Joshua Nash and Aquilla Young
The introduction of this lab report exposes the reader to the different scientific concepts that are to be used such as melting point calculations, retention factors, and solubility in various aqueous solutions. The experimental provides the basics of using a melting point apparatus, determining solubility, and performing thin layer chromatography. In the results section the findings of my experimental are tabulated and presented in a well-organized manner so that the reader can understand how each value was calculated. In the discussion an explanation is given that reiterates and further explains how the results were calculated. The lab report is concluded by revealing any experimental errors that may have caused a flaw in the results.
This experiment uses the concept that by calculating the retention factors of an unknown compound by using thin-layer chromatography, recording the melting points, and determining the solubility of that unknown compound, that it is possible to determine what that compound is by comparing it to known compounds that have similar retention factors, melting points, and solubility. …show more content…
The temperature that the solid compound begins to melt is known as the point of condensation and the point that the solid has completely liquefied is known as the melting point/temperature. Solubility is simply the ability of a solid compound to completely diffuse/dissociate in an aqueous solution. For example, when you add sugar to a glass of water and the sugar diffuses throughout the water, the sugar is said to be soluble in water. On the contrary, when you add oil to water and the oil settles on top of the water, the oil is said to be insoluble, or not soluble in