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9.1: Purpose of the Experiment

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  • I. Purpose of the Experiment

    This is an integrated experiment, which combines techniques from Organic, Thermodynamics, Physical, and Analytical chemistry. It has been designed to introduce the student to:

    • Organic Synthesis: Synthesizing an ester from an acid catalyzed reaction of a carboxylic acid and alcohol
    • Fundamental Chemical Engineering Separation Process principles on refluxing
    • Two phase solvent extraction using a Separatory Funnel
    • Distillation at atmospheric pressure
    • Precise handling and measurement techniques for volatile organic liquids
    • Correct handling and operation of a Mass Spectrometer & NMR Spectrometer
    • Thermodynamics, solution chemistry, intermolecular bonding, and organic nomenclature
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