Estimation of Organic Compounds


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When an organic compound is subjected to combustion analysis and is burned in the presence of oxygen, the relative amounts of what two key elements can be determined?

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1. Which analytical determination technique would you most likely need to utilize if you were asked to determine the amount of nitrogen present in an unknown organic compound?

2. The Carius method of halogen determination hinges on the conversion of any halogen present in the organic compound to what type of salt?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What are some techniques used to estimate organic compounds and how are they applied? What is the result of some of these methods? You should be familiar with this type of information to correctly answer all questions contained in this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will do well on this quiz if you are able to:

  • Identify the two elements of which the relative amounts would be determined using combustion analysis by which a compound is burned in the presence of oxygen
  • Name the method you would likely use if asked to determine the amount of nitrogen present in an unknown organic compound
  • Note to what type of salt a halogen present in an organic compound must be converted when using the Carius method
  • Understand which pivotal compound is produced that allows for the calculation of phosphorous using a modified Carius method
  • Describe which salt would be isolated using a Carius analysis if sulfur is present in an organic compound

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what is determined when using a combustion analysis during which a compound is burned in the presence of oxygen
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the calculating of phosphorous through the application of a modified Carius method
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Carius method

Additional Learning

Expand your understanding of this chemistry topic by reviewing the lesson titled Estimation of Organic Compounds. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the following:

  • What piece of laboratory equipment is used with the combustion analysis method
  • Which technique involves the heating of an organic compound in the presence of sulfuric acid
  • What the Carius method is used to determine the amounts of in an organic compound