What occurs when a hydrate is heated? Lead your class in exploring the answer to this question as they investigate the properties of a hydrated compound. They heat copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate and evaporate the water byproduct to produce an anhydrous salt. Next, they conclude by calculating the formula of the hydrate and the percent water in the hydrated compound.
- Perform this experiment on other hydrates if time permits
- Make certain pupils where goggles during the entire course of this experiment to avoid injury
- Ensure all glassware cools completely, or use tongs, before handling to avoid burns
- Allows for modification and can be a direct instruction rather than an experimental lesson
- Includes a detailed worksheet to ensure learners understand the entire lesson and can perform necessary calculations