Temperature Experiments

Calorimetry: The MicroLab thermistor (Model 103) in conjunction with a stirrer and Dewar flask (or other insulated container) make a great calorimeter. Precision timed electrical heating and simultaneous temperature measurement to determine the calorimeter heat capacity can be accomplished using the MicroLab Interface (Model FS-524), thermistor, and Control Module, 12 VDC (Model 255) and accessory heater. Voila! Your MicroLab system has just become a very good and inexpensive solution calorimeter.

JCE staff
J. Chem. Educ., 2008, 85 (8), p 1130
Publication Date (Web): August 1, 2008

This is a list of articles on solution calorimetry through about 2008. It is not a complete list, but it does have some interesting lab applications.

Thermochemistry to the Rescue: A Novel Calorimetry Experiment for General Chemistry
Michael W. Vannatta and Michelle Richards-Babb, Robert J. Sweeney
J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87 (11), pp 1222–1224

Interesting – and also a very good bibliography of solution calorimetry experiments in its references.

The Enthalpy of Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide: A General Chemistry Calorimetry Experiment
Charles J. Marzzacco
J. Chem. Educ., 1999, 76 (11), p 1517

A color change in the Fe(III) catalyst during the reaction demonstrates participation by the catalyst in the reaction. The MicroLab Model 103 Thermistor replaces the precision thermometer and the FS-522 would be used to obtain time-temperature plots.

Calorimetric Determination of Aqueous Ion Enthalpies
Paul Siders
J. Chem. Educ., 1997, 74 (2), p 235

Measuring the heat of sublimation of dry ice with a polystyrene foam cup calorimeter
Albert W. Burgstahler and Clark E. Bricker
J. Chem. Educ., 1991, 68 (4), p 332

Copper/aluminum surprise
Thomas H. Bindel
J. Chem. Educ., 1990, 67 (2), p 165

Calculation of temperature rise in calorimetry
Sebastian G. Canagaratna and Jerry Witt
J. Chem. Educ., 1988, 65 (2), p 126

A nice article that describes how to obtain the true temperature changes in a calorimetry experiment under different chemical circumstances.

Solution calorimetry experiments for physical chemistry
Deborah A. Raizen , B. M. Fung and Sherrill D. Christian
J. Chem. Educ., 1988, 65 (10), p 932

A pretty comprehensive listing of suitable experiments and references.

Heat of reaction in aqueous solution by potentiometry and calorimetry. I. A metal displacement reaction
Derek L. Hill , Stephen J. Moss and Robert L. Strong
J. Chem. Educ., 1965, 42 (10), p 541

Heat of reaction in aqueous solution by potentiometry and calorimetry: II. A redox reaction
Stephen J. Moss and Derek L. Hill
J. Chem. Educ., 1965, 42 (10), p 544

Thermodynamics: the temperature dependence of chemical equilibrium and kinetic processes.

Many of these are designed for Physical Chemistry labs. You can look them over and decide where they best fit your curriculum.

The Effect of Temperature and Ionic Strength on the Oxidation of Iodide by Iron(III): A Clock Reaction Kinetic Study
Jurica Bauer, Vladislav Tomišić, and Petar B. A. Vrkljan
J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89 (4), pp 540–544

This experiment could be done elegantly using the MicroLab FS-522 using the temperature probe, light sensor, and timer and following the experiment graphically.

Vapor Pressure Plus: An Experiment for Studying Phase Equilibria in Water, with Observation of Supercooling, Spontaneous Freezing, and the Triple Point
Joel Tellinghuisen
J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 87 (6), pp 619–622

Enthalpy of Vaporization and Vapor Pressures: An Inexpensive Apparatus
Rubin Battino , David A. Dolson and Michael R. Hall , Trevor M. Letcher
J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84 (5), p 822

This experiment is made even simpler with the MicroLab FS-522, pressure sensor and temperature sensor.

The Solubility Product of PbCl2 from Electrochemical Measurements
Jimmy S. Hwang and Ghassan A. Oweimreen
J. Chem. Educ., 2003, 80 (9), p 1051

A Simple Method for Determining the Temperature Coefficient of Voltaic Cell Voltage
Keith M. Davies , Alfred E. Saieed
J. Chem. Educ., 1996, 73 (10), p 959
Publication Date (Web): October 1, 1996

MicroLab has a version of this experiment available as a lab handout written by Prof. Dale Hammond. See experiments link on our temperature sensorweb page.

The pKa of a weak acid as a function of temperature and ionic strength: An experiment using a pH meter
Jeffrey L. Bada
J. Chem. Educ., 1969, 46 (10), p 689

Colligative Properties: freezing point depression measurements are done easily and on small samples with the MicroLab FS-522 and the Model 103 Thermistor probe. The following experiments are easily modified.

A Greener Approach for Measuring Colligative Properties
Sean M. McCarthy and Scott W. Gordon-Wylie
J. Chem. Educ., 2005, 82 (1), p 116

Molecular weight determination by boiling-point elevation of a urea solution
Nicholas C. Thomas and Patsy Saisuwan
J. Chem. Educ., 1990, 67 (11), p 971

Heat of fusion of bicyclohexyl from measurements of freezing point depressions
Fernando Aquirre-Ode and Soledad Martinez
J. Chem. Educ., 1986, 63 (11), p 1004

See also the discussion in MicroLab’s Newsletter, Vol. I, No. 1