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How to Prepare Gases

Chemistry Lab Instructions
You can use common chemistry lab chemicals and equipment to prepare several gases. A conical flask, thistle funnel, delivery tube, pneumatic trough, and beehive are useful items to have on hand. Please make sure you are familiar with the use and functioning of the laboratory equipment you use, are aware of the characteristics of the substances (toxicity, flammability, explosivity, etc.), and take proper safety precautions. Use a ventilation hood (fume cupboard) and keep flammable gases away from heat or flame. I've tried to be as accurate as possible in my instructions, but you use them at your own risk. For convenience, I've listed the gases in alphabetical order.

Gas Ammonia NH3

Reagents Ammonium chloride Calcium hydroxide

Method Gently heat a mixture of ammonium chloride and calcium hydroxide in water.

Collection Upward displacement of air in a hood. Upward displacement of air in a hood.

Reaction Ca(OH)2 + 2NH4Cl → 2NH3 + CaCl2 + 2H2O 2HCl + CaCO3 → CO2 + CaCl2 + H2O

Carbon Dioxide CO2

Calcium carbonate (marble chips) 5M Hydrochloric acid Potassium permanganate Conc. Hydrochloric acid Zinc (granulated) 5M Hydrochloric acid

Add 5 M hydrochloric acid to 5 - 10 g marble chips.

Chlorine Cl2

Add concentrated hydrochloric acid dropwise onto a small amount of potassium permanganate crystals (in flask). Add 5 M hydrochloric acid to 5 - 10 g granulated zinc pieces.

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6HCl + 2KMnO4 + 2H+ → 3Cl2 + 2MnO2 + 4H2O + 2K+ 2HCl + Zn → H2 + ZnCl2

Hydrogen H2

Hydrogen Sodium chloride Chloride Conc. Sulfuric HCl acid Methane CH4 Nitrogen N2 Sodium acetate (anhydrous) Soda lime Ammonia Calcium hypochlorite (bleaching powder)

Slowly add concentrated sulfuric acid to solid sodium chloride. Mix 1 part sodium acetate with 3 parts soda lime. Heat in a dry pyrex test tube or flask. Shake 20 g calcium hypochlorite into 100 mL water for several minutes, then filter. Add 10 mL conc. ammonia and heat mixture. Use extreme caution!

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2NaCl + H2SO4 → Na2SO4 + 2HCl CH3COONa + NaOH → CH4 + Na2CO3 2NH3 + 3CaOCl2 → N2 + 3H2O + 3CaCl2

Upward displacement of air in a hood. Collect over water. Mix 10 g powdered sodium nitrate and 9 g ammonium sulfate. Add concentrated nitric acid to 5 . Cu + 4HNO3 → 2NO2 + Cu(NO3)2 + 2H2O 3Cu + 8HNO3 → 2NO + 3Cu(NO3)2 + 4H2O NH4NO3 → N2O + 2H2O 2H2O2 → 2H2O + O2 Add 5 M nitric acid to 5 . Add hydrogen peroxide to about 5 g of MnO2. Oxygen O2 Sulfur Dioxide SO2 Heat solid KMnO4.10 g sodium sulfite (or bisulfite). Nitrogen N2 Air Lighted Phosphorus (or heated Fe or Cu) Invert a bell jar over lighted phosphorus. Heat well. producing phosphoric acid and leaving the nitrogen behind. which is absorbed by the water over which the bell jar stands (may be violent reaction). Collect over water. Ads . Collect over water. 2KMnO4 → K2MnO4 + MnO2 + O2 Na2SO3 + 2HCl → SO2 + H2O + 2NaCl Add dilute hydrochloric acid to 5 .Chloramine and explosive nitrogen trichloride may be produced.10 g copper. Removal of oxygen. Oxygen and phosphorus combine to form phosphorus pentoxide. Displacement of air.10 g copper. 5 O2 + 4 P → P4O10 Nitrogen Dioxide NO2 Nitrogen Monoxide NO Nitrous Oxide N2O Oxygen O2 Copper (turnings) 10 M Nitric acid Copper (turnings) 5 M Nitric acid Sodium nitrate Ammonium sulfate 6% Hydrogen peroxide Manganese dioxide (catalyst) Potassium permanganate Sodium sulfite (or sodium bisulfite) 2M Hydrochloric acid Upward displacement of air in a hood.

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