# determine the initial and final mass of cobalt chloride compound, the mass of the water that was driven off,the # of moles of dry CoCl2 there were?Dry Lab-involves a sample of hydrated cobalt...

determine the initial and final mass of cobalt chloride compound, the mass of the water that was driven off,the # of moles of dry CoCl2 there were?

Dry Lab-involves a sample of hydrated cobalt choride consisting of molecules of COCl2 joined to molecules of H2O. Each molecule of CoCl2 has the same number of water molecules bonded to it. The formula is written as CoCl2 (XH2O for now. X is the number of water molecules.

Since there won't be fractions of an H2O molecule, X must be a whole number. You are to determine the value of X and write the correct formula.

The method is to heat the hydrated cobalt chloride and drive off the water. Knowing the weight of water and dry CoCl2 you can determine the number of moles of each.

Trial 1

mass of test tube=10.41g

mass of test tube and the hydrated cobalt chloride =12.43g

mass of test tube and contents after heating=11.52g

Trial 2

Mass of test tube=10.42g

mass of test tube and the hydrated cobalt chloride=13.06g

Mass of test tube and contents after heating=11.86g

I have to do a chart for trial 1 and 2

mass of test tube and Hydrated cobalt cholride=

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mass of water=

moles of cobalt chloride (not hydrated)=

moles of water=

mole ratio-water/cobalt chloride=

Mass of water predicted from mole ratio=

percentage error=

ndnordic | Certified Educator

Start by writing a chemical equation so you can follow what is happening.

CoCl2-XHOH -->  CoCl2    +   X HOH

Now determine the molar mass of each product.

CoCl2 = 129.83 g/mole

HOH = 18.02 g/mole

You are now ready to do the calculations.

Trial 1:

12.43 g - 10.41 g = 2.02 g of hydrate

11.53-10.41 = 1.11 g of CoCl2

2.02 - 1.11 = 0.91 g of water removed by heating

Trial 2:

13.06 - 10.42 = 2.64 g of hydrate

11.86-10.42 = 1.46 g of CoCl2

2.64-1.46 = 1.18 g of water removed by heating.

Trial 1:

1.11 g CoCl2/129.83 g/mol = .00855 moles CoCl2

0.91 g HOH/18.02 g/mol = 0.0505 mol of water.

Mole ratio for trial one is:  .0505/.00855 = 5.91 moles water per mole of CoCl2.  This would round to an actual whole number ratio of 6:1

Trial 2:

1.46 g CoCl2/129.83 g/mole = 0.01125 moles CoCl2

1.18 g HOH/18.02 g/mole = 0.0655 moles of HOH

mole ratio for trial two is:  0.0655/0.01125 = 5.82 moles of water to one mole of CoCl2.  Again round to whole number ratio of 6:1

Average determined ratio is:

(5.91 + 5.82)/2 =5.865

% error:  (6 - 5.865)/6 * 100 =5.25%

Now what should you have obtained from your starting material?

Assuming you have 6 moles of water per mole of CoCl2 in the hydrate, the molar mass of the hydrate is 237.95 g/mole.

Trial 1:  2.02/237.95 = 0.0085 moles

So you should get 0.0085 moles of CoCl2 = 1.10 g of CoCl2

and  0.919 g of water released.

Trial 2:

2.64/237.95 = 0.011 moles of hydrate, producing 0.011 moles of CoCl2 = 1.44 g CoCl2 and 1.19 g HOH

As a post note:  you got very good results with the two trials.  Well Done?