Questions and Conclusions:
- Describe the process that was used in this lab to create magnesium oxide, specifically identifying the type of chemical reaction. Explain why the product had a higher mass than the reactant, and how this relates to conservation of matter.
- What sources of error may have contributed to the percent yield not being 100 percent? Think about things that may have led to inaccurate measurements or where mass of the product could have been lost if this experiment was conducted in a physical laboratory.
- When conducting this experiment, some procedures call for heating the substance several times and recording the mass after each heating, continuing until the mass values are constant. Explain the purpose of this process and how it might reduce errors.
- Your company currently uses a process with a similar cost of materials that has an average percent yield of 91 percent. If the average percent yield of this process is higher than that, this could save the company money. What is your recommendation to the company? Please support your recommendation using your data, calculations, and understanding of stoichiometry gathered from this lab.