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Synthesis, Isolation and Purification of an Ester—AP* Chemistry Classic Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP9094

Price: $41.75

With the Synthesis, Isolation and Purification of an Ester Classic Lab Kit for AP* Chemistry, students perform a quantitative esterification reaction. Students receive hands-on experience with common organic chemistry techniques.

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Classic AP Requirement #22—Synthesis, Purification and Analysis of an Organic Compound

Students perform a quantitative esterification reaction to produce ethyl acetate. The lab consists of three parts—in Part 1, the ethyl acetate is prepared, in Part 2, the ethyl acetate is purified, and in Part 3, tests are performed to verify the identity of the ethyl acetate. The theoretical yield is then calculated and the percent yield is determined. Students receive hands-on experience with common organic chemistry techniques, such as refluxing, extractions, and distillation.

Complete for 24 students working in pairs.

Synthesis, Isolation and Purification of an Ester Inquiry Guidance & AP* Chem Curriculum Alignment Transition Guide available! Adapt this classic AP Chemistry experiment for guided-inquiry and correlate with the AP Chemistry curriculum framework with the Flinn Scientific Inquiry Guidance and AP* Chemistry Curriculum Alignment Guide. Follow the link in Resources to find this valuable publication!


Materials Included in Kit (for 24 students working in pairs): Acetic acid, ethyl alcohol, sulfuric acid, sodium carbonate.
Additional Materials Required (for each lab group): distilled or deionized water, beakers, boiling stones, capillary dropper, clamps, condenser, condenser outlet adapter, Erlenmeyer flask, ground glass joint grease, hot plate, plastic tubing for condenser, cooling water, round-bottom flask, rubber bands, support stand, thermometer and adapter, three-way adapter. Option 1: Separatory funnel or test tube, 18 x 125 mm, with stopper. Option 2: Test tube, 15 x 150 mm with stopper.

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