Distillation Setup – Interactive Exercise Hints

That is not quite right. Have another go.

Look through the five distillation scenes. Try to identify any hazards/errors within them. Can you spot the scenario with the fewest errors?

Note, Health and safety errors have been deliberately introduced into the  scenarios for educational purposes.  We do not condone bad lab practice, but allowing students to see such scenarios can help develop hazard perception skills. Best practice may differ in your institution, please discuss this with a local instructor before setting up any glassware.

Which scenario has the fewest errors? There are hints below to help.

Have you considered the following :

  • – Is a lab jack being used?
  • – Should clips be used?
  • – What size heating block is used?
  • – How is water entering the condenser?
  • – Is the setup clamped correctly?
  • – Is a thermometer being used?

Note not all aspects may be visible in each image.

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