AQA A Level Chemistry

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8.2.1 Required Practical 11

Required Practical 11

Required Practical 11: Carry out simple test-tube reactions to identify transition metal ions in aqueous solution

  • This practical covers a number of key laboratory skills
    • use water bath or electric heater or sand bath for heating
    • use laboratory apparatus for a variety of experimental techniques
    • safely and carefully handle solids and liquids, including corrosive, irritant, flammable and toxic substances
  • The key to success in Required Practical 11 is following instructions carefully and recording coherent detailed observations of what you see
  • The aim of the practical is to record the reactions of three unknown solutions, L, M and N

Key steps in the procedure

Part 1

  • 10 drops of solution L are added to a clean test tube
  • Drops of dilute sodium hydroxide are added until in excess (i.e. you have exceeded 10 drops)
  • Observations are recorded
  • This procedure is then repeated with solution M and N

Part 2

  • The test tubes from part 1 are place in a beaker of hot water for around 10 minutes

Part 3

  • 10 drops of sodium carbonate solution are added to a clean test tube
  • 10 drops of solution L are then added to the test tube and observations made
  • The procedure is repeated with solution M and N

Part 4

  • 10 drops of solution L are added to a clean test tube
  • 10 drops of silver nitrate solution are then added to the test tube and observations made
  • The procedure is repeated with solutions M and N and the tubes left to rest for around 10 minutes

 

Required Practical 11: Specimen Results Table Parts 1 & 2

Required Practical 11 specimen results Parts 1 & 2 Table, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

 

Required Practical 11: Specimen Results Table Part 3

Required Practial 11 specimen results Part 3 Table, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

 

Required Practical 11: Specimen Results Table Part 4

 

Required Practical 11: Identities of solutions L, M and N

Identities of solutions L, M and N, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

 

Practical Tip

  • Always use clean test tubes and pipettes as the tests are very sensitive and you don’t want to cross-contaminate the solutions
  • It’s a good idea to label your test tubes to avoid confusing ones that have the same appearance, especially when they are in a water bath and not arranged in a test tube rack
  • To observe colour changes more clearly, using a white background such as a piece of paper can help
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