Distillation of Rubbing Alcohol (2-Propanol) and Water Mixture

This Distillation of Rubbing Alcohol (2-Propanol) and Water Mixture lesson plan also includes:

Oil refining uses fractional distillation to separate the various fractions of crude oil. Scholars perform fractional distillation to separate rubbing alcohol from water. The second lesson in a seven-part series focuses on the process and properly identifying and measuring fractions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Walk around the room helping scholars properly identify each fraction of liquid
Classroom Considerations

  • Remember the boiling point varies based on the atmospheric pressure
  • Use care when working with open flames and alcohol
Pros

  • Diagram shows ideal setup for equipment
  • Contains notes to teachers about when to expect each fraction
Cons

  • None
Common Core