL of Fe3+ . Any values of absorbance that are considerably different than the average should be tested using the Q test (see Appendix B: Statistical Functions). If there are any values thrown out using the Q test, recalculate the average and standard deviation without these points. mL Fe3+ soln (2.00 10–3 M) diluted [Fe3+ ] =[FeSCN2+ ] Absorbance Values at 447 nm Average and Standard deviation of Absorbance 7. After approval of your data, discard the solutions into the container in the hood. F. Procedure 3: Absorbance of Unknown Solutions 1. Prepare solutions with the volumes of 2.00×10–3 M Fe3+ and 5.00×10–3 M SCN– (not the stuff used in Procedure 1) indicated in Table A (below) in the graduated cylinder. Fill to 10.00 mL with 0.500 M HCl. 2. As determined by instructor, determine the absorbance of each solution and record the value in Table 2 until a satisfactory data set is established. Table A: Volumes for Unknown Solutions Soln. mL of 2.00 10–3 M Fe3+ mL of 5.00 10–3 M SCN– A 5 1 B 5 2 C 5 3 D 5 4 E 5 5
6. 6. 8 Soln. mL of Fe3+ (2.00 10–3 M) mL of SCN– (5.00 10–3 M) Absorbance Values at 447 nm Average and Standard deviation of Absorbance A B C D E III. Calculations Approach to calculations for The Calibration Curve. For the standard solutions, the number of moles of SCN– is much greater than the number of moles of Fe3+ . Using LeChatelier’s Principle, the excess SCN– drives reaction (1) to completion (or >99% of the way to completion). Therefore, for the standard solutions used to prepare the calibration curve, Fe3+ is the limiting reactant and the initial concentration (accounting for dilution to 10 mL) of Fe3+ is converted entirely to FeSCN2+ . Approach to calculations for Determination of the Equilibrium Constant. For these solutions, the number of moles of Fe3+ is approximately equal to the number of moles of SCN– . In this case, we will observe that the reaction does not go to completion. When a reaction does not go to completion, we can count on setting up some kind of ICE table. The ICE tables and the equilibrium values of the concentrations will allow us to determine the value for Kc, the equilibrium constant. Ideally, all of our calculations will lead to similar values of Kc. A. Calculating the concentration of a diluted solution. This calculation will be used any time you mix solutions together to calculate the concentration of ions in the new solution. Ex: If 0.100 mL of 2.00×10–3 M SCN– is diluted to a volume of 10.00 mL, what is the final concentration of SCN– ion? M1V1 = M2V2 (2.00×10–3 M) (0.100 mL) = M2 (10.00 mL) M2 = 2.00×10–5 M Units on concentration and volume can be any units, as long as they cancel out. B. Determining “conc. of FeSCN2+ final, (M)” for Table 4 from the calibration curve In Table 2, there are five absorbance values. These absorbance values represent the absorbance of FeSCN2+ . The calibration curve represents the relationship between conc. of FeSCN2+ and