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I am using copper (II) sulphate solution as a catalyst for my chemistry coursework which is based on the Iodine Clock Reaction. Whilst carrying out the experiment, when am i supposed to add the catalyst in? :s
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I am using copper (II) sulphate solution as a catalyst for my chemistry coursework which is based on the Iodine Clock Reaction. Whilst carrying out the experiment, when am i supposed to add the catalyst in? :s
you obviously add it before the chemical that starts the reaction, and if you are doing the clock reaction with persulfate and iodide ions, copper (II) sulfate doesnt work. Copper (II) sulfate reacts with the iodide ions before persulfate is added, a dirty brown precipitate is formed
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you abviously add it before the chemical that starts the reaction, and if you are doing the clock reaction with persulfate and iodide ions, copper (II) sulfate doesnt work. Copper (II) sulfate reacts with the iodide ions before persulfate is added, a dirty brown precipitate is formed
erm no your wrong mate, it does work, as i used it for this same cw and it worked fine, no pervcipitate formed
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erm no your wrong mate, it does work, as i used it for this same cw and it worked fine, no pervcipitate formed
did you do the clock reaction with persulfate and iodide?
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I am using copper (II) sulphate solution as a catalyst for my chemistry coursework which is based on the Iodine Clock Reaction. Whilst carrying out the experiment, when am i supposed to add the catalyst in? :s
so did you try copper(II) sulphate as the catalyst? did it work?
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so did you try copper(II) sulphate as the catalyst? did it work?
yep it did work, i used 3 catalysts which were copper sulphate Ironsulphate and Iron chloride. they all worked
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you obviously add it before the chemical that starts the reaction, and if you are doing the clock reaction with persulfate and iodide ions, copper (II) sulfate doesnt work. Copper (II) sulfate reacts with the iodide ions before persulfate is added, a dirty brown precipitate is formed
It depends on which mixture you added the catalyst to.

You've got two beakers, one contains the potassium iodide/iodine (whatever you used) and the other has the reactant that eventually causes the colour change (mine was hydrogen peroxide). Before mixing, you need to add the catalyst to the beaker that does not contain the potassium iodide.

When I added the copper (II) sulfate to the potassium iodide beaker, an exothermic reaction occured, and the brown percipitate did form.. but when I switched it round, and added it to the other, it worked just fine!

You've really got to fiddle with the order you put the reactants in. Its the most annoying part of the iodine clock reaction..
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so did you try copper(II) sulphate as the catalyst? did it work?
It does work
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It depends on which mixture you added the catalyst to.

You've got two beakers, one contains the potassium iodide/iodine (whatever you used) and the other has the reactant that eventually causes the colour change (mine was hydrogen peroxide). Before mixing, you need to add the catalyst to the beaker that does not contain the potassium iodide.

When I added the copper (II) sulfate to the potassium iodide beaker, an exothermic reaction occured, and the brown percipitate did form.. but when I switched it round, and added it to the other, it worked just fine!

You've really got to fiddle with the order you put the reactants in. Its the most annoying part of the iodine clock reaction..
I apolagise for giving wrong information but I thought of putting the copper sulfate in the other beaker which contained the persulfate ions and no iodide, but again when you pour the beaker with the persulfate and copper sulfate into the beaker containing the iodide, the copper sulfate would react with the iodide again wouldn't it? Do you know why this doesn't happen?
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yep it did work, i used 3 catalysts which were copper sulphate Ironsulphate and Iron chloride. they all worked
Initially, did you put the catalyst into the mixture containing iodide or the one containing persulfate??
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I apolagise for giving wrong information but I thought of putting the copper sulfate in the other beaker which contained the persulfate ions and no iodide, but again when you pour the beaker with the persulfate and copper sulfate into the beaker containing the iodide, the copper sulfate would react with the iodide again wouldn't it? Do you know why this doesn't happen?
No its cool! I just thought **** it, if it doesn't work in this beaker, let me try in the other before giving up.. and eureka, it worked

I can understand the logic behind what you're saying, but it just doesn't react with the iodide, no idea why..

I had sooooooo many issues with the order the reactants were placed in at one point, having wasted several hours banging my head against the wall, I was getting so frustrated when the mixture would instantly turn blue-black when I added starch to the beaker containing potassium iodide
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No its cool! I just thought **** it, if it doesn't work in this beaker, let me try in the other before giving up.. and eureka, it worked

I can understand the logic behind what you're saying, but it just doesn't react with the iodide, no idea why..

I had sooooooo many issues with the order the reactants were placed in at one point, having wasted several hours banging my head against the wall, I was getting so frustrated when the mixture would instantly turn blue-black when I added starch to the beaker containing potassium iodide
im finally done with my cw, i gave my final complete coursework in today, now fingers crossed.
have you done the analyisis and evaluation yet?
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im finally done with my cw, i gave my final complete coursework in today, now fingers crossed.
have you done the analyisis and evaluation yet?
Writing my evaluation up as we speak, and then i'm all done how many pages is yours, I think i've gone overboard with mine
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Writing my evaluation up as we speak, and then i'm all done how many pages is yours, I think i've gone overboard with mine
my analysis was only 4 pages :/..and evaluation was 8...wbu
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my analysis was only 4 pages :/..and evaluation was 8...wbu
Woops meant, how many pages is your whole coursework? mine stands at 40 pages + bibliography
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Woops meant, how many pages is your whole coursework? mine stands at 40 pages + bibliography
not too long it was 43 pages including 8 graphs, but note my tables took a whole of only 2 pages, my mates on 80 pages LOOL.
ermm i dont have no bibliography lol
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you obviously add it before the chemical that starts the reaction, and if you are doing the clock reaction with persulfate and iodide ions, copper (II) sulfate doesnt work. Copper (II) sulfate reacts with the iodide ions before persulfate is added, a dirty brown precipitate is formed

even if the copper ions react, its okay i guess because a catalyst does participate in a reaction in order to speed it up but it should remain chemically unchanged at the end of the reaction.
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not too long it was 43 pages including 8 graphs, but note my tables took a whole of only 2 pages, my mates on 80 pages LOOL.
ermm i dont have no bibliography lol
Phewwwww! I wasn't sure whether i'd written too much, or if the majority of people in my class were simply being lazy

Okay, maybe 80 is a stretch too far LOL. I do know someone whos handrawn 42 graphs though
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even if the copper ions react, its okay i guess because a catalyst does participate in a reaction in order to speed it up but it should remain chemically unchanged at the end of the reaction.
Yehh I tried to leave the beaker on the side when the percipitate formed, but because of it, the colour change wouldn't occur.. so couldn't exactly measure the rate of the reaction
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not too long it was 43 pages including 8 graphs, but note my tables took a whole of only 2 pages, my mates on 80 pages LOOL.
ermm i dont have no bibliography lol
Pretttyyy sure you need a bibliography for OCR B salters.. its on the mark scheme anyways. If you've copied and pasted graphs.. pictures.. information (even if its not word for word) then you need to say where you've got it from.

Like, when working out the arrhenius equation, you need to know what it is (cue source), what the gas constant is (cue source).. good luck!
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