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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 17 (2012) pp 064-067
DOI 10.1007/s00897122416a

A General Chemistry Experiment on Calorimetry: Discussing Student’s Data

Mara Bertrand Campos de Araujo,Marina Teixeira Laranjo and Suzana Trindade Amaral*

Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul' Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, CP: 15003, CEP: 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil,
Received May 12, 2012. Accepted March 27, 2012.

Published: 11 May 2012

Abstract. A simple and inexpensive experiment, which can be used in an introductory experimental chemistry course, is proposed. Basic thermochemistry concepts, fundamental laboratory techniques and simple calculations are required. A group of 176 students of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) have tested the experiment and the results show that it can be successfully applied for freshmen chemistry students.

Key Words: Computers in Chemistry; general chemistry; calorimetry; thermochemistry; heat of solution

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