Determination Of Water In A Hydrate Lab Report

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This lab was conducted to find the percent water in a hydrate. A hydrate is a compound with water chemically combined to other atoms. The chemical compound tested in this experiment is Copper II Sulfate Pentahydrate, or CuSO4*5H2O, which will break down and release water when heated. The reactant of this reaction begins blue and gradually turns white as the products are produced. To ensure that all of the copper sulfate reacts thoroughly with the heat, it was crushed up to a fine powder. After weighing the initial mass, the crucible was then filled one third of the way with the powder. Placed on a stand, it was heated by a gas fueled flame until the reaction finished and the powder turned white. The air vents on the burner were closed as to
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