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20.1 Types of organic reactions

Experiments

Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.

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The Synthesis and Analysis of Aspirin

Experiment #22 from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Synthesize a sample of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin).
  • Calculate the percent yield of your synthesis.
  • Measure the melting temperature of your aspirin sample.
  • Conduct a colorimetric analysis of your aspirin sample.

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SN1: Synthesis of t-butyl chloride

Experiment #13 from Organic Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Synthesize tert-butyl chloride via an SN1 reaction.
  • Confirm the presence of a tertiary alkyl halide using the silver nitrate test.
  • Verify the product by gas chromatography.

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SN2: Synthesis of 1-bromobutane

Experiment #14 from Organic Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Synthesize 1-bromobutane via an SN2 reaction.
  • Confirm the presence of a primary alkyl halide using the sodium iodide test.
  • Verify the product by gas chromatography.

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Synthesizing Ethyl Acetate by Fisher Esterification

Experiment #18 from Organic Chemistry with Vernier

In this experiment, you will

  • Conduct an esterification reaction to produce ethyl acetate.
  • Measure and analyze the GC retention times of the reactants and products involved in synthesizing ethyl acetate.
  • Measure and analyze the GC retention times of the reaction mixture to confirm the production of ethyl acetate.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Subject
Chemistry
Section
Additional Higher Level (AHL)
Topic
20. Organic Chemistry

* The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.

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