Innovating Science® - APï®® Chemistry Lab #9: Analyzing the Components of Pain Relievers

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Students will learn about acids and bases through a class discussion and then test a dilute acid and dilute base with neutral litmus paper to learn how the paper indicates something is acidic or basic. Once that skill is learned they can move on to test some common items that would be found around their house to determine if they are acids or bases. Optional: Extra litmus paper is included to test more items either from home or around the school building for a greater understanding of acids and bases. The activity contains enough materials for 6 groups of students.

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Students will test the solubility of each possible component of a commercially available pain reliever in an organic solvent, ethyl acetate, and in a basic aqueous solution of sodium bicarbonate. These results will help the student create a procedure that will be used to separate components in a mixture and determine percent composition. The activity contains enough materials for 15 groups of students as well as a Teacher's Guide and Student Study Guide Copymasters. Meets Big Idea 3, Investigation 9, Primary Learning Objective 3.10.

Kit Includes:
750mL Ethyl Acetate
750mL Sodium Bicarbonate, 10%
250mL 6.0M Hydrochloric Acid
50g Sucrose
100g Acetaminophen
100g Acetylsalicylic Acid
1 pkg pH Strips 1-14 Pkg/100

Materials needed but not included:
Beakers, 100mL
Erlenmeyer Flask, 125mL
Filter Paper
Graduated Cylinders
Hot Water Bath
Ice Bath
Separatory Funnels
Lab Stand with Ring Clamps
Test Tubes
Laboratory Spatulas
Distilled or Deionized Water

DOT Info:
UN1173, Ethyl acetate, 3, II, Ltd Qty
UN1789, Hydrochloric acid, 8, II, Ltd Qty

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Acetyl Salicylic Acid/Aspirin, which is known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm. For more information go to
Brand Name
Innovating Science®
Performance Expectations 5-PS1-3
Cross Cutting Concepts Cause and Effect
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Engineering Practices Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Box Used 12663SBOX
Width (in) 6.25
Height (in) 4
Weight (oz) 19.9
Weight (lb) 1.24
Country of Origin US
Harmonization Code 9023.00.0000
DOT Description Non regulated

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