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# Determination of Empirical Formula

Prepared by:
Department of Chemistry
400 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA
April 12th, 2010
Chemistry 101/ Section 4075
Prof: H. Lee
Days of class: Tuesday and Thursday
Time of class: 6.00 – 9:10 pm
Date Due : 12 th,2010

Report No 5
Determination of Empirical
Formula

## Lab Partner: Armin Vossooghi

I. Introduction

The objective of this experiment is to determine the ratio of the element, Mg, in a
compound, based on the law of definite composition: Each compound is
characterized by constant and definite composition. We determine the empirical
formula of magnesium oxide that if formed when it reacts with oxygen gas.

According to this law, the total mass of the products of a chemical reaction must
equal the total mass of the reactants.

## Mass of Mg + Mass of O2 = Mass of MgxOy

Therefore, the ratio between the number of moles of magnesium used and the
number of moles of oxygen consumed can then be calculated and the empirical
formula of magnesium oxide can be written on the basis of this ration.

II. Material

## Crucible and cover, tongs, wire gauze, ring stand,

iron ring, clay triangle, gas burner, analytical
balance.

III. Procedure

## a) Rinse a crucible and its lid with distilled water.

b) Heat them with a strong flame (two-cone flame with inner blue cone)
for 10 minutes.
c) Cool down the crucible to room temperature.
d) Weigh by analytical balance and record the mass of the crucible
3.2 Determine the mass of magnesium.

a) Take a strip of the magnesium metal and roll it into a loose ball
b) Put it in the crucible and weight together. Record the mass.
c) Heat the crucible with the lid completely covering its top.
d) Heat 5 minutes with a weak flame.
e) After 5 minutes, increase to a strong two-cone blue flame.
f) Use a crucible tong to open the lid slightly, then close it in order for the
oxygen to come in contact with the metal. Repeat the procedure of opening-
closing lid several times during the period (about 10 minutes) of heating.
(Careful not to ignite the magnesium with the flame.)
g) When the reaction is over, remove the flame and let the crucible cool down.
h) Open the lid and add a few drops of Water (about 3 or 4 drops) to react with
magnesium nitride.
i) Heat the crucible again with the lid slightly open for 2 minutes with gentle
heating, followed by 10 minutes of very strong heating.
j) Remove the flame and close the lid, and let the crucible cool down.
k) Weigh the crucible and contents, and record the mass.

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Unknown Metal: Magnesium
(g) (g) (g)
1. Mass of the empty crucible and lid 46.4167 46.4182 46.4165
2. Mass of the crucible, lid, and
46.4984 46.494 46.4962
metal (before heating)
3. Mass of the crucible, lid, and
46.4993 46.5036 46.5282
metal oxide (after heating)
4. Mass of the metal 0.0817 0.0758 0.0797
5. Mass of the metal Oxide 0.0826 0.0854 0.1117
6. Mass of the oxygen 0.0009 0.0096 0.032
7.

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Data:
(g) (g) (g)
1. Mass of the metal oxide 0.0826 0.0854 0.1117
2. Mass of the metal 0.0817 0.0758 0.0797
3. Mass of the oxygen 0.0009 0.0096 0.032
Atomic Mass of Magnesium 24.305 24.305 24.305
Atomic Mass of Oxygen 15.994 15.994 15.994
0.00327
4. Moles of metal 0.0033614 0.003119
9
0.00200
5. Moles of Oxygen 5.627E-05 0.0006
1
6. Ratio 59.74 5.20 1.64
7. Empirical Formula Mg60O Mg5O Mg3O2
True Formula weight of the compound 40.31 40.31 40.31
IV.1 Calculate the mass of metal, oxide and oxygen.

Data:

## 1. Mass of the empty crucible and lid = mcrucible = 46.4165 g

2. Mass of the crucible, lid, and metal (before heating):

Data:

## 3. Mass of the oxygen = 0.032 g

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4. Mole of the magnesium = ( 0.0797 g) / (24.3050 g/mol) = 3.279x10
3
mol of Mg

-3
5. Mole of the Oxygen = (0.1117 g) / (15.5994 g/mol) = 2.05 x10 mol of
O

## • We concluded the empirical formula is : Mg3 O2

Empirical formula : Mg3 O2

Data:

Calculate n:

## Empirical formula mass = 3 Mg * 24.3050 g = 72.915 g

2 O * 15.994 g = 31.988 g

## Replace in the formula.

N= . molecular mass .

N= . 104.903 g .

40.3 g

N= 3

V. Conclusions:

## Mg1 O1 = MgO ==== ( 1 * 24.3050 g of Mg + 1 * 15.994 g of O) =

= 24.3 + 16.0 = 40.3 g of MgO.
• Our empirical formula for magnesium oxide is Mg3 O2 that is wrong.
• We appreciate the Magnesium does not react completely.

2 Mg + O 2 == 2 MgO
Experimental mass 0.0797g 0.032 g 0.1117 g

moles

## • We have 0.003279 mol of Magnesium; therefore, we must have half of 0.003279

g for oxygen because the relation mol of Mg and Oxygen is 2 by 1. Finally, we
needed:
(0.003279)/2 =0.0016395 mol of O
• But we had a result 0.002001 mol of O. This error came from because we take in
count the magnesium react completely.
• Otherwise, Magnesium oxide is produced by the contact with the air, and it is
possible our magnesium was not chemically pure.
Report No 5 Determination of Empirical Formula

Experiment 6:

## Determination of Empirical Formula

This experiment demonstrates the technique used to determine the simple mole
ratio of the elements in a compound. Magnesium metal will be made to react with
oxygen of the air to produce a binary compound, magnesium oxide.

## (x) Mg(s) ÷ (y12) O,(g) — MgO(s),

where x and y are the mole ratios of Mg and 0, respectively. The magnesium bums
by heating with a very hot flame. Under high temperatures the magnesium also
combines with the atmospheric nitrogen to produce magnesium nitride, which is not
the desired product for this experiment.

## This compound can be converted to the desired product, magnesium oxide, by

adding a few drops of water to the burned reaction mixture, then heating the
mixture again. The excess water is removed by evaporation during the heating
step.

(heat)

## ? Mg(OH)2(s) —* ? MgO(s) + ? 1-1,0(1)

EQUIPMENT

Crucible and cover, tongs, wire gauze, ring stand, iron ring, clay triangle, gas
burner, balance [Draw a sketch of the apparatus setup].

PROCEDURE

## 1.1. Rinse them with distilled water.

1.2. Heat them with a strong flame (two-cone flame with inner blue cone) for 8 to 10
minutes.

1.3. Turn off the flame and let the crucible cool down to room temperature.

2. Weigh the crucible and the lid carefully using an analytical balance, and record
the inass.
3. Determine the mass of magnesium.

## 3.3. Place it in the crucible.

3.4. Weigh and record the mass of the crucible, lid and Mg, using the same
analytical balance.

4. Heat the cnicible with the lid completely covering its top.

4.1. The heating must be gentle at first (about 5 minutes) with a weak flame.

## 4.2. After 5 minutes, increase to a strong two-cone blue flame.

5. Use a crucible tong to open the lid slightly, then close it in order for the oxygen to
come in contact with the metal. Repeat the procedure of opening-closing lid several
times during the period (about 10 minutes) of heating. (Careful not to ignite the
magnesium with the flame.)

6, When the reaction is over, remove the Ilame and let the crucible cool down.

7. Open the lid and add a few drops of Water (about 3 or 4 drops) to react with
magnesium nitride.

8. Heat the crucible again with the lid slightly open for 2 minutes with gentle
heating, followed by 10 minutes of very strong heating.

9. Remove the flame and close the lid, and let the crucible cool down.

10. Weigh the crucible and contents, and record the mass.

## 1. Unknown number (or the metal name) ____________ ______________

2. Mass of the crucible, lid, and metal (before heating) ____________ ______________

3. Mass of the crucible, lid, and metal oxide (after heating) ____________
______________

## 9. Mass of the oxygen ________— ________

10. Moles of metal ___________ —___________

mole ratio as

## 13. What is the empirical formula of the compound? ____________________

14. Ask your instructor for the true formula weight of the compound, then
determine the formula of this metal oxide.

CONCLUSIONS

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CALCULATIONS

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