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Rocket Lab by Dwan Garrison

Rocket Lab by Dwan Garrison

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Published by Paul Schumann
from 2003 conference
from 2003 conference

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Categories:Types, Research, Science
Published by: Paul Schumann on Oct 20, 2010
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Rocket Lab
Hydrogen and Oxygen Generating, Collecting, & Testing
Hydrogen is a clear, colorless gas which is said to be “combustible” - meaning simply that it can burn quitereadily, odorless gas that is said to “support combustion” - meaning that it must be present for combustiblematerials to burn. In this lab, you will be generating. collecting, and testing hydrogen and oxygen gas.Hydrochloric acid will be reacted with zinc to generate the hydrogen. (In general, any strong acid and almostany metal will react to produce hydrogen.) hydrogen peroxide will be added to manganese metal to generate theoxygen. (Hydrogen peroxide decomposes by itself to produce water and oxygen, at a slow, imperceptible rate;the manganese oxide “rust” which is coating the manganese metal acts as a catalyst to speed up this reaction.)By collecting and pop-testing (igniting) different hydrogen/oxygen mixtures, you will audibly compare them todetermine the most reactive (loudest) mixture.Because this tab will be done on the microscale level, the explosions, though potentially loud, are completelysafe. On the other hand, the two solutions used in this lab, hydrochloric acid , HCl, and hydrogen peroxide,H
,can cause serious damage should they come in contact with your eyes. SAFETY GOGGLES MUST BEWORN AT ALL TIMES. Lab aprons are recommended as well.MATERIALS: (for each set-up)one 250 m,L beaker one small test tube labeled “H
generator”, 1/6 full of zincone small test tube labeled “0
generator” 1/6 full of manganesetwo 1-hole rubber stoppers to fit test tubestwo nozzles, cut from the tips of graduated pipetsone cut-off graduated pipet or (super jumbo pipet)one 10 rnL graduated cylinder one Bunsen burner I M HCl3% (or 6%) H
 permanent marker tap water PROCEDURE -
I. Fill the beaker 3/4 full with tap water. This will act as a test tube holder, a temperature regulator,and a water reserve during the experiment.2. Using the graduated cylinder and the pen, increment the cut-off polyethylene pipet to show sixequal-volume intervals. This cut-off pipet will be referred to as the “collection bulb”. (See figurebelow)3. Light a Bunsen burner and adjust it to a medium-sized cool flame. If Bunsen burners are notavailable, ordinary candles will suffice.

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