The MicroLAB* Interface: Plotting Measured Data to Generate a Graph

The MicroLAB™ Interface:
Plotting Measured Data to Generate
a Graph
Lab 5
Acid-Base Reactions
pH and IC probe function
Waste and Solutions
Following Lab Reminder
• You will learn to use
MicroLAB™ for data
acquisition and analysis.
• A graphical representation
of temperature and pH
changes will demonstrate
chemical changes related
to acid-base reactions.
• The pH scale ranges from 0
to 14.
• The pH of a solution tells us
if that solution is acidic,
basic or neutral.
• Acids are compounds that
donate H+ to a solution.
• The pH of an acid always
falls below 7.
• The stronger the acid, the
closer the pH is to 0.
• HCl (hydrochloric acid) is
considered a strong acid.
• Bases are compounds that
donate OH- to solutions.
• The pH of bases always fall
above 7.
• The stronger the base, the
closer the pH is to 14.
• NaOH (sodium hydroxide)
is considered a strong
Neutral Solutions
• Neutral Solutions have a
pH of 7.
• These solutions are neither
acidic nor basic.
• Water is considered
Acid-Base Reactions
HCl(aq) + NaOH(aq) → H2O(l) + Na+(aq) + Cl-(aq) + heat
•A strong acid and a strong base react to produce
water and a salt (neutralization). This process
releases heat (exothermic reaction).
•We can measure the change
in temperature that takes place.
•We can measure the pH change.
• You can determine the
volume of base needed to
complete your reaction
today by using the
equation MaVa = MbVb
• You must know the values
for the other three
variables first.
Ma = 0.25* M HCl
Va = 85.0 mL
Mb = 0.25* M NaOH
Vb = Unknown
 Va   Ma   85.0mL   0.25 *M
Vb =
Mb 
0.25 * M
*Get the exact number from
the appropriate carboy!
pH and Temperature Probes
– Be careful! These probes are
– You will use a pre-calibrated
template for both the temperature
and pH probes.
– Remember to rinse and dry the
probes before each transfer. This
will prevent cross-contamination.
– Your instructor will show you how to
set up your probes and glassware.
Safety Concerns
• Reagents:
– HNO3 (1 N) / HCl (0.2 N)
– NaOH / KOH
• Eye Contact:
– Irritating, burns, permanent eye damage,
tearing, redness, pain, impaired vision, blindness
• Skin Contact:
– Irritating, redness, pain, soreness, severe skin
burns, ulcers, stains, destruction, scaling, and
• Inhalation:
– Breathing difficulties, pneumonia, pulmonary
edema, coughing, choking, irritation of nose,
throat, and respiratory tract, burns, and death
• Ingestion:
– Pain and burns of the mouth, throat, esophagus
and gastrointestinal tract. Corrosive to mucous
membranes, perforation of the esophagus and
stomach, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting,
abnormal sensations of hands and feet, and
general gastro-intestinal upset.
Waste and Solutions
• Conserve distilled water
during cleanup!
• Only neutral solutions can
go down the sink after you
are finished with your
experiments. All solutions
with a pH below 6 or
above 8 should go in the
acid / base waste
Lab 6 Reminder
• Do the required reading from your
textbook and manual.
• Complete your pre-lab questions.
• Study for the quiz.
• Submit your Lab 5 Report at the
start of next week’s lab.

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