Chem Lab C

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by Crazy Puny Man » October 29th, 2013, 8:12 pm

zerasaw wrote:I've never done this event (I'm currently in AP Chem) but I think that the stoich calculations will probably use insane things such as complexes, free radicals, obscure, massive hydrocarbons, and such.
Pouring biochem into this event?

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by caillou » November 2nd, 2013, 3:57 pm

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by Slarik » November 2nd, 2013, 4:32 pm

thsom wrote:What sets apart teams in Chem Lab?
Knowing the concepts inside and out. General chem knowledge helps too. Even as somebody who is currently tutoring AP Chemistry, my teammate and I will have a hard time here in Maryland. It is insanely competitive.
Exothermic reactions? I studied them before they were cool.

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by Ajullie1105 » November 27th, 2013, 6:38 pm

Hey guys! So this is my first year in division C, but I've competed in division B for 4 years. The national website doesn't have good information on this event, does anyone have any website suggestions or books I could get to study? Thanks!
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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by computergeek3 » November 27th, 2013, 7:46 pm

Ajullie1105 wrote:Hey guys! So this is my first year in division C, but I've competed in division B for 4 years. The national website doesn't have good information on this event, does anyone have any website suggestions or books I could get to study? Thanks!
I suggest any AP Chemistry textbook/AP Chemistry review book
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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by Crazy Puny Man » November 29th, 2013, 4:59 pm

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:It's at the discretion of the supervisor, but I think most times chances are it'll be phenolphthalein, because that'll be what supervisors are most familiar with. They might also give you a choice of indicators, I think I had that happen to me at least once.
How do you choose which indicator to use? I don't think you can predict the pH of the equivalence point until you actually do the titration (assuming you don't know the concentration of the solution being titrated, of course), and even then...

Would you be given the Ka's of the indicators, at least?

Or would you be presented with 3 indicators - one that changes at a low pH; another that changes at pH 7; and another that changes at a higher pH, and then go from there?

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by EastStroudsburg13 » November 29th, 2013, 5:41 pm

I believe in my case it was the second. However, if they do give you a choice of indicator, then they will also almost certainly give you enough information about the indicators and the substances involved for you to pick the proper one.
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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by Crazy Puny Man » November 29th, 2013, 10:35 pm

Shouldn't the rules read "colorimeter" instead of "calorimeter" in 4a? I don't think they're trying to imply thermodynamics/thermochemistry is part of the event...

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by chenyingjie » December 9th, 2013, 1:17 pm

Hi guys. I have a question regarding to equilibrium part of the event. Does it require basic knowledge of buffer, and what does the setup of "verify gas law" look like? Thx.

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Re: Chem Lab C

Post by feynmanlover » December 24th, 2013, 5:37 pm

Are any of you guys in this event also doing chemistry olympiad?

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