Melting Point of an Organic Compound.

Materials Required

The Procedure

Real lab procedure

  • First powder the crystalline substance.
  • Take a capillary tube and seal one end by heating it.
  • Fill the capillary tube with the substance. To fill the tube, make a heap of the powdered substance on the porous plate. Push one end of the capillary tube into the heap. Some of the substance will enter the capillary tube.
  • Now tap the sealed end of the capillary tube on the porous plate gently. Fill the capillary tube upto 2-3 mm.
  • Attach the capillary tube to a thermometer using a thread.
  • Take liquid paraffin in a beaker and place it over a piece of wire gauze placed over a tripod stand.
  • Clamp the thermometer carrying the test tube to an iron stand and immerse them in the bath of liquid paraffin. The surface tension of the bath liquid is sufficient to hold the capillary tube in position.
  • Heat the beaker slowly while constantly stirring the contents using a stirrer to maintain a uniform temperature throughout.
  • When the temperature is within 15o of the melting point of the pure substance, the flame is reduced. Then the temperature rises slowly.
  • Note the temperature (t1) when the substance starts melting.
  • Again note the temperature (t2) when the substance has completely melted.
  • The average of the two readings gives the correct melting point of the substance.

Simulator Procedure (as performed through the Online Labs)

  • You can select the compound from the ‘Select the compound’ drop down list.
  • To start the experiment, click on the 'Start' button.  You can also see the zoomed view of the compound and the thermometer.
  • Now turn on the burner by clicking on the ‘Knob’ of the burner.
  • The temperature begins to rise.
  • Note the temperature ‘t1’ at which the compound starts melting.
  • Similarly note the temperature ‘t2’ at which the compound has completely melted.
  • Enter the values in the respective text boxes.
  • The melting point of the compound is shown in the corresponding text box.
  • You can select the actual compound from the ‘Select the actual compound’ drop down list.
  • You can verify your result by clicking on the ‘Show chart’ button.
  • To redo the experiment, click on the ‘Reset’ button. 

Observations

Record your observations in the table given below.

Note the temperature when the substance; Melting point of the given substance (t1 + t2 / 2 (oC)
Starts melting t1(0C) Has completely melted t2 (0C)
     

 Inference

Melting point of the given substance = ... oC

Precautions

  • Use dry and powdered sample for the determination of melting point.
  • Keep the lower end of the capillary tube and the thermometer at the same level.
  • Packing of the powder should be uniform without any large air gaps in between the solid particles. 

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