EXPERIMENT 3: DETERMINATION OF HOT-WATER SOLUBILITY OF WOOD
This experiment provides a measure of extraneous components, such as tannins,gum, sugars and colouring matter, and in addition, starches.
Material and apparatus
Stainless Petri dishSawdustSpatulaOvenDesiccators classGooch crucibleErlenmeyer flaskDistilled water reflex condenser Filtering crucible
Weigh out accurately about 2 gram, of air-dry sawdust in stainless steelPetri dish 0.001 gram.2.Then transfer sawdust to a 250ml, Erlenmeyer flask, submerged in aboiling water bath, and add 100ml of distilled water.
Attach the reflux condenser and digest for three hour, making certainthe water level is held just above the solution level in the flask.
Filter the contents of the flask to tare filtering crucible, wash with hotwater and dry in oven to constant weight at 105
c in 24 hours.
Lastly, take sample and put in Desiccators class and then weigh it andtake the reading.