How do you separate salt from water using a Bunsen Burner? Please write this as a method. Thank-you. Could I please have this by 5/6/15?

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gsenviro | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Salt can be separated from a salt-water mixture by using the principle of evaporation, with the help of a Bunsen Burner.

The following steps can be used to accomplish this:

  • Mix some salt in water in a conical flask or beaker or any other glass equipment of your choice. This can be done by continuous stirring using a glass rod and can be aided by heating the water over Bunsen burner.
  • Boil the salt-water mixture over Bunsen Burner till all the water evaporates.
  • Allow the flask to cool down. You will find the salt as residue on the bottom of the flask.

We can also make this experiment more quantitative by asking the students to measure the quantity of salt present in samples of unknown salt concentration. For this, the student will measure the weight of the flask before adding the salt-water mixture to it and also after water evaporates and the flask cools down. The difference in the weight will be the weight of the salt. Knowing the volume of salt-water mixture and quantity of salt, we can also determine the salt concentration in our salt-water mixture.

hope this helps.

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pink-zebra | (Level 1) Honors

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You set the water and salt mixture on the Bunsen burner and turn it on. You wait for the water to evaporate and some salt should be left behind.

This happens because salt is heavier than the evaporated water and cannot travel with it. Leaving the salt still in the bowl/cup/whatever its in

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iamkaori | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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First, mix water with salt in a boiling dish until the salt is fully dissolved in the water. (water should not be cold for it is easier to mix when it's lukewarm).

Then, put a Bunsen Burner under the boiling dish of water mixed with salt.

Next, light the Bunsen Burner, and let the water evaporate until there is no more water left. There would only be salt left in the bottom of your boiling dish when all water has evaporated. 

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