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Determination of the Empirical Formula of Silver Oxide—AP* Chemistry Classic Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP8813

Price: $90.30

The Determination of the Empirical Formula of Silver Oxide Classic Lab Kit for AP* Chemistry demonstrates the Law of Conservation of Mass and the Law of Multiple Proportions by students determining the empirical formula of silver oxide.

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Classic AP Requirement #1—Determination of the Formula of a Compound

Students decompose silver oxide by heating a sample in a crucible. By using analytical techniques, the empirical formula of silver oxide is determined. The Law of Multiple Proportions and the Law of Conservation of Mass are demonstrated. Students gain valuable hands-on experience using an analytical balance and a crucible. An alternate procedure for the laboratory is included along with supplemental questions.

Complete for 24 students working in pairs.

Determination of the Empirical Formula of Silver Oxide Inquiry Guidance and AP* Chemistry Curriculum Alignment Transition Guide available! Follow the link in Resources to find this valuable publication that lets you adapt this classic AP Chemistry experiment for guided-inquiry and correlate with the AP Chemistry curriculum framework.


Materials Included in Kit (for 24 students working in pairs): Silver oxide.
Additional Materials Required (for each lab group): 0.001-g precision balances (3 to share), crucibles and crucible lids, clay triangles, crucible tongs, wire gauzes with ceramic centers, Bunsen burners, watch glasses (optional), ring clamps, support stands.

Note: The cost of silver oxide and other precious metals is currently volatile. Flinn Scientific continues to combat this constant price fluctuation by offering low prices that are guaranteed for a full year! Flinn Scientific has done and will continue to do everything we can to keep the costs affordable for our customers in order to mitigate the potential effect on teachers’ favorite lab activities and on chemistry education in general. 

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